1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new up?
At the moment we are composing material and rehearsing for our second full length and some upcoming gigs.
2.In April you have a 2 song ep coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
The new EP was recorded professionally with a full 5-piece line up while the previous catalog was more or less home produced and usually max three members performing. Our updated sound is rooted very heavily on traditional heavy and death metal, having some hints of black metal here and there and this time we added also way more keyboards than before.
3.Your lyrics cover some Occult topics,can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?
When I was a kid and youngster I experienced some bizarre hauntings which led me to study more about otherwordly topics. I'm lucky that I kept my eyes open and never killed my inner child as the world is so much more than what one who spends his life in a rat race can ever expect.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Funerary Bell'?
As our themes and imagery deal more or less with death and decay, the name is perfect. Since my childhood I've always been into the calm mood of the churchyards.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
If I have to choose one word that describes our show perfectly it would be energetic. In my opinion our best show this far was the band's debut gig in Ilokivi in spring 2013, a club in our home town.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We will play at Saturnal Fest in Jyväskylä with some other Finnish bands in 24th of April. Maybe some little European touring will follow in autumn but those plans will be revealed later.
7.The new ep is coming out on Saturnal Records,can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It's a fresh Finnish label with very professional attitude, formed by some of our mates. Perfect for our band.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Very good. Most of our dedicated fans come from Southern Europe.
9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Besides Funerary Bell (and some related bands) I'm currently working with a new punk / new wave project involving also other Finnish metal musicians. I'm not too sure what our other members are doing with their bands so I'm speaking only on my behalf.
10.When can we expect to see another full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The new full length will be released in 2016 through Saturnal Records. The album will continue the direction we set with Graveyard Séance EP.
11.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?
I have always been into metal / rock / punk etc. Nowadays I'm mostly spinning stuff like Iggy and The Stooges, Lords Of The New Church, Paul Chain, Fields Of The Nephilim, Acheron, Rotting Christ, Master's Hammer to name a few.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for your support!