There is something about atmospheric black metal that spins me round like a boy on X-mas eve. So when I found OBSCURA AMENTIA I knew that I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-It was not hard: the “dark madness” was born after a reflection about the human thought: everyone on earth have a dark seed inside and Obscura Amentia is this. Our music is strongly represented by it, especially with our last album “The Art Of The Human Decadence”.

As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-We start like a raw Atmospheric Black Metal band and in the 2010 our 1st album, “The Darkest Dream”, is released. Influenced by the Doom and by the Swedish sonority, “Ritual” is released in the 2012. And now is the time for another small evolution of our sound and for our new album that will be released this year by Sliptrick Records, after almost 4 years of hard work.

As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-It is a matter of pure emotion, pure outburst; there is no way to create music with the simple idea of want to do it. It is the need of do it. We combine this need, we combine the elements that we love in music with the engine of our passion for it.

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Yes, in a sense.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-The image is often more important than the music, I regret to say it. They are two things that must go hand in hand.
I like the idea that the images dye our thoughts of colors that the music alone cannot give.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-They are extremely important because they help to reflect: for me is the spark that starts the composition phase.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Nowadays there is a different approach to music: the problem is not the digital, it’s just that nobody knows how to deal with this new way. I believe that we should change our mentality.

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-I believe that they can live together, the convenience of the digital never supplant the satisfaction of having the physical format of the album that you love.

How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-We don’t make live shows but I do not deny that I often think about how our songs could be on stage.

What lies in the future?
-I’m already writing drafts for the lyrics of the next album and soon we will restart to play music again. Meantime, we enjoy the long-awaited release of “The Art Of The Human Decadence”.

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