Saturday, October 22, 2016

Witchmaster Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
We are supposed to be getting ready for the upcoming gigs. There's some concerts coming in November, in Poland and UK, with Tortorum from Norway, and Im looking forward to that. Also the split LP with VOIDHANGER is coming out sometime soon, in november/december, and Im also looking forward to that. It'll be out on Third Eye Temple and you better be ready for that.

2.You have a split coming out in December, how would you describe the musical sound of the newer material and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Its not new at all.  Two of the tracks are unreleased songs from Antichristus recording session, and that was a couple years ago, and the other 3 are live. The interesting thing is, we included a cover of Einsturzende Neubauten, 'Tanz Debil' from their first album. EN is quite an extraordinary choice for WITCHMASTER, given the style. I mea, they are the Venom of Industrial music. I was always really into EN, since I developed a paralell fascinations of Black metal and industrial/noise. This is probably the most experimental thing we did with Witchmaster so far, cosnidering our usually traditional diehard approach

3.Your lyrics have always been on the Satanic side, how would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
 You just answered the question. Witchmaster was always a Satanik Metal band.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Witchmaster'?
 First we had an idea to name the band Witchhammer, like the Sodom track. Then we thought Witchmaster is much better. The master of the witches.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
On our last tour we set razor wire in form of the stage so when people go berserk in the moshpit they jump on the wire resulting in proper bloodbath. A very appropriate response.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
 Yeah, in November we play some gigs in Poland and UK with Tortorum, Thats the band from guys from Thunderbolt, Gorgoroth, and Aeternus as far as I remember. There's gonna be some interesting changes in our line up as well, for the first time Inferno will play guitar instead of drums, and on drums we'll have Daray (Dimmu Borgir, ex Vader). So it sould be exciting. We ordered new roll of razor wire too.

7.On the split you had done a cover of Einsturzende Neubaten's 'Tanz Debil', what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
 If you ever listened to Kollaps, that album is absolutely crazy raw. I love it. Thats why I convinced the guys to do it, as an experiment of some sort. It worked out all right.

8.You will be sharing this split with 'Voidhanger', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
 They are fucking killer. Watch out.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and thrash metal?
We are in the underground, and I dont really pay much attention to feedback, but theres dedicated witchmaster fans  all over the planet.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
 Inferno is touring with Behemoth all the time, and also just recorded new Azarath album. Im busy with my experimental projects, and Reyash is still playing in Christ Agony I think.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
 oldschool black thrash metal

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
 Bathory, Sodom, old slayer, Kreator, Voivod . also Wolfpack/wolfbrigade.

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