1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. First of all, thank you for your review of our EP on OccultBlackMetalZine as well as the attention that you give to our work. KLLK was born from the musical alliance of my friend SkSk and myself. At that time we were both eager for lore and underground music. That is how in 2009 we came with this idea of an hermetic black metal in abidance with a mystic background. This is how our firsts notes 'I' and then 'Terra Apsens Lux' were released between 2009 and 2012 with the support of musicians who were receptive to our musical approach.
2.In July you had released a new ep, 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?
2. Our current work is indubitably quite different from our firsts two demo. these were made on impulse following a cathartic composition process. At that time the musicians who surrounded us were not involved in the composition process as they are nowadays. It would be interesting to add that our influences evolved and became more specific leading us to some more ritualistic and progressive aspects. This we owe to the symbiotic work of each musician in the band.
3.Over the years your lyrics have covered Indo Europeanism, Celtic Rituals, Cosmologies, the occultist Julius Evola and Mithraism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the different pantheons and also the works of Evola?
3. We grant great importance to the thematics. I will try by this brief sketch to represent the essence of our project. In our thematics occultism generally isn't presented as abstract as is new-age, Steiner's 'vitalistic' esoterism and doesn't approch Blavatsky's syncretism. It is rather based on doctrines, substantive analyzes and cultural transmissions. In essence, lineage. This is why these subjects draw their influences from indo-european conceptions, ancient cosmogonies and cults from vanished civilizations. This attraction is especially oriented on our multi-millennium Europe because it is our birthplace, so the origin of all our deep concepts. Julius Evola is a great source of inspiration as well since he, in my opinion, plays one of the most important role in the search for transcendence and brings a metaphysical look over a modern, materialistic and anarchic era. Among the other authors that inspire us I could name Mircea Eliade, Savitri Devi, Rene Guenon, Nietzsche and George Soules.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name K.L.L.K'?
4. It will never be unveiled.
5.Has the band done any live shows or this strictly a studio project?
5. It was not part of our original plan, but since, a lot of water has passed under the bridge. More information will come to you soon, but we already have some good suggestions!
6.The ep was released on Mithra! Infrasound, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
6. Mithra! Infrasound is a subdivision of the French webzine Mithra! Templezine in which I officiates as editor. This is a particularly small structure that produces analog formats into very neat editions looking like relics. More productions will emerge soon, including a French neofolk duo and even Power Electronics!
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
7. For the moment we have got some good feedback and encouraging recepetions from activists of the underground scene, we are sometimes surprised by the requests that may be extended to Australia, Canada and Russia. We owe this distribution to the brave support of GZ from Underground Soundscapes, Space Black Metal, LF from NKVD / Autokrator or M. Tinnemans from Tabula Obscura, and many others. All these supports drew us on carrying on this path and we thank them for it.
8.Between 2012 and 2015 there was no new music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
8. Indeed, We froze the activity for a year, from 2014 to 2015, and before this we recorded the EP 'Between the Heliocentric First Wind and the Great Devourer of Light' which was supposed to come out on an American label along with a Drone music project, Iron Gavel. We will not disclose the name of the label.
9.Early this year you had released your first 2 demo's on a compilation, can you tell us a little bit more about this release?
9. This compilation is primarily a gateway to the release of our EP and it allows to officially put 'Terra Apsens Lux' back on the agenda. The idea to add tracks collected from our many experiments - some dating back to 2010 - came much later, we wanted to immortalise these lost compositions. This kind of anthology is only available in digital format.
10.What is going on with the other musical project these days that 3/4th of the band members are a part of?
10. Indeed, we work on other projects that have no link with KLLK. N.Sol Invictus and me are part of a declinist Black Metal project named Avitum, a demo was released this year on Atavism Records. Other projects are in preparation and will be ruled by the same intention of transcendental research.
11.Where would you like to see the band heading into musically during the future?
11. Our work will remain impregnated by the atmospheric Black Metal and led in a ritualistic way. We have no intention of moderating ourselves now that we have a real drummer among us; Sleap aka B.Abysse. our possibilities have definitely expanded.
12.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?
12. Our first influences came from groups practicing a deep and occult Black Metal like Deathspell Omega ('If Monumentum Requires, Circumspice' being one of our favorites), Portal, Blood of Kingu, Alrakis, Darkspace, Vrolok and Urfaust. We also had a distinct preference for industrial and experimental music, I think of SPK, Swans, Zero Kama, Militia (especially the tribalism vibe on the album 'Power.Propaganda.Production!') Allerseelen, the first Lustmord and Mz 412. There is currently a more diversified synergy among the band members, we particularly worship Crepusculo Negro, the bands labeled as 'Cascadian Black Metal'. We also have an attraction for dissonance and labels like Prison Tatt, Pesanta Urfolk, Sol y Nieve, or Beläten and Lost Pilgrims. Most recently we have been marked by bands like Vanum, Maléfices (Canada), Yussuf Jerusalem and the album 'The Lone Descent' from :of the wand and the moon: .
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13. Once again thank you for this interview, we're hoping that the answers are interesting enough. We are currently on the composition of a more consistent release, the details will be revealed in the coming weeks!
Carl Neomalthusian / K.L.L.K