BLACK CULT (for The Grinder)

 (The Grinder)

Atmosfear 19  

Thanks for your time. Tell us about your band and what you do for your band.
Thank you for the interview. Black Cult was formed in 2013 by Insanus who creates all the music and myself who does all the lyrics.
To make it to the point, we play black metal - the way we see it nowadays, but also fully influenced by our heroes of the past.

When did you decide you wanted to be in a band?
It was back in 1997 when Insanus and me (again) formed our first band together - "Gorthaur's Wrath".
At that time, Insanus was already in a famous Croatian black metal band called "Castrum".

What is different about being a musician than you imagined?
Most of the things are spot on - I get to satisfy my urge to create music that I grew up with and always liked.
On the other hand, when it comes to the music industry, that is something completly different. Once you're inside you might get
dissapointed and/or frustrated, but these days we do what we do for the pure pleasure of it and we are no longer
concerned with success or fame.

What gear do you use and why?
Various, depending on the musicians we work with or the sound we want to achieve.
In the end of a day, I think it's all about the ideas and the equipment is secondary, at least for us.

What music do you listen to that would surprise people?
We have very different musical influences, so I will speak for myself only.
For me, there's only two types of music: good and bad. Beside metal I listen to whatever gets to me, emotionaly and
mentaly - Lana del rey, some electronic stuff, Aphex twin, Prodigy, Misfits, Marilyn Manson, just to mention a few.

How do we find your music and merch to buy?
You can find it on our official web sites or the web sites of our labels. You can also buy it at our live shows.

How did you get a record deal? Or do you want a record deal or are you DIY?
We sent our material to various black metal and metal labels worldwide and then we choose the best offer.

What bands do people compare your music to?
Well, it's a bit hard to say as our first album is like the best of the early black metal, while our second album is more technical and progressive.
I guess you can find everything from early Mayhem up to new Behemoth and Emperor within our music.

Are you pro Spotify / streaming services ? Or do you think it hurts sales?
We don't mind it as long as it reaches people. We try to be everywhere.

What’s the ultimate goal for the band?
To create great music that we would like to hear ourselves more often.

Will we see you tour?
Not in the near future, sadly. Most of the band members live in different countries now, but we do have plans for a few selected shows every year.

Who would you love to tour with?
Behemoth would be great. My friends from Sweden, "Voodus" just released their album "Into the wild" and it Would be great to tour with them.
Maybe also my favourite new band from the states - "Carnifex". We acctually had the offer to tour Russia together but we were not able to do so at that moment.

What is your favorite song of yours and why?
Worship the beast.
It has it all and it's a straight to the face black metal attack.

Why should people take the time to listen to your band over the thousands of other bands?
We have created riffs that capture the best of black metal since it's early days up to the present and I personally didn't heard any band alike.

What are your favorite music websites labels podcast etc?
Our label, Metal Scrap Records, of course, and all the other labels and sites that promote good music.

Is imagery important to you? Do you judge albums by the cover?
For us it's very important. And I do judge by the covers sometimes, which is, admittedly, not always the good way to do things. When I was younger I would
buy only those bands that would attract me with their image or intersting cover artwork. Of course, later, as you grow, you learn that while appearances
can have a deeper meaning, sometimes it's just for show and can be a complete failure.

If you could choose a cover song your band mates would hate what would it be?
Ha ha good question. Maybe G.G. Allin's "bite it you scum".

Is the record or live show more important?
The record is the most important thing for us. A live set should be an interpretation of the same.

Name 3 people dead or alive you would want to play your music for.
Jon Nodtveidt, Euronymous and Dead - those being some of my biggest influences from the early days. Also, I always prefer the dead rather than the living.

Lemmy Ozzy Dio and Rob Halford in a cage match who wins?
Since Lemmy and Dio are already dead, and Ozzy is half way there, I think Halford would victoriously just drive with his bike through a pile of corpses ha ha


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