Here is a brand new interview with the Cuban black metal band "Narbeleth" consisting of one member Lord Dakkard.Narbeleth has just released their 3rd cd to date through the mighty german label "Folter Rec." so take a few minutes and read the interview and then pick up the latest cd of the band.
Interview with Lord Dakkar vocalist,all instruments for Narbeleth done by Patrick
1.Hails Lord Dakkar please introduce yourself to the readers?
Hey there! Here´s Dakkar from NARBELETH, writing from Havana, Cuba.
2.When did you first discover metal?Who were some of the first bands you listened to? Who are some of your current favorite bands?
I discovered Metal when I was in high school, thanks to a friend who gave me some tapes. Just few years later I was introduced into Black Metal thanks to Darkthrone´s “Under a Funeral Moon” and Immortal´s “Diabolical FullmoonMysticism ”. Mentioning some favorite bands is not easy job, as there are a lot of bands I enjoy a lot, but, for all times, bands like Darkthrone, Arckanum, Judas Iscariot, Bathory, Burzum are among the ones for me.
3.What gave you the idea to form Narbeleth ?How did you choose the name for the band does it have a special meaning?
I formed Narbeleth back in 2008, when I was playing guitar in my previous band Ancestor. We played a sort of Black Metal with some sparkles of thrash or heavy, and I wanted to do also something more, grim, colder, and personal, so I deceided to create Narbeleth. The name came from Tolkien literature, and design a period of time when the sun disappear.
4. Narbeleth is getting ready to release their third cd releases titled "Through Blackness And Rmote Places" through Germany's Folter Rec. how did you come in contact with this great label?
I made contact with Folter about 3 years ago, when I send a promo in order to be considered for Under the Black Sun festival. And it happened, and Folter became interested in releasing my music, and here we are.
5.How long did it take you to write and record the songs for this release?Where do you draw inspiration for the lyrics?What are some subjects you write about?
I composed all in about a year, maybe less… as I begun to compose in august 2014 and finished in march 2015 more or less. My inspiration comes from Black Metal, and how this art helps me to deal with the routine, and how it is like a filter between the world and my inner universe. The lyrics usually are about this, and my own experiences in life. Sometimes I deal with other matters, esoteric and occult themes.
6.Besides the new cd coming out through Folter Rec. does the band have any other releases or merchandise available for the fans?If yes where can they buy your merchandise?
Yes, the previous 2 albums are also available at Folter Records, as well as “A hatred Manifesto” t shirts. You also can found the first demo in tape version at Intifernal records I think, or can also try other underground mailorders. But I think it can be available. Also the tape version of “DiabolusIncarnatus” by Serpent´s Eye Records I think it still available.
7. Lord Dakkar you come out of the Cuban Metal scene what is your opinion of cuba'sblack,death metal scene?
In general the extreme metal scene in Cuba has been always “big” considering that we are an island in the Caribbean Sea with no tradition of metal at all. At the end of the 90s and beginning of 2000s the extreme metal scene grew up, and a lot of extreme metal bands were born, but few of them remained active, and these days there is a lot of new bands with modern shits.
8.Who are some of your all-time favorite Cuban bands?Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out?
Ah, good one… for meZeus and Combat Noise. Those are old bands that still active. About new ones, worth to check Blackult.
9. Lord Dakkar you handle the vocals for Narbeleth when did you start singing/screaming? Do you do anything special to keep your throat and voice healthy?
I began to scream when I recorded the first NARBELET. Before that, I just did some back vocals in my previous band, but nothing big. Before sing, I just do some warm up before singing, that´s all.
10.Who are some of your influences/favorite vocalist?
NocturnoCulto, main influence and favorite. Legion, Akhenaten, Mannevond.Shamatae, this last one not as direct influence, as my vocal style has nothing to do with his, but is one of my favorite vocalists. Also Hoest, Lord Sabathan, Sorath… are vocalists I like. There are good amount of great vocalists out there… impossible to mention hehe…
11.Besides the vocals you also handle the guitars when did you become interested in playing the guitars?Are you self-taught or did you take lessons?
I play guitar since I was 13. I learned by myself and from friends. I never took music lessons.
12.Who are some of your influences/favorite guitarists? Besides the vocals and guitars what are some of the other instruments you play?Are their any you want to learn to play?
I would like to learn to play bagpipe, but I need one and they are expensive as hell. About guitar, well actually one of the guitarists I used to learn from is Demonaz… when I was learning to play electric guitar, practicing tremolo picking as all that, I used to watch a lot of old IMMORTAL videos to see the way Demonaz played…
13.What does black metal mean to you?
Black Metal means strength, commitment, dedication. It means strength to grow as individual, and to live in the society avoiding all the common lines of thinking as if you are in other dimension,.
14.Besides Narbeleth are you currently working with any other bands or solo projects?If yes please let the fans know about them.
Indeed I´m working in other Black Metal project with King Abraxas, my live guitarist. It is called Despectum. We have nothing recorded yet, we are composing, but this is a long term thing. Also I´m composing for another project in a Blackened Thrash vein, but nothing consolidated yet.
15.Thank you Lord Dakkar for taking the time to fill this interview out.Do you have any final words for the readers and fans?
Thanks to you for the interview! To Narbeleth´s followers, thanks for the support!
I HAIL YOU!