Thursday, September 24, 2020

Kira Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Nameless: Kira was founded in 2015 in the metal basin of Opoczno (central Poland). The originator of the band was Nameless - guitar, music (Nomad, ex-Ethelyn), who invited Groshek - drums (Nomad, Peacemaker) and Mysth - vocals, bass, lyrics (Ethelyn, Deathstorm) to cooperate. In 2017, the album "Ancient Lies" was recorded.

After the recording Mysth was replaced with Hellishdust and Peter. In 2018, the line-up was completed, Cannibal joined on the second guitar and slowly we started working on a new album.

The band Kira unifies musicians with a long musical experience, the entire line-up played in various metal bands (Nomad, Ethelyn, Skullthrone, Abused Majesty, The Growling Stones, Bloodpaint, Egoizm, PeaceMaker, Repossession).

2.You have a new album coming out in October, musically how does it differ from your previous release?

Nameless: The first album was created very quickly, actually the music was somewhat rattled off by me.

The second album is more mature, polished. Some songs are 7 minutes long, the compositions were somehow extended naturally. We also changed our approach slightly. In some tracks, the drums were recorded first and then music was later added to them. Also, the sound of the drums is more juicy, clear and perfectly recorded (in Heinrich House Studio). The guitars' sound very powerful and the whole thing sounds much better than the first album.

3.Some of your lyrics cover Luciferian and Occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

Hellishdust: For me, dark art was a very important thing since I remember. I think if you are following the path of darkness sooner or later you will start looking for some "dark manual", which eventually will guide you through life. So I read a lot, looking for inspiration and you can hear the results at "Peccatum et Blasphemia".

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

Hellishdust: Topics for "Ancient Lies" covers faith, freedom of choice and some Nietzsche's philosophy. When I join Kira I also brought some dark influences with me.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kira'?

Nameless: Kira may be a variation of the Irish name Ciara which is the feminine version of the word Ciar, meaning "black". Kira is also considered to be the female form of the male name Cyrus (from the Greek Kyrios), meaning "lord" or "ruler", therefore Kira is given the meaning of "master, female ruler".

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

Nameless: The cover was created by Michał "Xaay" Loranc, also responsible for doing artworks for such bands as Behemoth, Nomad, Nile, Pestilence. The graphics were supposed to refer to the lyrics. At the front we see a skull immersed in hell's lava, the motives of suffering and the valley of death. In the lower part of the cover, there is a little man who has to face all this madness... Each of us has to face something, so you can identify with this character perfectly. The colours ideally match the whole concept. 

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Nameless: Well, we only played one show during all these years, because Kira was meant to be a studio project. We played in our city of Opoczno and the reaction of the audience was very good. It was not without complications, as Groshek could not participate in it. At the last minute, we were helped by a drummer from Warsaw, Damian Gwardzik, who played only four rehearsals with us and it was awesome!!!!!

8.The new album is coming out on 'Ossuary Records', how would you compare working with them to your older label 'Tales From Crematoria'?

Nameless: Unfortunately, the promotion from "Tales from crematoria" was limited only to letters and sending records to the west. Although Krzysztof is serving a long sentence in the state prison, he made quite big promotion, as for a person who does not have Internet access!!! We were helped in distribution by Morgul from Putrid Cult, who dealt with selling CDs and T-shirts (thanks a lot!).

The collaboration with Ossuary has been excellent so far! I'm shocked with what Mateusz is doing for Kira at the moment, and we've only been working together for two months now ;)

9.On the new album you also have done a 'Sodom', what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

Nameless: I always wanted to do a cover. Sodom was one of the first bands I listened to at the beginning of my contact with metal. Then in the 90s, I saw a music video for this song at "Viva"... and if blew me away!!!

I decided it would be worth doing in my way. I added one riff for the solo and we changed the tempo a bit to a faster one. The vocals were recorded in amazing speed. This song is an instant killer!

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?

Nameless: Overall positive, I haven't seen a bad review of it, for the first album under the name of Kira it was ok. Now it's on the metal torrents, so let it circulate among the depths of the Internet ;)

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Nameless: We are currently recording a new EP. Also, it would be fun to do a tour and put out another full album!

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?

Nameless: For me, Iron Maiden and Slayer were the most influential bands! At the moment I don't listen to any new bands, I often go back to the '80s and '90s. Recently, "Samael - Ceremony Of Opposites" is on repeat inside my player.

Hellishdust: I think all of us are influenced by the '80s/'90s scene as we are not so young anymore and we grew up during those times. I'm a maniac who buy a lot of records. Latest arrivals in my collection include The Rite, Eternal Rot, Void Rot, Black Altar (I had a guilty pleasure to write one of the lyrics for their latest split), Macabre Omen, Convocation, Mgła, Clairvoyance, Death Like Mass... and many many more to come. 

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 

Nameless: Thanks for the questions, it was great talking to you!

Hellishdust: Buy music and support the scene and its artists!

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