1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Promotion and lots of side projects. We are working on a new video and we just started writing material for the next album. There are also some shows coming up.
2.You have a new album coming out in April, 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?
The sound of Atra Lumen is very organic, we got that analog vibe which captures greatly the atmosphere we wanted to create. Greg Chandler did a great job at the Priory Recording Studios. You can clearly feel the spirit of the vintage English gear in the recording, the rich harmonics, the wide dynamics and the overall organic sound.
The music is also more organic, slow doomy parts and avantgarde details enrich the primordial brutality of the past.
Atra Lumen is a journey through the obscure unexplored galleries of esoteric metal. The black light emanating from the core of the universe. A ritualistic and ceremonial approach to Satanic syncretism unveiling hidden paths to illumination and spiritual consciousness. Deconstructing the golden walls of conventional black metal and stepping towards the Ultimate Frontier.
This is Satan, and it has to be experienced to be realized.
3.Your lyrics cover a great amount of satanic, occult and philosophical topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
My life is dedicated to the dark arts, it’s not just an interest. When one decides to walk the path of black illumination it penetrates his whole body, flesh and soul. There is no high magic without low magic. You can resume it to everyday practice, gathering of knowledge and improving the system of rituals and well being.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Corpus Diavolis'?
Corpus Diavolis stands for The Body of The Devil. The pleasures of the flesh. Our lyrics tell our stories dealing with those pleasures. This doesn’t sticks only to physical matters but also concerns spiritual activities… as brain is also made of flesh.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We had the opportunity to share the stage with bands that we really like and respect, those were the best shows so to speak. I can mention the live with Belphegor and Inquisition, really heavy and brutal ones. Opening for Nightbringer was also a great honor and a great opportunity to meet really inspiring people.
A Corpus Diavolis performance is built like a ritual, really ceremonial. Expect lots of candles, incense and shamanic chants.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We are planning a release show and party in Marseille at the end of April, we’ll be also part of the ATMF festival in Italy on July the 2nd.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
As far as exposure goes, feedback is positive.
8.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?
Haiku Funeral’s new album “Hallucinations” was released last year and we are currently working on new tracks and upcoming shows. A new dark ritual ambient project called Antelogos has also been launched, expect a new record very soon. I’m also working on a solo record called Daemonicreation, album is almost completed, style is atmospheric/space black metal.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We envision something more brutal. But only the future can tell.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Mostly occult and avantgarde black metal. NIghtbringer, Abigor, Sinmara, Inferno, Acherontas, Schammasch, Dark Fortress, Deathspell Omega. Also some dark ambient and ritualistic stuff like Nastrond, Shibalba, Atrium Carceri, yelworC, Desiderii Marginis, Karl Sanders… And of course classical rock, Led Zeppelin, traditional folklore music, Buddhist chants, contemporary classical music, Stravinsky….
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Ceremonial magic, lecture, voyage, cinema, climbing sports, cooking…
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Support the artists you like! Follow the path of extreme, true living. HAIL SATAN