1- Hello, thanks for answering to our questions. What are you guys currently up to?
We’re releasing our first full-length album, Celestial Decadence, which contains 8 songs of highly intense, aggressive and emotive death/black metal. At the moment we’re searching for a new bass player as Mikael decided to leave the band this autumn. We’ve also started planning the recording of our second album, and we have a quick one-song recording session coming up in February.
2- First off, could you make some history of the band?
We started out back in 2009 with a quite different style and line-up. There have been a few line-up changes, as well as a great amount of musical evolution, as we’ve grown as musicians.
3- How could you describe your sound?
Intense and savage, yet introspective. Aggressive, yet contemplative. Sometimes very melodic, sometimes very brutal and chaotic.
4- What are the band’s main musical influences?
A plethora black and death metal bands. Immolation, Dead Congregation, Horna and Dissection to mention some. Early on, Insomnium was highly influental to us. We don’t intend to sound like any particular band – we’ve built our style from many influences, even ones that seem incompatible sometimes.
5- How is the feedback for your new album being?
So far, very positive. It’s looking very promising, especially knowing that we’ve become even stronger as a band since the recording of Celestial Decadence, and we will continue growing still.
6- And are your personally satisfied with the final outcome?
All things considered, absolutely yes! Celestial Decadence is definitely a great album. This experience has made us very hungry, and our thoughts are already on creating a new album. And if we look at the cover art, courtesy of an incredibly talented Czech underground artist Vojtech Doubek a.k.a. Moonroot, we couldn’t be more satisfied.
7- How could you describe this opus in just 3 words?
«Bleak, aggressive and raw» would describe it. It’s a fairly diverse album, so with just that for a description, you might end up being surprised.
8- How has the production process for your new release been?
While the recording process was quite smooth, it took a very long time to get the editing, mixing and mastering done. We learned that payment is a great motivator in getting work done! Mistakes were made.
9- And how do you use to work on the songwriting?
Most of the songs on Celestial Decadence are written by Johannes, and one of the songs, Tormentor of the Weak, was created by him and Akseli together, just by jamming some ideas. Generally, the creative process takes time and concentration, but sometimes the most intuitive ideas can only be channeled in the spur of the moment.
10 – Finally, what are you near-future plans?
I’m sure that releasing the album will mean a lot of work for a while. When that’s done, we’re looking forward to working on a new record. Meanwhile, we’re recording a new song in February, probably to be released as a single.
11- That’s all from our side, thanks again for taking your time to answer our questions. If you now want to add some final words; feel free to do it.
Check out «Incursion» on YouTube – we’d appreciate if you let us know what you think. Thanks for the interview, and for the chance to share our music with you! Also, a massive shout-out to Moonroot – please check out his Facebook if you want to support a brilliant artist and a great guy!