sinful 2sinfulSINFUL is a symphonic black metal band that I fell for and just had to interview. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
Taus: Hails! We chose the name pretty fast. It sounds beautiful, it’s short and it’s not difficult to remember. We carry the “sinful” banner proudly despite all the religionists. They see our free and independent life a sin.

Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
Taus: First I must say we never tried to achieve any special kind of sound and therefore we had no guides, it’s still like that. If we like how our guitars tuned, we use this sound, same for other instruments. As a result we got the special “sinful” sound naturally.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
Taus: How you arrange music depends on tempo. If it’s fast and there are vocals in certain music line, then we keep it simple avoiding excess of keys and guitars. When tempo is there are more options since such tempo is easier for listeners and you really have a room for experiments.

How does your music work in a live environment?
Taus: We always try to make more aggressive and brutal sound comparing to the way we sound on our recordings.

You have some releases to your name. Which one are you the most proud of?
Taus: “The XIIIth Apostle”. We’re 100% satisfied with the 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?
Taus: We always counted on touring… since the very beginning of our career, I think. We see touring as the best way to promote a band, that’s why we try to have a tour at least once a year. Our band has played plenty of gigs from Western Germany to Siberia.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
Taus: I personally think a great cover is the cover which represents lyrics, music and concept of an album as one. Some people believe that covers must be colorful to be successful, I don’t agree with them. For example, have a look at BEHEMOTH’s “Satanist”. At first you think it’s not special at all, kinda weird. But when you’re done with the album, you understand that this brilliant album couldn’t have any other cover which turns to be brilliant as well.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
Taus: Of course we are. I’d say the climate for metal here in Russia is almost the same climate you have in Europe. Young metal musicians are confronted with difficulties caused by progressing economic crisis; instruments, recordings – everything increases in price. Those started their career in the nineties or noughties face not so many problems since they already acquired some reputation.

How do one promote oneself the best possible way?
Taus: First of all never forget that the most important thing in the band is music. That’s what you should focus on. Unique, interesting, heart-stirring music is always a great base to get success. Dealing only with money is not a great base. No money can compensate soulless, emotionless music especially these days when there are so many bands and you really have to stand out.

What does the future hold?
Taus: Well, it’s the new album which we’re currently working on. At the same time we work on one more project with Sinful. But I’m not ready to disclose this secret yet! Just follow our official Facebook page and stay tuned!
Thank you for your interest in Sinful. Stay Metal!

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