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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Carpatus 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?

After the release of Malus Ascendant in January 2017, we have worked more and more as a band. We released promotional material, such as the lyric video for "Rites of Fire and Blood", another lyric video for "Aeon Damnation", and in early 2018 we released a video clip for "Flames to Eternity".
We performed alive a couple of times over the last year, our latest show was in October 2018 for a Metal Festival in the south of Brazil.
We are currently working on material for a new album, planned to be released in early 2019.

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?

It's the album that best describes what Carpatus has always been. It is an album that rescues the golden age of Black Metal, from the Norwegian and Swedish classics of early 90s, with many influences from the Brazilian bands from the 80s. The main difference between Malus Ascendant and the previous albums is the production - it differs in many aspects, we worked to bring an aura of nostalgia and rawness, making use of elements such as acoustic guitars and coral voices in a way to  reinforce the somber concept of this work.

3.The band was broken up for a few years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?

We had to take a break due to a sequence of situations, mainly the death of our guitarist in 2010 in a car accident. Music is a reflection of our spirit, and that was definitely not the moment to go on, I had to reflect for a long time. After some time, in early 2015, we found that our energy hidden for so long should be brought back to the surface. Some of the songs you hear on Malus Ascendant had already been written that time. It was not fair to keep them without a decent launch. Thus, we made the decision to return to the battlefield.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

In our lyrics you will basically see a combination of concepts of philosophy with supernatural experiences, with some occultism. All of this as a form of worship of darkness and the night. The atmosphere of the dark night fascinates me, and we use the beauty of the darkness to combine analogies with philosophical concepts about self-knowledge, mentalization, and individual empowerment.

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

It is a reference to the mountain ranges in Transylvania. It is obviously inspired by the legendary "Bram Stoker's Dracula" book. The beautiful and lugubrious landscapes at Montes Carpatus are definitely the perfect setting for the atmosphere we aim to bring with our art.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up again in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

In fact, I am the only effective Carpatus' member. Morbus Deimos recorded the drums for Malus Ascendant as a guest musician.
Today we have line up for concerts, with myself on lead guitar and vocals, and 3 other guest musicians.
For the next record, the plan is to continue with the same line up -  a professional drummer to record the album, and I will perform the other instruments and voices, as it was in the previous Carpatus' records.

7.What where some of the best shows that the band had played back in the day and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We played as opening act for Dissection concert in São Paulo in September 2005. We did other major shows, but this was possibly the most significant one so far.
We have been improving the quality of our presentations, becoming more and more professional.
In addition, we have plans to release some live material in the near future.

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

We have received good reviews from all over the world, zines and mags everywhere have praised our work. Of course we are very glad to receive such a good feedback on our hard work.
I have heard many people making references to the classic albums of Darkthrone and Satyricon, which are two of my greatest influences. Many compliments in general.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Releasing more albums is definitely in our plans, we'll continue on our mission.
We will continue delivering our message around the world.
The new album will certainly bring something new, an innovative and creative format,
always keeping our essence, pure and original Black Metal, raw and cold as it must to be.
We also have plans to play live overseas, maybe in Latin America, or even in Europe.

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 main influences are the Scandinavian bands of the 90s, some metal bands from the 80s, including Brazil,
I have always heard a lot of classical music, old and new bands of Black Metal, and today I have also heard some new bands from Poland and Ukraine are very good, I always used to listen to some variants of classic rock too, something that influences me as a guitarist, and as a musician, which includes Motorhead, Sarcófago, Bathory, Darkthrone, Satyricon,
Dissection, among many others.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like to travel, something I specially like is to be in contact with the nature.
I also like classic cars and motorcycles.
I worship art in general, I used to draw and paint, although it is not something I could invest time in recently.  I like sports too, mainly martial arts and running.

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

Thank you so much, I appreciate the opportunity to appear on the pages of Occult Black Metal. Thanks for the readers' support, of all those who honor and makes the underground stronger. Blood and Honor! hail Occult Black Metal!


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