Sunday, March 30, 2014

Shamash Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Sure. The band started as a solo project of mine a while back, and it actually took quite a while to get the members for this. I started it as a change of musical directions and as a result of my growing interest in the occult, to which black metal felt natural. A while back, we released a demo album and are currently in the works of a new release.
2.How would you describe your musical sound?
I strongly prefer to leave impressions of both lyrics and sound to the listener. I believe that it may not be the same to me as it may to you and as such, I prefer to keep it individual.
3.Your lyrics cover Crowley, Thelema, and Occultism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
It is much of the inspiration to this music and something I've taken some interest in since discovering it. It simply just felt natural to combine it with the music.
4.What was it about the name 'Shamash, that inspired you to name your band after that?
The name is taken from the solar deity of ancient Mesapotamia, Shamash. It is a slight perversion of the name, as he also stood for justice in some circles. I choose to see him as the god of the Sun, which bears quite a lot of meaning to me, however. It seemed to be the right choice when it all started.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band ha splayed over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I think that our second show was the best. The show was rather small, but very intense. Our stage performance is an intense one. It's quite simple currently, but it is energetic, powerful and above all, intense. For the future, there are plans to bring fire on stage, when the time is right for that.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
At the moment, we only have one or two shows on the schedule, but nothing big planned for the Summer aside writing new material.
7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We have had some minor interest, but are still looking for a label to release our current and future albums on. Should anyone have interest, they will be more than welcome to contact us.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
So far, the feedback has been great. We've heard a lot of good stuff and generally received a lot of positive words.
9.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
Yes, Akhôrahil has his own project, Tugt and Vákheimnir is currently the live drummer of Fjorsvartnir.
10.What are some bands styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I would say the Polish and the Norwegian bands of the 90's have had their fair share of influence on the music we write here. Currently, I'm personally listening to a lot of new classical music.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I can't really comment for the others here but aside music, I read and study. I'm somewhat curious so learning is very important to me.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Not at the moment, no.