1. First of all I must congratulate you for such a great album, "Consummation of the Black Arts."
Is it the result of a long time of thoughtful work?
Absolutely. "Consummation of the Black Arts" is the result of everything we've done up to this
point. A lot of songs were scrapped, and we've lost a drummer and guitarist along the way, but
we're happy with how things are going now and we think the album shows the work we've put
2. Your CD is pretty well produced – in which studio did you record it? And who took care of the
mixing and mastering?
We actually recorded the album ourselves. Khandrak did all the mixing and mastering. It took a
while to get everything figured out and sounding the way we wanted it to, but we took our time
with it and weren't afraid to throw out everything we'd done if we thought it could be
improved. Making "Consummation of the Black Arts" was an enormous learning experience, and
we're certain that our next album is going to sound even better.
3. This is a question that I often ask simply because I've never been in that position. What is it
like to release an album? What kind of emotions run through you?
I think we all felt a bit of relief when we finally took a step back from it at the end, and knew
that it was finished. There were months of tireless effort put into making the album, and when
you work on anything that long, it gets hard to keep an objective perspective on it. A certain
amount of anxiety comes along with putting something out to the public that you've poured so
much of yourself into, but there's an excitement that comes along with it as well. We all love the
music we play, and we hope that other people will enjoy it and want to listen to it as well.
4. Who would you say are the biggest influences impacting the music of Vile Tyrant, both as a
band and you individually?
We all listen to a wide range of music, and have been drawing inspiration from a lot of bands
and ideas for the music that we play, but eventually it reaches a point where it becomes hard to
say what our inspiration actually is. There's a point where you stop trying to copy other bands
and start just writing music.
5. Are you fine with being called a black metal band or is it important to use terms like "Melodic"
or "Atmospheric" as well when discussing the music of Vile Tyrant?
I don't think we've ever had an issue with people using the proper terms for what kind of black
metal we are. I'm not even sure that we have a consensus amongst ourselves as far as that goes.
It's gotten really hard to classify most bands like that. We could spout of a long list of subgenres
and influences, but unless someone is really familiar with all of that it isn't going to mean a thing
6. With so many black metal bands coming up these days, how do you manage to keep your
material relevant? How challenging is it to come up with newer material?
We're less concerned with whether or not our music is relevant to the current scene, and more
concerned about whether or not it's relevant to us. Where we're from, there isn't really a lot of
black metal going on. It's made things difficult, but we aren't going to change what we're doing
because of that.
A new album is actually in the works right now, and the music has been coming to us readily.
New songs have been flowing organically and there have been some great results with what felt
like minimal effort. We're really excited to get it all put together.
7. Are there any certain religious or philosophical beliefs within the band? What are your
attitudes towards fans that like your music but do not share your ideals?
We don't all particularly share the same beliefs, and as such we wouldn't expect our fans to
have any one particular belief themselves. We think our music speaks for itself and has a depth
to it beyond the lyrical content.
8. Do you think black metal has a spirit or a set of values to it? Where do you think these come
from? Are there any historical antecedents?
Black metal has a surprisingly wide range and can sound like numerous things, but what ties it all
together is the spirit behind it. There's a darkness that tends to draw from hedonistic and
misanthropic ideals, but it's not a negative mindset as much as an intellectual opposition
centered from the self.
9. Your lyrics deal with Satanism and worshiping Lucifer. Would it be possible to tell us more
about your personal views on this topic and on religions in general?
In terms of the Luciferian aspect of the lyrics, it comes from my personal practices and
perspective on Satanism and the ways that things are, not from any dogmatic belief or system.
To a certain extent I have to draw from commonalities that people can connect to, but I can't
really prescribe to the classic idea of Satanism. It's more pagan and shamanistic. When it comes
to religion in general, I can't support any sort of blind faith. What matters is knowledge and
making your own decisions.
10. You make extensive use of keyboards, not only from a quantitative perspective, but also
qualitatively. Do you consider them to be a black metal instrument, on par with the guitar, as
far as black metal sentiment expression is concerned?
The right black metal instrument is the one that properly expresses the sentiment you're trying
to convey. Every instrument has a different range of effect and they're all important to creating
11. Where is your favorite place to write your songs? And from what symbols, feelings, stories or
environments do you get inspiration?
Whether you're taking a shit, fucking or falling asleep, inspiration can come at any time, and
usually when you don't have a guitar at hand. But writing music is more a state of mind than any
particular place. It doesn't always lead to black metal, but it's important to not put limits on
yourself and to make use of whatever inspiration you get. Doing that makes sure you keep a
wider perspective for the black metal music you do write, and those are the ones that we make
12. You've been playing a large number of shows recently and you have a reputation for your
performances; are live shows a central aspect of Vile Tyrant? What have been the best and
worst live experiences you've had?
Playing live is absolutely a central aspect of the band. It's a completely different feel when
you're playing live. The music becomes real. It's no longer a couple of guys just playing
instruments, but a living thing.
We've had some great shows playing with Death Angel, Abigail Williams and lot of other bands
we really respect. But sometimes a show doesn't turn out how you expect. When we played
with Necronomicon the crowd was thin to say the least. You can't always predict these things.
Even great bands play to a small audience at times.
13. 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 fanatic's item like the LP is nowadays?
It's become a market centered around immediate gratification, where you need to keep
pumping out singles to stay relevant. When you haven't established yourself with a large fan
base it's always going to be a lot of work. But for the people that still go out to see live shows,
CDs will stay relevant. We always sell albums at our shows, and I don't see that changing. People
who like a physical show tend to like a physical album as well.
14. OK, we have come to the end. If I have missed anything please feel free to add to this
Thanks for the interest in our music. We've got some new stuff in the works and we look
forward to you bringing you and everyone else around the world a new full length album later