Seven Gates of Hell with IDOLATRY

8. listopadu 2016 v 17:28 | RaznAgul |  seven gates of hell interviews
The aim of the open series of the blogzine´s Seven Gates of Hell interviews is to introduce the bands and their music that struck my metalhead´s heart and soul recently. In seven questions, the gates are open for those who make their music of true metal spirit, pure dedication and of what I understand as underground approach and aesthetics.
The fallen music of IDOLATRY sprouts right from the breeding ground of the orthodox second-wave black metal. Yet, the band´s musicians play their instruments with such distinctive grips that they give very original seasoning to their orthodoxy, stepping high above the current devil´s flock. In that way, their debut album "Visions from the Throne of Eyes", released this year´s spring, can be listened to as a perfect homage to the coarse spirit of the genre, just as it can also give a very refreshing experience. The Canadian horde opened their promising hell just two years ago and have managed to cut out of its depth, beside the debut, their initial eponymous EP and two splits with their likes Unrest and Kult of Azazel, so far. I am honoured to have a chat with the band´s drummer, Daemonikus Abominor.

I. The common sense of sticking to the raw black metal tradition seems to be a crucial driving force behind your music. Or is there even something else in the band´s spirit that puts together the conspicuous, omni-audiable individualities of the band´s members?
"The concept for Idolatry was indeed spawned initally by a devotion to the more traditional musical styles of second-wave black metal, but the lyrical and ideological elements have more to do with studies in philosophy, anti-theism, and Atheistic Satanism than merely an "I hate christianity" sentiment as we make no distinction between any of the fairy tales that people choose to believe in. The lyrics, while often subjective, also incorporate strong elements of objective truth. The occult is also a strong influence but in a more aesthetic presence than a literal or worship context. We use Satanic imagery and content because it is the most recognizable anti-religious sentiment in the western world, but we do not exclusively express our message with such imagery or lyrics. This translates through the music that tends to be very dynamic in that songs can go from violent savagery to calm in a moment."

II. The term "idolatry" depicts in a pejorative manner a religious attitude to divinity. Used as a name of the black metal band, it gets very weird connotations. What does the meaning of "idolatry" evoke in you, with respect to the band´s nature?
"The word is used in a more ecclesiastical context, in that it references anything that is worhsipped above god (sic). In that sense, and due to our denial of anything known above the intellect of humanity, we place ourselves above any god since all gods are man made."


III. It is quite unusual for a band to make merchandise dedicated to individual songs. If I count right, three of your debut album's tracks found their way into different designs of the band's merch apparel. Are these songs somewhat special within the album that you decided to put them into that kind of visual manifestation?
"I have always enjoyed it when a band puts a lyric or reference to specific songs, not just albums or tours, so I pitched that idea to the other members and they agreed that it was a good idea. If we come across some art that we like, we will go through lyrics and see if anything feels like it conveys an appropriate message for the image. Conversely, we have chosen lyrics that we want on a shirt and found an image that worked well with it. It can go either way but in the end, the image and the message should both be congruent."

IV. What is so temtpting for you in releasing splits with other bands, rather than keeping the ready songs till there is enough of them gathered for some major individual release, be it EP or another regular album?
"I personally enjoy splits. I like there are two bands on the same album where I will buy it because of one of the bands and be exposed to another (I learned about Horned Almighty through their split with Sargeist). It's also cost effective as the cost of producing a phycial copy of the album is split between more people (at least when done d.i.y. as with our split with Unrest). When Kult ov Azazel was looking to release a few songs from their new demo, we had a few songs that we had written shortly after finishing "Visions..." and after some discussions with our label Humanity's Plague Productions and with Xaphan, we agreed it would be a good move for both bands."

V. Shortly after the release of your latest recording, the split with Kult of Azazel, you parted with your vocalist Matzigkeitus. The fronting for the autumn tour that followed was taken over by a provisional vocalist, while you started searching for a new hopeful for the vacant post. Have you already found a new vocalist for the band? Considering the specific qualities Matzigkeitus, without doubts, had, like his malicious vocal pitch and satanic poetism in lyrics writing, what kind of virtues should a right adept for the vocal post in IDOLATRY have?
"Our tour was fronted by Caesar Tiberius of Ides of Winter and he pulled it off with great precision and excellent reviews and there will always be those who have their preferences, as is the case with any band that has a member change. That being said, we have not filled the vocalist position as we only returned from tour about a week ago (as of this writing). Obviously we want to maintain our dynamic element and their abilities with creative writing will be a consideration, but the lyrics were also penned by other members as well. The title and lyrics for the title track "Visions from the Throne of Eyes" were written by me and we had a number of other songs that had lyrics written for them before Lord Matzigkeitus joined the band."


VI. My first accidental encounter with your music stirred up enough temptation to prompt me to get the copy of your debut. I didn´t need any other lure. But it came, anyway, with the sabbathic music video to one of the album´s tracks titled "Satanas häxan". The clip kicks up the song, which is a riveting piece just by itself, even to a higher degree of hellish wickedness. At what devils´ did you come across those pictures?
"The video was put together by an associate of LM's, Belchior, which is a one man U.S. based black metal band. The images are taken from the 1922 silent film "documentary", Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages. I had actually rented the film years ago on VHS in my late teens but had not come across a copy of it for myself so to have it used for a video for my band was pleasing."

VII. Now, when your debut album is already out, do you plan to play live anywhere anytime to support the recording and spread the word? Or do you put more weight on writing new music, maybe with another ful-length coming soon? What are your priorities for a foreseeable future?
"We just finished our tour with Panzerfaust and Erimha in order to help push the release of "Luciferian Vengeance" with KoA and now we will be concentrating on finding a new vocalist. We are always seeking the next opportunity to bring our mayhem to the stage as we are a very amibitious band and new releases will happen when they happen. We rarely dismiss any possiblities or opportunities."

Thanks a lot for the interview! Let your black throne never shed its blasphemic visions!

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