Monday, December 14, 2015

Black Cult Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We are working on our new album at the moment and it should be out in the beginning of 2016. I can already reveal to you the new album title. Our second album will be called "Cathedral of the Black Cult".

2.Last year you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented
 on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff the band members have done with their previous or current bands or projects?

The musical sound would be best described as 90's black metal with modern production.
We wanted to present the old school black metal on which we've grown up with a modern sound. We want to keep that old spirit intact. True black metal how we fell it should sound nowadays. Some of our previous and present bands/projects differ more, some less. When it comes to Gorthaur's Wrath we can draw
a lot of parallels concerning the sound. This was the first band Insanus and me formed much earlier then Black Cult but since that time a lot of line up changes followed and with every new member came new and different ideas. So there are notable differences as well as similarities between those two bands.
There is Ashes you leave, our lead guitarist's main band, and we're talking some serious gothic doom here.
Again we can go back to the past with all five of the Black cult members and there you could again find some connections to the sounds or ideas but not completely the same as the Cult. Castrum, Unholy Inquisition, Hibernum, Svitogor,Mysterium, Czaar,Heathen mysticism, Nekrist and Kult Perunov. Here is the complete list for anyone interested in Croatian black metal and metal scene in general. This could be an interesting matter.


3.Your lyrics cover a lot of satanic topics, what is the type of Satanism that you bring out in the song lyrics
 on the album?

For us Satanism is a completely individual philosophy. There is truth in works of Aliester Crowley, A.Lavey and many others but it's up to each individual to stand for himself and find his own truth, seek his own path.
That is the ultimative answer for me in the end. We definitely stand against all forms of organized religion, especially coming from an extremely religious country ourselves. Therefore, there is always some mention of religion in our lyrics. Be it metaphorically or literally. We are the local Villains in the eyes of the masses and we're proud of it. Imagine the typical Hammer horror villain - that's us down here.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Black Cult'?

Well, like with the sound of the band, we wanted to make the same "message" with the name.
We don't want to be the next best thing out there, it's not about that for us. It never was and should never be like that for a real black metal band. Like it was in the early years - I think you know what I mean.
Just keep it underground, magical and for the selected few.There is one thing that we want to achive though, to keep the flame burning.Continue with the work and keep it active constantly, specially in these god forgotten lands where we live at the moment.We are the Standard bearers from the south. It's a pure black metal dedication, nothing more and nothing less.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

The best shows so far would be those we shared with our brothers from Sweden - "Stormdeath" - in our home town Rijeka. Just a few days after the new year celebration of 2015. You should definitely check them out. Our show on the local metal fest called "Dark-O fest" was also amazing. Then there was our first show as a band on the festival called "Udar Groma" and I think that some parts of it can still be found on Youtube.
That's when the magick happened, so that one was the most important for us.
Our stage performance is a ritual and a gathering. We prefer to do it on a selected location, on a predetermined time and for selected people. That's why we don't prefer touring.


6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

I already mentioned touring plans in the question above. As for future shows, there are no plans so far, as we are completely focused with the work on the new album. Although, we had plans concerning coming to Germany and Sweden and we will continue to work on the realization of those as soon as the album comes out.

7. On the album you had done a Burzum cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of his songs?

The first time we talked and planned on doing cover songs we decided that if we are going do it, we are going to do only those
legendary bands that either don't play anymore or never had played live in the first place. The idea was to deliver this energy to the people that can't be experienced it anymore anywhere else or never could. This song is the best Burzum song for me and it contains the essence of the darknessof early scandinavian black metal. So the choice came like an inspiration to me. This is the song, so we did it.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

It was very well recieved and all of the first 500 copies where sold out short upon it's release. Maybe some re-releases will follow, LP would be a very much appreciated relic among the cultists, of that we are sure.
Just the fact that three labels, two from USA and one from Russia, made co- release for "Neo-Satanism" (Satanath records, Metallic media and Black Plaque) speaks for itself. The underground black metal scene today is bigger than ever and that is a great fact.

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?

Most of them are on standstill as all of us focus primarily on Black Cult. Kult Perunov just released their first full length album,but others stay mostly quiet for the time being.



10.When can we expect another album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Like I said already in the beginning of this interview, the work on the new album has already begun. The album will be finished and  unleashed upon the world sometime in early 2016.Everyone interested should follow the updates on all of our official webpages.www.blackcult.info would be the main one.
The new material will be more aggressive, darker and one step ahead of what we've done so far. That's all I can say for now.

11.What are some of the musical influences that your bring into the music of 'Black Cult'?

Mostly it's black metal, but there are other metal subgenre influences and other musical influences as well.
Inside the band we listen to all forms of metal and music in general, so don't be surprised if we bring some other influences along the way, every now and then. As long as they are dark. We keep ourselves within no boundaries when it comes to our sound and our music.

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

Thank you for these interesting questions and your time.
We don't get so many interview offers so we dedicate time for each interview and make it personal.
Hope to stay in touch and Keep the flames burning!

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