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......::::3 DAYS OF SILENCE (Switzerland)::::......
Realized at: 17th, February 2015
(Answers by AsCl3 - vocals & Faex - bass/sampling)

1. Let´s go back to your early days. How did you decide to found this band from the ashes of XICON, do you think 3DoS fits better with your current musical endeavors?

AsCl3 (vocals): 3DoS was not exactly created on the ashes of XICON. Both bands existed independently for a while and 3DoS was more of a ‘side-project’ at the time. At some point things got very complicated in XICON: all spontaneity and fun had vanished. Tom, our drummer, left the band. Soon after that Faex, who had previously worked as a guest on XICON albums, and Tom contacted me to see if I was interested in working on a new, more ‘black metal-oriented’, project. I was trying to launch a black metal side-project on my side so the timing was perfect.

Faex (bass, synths): 3DoS is my fist project. No ashes for me yet.  

2. Why did you choose exactly this name for your band, who came up with it and why? Does it have some special meaning?

AsCl3: It was me who came up with this idea. It was inspired by ‘Scandinavisk Misantropi’, a song by Skitliv. Of course, it refers to the Crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I love the idea that our society is so crowded and polluted by noise that you actually have to die and be buried to enjoy the silence. This is really what ‘Sodium/Sulfur’ is about.  

3. Talking about releases, you have created one of the most beautiful pieces of astonishing black metal. Dark, hypnotic, majestic and grandiloquent. Can you please tell us some major details about your “sodium/sulfur”? Could we consider it as an conceptual album?

AsCl3: Thank you. Yeah, I guess you can say this is a concept album. Musically, we weren’t sure about what direction we wanted to take with 3DoS, when we started the band. So we started writing music and lyrics and we soon found ourselves with two sets of songs: some were rather fiery and thrashy and clearly sounded like black metal, while some others were colder, more hypnotic, with a strong electro touch. The lyrics were following the same directions: some were very bestial while others were more depressive and had an urban touch to them. Instead of choosing between these directions, we decided to create a concept around this opposition. The idea of releasing a tape and a vinyl became obvious, each side with its own sound and universe, ‘Sodium’ being a kind of urban, electronic and cold construct, while ‘Sulfur’ would turn toward aggression, metal and… sulfur.

Faex: In fact, sticking to any established genre was the last of our concern. We let our creativity flow (and so did our extraordinary guests!) and we were rather surprised by the result. I’m still having chills thinking about that thing that came from our guts. So the concept lies more in the approach than in the product. Our next LP will surely be more of a concept album and we’ll try to summon as many guests as possible.  

4. What are you most proud of achieving with this release? And has there been any outstanding feedback that stand out in your memories?

AsCl3: Of all the releases I worked on this is clearly the one I am the most proud of. I think we managed to create a kind of ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’, a total work of art: the music reflects the lyrics reflect the format… It is very solid, musically, lyrically and production-wise. Drop (Sybreed) did a fantastic job producing this album. I think he gave our songs the modern sound they needed.

Faex: I’m extremely proud of the close co-operation within the group, with the guests and with Drop! Each step we made during these two years made me more excited about the final result. When I first put that piece of vinyl on my record-player I almost cried.  

5. Could you tell me something about the process of making these epic songs? What kind of composing is more congenial and inspiring for you?

Faex: I was responsible for most of the trip hop-impregnated songs of the ‘Sodium’ side. I used my electro influences, which is why there is a rather pounding/hypnotic side to these three tracks. During the first step of the creative process, shut up in my home studio, I dug up some simple leads and harmonies. The hardest thing for me was not to bury these first spontaneous gems under an excessively polished production.

AsCl3: We are very fortunate: both Faex and Tom have completely different backgrounds. Faex has brought his electro influences and he’s responsible for most of the songs on the ‘Sodium’ side, while Tom built his songs from these fiery/fiery riffs you can hear on ‘Sulfur’.  

6. What do you think that is most important criterion for you assessing the value of the album? Is it your personal feeling and knowledge about the album, the press, the response of the audience, etc? Also, when is the safest time spot to evaluate it?

Faex: I personally don’t expect anyone to assess anything but rather to live their own experience in the sonic worlds we created, as I myself often do when I listen to the album. If the opportunity arises, I’d strongly recommend to listen to “Sodium/Sulfur” with good headphones on an empty train running through the mists of dusk!

AsCl3: And if possible, while drinking an English ale. I think this album provokes very interesting reactions: some people who are not into metal at all get into it with the ‘Sodium’ tracks, while metalheads are challenged by this electronic touch. It is not an easy album to listen to. It requires open-mindedness and curiosity. But so far, reactions have only been awesome.  

7. Pick a song from the album, that you feel to be the most interesting lyrically, musically or having a good story about it and tell me about it.

AsCl3: Hard to pick one as far as I’m concerned. They all play an important role in the general concept. But I’d say ‘Mortality/Normality’. The music was exactly the direction I had in mind when we first talked about this project and the lyrics are very personal and important for me. The idea behind this song was born at 2 AM, during one of many nights of insomnia, after reading Sarah Kane’s play ‘4.48 Psychosis’.

Faex: I had quite a hard time writing the lyrics of ‘Consolamentum’. Its harsh lyrics stand in opposition to the song title, which is the latin word for the unique sacrament of the Cathars, a heretic movement that thrived in Southern France in the 12th-14th centuries. The purpose of the sacrament was to soothe their regrets, comfort them and bring them closer to God. ‘Consolamentum’ lyrics are the complete opposite of this sacrament, they are about delusion and despair. ‘White Birds’ is very special too. Its lyrics are adapted from the ‘Bhagavad Gita‘(Chapter 11, Verse 25 et seq.). It’s a short but explosive song about the destruction of the universe.  

8. You have preferred to release it on 2 old-fashioned formats in opposition to CD format. Is there any particular reason for it?

AsCl3: Just to fit the concept. Two-sided format was more appropriate.

Faex: ‘Sodium/Sulfur’ is about chemistry, not fucking ones and zeros!  

9. How do you perceive the advances of technology and the internet changing the music industry in the future? Will the CD as a product become a disappeared item in the near future?

AsCl3: I don’t know. I don’t think it will last forever but I cannot see it disappear in the near future. I buy tons of CD’s and tapes and I really love physical formats. I hate mp3: they are very impersonal, soulless. The way I see it, listening to an album in mp3 is like looking at a photograph of a painting. It looks like the painting but no matter how good the photograph, you’ll always know it’s fake.  

10. Are there certain religious or philosophical beliefs within the band? What is your attitude towards fans who like your music but do not have your ideals?

AsCl3: Nope, no ‘religious’ beliefs. The lyrics mostly deal with me being unsatisfied, frustrated. With my life, human condition, society, the world, etc. ‘Mortal/Normality’ for instance is about accepting the fact that I am going to die, one day or the other. You don’t think about that when you’re young but the more you age, the more you realize that your body is limited in time and space. That you are, no matter how much you try to persuade yourself you’re a sentient being, just an animal, which is what ‘Na-tural S-tate’ is dealing with. ‘S.W. MVII’ is about me loving too much England and its ales. I go there twice a year and every time I feel at home. When I leave, it’s like having an arm ripped off. This song is a metaphor about the pursuit of happiness: you spend all your life chasing it, trying to settle into a situation that makes you feel good but knowing that this situation won’t last and you’ll feel sad and broken when it ends.

Tom (drums, machines, guitar): ‘Verwüstung’ is a little different: it deals with the quest for another side of reality which does not exist, but in which you believe and feel close to.

Faex : Indeed, it’s all about religion and philosophy… and British ale.  

11. I personally am not a great friend of humans. I think most people suck big time. What is wrong with mankind in your opinion?

AsCl3: I am not into the misanthropy thing. Being a misanthrope implies that you see yourself as above the others. I consider myself as worthless and uninteresting as anyone else. Nonetheless, I am very sad and frightened to see how society is evolving: we are becoming autistic selfish arrogant fucks. Individualism has never been so strong, yet nobody seems to be thinking by its own . The human being is an mammal born to live in small clans/tribes. We try to transcend this and regroup in cities, countries… We organize our flock into a higher ‘society’ and try to convince ourselves that we are more than just animals. But the more we try to raise above our nature, the more we turn into beasts. Look at what’s happening in cities all around the world: crime rate is rising everywhere, people don’t talk to each other, don’t help their neighbors, don’t believe in anything anymore. The more civilized we become, the more we grow back into cruel and lustful predators. The song ‘Na-tural S-tate’ is exactly about that.

Faex : Shut up you human scum and write our second album !  

12. I can find a pretty good amount of different vocal appearances and nuances throughout this album. I will let you tell me about all these guest appearances.

AsCl3: Right from the start we wanted to see 3DoS as an open project, not a ‘band’ in the traditional sense of the word. For instance, I got stuck with the song ‘S.W. MMVII’. I couldn’t find anything interesting with the vocals on that one. So I contacted John B. from the Swiss band Blutmond. I had met him a few times before and both our bands share pretty much the same vision of the world. We sent him the song and he recorded these very disturbing drunken vocals. Things were this easy with all the other guests. I had met Aort from <Code> while they were touring Europe, a few years back. I love his different bands and we stayed in touch and as we wanted to add some lead guitars, I asked him if he would be ok to record something. He answered less than an hour after later and recorded his part very quickly. When you listen to the lead guitar at the end of ‘S.W. MVII’, you immediately recognize his touch. Pat from Near Death Condition is a friend and I knew he could do very impressive growls. Since he had spent years singing in a choir, he also has an incredible clean voice. We sent him the demos and he joined us in the studio to record his parts on ‘Ask The Dust’ and ‘Na-tural S-tate’. He actually came in the studio with notations! He had taken this appearance very seriously and we felt honored.

Faex: Vince, former guitarist of Xicon, did a great job in impersonating the multiple voices of the Hindi god Krishna on ‘White Birds’. On ‘Mortality/Normality’, the spoken voices are samples from ‘4.48 Psychosis’, a play by Sarah Kane.  

13. If you were forced to place your band on a scale of other black metal bands where would you end up? Can we talk about a Swiss black metal sound the way we talk about a Swedish or Norwegian one?

AsCl3: I don’t think there is such thing as a ‘Swiss black metal’ scene, although some people call it this way. This is not a very popular genre here and especially not in our area. But it’s hard for me to pinpoint the band on a ‘black metal scale’. I don’t even know if we are black metal… Tom and I grew up listening to thrash metal so this is very prominent in the music we have been doing together for the last 15 years.

Faex : I was more into hard rock and electro as a teenager. I started to listen to goth and black metal a bit later thanks to a breakdown I went through! I think that 3DoS is the sum of all these influences and experiences and black metal is just one of them.  

14. Maybe you would now at the end reveal some details about the future plans for 3 Days Of Silence and your personal goals. How far would you like to go with 3DoS? Do you see yourself doing this in let’s say another 5 to 10 years from now?

AsCl3: The whole idea behind 3DoS is: not asking ourselves too many questions and going with the flow! When we finished recording ‘Sodium/Sulfur’, we didn’t know if there would be a second album or if the band would simply dissolve. We have recently started working on new songs and we’ll see where this takes us. This second album will definitely be a concept album, exploring many weird and desolated places around the world. We will post hints in the coming months about these places.  

15. Well, that would be all for the moment...thanks very much for your time. If you have anything to add in the end to conclude this interview.

AsCl3: Thank you for this in-depth interview. It’s a rare thing to have such interesting questions. This album has a lot to say, in my opinion and it is great to be able to share some of it, thanks to you.

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