Writing mainly at the moment - got a few new songs nailed, although we haven't had a chance to rehearse them as a band yet. Hopefully we will be playing some more live shows soon too.
I wouldn't say it's too different, although the two new songs Black Thrashing Terror and Archangel Burial are more primitive which reflects our overall progression, or regression, in our writing.
Lyrically we have no particular agenda other than to uphold the proud traditions of bestial and thrash metal, we refuse to break new ground - if it ain't broke etc.
I wanted to try and encompass all over genre influences in one word, while still being fairly unique and original, so the Cult is for all the black metal within us and the Finder is a salute to Witchfinder General and our doom metal elements.
My favourite performance so far was Black Death Assault with Craven Idol and Funeral Throne in December, just a great all-dayer with great atmosphere and a real sense of brotherhood and community. We don't get to rehearse much, so our live performances can vary, but if it's a good day you can expect a very ferocious and thrashy set. We're in the process of lengthening our set, but so far it's always been a short sharp thrash attack!
Not as yet, as I say we're concentrating on new material, but when we get a chance to play, we will!
ELM have been incredible to work with, very supportive and made every step as easy as possible. Tom picked up a flyer for our demo tape about 18 months ago and when we were looking for a label he was my first choice.
We are still working on getting ourselves to a worldwide audience, but we have had some good reaction from Singapore, which would be a great place to be appreciated. I like to think our style of bestial thrash has international appeal as we incorporate a lot of influence from South American bands like Perversor and Vulcano.
Well our drummer and bassist are in doom metallers Witchsorrow, who have just put out their second album on Rise Above, so they're fairly busy now with gigs, one reason we've been pretty quiet! For myself, I've just started a tape label, Ferrous Void Productions and the first release should be out in the next couple months.
Our new material is definitely more primitive, but still maintains a similar riff structure, alternating between fast and slow, thrash and doom. I'd like to have one song that's all slow riffs, but our drummer Wilbeherit gets upset if there isn't enough blasts!
I would say our primary influences are Nifelheim, Bathory and Perversor, but there are doomy Archgoat type riffs too. Lately I've been digging a lot of Proclamation, Bestial Raids and Grave Miasma, I'd like to get some of that atmospheric death metal in our music somehow!
I like the aesthetic and symbolism of Satanism. It's inseparable from the tradition of heavy metal and has been there since the days of Coven and Black Sabbath, but I think there's a lot of bullshit talked about it these days, with only a small percentage of bands actually practicing what they preach.
I read a lot, contemporary fiction and history books mainly. I try to write too and get to art galleries when I can, other than that, when I'm not slaving at work, I just hang out with my wife and watch a lot of shit TV.