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Realized at: 30th, April 2015
(Answers by Vitra - Vocals & Kur - Guitars)
 

"We are alone and life has no inherent meaning, so it's the responsibility of the individual to make a world worth living in."

1. How was the energy that inspired you to become formative in VITREOUS.

VITRA: I really wanted to start a band where I would play guitar. For some reason every band I'm in I end up doing vocals, so I just wanted a change of pace, and I've loved black metal for years. Of course I found my way back to vocal duties

KUR: There's not much of a black metal scene, much less a metal scene to speak of here in Gainesville at all. I believe we are the only active black metal band in town at the moment. There's a few that incorporate some black metal elements into their style; infusing it with punk and thrash like Hot Graves but no one doing anything remotely close to what we do. When I moved here from DFW in 2012 I managed to find some of the only guys in town who are into black metal, some of which had not performed in active bands for some time. Vitra, Zagros & Níðhöggr have known one another for years, so it's very gratifying and humbling to be the one to bring a group of such talented friends back together to create once more.

2. You have mentioned you´re deeply influenced by 90´s European black metal. In your opinion, what are the primary musical differences in form between first wave of black metal and the newer era?

KUR: I am a big fan of the first wave of black metal they had a very raw sound which could be truly horrifying at times. Hellhammer, Venom and Bathory are a few of my favorite bands so definitely no disrespect to them at all but I find the next wave of black metal from the 90's to be a far more focused and technical take on the genre, especially those that relied more so on symphonic arrangements. The early Arcturus albums with Tidemann on guitar (Aspera Heims Symfonia/Constellation) are a prime example of what I am speaking. His guitar playing on that album is spectacular and his addition of neo-classical elements to black metal was definitely a big influence. 

VITRA: This might be blasphemy, but I'm not a big fan of first wave black metal. For some reason 80's metal just doesn't do anything for me. I kind of skipped over thrash, and went right into the more extreme stuff. That being said, 90's black metal is just amazing. It blows my mind how fast it evolved, and took on all these different characteristics. That's what I love about black metal so much, it has the ability to incorporate outside influence, and absorb it into the genre.

3. Are there some parts of the world that really impress you due to the quality of the bands coming from the same area?

VITRA: It seems like music is more global now. In the 90's certain cities, or countries were known for having good scenes, but now metal is almost everywhere. I'm interested to see how scenes will progress in places like the Middle East.

KUR: When you say that there's only one region that comes to mind: Scandinavia. So much great metal has come out of there over the last 30+ years. Although I do agree with VITRA, there’s a lot of great black metal coming from all over the world now.

4. I have seen you´re just preparing the release of your "Once Offered the Greatest of Light" as a physical CD. However it has been already pre-released in 2014. Could you explain us about this?

KUR: That's a good question. We were booked to play Black Kvlt Fest II in Miami, the album was finished but we were still in the process of searching for proper artwork, instead of going down there empty handed we decided to do a very limited batch of 25 CD's as pre-release to distribute there and made the rest available on our Bandcamp: http://vitreous666.bandcamp.com

5. One of my fave areas is the artworks, and you have made a really stunning artwork for this album. Could you please tell us some major details about the artist who made this piece of art?

KUR: Thank you, the moment I saw the rough sketch for it I knew it was perfect for our album. It was created by Alex Tartsus from Russia; you can check him out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alextartsus666

6. Was their a specific goal in mind when writing the debut album? How do you guys wrote such brutal yet memorable tracks?

VITRA: The whole process was really organic. We never had a strict sound in mind, and as more members were added the sound just evolved into what you hear on the album.

KUR: We didn't necessarily intend to create an album with a certain atmosphere or unifying concept nor did we go into with the mindset of making it brutal yet memorable but thank you all the same. I have what I suppose some would call a stream of consciousness writing style, once a central idea/riff comes to mind it's just a matter of building upon that foundation and allowing the song to progress naturally.  

7. Which VITREOUS track is the more representative of your music? What's your fave VITREOUS's track and why?  

KUR: It’s hard for me to narrow it down to one song in particular off the album that stands out as encapsulating our sound but By Bent Knee or Broken Neck and Under Shifting Sand and Locust Winds come close to it and both those songs are a blast to perform live. As far as my favorite song is concerned, while I'm fond of the material on this album what I'm really excited about is the new material we've been preparing for our follow up release with our new bass player and rhythm guitarist (Daoloth & Apophis).

VITRA: I would say By Bent Knee or Broken Neck is a good representation of our sound. My favorite song is probably The Highest Form of Human Suffering. I'm proud of how the lyrics turned out, and musically it's very strong.  

8. You've been playing a number of shows . Can you share with us the funniest or most unpleasant situation that ever happened on your gigs?

KUR: The most unpleasant situation had to be the show we played with Canadian metal "legends" Anvil last year... Very few national metal acts come thru town and I had not heard much of them aside from that documentary and subsequent publicity campaign but our rhythm guitar player at the time Amæru was a big fan. So when we were offered a slot I figured we'd do it although our styles are nowhere near similar. Anyhow, it was a complete shit storm. The guy running sound that night was a fucking moron: he managed to mic our rhythm guitarist's cab but didn't plug the mic into the console, never even attempted to fix it because he didn't notice until after we finished the set. After loading up we headed back into the club and to our surprise happened upon the band that was scheduled to go on after us, Absolon from Orlando, standing by the stage door and looking very upset. Apparently, Anvil wanted to go on and get the fuck out of there so they made the promoter bump them, which came as a big surprise to everyone considering how that documentary made them out to be such good guys. Then to top it all off the promoter only gave the club manager Anvil's take for the evening, took the rest of the money and rode off into the night never to be seen again. The club manager was a good sport about it though, paid us in free booze. Can't beat that!  

9. If you had to highlight one important message behind your music, what would it be?

VITRA- We are alone and life has no inherent meaning, so it's the responsibility of the individual to make a world worth living in.  

10. OK, please define black metal with your own words, and if black metal was an animal, which one would it be?

KUR: Black metal is traditionally satanic metal, although I find our generation has begun to identify with it as more of an anti-Christian or anti-religious art form than purely satanic. Organized religions are nothing but systems of control and monetary gain. The Holy Roman Catholic Church has committed some of the most deplorable atrocities in history; since their inception they've done nothing but slaughter the innocent in the name of their savior, entire civilizations have fallen at their hands. Now they are the wealthiest most land owning entity on this planet. I'm not sure there is a creature inhabiting this planet that would come close to personifying black metal; it would have to be some sort of malevolent, amorphous shapeshifting entity too terrifying for words. However, now that I think about it, I did see a picture of a shaved bear once. That was pretty horrific.

VITRA: If black metal were an animal it would be a butterfly. No one suspects the butterfly.  

11. What can we all expect in the future with VITREOUS and any final comments for our readers?  

KUR: Next on our agenda is Communion of Darkness 3 in Spartanburg, SC at Ground Zero where we'll be co-headlining the event with Vesterian and as I said we are preparing new material for our follow up to Once Offered the Greatest Light, while continuing to book shows throughout Florida and the southeast.

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