Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Apocryfal Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We founded the band in 2009 and the line-up hasn't changed since PV joined the band in 2010. We have published two records and there is definitely more coming.
A specific genre is hard to define but we have been calling it assaulting death metal, and any fan on death metal in general should definitely give it a try.

2.So far you have released new ep's, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?

We have never intentionally tried to create any specific type of music, the style has mostly developed on its own. Ravens was definitely more straight forward, brutal and fast and has a more old-school sound.
Aberration of Mind on the other hand has more of a blackened death sound with a little more variety and more complex compositions, although the original face smashing mentality is still present.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

On "Ravens" MCD, lyrics revolved more around death and those who have been part of it. It’s a furious celebration of a certain doom, which we are all binded to.
PV does our lyrics and his main inspiration for the lyrics are religious texts. Non-fictional books have a big role in the process as well. Subjects are chewed through and gullible interpretations of subjects are avoided.

The Aberration of Mind EP's lyrics revolve around subjects of beliefs. Themes consider religion and problems around them. The album starts with a verse from Book of Lamentations sung in Finnish. Contra tells you a war story, which is justified by peoples trust in their own Truth. Mother of all revolves around Lilith based on Judeo-Christian scriptures.
Some apocryphal texts suggest that Lilith was also a wife of Adam, hence the name - Mother of All. We didn’t want to make a traditional text about worshiping the demon. We rather wanted to implant the frenzy of a fanatic believer into the text. The title track tells you a story about a man, who really wants to believe but cannot find the Truth, even that he knows what he is supposed to search. Its a tale of growth in a sense, and you can also see this as a story about a man who's faith is fading. The last track, A Theist, sums the album up and its a very essential part of the album lyric-wise.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Apocryfal'?

It comes from the word "apocryphal", meaning "Of questionable authorship or authenticity". I spotted the word in high school and it both sounded like a great name for a band and also kind of reflected my views of religion.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band ha splayed so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

The best show we have played was without a doubt at Steelfest Open air 2014. We got the chance to play there by winning a demo competition and had the honor of opening the second day for such bands as Vader and Primordial.

Stage performance-wise, we just go with the feeling. We don't plan our performance and rather just focus on playing, doing whatever anyone feels at the moment.
We have been described as energetic, and we mostly try to have a great time playing and reflect the passion to the audience.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

There are a few shows coming up in the spring, the dates should be confirmed soon.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Yes, we are looking for a label. There has been some discussion with some small publishers, but so far nothing conclusive has been achieved.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?

We have received generally good reviews everywhere, rating mostly 4/5 or so. Some people have also ordered our merchandise abroad and we have got mostly positive feedback.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Bassist JV is working with his solo project and drummer JS also plays in Prayed And Betrayed on the side.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We are working on new material for a full length album. When it will be released is a more difficult question. Creating the songs is the easier part, but there is of course the financial side. We have no interest in half-assing the album and raising the money that it requires to make a good sounding album is going to take some time. To give a rough estimate, it is probably going to happen in 2016.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Our music is a mix of various metal genres. There are too many influencing bands to name and our musical tastes vary quite heavily, but the greatest inspirations have come from death metal, both old and new, with some tastes of black and thrash metal.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I personally study IT in the university and a great chunk of my free time spires around various topics in the industry.
Other members' interests vary from fishing to literature.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

I'd like to thank everyone who read this, you are the power that keeps real extreme metal scene alive.
If you got interested, our music can be downloaded for free at http://apocryfal.bandcamp.com/ and there is some merchandise for sale if you want to support us.

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