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Realized at: 06th, February 2017
 

"The concept of our work, regards text content, is in paganism.Regards music, we are basing on melodies and using clean vocals in choruses. (...)"


1. You are almost six years on the scene. What are you most proud of achieving as a band? 

 

We are proud that we are part of the Czech and Slovak underground, reached public awareness and popularity, and that people likes our music. It is one of the most important things - our fans. And, of course, already released two CDs and our video "Cesta Osudu"(The way of destiny). 


2. Tell us about your evolution as a “musician” and getting involved in the scene. What is your opinion on the underground nowadays than it was before?

 

Our musical development, as mentioned, dates back to 2010 - 2011. As it happens, the beginnings were difficult,the  worst thing was to get band staffing. Get a solid drummer, guitarist or singer is not very easy. We really appreciate approach to the band as a whole, but also the fellowship that keeps us together, which is one of the aspects of paganism which all our creation is about.However, some personel changes didn´t miss us, which probably accompany each band during its existence. Now the current lineup is Crudelis - guitar, vocals, Vonkollage - guitar, backing vocals, Dimi - bass, Hanes - drums. Underground´s changing, as regards the bands, the quality is increasing throughout the world, but the fan base decreases. It is often seen in the attendance of concerts, some do not want to participate and the majority of the population goes with the flow promoted i n the media.I think that there´s no need to analyse it more.


3. To become a musician in Czech Republic – it’s a challenge, or is it something you are predisposed to at birth?
 

 

To become a musician in Czech can anyone, but not everyone is ready for it. Even in the underground scene people know what is good and what is bad, and especially the band must give something "more" to keep people interested and was able to touring and to actively participate in the underground scene. We hope that we´re succeed :-) 


4. Latest release from your camp is „Pagan Thoughts Vol.2“. Try to enlighten this material to us. Could you tell me something about the process of making these epic songs? 

 

The concept of our work, regards text content, is in paganism.Regards music, we are basing on melodies and using clean vocals in choruses. Lyrics makes Vonkollage, then music  Vonkollage and Crudelis together. That is the "force" of the final product, the variety of musical arrangements. In summary, the fact that it doesn´t do just one person, the songs are different and the result isn´t saltless. Songs are usually composing at home and at audition, then finishing up arrangements, tighten vocals etc .. 


5. You put on your songs some clear vocals which sound great and move the whole recording to a very original approach. Who came with the idea to put the clear vocals within the whole? Was it your primary idea or did some of you come with it during the process of composing? 

 

Regarding clear vocals, as mentioned above, accompanying us since the beginning of our work. Once that happened, we tried that and it was good, so we went in it. It's probably one of the most important aspects on the basis of which people noticed us and differentiates us from other bands.

 
6. 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. 

 

I believe, that each member of the band has his own favorite, but I think we agreed on a song “Cesta Osudu” on which was created a video. The story is simple, but concerns all of us, because no one escapes before fate or death. Nobody knows what awaits him at the end of the day, or life. People do a lot of things can affect their approach to life or to the environment around them, but bad acts eventually catch up with everyone. 


7. Where do you think all this interest for paganism and nature comes to you? Were you raised based on such principles, or you discovered everything at a certain point? 

 

These things we consider for natural and they are, more or less, in each of us, because it is a heritage from our ancestors. With our creation, at least partly, trying to get back ourselves and others into the time when people lived much more in harmony with nature, with no worship in dumb christian idols.So called "God" is just that beauty around us and this is what  people all around the world should realize… 


8. What are your thoughts on the human society and the way we treat Mother Earth? 

 

The current consumer society, which destroys everything around, is not the right way, where should people proceed. For most people, life goal is to accumulate wealth and generally do not realize that a happy person can make a far simpler and plainer stuff. Sequent on that access to the land, as such, is a disaster, that we probably can´t turn. That´s very sad. We can´t everything among us consider for obviosity, we are not the master of this world, but the Mother Earth = nature and the entire universum around us.


9. Are you a winter or summer man? Does Enviroment have an influence on you? Do you have a favourite location within the world?
 

 

I think that we are enjoying summer more likely. Regarding bad environment,in nowadys,  it has effect on everyone. Lots of 'civilization' diseases that accompany us today, are caused by lifestyle and everything around us. Regarding our band, none of us would refuse to go with friends for a drink, meet each other on summer festivals etc. We´re like having a good time.Favorite places can be found throughout the world, but everyone likes a quiet place in the woods or at the water, such places in our country are many and everyone likes to visi t them.

 
10. Everyone has their own ideas on what black metal means so I was interested in your opinion what does black metal stand for? 

 

Black metal is a lifestyle and even though we are not Satanists, which the unlearned people automatically thinks about  each "Metalist", it is one of the few subcultures where people still holds together. The atmosphere at concerts of bands playing BM and other fusion of this style is fantastic. We like to meet people from other bands on UG scene and trying to maintain friendly relations. Probably that's what it is all about. 


11. What makes a band special? What is that vital ingredient that separates a good band from a great one? 

 

As already mentioned, it is needed to offer people something more. Something interesting what band separates from the others, whether it be mentioned clean vocals or perhaps a nonstandard musical instruments or samples, or orchestration. A lot of bands using it in different variations and I think it's listeners received it very positively. 


12. I always enjoy hearing what life is like outside of a band. What can you share with us about what your lives are like outside of the bands? Wives, kids, jobs, hobbies? 

 

Our life outside the band is simple, we aren´t professionals, so all of us are employed. Our hobbies is music,of course,we are actively visiting concerts and just plain listening to music at home. We like to have some fun with friends and each of us has a girlfriend or wife, Vonkollage and Hanes has an adult daughter. In  free time everyone likes to visit the countryside, in the summer have a swimming etc ... Most of us are also involved in other musical BM groups. 


13. OK man, I would like to thank you for your time and help, please add some words to the end of this interview. 

 

Thanks for your interest in our band, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support and patronage. Greetings to all metal fans in your country !!

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