Sunday, March 8, 2015

Cvinger Interview

Here is an interview with the Slovenian Black Metal band Cvinger! Make sure to check out their debut full-length album, "The Enthronement ov Diabolical Souls," extreme music worthy enough to scare a group of old church going ladies!

Q: Hello member or members of Cvinger, first off I need to say great job on the new album, "The Enthronement ov Diabolical Souls." The album really offers up some unbelievable extreme musicianship.

A: Thank you and we are very happy that you enjoyed the album.

Q: How long did it take for you to write the album (Come up with the instrumental compositions and write the lyrics)? Did the band have most of these songs written up before you guys went into the studio to record? Also, who does most of the song writing or is it an equally effort?

A: We wrote and record The Enthronement of Diabolical Souls in little more then 6 months. First our guitarist Bagot wrote all the guitar parts, then we arranged and practiced the songs together as a band in our practice room, so that we could record the album with confidence.

Q: Now, what I really enjoyed about this album compared to other black metal albums I have heard, is that the songs flow together as if they are telling a story. Also, the album is divided into three chapter which I thought was interesting. What influenced the lyrical ideas for this album and did you write the album as a concept album?

A: When our singer Lucerus was writing the lyrics he was highly influenced with dark and occult rituals and mythology of the ancient nations and middle ages. With chapters the songs definitely feel connected with one another and we like that, but we didn't have the plan to write it as a concept album.

Q: Some of the compositions on this album are pretty damn extreme. What song would you say was the most difficult to record, or the most challenging if played live?

A: The recording went very smooth so there wasn't any particular song that we had trouble recording. For me personally the hardest one to play live is Eikmus Manifestaton, but for the band I would say Reclaim the Crown, because of the rhythmical difficulty of the song.

Q: Being a black metal band, I am sure you are aware of the stereotypes that are associated with the sub-genre such as, the music sounds like it was recorded in a basement with a 1990’s answering machine. However, the production on this album was really well done and I think the songs were strengthened by the production value. I want to know what are your thoughts on the album's production? Where did you record this album?

A: We wanted a more modern sound because we feel that with the clear sounding music listeners could understand our album and embrace the evil and dark atmosphere. So we are very pleased with the way we produced the album. All of the recording was done in our home studio - Truga Studio.

Q: I read in your bio that you are from Slovenia. Is there a strong metal scene in your area? Also, what music did you listen to growing up that may have influenced your musical identity?

A: I think that Slovenia has a very strong and diverse metal scene with a lot of great bands. I started listening to metal with Iron Maiden and then I eventually progressed towards more extreme genres, so now I mostly listen to progressive, death and black metal. As a band we are influenced with bands such as Mayhem, Marduk, 1349 and so on, with death metal bands like Immolation and also with classical music and movie soundtracks, for example the main riff in the song Reclaim the Crown was written like a homage to Imperial March from Star Wars.

Q: With the album out I was wondering if you guys will do any touring? Do you plan on playing any shows or festivals in the future?

A: In December we did a short East European tour and we will announce some more European dates soon. We would love to play some festivals but we haven't booked any yet. Currently we are playing in our home country Slovenia.

Q: For my last question I want to give you a chance to briefly explain to people reading this interview as to why they should check out the album. What is the one aspect of this album that you think stands out compared to the other extreme metal recordings that have come out this year?

A: I would say that our album is a great mixture of everything we love about black metal and is very direct. You will hear evil and darkness and nothing else.

Q: Well, thanks for doing this interview and keep writing solid sounding extreme black metal music! The world needs more good black metal bands and less black metal bands like the one Nicolas Cage's son is in. Cheers! \m/

A: Thank you and keep supporting metal \m/

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