Hail everyone! Farn and Ekvil from Morkesagn are here!
Ekvil: The band was formed in Kyiv (Ukraine) in 2013. I am the founder of the band and author of music/lyrics, but all band members play an important role in our creative process. Our music is closest to Melodic Black Metal with a little influence of Death/Doom Metal.
2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Farn: It is the amalgamation of classical black metal sound with characteristic fast blastbeats and solid aggressive guitar riffs and melodic solos with smooth, delayed sound, sometimes with synth in background, acoustic breakdowns, and atmospheric sound.
Ekvil: We have been looking for the "golden ratio" between powerful legible sound and rawness. I hope we got it.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Ekvil: We tried to create a dark mystic atmosphere of Underworld with its rivers of lava, gloomy vaults of caverns and hordes of daemonic creatures inside.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Morkesagn'?
Ekvil: It can be translated from Norwegian as "Dark Legends". The legends which we provide to our listeners by our music.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Farn: We mostly performed in small Kiev clubs. Took part in a couple of Ukrainian open-air festivals. The release of our first album stimulated us to work more on this.
Ekvil: I think our best live shows are in future. We really like to interact with fans on concerts; it is an inseparable part of our creative process. We always try to do our best to see more headbanging, slamming and circlepits under the stage.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Farn: We are planning to visit several European countries as a part of Merdumgiriz label tour during the next summer. Nothing concrete for now, it is still very much a work in progress.
7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have signed with 'Merdumgiriz'?
Farn: Merdumgiriz is a small ‘guerilla’ label that contacted us after I started the promotion campaign for our first album and had a release plan. We signed a deal and all our stuff will be produced and signed by two separate labels: Merdumgiriz label and my own Farn Black Productions label. Everything made by Merdumgiriz is handmade, they do handpainted discs and cassettes, custom t-shirt art etc. I think this partnership is going to turn into something interesting.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Farn: We get a lot of messages on FB; many people like our music and waiting for the physical release to buy a CD. The most active fans are from India, South America….
9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Ekvil: Currently, bassist Heydvald also plays in thrash/black band Stormride, Farn plays in thrash band Sichgart and our drummer plays in sympho-black band Ungoliantha.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Ekvil: We are going to play more Black Metal for you! More grim streams of darkness flowing into your hearts.
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?
Ekvil: I listen to different metal styles from heavy to brutal death metal. In black metal I prefer bands like Emperor, Watain, Satyricon, Dark Fortress, Dissection, Valkyrja and a lot of others. Legion of them!
Farn: Ekvil told that he was inspired by the soundtrack for “Conan the Barbarian” and took one melody from it XD. Actually, metal is not the only music we listen to and are inspired by. As for me, besides black, I like slow and evil music that makes a feeling of cold pure darkness erupting from you. I also like eastern influence in metal music and some styles of eastern music. Like ambient music a lot. Some random bands from my playlist: Nahemoth, Narjahanam, Septic Flesh, Behemoth, Hate, Cryobiosis, Wardruna…
12.Does Satanism and Occultism play any role in your music?
Farn: No -isms in our music. Our lyrics is based on mythology and Ekvil’s own vision of other worlds…
Ekvil: …Our mind is a really great powerful thing, that can create and destroy whole Universes and make you a Godlike Master of them!
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Think, create, listen to Black Metal and let your souls forever burn!