Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Carnac Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
- Of course! We are currently preparing for a couple of shows in the future and we are almost done with the writing of new material at the same time. We are planning to start recording in the beginning of June, so that’s really exciting!

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the ep?
- I would say it is death metal, but with influences from both its old-school style and its modern style; I guess the modern style is more prominent though. The sound also flirts a little with black metal.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with
the music?
- Every song has a different concept. Hericide tells the story of a lord being exiled and his death in a forest. Menhirs of Enmity is about our band name “Carnac” and its story. Debaser is about those who do not chase their dreams enough and get humiliated for it. And finally, Servant to the Void is about a man who is stuck in a cave and his process of becoming one with the void around him.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Carnac'?
- It is a commune in France. It consists of menhirs which are rumored to be pagan soldiers petrified by Pope Cornelius.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also
how would you describe your stage performance?
- We only played one show so far, haha. Though I definitely think that it was very successful. I can describe it as “dynamic”, but further than that, we want each of our performances to be an experience for our audience. I really believe that we are a “live” band; as in, a band that can truly be understood only by watching live. Right now we may only have one EP out, but that doesn’t stop us from giving our best with the covers on the setlist as well.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
- We have a show in Istanbul on March 19th, and there are plans to play in Ankara again in a short while. We are actively seeking summer festivals as well. But at the end of the day, we just want to play as many shows as possible. That’s why I hope that we can become a touring band in the future. I know that it is a looong way to go, but we absolutely love playing shows and we would do it every day if we had the chance.

7.Recently Sliptrick Records, re-issued your 2015 ep, what are your thoughts on the final product?
- Sliptrick has been very supportive of us, and we can’t wait to have the EP in a physical format as well.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
- It has been very good, especially considering that it is our first EP. Most of those who listened to our EP said that they were looking forward to the full-length album. I hope they love the album even more, and we can live up to their already great support.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
- We are planning the release date to be sometime around the end of 2016. We will be recording it and having it mixed and mastered in the summer. I’d say that it is definitely going to be more diverse than the sound on the EP. There is a straight-up death metal song, a song with post-metal influences and an atmospheric 7-minute closer at the same time. I think it’s going to be really intense from start to finish, hope our listeners think of it that way too.

10.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?
- Bands like At the Gates, Enslaved, Opeth and Gojira had big influences on us. Currently everybody in the band is listening to a lot of Neurosis and we definitely look up to their intensity; both in live performances and in songwriting. Other than that we are spinning a lot of rock records lately; from Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures and Muse to name a few.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
- Our guitarist Ozan is a teacher, and the rest of us are students in the fields of Computer Engineering, German Translation, Law and Psychology. We occasionally go on island trips (a bit random, haha) and attend gigs nearby.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
- Thank you for this interview, we hope you like what you hear in the future!

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