So, three years passed since you released “Sabbathical Flesh Possession” until this new album called “Sublimation xxixA”. Why have you waited so long for this second release? Have you been occupied with other projects? How do you see the evolution from one album to the other?
We had to work on our new material, of course, and we chose to do some shows after the release of "Sabbathical …". Moreover, as you said, we were also busy with the different side projects we work in (Hell Militia, Love Lies Bleeding, Olc Sinnsir, Antaeus …). We have improved our composition process and lyrical concept and of course our sound evolved in that way. But I think time between albums is not that important.
I think “Sabbathical Flesh Possession” had a quite good response, but how has it been for this new work? Where was it recorded and how complicated was to record it? Are you satisfied with this one? Anything you'd like to change for the followers?
I would say that it is true, we got good feedback. The recording was easier than the previous one because we went to a relative's studio and finished in his own home studio. Seremoth knew our works and sound and acted very professional . We had a better control over everything. We are satisfied though some details could have been adjusted a bit more. But no regrets at all.
Your music has big influences from both Death Metal and Black Metal, but I think the strongers on this album come from the Death Metal side, but the darker and rawer one. Which are the bands that had a bigger influence on this album and on the band by your point of view? With which scene you feel closer nowadays?
Both Death and Black Metal scenes represent an equal influence over Vorkreist's work. I won't explain at which level, but these bands, Immolation, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Impaled Nazarene, Suffocation, Belphegor, Satyricon, etc, have always been in a way sources of inspiration for us.
The title of the album is quite strange. What's the meaning of “Sublimation xxixA”? As I don't have the lyrics of the album, I'd like that you explain us a bit about the concept behind it. By the titles of the songs and some words I've understood, it seems you speak about a quite decadent world. Do you agree with satanism(I mean laveyan or similars) or some other “organised philosophy” or you just follow your path? Any big influence on your lyrics?
Sublimation would imply a transformation, an alteration (through ravings or through drugs …). XXIXA (29A) is the hexadecimal of 666 … hence you can have an hint about the main concept of the album. Most of the lyrics depict a demonic-based vision of the world, of mankind, of its rotten and pathetic principles, even of the underground scene we lurk into. They are also inspired by fantasies, impious and hateful dreams that correspond to our musical aspects. We are one of the many expressions of Satan. But no use for any organised cults or circles, we have created our own paths.
Recently you played at the Hard Metal Fest, in Portugal. How was the experience? What about the other bands that played there? I had the opportunity to see your landmates Nydvind in Barcelona and I think they did a really good show, just like Kampfar. Where and with which bands would you like to play in the future? Have you had any offer for a european tour or something?
Great experience ! Many insane metalheads there… The welcomes were surprising and the response was much intense. The guys from Infernüs and their pals rule. I honestly enjoyed all the shows during this fest, especially Infernüs, Extreme Noise Terror, Monstrosity and Vile. Nydvind did a great show but I didn't care much for Kampfar … So we would play with any of those I quoted. Nothing has been planned for a whole European tour so far.
In not too much time you will visit Spain for the Xtreem Metalfest. What expectations you have about it? What do you think about your labelmates that will play that day? Do you know something about the spanish extreme Metal scene?
We never know … I hope things will turn as it did in Mangualde. I don't know much of all our labelmates, though I know the works of Masacre and the Heretic. I personnaly know the killer guys from Shemhamphorash and Genozid from Barcelona and Valencia, great bands I played with in Barcelona and Bordeaux with my side project Olc Sinnsir.
Now I'd like to know a bit about the future of Vorkreist. Have you started working on new songs? Will the band follow the same path or will there be some changes? For the moment will you stay on Xtreem Music or is there any offer from other labels?
Of course, we are always working on. Some new tracks are almost already finished. We recently recorded a track, "Dekadence Konumdrum" for our split vinyl with The Beast, from Belgium, it should be released soon. We have our own style, so I won't say there would be a change, we like to have different atmospheres on each track but we keep our own composition style. AK, the main composer took care of the ambience a lot, so I guess it becomes more personal, more unhealthy. And it's too soon to talk about releasing any material, so far.
Some of the members of Vorkreist have other projects/bands, can you tell us a bit about them?
Hard to speak on the behalf of the other members. LSK and D.Terror play in Hell Militia, AK works in his own project LLB and Diapsiquir, LSK still works in Antaeus and I am still vocalist in Olc Sinnsir. Most of our projects are relative to the Dark/Brutal Death/Black Metal styles. But I suggest you check for yourself.
The french extreme Metal scene is growing better and better this last years(although it always has been, but never received a big support of it’s own inhabitants), with bands like Deathspell Omega, Arkhon Infaustus, Gojira, Nydvind, Antaeus, Blut Aus Nord, Hell Militia or Vorkreist, for sure, that are receiving a quite good response from the international extreme Metal scene. Any new outfits that you can recommend us? Which are the best and the worst things of your country's extreme Metal scene?
Apart from bands we both quoted, I would add some others I do respect for their dedication, not especially recent : Temple of Baal, Ubik, Nysieus, Caedeath, Merrimack, Fornication, Otargos, Eternal Majesty, etc.
The questions are over now, I hope to hear from you soon and good luck at the Xtreem Metalfest. If you want to add something, just go on...
Thanks for your interview, Let's meet on stage … We are Hell and you all deserve us …
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