With a name like MARTYRIUM this could be any kind of metal. From classic heavy metal to doom metal to death metal to goth metal to black metal to whatever metal. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

How different is it releasing an album compared to a demo where there were no real pressure?.
Vanja Obscure: We didn’t produce a demo CD as a separate physical release. After the album was recorded and ready from studio we decided on four tracks to master in advance in order to create a press-kit, so even though this was made available for a small number of people it was still hard to decide what songs should present our work. Releasing the album involves more work and time, there are many other things to be considered like distribution, promotion and all those things that come after an album is finished, so we are happy to have met a supportive label to help us with these matters.

What response did you get on your last album? What was the weirdest response you got?
Vanja Obscure: There were predominantly positive reviews and comments; however some listeners were confused by the metal-to-industrial shift which makes ‘Destiny Wore A Bondage Mask’ stand out from the rest. We appreciate people taking time to listen to our music and we enjoy reading what they have to say about our work. I think that the weirdest review I read so far was the most recent one from a Austrian metal zine. Apparently each song from our new album associated them to a different fetish, the author went on describing each one in very graphic detail and possibly drifted away from the subject of music when explaining why furry rodents don’t belong in the rectum…So needless to say this was one of our favorite reviews. Next album will also have to live up to their brutal comments!

When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
Vanja Obscure: It is great to see people enjoying something we wrote, it makes everything more real for us. Those moments on stage are the best reward an artist can achieve.

Do you feel that you have to follow in the foot steps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for example?
Vanja Obscure: Every album has different themes both lyrically and visually for we wouldn’t want to create something new in the shadow of the past. The artwork from the first three albums was mostly designed by the band. The first album ‘Withering in Voluptuous Embrace’ had a gothic and melancholically romantic theme; the second ‘Carnage Lit By Darkness’ was a dark concept album, written in form of a play; the following release ‘Awakening The Ancient’ includes horror fantasy themes such as HP Lovecrafts demons, werewolves and other ancient evil. The new release ‘Destiny Wore A Bondage Mask’ was produced on a more professional level, we worked with notorious Michal Xaay Loranc for the cover design. The lyrical concepts evolve around masochistic submission to abuse, inviting demonic possession, Infernal rituals and invoking diabolical entities. We believe that each album has its own individual path while still keeping true to the occult roots that enkindle the infernal flames within the heart and soul of MartYriuM.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
Vanja Obscure: I think that people who support and create metal music are part of a great community. We find ourselves in music, we relate to its aggression and bond with the beast within, we put our middle fingers up in tribute to those who don’t approve, we are able to derive inspiration from the reeking foulness that broods from the dark corners of the world and create something beautiful,…

When you have found a sound how hard/easy is it to come up with songs that fit into the sound?
Vanja Obscure: Our song writing process begins with choosing the right keyboard sounds which make up the backbone of a song, and then we build the drums and expand on those ideas by adding guitar and bass parts. We are flexible when it comes to changing and experimenting with our sound. We make sure that every album sounds different and we adapt different music styles to fit in our albums.

What influences/inspires you today?
Vanja Obscure: Our ideas are mostly inherited from listening to a lot of different music. There is a very big list of bands that we admire, at the moment we are listening to a lot of Belphegor, Samael, Dimmu Borgir, Rammstein, Dark Funeral, The Kovenant, Behemoth. Apart from metal we enjoy movie soundtracks and classic symphonic music. Also sometimes i get inspired after reading a story of terror by Edit Nesbit or Edgar Allan Poe…my mind would be raped by darkness and then something sick is bound to seep out on paper and become lyrics for a new song.

We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
Vanja Obscure: Illegal downloading is responsible for the decrease in record sales which is affecting both labels and artists. People fail to consider the amount of work and money that goes into releasing an album, which is a pity because of this a lot of bands and labels are forced to stop.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
Vanja Obscure: I think that digital is more common now-a-days because of the advance in technology and convenience. My personal preference is physical.

What lies in the future?
Vanja Obscure: MartYriuM is hosting a new female fronted metal festival VOICES OF THE SUCCUBI (VOTS) in Malta 17th September this year. We are very excited to begin this new metal community in our country. Also, we are part taking in Ukraine’s metal festival Carpathian Alliance headlined by Blind Guardian this July! In the mean time we already started brewing up some chaotic evil and perversities for our next opus.

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