Thankfully we don’t live on the planet SECOND TO SUN otherwise we’d be pretty hot. But hot is what this band is. So check them out by reading this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-Absolutely not hard, we just named our band after our logo: it’s Auseklis, the symbol of the planet Venus. It is the second to sun and is a symbol of fertility. We are fruitful guys, yes.

Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
-Scandinavian metal and ’90s -’00s black metal scene

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-I don’t think so. We are more focused on atmosphere and melody, so there is no difference for us.

How does your music work in a live environment?
-We try not to give concerts. Like Bathory, it’s very black metal. Nowadays artists do not care about the music, they realized that you can publish on facebook pics from gigs and make a CD edition that anyway will be snapped up by collectors. But nobody cares about the music. Bathory cared about the music, so do we.

You have some releases to your name. Which one are you the most proud of?
-I think the last album. In Russia, we sold maybe two thousand copies. It is our most solid work, but we are working on a new album.

Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-I think it’s hard for me to communicate the music to subcultures. They don’t understand it. We practice so much and work on every little thing but they want slamming music at lives and they do not care how it will be played. We are trying to hit by music, and people want slamming. Just stupid slamming and song titles such as “fire”, “sex”.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-I think it’s the Black Square by Malevich. Just perfect

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-In Russia, the climate for metal sucks. Here, all this crap with Sumerian in a trend, there even is a name for it – “Core Music”. I think we a Russian band, but I wouldn’t say we are a part of the scene.

How do one promote oneself the best possible way?
-By music

What does the future hold?
-We are making a new album, seven tracks. It will be gloomy and cold. Thanks for the interview.

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