How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-Initially, in 1989, a band called A.M.S.G. (Ad maiorem Satan gloriam). This name has been prohibited by a court decision. And in 1993 we decided to continue the activities of a band with name Satarial.
This name seemed to us the best fit to our music.
Satarial is a hierarchy of Lucifer in a world of Chaos, is a magical formula, leading to understand and to know the real truth. Satarial is a dark fire that destroys the illusions. Satarial is something that is beyond human understanding of good and evil. In this world of these concepts do not exist. The mystery about the name Satarial we disclose in our album “Queen of Elve”s Land”. In occult practices this is a concept that control the third world on the Tree of Chaos. This gate, opening the way to the primordial Fire. This is the formula of knowledge and understanding of the primordial Chaos, this denial and the destruction of illusions of Demiurge. Satarial is what kills God in the soul of people. After satanic formula AMSG – it was like the next step in the knowledge of the darkest light.
You have been doing this for a long while now. What is it that motivates you to keep going?
-What we do is our life. What motivates people to live? Probably, life itself.
The entire history of the band Satarial is a struggle for freedom of thought, expression and for religious freedom.
The story of a band Satariаl starts with a band “A.M.S.G.” in 1989. When 3 fans of bands Bathory, Hellhammer and Venom decided to make music in the same direction.
The first composition:
Seth – vocals, guitar, lyrics, music;
Usurper – bass;
Leprosy – drums.
Concerts AMSG took place in absolutely underground atmosphere: abandoned churches, warehouses, basements etc The court USSR recognized the activity of a band how anti-Soviet . The name of the band and her music were prohibited. Seth was sent to the psychiatric clinic. And the rest members of the band – into the army.
The band recorded a demo in 1989. And after 1990 to 1992 the band was not active.
In 1992 Seth decided to resume musical activities.Seth decides to change name of the band on Satarial. And make the sound of black metal with medieval influence, because in childhood, in music school, he studied on a class of medieval guitar.
And in 1993, in the band comes on keyboards Angel Bust. She brings in the sound and philosophy band witchcraft, harmony of nature and balance. To 1995 a new program and composition of the band was formed. And by this time at the concert for the first time were used rituals with female Nude body and jousting tournaments.
In 1995 the first in Russia the festival devoted to the unholy music Black Mass, The christian terrorists was shoot in members of band Satarial.. After that the composition of the band was changes and in band comes a new drummer Demogorgon. In 1996 the band released the album “And the flame will take the temples of christ”, that by the name immediately falls in the category of restricted for sale in Russia.
In 1998 was released album “the Queen of the Elves Land”. The presentation of this album at the stadium Wings of the Soviets was cancelled by the government of Russia due to the use in advertising of satanic symbols, insulting the feelings of believers.
In 1999 the band Satarial was accused of involvement in a terrorist organization. arson of churches and desecration of cemeteries. In 2000 the members of the band Satarial were acquitted.
In 2001 Satarial released the album “Heidenlarm”. This album was poorly perceived by the Russian audience, which at that time were not ready for the strong influence of folklore in the metal music.
In 2002 was released the demo which was recorded during the prohibition in 2000 under the name ” Larm”. Also this year Satarial has been banned on the Russian TV channel MTV with video clip of ” Beloved of the Night”.
In 2005 Satarial makes a small slope to the industrial music. Liric of band become less aggressive.
In 2005 Satarial released the album “Tanz mit…Tod”. In 2006 Angel Bust was as an accused of committing ritual murder.( It was false,unfounded prosecution by the government. ) Russian court relieves the charges for lack of evidence.
After this Satarial parted with the drummer and bassist. Seth produced a solo experimental album under the name ” Latexxx”. In 2011 Seth again forms the team and Angelika to the keyboard adds drums. Satarial returned to the old sound and entirely to the subject of witchcraft and mysticism.
In 2014 Satarial released album ” Lunar cross”, which was recorded in tradition of old school, fully live, without computer technology.
In 2016 band released album called “ Blessed Brigit” and new official video clip “ Manifest of paganism”.
LORD SETH – Vocals, Guitars, Hardy-Gurdy, Programming
ANGELIKA – Drums, Synthesizers, Female Vocal, Programming, Visual Arts, Fireworks
EGOR DEMIDOV – Bass
DALATAR – cello
LOLITA – Norwegian Horn, VJ, Visual Arts, Fireworks.
1996- And the flame will take the temples of christ (S.I.rec. Russia)
1997- And the flame will take the temples of christ (Hobgoblin rec. Russia)
1998- Queen of the Elves land (Hobgoblin rec. Russia)
1999- Queen of the Elves land (Beyond…prod. Italy)
2000- Heidenlarm (Beyond…prod. Italy)
2001- Heidenlarm (Irond rec. Russia)
2001- Larm (Hobgoblin rec. Russia)
2005- Tanz mit…Tod (Cyberrock rec.)
2006- Latexxx (Yaros film Russia)
2008- Tanz mit…Tod( SLEASZY RIDERS prod Греция)
2008- Latexxx( SLEASZY RIDERS prod Греция)
2014- Lunar cross (Co-release with Metallic Media (USA), Black Plague Records (USA). Satanath Records)
2016- “Blessed Brigit” ( Co-release with Death Portal Studio (USA), Symbol Of Domination Prod. )
1998- Valpurgieva nosch
1999- Queen of the Elves land
2006- Gothic Rush
1997 – Son of Astral Fire
1998 – Queen of the Elves Land
2001 – Beloved of the Night
2004 – Wolf
2006 – Hure-Tod
2014 – Horned One
2016 – Manifest of Paganism
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’s hard to explain, songs are born by themselves. Text and music themselves merge into a single concept and are born almost simultaneously. Then we work for arranging and sounding.
Wild nature, forests, mountains, our sorcery practices. energy that surround us, Nordic mythology and history inspires us for the creation our music.
We have always been inspired by nature and mysticism. This is a rod that runs through all our creativity.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Yes, of course, we feel a commonality and unity with the movement of metal. Especially if we take into account the fact that we were at the origin of the formation of this movement back in the USSR.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-The visual part of the show, the costumes and so on is very important for us.
We do not think that you need to be lazy. This is all necessary to convey the full extent of music. The modern band is not only an orchestra like in classical music. This combines the theater in itself. It started back in the days of jazz performers. Do not be lazy to work for the visual part, because only in this way it is possible to fully convey all emotions and meaning embedded in music.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-In our lyrics, we use invocations, witchcraft and pagan spells from ancient texts, or reconstruct them in our interpretation.The energy of the word is very important for us.
In our lyric we try to explain to people that nature can not be divided into black and white, in nature there are wolves and sheep and wolves can not be considered evil only because of the fact that they eat sheep. For Nature is only important harmony and balance. For her, there is no concept of good and evil, because such notions lead to degeneration and death. We want to explain that the day is not possible without the night. Also in the lyrics we use magical spells and various magic formulas to harmonize our work with the environment.
Yes, we have a lot of anticlerical lyric. We do not accept demiurgic religion. And as history has shown all the bad things that happened and is happening now (terrorism, war), all it comes from religious fanaticism which religion imposes. She causes a hatred for all living things and hatred of life itself , which he considers by sin. Religion – is the sword of the destruction in the hands of death.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-We are not fans of interfering of digital technology in the sound of music. So far, all digital technology only castrated metal. Of course, for many, they made the process of recording cheaper and allowed to realize their songs. The sound became more legible, flat, faceless. The bands became similar to each other. Musicians already does not need a good possession of the instrument, because everything can now be cut and fix into Protools or Cubase. Maybe this is an outlet for many those, who want to, but can not. But where is the truth? Of course, it kills metal. But maybe it’s good. Metal must die in order to stop being a karaoke for children and to be game in rock star. Yes, he will die, he will die to be reborn. And will reborn with a terrible roar of lamp stacks, a rumble of analog drums. The metal that is felt not only by hearing, but by the whole body.
We always recorded all our albums only live. We used other tools besides the standard metal band set. But these were either analog keyboards, or old folklore instruments. Only then do we feel our sound is real.
But this is purely our personal opinion.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-We play a lot of concerts, because we like it. We like to travel and play concerts. This year we will have a new European tour from late March to mid-June. We will play in most European countries, including England and the Balkans and Greece. Anyone who is interested in our work, please check your city on the schedule on our facebook page.
Each of our concert – a ritual, aimed at harmony with nature and the invocation of the God and Goddess.
Music – it’s already magic. This primeval language of nature and the universe. We make music, which isa guide to the worlds beyond consciousness. And we accompany music magical visual imagery and shamanistic dancing. In addition to the visual and musical part we use incense and magical spells. We want to give people a sense of freedom from dogmas and principles, which hinder be in harmony with nature.
What lies in the future?
-After we return from the concert tour, we plan to begin recording our new, ninth album, dedicated to the dark energy of the Moon.
In addition, we will release several new videos.