Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Blackhammer Interview


1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
We are a band based in Italy. Our project has started at the beginning of this year and we play under the pseudonyms of Xulur and Terror. We have already released an EP entitled 'daemon' and nowadays we are working together with Dob Incarnate Records to release our first full album.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
Our musical sound, precisely the one we are going to introduce in our coming soon album 'Damned World', is inspired by bands such as Marduk and we would describe it as doom death metal, extreme and chaotic.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Well, with our songs we explore the world of death, pain and sufference. One day man is going to meet his personal final judgement, he wont have secrets in front of it and will pay for all his sins. 'Agony', 'XIII', 'Fire Above Us' and 'Buried Under The Desert Sun' together with all the other songs of our upcoming album introduce this topics.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
We decided to call our band Blackhammer because the two words together have a strong and strange meaning. As we said before man is going to be punished one day and the black hammer will be the instrument used by the judge to decide the man's fate.

5. Has the band been able to play out live or is this strictly a studio project?
Nowadays Blackhammer is a studio project but of course future live performance wont be declined.

6. On a worldwide level how has your music been recieved by fans of dark and extreme metal?
Until now we have built a modest group of fans around us. They support us and we create our music for them and of course for all the metal fans around the world. We hope the release of 'Damned World' will help other fans of extreme metal discover us. This new album is our first big project and we think that fans of dark and extreme metal will like it and enjoy it. We'll see...

7. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a view time line up?
This is the only one project or band we are concentrated at and now we are not thinking about other projects. We see only Blackhammer in our future, but you can never say because the future is always a mystery.

8. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
It is always difficult to speak and think about the future. Our future releases could be more technical but always concentrated on doom and dark scenarios. With our coming soon album we discovered a micsture of growl and sceam that is perfect to express our subjects and topics, and we are going to use it in our future releases to. So, our music wont slow down, it can only become more extreme and brutal.

9. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Behemoth is the band we admire, the source of our inspiration when we were working on our EP. But now we are more concentrated on a brutal and extreme kind of metal, so we added to Behemoth the sound of Marduk. Of course each band has his personal sound and also we, as Blackhammer, have been working from the beginning to find out our style. We think that with 'Damned World' we are on the good way.
Nowadays we are listening to, of course, our favorite bands Behemoth and Marduk and their whole past albums, but also to bands such as Slayer, Vader and Burzum.

10. Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
Satanism or Occultism has not played a role in our releases until know. We do not include this two aspects in the topics we introduce in our songs.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Of course music is our interest number one because it give us the chance to express what we think and what we have inside. Other interests... Travelling and discovering other cultures, other ways of life, ancient and present traditions of other Countries.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
This is our first interview... We want to thank you for the opportunity you gave us and for the fantastic review you did. A big thank you goes to all our fans and to all the metal fans that will discover our music in the next weeks.