VASTUM SILENTUM

VASTUM SILENTIUM. A band name in Latin and I’m totally sold from the word go. If they are my kind of metal then it is almost like I’ve died and entered my paradise. Questions answered by Ignis (vacals, guitars) and Ultor (bass). ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
Ignis: I think that it is a very important aspect. ‘Vastum Silentium’ is something dark, forbidden, ancient and mystic…
Ultor: The name ‘Vastum Silentium’ was not only our one variant. And this name was not the first one. But only this variant ( in our opinion) determines the most exactly character of the atmosphere which we want to achieve playing our music.

What was it that made you want to do the band?
Ignis: Practically all teenagers want to play in band after they once attend the alive concert of their favourite music band. I took this firm decision when I studied at school. I found teachers and learnt hard to play the guitar. Then I was in a group that was playing death metal. But scopes that they set in playing music absolutely didn’t give me freedom, and the style of music wasn’t mine. That’s why I decided to create my own band.
Ultor: I started listening to heavy music when I was a boy. I was interested in everything that was available in rock music and metal at that moment: Eventually, it formed a desire to play my favourite music.

What is your definition of the metal you play?
Ignis: We play Pagan War Metal. Our songs are saturated with paganism, respect of our ancestors, admiration of nature and nationalism. That’s everything in us. It all of us.
Ultor: Also our music contains a lot folk elements and filled with the special atmosphere that corresponds to the style.

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
Ultor: There were different variations of arrangements, record, mixing and mastering creation. Now we came to the conclusion, that it is better to make compositions and their arrangements in our studio by all participants of our band. It happens when we are playing music. We all listen to music and take a decision what and where to change. Maybe it is not a correct approach but thus we have more freedom. Record, mixing and mastering occur in different ways. Technologies are not staying in one place. They are developing and we try to follow them.
Ignis: Lately we are trying to do everything together. Songs are created and arranged mostly at the rehearsals in the studio. Everybody makes his own contribution when we create the final sounding. But in the process of record Ultor and I both can make corrections in the final arrangement and in the general sounding of the song.

Where do you find your inspiration to create?
Ignis: For me it was always nature with its beauty, greatness and magic at any time of the year.
Ultor: Inspiration is round us. It can be anything. It is important to create the necessary mood. Music (or any of its element) gives birth in your head. The main thing is to have time to pull it outside.

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
Ignis: We spend much time working on our booklets. All booklets are conceptual, symbolical and fully reflect an atmosphere and content of our albums. More over, every album cover has messages (secrets) that not everybody can see and understand.
Ultor: For me, it is not the most important thing. But I understand that it is important for our listener. I think that graphic part should contain a general idea about the music that presented for the listener. But this is my personal opinion.

Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working wúith digital than working with physical?
Ultor: It’s difficult to replace alive music performance with digital instruments. Even the digital instruments have much more possibility to edit, we prefer physical execution for the record.
Ignis: Yes, certainly, we prefer physical execution, but it all depends on our financial possibilities

Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
Ultor: A digital record can sound convincingly, but only if it is made professionally. I don’t think that it will be interesting for us to use only digital instruments , but it is possible to use some separate tracks and we practice it.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
Ignis: Now the Pagan and Black Metal stage is highly developed in Ukraine. It’s a new breath (trend) and it’s on the upswing. We keep in touch with many Ukrainian and not only Ukrainian Black/Pagan Metal bands. As for our city it is a bit different. At the end of 1990 and the beginning of 2000 when we started ‘Vastum Silentium’ (the first name was ‘Offertorium’)it was the first Black Metal (first style we played than) band in Dnepropetrovsk. Now in our city a real Black Metal is played by our friends from ‘Old Scythia’ band.’ Old Scythia’ is a young promising band, which is working on their album now. The rest of so called Black Metal bands of Dnepropetrovsk is the purest ‘clownery’ and no more. It is sad, but these are our realities.
Ultor: Alive communication with other bands takes place during the concerts. We “shared” the stage with Khors, Ancestral Volkhves, Balfor, Natural Spirit and many other bands. It is irreplaceable experience. But in the century of digital technologies the communication with other bands mainly takes place throug the Internet.

What does the future hold?
Ignis: Now we are working at the record of our new album. Unfortunately, we don’t know when we complete it and we don’t have any other plans for thefuture. Now we are fully concentrated on the record of our new album.

VASTUM SILENTIUM. A band name in Latin and I’m totally sold from the word go. If they are my kind of metal then it is almost like I’ve died and entered my paradise. Questions answered by Ignis (vacals, guitars) and Ultor (bass). ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
Ignis: I think that it is a very important aspect. ‘Vastum Silentium’ is something dark, forbidden, ancient and mystic…
Ultor: The name ‘Vastum Silentium’ was not only our one variant. And this name was not the first one. But only this variant ( in our opinion) determines the most exactly character of the atmosphere which we want to achieve playing our music.

What was it that made you want to do the band?
Ignis: Practically all teenagers want to play in band after they once attend the alive concert of their favourite music band. I took this firm decision when I studied at school. I found teachers and learnt hard to play the guitar. Then I was in a group that was playing death metal. But scopes that they set in playing music absolutely didn’t give me freedom, and the style of music wasn’t mine. That’s why I decided to create my own band.
Ultor: I started listening to heavy music when I was a boy. I was interested in everything that was available in rock music and metal at that moment: Eventually, it formed a desire to play my favourite music.

What is your definition of the metal you play?
Ignis: We play Pagan War Metal. Our songs are saturated with paganism, respect of our ancestors, admiration of nature and nationalism. That’s everything in us. It all of us.
Ultor: Also our music contains a lot folk elements and filled with the special atmosphere that corresponds to the style.

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
Ultor: There were different variations of arrangements, record, mixing and mastering creation. Now we came to the conclusion, that it is better to make compositions and their arrangements in our studio by all participants of our band. It happens when we are playing music. We all listen to music and take a decision what and where to change. Maybe it is not a correct approach but thus we have more freedom. Record, mixing and mastering occur in different ways. Technologies are not staying in one place. They are developing and we try to follow them.
Ignis: Lately we are trying to do everything together. Songs are created and arranged mostly at the rehearsals in the studio. Everybody makes his own contribution when we create the final sounding. But in the process of record Ultor and I both can make corrections in the final arrangement and in the general sounding of the song.

Where do you find your inspiration to create?
Ignis: For me it was always nature with its beauty, greatness and magic at any time of the year.
Ultor: Inspiration is round us. It can be anything. It is important to create the necessary mood. Music (or any of its element) gives birth in your head. The main thing is to have time to pull it outside.

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
Ignis: We spend much time working on our booklets. All booklets are conceptual, symbolical and fully reflect an atmosphere and content of our albums. More over, every album cover has messages (secrets) that not everybody can see and understand.
Ultor: For me, it is not the most important thing. But I understand that it is important for our listener. I think that graphic part should contain a general idea about the music that presented for the listener. But this is my personal opinion.

Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working wúith digital than working with physical?
Ultor: It’s difficult to replace alive music performance with digital instruments. Even the digital instruments have much more possibility to edit, we prefer physical execution for the record.
Ignis: Yes, certainly, we prefer physical execution, but it all depends on our financial possibilities

Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
Ultor: A digital record can sound convincingly, but only if it is made professionally. I don’t think that it will be interesting for us to use only digital instruments , but it is possible to use some separate tracks and we practice it.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
Ignis: Now the Pagan and Black Metal stage is highly developed in Ukraine. It’s a new breath (trend) and it’s on the upswing. We keep in touch with many Ukrainian and not only Ukrainian Black/Pagan Metal bands. As for our city it is a bit different. At the end of 1990 and the beginning of 2000 when we started ‘Vastum Silentium’ (the first name was ‘Offertorium’)it was the first Black Metal (first style we played than) band in Dnepropetrovsk. Now in our city a real Black Metal is played by our friends from ‘Old Scythia’ band.’ Old Scythia’ is a young promising band, which is working on their album now. The rest of so called Black Metal bands of Dnepropetrovsk is the purest ‘clownery’ and no more. It is sad, but these are our realities.
Ultor: Alive communication with other bands takes place during the concerts. We “shared” the stage with Khors, Ancestral Volkhves, Balfor, Natural Spirit and many other bands. It is irreplaceable experience. But in the century of digital technologies the communication with other bands mainly takes place throug the Internet.

What does the future hold?
Ignis: Now we are working at the record of our new album. Unfortunately, we don’t know when we complete it and we don’t have any other plans for thefuture. Now we are fully concentrated on the record of our new album.

VASTUM SILENTIUM. A band name in Latin and I’m totally sold from the word go. If they are my kind of metal then it is almost like I’ve died and entered my paradise. Questions answered by Ignis (vacals, guitars) and Ultor (bass). ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
Ignis: I think that it is a very important aspect. ‘Vastum Silentium’ is something dark, forbidden, ancient and mystic…
Ultor: The name ‘Vastum Silentium’ was not only our one variant. And this name was not the first one. But only this variant ( in our opinion) determines the most exactly character of the atmosphere which we want to achieve playing our music.

What was it that made you want to do the band?
Ignis: Practically all teenagers want to play in band after they once attend the alive concert of their favourite music band. I took this firm decision when I studied at school. I found teachers and learnt hard to play the guitar. Then I was in a group that was playing death metal. But scopes that they set in playing music absolutely didn’t give me freedom, and the style of music wasn’t mine. That’s why I decided to create my own band.
Ultor: I started listening to heavy music when I was a boy. I was interested in everything that was available in rock music and metal at that moment: Eventually, it formed a desire to play my favourite music.

What is your definition of the metal you play?
Ignis: We play Pagan War Metal. Our songs are saturated with paganism, respect of our ancestors, admiration of nature and nationalism. That’s everything in us. It all of us.
Ultor: Also our music contains a lot folk elements and filled with the special atmosphere that corresponds to the style.

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
Ultor: There were different variations of arrangements, record, mixing and mastering creation. Now we came to the conclusion, that it is better to make compositions and their arrangements in our studio by all participants of our band. It happens when we are playing music. We all listen to music and take a decision what and where to change. Maybe it is not a correct approach but thus we have more freedom. Record, mixing and mastering occur in different ways. Technologies are not staying in one place. They are developing and we try to follow them.
Ignis: Lately we are trying to do everything together. Songs are created and arranged mostly at the rehearsals in the studio. Everybody makes his own contribution when we create the final sounding. But in the process of record Ultor and I both can make corrections in the final arrangement and in the general sounding of the song.

Where do you find your inspiration to create?
Ignis: For me it was always nature with its beauty, greatness and magic at any time of the year.
Ultor: Inspiration is round us. It can be anything. It is important to create the necessary mood. Music (or any of its element) gives birth in your head. The main thing is to have time to pull it outside.

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
Ignis: We spend much time working on our booklets. All booklets are conceptual, symbolical and fully reflect an atmosphere and content of our albums. More over, every album cover has messages (secrets) that not everybody can see and understand.
Ultor: For me, it is not the most important thing. But I understand that it is important for our listener. I think that graphic part should contain a general idea about the music that presented for the listener. But this is my personal opinion.

Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working wúith digital than working with physical?
Ultor: It’s difficult to replace alive music performance with digital instruments. Even the digital instruments have much more possibility to edit, we prefer physical execution for the record.
Ignis: Yes, certainly, we prefer physical execution, but it all depends on our financial possibilities

Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
Ultor: A digital record can sound convincingly, but only if it is made professionally. I don’t think that it will be interesting for us to use only digital instruments , but it is possible to use some separate tracks and we practice it.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
Ignis: Now the Pagan and Black Metal stage is highly developed in Ukraine. It’s a new breath (trend) and it’s on the upswing. We keep in touch with many Ukrainian and not only Ukrainian Black/Pagan Metal bands. As for our city it is a bit different. At the end of 1990 and the beginning of 2000 when we started ‘Vastum Silentium’ (the first name was ‘Offertorium’)it was the first Black Metal (first style we played than) band in Dnepropetrovsk. Now in our city a real Black Metal is played by our friends from ‘Old Scythia’ band.’ Old Scythia’ is a young promising band, which is working on their album now. The rest of so called Black Metal bands of Dnepropetrovsk is the purest ‘clownery’ and no more. It is sad, but these are our realities.
Ultor: Alive communication with other bands takes place during the concerts. We “shared” the stage with Khors, Ancestral Volkhves, Balfor, Natural Spirit and many other bands. It is irreplaceable experience. But in the century of digital technologies the communication with other bands mainly takes place throug the Internet.

What does the future hold?
Ignis: Now we are working at the record of our new album. Unfortunately, we don’t know when we complete it and we don’t have any other plans for thefuture. Now we are fully concentrated on the record of our new album.

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