Here is a new interview with the Ukraineian black metal scene anyone who is a fan of well played black metal should defintly check this band out today.
Interview with Morkesagn done by Patrick
1. Hails when did you all first meet? Was it long before you formed Morkesagn ? How did you choose the name for the band does it have a special meaning?
Hails, Farn at your service!
Well, Morkesagn line-up has changed significantly since its foundation. Ekvil is the founder of the band. I became a member at the end of 2013. Since then we have changed a couple of bass players, until we ended up with Heydvald, who plays with us since the late 2014. As for our drummer, he plays with us for not so long: since October 2015. We did not know each other before we met in the band.
The name of the band is translated from Norwegian as Dark Legends. The legends we sing about
2. What is the current line-up of the band? For the readers who have never heard Morkesagn music how would you best describe it?
Ekvil plays guitar and screams. I’m on the guitar and back vocal. Heydvald rends the air with his bass and Heisenbeard plays on drums.
3. Morkesagn recently released the debut cd "Where The Darkness Never Ends. I believe the band self-released it have you all looked for a label or do you prefer to work alone?
We had looked for a label, but not for very long. After one month of searching, I decided to create my own label and release the album through it. However, when the release was already in progress, I got a couple of offers for collaboration so I am not alone in this.
4. How long did it take you all to write and record the songs on the debut? Does the whole band work on the music or does one member usually write everything?
We started the work on the album with the recording of guitars and bass at my home at the end of winter in 2015. Ekvil recorded his part and I did my guitar part and bass. Near the end of spring we were ready for recording drums, but at that time we had some discords with our drummer, which ended in us expelling him and looking for a session drummer. By the end of June, we had everything recorded, including Ekvil’s and my vocals, and by the middle of August all material was mastered and ready for the release.
5. Who usually writes the lyrics for the music what are some topics/subjects you all write about?
Ekvil writes lyrics for all our songs. Our main subjects are darkness and underworld; our lyrics takes inspiration in Greek and Scandinavian mythology.
6. Besides the debut cd Where The Darkness Never Ends does the band have any other merchandise or releases available? If yes, where can your fans buy them?
We are working on that. We are going to make some T-shirts, patches etc. All our stuff is available from our websites: music.morkesagn.com or farnblackproductions.com/shop/morkesagn. Be sure to follow our news for the updates
7.Does Morkesagn play "live" very often or do you prefer to work in the studio? Who are some bands you have had the opportunity to share the stage with?
Usually we rehearse once per week. We did perform at various live events 5–6 times per year until now, but after our debut release we plan to ignore small gigs for a time being in order to concentrate on the most significant events.
We have shared the stage with a lot of Ukrainian bands.
8.What have been some of Morkesagn most memorable shows to date? Are their any tours or shows planned for 2016?
I think all great shows are upcoming. We are planning the tour over Europe (Iceland, Great Britain, Turkey, Ukraine) in the August 2016.
9.What does black metal mean to you?
It is something that inspires, feeds with energy, and awakens something inside.
10.Morkesagn comes out of the Ukrainian black metal scene what is your thoughts and opinions of the scene in the Ukraine?
Not as one would like it to be. We do not have a lot of good black metal bands and organization of black metal events is usually quite poor. However, it is something that heavily depends on every individual’s initiative and has wide opportunities to evolve.
11.Who are some of your all-time favorite Ukrainian bands? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should watch out for?
Khors, Nokturnal Mortum, Endless Battle, Drudkh, Hate Forest, Balfor… I would also like to mention Ungoliantha and Daemonium with their recent first releases
12.Are any of the members currently working with other bands or solo projects?
Almost everyone is a part of another band besides Morkesagn. It is common in Ukraine to see the same people in different combinations forming different bands =)
13.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Listen to Black Metal and let your souls forever burn!