Sunday, March 5, 2017

Alastor Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Alastor is an entity born out of our love for heavy riffs, horror films, the occult and our hate towards the modern society and life in general. Alastor is our way to portrait that horror flick that your parents always told you that you could not see but you watched secretly anyways even if it scared you shitless.

2.You have an ep coming out in March, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Imagine being submerged in quicksand while on drugs.

3.Your lyrics cover some occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?

Personally I have always been drawn to the occult. Be it music or movies and art, there’s just something about the dark realms of the human mind that plucks a string inside of me. I guess that part of my interest lies in the fact that the occult is considered taboo and forbidden. 

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Alastor'?

Well obviously it comes from the Harry Potter character ”Alastor Moody”. Or maybe it doesn’t..

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

We haven’t played that many shows but they have all been memorable in some way. But if I had to say just one it would have to be our latest gig in Malmö since the release of the ”Black Magic” single. When we started playing Black Magic people actually came up to the stage and sang along with the lyrics, it was surreal to us. As far as stage performance goes its difficult to answer from the perspective of someone on stage. I try not to think to much when we play, I just want to get completely lost inside the volume and distortion for a short period of time.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the ep is released?

Nothing written in stone yet but we have some plans that hopefully will come through. Otherwise we will try and play as much as possible anywhere where theres a stage and a stack of amps.

7.The ep is coming out on 'Twin Earth Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Twin Earth Records approached us after we released the single on our bandcamp and wanted to release the rest of the EP. Ric who runs the label is a really great guy that cares for the bands that are on the label. If you want more great music you should check out Haunted and their self titled debut album that Twin Earth released. Really solid doom heaviness on that record.

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

Overall very positive. Its crazy to think that people on the other side of the earth is sitting and listening to our music and enjoy it. I don’t think any one of us could have imagined that when we started this band.

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

Wherever the music takes us. We try not to limit ourselves too much although we have no intention of doing something totally bizarre and unique. We just want to play loud heavy riffs.

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?

We all listen to various kinds of music. All from Hank Williams to Kikagaku Mojo to Entombed and Hellhammer. Personally I think all good music and artists inspire me in some way just not necessarily sonically.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

The occult, horror movies, the usual stuff that distracts us from the strains of life. Alastor is in many ways our way of coping with all the stupidity and chaos that exists in this world that we are unwillingly born in.

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

Thank you for the interview! Die in fire!

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