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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mord 'A' Stigmata 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?

Static: Hails. The release date wasn’t so long ago, just three weeks since Pagan Records showed “Ansia” to the world. So there hasn’t been to much spectacular happenings. Just normal, promotional stuff, like always. Listeners reactions are really enthusiastic till now, so everything seems to be right.

2.Recently you have put out a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about it, the musical direction it has taken and also how does it differ from previous releases?

S: “Ansia” is our third studio album, and it’s different in most music aspects if you compare it to previous releases. We used to generous very furious and chaotic sounds, but our last album is focused on the atmosphere and trance. The spine of our music is still in magic and black metal, but now it’s time for us to slow down and change the way we used to express ourselves in sounds. Hypnosis over blast attack, noise over guitar riffs, space over metal heaviness. “Ansia” is dedicated for personal meditation, for slow down your heart beating and breath.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new release explores and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

S: Title of the album was my idea and is connected with my personal experiences. I had a really bad time in my life when we’re writing music for “Ansia” , but I think it’s not the best topic for music magazine, I’m sorry.  “Ansia” is not an ideological album, it’s music of emotions. Our ideological manifest was closed on our previous album “Antimatter”, but our beliefs are permanent since a very beginning in 2004. We’re into spiritism, thelema and esotericism, however as I said, lyrics on last album are more “game of words”. If you want words of wisdom, please take this challenge and find our second cd, “Antimatter” released by Sun & Moon Records. As songwriters we are different people now. Is that progress or regress – decision is in you.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Mord'A'Stigmata?

S: Behind our name are spiritual journeys, drugs disorders and out of body experiences. Whatever Mord’A’Stigmata means, means to ourselves.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

S: For me personally, the best shows are those, which I didn’t remember. It’s mean, if I fall deep in a trance during play live and I’m focusing my mind on pure sound only and forget where am I – that’s the good show. To get that state are necessary some measures. We learned some tricks last years, which helps us to fall into a trance on stage. Hoods and a lot of smoke are part of our present performances.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

S: We’re touring Poland in February 2014 with a great company of two polish excellent acts. That’s the only plan till now, but we love to travel and share our sickness so I hope it will be more soon.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the new album by fans of black metal and more experimental forms of music?

S: It’s still to early to judge, I think. Till now, feedback is very good in my opinion. It’s not music for masses, so we don’t expect commercial success. But we get to thinking people, that is what I appreciate most.

8.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

S: And again – new album is still very fresh for us. And I think is to early to talking about future releases. If I have to guess, there will be more trance and maybe less guitars sounds, as we have a new member in our crew – an ambient sounds specialist.

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

S: There are thousands and thousands sounds which we listen to. Without genre boundaries – we have our filthy pleasure in noise rock, black metal, sludge, krauft, ambient, drone, post rock and many, many others. Our great inspirations are Swans, Neurosis, Pink Floyd, Sonic Youth (last years) and Burzum, Mayhem, Samael (since a very beginning).

10.How would you describe your views on Occultism and Esotericism?

S: It’s a very open question. And very hard in fact, cause in the internet age is always hard to stay plausible, I think. A key-stone of my beliefs is spiritism. A combination of faith and personal experiences, that our material world is not the only one existing. That idea causes another steps like esoteric, (it’s mean in fact hidden from not initiated), path of getting knowledge and self progression. All that you could experience beyond the world of flesh is in circle of my curiosity and the same, becomes a part of Mord’A’Stigmata. If your question could be more specific, maybe I would answer more things that you want to know. But I hope I satisfied your curiosity at least at small part.

11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?

S: In fact, everything I wrote above.

12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

S: Thank you for your question and interest. Black regards for you and all psychonauts, wanderers, and maniacs, who read this words.

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