1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Hi! At the moment we prepare about 20 songs for our nearest live shows and start to think about new recordings. Also we wait our first compilation CD which must be released in Indonesia.
Many ideas, many plans...
2. In December you had released a new album, 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?
New album is a part of a big work, which named as “Eastland Tales”. I think that two latest releases has same sound, concept and stylistic. All of “Eastland Tales” has more pagan tone and melodism. The musical canvas is very diverse, because we have a place on two CD’s for all our ideas.
3. The band was formed in 2004 but waited until 2008 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 4 years?
I played with Egiborg in some local band during this time. The second reason was a lack of qualified musicians… But my patience and enthusiasm to play in band over time came to an end.
At the turn of 2007-2008, we decided to record some songs. THEOSOPHY had only three members in line-up (Phantom, Egiborg and XI). We didn’t want to use drum machine and invited Adv (our first drummer) as a session guest for our demo.
After the recording we had first offers for release (split with Bizarrekult) and several gigs… and THEOSOPHY started for a long way…
4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
For example, “Call of Ugra” from the first part has a historical thematic about start conquest of Siberia. “From the Sky Down” – about falling the man from his birth during his life. “A Sudden Tragedy” – only my own history. From second part, “Route to Light (321)” – text was written after air crush of the russian aircraft in Egypt. Album has traditional themes for us – North, Death and mankind falling.
5. I know that the name 'Theosophy' comes from an occult system that mixes both eastern and western traditions together, do the band members have any interest in Occultism?
Occultism? I think, no. But we honor Cult of the North, Death and Darkness.
6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
All gigs during 2008-2009 were great! I can’t to choose one or two shows. We played in our hometown Barnaul and nearest cities with a massive and fucking crazy auditory! It was fantastic!
Of course we want more gigs and geography for our shows.
7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We're planning mini-tour for the West Siberia.
8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We want to say mighty thanks for all our listeners! From Europe, Americas, Asia and Africa!
We have many great words from worldwide. I have a shock after the message from Egypt. Black Metal Art has penetrated into all!
9. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We will do our work and our future will determine by listener.
10. 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 think, that we started our music way with some flagships of russian metal scene. But our music has influence from first and second wave of Norwegian Black Metal scene. I’m interested with only old metal bands activity at the moment, because we do own history.
11. What are some of your non musical interests?
I and Egiborg likes a traveling to new interesting places. XI do many crazy things for theater and cinema. Skinner go on hikes in the mountains. Svåarth has a Master's degree in physics.
12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Stay pure and don't wait the Death!