When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The band was formed in 2005 and our style has been chaotic and brutal from the beginning. At first the purpose was to play brutal death metal, but over time we wanted to add more grim and sinister elements to it, because most of us have backround in black metal. The debut album has also these elements in it, but with Omega Prayer we decided to take more straight-forward approach and the band evolved even more towards black metal, but still retaining the technicality and brutality of death metal.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-We’ve spent a lot of time to develop our sound and we think that it has greatly improved during the years. Many things have affected it and it’s hard to say because we listen to so many different musical styles also and you tend to pick the things that you like the most in something, but the ideas for music and visualization can still come from other things also. As for this record we wanted it to have this very crushing effect, a brutal force in it and yet it had to sound very dark at the same time. We think we succeeded in that.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-There can be so many phases in the creative process so it can be frustrating or easy, but as for recording our stuff we have a good situation, since Kari has been doing it awhile now. There’s a studio in Salo where he works and we can record in there. As for the releasing of our material we’ve so far released all of our album by ourselves. We’ve received some offers from labels, but we’ve noticed that it would not offer enough efficiency for the band. We are still actively looking for labels to do cooperation with us in future and it would be awesome to make a vinyl pressing of Omega Prayer, since many people have asked for it.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-We think it’s a good thing that people can record at home nowadays, it helps in many ways but it’s hard to answer that how it affects the music overall. We’ve noticed that many artists release these singles, but as we see it that maybe it is more of a maintstream music’s problem that this kind of ”killing the album” thing happens.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-Well it has a bad effect, but can’t say that it kills the music as whole. Of course artists would like to have income from the art they make, but the big companies in the industry tend take a huge percentage from the artists and it brings them to bay. Also people use nowadays more streaming services, which has affected by decreasing illegal downloading and digital purchases also. At least what some analysists say, but afterall we think that the underground scene will always prosper and keep the music alive, since there are artists that do not do this for the money but for the sake of it.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-The response has been very positive and it seems to bring a new breeze into our activity. As for the songs that has gotten the most attention from Omega Prayer album are Dreary Touch Of The Void from which we made a lyric video and Obsidian Chamber from which we made a music video. Also the song Asebeia has been mentioned in couple of reviews as one of the most catchy and kickass songs of the album. Our live shows have also gotten attention. Some had said that although it’s mostly very aggressive and chaotic, it also has this ritualistic feel in it. Maybe it’s because we also use some other percussion instruments in our performance like gongs, singing bowls, a bugle made from the horn of greater kudu etc.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Would have to say Chile, one guy from a magazine contacted us back in 2012. Maybe it’s not so surprising since we know that there is also an active scene and hardcore fans.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Well the music itself can be seen as a community/communities, it always requires cooperation with different people and making decisions as a group. As for metal scene like in our hometown Salo where friends cooperate with each other and try to keep the little scene alive, so you can see it as a community also. Music has brought us many things that could not be experienced in normal mundane life, like what is it like to be on tour and experiencing the different scenes and making contact with the people behind them and all the crazy things that have happened during our shows and on our path over the years.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Our latest gig was last spring so it has been some time but of course we would like to play as many gigs as we can.
Yes of course it helps and playing live is an important part of making music and evolving as a musician and we’ve noticed that many people like to watch live videos in social media. If you have the equipment to record and film it you have a good material for promotion also.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We are going to release two live videos in January or February. Also we’ve just recently started to make pre-production in studio. So things are going very nicely towards our next goal. We have booked few gigs for the next spring here in Finland and we are currently arranging more. We’ve also received some tour offers from foreign booking agencies, so we’ll see what happens next year.