Hope everyone is having a good day so far? Here is a new interview done with Italy's Obscure Amentia who discuss the bands newest release and the past and future plans for the band.Anyone who likes black,doom mixed with sime death metal elements should defintly give this band a listen today
Interview with Obscura Amentia done by Patrick
1.Hails Hel and Black Charm please introduce yourselves to the readers? When did you two first meet each other?
Hail Patrick! First of all thanks for the interview, we met more than ten years ago and a day we decided to try to write a song; the result was our 1st album "The Darkest Dream". Hel is a female screamer, fan of all the extreme scene and of the Doom atmospheres; Black Charm is a multi-instrumentalist that loves the Depressive and the Avantgarde scene, the Death Metal and all the good music also over the Metal.
2.When did you two get the idea to start Obscura Amentia ?And how did you all choose the name Obscura Amentia does it have a special meaning?
The project began after some sessions, the first ideas were a bit confused but we have always been interested to the human pain. "Obscura Amentia" for us is the seed of evil, the madness that lurks inside every human being, one of our human instincts.
3.Black Charm you take care of writing the music for the band when did you become interested in writing and playing music?
Since adolescence, I've always been fascinated by the world of music and by the way in which it can express themselves, therefore, immediately after learning to play the guitar, my first instrument, I started writing some songs (like all musicians, I think) and after several years and as many collaborations, I'm joined to this project.
4.What instruments do you play and are their any new instruments you would like to learn one day?
Guitar, bass and sometimes the keyboard. I'm currently very interested in some Asian stringed instruments, but unfortunately I have not yet managed to try them, maybe in the future I will be able to use them in some music tracks.
5.Hel you handle the vocals for the band when did you start singing and screaming?Do you do anything special to keep your voice and throat healthy?
I start to sing with clean vocals several years ago in a heavy metal band, over time I learned how to modulate my voice to sing in scream. About the healthy of my voice I do not do anything particularly special, I regularly practice sports and yoga to improve breathing.
6.Who are some of your influences and favorite vocalists?
Some of the vocalists that I like very much are Jennie-Ann Smith from Avatarium, Selvans Haruspex from Selvans, Jake Superchi from Uada and Daevas from Secrets Of The Moon but I'm influenced by no one.
7.Obscura Amentia is getting ready to release their third cd "The Art Of The Human Decadence" How long did it take you Black Charm to write the music for this release?And for the readers who have never heard Obscura Amentia's music how would you say it has changed over the years?
It took about 3 years to write the music for it, also due to some unforeseen breaks, hoping to be more fast the next time. What is changed? We are consolidating into our sound the influences Depressive and Doom at our Atmospheric Black Metal. At first our sound was a kind of Raw Atmospheric Black Metal.
8.Hel I know you also take care of writing the lyrics what were some of the subjects you wrote about on "The Art Of The Human Decadence"?
The release tells about the illness of a tired mankind suffering the pains given birth to the modern era and the decadence generate from the progress which deprives the human being from all emotions except that anguish.
9.Obscura Amentia comes out of the Italian black,doom metal scene what is your opinion of the metal scene in Italy these days?
Obviously in this internet era everything is very different from the past: lately there are many interesting musical proposals and it’s true that a new band can introduce their music to a huge audience, but we think that compared to the past, the scene, and more specifically the underground, is not supported properly and is slowly dying; currently it’s difficult to speak about a real scene.
10.Who are your all-time favorite Italian bands? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
Novembre... new bands? We're not dated enough to be able to give such advice.
11.I know that Obscura Amentia is a two person band would you like to add more members to make a full band or do you prefer to work as a two person band?
We prefer to work like now: it's more personal, intense, like a ritual.
12.Besides working in Obscura Amentia do either of you work with any other bands or solo projects?
Currently we're totally focused only on Obscura Amentia; it's more of a project, it's almost a comparison with our more hidden side.
13.When not working on new music or band business what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Literature, art and science, and, whenever it’s possible, we try to get away from the town to spend some time in nature.
14.Thank you Hel and Black Charm for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words to end the interview?
It's a pleasure reply to your questions, we love to give info about our creature! We advice to all the readers to give a listen to "The Art Of The Human Decadence"!