We are a blue collar black metal band from northwest ohio. We stray away from the traditional black metal tropes. No corpse paint or satanic themes/imagery. We are not trying to copy what the boys across the pond are doing.
2.Recently you have released your first album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
We went for a style we like to call USBM (United states black metal). We went for a very dark and dissonant sound. Each song was done very deliberately. We have been playing together for a long time and know each others strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the writing process, which helps alot. We took our time and tried alot of different things on each song. We wanted to create a sound that held true to our upbringings, yet still payed homage to the music that influenced us. We dont pretend to be anything we are not. We are a bunch of guys who grew up around corn fields and woods.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
This is a concept album which centers around different burial rituals from around the world. It was a topic that we all thought was very interesting and definitely goes very well with the music we are playing.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Black Shroud'?
In all honesty there wasnt much meaning or inspiration behind it. We brainstormed some names and that was the one we all agreed on.
5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The artwork was done by somluck art (https://www.facebook.com/Somluck-Art-1000584529966558/) from Bangkok, Thailand. He also did our logo for us. In our opinion he did an amazing job! We basically gave him a general idea of what we wanted and left the rest in his hands and couldn't of been happier with the results. We currently plan on using him for any artwork we need in the future. We were introduced to him through Todwanderer design from Poland and we were introduced to Todwanderer by Daniel collabolletta "Troll" drummer from many projects in southern Ohio.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have only played a few shows so far, so I cant really say one was better than the other. As far as our stage show goes we pretty much let our music do the talking for us. We are very straight forward, no glits and glamour.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Nothing planned at the moment, we are currently working on our sophomore release.
8.The new album was released on 'War Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?
We sent our album to War Productions and they really dug our sound and wanted to give the album a much needed European release. We are very great full they did. We've had numerous album reviews and new fans since the release.
9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
We have gotten a lot of good reviews and are very blessed for that. People seem to be understanding what we were trying to do, which is always a great feeling. The European release just happened this last month, so far we have gotten a good reaction, but is still to early to say to much about the European market.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are working on our sophomore release. We don't plan to venture to from from our initial sound, but are working very hard at making ourselves and our songs the best they can be. It will definitely be a little different, but will stay true to our sound.
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?
Our influences are pretty similar between the members of the band. Immortal was definitely a major influence for all of us. Dissection, Dawn, Dark Funeral, Mayhem, Godseed, Gorgoroth, Taake, and Burzum are a few that definitely stick out, but they're a lot more.
I cant speak for the rest of the band. I am currently listening to Abbath, Anaal Nathrahk, Rivers Of Nihil, Skeletonwitch, Dark Funeral and am very excited for the new Mayhem album.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We'd like to thank everyone who has taken the time to give Death Culture a spin and to everyone who has wrote reviews and spread the word. We'd also like to thank War Productions for the opportunity and the release. It's greatly appreciated. Keep a lookout for a sophomore release in the future.