There is nothing like a really extreme metal album. The rage and furiousity such an album most often spews forth can bring the most shitty day round to being a pretty darn good one. I get that sort of vibe from DARKEND. Answers by ANIMAE. 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?
-Hello there, thank you for your time and support. Our music is a gate to the inner Abyss and our aim is to get people able to really feel the presence of those unnamed ghosts that whispered our music into life. We call our offering “Extreme Ritual Art” and it’s a combination of obscure heavy riffing, Gregorian chants, Goetian and Sacred music from the past, mixed with lyrical exorcisms and mantric spells.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-The name DARKEND was crafted by anagramming the ancient Sanskrit word REKDA’DN, taken from a vedic funeral rite of passage celebrated in order to grant to the remains of shamans and warlocks the wisdom of shadows; that sacred word stands for “MIST OF THE ELSEWHERE”. As you can see, it fits quite perfectly to our way of perceive our art.

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?
-Not easy to tell. We all have a very wide range of musical tastes and it’s not our aim to take a band (or a group of bands) as an example to follow. We rather care to identify, time after time, the correct atmosphere and score able to enshroud the emotions that we want to put out.

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?
-We wanted to play some obscure and extreme music, but of course it developed a lot during the years. Now, as I said before, it is really ritualistic, complex, heavier and darker than ever before. The name came quite at the beginning but it was with time that we completely discovered its magical implications. Sometimes, some powers are hidden even to their own creators.

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?
-It can be a good way to promote your band and your works on a large scale.. but there’s nothing like having the physical format of the album in your hands, with a good artwork, a booklet full of images and lyrics and all the stuff. It’s art in its whole shape, and it will never die.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-It’s really important. As said before, I consider Darkend not only as a musical and lyrical entity, but also as a visual one. Our booklets are always full of liner notes and images that add a third dimension to the listening experience and the artwork is an integral part of the whole.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-They rewrote the promotional rules for sure. If any fans want to contact us, feel free to write us at the contacts on www.darkend.it or at www.facebook.com/darkendofficial

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Not really. For me, music is life and it’s really individualistic. It’s a cathartic ritual for us, thus it’s really personal and intimate.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We already toured Europe thrice with acts like Rotting Christ, Cradle Of Filth, Samael and Melechesh and we’re already looking for the next one that will hopefully take place in Autumn 2016. Yes, playing around is the best way of spreading the Cult, in my opinion.

What will the future bring?
-We just started to write some new music, exploring some artistic paths that “The Canticle Of Shadows” opened to us. We are planning to release an EP not too far in terms of time. The Temple has to grow, and we don’t really want to wait too much. And of course, we want to play live as much as we can. Wherever there will be the need of our Rituals, we will go.

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