ZEALOT CULT

You don’t get that many Irish bands dropping in on you in a year. Not that geography matters today but it is still nice to see an Irish band like ZEALOT CULT every now and then. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-The intention when we formed the band was to play extreme music. We were all active in bands prior to Zealot Cult that were kinda thrashy with bits of death metal in there and we had played gigs together, we’ve all known each other for years. So when our respective bands broke up, we decided to get together and start something more extreme. It came together very quickly and quite easy too as we all have the same influences.

As I haven’t recorded anything I have no idea what that is like but are you ever 100% satisfied? How pleased are you with your latest recording?
-Anyone I have ever spoken to about recording have never been 100% satisfied, I think it’s impossible as everything can be improved upon. In saying that, I am very pleased with the recording, I like the tones on it and the level of energy in the playing, it’s an aural snapshot of where we were musically when we recorded it and how prepared we were when it came to recording. It’s a good representation of the band.

To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-A zealot is defined as a religious fanatic, back in early times they would have had authority, they would police people and had no problem killing for their beliefs. A Cult is pretty explanatory so the two words work together to make a very death metal band name. We feel it suits the music and the lyrical themes of the songs.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-We don’t have an image to be honest, just all black really. We tend to focus on the songs and how well we perform them live. There’s a lot of energy going into playing these songs and we try and fit as much material into an allocated slot as possible.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-I’m a huge fan of vinyl personally so artwork is just as important as the recorded content. The artwork has to tie in with the lyrical themes of the songs so that it is one cohesive package. It has to make a statement and stand out.

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-Social media is vital for engaging with listeners, it’s the modern day tape trading where you can upload songs and a bio and share it with whoever wants to listen. It has been very beneficial for us, people are aware of us, people are sharing our music, it’s all good.

Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-Absolutely. There’s a very social side to playing in a band. When you play gigs, especially when you start out, it’s great to play alongside other bands, you become friends with them, start organizing gigs in other towns, start travelling about a bit. You delve deeper into the scene and meet more people, pick up demos/albums of other bands. It is a community no doubt and a great thing to be part of.

How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do
that you cannot do on your own?
-It is very important to be on a label. It’s great to work with somebody that will distribute your music and promote it, that is something that is very difficult to do on your own and can be very frustrating. Rodrigo at Blood Harvest is great, he has a very reputable and established label that has a great roster of current bands and past artists that went through his label. We’re delighted to be working with him.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We haven’t gigged outside of Ireland yet. We’d gig around the country sporadically, playing local shows or playing in Dublin or Cork. We spend a lot of time writing stuff. We’ve a handful of shows coming up in the next few months and at the same time we’re writing for an album that we hope to start recording before the end of the year, that will be released in 2017. We’ll look into doing some shows abroad then.
What will the future bring?
-Nobody knows ha!! Karmenian Crypt released on vinyl on Oct 24th and new album in 2017 on Blood Harvest records, that’s only as far into the future I can see.

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