Seven Gates of Hell with NACHASH

18. listopadu 2016 v 18:34 | 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 serpent's bites leave itching black wounds, yet the poisonous pain they cause is just as refreshing. The chunky chop of hell-smoked metal flesh is exposed for the snatching on the EP "Conjuring the Red Death Exlipse" which the reptile of NACHASH rolls at the doorstep of his lair. The band come from the black metal haven of Norway, ready to empasize its stance conspicuously aside from the prefabicated spirit of the local true blackness. With their prolonged four-track entrée they don't need to abide by their country's patterns of evil to sound darker than the darkest niches of their home recess. For the interview, I had a few exchanges with the band´s mastermind, vocalist and guitarist in one person, hidden behind the moniker of A.

I. The Hebrew word Nachash comes from the Old Testament and its lexical root is endowed with a few religiously converging meanings. Used as a noun, it refers to the snake in the biblical Garden of Eden. The verb form derived from the root means deceiving as well as possessing a divine knowledge, whereas the adjective refers to a quality of brightness. These stimulating meanings gave a very fruitful basis for occult interpretations of the crucial biblical character´s role. The original Hebrew literation is also incorporated within the band´s logo. How important is this direct biblical reference with its occult sprouts for NACHASH´s metal temperament?
"The word has several meanings, yes, and that was taken into consideration before the moniker was chosen. However, the general understanding of the word as meaning a serpent, specifically refering to the snake in the garden of Eden, one of the personifications of Lucifer as it were, is the main reason behind the choosing of the name. Symbolically it represents rebellion and search for knowledge, for better or worse. Being a black metal band it was a suitable name and I found it to contain a certain something, so to speak, after meditations on its meaning and what it (can) represent. Also, in more mundane terms, it simply sounded right and looked visually pleasing to me. Not every decision is based on some esoteric or occult revelation, some things just work well instinctively and make sense on an indescribable, emotional level. Is the direct biblical referance important to us as a band? No, I would not say so, at least not in an obvious way, although I do have an interest in such topics to an extent. The philosophical/spiritual implications of this could probably be discussed in a more cohesive and in-depth manner, yet I find that somewhat hard, so I'll leave it at that."

II. Many who come across the new name of NACHASH may become more attentive when they realize that the band´s drummer originated from the once resonant ug apparition Celestial Bloodshed. What else is hidden in the past of the band´s members of such striking instrumental maturity?
"For me personally, nothing at all really. There were projects that were started in the past which never came into fruition for whatever reason. I suppose the stars had to be aligned in some weird way before I was ready to bring forth something that I felt was worthy enough, or I felt had something genuine to offer, to make available for the "general public". The gates have opened now, so we'll shall see where this path takes us."

III. Before putting out "Conjuring the Red Death Eclipse", did NACHASH experince some period of an unofficial demo hatching, or is the EP really the very first sparkle of the band´s existence?
"No. Not unless you count some very rough rehearsal recordings that a very few people got to hear. "Conjuring the Red Death Eclipse" is indeed the first real sparkle of NACHASH's musical existence proper. There were quite a few tracks completed that eventually were thrown away in the time leading up to the recording of the EP, as is usually the case. The songs that made it to the EP were just the ones that we felt were the best and the most representative of where we wanted to take NACHASH."

IV. The recording abounds in a very picturesque imagery of death. Death plays quite an animated drama in your void world stripped of life, it can bite and dazzle with its frosty paleness, be praised for its divinity and have more sense than creation itself which is "but a crumbling illusion". Do you think that the dead might be obssessed with life as vividly as the living are with the visions of death?
"Death is unavoidable, ageless and eternal, so it is a subject that has disturbed and fascinated the human mind since time immemorial. It's in other words a concept that has always been present in art in general, so nothing new there. Within the context of NACHASH and the lyrics death has a spiritual connotation and represents a gateway to that which lies beyond our frail comprehensions and existential insignificance, tapping into primordial forces inside and outside these earthly plains. Life itself is short and fleeting in the grand scheme of things and is as such an illusion, unlike the cold darkness of death, divine in its totality. What lies beyond? Only once the mortal coil passes will that be revealed. About the dead, I'll let you know after our next ritual necromancy."

V. I really like your point you once made that the essential part of metal music is a guitar riff and, with that respect, that many black metal bands of today forgot that black metal is metal foremost, sidelining riffs in their music. With your riff-oriented attitute, do you feel fully comfortable in the metal style of your choice? Or maybe ready to push its boundaries with NACHASH to a much more playful, heavier sounding?
"Comfortable? Not necessarily per se, seeing as most black metal is a rather embarrassing affair. Black metal has a lot of power to it when done right but the vast majority of black metal bands nowadays lack something it seems, coming across as completely devoid of passion, mindlessly donning clown paint and content to sound like a third-rate Darkthrone (nothing wrong with classic Darkthrone, though, but you get my point I assume). This has been the case for a great many years, of course. But that's just my opinion, which means about as much anyone elses opinion; in other words - jack shit. Nor does the current state of black metal as whole matter to us that much. NACHASH is black METAL, however, and influences for me can come from heavy, death, thrash & doom metal, musically speaking. But again, black metal is something more than just music for me, so we shall remain black metal now and always. But by all means, people can label our musical misdeeds however they want, it's not really that important, the music speaks for itself ultimately. Can't please everyone anyway, nor should one strive for it either. We do not try to push (or are pushing) boundaries, I'd say, rather we're trying to carve out our own identity and conjure forth something which is not easily mistaken for something else, and something that has genuine passion and fire. To play black metal as we deem fit. Will we succeed in this? I suppose that's up to a potenial listener to decide for him/herself at some point in the future but we'll stand behind what we release."

VI. At what state of preparations is your debut album and when the fans of NACHASH can expect its release?
"All of the songs for the full-length are basically done, so the tentative plan is to have it recorded by the end of january 2017. We've not actually booked a studio yet, though, so this could very well be subjected to change. We shall see. Ideally, we'd like to have the album out by summer next year, so it remains to be seen if that will be the case. But as always, things can get in the way so there is no predicting things at the end of the day. It'll be ready when it's ready."

VII. Today´s metal scene is frequented with bands of ephemeral being that flare up with one or two recordings and then get out of sight for good. Do you feel there is something intrinsic in the beating heart and darkened soul of NACHASH that can catch up with fire of longevity?
"Well, I've already started working on (potentional) songs for a second album, so perhaps NACHASH will be around for some time. But I tend to get a bit ahead of myself in that regard. Our primary goal as of right now is getting the debut LP recorded and released and do more gigs (depending on what offers may come our way). How long Nachash will remain an active musical entity remains to be seen."

Thanks a lot for the interview. Your serpent-bitten metal of black has my full support!!
"Thank you for the support. Listen to Cauchemar - Chapelle Ardente."


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