I am a huge fan of doom metal. The doomier the better. Pour all the melancholy and angst into it and you got a life time fan in me. CHURCH OF VOID is a cool doom band. I asked Magus a couple of questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-Leadbelly said this about Blues music: “You lay down some night and you turn from one side of the bed to the other; all night long. It´s not too cold in that bed, and it ain´t too hot. But what´s the matter? The blues has got you.” I guess you could define our music in the same way; we´d like to offer people the comfort of uncomfortable, sweet poignancy. We want to evoke emotions. Is not that something that all artists want to do?
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-The founding members, those being me Magus and Giorgios chose a name that would represent doom metal more than any other genre, thus CHURCH OF VOID.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-We have five somewhat different characters artistically in this band and those few albums all of us have in our record shacks are Pentagram´s Relentless, Black Sabbath´s first and Reverend Bizarre´s Crush The insects. Also Finland´s own MANA MANA has a great influence on us.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-In the beginning, when we existed as a trio, our music was perhaps a bit more simple in the terms of songwriting. You can hear those echoes on our debut EP, WINTER IS COMING (2012). Now as a five-piece band with five songwriters influences and different ways to craft a song create more elements to our music. Punk and various metal sub-genres turn into music that is CHURCH OF VOID.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I sincerely believe that musicians, especially in the field of metal, will continue to create albums rather than singles. A single digital track is perhaps the easiest way to promote music worldwide nowadays. But certainly Vinyl, CD and C-cassette will continue their life in the underground music scene, just like digital formats did in the 90´s.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Personally, I loathe digitally created covers, they´ll go out of date sooner than any other work of album cover art. Also, I detest promo pictures although it´s a necessity nowadays…
But how do you catch people´s attention? By doing things differently that others. Take a look at Velvet Underground´s 1st album or Joy Division´s Unknown Pleasures to name a few. They stand out being timeless. Although I like the way doom metal borrows it´s art from classic masters, linking their art to greater tradition. ( The Obsessed, Reverend Bizarre, or even Celtic Frost!)
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-It certainly has if you look back thirty years. In the late 70´s to 80´s and 90´s fanzines and tape trades were the thing. I miss those times in the sense you needed to put a certain amount of effort to find music.. But since I´m a lazy sod, our primary way to promote our music and tell people what´s happening is the social media… certainly the fastest way at least.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-It does bring a certain level of togetherness…. Although I´ve always felt that we´re the underdogs and outsiders even in the doom scene. But we have met so many genuinely heartfelt persons through our music that I can only be grateful. those moments are priceless. So thank you to people we´ve come across over the years.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We´re a terrific live band! I guess the key to that is we don´t bore ourselves by doing it too much. We could do that just a little bit more, though… I do believe gigging is a great way to conquer more audience to our band.
What will the future bring?
-Right now, as I write this in April; we´re doing demo songs for our 2nd album, successor to DEAD RISING (2013). Also, we have a split album ready with our friends ACOLYTES OF MOROS and CARDINALS FOLLY called COALITION OF THE ANATHEMATIZED. Hope it´ll come out soon. We´re going to do some promotional gigs together with before-mentioned bands.
We´ll enter the recording studio in the Autumn, hopefully the new album will see the light of day early 2016.