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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Averse Sefira Interview

1. Can you update us with what is going on with Averse Sefira these days?

Wrath: We're in a quieter mode at the moment. It seems like proper large-scale touring is no longer possible on Sanguine's account, but we will appear with Order From Chaos here in Texas next week. We'll also headline the Northwestern Black Circle Fest in Portland, Oregon, at the end of May.

2. I have noticed that you spell Sefira alot different than most occult books, where did you get the idea to spell the name differently?

W: In the book we use, it is spelled “Sefira”. It felt right from the start. As I've said many times before, the name picked us. We did not question it.

3. What are some of the best shows that you have played so far and what are some bands that you enjoyed playing with the most?

W: Probably our first tour in Brazil was one of the best ever. And Watain and Immolation were among the best bands with whom we toured.

4. How would you describe the musical progress over the years and what direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?

W: It has become more esoteric and conceptually abstract, though I feel that musically it has become more actualized and powerful as we've progressed.

5. When can we expect the next album?

W: It's still too early in the process to tell.

6. I noticed over the years you have been on many different labels, out of all the labels that you have with which one do you feel did the most to support the music?

W: Candlelight, absolutely. They really put us in front of people in a concerted fashion.

7. What direction do you see the lyrics heading into on the next album?

W: Again, still too early to discuss it. Sorry to be difficult.

8. I noticed that in your home state of Texas there is also Absu, Black Funeral and Dagon that touch on more deeper occult topics than most U.S bands what is it out there that makes bands take the occult more seriously compared to other U.S states where the bands are more into partying or writing the typical Fuck Jesus lyrics?

W: I think part of it is that Texas has a lot of mythology all its own, and growing up here will shape the minds of those who seek. Michael Ford of Black Funeral is from the Midwest, so that might be a coincidence. There are plenty of bands around here who have tried their hand at the “fuck Jesus while partying” lyrics, but thankfully they don't last.

9. What are some bands or music styles that have influenced your music and what are you listening to nowadays?

W: Old death metal, speed metal, and the Scandinavian black metal outbreak have all played a role. I still listen to all of that regularly. The latest Immolation album, the debut from Triptykon, and Voivod's back catalog are all warring in my head at the moment.

10. Out of all the albums that you have put out so far which one are you the most satisfied with?

W: It's a toss-up between “Tetragrammatical Astygmata” and “Advent Parallax”. They were exactly what we intended – keys to the other side.

11. How has your newer material been received so far by metal fans worldwide?

W: It has been even better than I expected, actually. Our music does not serve any sort of instant gratification, so it takes the better part of a year for a new album to get a proper foothold. Then there's an outpouring of accolades from fans from all over the world. “Advent Parallax” was critically acclaimed from the start, but it took the audience a little longer to embrace it. We don't mind; that's simply the nature of the beast.

12. What are some forms of Occultism and Satanism that you find the most interesting and what are some occult authors or orders that have influenced your views?

W: “Works of Darkness” and “Baneful Magick” by Koetting are intriguing and useful. I tend to draw upon multiple sources for inspiration and guidance down the path.

13. Are any off the band members currently involved with other projects these days?

W: Yes, though it is completely unrelated to Averse Sefira or black metal in general, so that's all I'll say here. A simple search will reveal it.

14. What are some of your interests outside of music?

W: I don't have all that many, to be honest. When I'm not playing music, I listen to music and write about music. It's all-consuming and I like it that way.

15. Any final words or thoughts?

W: Thanks for the interview.


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