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What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
Furia: I don’t think we felt any pressure to release an album. We just kept writing songs until we had enough for a full length and then eventually put the album together. I think the pressure will come in when it’s time to release our second full length in the sense that we won’t want too much time to elapse between both albums, but even then the pressure will be minimal. You can’t force creativity, so it takes time, and we’re okay with that. I also don’t think there’s any “pressure to succeed” after a release, because that’s not what making art is about. You create what you love and hope that others will like it too but never expect it and try not to care too much. As long as you’re proud of what you’ve created and had a good time doing it, that’s already success in my mind.
Mistress ov Reaper: I’m just happy to have a real drummer on this album and not a fucking drum machine. This is our first album recorded together after the solo years! HAIL FURIA!
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
Mistress ov Reaper: All I aim for is more crushing sound than the previous album. I try to write songs with memorable riffs. We do a lot of DIY recording, so we do our best with the resources available.
Furia: I don’t have any expectations; I have hopes. I hope people will enjoy and appreciate our work as much as we do and spread the word about us, and we hope they want to hear more in the future.
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
Furia: We haven’t really experienced people knowing our songs yet. We’ve only been playing live for a year and are still a relatively new band. It takes time to develop that type of fan base.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
Mistress ov Reaper: Not at all. I write whatever I feel like writing and do not expect for it to follow some theme. I have a short attention span and a lot of influences. This is evident in the newest release. The album progresses from straight up black metal into death and thrash influences. Maybe a future album will be more conceptual.
Furia: I think when making a new album it’s important to create something that is not exactly like your last release but also not too different to the point where it sounds like a different band. We strive to achieve a good balance between the two.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
Mistress ov Reaper: Absolutely. There may not be many black metal bands where we live, but the more we travel and hear from people online, we feel like we are becoming part of something.
Furia: We definitely feel like we’re part of a greater community because being in a band and touring to different places leads you to meeting musicians and fans that are like-minded people and have similar sensibilities and you strike a friendship with them as you interact with them at each show, whereas when you’re not in a band you’re limited to your local scene and the online community.
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
Mistress ov Reaper: I actually don’t feel like this is very difficult for me. I listen to so much different music and have so many different ideas that I tend to come up with very different sounding songs. People often remark that they love all the different riffs in the songs. That’s pretty cool to hear.
Furia: It’s a challenge, but as a drummer I can say part of how I achieve that is by trying to incorporate something different in every song that I haven’t done yet; maybe a type of beat I haven’t done before, different fills. A lot of times when I watch other drummers play I learn from their style and get ideas of new things to try on new songs and that helps a lot.
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
Furia: We’re very much influenced by the first two waves of black metal; both their sound and aesthetic. They inspire us to pay homage to them, carry the torch, and show that not all of the new generation of black metal musicians want to be part of a new wave, not all of us want to be too experimental; some of us want to keep it old-school and traditional but still have our own sound.
Mistress ov Reaper: What she said! I also feel influenced by other types of metal like thrash and death metal, so you’ll notice that creeping into the blackness of our songs for sure.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
Mistress ov Reaper: We haven’t had a full length vinyl release yet, which is something we aim for in the future. While I still did this shit solo, Lighten Up Sounds put out a 7 inch, Dimensional Discordance, but that’s sold out now! I’m pretty stoked to have CDs out. Lots of cassettes in the past, so it’s nice to change it up. I don’t care what trend the industry is taking. People who don’t have music collections are lame.
Furia: I don’t really follow the trends in the record industry. I believe in making music for the sake of the love of it and not the money. Of course you want to sell records so it can help fund your band expenses, but it’s not something we heavily rely on or are too concerned with.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
Mistress ov Reaper: PEOPLE WITHOUT MUSIC COLLECTIONS ARE LAME. If you love an album, don’t you want to hold it in your hands? I have like 15,000 MP3 files though. HA.
Furia: Physical is always be better than digital, but the reality is that there’s an overwhelming amount of great bands out there and people can’t realistically afford to have every album of every band they love in physical form, so it’s understandable to have both physical and digital.
What lies in the future?
Mistress ov Reaper: We may add another member to the line up. More crushing songs. More traveling. More people hearing our name!
Furia: We’re getting ready to start writing songs for a new album and in the meantime continuing to promote our full length, and hopefully do more touring and keep playing more shows to expose Von Nacht to the rest of the black metal community that doesn’t know of us yet.