Dawn Of A Dark Age was born last January with the aim of exploring different elements within the matrix Black Metal, which permeates the compositions, especially for the use of wind instruments such as the clarinet and saxophone, trying new colors, underused in the genre.
2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the album?
I would say that, as the title suggests, the sound I have in mind for this project is the sound of nature, in his prime, in contrast with what is the human discomfort, who continues to abuse, fueling and satisfying his continuous thirst for power. For this I am opposed to the sounds (almost) clean that tend to the perfection of nature (drums, bass, horns) with those who are the frustrations of modern man, the distinctive black metal, distorted and raw guitars.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
As mentioned earlier, the texts concerning man's relationship with nature and with higher beings and supernatural. The alienation of modern man, who has everything but doesn’t have anything, it leads to madness, to make slaughter against nature and against his fellow man. Hate, war, religion and frustration, the ingredients that are raping the nature and reduce man in misery.
4.The new album is the first chapter in a concept of 6 different albums that are going to be released in between 2014-17,
The first album, Earth, will be released on July 1st, and is the first chapter of the saga “The Six Elements”, divided into six elements that govern human nature. Each of the six discs will explore new territories and lands, that I feel more in touch with the elements in question. At the end of the sixth the circle will be closed and all the elements will be brought together under one dark sky.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dawn Of A Dark Age'?
We are in a world of ego, exploitation, misery, poverty, and the blind man doesn’t realize that the nature to which it owes its precarious life is rebelling against him. And it does so explicitly, with the force of the elements that will lead to the inevitable break between the human race and the Earth.
6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to working with other musicians in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
We are already considering to add other musicians for live, and for the studio it depends on the ideas and colors that nature and music will require. If there will be no good conditions we can remain a duo without any problem.
7.Currently the band is unsigned, are you looking for a label or do you feel labels have become obsolete in these days and ages?
I decided to self produce the entire project, unless some label can be interested in the global concept without hindering us in any point of view, especially music. It’s a project that requires enormous efforts for its realization, a kind of Wagnerian Ring of the Nibelung, and a label not willing to believe and promote our project at 360 degrees, would only hinder our work. If no one is willing to contact us at these conditions, we will happily remain independent to reign in the underground, which continues to have its own dignity and its own particular source of inspiration.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We are really pleased with the reaction of the fans of black metal, as well as fanzines and fans who decide to support us, giving us a great support to bring to an end our mission.
9.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects?
Yes, Buran is the leader of the black metal band Athanor and death metal band Hellsteps, and I'm busy with a side project of Depressive Suicidal Black Metal, “Suicidal Ruin”.
10.What can we expect music wise when the second volume is released?
It's like asking what the weather will do tomorrow! Maybe it is like today, maybe it will be hot, cold, snow? What I can anticipate is to not expect a copy of Earth. Each of the six discs will have features and elements different from the previous one. The other certainty is that it will be released January 1, 2015, exactly six months after Earth.
11.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I listen black metal from the beginnings of the genre, but in the meantime I have played in a Classical Orchestra and jazz and Avant-garde band. The bands that have made a guide for this project are some of the most violent in the landscape, such as Marduk, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Dissection and other more melodic as Tsjuder or Sargeist, as well as Penderecki, Webern, John Zorn and traditional music for the composition. What I want is to get a personal sound that combines all the elements that I put in the game, and that is as fresh as possible and less obvious. I listen a lot of music, at all hours, I currently have the headphones Wolves In The Throne Room, but Beethoven is the next.
12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
The occultism in our music, or rather in the overall project, is seen as symbolic associations and numerical correlate with those who are the six elements. To get an idea all discs will be composed of 6 tracks, 2 of which are instrumental for a duration of 36 minutes flat. They will come out at the exact distance of six months of each other and so on. You'll notice in the text as in later records that there are elements and symbols that will come back periodically, as the leitmotiv, which take inspiration from the occult and beyond.
13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Reading plays an important role as well as hiking in nature, without which this project would probably not have had any reason to exist (“the sky the sea, the sun, the moon, the rhythm of the season” from the title-track Dawn Of A Dark Age).
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Meanwhile, I can only thank you and Occult Black Metal Zine for the interview, as well as all those who will feel part of our project, supporting us in the realm of the underground.