We try to separate ourselves from the obvious and most common, that includes our music, lyrics, graphics and band's image. There's no better way to distance yourself from the rest than just releasing your own thoughts and concerns, that are always changing and evolving during your life.
However, we'll be giving some isolated gigs here and there during this year. Let's see what the future brings.
During all those years both bands were very close (we shared rehearsal room, Smaug has also played live for us in some ocassion, I produced their last EP, etc.), so the idea of making a split together just came up naturally. As you said, it was an honor for us to share a work with such a classic band, and they also wanted to share an album with a rising band like us. It was an union two bands that has shared a lot and respect each other.
More recently, it has been releasing some other bands like Balmog, Graveyard, InThyFlesh and us, among others. It has also some releases I dislike. In any case, I consider it a very competent label and the best one from Spain.
It's hard for me to say which bands influence my compositions (musically) , because I listen to so many acts and unconsciously pick up a what I like and mix everything up, but I'd name some bands I've been listening for some of the recent years like Infestus, Reverence, Lorn, Blut Aus Nord, Plebeian Grandstand, Behexen, Inferno, etc... won't name the classics because they're always implied. However, I don't think we sound like any of those bands and I don't even like their whole discography. On the contrary, we're never compared to them, and actually I constantly read comparissons with bands I don't even know or like.