Sunday, May 22, 2016

Katalepsy Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

So, now we’re preparing for summer festivals in Europe and rehearsing a new set-list containing new songs. We have just played Siberian tour and this was the first time we played the new songs live. Definitely, we have no time for the rest, we’re just moving forward.

2.You have a new album coming out in May, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Each release of KATALEPSY differs and doesn’t look like previous. You won’t be able to find two similar songs – this is the reason why we spend a lot of time to compose new songs. The sound on GRAVENOUS HOUR is very powerful, but very clear and legible. You can hear each trait, each note and each drum kick. There is no place to jumble-muddle. A lot of nowadays death metal bands try to mask their record’s mistakes and their own unsoundness under “chaotic”, “dark and grim” or “like in 90s” sound. But we practice and we don’t need to hide anything.

3.Your lyrics cover philosophy, Lovecraft myths, dark science fiction and apocalypse themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

I’m a big fan of the world which was created by H.P.Lovecraft. Also we don’t want to use usual gore splatter themes in lyrics and arts – there are a lot of more frightful things around us except primitive visual brutality. Mute insanity which crawls to you, inevitability of losing your soul, dark nights full of whispering voices and after all of that not death or oblivion, but eternal personal inferno.

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

At the beginning of KATALEPSY’s way each former member wrote 5 names from his own names list and the winner was “Catalepsy”. As we knew a lot of bands with that name we walked to black metal path and used one “wrong” letter, you know, all these “kaos”, “kult”, “dukk” and so on.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Most impressed for us were Mountains of Death’2008, Death Feast Festivals in different years. But the most of all we are under the impression of Brutal Assault – that was really great experience for us and we’ll carefully keep it in our memory for life. Also we are looking forward to PartySan Open Air this summer – it’s promising to be awesome and memorable too.
On stage we try to share all the energy and power of our music with fans. We don’t stand stoned, we join with our music – we join with metal!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

We just came back from tour through Siberia and now preparing to festivals in Switzerland and Portugal. In August we are going to join PartySan Open Air in Germany and will come back to Europe in September with 2-weeks tour.

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

Most of our fans are from foreign countries – especially from Germany, United States and Great Britain. We receive messages from all over the world: from Venezuela and Guatemala, from Iraq and Iceland. Internet is great thing – it erases borders and distances!

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

We have no time for additional projects because all of us have regular jobs and families. So KATALEPSY is our single way to be. Our vocalist Igor is in another band called BIG END BOLT – they were a full line-up band before Igor joined KATALEPSY, but now it’s only studio project. BIG END BOLT play techno death metal with a bit of thrash influences and great solos. Right now Igor finishing their second album, entitled KILLSTRUMENTS & DEATHODS and I hope it will be released this year. Keep your ears and eyes open and don’t miss it!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We don’t have any plans for the future – life is unpredictable thing and plays tricks with us often. We have some ideas for new songs, for the next album, but now is the time for GRAVENOUS HOUR.

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

Each of us listens to different kinds of music: punk rock, alternative, all kinds of core music, death metal, black metal etc. But I hope that the music we play come out from our hearts and souls and not depend on our preferences. Sometimes I listen to very bizarre stuff, hehe!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

All my leisure time I try to spend with my wife and son. My family is most important thing in the world for me. Also, I read a lot (basically science-fiction, historical or horror books), walk in the forest and watch old films time to time.

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

I want to thank all extreme music fans all over the world. All who listen to this great music, buy CDs and merchandise, visit shows, mosh in the pit, stage dive and slam – you rule, guys! We’re playing for you, we put our energy into it, we travel few thousands kilometers to play for you! Horns up and stay sick! See you on the road of death metal!

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