Sunday, February 2, 2014

Nigra Mors Interview

First of all, I'm not Severus. I'm Thorgrim and with Wolf we are the only ones allowed to talk and promote Nigra Mors through media and webzines.
Sorry for the "surprise".

1.Can you tell us a little bit about the project for those that will be hearing of you for the first time?

All started as a Black Metal project in 2010, Severus' intenction was to recreate the feeling of the norwegian old school Black Metal bands like Mayhem, Darkthrone and so on, but some serious events changed his feeling about music and life so he began to write more introspective and dark material calling the band Nigra Mors. Personally I know Severus from a while and maybe I'm one of the few contacts with the world he has.

2.Recently you have put out a new EP, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken?

As said before, the music in Nigra Mors is really introspective and connected deeply with the lyrics. All I can say is that these two aspects will always work together in the best way.

3.According to the Metal Archives page, the project was formed in 2010 and the first release came out on 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap?

This gap is due to the personal issues of Severus, nothing more nor less. I was involved in the project in the late 2012 and Wolf about a year later, so I don't know if there are other reasons besides the ones I know.

4.The lyrics cover Occultism and Death, can you tell us a little bit more about your interests in these topics?

The lyrics for this EP are all in latin and they are focused on de Quincey's 'Suspiria de Profundis'. Severus read the 'Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow' essay and he was so fascinated by those stories to make a short concept about the three mothers. That's the reason why all the songs in this EP have different styles and feels.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nigra Mors'?

Nigra Mors means Black Death in latin. The medieval plague that decimated the entire european population in the late 14th century. I think Severus choose this name for the evocative feel or maybe is for something more personal I cannot explain now.

6.Currently there is only 1 member in the band, are you open to working with a full line up or do you chose to remain solo?

As the biography say: Nigra Mors is Severus - Severus is Nigra Mors. Anyone else involved in this project is only a guest, included me.

7.The EP came out on Lupus Niger Records, how did you get in contact with them and how would you the support that they have given you so far?

I know Wolf for 17 years, he's a close friend of mine and we also play together in Gort from 2004. I know that if he wants he can reach every corner of this world so, why I shouldn't be satisfied of his work? This collaboration started even if Severus initially didn't want to contact any label for his work, but we strongly insisted and after long discussions he decided to sign for Lupus Niger giving us the duty to promote the EP.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal that have heard it so far?

It's still too early to say how Nigra Mors' music has been received on a worldwide level, but all the responses by now are positive so we keep waiting for other reviews and feedbacks.

9.When can we expect a full length album and what musical direction will it be heading into?

I don't know what to say about, the only thing I know is that Severus is strongly bonded to Black Metal and he consider it as a second skin. Nigra Mors will continue playing Black Metal for a long time, that's for sure!

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

The main influences in Nigra Mors are the first Black Metal bands like Mayhem, Darkthrone and Bathory, as said before. Nowadays I'm particularly attracted by Hardcore/Crust bands that use Metal influences to evolve their sounds and Severus is listening to various Classical composers I don't even know: he thinks that Classical music is more similar to Black Metal than any other forms of Metal itself. In a certain way it helps him to be not influenced by the myriad of Black Metal bands worldwide.

11.Do you have any non musical interests?

Severus is a really complex personality. He likes the arts in any of its forms with a predilection for the dark and dramatic tunes. He's really influenced by visive and humanistic arts but read in his mind is a kind of lottery sometimes!

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

Thank you for the support and keep the black flame alive! Horns up!!!

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