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?
Right now we're working on next releases:
1) A split LP album that should be available in autumn 2020. Around 20 minutes on each band's side. Second band to be announced later.
2) A second part of "I am the Void" mLP should be finalized during summer/autumn 2020.
3) "I / II / III" compilation CD should be released later this year.
2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
The new album continues more experimental approach to our music that started with "Into Nowhere" LP in 2016. As you may hear on the record it has many non-metal influences, rock-ish sound and psychedelic effects.
On the contrary, "I am the Void" trilogy is riffs-based, with heavier sound, heavy metal parts and more classic approach in general.
"I", "II" were quite "lo-fi" and deeply rooted in black metal.
"III" stylistically sounds like something in between of "II" and "Into Nowhere".
It's still the same band and while some variety presented on each release, including the new album, we're pretty sure that most of those who liked our previous records will get into out new album as well.
3.Most of the band members where at one time a part of 'Rotting Heaven' a band that sounds completely different from the stuff you are doing right now, what was the decision behind breaking up your older group?
It was completely different music indeed - more straightforward and aggressive dissonant black metal, influenced mostly by Swedish and French scene of late 90s - early 00s.
Last tracks for Rotting Heaven were composed around 5 years ago, at that time we felt the need to move into different and more twisted sonic directions, so we've recorded selected tracks for our part of split with French madmen WOLOK and putted RH on ice.
Still have lots of unused parts and few complete tracks that could resurface one day in one form or another.
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?
Most lyrics could be described as an artistic expression of mystical visions / dreams, which we experienced through the prism of altered state of consciousness.
Progress as songwriters? Not sure about it, more or less we're exploring the same topics under different corners.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cage Of Creation'?
Existence is a prison (the "cage") for human soul / consciousness.
6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The main idea of this artwork was to combine the dance of death as a starting point in the concept of the "Into Nowhere II" album with simple forms of petrogliphs which, in turn, could also become sort of a starting point for understanding of the musical form of the album; with all of its shamanic atmosphere and the darkness of the hostile, dense forest. One, already a dried corpse, is still summoningly beating the ritual tambourine, while the other is still craving for narcotic visions. There's no life anymore but the supernatural passion has remained and become the mad dance on the other side of existence.
7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our best show was when we played with our Polish mates of Licho and Furia in Moscow. We had great sound on both stage and in audience, performed fine and were really impressed by performances of other bands that evening.
Our live performances differ from studio recordings, we noticeably alterate our tracks specially for better live playing condition.
8.You also bring other musicians onto the stage that have not played on the albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the live line up before different than the album line up's?
Even one person can record an album in the studio if he's able to play all needed instruments, while on stage you need all instruments to be played together; so we asked our local mates some of whom played with us in other bands, to join our live line-up.
Quite simple. And sactually some of them did participated in our studio recordings.
9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal and experimental?
We received mostly positive feedback from different corners of the world. We'd like to thank all fans and labels for support, it's appreciated!
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
No huge changes, we'll continue our direction while we have enough musical ideas we pleased with.
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?
First recordings were inspired by both demos of Niding from Sweden, early material of Urfaust, Lönndom, our neighbors by label - duszę wypuścił, and some others.
Later recordings have more variety and external influences are in general less obvious. Probably the most obvious influence on our new album would be some Grudom vibes on "Into Nowhere XI"
What we're listening during these days:
P: Ivanov Down, Frankie goes to Hollywood, НОМ, Bathory, Aria, etc.
W: LIK, Tervahäät, Lönndom, Grudom, Furia, Circle of Ouroborus, Ehlder, Múspellzheimr, JoDöden, Wędrowcy~Tułacze~Zbiegi, Haus Arafna, Burzum, Armagedda, Til Det Bergens Skyggene and many others
12.Does Shamanism and Occultism play any role in your music?
There is no connection to any specific tradition, we're just inspired by the unknown, the hidden. Cryptic dreams, visions, strange thoughts, atmospheric places, other art - lots of things might have right impact.
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for reading!