Hellfire: Grave and I formed the band back in 2009. We are playing in other bands together, but both of us wanted to create a bestial monstrosity.
Grave: We are a bestial death metal horde from beyond Irkalla.
So far you have released an ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
Hellfire: That’s right. The first was “Sign of Moloch” which released by the Hungarian Stygian Shadows Productions on CD than on vinyl by Blood Harvest and Temple of Abomination Records as a cooperation release. Sickness 666 did both the cover and the logo. The debut full length released by Mark Riddick’s brother Mike with his American label called Metalhit. Mark did the covers and booklets for all the versions of “Horns in the Dark”. We really respect him and appreciate his works; he is a true underground fanatic! The record released in a lot of other versions as a co-release first at Metalhit on CD than as a co-release at Blood Harvest and Caverna Abismal Records on black and red vinyl. Than the Hungarian Neverheard Distro released it on tape with 2 bonus tracks. These 2 tracks supposed to be on an EP but it got delayed all the time so at the end we used them as a bonus tracks on the full length. Than Caverna Abismal and Neverheard Distro re-released it as a co-release on CD with the 2 bonus tracks as well. We simply call our music bestial death metal.
Your last release was in 2013, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
Hellfire: That’s true. The last album released in 2013. Both of us moved to different countries. Grave is currently living in England and I’m living in Germany for several years now. We are still good friends and talk a lot even about the new album. We have a lot of ideas but we have other bands’ releases waiting to be recorded and first we need to do those.
Your lyrics cover some occult topics; can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?
Hellfire: Rather I’m the one who is more interested in this from two of us. Grave is also into this kind of literature and lore, but he prefers the raw senses. I’m interested in the spiritual world, black arts and the meaning of life for long time ago, but also the existence of the iniquitous and tyrannical religions. The lyrics are about these topics just from a different way.
What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name “Tyrant Goatgaldrakona”?
Hellfire: Like I mentioned above we wanted to create a beast and that’s why this is the name of the band. I think some of the people don’t know the meaning of the word “galdrakona”. The world originally Scandinavian and it means witch/witch master. It represents the raw power, anger and dominance for us.
Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
Hellfire: We don’t have any plans for that.
Grave: Hellfire is on drums and I’m on guitar during the rehearsals. Everything goes smooth and fast when we start the song writing process together with Hellfire so we don’t want to change what works perfectly. We have a maniac musician friend luckily who’s the session drummer for the live shows and 2 individuals for being a session bassist.
What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Hellfire: We had two shows so far. The first one was at the Inner Awakening Fest in Szeged and the second one was at the Old Grave Fest in Bucharest. You can find everything in the world of internet so you can watch the whole Old Grave performance on youtube if you are interested in the band’s live atmosphere.
Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Hellfire: We only accept some festival requests because the fact that both of us living in different countries but not even all these succeed at the end like the French Wolf Throne Fest back then. We don’t have plans for any tours. We rather want to release instinctual records in the future, but if we’ll receive any live requests we’ll try to do them.
On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of underground metal?
Hellfire: None of the records got negative feedback. Most of the people say that we aren’t inventors but this never was a goal for us. It’s a raw death metal that bites into the human flesh. This is the path of Tyrant Goatgaldrakona. The fans can feel this and despite the fact that we are kind of an inactive band when it comes to live shows we have a fan base. All of the different versions of the recordings prove this as well despite that we haven’t done any promotion. We truly appreciate all the attitude and support towards to us.
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?
Hellfire: Both of us are members of Coffinborn which is also a death metal band. The whole album has been written and waiting to be recorded. Xtreem Music will release it. Than the demo of Grave’s new band in England called Cryptworm will be released soon. I’m really waiting for that release. We also plan to record a Swedish Merciless worshipping material with the same energy with our newest project called Bestial Death, but we don’t know that it’s going to be a demo or a full length yet. Then I also have my thrash metal band Mörbid Carnage which recently released the newest record “The Golden Sin” and we’ll record an EP in December which will be entitled “The Southland Fist”. Also there is Ahriman what I formed back in 1992 which released an EP entitled “Bőrkoporsó” with 4 new songs after 9 years and we are going to record the next material in 2017. These have to be done and then we can start the new Tyrant Goatgaldrakona album.
When can we expect new music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Hellfire: It definitely won’t be before 2017. We want to write the next material as devastating as the former releases.
Grave: Like Hellfire mentioned before we have to finish the recordings for Coffinborn and Bestial Death first. It definitely won’t be any new recordings with Tyrant Goatgaldrakona before 2017 because of these reasons. I have some songs and riffs for a new material and I think it will be the same musically as “Horns in the Dark”.
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?
Hellfire: Life is a huge influence at least on me. I listen to every kind of music. It can be heavy, thrash, black, death, ambient but I listen to other genres as well.
Grave: When we started the band we wanted to create some bestial music in the vein of Archgoat and Blasphemy. I think “Sign of Moloch” is heavy inspired by these bands but on “Horns in the Dark” we moved away musically from black/death metal to straight forward death metal influenced by bands like Incantation, Disma or Demigod. I’m a huge death metal fanatic but I also listen to other genres of course. I’ve been listening to a lot of Blood Incantation, Pissgrave and Ruinous recently.
Before we wrap this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Hellfire: Thanks for the interest in us from you and the support from the fanatics!