at: 30th, April 2015
- Vocals & Kur - Guitars)
are alone and life has no inherent
meaning, so it's the responsibility of the
individual to make a world worth living
How was the energy that inspired you to become formative in
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
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.
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?
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.
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
Are there some parts of the world that really impress you
due to the quality of the bands coming from the same area?
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.
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.
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?
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:
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?
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
Was their a specific goal in mind when writing the debut
album? How do you guys wrote such brutal yet memorable
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.
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.
Which VITREOUS track is the more representative of your
music? What's your fave VITREOUS's track and why?
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).
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.
been playing a number of shows . Can
you share with us the funniest or most unpleasant situation
that ever happened on your gigs?
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!
you had to highlight one important message behind your
music, what would it be?
We are alone and life has no inherent meaning, so it's the
responsibility of the individual to make a world worth
OK, please define black metal with your own words, and if
black metal was an animal, which one would it be?
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
If black metal were an animal it would be a butterfly. No
one suspects the butterfly.
What can we all expect in the future with VITREOUS and any
final comments for our readers?
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