Monday, January 27, 2014

Northern Plague Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Fen: Hey! The releasing process takes much time, so we had some work since the end of the recording session. The cover, layout for digipack, working on the distribution channels... What`s more, the concerts are one of the most important parts of this music for us, so soon we`ll announce two tours. A lot of challenges for a young band, but this is what gets me going. I really like it.

2.You have a new album coming out early this year, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken and also how does it differ from the album you released in 2011?

"Manifesto" is our second release. After the first EP "Blizzard of the North" we played a lot of concerts but all this time we had many ideas for a new material. We wanted to record a full-length, cohesive album with good sound where we put all our hearts and emotions in the songs. "Manifesto" is definitely better arranged, with large variations of atmosphere and at the same time with a main idea, main theme in all songs.

3.Seem of your lyrics cover ancient mythology and misanthropy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Yes, you are right, lyrics on "Manifesto" contains different varieties of metaphors and references to mythologies. I really like myths, especially from the Near East and Ancient Rome. At my university I had a lot of lectures about that so I must remember some things . You know, history is absolutely amazing and you may find many analogies to modern times there. We live in strange times, at the edge of big changes and in texts you can find it.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Northern Plague".

At the beginning we sat in the rehearsal room and brainstormed like crazy. I do not remember who said that "plague from the north" (we live in north-east part of Poland) fits us and it wasn`t long till this idea was forged into "Northern Plague". And that`s the story :)

5.Out of all the live shows and tours you have done, which one did you enjoy the most?

Touring and concerts are always a big adventure. New places, new people, hundreds of kilometers in a van - there is nothing better for us. "Baptizing Europe in Blood" - last tour with the Brazilian devils of Unearthly was totally awesome. They are really nice guys and I hope we will meet in the future again.

6.What are the touring plans for the new album?

For some days we`ll play first show with the new material from "Manifesto". Soon we will announce two tours - one in Poland and Germany, second in Russia and other countries. During summer we have Under The Black Sun Festival [Germany] and Blackened Life Festival [Russia] and I hope it`s not the end.

7.The new album came out on Folter Records a label more known for black metal, and while you have that in your sound you also heavy a good amount of death metal, how do you feel that you fit on this label?

Folter Records is a VERY professional label with experienced management. We are proud they decided to release our album. We have full support from their side and I am sure that they believe in our music. Even if it`s death metal with black influences.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the newer material by fans of black and death metal?

It is too early to talk about feedback but even now we have a lot of good reviews and orders from different countries. It`s pleasing.

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

I honestly don`t know. Now it`s time for "Manifesto" and we don`t think about future releases. It doesn`t matter at this time. 

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an infleunce on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I`m a big fan of Spotify, so every day I discover new bands and music. Now on my playlist you can find John Lee Hooker, Black Sabbath, Blindead, Nine Inch Nails, Gojira and Anaal Nathrakh.

11.Do you have any non musical interests?

Of course! Especially books - I read tons of books on my reader. I am tech-fan too - you know, mobile phones, tablets, new technologies :)

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

Listen and support - I hope we will meet on a Northern Plague concert in the future. Remember about our new album "Manifesto".

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