Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sathamel Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The concept for the band emerged late 2011/early 2012 and fell dormant for a time… A full line-up was secured January 2013. The band began playing live from June 2013.
2. In November you had released a live demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Despite being “Live” it does not put across the live sound. Musically, it is in our opinion Death Metal with Blackened elements. The listener can make their own minds on this matter.
3. Your lyrics cover Occultism and Anti Religion topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your views on those topics?
Satanism is a widely talked about topic, especially in this genre of music. It should however be properly researched and is not a topic we “sing” about lightly. Lyrically we are based more the ideologies rather than worshipping a deity by screaming “SATAN!” Down the microphone… The “Devil”, the “idea” is within every single person, in mundane terms – we target that. You take the Christian concept of Satan and it is turned into something that is wretched, vile and widely hated, like many other things in this world. There is true beauty to be found in darkness. The opposition is what we as a band represent, even from an Atheistic point of view. We do not “fit in” such as with our image, people have their opinions… and like most things, we could care less.
4. The band was originally known as Sheol, what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sathamel'?
There are many bands - past and present running under the name Sheol, or some variant. With such overuse and the confusions between bands, it eventually came to the point where we did not want the association and needless to say the “drama” that the internet had presented us with. So we changed the name to Sathamel. Sathamel is a Demon. A protector and a Judgemental figure
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Favourite support slots include supporting Hour of Penance on a one off date of their Regicide tour, or one of the “all-day festivals” we seem to be in a niche with at the moment. We have been a part of many fantastic line-ups. The performance itself would be considered “ritualistic” in a sense, our vocalist - Kruk emphasises this; we are developing this as time passes. We also use War paint and Blood which is a mainstay since the very beginning.
6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We have one date in Manchester booked currently on the 4th October at the Kraak Gallery.
…And also “Gore fest” in Leeds 25th October.
We would like to tour at some stage.
7. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
It is not something on our agenda at the moment.
8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
We stick to the live scene and within the places we play, steadily moving afar naturally. We before had some feedback from outside of the UK with Terrorizer magazine posting us as Band of The Day upon the release of our Demo. Whether these fans made the transition to the new name we are unsure. Generally at shows the response is positive. 9. Are the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
Valdr is currently involved in two bands, far outside of black/death metal. KVN is currently session guitarist for a DSBM outfit.
10. When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We may have an EP towards the end of the year. 11. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
There are many bands who influence us but we try not to make them too obvious within the music we create. Bands such as Behemoth, Diabolical, Vesania, Hate, Decapitated, Tribulation.
12. What are some of your non musical interests?
The Arts, Reading, Writing, Films, Video games… “Normal things” really.
13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the review previously! See you on the road! Youtube – Sathamel

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