OF WINTER (Canada)::::......
24th, October 2013
by Caesar Tiberius
- Vocals & Lycaon - Guitars)
off, let's take a moment to put this interview in
perspective. It is a lazy autumn Saturday afternoon in the
northern prairies of Canada, and while the sun may still be
out, the wind carries a shivered reminder of a white
blanketed season on approach. Caesar Tiberius sits down with
a tall glass filled to the brim with ice, and drawn with a
generous portion of golden Jack Daniel's and just a hint of
water. Meanwhile, the Lycaon strolls in flashing a cold grin
in the direction of a poor girl unaware she has just been
marked as prey. A deep breath, and so it begins..."
What are the most memorable memories would you extract from
your early days? It was so difficult at the beginning?
The early days of Ides didn't seem difficult at all. We've
always had good chemistry within, even with early members
that have now ventured off. Most notable moments have all
been on stage, we feed off the energy supplied by our
audience and use every fiber of our strength to give it back
a thousand times over. The people we meet that enjoy what we
do always create lasting impressions.
Canada seems to be the cradle of very good and talented
black metal bands, do you think there's a special reason for
this? Which ones could you think are worth to be mentioned?
Canada as a country is inspirational. We have very little
population with vast amounts of scenery, wildlife, and
extreme conditions to draw upon. Any art form must be felt
and nurtured by your surroundings, so we are very lucky to
be in an environment that provides this in abundance.
Could the WINTER environment be a strong reason of this? As
you self mentioned: Northern Canadian winters dominate the
Winter is a great example of this for us in particular. We
spend a great deal of time in elements that are not very
comfortable, and the extreme fluctuations can either beat
you down, or force you to indulge in it's influence and use
it to your own advantage. Some of the great bands here
choose the latter.
What stands behind the IDES OF WINTER name? It is like to
imagine to be frozen to the bones eh!?
Frozen to the bone is a perfect way to put it. The name is a
coined Shakespearean slang meaning "The middle of
Winter". For Canadians, this is wihout a doubt the most
enduring of times. Our temperatures drop to such extremes
that your skin freezes within seconds of exposure. It brings
great inspiration when you are in solitude with only the
howl of the bitterness outside of your cave to be your
- Speaking of your debut album “Minus Tenº”, tell us
something more about it, where it was recorded, mixed and
mastered? Did the final product surpass your expectations?
The album was recorded at The Physics Lab, here in Edmonton.
Our engineer took the duties of all three tasks; recorded,
mixed and mastered. We could not have chosen a more perfect
candidate to project our sound into solid form. My
expectations going into the studio were very high because
Terry, our engineer, had worked on great projects prior to
ours such as Weapon's latest disc. We are all extremely
proud of this album and can't wait for it to bring the
piercing sonic cold to all the eardrums that await to hear
I assume it was difficult for you to get a label deal, is
that the reason you self produced and released? Do you
consider this is one of the hardest part about playing in an
This is our first album. We really have something to prove
to ourselves as artists, and we haven't yet looked into
label support. We aren't against having access to the
distribution, tours, and massive contacts that labels can
provide, but at this point we decided to do what we do best;
get out there and play live uninhibited Canadian metal. It
is difficult to be in an underground band in some regards,
but we will exploit the advantages while we have the chance.
Tours are normally good occasions for getting drunk and
retarded. Any fun stories, band fights, stage
fuckups? Which bands that you toured with during the CROSS
CANADA TOUR 2013 have been the coolest?
One particular night after a show in Southern Alberta, we
devoured enough mushrooms to turn any average man into a
permanent psychopath. We hallucinated to the point of
believing that there were ghosts having ravenous sex in our
hotel bathoom as our guitarist at the time was melting into
the wall. We never found his remains, so we had to replace
him. As for bands that were a blast to perform with during
our most recent tour, I would have to say Descecrate
Scripture and Autaric. We have been friends with those bands
for some time and considering they both live roughly 8 hours
away from Edmonton, it is always good to see those guys tear
it up. Begrime Exemious, also from Edmonton, who came with
us on the tour never cease to show the crowd an insane time.
As I have also noticed, your stage performance and band
image is a central aspect of the band, How you manage this
in the proper way?
A lot of preparation. To ensure that the image is projected
perfectly every show, we make sure every detail stands out
to the next. The fur is pinnacle in our performance as we
use Canadian arctic wolf fur to stay as authentic to our
surroundings as possible. Our face paint is to reflect our
own brand of "corpse paint" we penned "frost
paint" where instead of blacks we use blue to further
the idea of Winter coming upon you.
Immortal, Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir have been
mentioned as some of your musical influences. Are there any
certain religious or philosophical beliefs within the band
This is just the 'tip of the iceberg' (so to speak) of bands
that we listen to and continue to inspire us. This list is
huge, ranging from 80's metal to classical-era composers.
There are no boundaries to which we explore and create. As
far as religious aspects, from what I know, we all recognize
Lesbianism. We all worship and adore the seductive and
empowering allure of the female form. So it is written, so
it is done.
Let´s talk about song writing process, how long will it
take to complete a song (your song). Is it possible to
complete it all in an hour, or in day, or it might even took
long periods of refining the lines, etc.
All songs are different. They are very much like beautiful
women, some give it up all right away and all you gotta do
is be there and smile, while others need to be caressed,
explored, and coaxed into betraying all their secrets. Some
songs want to be held, others want to be tied up and have
candle wax dripped on them. Some songs emanate femininity
and very much enjoy the company of other songs, and then...
I'll stop there, you get the picture.
What music format do you prefer the most; vinyl, CD, or
cassettes? Do you think it is really good to release one
album in these three mentioned formats?
I was raised in the era of cassettes. But, when CDs became
accessible I moved onto that format. I enjoyed the fact that
my CDs would never get eaten up in a tapedeck and if I took
care of them, they would last as long as I wanted them to.
Vinyl has been coming back in a big way, and would never
oppose to the idea of someday releasing an album on vinyl,
but would never go with one specific format. If there is
enough demand for it, we may even do cassettes one day, the
possiblilties are endless.
What are some of your interests, occupations and hobbies
outside of composing sick music?
Being of wolven descent, my blood yearns to traverse the
great Canadian outdoors in search of food and mate
(sometimes they are one in the same). The desire is more
than human and my instinct takes control of my inhibitions.
It is more often than not, that I awake from a full moon
with bloodied mouth and hands with very little recollection
of what transpired the night previous. And then, there's
what happens with my food...
How would you define black metal? In your opinion, how much
did the death metal scene change compared to the late
Black metal is an ever evolving concept. What it used to
represent has changed long since it's inception in the realm
anti-Creationism. Although, there are bands who still stay
true to the anti-Christian and Satanic aspect which the
music originated from, there are so many variations of the
genre from Suicidal Depressive to Atmospheric, each with
their own characteristics and all have their own merits.
As we near the end of this interview, might you have
anything else that you'd like to mention that mayhaps I may
There are always things to add, that is the beauty of this
industry. The performance, the songs, the anguish, the
stories will all evolve and decay, but at the end of the day
our job is to entertain and we will do whatever it takes to
do just that night after night. When you come to an Ides of
Winter show, we want you to leave with crushing Canadian
cold embedded in your soul.