VERILUN

VERILUN is a really cool band that I just got to know. Here is what they have to say for themselves. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-When founding the band in 2010, it was not an intention to find a name which reflects any musical genre or style. I just came up with some ideas and this one won. I wanted to have a short, apt and well sounding name with some content or special meaning. Verilun is the Hunnic name of planet Mars, the exact meaning is blood-moon. I like the sound of this world, it has clear connection to Hungarian language and it originates from two of my fields of interest: history and astrology, especially ancient Hungarian history and planet Mars.

How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-Verilun is a relatively young band releasing only the second full-length album. As far as I could see, there are significant differences between the two albums, so it’s difficult to find the features that apply to both albums, but I try to grab and highlight the common ones. First of all, it is my conviction, that there’s no music without melodies. It was a definite goal when writing the song to both albums to have as many melodies as possible. Secondly the common favorite genres of the founding members were the black metal and the death metal, so it was obvious that we’d go in this direction with our own music too. So shortly: Verilun plays a sort of melodic black / death metal with a sound which might be similar to some Nordic or Scandinavian bands from the same genres.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Due to the differences between the sound of the two albums and the enormous amount of influences we’ve been affected by during so many years in metal music, it’s very difficult to name one specific band. Maybe the initial approach with the first album was the direction that Necrophagia has (RIP, Killjoy!). Not the message of the songs, not the image of blood and gore, but the pure, powerful, raw sound with some very unique melodies. With the second album we’ve rolled away from this by applying more multiple melodies, and a more epic sound.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-There are many bands – and many good bands – in this area, so the main problem is – at least for us at this moment – to find the appropriate musicians who can afford to attend to rehearsals and perform live. There are a lot of „YouTube-musicians” with an excellent technical knowledge, they can play everything on their instruments – at home in their room, but not in a band and not on stage in front of an audience.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-I’ve never thought of that, but it could be. On a very high level metal music could be considered as a movement that connects an enormous number of people regardless their ancestry, nationality, color of skin, political orientation, religion, social position, etc. But the motivations of creating music, the goals behind it are so different that it could not be seen clearly when we consider metal music in general. Some guys just want to have some fun, some others transfer a message via music, but the messages are very different again. Maybe some genres or sub-genres within metal music have some common messages, or there are some (fashion)waves with some common characteristics coming and going – on this level we could meet some movement-like features too.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Birds and bees?! Anthrax had bees on Attack of the killer B’s, and there’s a bird on every second black metal cover. Nature in certain aspects is one of the topics of my lyrics, so bees and birds as a part of nature might appear on one of our covers too. Sooner than a mutilated, gutted corpse or an inverted cross.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-There’s no clear answer to this question. On one hand, it makes more difficult for professional musicians to have a secure financial background to be able to focus on creating more and more music. So from this aspect digital may kill creativity and thus music itself. But on the other hand it makes possible for everybody to get their music known by a wider range of people. Insistent music listeners will always buy the albums of their favorite bands in order to have the best sound and the cover artwork in their hands.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-The audience is very often quite small on most of the black metal, death metal or any extreme metal gigs in Hungary. Of course there are always some bands and well-arranged festivals with bigger audience, but an ordinary Friday or Saturday night gig with 2-3 bands is quite often very miserable.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-A little bit both. The music we play requires concentration and discipline on stage in order to perform it well. So it’s recommended for us to know where the limit of drinking before or during the show is. Of course, after it – unless you are the driver, which is not very rare – the party can start.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-I’m very realistic in this matter, and I can see the position of a band like Verilun very clearly. Everything could happen in the future – and the opposite of it too -, but I won’t be disappointed if we do not play any show for an audience of more thousand people. I have a clear view on the role of music in our life, so I just would like to go on the path we stepped on and write a some more good songs we like, and if somebody else likes it too – it was already worth of doing it.

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