– Hello and first of all, thanks for taking the time. How is everything going right now with PERDITION WINDS? What are you currently up to?
J.E: Ave, we are currently writing new material, preparing for a a gig at “Turku Saatanalle III” indoor festival in Turku, Finland (20.-22.2.2015). We are also looking for an interested party to release our forth coming split with Drama (Rus).
– First off, as I guess some people won’t know about you yet and as you started just in 2010, could you please make some history of the band? How did PERDITION WINDS born?
J.E: Band was put together in 2010 but there had been premonitions of things to come earlier, some what ten years before, for the first time as far as I know of. .A. and J.K.A. had been jamming raw Black Metal together back then but soon that was buried beneath the surface due to other things evolving. Some years later they and R.S. jammed for some time but that was yet again left to be due to circumstances. inally when I was preparing to leave Sacrilegious Impalement, I talked to R.A. (since we played in Neutron Hammer together at the time) about forming raw and primitive Black Metal band. Then after my departure from S.I. ranks we started to fully prepare material for Perdition Winds with him. .K.A. was involved right from the start as well but we had wee bit difficulties in finding a drummer but luckily R.S. was soon convinced to join us. T.K. was summoned to help us out with the recording of our first “s/t” MLP in the spring of 2011 and one thing led to another and he was part of the band as well.
– You recently released your debut album, entitled «Aura of Suffering». How is everything working with this release?
J.E: Yes, we released our debut full length album on Woodcut Records (Fin) in October. Vinyl version of that one should be out during next winter by the way. Label has done outstanding job so far with this LP and we couldn´t be more satisfied with the results for the time being.
– What were your expectations on this album? As due to, among other things, a poor promotion by Darker than Black, your debut EP didn’t get much repercurssion.
J.E: Yeah, unfortunately that EP was left buried beneath the surface. As said Woodcut has done great job with the promotion so now we are definitely far more exposed to the public than before, when pretty much no one knew us. Hopefully some will also find the previous album after listening to “Aura of Suffering”.
– In fact you are now working with Woodcut Records. How is everything going with them thus far?
J.E: Everything is going smoothly as I said before.
– Starting to dig into this opus; how well does its title fit with the musical content?
J.E: Perfectly, I reckon. It describes the lyrical and musical content of the album, which go hand in hand. The atmosphere on the album is suffocating, cold and claustrophobic at times. At sometimes it´s fiery and full of scorn, hence the name “Aura of Suffering”.
– All songs here are really diverse, still being pure, raw and straight-forward Black Metal. What are some of your non-musical inspirations?
J.E: Occultism, war, genocide, inquisiton, collapsing of ones sanity . Darkness of human mind in it´s various forms. In other words: SataN / Lucifer.
R.A: I think my biggest inspiration comes from drinking whisky and beer while listening to good albums. That is the formula of getting in certain guitar playing mode, and stealing some ideas from greater bands.
– And what have been the most influential bands for your sound?
J.E: Many, I would not like to name drop too much but I think we have been influenced at least by Celtic Frost, Bathory, Darkthrone, Katharsis, Mayhem, Nifelheim, Funeral Mist, Burzum, Deathspell Omega and some darker end of Death Metal as well.
– There’s also a great equilibrium between fast moments (they play a big role on this album) with slower tempos. How easy is to get and keep a good balance without diminish the whole brutal effect?
J.E: We do not aim for some certain end of tempo scale just for the sake of it, never. The songs come as they are, naturally. They come as life itself unpredictable, there´s ups and downs.
– All songs last longer than 5 minutes, which I think is necessary to make songs as «Temple Within» to develop themselves, would you agree on this?
J.E: Most definitely. That is exactly what I was just refering to in previous question, natural development.
R.A: I dont think it’s necessary, but it just turn out this way this time. I do prefer that songs have more time to grow, that can easily make songs a bit longer but as many bands has shown before, the song doesn’t need to be very long to work just perfectly. Maybe we just suck when it comes to writing shorter songs, hah…
– And what could you comment on the aforementioned track? What’s the story and inspiration behind it? Is a really complete and dynamic one.
J.E: Lyrically it is very personal one but as well it can be understood on more universal level. It´s about the burning Black Flame within…
R.A: I can’t remember what was my inspiration when I wrote it. I do remember that it did come out pretty fast. All the riffs just came up pretty soon after we finnished our EP recordings, and only the last riff of the song was something that I was wondering bit longer. I do remember also that I was reading some new lyrics that J.E. had writen that time, and I started to fit that song for those lyrics, but at the end, those lyrics didn’t fit in that song anymore. That is the oldest song for our full length, done almost 1 year before the rest of the songs.
– Also production is really thick and heavy, enhancing the bass, something also necessary for tunes such as «Into Womb of Oblivion» I think. What kind of sound were you looking for in production terms?
J.E: Harsh and violent but at the same time one where you can hear what´s going on!
– All this about «Aura of Suffering» being said; how could you describe it in just 3 words?
J.E: Harsh. Violent. Oppressive.
– And finally, what are your near-future plans?
J.E: To perform some shows to support the album (organizers/promoters get in touch at email@example.com). To get the said Drama split out and to write and record our next opus.
– That’s all, thank you once more for answering our questions. If you want to add some final words; feel free to do it.
J.E: Hail Lucifer!