Black metal has been with me for such a long time that it is part of my DNA by now. So whenever I come upon a new band I just want to get to know them better, like with CORPUS DIAVOLIS. Answers by Daemonicreator Anders Ekdahl ©2017
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-Corpus Diavolis is our personal expression of darkness, hatred or wisdom. It has many musical faces, but Satanism and personal evolution is what it is really about. Nothing has changed regarding that matter since the beginning, only the musicianship and the synergy in the band had improved.
Dark music and Black metal in particular have been part of our lives for more than 20 years. They have always been a path of knowledge. The essence of existence. Music and image are just the surface of an endless research, the skin of the beast. It’s soul has no boundaries or definitions.
We are exploring the ritualistic and ceremonial approach to Satanic syncretism unveiling hidden paths to illumination and spiritual consciousness. Deconstructing the golden walls of conventional black metal and stepping towards the Ultimate Frontier.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-There is no such thing as “cool places” in black metal. It sounds better if your band comes from Oslo, Norway but otherwise underground people don’t care where you come from.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-Good feedback has a positive impact on motivation. Critic is also positive in any work.
Our records are pretty different in music and in sound, It’s easy to identify them. Even if you have an average ear it shouldn’t be a problem for you. For us it is not important.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-The biggest challenge is to stop. To finish it, to say it’s over. Because it’s never over… there always things to be improved. It’s living, until you kill it!
We don’t have a magic recipe for the “cool songs” , inspiration comes always in mysterious ways…
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-We recorded and mixed Atra Lumen in Priory Recording Studios with Greg Chandler from Esoteric and Lychgate. The studio is equipped with vintage analog gear and you can clearly hear the difference in the record. The dynamics of the sound, the ‘dirty’ grain, the rich harmonics and the organic feeling, all those things come from the analog processing, and it sounds much better than digital.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-We don’t just sit, wondering if people will like it or not. I’m sure the right ones will.
Meanwhile we have promotion to do and other projects and albums to work on. You should check Haiku Funeral and Antelogos, those bands share common members and ideas with Corpus Diavolis.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-The lyrics are as important as the music. Satanic esoterism, personal experience, enlightenment and destruction are recurrent topics. We don’t purvey messages, we provide dark spirituality. It has to be experienced to be realized.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-The vision goes hand in hand with the voice.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Yes. Our music it’s not easy to grasp at the first experience, especially live. People enjoy the music easily when they get familiar with it.
What do you see in the future?