NOCTURNES MIST is an Aussie band that follows in the footstep of other great Aussie metal bands. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Do you feel that it has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the daysz
(Ominous) Yes, apart from a period of time when it wasn’t possible to record or perform due to distance between members. We have stuck to our guns; we play straight up black metal and have no interest in being avant-garde or edgy. We have no problem with those that do, but it’s just not our thing and we have stayed true to our original vision.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
(Ominous) I think it turned out just how we planned, and were all pleased with the results. The songs, recording, art and final package are as we envisioned. It will also be the first time that one of our albums has been released on vinyl as well as CD.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
(Ominous) We have from the beginning had the same aim as far as the sound we wanted, since then the only thing that has changed is the recording methods. Our first recording, “Southern Storms” didn’t turn out the way we wanted. The second recording, “As Flames Burn” resurrected some of these original songs and gave us the opportunity to record them in the way we wanted, despite being recorded in a primitive way.
After that the album, “March to Perdition” was done just the way we wanted, besides a difference of opinions between our drummer and the rest of the band regarding the way the drums where recorded. Now “Diabolical Baptism” has been recorded with everyone on the same page regarding production and the final out come, we are very pleased with the final result.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
(Ominous) Our lyrics have covered a wide range of topics including, the Australian outlook regarding black metal, destructive forces of nature, suicide, afterlife, the occult, Satan and hatred but always written in a dark and or aggressive manner.
The new album, ‘Diabolical Baptism’ lyrically has been entirely inspired by the occult and Satan and predominantly the varied representations of Satan through out the ages, from the medieval perspective to the presence of Satan and the occult in the contemporary world. There are songs inspired by, ‘The Omen’ trilogy and Ken Russell’s, ‘The Devils’ from which a sample is used on the song, ‘Barbs of Sadism’.
‘Shadow of the Flame’ is about a Satanic ritual referencing illustrations from the works of Lord of De Lancre, the infamous French witch finder & demonologist of the seventeenth centaury, his image of the Black Mass, the witches. So each song is a different vision of Satan and the occult.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
(Ominous) It’s a must! The cover represents the album’s content. I first started buying albums in 1989 and up until I started using the internet in about 2002, unless the band was recommended I would still chose albums based on the cover art, album and song titles and wasn’t often disappointed. These days the internet is good for checking out a band and if I like it I buy there c.d. or preferably vinyl, I don’t download music or listen to mp3 .
The artwork for ‘Diabolical Baptism’ was specially commissioned and drawn by the hand of the very talented Jenglot Hitam. The works are his modern re-imagining of Lord of De Lancre’s ‘Black Mass’ & ‘Witches Sabbath’ images. They perfectly express the musical and lyrical themes of the album. The images tie in directly with lyrics. Besides the covert art there are two more excellent panels of illustration within the album that people will see when they buy the CD or vinyl. This kind of art is really made for the vinyl format as well as it looks very impressive in the larger format. The art is part of the whole package, images to be viewed while listening to the album and reading the lyrics.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
(Ominous) that’s not something I’ve given any thought to. Regarding success, as a band all we wanted was to have our music released by a label so it was accessible to anyone interested. We have achieved that though SÉANCE RECORDS.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
(Ominous) We use a verity of platforms to promote our music. The albums are available digitally as well as on CD and ‘Diabolical Baptism’ will be released on vinyl.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
(Ominous) Our local metal scene is diverse with outstanding bands from many genres. Australia punches above it weight in this regard. This is true for black metal here too.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
(Ominous) No it’s not like Finland, Australia did have censorship issues in the mid to late 90’s but these days there are no problems.
What does the future hold for you?
(Ominous)’Diabolical Baptism’ is out on Septemeber 15th then we have a few shows to play in the remainder of 2017. Apart from that no major plan but, hopefully a new album will be on the horizon as we are always working on music and ideas.