HELL’S CORONATION is another cool Polish band that you ought to check out.Questions answered: Zepar – Guitars, Vocals Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
Z. Name Hell`s Coronation was born spontaneously, i don`t remember the exact circumstances of its creation, its just appears in my head and i felt this is it. It was created before i officially started to build the skeleton of this beast. One day i told to Lord K. from NEKKROFUKK, that i want to defile reality with new horde, i told him the name, and he answer – it`s sounds fucking awesome, and for the next day he made logo. You`re right, that name maybe it does not specify unambiguously the metal genre, which is hidden upon it, but in his directness he suggests the recipient with what message you will be able to confront. Before you open the door to our temple, you can feel at the start, you came to place, where Lucifer lights up the maze of dungeons with his black flame, he show the way to make your choice.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
Z. HELL`S CORONATION is coexistence of two foul souls: Zepar (me) and Coffincrusher. I prepare outline of the tracks and then we arrange it together on rehearsals. In the studio i am responsible for guitars, vocals and keyboards, and Coffincrusher complements the nascent ritual with bass, drums and invocations. So this is how it looks – the creation process, and the final effect is ritual, trans magma of corpse light. Our music is like a slowly crawling devil shadow on the wall, which systematically devours the rest of daylight, to give control to the dark. We don`t care for speed and chasing with notes, listener should slowly feel the annihillation in his soul, that the mold can settle in and take over the recipient.
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?
Z. When you live in such country like Poland, where daily you experience the indoctrination of catholic shit, you can do two things – argue or rebel. And you start to smash the blades of contempt in christian, tight rigid doctrines, false morality and blind obedience to the clergy. It`s normal for me, like a breathing, instinct does not let me play other way in this arena of life. All bands i played and create with was like a valve that made me functional in reality. With HELL`S CORONATION is the same thing – here also i can throw away from me all the vermin of rotting world. To keep the stability and ideal balance between body, soul and mind, i dress all the emotions in the sound. Together with Coffincrusher we are passionate about metal from the 80`s and 90`s. We grew up on this and that kind of expression is the closest to us. Now when we create our rituals, we hail that scene, she could catch the primal evil, where`s is no place for unnecessary calculations and mathematics. The only thing that counted was the climate. All this factors contribute to sound, that HELL`S CORONATION throws. You cannot experience in our music avant-garde, no acrobatics, or jerking off – technical skills. Only simple means, primitive, obscure in its pronunciation. When we look at present way of Black Metal, who repels us (gently said), in our place you experience only obscene, shamelessly rude progress in regress.
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?
Z. I`m not specially follow and identify with local scene, not i`m better or something, it`s not my narcissistic exaltation, it`s not the point. The point is, there`s not much bands, who are ideologically close to us. I consider the nowadays local scene is not very expressive. Decade or two decades before maybe it was more interesting and more elitist. I have very hard specific music taste, through which the sieve hardly slips. I miss seriousness in local bands, peremptoriness and intesity of views, there`s much playing for fun and friends approval. But i`m looking for something more than tits, tight pants and cream tubes. That`s why you can make a thesis, that we operate in our own vacuum, and it does not bother us. We do not play concerts, but they who want know us – will know us. Looking more widely, if you take all our underground, there`s different. We are part of niche, we`re feeling fucking good, and how its possible we keep in touch with friendly bands and persons who declare similar conviction to us.
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?
Z. That feeling accompanied me in the 90`s, when second wave of Black Metal escalated. It was a feeling these days, that was the time of exeptional and radical changes on the scene, there was a huge group of us, who had enough of wrong interpreted tolerance and political correctness. On these days i was a co – founder of MASTIPHAL from Gdańsk, thanks to this i had the opportunity to leave a trace on pages of history, pouring out of myself hatred to christianity. Now you can see why its ends, how that scene was transformed, how most of these bands who was created that scene are caricature of themselves in power of businness and money. So now i got no feeling like this in this form. I realize how much niche HELL`S CORONATION is, with primitive, message marked by the past, which metal youngsters normalyy in most of cases don`t understand, so they choose top mainstream plastic. And individualism, that strongly lets you know with age, and making all the oversized massive shoots after some time are irritant. Priority for me is satisfying only my own ego, don`t look back at others, making music i like to hear. Music that purify my soul from lodgement of vanity, religion dogma or gray of life. I know we never will be with HELL`S CORONATION in the spotlight beceause of our attitude. This is good beceause we don`t give a shit, this is our choice and our will. Of course, if someone supports our musical activities, and will get to know our shocker creative – it`s okay. Finally we don`t create to the drawer. But there is a awareness, we will never shake the crowd and we know it, we agree.
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?
Z. For me personally the most important is what HELL`S CORONATION do and what is this project, it means monolith. From the last composed note, through the last word in lyrics, and cover artwork – reflection of content. Act as a totality will be not veracious, if one of this elements is devoid of proper estima. I cannot imagine other way, i avoid all the bands i don`t like like the visual and essential aspect. Music we create, with message full of symbols, occultism, blunt and impulsive form of expression, cannot be topped with a garden gnome on the frontcover. Fuck, haha, something like this is for me kind a paranoia and lack of respect. I got no definition of ideal coverart for an album, beceause it`s subjective feeling, but i feel intuitively if someone make a joke, or somone have a good story, matching to genre, hidden in an original picture.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
Z. I hope the physicall carrier will not finish in trashcan of forgotten technologies, even because of very big digital domination. It was a time, when CD`s and tapes was in a crisis, but last days we can see return of vinyls, people buy them more and more. So we can have a hope this is not the end of music era in this form. Tapes are in good situation also, so we have next stimulus for enthusiasm. Metal music fans are very special case of maniac collecting records of its idols on every possible carrier, it helps to look positive way in the future. There`s one thing is fucked up and pissing me off – it`s the reaction of labels, when they feel money in the air. They raise the prices of records to absurd sizes, because total maniac will buy it no matter what, but it`s wrong. Personally i hate music from mp3 and i buy a lot of music on every carriers, it feels badly on my wallet. But i think we have to support scene and bands, because it comes to agony in other way. So to all collectors, who collect bands discographies in TB on hard disc with their own choice i say – fuck you suckers!
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
Z. I consider the style of music we play, the best places are clubs, often with intimate stage. It allows to ideal gave back the atmosphere of a band, and you can feel the flowing energy, some kind of misiticism between band and recipient. The ritual is expressive and tangible, it allows you to live it intensively. I`m not the enthusiast of a huge summer festivals, specially of Black Metal bands, playing in full sun and trying to create the atmosphere from albums, but this you cannot feel, because circumstances do not allow it. However for hungry fans conditions like this do not disturb, you can see many fests like this and bands play there. Basically everything is verified by money, so talking about it make no sense at all. That`s my opinion, nobody have to be argue with that, finally, each will choose the best for him.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
Z. We don`t play concerts with HELL`S CORONATION, because we don`t need to share our emotions with anybody in this form. Total creative fullfilment give us rehearsals and magic associated with creation new rituals. Now as a live mamber i play in NEKKROFUKK, project of Lord K., who wanted to feel possessed ceremony of his creativity live and suggested playing giutar. Coffincrusher also got involved and take the bass. With this experience i can say, concert is a ritual with full scenography prepare specially for each gig. We play a few o gigs, to give time for hunger the crowd, to feel them insatiable and wanted more shit dropping and goat sperm. We are couple of persons who know each other, we got no pressure between us, it must be a comfort of happening and participation in each ceremony, without stress and hell knows what. We not doing this for fame or money, only for feeling the uniqueness of growing atmosphere. After action it`s time for laxity and finally we party. Once was a reverse situation and then happened evil, dark things…different haha.
What would you like to see the future bring?
Z. Precise virus to eradicated every monotheistic religions, their leaders and dull and stupid followers. Only this and just this…And from the music side next strikes from HELL`S CORONATION, we working on it right now. We hope nothing would cross our plans, let the Devil torment the recipients through us with rottenness and stench of swamp mists, without mokate, latte and tofu…Thanx for interview, hail the ancient demons!
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