I love discovering new acts. CULT OF ERINYES were new to me but I was so impressed by them that I wanted to interview them. Here’s the result. Anders Ekdahl ©2013

As I know very little about you could you please start by introducing the band to me/us?
-Cult of Erinyes is a Black Metal entity created exactly 4 years ago. We clearly focus our efforts on creating music and not on live shows, even if we played here and there with great bands such as Aura Noir, Enthroned, Dodheimsgard, Lifelover, Aosoth, Code, etc.

When you pick a band name do it have to have a meaning or can it just be words put together to look good?
-Cult of Erinyes isn’t a brand created to sell a product to customers. It’s underground extreme music. The name does not have to look good, and even the music does not have to “sound” good. It only has to be the perfect reflection of the very essence of what we are as individuals.

How do you find your sound? Do you take a whole bunch of influences and mix them together to make it your brew?
-Blessed Extinction is VERY close from what I had in mind, and I thank Phorgath every day for that. The whole sound has to have an aura, a specific atmosphere. If you know what you want, the creation of the sound can go very fast, which is always the case for Cult of Erinyes.

Does it become easier with time to write songs or is it a much more difficult process in that you don’t want to repeat what you’ve already done?
-It became easier because I’m now fully aware of what I can (or cannot) do with a guitar – which used not to be the case. I do not want to repeat myself, but I’ll never write something original to be original. The first criteria are quality and strong emotions. We are a Black Metal entity and always will, which means that you always find some similar elements on our releases. The vibe is not always the same, that’s why I always want the sound to differ from the precedent release.

How pleased are you with your latest recorded work? What kind of responses do you want to get from it?
-I’m pleased with the way the album sound and I totally love the artwork. The Blackout Studio, which is responsible for the sound and the artwork, did an amazing job with a lot of devotion and creativity. Phorgath and Neerath are two great artists and I’m proud they got involved in Cult of Erinyes. Phorgath’s vocals are fantastic and made all the difference of the Vlasov Notes. Neerath is a great painter and I can already say we will ask him to work with us on the next artwork. About the responses; it looks like we got excellent reviews. That’s “cool”, I suppose. But I’m already focused on the next chapter of my musical journey. I know Mastema likes to have some positive reactions from the audience, but it does not matter to me. Imagine that the sales are disastrous, and that the label does not want to release our next album. Would I worry? Absolutely not. I would release my music all by myself, that’s all.

When you work in the studio what kind of process do you go through? Do you come in all prepared or do you improvise?
-I’m the one responsible for 99 % of the guitars, bass and keys/samples. It means that I’m working all by myself, which means that improvisation almost doesn’t belong in Cult of Erinyes. On the other hand, I don’t need a lot of time for the creative process. I can write a song and make the pre-production, with all the guitars, basses, samples/keys and (programmed) drums within a day. After that first step, I send my song to Mastema and Baal. Mastema gives his opinion, and Baal learns how to play it. I can make some changes – if needed. On Blessed Extinction, Mastema gave me his blessing and trusted me at 100% for the music. I did the same for him about the lyrics. He’s an intelligent and gifted vocalist, so I let him write whatever he wants. Improvisation is allowed only for some lead guitars (for example on Jibaku and the Vlasov Notes).

Is art work and lay out still as important when more and more people download legally music to their phones or iPads/computers?
-Again, I’m not making music for the audience or labels. Only for me, myself and I. I’m not a “cool” guy with a Twitter account sharing my “thoughts” and waiting for feedbacks of morons. I’m confident (some will say arrogant) and do not need to feel reassured with love from the Internet. Artwork and layout are important to Cult of Erinyes and the people surrounding the entity. And this is all that matters to my eyes.

What would you say is a great album cover? What does it have to contain for it to be great? I love the really big, colorful ones from the LP days. The ones you could sit for hours looking at discovering new details.
-The LP days are not over. A great cover album is a cover that captures the very essence of the music. Paracletus and Consolamentum (from Deathspell Omega and Ascension) are AMAZING pieces of art on LP for example. On mp3, you are losing “something”. That’s the reason why I’ll release an LP version of Blessed Extinction in 2014.

How easy is it to get blinded by Facebook like when you know that you can buy them or a by countless hits on Youtube and think that you’ve made it big?
-Youtube means that the musical file is compressed and surrounded by ads, stupid hateful comments and useless debates. It is a matter of choice. People CHOOSE to eat shit, listen to shit, put it in the virtual garbage for another round full of shit they’ll listen only for 30 seconds before liking the Facebook page and thinking they are supporters. A million flies on a puddle of shit will never be right: shit still smells the same.

What do you see in the future for the band?
-We’ll continue to explore the hideous aspects of mankind and write music about it. I’ll keep the flame of the band alive as long as my fingers are working. My artistic and philosophical connections with Mastema are stronger than ever and Baal fully trusts me. Mark my words: Cult of Erinyes will still be around in 20 years. One way or another. We are not corrupted by whatever kills entities because we are not touring and never will. We do not pay to play, like a lot of so-called professional musicians do. Cult of Erinyes’ essence is creativity, authenticity and a total devotion to “what we are devoted to”.

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