1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Our music will tell about us much better. In a few words Temple of Nihil is a black metal band from Kaluga (Russia) that was formed in 2015 by two musicians who had a long experience in other bands. At this moment we have released EP «Soul Extremist» and working on a full length album.
2.In December you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
We represent EP «Soul Extremist» as our first declaration. For it we chose the most expressive and not very intricate songs. So the EP sounds heavy, flamingly and aggressive. That’s what we wanted in the very beginning as a result of our work.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrics are grim and figurative. It affects the themes of nihilism and obsession by evil. In many ways it is inspired by philosophy and texts of Nietzsche. There are anti-religious and misanthropic statements and images in our texts. Special place in lyrics of EP is dedicated to Lucifer as the image of first rebel and eternal antagonist.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Temple Of Nihil'?
On a one hand it’s an ascertaining of nihilism as the basis of our life philosophy, world view and our main inspiration. We define nihilism as perception and understanding of a failure of all kinds of idealism whether it is religious, political or humanitarian; it is understanding of objective inanity of any life and denial of all absolute categories. On the other hand, there is some satire in this name, because for us all religions, cults and every object of worship is fiction. So every temple in the world is a temple of nihil, because «Nihil» it is absence and void.
5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
We are looking for musicians to play live shows. But we will be always the only leaders of the band, and all necessary decisions about the band and its music we will make as a duo.
6.The ep was released through both 'Symbol Of Domination' and 'Narcoleptica Productions', are you happy with the support both labels have given you so far?
Yes, it is very nice. Hope to work with them in future.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
In general we are satisfied with the reaction. We have received good reviews on EP from web-zines and ordinary bm fans from all over the world. It is a good start.
8.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Now we have a stuff for the LP and it is ready for recording on 90%. During this spring we are planning to make a record. So I hope it will be out this year. On LP there will be more space to express ourselves and it will be more deep and dark as in music so in lyrics. Also we have some experimental ideas which will be realized. You can check out it on LP.
We have chosen the musical direction and will go on it as Temple of Nihil. But we will not stay at one place and our music will evolve with us.
9.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?
We listen to different music and it will be fairly to say that anything could inspire us and have influence on our music. But our aim is to create music in our unique sound. There is no reason and sense to copy the sound of other bands. Many young bands sound like one of the famous bands and It is as funny as irritating.
We are interested in different musical genres and black metal is about 30% of what we listen to. Our tastes spread wide out not only extreme metal but even rock music. There are no borders for interesting stuff and we don’t have any preconceptions about music genres. But in general it should be something dark, atmospheric and original. In black metal our favorites: Inquisition, Burzum, Behemoth, Peste Noire, Carpathian Forest, Gorgoroth… Besides there are many interesting bands on post soviet area such as: Sect, Stielas Storhett, Beyond the Grave, Pseudogod, Nocturnal Amentia, Balance Interruption, Drudkh etc.
10.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
We don’t do any occult practices. As I said before we don’t have any object of worship. But Lucifer for us is a very strong cultural and philosophical image that reflects our world view and direction of our creation. For us black metal is Darkness and Evil incarnated in music. The process of performing it or even creating new music is like a ritual in which we contact inner and outer darkness and channeling it in a music form. For us there is no objective darkness or evil. It is all just human perception. But if we live and create in space of human culture we should use images and concepts which will be understandable.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
There many. Different kinds of art, politics, history, science, traveling, some extreme sports and other joys of life))
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview! Follow the news about Temple of Nihil and be ready to check out our full length album soon.