I don’t remember the last time I was sent a Lithuanian metal band. But CRYPTS OF DESPAIR are a Lithuanian death metal band of the finest order. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You have one of these names that really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
D.A.: The origins of the name are unknown to me due to the fact that I joined the band after the name was already in place. I interpret the name as a reflection of the world we live in full of disgust. But i guess everybody is free to see it in their own way.
When somebody new to the band discovers you what is it that you want them to get from listening to the band?
D.A.: My wish is that the listener would connect to the music in such a way as to find food for thought and dwell deeper beyond the first layers of this entity.
B.J.: I hope to induce the same feelings I get from performing our music live or listening to the album. It’s something personal that both summons your inner demons and soothes you at the same time.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
D.A.: Our collective experience through life going over negative and positive periods. It is not an idealistic life style but it makes us who we are and that is expressed through our music.
B.J.: And a habbit of abusing certain substances.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
D.A.: Lithuania being a small country doesn’t have a huge amount of bands however luckily there is a lot of variety among genres. Scene or no scene I don’t think it matters. It isn’t the first place we look for inspiration. Most of the driving force comes from within.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
B.J.: I guess you could argue that being part of a group of people creating something might have some sort of significance in some ways. We personally don’t think about the bigger picture of the way it affects things.
D.A.: Our inner circle of the band is something we all consider to be the great thing to us, beyond that we are just four human beings.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
D.A.: I think a great cover is one that represents the music and gives you an idea of what to expect. If the music is best represented by bees or birds then it’s fine.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
D.A.: No I don’t think it’s killing the music. Of course bands get lost among a sea of other releases but at the same time I think It makes bands easier to be heard. When it comes to physical it is a personal preference for somebody who admires physical formats. We personally collect physical releases in all formats (Lp,Cd,Mc) of bands we love.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
Sorry we didn’t quite understand the question.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
D.A.: It’s definitely a happening while we are on stage. Most of the time the party happens afterwards.
What would you like to see the future bring?
D.A.: Moving on forwards: play more live gigs, tour, make more releases. But we never know what could happen.