Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Vst interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Vst is a Symphonic black/death metal project, created back in 2011, we have released our first album “An-ki Ekleipsis” in 2014 by Ablaze Prods, and this year we have released our second album called “The Beast Manifesto” which features a new line-up, and we could say it’s the most interesting work we’ve done so far, full of darkness, atmosphere and aggression.

2.Recently you have released a new album, what are some of the things you feel you have done different musically with this recording that you where not able to do with your previous release?
For this album since the writing and preproduction process we invested more time than never, I mean, first song was created 2 years ago, we took 6 months working in preproduction, we focused in each detail, each arrangement, each riff and drumbeat, it was also our most collaborative work to date. In the recording process we spent dedicated time to each instrument, no pressure, all takes needed and we worked also there in better ways to arrange some songs, so we are really proud of the final outcome.

3.The band has been around since 2011 but so far has only released 2 full lengths, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
We use to take plenty of time to work with each of our projects, maybe because we are a band with busy members and we don’t really like to release no-full length productions, so we give the proper to each album until we feel satisfied and fulfilled creatively and spiritually.

4.A lot of your lyrics deal with Satanism and Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
We all felt attracted to this dark and hidden themes since early age, but most important in freedom, we do not agree with religions, we do not follow any doctrine, we believe in common sense, in facts, in science indeed, we believe in the power of the human mind, which leads to really dark corners of reality, Satan it’s not a horned beast in two legs, it’s the representation of freedom, of power, inner light, Lucifer is the illumination, the will of opening your eyes and brake any chains, but we also do love those fantastic and horrific graphic interpretations.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vst'?
Vst it’s pronounced as beast, so that’s the first meaning, that’s the projection we want to do as a congregation of 5 beasts doing this act, also they’re the initial letters for a Sumerian phrase that means: Blood thirsty warriors.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
We wanted to follow the same path as in our same production, plane layout and a symbol in the middle that points the direct approach of the album, this occasion we have a golden sigil a conjunction of letters that could be an M and a V, initials for Vst and Manifesto, then we have a two-headed serpent, which is the duality that appears in all civilizations, the serpent is the common alive being that existing in every corner of the planet, coincidence?... also, we have the old look in the cover, this is because it simulates and old book an encyclopedia of horrors and supremacy.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I can remember right now, opening Mayhem in 1349 back in January 2016, also local show with Necrophobic and Thy Antichrist was just killer.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Yes, we’re planning a show presenting the new album here in hometown, León, México at December and we’re waiting for confirmation of some promotional tours.

9.The new album was released on 'Concreto Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Well, this is the most important Mexican Metal label in all the country, it’s having a huge projection worldwide, they manage all kind of metal genres, we encourage you to give them a shot, you’ll find a wide catalogue of the best and most select metal bands from México.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
I think it has been really grateful, we’re having lot of promotion outside our country, really good comments coming from everywhere.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We wanted to reduce time between releases, so maybe next year we could start thinking in a new production, also we’ll certainly do promotion in media and the really aim of this, live shows and some tours.

12.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’s many extreme metal projects we listen and inspire from, also many not so related to the genre I could mention some like Dark Funeral, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Metallica, Slayer. Currently I’ve been listening to some different tunes like Goth rock or Darkwave and also Black Metal, it’s always on my playlist, I try to keep it versatile, I enjoy many dark and obscure genres of music.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Sure, first of all thanks a lot for your time and interesting questions, keep an eye to our social media for any announcements, keep rocking and Hail Satan.


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