Here is a new interview with the Finnish atmospheric black metal band Aegeon.Who talk about the new cd "Devouring The Sun" and about the bands future as well as the Finnish black metal scene.
Interview with Lord Aegeon vocals and all instruments for Aegeon done by Patrick
1.Hails Lord Aegeon when did you first get the idea to start Aegeon? How did you choose the name for this band?
Hails Patrick! I started Aegeon in 2010. The whole process of starting was originally kind of a random act. I had several lyrics written in a shell and I thought that maybe I should try to put the lyrics to use. So I tried to compose the songs as depressive as the lyrics were and the demo "portals" was made.
Name Aegeon derives from Greek mythology. Aegeon is a sea monster with hundred arms and many names. He is also called Briareos and his names have several writing forms on literature. Aegeon was a suitable name because I've always been interested in mythologies and tales. For me the name also represents the time in Europe before christianity and the other religions of the mediterranean area nowadays.
2. Lord Aegeon you are getting ready to release the second full-length cd "Devouring The Sun" through Elegy Rec. how did you come in contact with this great label?
After releasing an EP Entrance to the Gardens of Death in 2012 I started to write some songs for the next release. When the time was right I contacted some labels. Elegy liked what he heard and we begun the work with the Aegeon's debut album Nocturnal Glorification.
3.How long did it take you to write the music for the new songs on "Devouring The Sun" ?And which usually comes first the music or the lyrics?
I started writing Devouring the Sun in 2014, some time before our first album Nocturnal Glorification was even released.
Usually I've had lyrics ready and I've just tried to make music sound like the mood of the lyrics. However this time I made one exception. The 3rd track of the new album entitled Art of the Terminal Metamorphosis has all guitar riffs written by Aegeon's additional guitarist Khakh so I wrote the lyrics for the song afterwards to get the lyrics the right feeling what the song is about.
4.Where do you usually draw inspiration for the lyrics and what are some topics you wrote about on the new cd?
The inspiration might come from visual art or nature, it can also come clear on some place or just on a specific moment. Lyrics on Devouring the Sun deal with anti-christian themes. Album has poems dealing with darkness between the awareness and unconciousness, death and witchcraft and some misanthropic apocalyptic desires and visions.
5. Lord Aegeon you handle the vocals for the band when did you first start singing and screaming? Do you do anything special to keep your throat and voice healthy?
When first time I did bm-vocals... It was a really long ago. However I also had really long pause on doing anything with music but just listening before starting Aegeon, so I feel I kinda had to start all over again when I started the band.
I have no healty tricks for voice. Maybe alcohol strong enough to disinfect the sore throat after the session. Maybe if Aegeon would do a tour some day I would have to come up with something.
6.Besides the vocals you also handle the instruments when did you become interested in writing and playing instruments? What were some of the first instruments you learned how to play? When first starting out did you take lessons or are you self taught?
Guitar was the first instrument. Later I also learned to play drums and some keys. Bass I really never did learn to play it just came by itself with guitar. I've never taken any lessons for any instruments
7.Are their any instruments that you would like to learn to play soon?
Not really at this point. I'd rather strenghten the old skills.
8.Has Aegeon ever played "live" or do you prefer to keep this a studio only band?
Aegeon has not played and propably never will play live because I have no intentions of gathering a full band around me. It would take a lots of musical compromises and sacrifices. I'd rather keep it this way and compose the most of the music myself. When thinking about it, I also don't have any desire for the live performances. Atleast at the moment.
9. Aegeon comes out of the Finnish black metal scene what is your opinion of Finland's black metal?
Finland has and has always had a really strong black metal scene. I wish I had more time to explore all the Finnish bands out there. still somehow I don't feel like belonging in Finnish black metal scene. I've not been very active in the scene since the days of tape trading in mid 90's, so I really don't have much new band contacts or contacts to the whole scene in general in Finland.
10.Who are your all-time favorite Finnish bands? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should watch out for?
Beherit was my first touch in finnish black metal and black metal in general. I still mostly listen the older stuff what I used to listen long ago. I don't unfortunately have any new bands to introduce and since Aegeon is quite new band in Finnish scene I'd rather not introduce any band as "new Finnish band".
11.Besides bands are their any good labels or distro's you can recommend to the readers?
Since I haven't really had time to explore the new music for a long time I can't really answer this. Besided I've always bought my records from abroad.
12.Besides working in Aegeon are you currently working with any other bands or projects at this time?
I have some projects of course but nothing really worth to mention at the time. Everything still related to black metal the way or another.
13.When not working on new music or band business what do you like to do in your free time?
Travelling and walking in the nature, exploring ancient sacred places and old graveyards, photoshooting and working with graphics. Of course I have also combined these things to making record.
14.Thank you Lord Aegeon for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
Thank you for the interview. I will start creating music again at autumn when darkness has devoured the sun again here in the North. I think anyone mixed-up with the black metal should give a try to our new album Devouring the Sun.