Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Argus Megere Interview

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?
Well actually after we finished the whole process with “VEII”-album, we really needed a quiet period because it was an intense work and we were very tiered. Also we wanted the time to pass and to detach from this work to be able to discern better its essence.

2.Recently you have 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?
To picture that…our last album “A treia cale” was recorded in 2006/2007, even if it’s released in 2012 because we had some problems with a record house that didn’t release the material and we had to search for another label, so there are more than ten years from that point, it’s a completely new technology on which we had access to build something really superior and professional nowadays.
Also as musicians we progressed a lot from that era, we played in another bands, we toured all around the world, the experience is huge, and I think everyone is more mature and serious about his work and involvement.

3.This is the first album to be released in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
Not much, we toured a couple of times, made some festivals and played here and there , we are not a proper carrier band, we play only for ourselves when we feel like it, and in parallel we made a lot of rehearsals were we crafted this “VEII”-album.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The lyrics have the same topics since the beginning: the greatness of the nature and darkness, obscurity, misanthropy, personal philosophy.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Argus Megere'?
Misanthropy…through the numerous eyes of Argus we see the world and we are not integrating in it, we don’t have this consumerism values, we are interested by other things, so we keep the distance…”Megere” makes the whole concept infernal, as she is a fury from Hell, so we needed something symbolic in that direction, to define negativity, bleakness, something  devilish. The whole idea transposes us in another world, this is the purpose why we are making music, to have a dimension were we escape.

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?
We’ve played a lot over our carrier, and there are some great nights…it’s hard to pick a moment, maybe out last show at Rockstadt festival here in Romania in 2015, really nice festival in the middle of the Carpathians, with a special atmosphere, nice crowd…our live performance it depends how we set the stage, in a small venues we used candles, incense, skulls, different things like that to create an intimate and sensatory feeling…on bigger stages we merely use only visuals and if possible some of the elements described above.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
There are some ideas for a small tour in autumn but I don’t know the details, our booking agency, Axa Valaha is taking care with all that, we want to play and film some concerts, because there are some plans in this direction for a release in video-format.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Very good, but honestly we were expecting this, we played for the first time almost two years ago already some songs from this album and the response was very good, so we were confident about it.

9.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?
Rehearsing, working on new materials and making plans for playing live…with Ordinul Negru we will have a small tour in the beginning of June in Austria and Germany and then start recording the next album; Dara Project is already in the studio recording the second album and working at the next year Asian tour (could be some other live dates this year in Europe and North America but it is nothing confirmed yet) and also with other projects like Kultika, Katharos XIII, Blutrina, Dordeduh, Sincarnate, I or my colleagues are working to release new materials or for live shows, we are very busy all the time…

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
On a mid-pace tempo still releasing new albums, but again it may take a while for this process to take shape and as long as there is interest for us to play live, why not…but we are not that desperate for this topic.

11.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?
When I started composing this album I was listening a lot of Mastodon and Mesuggah (Koloss-album)and I think in sub-conscience some riffs are inspired by them, also at that point Cascadian black metal was really popular, and I was listening a lot of Wolves in the Throne Room, Skagos or Altars of Plague…actually I always listen to modern music, to see what’s happening and to stay in touch with the scene…I not the typical trv kvlt guy, even though I still listen to nineties black metal (Master’s Hammer, Emperor, Burzum, Enslaved)…nowadays in the genre Behemoth are Godz, but also  Deafheaven are interesting and of course the new sensation Mgla…

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Going into wilderness...trekking or by bicycle, almost every weekend if I am able…I also like to do some yoga and jogging…I try to be as active as I can, because in the rest of my time I work in an office environment so I try to compensate that.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much for this interview and keep supporting the black flame!

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