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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Cold Raven Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We are currently writing new songs and at the same time we’re still playing some live shows. Also we’ll release a couple of cover songs and a video later this year.

2.Last year you had released your first full length album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording for those that have yet to hear it?

It’s a melodic yet obscure form of Black Metal, with a more clean production that gives a twisted feeling to the whole album, in my opinion.

3.Your music is labeled as 'doomed black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

We wouldn’t like people to expect a super fast Black Metal album, so our agency suggested to put the word “doomed”.

Of course in reality our music has little to do with the genre called “Doom”.

4.Your lyrics cover pre-christian religions, anti cosmos, and demonology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Apart from all the various kinds of “satanism” that exist today, we think the most important satanic rule is: do what you want, as soon as your liberty

doesn’t limit someone else’s liberty. With that said, it’s normal to find yourself fighting against the most common religions. Their main goal is to try to

control people’s lives with false commandments made by men and not by “god”. That would be enough to be really free. We are also interested in

reading books from various currents, it’s very important to keep an open mind.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cold Raven'?

As you may have heard, in some cultures the raven is believed to bring souls to the underworld. We imagine that raven to be lifeless, impassive, cold.

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

We try to entertain people visually, other than musically. Our goal is to make people totally entering our world, made of music, symbols and fire.

We’ve played with some important bands so far and it’s always been very interesting and satisfying. I’d say that the best shows have been the one

supporting Belphegor and Unleashed, one we played in Bjelovar, Croatia, and in Nowy Targ, Poland. Awesome people.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We’re planning two shows in Latvia and trying to arrange some shows in Germany and possibly Norway.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

We’ve had a good response. Some black metallers prefer raw productions and so didn’t like our “clean” sound, but generally after we play live we talk to people

and they liked what they heard.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

No, apart from our drummer, M., which is a session musician.

10.When can we expect another album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We’ll keep our style, of course, but we’ll be adding some velocity to our songs and some other interesting melodic solutions.

We should be able to enter the studio in ten months, more or less.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We really play what comes to our mind, so everything can be potentially influential…currently we’re listening a lot to Behemoth, Watain and Mgła.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

We want to thank all the people who have supported us so far and all Black Metal fans worldwide. Keep the Black Flame burning!


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