Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Space God Ritual Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Currently we are rehearsing new material in preparation for a new album to be released later this year.

2.In November you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The new album (From Void to Ocean) is heavy, atmospheric and contains some of our best lyrics to date. We also endeavored to expand on our arrangements so you can hear more complex song structures and orchestrated  passages than previous albums. So far, From Void to Ocean has the best production of the three we have released. We produce all the music ourselves, so we are constantly learning how to make our albums sound better and better.

3.Your lyrics cover a lot of the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this author and also do you have an interest in the authors that have followed in his footsteps?

H.P Lovecraft pretty much invented horror! His stories have monsters, insanity, cults, ritual murder, whats not to love! As a kid, his writing really fascinated and scared me. It exposed me to this world of cosmic horror where man is insignificant in the shadow of mind bend horrors. Can you imagine the effect that had on a twelve year old? As for those who followed him, there are some who have done excellent work like August Derelith, Robert E. Howard and Brian Lumley while there are others who are pretty forgettable. I tend to stick with the Lovecraft himself.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Space God Ritual"?

Space God Ritual's founder, Lee Waldron, came up with the name in high school just before the band was started. I don't know if there is any kind of meaning behind the name other then it sounds cool. Lee's not here to clarify so i'll leave it at that.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

In the history of Space God Ritual we have played live three times. Each time was during a significant change in sound and direction and the shows were less then excellent. Since that time we have remained a studio band.

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

We would love to play our music live some time in the future. As of now, however, we have no plans to tour or play live.

7.Recently the new album was released on vinyl, can you tell us a little bit more about this version of the album?

Actually our second album, Eldritch Tales is being released and the vinyl are currently available by Kosmik Artifactz/Bilocation records. We have yet to receive our copies of the records, but we know they come in Purple or black and with a gate fold cover. The master sounds really thick and heavy too!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom metal?

So far the feedback has been very positive. Aside from a few lukewarm reviews our albums get some nice praise and we hear some pretty cool feedback from fans.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

As of now Space God Ritual is the main focus for all the members. There have been a few side projects here and there: Alexander and Brendan play in Booze Lords together. But other then that most other projects have been shelved for the time being.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We would like to play a couple live shows and we have our newest album to record which we want to self release on a vinyl format on our own label, Morose Music.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We listen to all kinds of things from Pentagram to Frank Zappa. Recently i've been on a Manilla Road kick, and John Carpenter just released his first solo album and i've been really enjoying that too. Mainly, influence for us comes from the books we read and metal is a good vehicle to get our ideas out there.

12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Occultism does play a role in the music in a kind of 1970's horror movie/comic book kind of way. If anything it inspires the sort of hokey atmosphere we try to capture. As for taking part in actual occult practices, we have little to no interest.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thanks for the interview!

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