Seven Gates of Hell with UADA

19. ledna 2017 v 19:18 | 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 eclipsed sun cast its dim light on the barren lanscape where once bouncing life left its sparse traces in a volcano spewing its lethal entrails and in a horrified look of a skeleton mother cuddling her tiny skeleton child. Such is the world where Oregon's black metal outfit UADA set themselves a while ago to create and play their debut album "Devoid of Light". UADA came into the world two years ago out of a sudden stroke of darkened fresh ideas that hit the band's vocalist and guitar player Jake Superchi. Being a mastermind of a number of other cursed projects, he kicked up his metal stamina with the new apparition even further and now, together with his three fallen fellows of the band, gathers a well deserved attention of the scene. The album "Devoid of Light" made their name audible in every hell and their future very promising. It was my honour to exchange with Jake a few lines of this interview.

I. The congregation of the haunted was never meant as an outlet project for the stored music ideas and riffs you couldn't use in your other bands. UADA rose out of the brand new creations spawned solely for the new act. What changed with the formation of UADA in your artistic and spiritual life, apart from the new band's pouring fresh energy and fervour in your metal veins? What did UADA give to you, in that sense, that the other projects would not?
"A coming of age, understanding & freedom is what really set the tone for this project. After so many years with my other project, it simply wasn't exactly speaking to who I am now as it did before. When making the decision to move forward and start a new, the purpose was to create precisely from the heart & soul. To create without barriers, guidelines and rules. To simply be and embrace the organic side of creating music and art. While past projects of course were the same at a certain time, sometimes those times die or fade away. The past is the past & I no longer dwell in it, for the future is much far brighter when your eyes are open."

II. Your debut album "Devoid of Light" thrives on splendid quitar melodies developed through repetitive riff patterns, their ingenious variations and refreshings twists. It is of that black metal breed that catches the head instantly and hardly comes off. Do you believe that such immediate impact ideas are essential for the power and persuasive spirit of UADA's music?
"There is a certain essence & formula to what UADA does. It is as bright as it is dark, as beautiful as it is ugly, as positive as it is negative and so on. There is a dynamic between vast realms that incorporate themselves together naturally. To flow like a river without obstruction; natural passage. I believe it to be a big role and huge part in the art we create. Without all these elements it would not be complete. Music is a form of expression, which is a form of emotion. All emotions that a human can feel are incorporated into this music. The highs, the lows, and all in between. Therein lies the spirit."

III. Though "Devoid of Light" fulfils all the basic criteria of a traditional black metal album, in its excellency it doesn't shy away from heavy elements, in its picturesque guitar solos, and even death metal ones, in some coarse vocal parts. Are you one of those who grew in the classic metal melting pot and still cannot get enought of all its fruits?
"Black Metal is my heart, but I do have an eclectic taste in music that varies across many different genres including and not limited to any metal genre. Inspiration cannot be denied, and again writing without limitations opens these doors to act when called upon."

IV. Lyricswise, the album resonates with the vivid imagery of the darkness confronting the light, as the death surmounts the life. But one can understand that the circle goes also the other way round and the light and the life could turn out victorious. What is lurking in the album's nooks devoid of light and devoid of life that could nourish some kind of hope, anyway?
"I believe it was William Wallace who said "All men die, but not all men really live."
Our end is inevitable and music is what brings me hope, where I feel I really live. The creation & where it might take me next are the real fruits of my life. I believe we all have to find a purpose in this world, and UADA right now is mine. That is my nourish of hope. Music has always been what keeps me going & always will be.
Lyrically this album was about that transition of death into life. As one band was killed, another rose from the metaphorical ashes. In those down times of darkness between the light of releasing new material, I wandered into the unknown. But walking into those shadows I knew what light was to be reached and now we are just seeing the beginning of what we've expected. The anticipated hope to take ourselves wherever we want to go with this art we create. To be free, limitless and finally really live the life we've all been striving for as musicians. We create our doors, we open them and we pass through them."

V. Thirty years ago, black metal would perfectly do with shallow satanic imagery that well served a purpose of metalheads´ shared or individual life rebellion. Do you think that since than a man´s spiritual frustration in the mundane world has got so deep that it naturally shed the early spirit of adolescent rebellion and replaced it with the detached world of mysteries, resonating in such a strong way in today´s black metal?
"I believe the messages, artform and self expression of Black Metal is much more mature overall today then it was thirty years ago. In it's beginning it did use those shallow satanic images you speak of as a way to express it's stand against a religion that has taken away much freedom in this world. Not everyone understands that there was also deeper meanings to the left hand path and individualism. So the Satan bandwagon really became adolescent in it's image & eventually a stereotypical staple of the genre.
With that being said we all find common ground in the philosophical approach in that rebellion brings us to our sense of freedom. To be free to think, explore & find truth is what most religions (especially the main that has been opposed time & time again in this art) forbid. And of course many of us into the arts, science & nature are those of the left mind. I understand the role Satan played in this genre be it a deity, or a philosophy. But unless it is something that is truely believed by the artist in what they write and perform, then it's merely for shock value or attention. Two things that are completely against everything this artform stands for from my perspective. I assume many artists of today within the genre of Black Metal are looking to create something different and more meaningful. Why rehash what's been done over and over. Why say what someone else has already said a thousand times. In the world of the dark arts there are vast amounts of knowledge & topics to explore. So why limit it to that of one deity or thought process? But there has always been many different forms of belief within this genre from the the satanists, to the pagans, to the war-heads, to the vikings, and so on. There was always alternative lyrical content within Black Metal than the standard Satan. Now there is a new generation, and like all generations and genres it has evolved. This evolution is important & it is why we are seeing Black Metal now stronger than it has been since it's 2nd wave. More mature, fierce, and awake."

VI. What kind of symbolism did you embed into the sigil that adorns the CD cardboard case and the disc itself? Does the sigil represent an important complementary sign to the band's logo and would be incorporated within the graphics on your next releases too?
"The sigil we use is the symbol of UADA. It is free of any other symbolism that does not represent who or what we are. It is a one of a kind sigil that speaks our name and no other. It will be with us forever, like our logo & our moon emblem. These are our markings."

VII. From the the very beginning, UADA has been highly active playing live shows. Many overseas bands consider performing on the stages round Europe as their main concert target. How important to you is a conquest of the headbanging crowds here on the old continent?
"A personal goal of mine always was to visit Europe on my own terms. I could have easily purchased a plane ticket at some point in life & visited the old world. But like always I have to do things my way & my way was earning that trip through my music and art. Finally in March I'll see that dream come true. But that dream is one of the very first few steps in the long climb on the mountain of goals I've wanted to achieve musically. It is one of the most important steps in our career & everything we've been working towards. To fully experience UADA is in the live setting and we are eager to share it not only with Europe but the entire world."

Thank you for answering the interview questions! You have my full support!!


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