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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Kalaallit Nunaat Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Kalaallit Nunaat starts as a classic raw black metal project in 2012, during my University studies. I wrote many songs during last years of my career, but for some personal problems i wasn't able to record them as well. In 2016 i finally got some time to complete recordings of the song, but, making some remarkable changes to some of the songs i wrote, i turned them into a funeral doom/ ambient version of the original ones, and i published them with another moniker, Shine of Menelvagor, and i released the first full-lenght called “Walking the Icepath to the Wanderers' Plateau” through This Winter Will Last Forever Records”. In 2017, i decided to also records some of the original raw black metal tracks i composed in 2012, and so in april 2018 the split album “Memories from desolate battlefields” as been released.

2.So far you have released 2 demo's and have been a part of a split, how do all of the recordings differ from each other?
There is no difference among the releases. The 2 demos are just a promotional version of the tracks officially released on the split album.

3.Your lyrics cover Frost, Mythology, Fantasy and Cosmography themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
For me, frost is just a “meteorological” version of solitude, the only human condition that can leave us with our true emotions and feelings. Mythology is a great hobby since years, including from classic Roman and Greek, to Nordic one. Also fantasy is a great source of inspiration, expecially Tolkien's masterpieces, so much widespread in black metal. Cosmography is a personal interest that i will express in my next releases.

4. I know that the band was named after the name of Greenland in the indigenous Greenlandic langauge 'Kalaallisut', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this culture?
I really love the “Grœnlendinga saga”, so i decided to inspire the moniker of my project to this enchanting and desolate land. I have never visited Greenland until now, but i think it could really be the perfect place to isolate ourselves from this modern and overwhelming world we live in nowadays .

5.On the recording you play all of the instruments, are you open to bringing in other musicians on future releases?
I think i could bring some musicians in my projects only to improve some technical musical elements and, eventually, to bring Kalaallit Nunaat on stage. But i will never involve other musicians in this project, or in my other one Shine of Menelvagor, in songwriting, because i need these to keep very personal. However, i'm going to put on some other musical project with other musicians and friends.

6.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Au Revoir', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

A. of Au revoir, also involved in the project Talv, is a great pen pal for a long time, and i think he is one of the best italian musicians in atmospheric black metal. He is properly one of the musicians i hope to involve in a future two (or more) men black metal band! I think he has a perfect skill to turn solitude and despair in music.

7.So far you have worked with 'Depressive Illusions and 'This Winter Will last Forever' on getting your material released, do you feel both labels have been very supportive so far?
I think they're both great labels. Depressive Illusions records, including it's sublabels Vibrio Cholerae, Floppy Noise and Spirits of the Air records, is a very great label, always helpful to support a great number of underground musicians, from black metal to shoegaze to ambient to noise and so on. For its part, This Winter Will Last Forever is one of the greatest italian black metal label. Everything they released is always qualitatively high, and the phisical format of them is always well produced and packaged. Every black metal fan should discover their wonderful releases, including some historical projects such as Orcrist and Massemord.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
The split album as been released only 2 months ago and the promotion until now, by my side, has been unfortunately slow, because of my personal and working problems. However, i have already received some good response from black metal fans who bought the phisical form of the split album, and some other good reactions including your great review.

9.Currently you are working on your first full length, what can we expect musically once it is released?
First Kalallit Nunaat full-length will be characterized by a perfect mix of dark ambient, acoustical elements and raw black metal madness. It will consist in some long suites, just like the split album ones, to create a challenging and involving musical journey. As the split, it also will be matched with a wonderful artwork by italian artist (and personal friend) Valerio Paolucci.

10.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?
My musical interests and influences are very wide. They include all metal styles (from symphonic epic power to slam brutal death metal), also grindcore, gorenoise, dungeon synth, some 80s bands like Tears for Fears and Spandau Ballet, and also i really love the american songwriter James Taylor, i listen to him for over twenty years. Limited to metal music, my favourite artists are Blind Guardian, Burzum, Taake, Wolves in the Throne Room, Xasthur, Vomitory, Rhapsody, Kreator, Opeth, Dying Fetus, just to mention a few of them. Nowadays, i'm listening, besides the classic masterpieces of the aforementioned bands, some brutal death metal stuff (for example Human Barbecue, Decapitate Hatred, Gravitational Distorion and many more), last Dragonforce full-lenght and some underground dungeon synth and black metal releases, just like Acheulean Forest and Drapsnatt.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
My non musical interests include reading (from classic Tolkien and Martin fantasy masterpieces, to Tom Clancy's novels, to some sci-fi stuff), sport (football, as player and as supporter of my city's team) and travels.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all, I want to thank you for this interview and for the great review you wrote about the split album. Furthermore, I want to thank everyone who have read this words, and i hope they will try to discover my black metal project Kalalllit Nunaat, my other funeral doom project Shine of Menelvagor, and enjoy them. Let me know every comment about them!


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