BLACK CULT (for Battle Helm)

If you’ve never heard of BLACK CULT this is your chance to rectify that. read this interview and check them out further afterwards.

Interview was prepared by ANDERS EKDAHL (Battle Helm)

We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today?
What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
We are a relatively young band, formed in 2013. Individually, before Black Cult was formed, most of us had their own bands, some of which started creating music over two decades ago. What I can honestly answer you is that when we started we where just fans playing the music we liked.
Later on we had those label deals, tours, managements and so on, but you know how the music business works, especially nowadays. You have to be ready for a lot of compromises if you are a young band and in the end they all just want your money. They chew you and spit you out and before you know what’s going on, they have another band. We are beyond that with Black Cult and we never formed a band for money or fame. Black metal is bigger (and always was) than the mundane things this world can offer. You could say that now we made a full circle – we’re back to our roots – creating and playing music just for the pleasure of it. We are always open for every option that comes our way, but we keep it underground where we feel at home. Our music is the art in itself and has a soul of it’s own. That is our greatest acheivement.

Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like
LA or NY or London?
-I guess you should ask them this question. We don’t care what most people think. If they are attracted to our music, then I think they wouldn’t care much even if we came from another dimenison.

When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-We just work on the promotion as much as possible and deliver the music itself to our fans with as much energy as possible during live shows. We have no boundaries and follow no rules when it comes to creating a new album, even different songs on one album. We keep it dark, but when it comes to musical inspiriations for our songs, there are no limits.

What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-I always try to inspire Insanus who writes all the music with my lyrics and the other way around, so we
work very good as a team. I try to make good stories and poetry that will inspire his music even more. At other times I get inspired and envisioned by his music and then I write even better. It all starts with the two of us. If we manage to challange and inspire ourselves, then we have a formula.

I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about
analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-We never recorded analogue, technology keeps on progressing and we follow. Simple as that, nothing romantic or nostalgic for us.

What is it like to sit there with a finished album?
-It’s a great felling if you are truly satisfied with the final result. You created something bigger than yourself, something that will outlive you. I think for every true artist that should be the ultimate goal and pleasure. It is your mark upon eternity.

Do you think much what people will think of it?
-No, not at all.

How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-It’s all up to the listener once again, the lyrics tell their story and get you fully connected with the
whole vibe, I think. There are also examples in a bands like Rammstein, most of the people have no idea what they say, but they are still great. In black metal, I would say it matters for the most. When it comes to our lyrics, some of them are just stories that are more or less based on mataphors, while the others are more philosphical. The message is simple as always: be your own god, have no limits and remember that the villains are the best characters in most of the stories.

Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-It is important for sure. It’s like when you buy a good comic or a novel. I agree. It calls to you, but then again, don’t always judge the book by it’s cover.

When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-We have a very faithful fan base that keeps on growing, so they always know what they can expect from us. We take care to deliver a greater and bigger show every time. So far, we are successfull in that aspect too.

What do you see in the future?
-I see death before us all, but until then, let’s make life worth living every fucking second.



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