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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Mezereum Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Mezereum is a black metal band from Vilnius, Lithuania, formed in 2018. Currently it consists of one member - Skir. The self-titled debut album is set to be released in September 2020. The album was recorded as a duo, with Skir on guitar, drums, and synth simulation, and former member Anisoptera on bass, and session vocals.

2.You have your first album coming out towards the end of September, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style  you went for on the recording?

It's rooted in classic 90s black metal, and the objective was to write interesting songs, which don't sound too alike, while also taking a musical approach to songwriting.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with the music so far?

Mainly dark themes. Some based on certain negative aspects of life, some related to nature, and others fictional, based on fantasy and imagination.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mezereum'?

Mezereum is a plant, found in forests, and it grows red berries which are fatally poisonous if consumed. The plant itself looks visually pretty though, and therefore possibly deceptive. So I like the word Mezereum itself, and what it may symbolize.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?

It's a desolate forest landscape, which fits the music.

6.Originally the project was a duo but now is only one person, are you open to working with other musicians again in the future or do you prefer to work solo?

I do like working solo, although I'm aware that I can't do everything all by myself properly. But I'm trying to make it work within the limitations on the upcoming second album, which should be released next year. And I'm open to playing live with a band someday. 

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

I'm not actively looking for a label, but I would definitely consider it if a label expressed interest in a proper physical release.

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

Mostly positive.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

Hopefully just being able to create more albums.

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?

It's difficult to answer briefly, because I like a lot of very different music. In Lithuanian there is a word "melomanas", for which there is no direct translation to English, but it implies being a serious fan of music. When it comes to Mezereum in particular, I've been listening to black metal for over 10 years, so I've accumulated many influences. But my favorite black metal band has always been Darkthrone. And my favorite metal band in general is Katatonia. 


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I've had an on-and-off fascination with the pro wrestling business since age 12. I find that it has many parallels with music, 

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

Thanks for reading, and thanks for the interview.

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