1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
“We just released our first full-length album through Massacre Records, so we are quite anxious to see how that will turn out. Also we are playing a couple of shows around Finland.”
2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it
differs from the older material?
“For some reason some people try to present us as Avantgarde Black Metal, but in my opinion that doesn’t really fit. We are more of a straight forward Black Metal band with a lot of Death metal influences. You can also probably detect lots of other influences from the Metal and Rock scene.
Actually five of the songs on this album are re-recorded versions from the past two EP:s we did. And two of them are some of the first songs we ever wrote. The Iniquity Descent is still a fairly new band.”
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores
with the new release?
“I tend to write lyrics in a very personal way. I write about what I see, have seen and experienced. Some of it has references to religion, some to soulsearch, some simply to how people around you act and things they do. I grew up in a very religious area of Finland where there are lots of different churches and “cults”, if you may, which has given me lots of fuel for writing what I write today.”
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
“We as a band are a group of people that has been through a lot together and many of us have known each other for 25 years already. As I said before we grew up in a strict religious area and have been splinters in the eyes of many because of the way we dress, think and behave. So in their eyes we have been “the iniquity descent”, the descendants of immorality, to put it easier.”
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and
how would you describe your stage performance?
“We had a really cool album release gig here in Helsinki a little while ago. We also did some really nice shows last year in Russia.
Even though we like to call ourselves a Black Metal band we don’t look like one on stage. Wev don’t dress up in leather and spikes, covered in corpse paint. We like it toned down a bit, but still put on an energetic show.”
6. Do you have any touring plans for the new release?
“We have some shows in Finland planned right now and we were talking about a short European tour, but it seems that is not gonna happen now. We are really interested in touring a bit outside Finland and we are open to suggestions!”
7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans
of black metal?
“It’s been pretty good. I’ve read a bunch of our reviews and they have been surprisingly good. 7,5 or eight out of ten is a pretty good average for a first album in my opinion.”
8. What is going on with the other band projects these days?
“There’s lots of things going on there. Finntroll can probably not be called a project anymore. Hehehe, but Finntroll is probably gonna enter the studio this year and also Chthonian has been thinking about doing something new. Magenta Harvest is also taking steps forward with the writing process and concerts. Not much free time for us!”
9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
“I guess we will always stick to the same principle of being a groovy, straight forward Black Metal band. The thing that we are gonna focus on now is to be more varied and give the songs a bit more details.”
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
“We all grew up in the 80s (except Philip) and we all listened to different kinds of metal as kids, so I guess that has had some kind of impact on us. A weird fact is that Mikeal who wrote every riff on this album don’t listen to any music at all. He only writes the kind of music he would like to hear himself.”
11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
“Oh, that’s quite a broad area. I guess it would be anything from home renovating and fishing to swimming and golfing. Hahaha!”
12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
“Thanks for reading this and don’t be shy to harass your local promoter to get The Iniquity Descent to play at your local club!”