Well the album has just come out one week ago only on digital formats -spotify,itunes etc- while official release date for the physical copies is scheduled for the end of May.
In the last week we've been doing a lot of promotion of the new lyric video -Lizard tongue- and the response has been amazing! a lot of people love that song and the people who listen to the whole album have given us very good feedback like you guys.Now we're rehearsing for the next gigs we have planned.
2.In April 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?
I would describe it as a natural evolution form our first album Obey. If you ve heard it you can see a thin line that links the two albums. However the first was rawer, and we didn't explore the musical landscapes we have covered with this one. Further more back then we didn't have the keyboard player- the keys were added by our producer- while now we have got a permanent player who helped us a lot to shape our sound. On this new record we mixed more elements in our offering...blending all our musical influences that go from 70's doom to new wave-80's goth to amercian stoner rock. We tried to balance them out and make them ours instead of just copying what has been done before.
3.Your music has a lot of roots in the 90's goth metal style, do you feel this style has been making a comeback over the years?
I'm not sure about that. To be honest with you I don't see a big come back in recent years...I mean there are amazing bands out there like the 69 Eyes or A Pale Horse Named Death that play their own version of goth but I don't see that many. As far as we are concerned we're big fans of goth metal but we also enjoy old bands like Joy Division Cure and Sisters of Mercy too.
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
We try to cover all sorts of stuff that has a good vibe and matches the atmosphere of the song. Just to give you an example, a song like Black Voodoo Girl has got that bleak feel and talks about a goth girl that plays with magic...so you better run away. While on the other hand a track like Homeless addresses problems such as poverty and a new generation of poor people...coming from abroad. So it really depends on the mood of the song.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The best shows we've played were a few months ago with ex Venom Mantas and Tony Dolan- Mpire of Evil- and a week ago with the French alternative band Lizzard. Then a tour we did in Latvia last year was mental, but we did enjoy ourselves and played some amazing gigs.
Our stage perfomance is quite down to earth...just no frills...we just let the music do the talking. We're regular guys who are in love with our music. When we first started we thought about dressing up like Death SS, but then we decided to just go out there with a ripped tshirt and blue jeans. At the end of the day if you have a great stage persona but then your music sucks...it won't impress the audience will it?
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
At this stage we re considering different options...we would like to tour but under the right conditions. In the following week we're putting the final touches to an Eastern European tour. We received a couple of offers from the USA but they didn't pan out. We are keen to tour this album everywhere.....unfortunately for underground bands it's not that easy to tour on regular basis...as we have to consider how much money we are going to spend and how much we're going to earn. But we are determined to play where there is an audience who are willing to see us.
7.I have read that most of the band members have had experience playing in other bands for the last couple of decades, what is it that motivates you te keep going after all of these years?
That is a good question indeed....I've been asking myself many times the same question but you know what? the answer is that we are music lovers...music fans who just live for the music. I mean we all have proper daily jobs and without playing in a band I couldn't carry on....for instance having this interview with you or reading reviews from across the world that praise our work is one of the main reasons we keep doing it. Don't let the bastards grind you down...this is our motto!
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of goth, doom and stoner metal?
Really good! we were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response for Obey....we receive emails from all over the world of appreciation...we couldn 't believe it....when we first started three years ago it was just to have some fun together but as soon as we released our debut album we understood that we created something really worthwhile
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I reckon we ll carry on the same pattern maybe adding more electro dark influences into it. Having said that I think we have a good background of musical geners to pick from so again we'll see how our sound will develop.
10.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?
Our musical background spans from the 70s hard rock classic to 80s hard rock..to thrash metal and goth...all sorts really. We love newer acts such as Blood Ceremony and othe occult bands but we also love commercial stuff too. Our bassist comes from a black metal band while the singer has a crossover background...I played for years in a stoner grunge band....while the drummer has so many bands going on at the minute that i lost count.
11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
Although a lot of people think we're an occult band and bear in mind that we have some elements i personally don't think we can be pigeonholed there. We're not satanists but we all like that kind of sound. We' d rather prefer to be ourselves and play our mix of music.
12.What are some of your non musical interests?
We all love football...or as you call it soccer....a part from that we all enjoy to spend time with our families....
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Well first of all we'd like to thank you guys for your time...then i'll invite all of your readers to come to our FB page and check it.... support the underground bands..if you like a band buy their records don't download them illegaly.... and don't forget to doom on!!!