And now onto ‘Graveyard’ - track-by-track! What inspired you, which
topics are you dealing with, what do you want to express with the songs
01. The Altar of Sculpted
deals with the different places mankind has attributed some kind of
transcendental power to during the centuries. I saw one of these places
in some ancient ruins in Mexico and there was the real altar of sculpted
skulls called Tzompantli which was used for human sacrifices for
hundreds of years. Whether there is something inherently special about a
place like that or not is not important, it is the symbolic significance
that matters, in my opinion.
02. An Epitaph Written in
lyrics for this song were written five minutes before I recorded the
vocals, so there is not much to it. Just good old blasphemy in a short
but intense song. The harmonized guitars at the beginning are one of my
favourite moments in all of our songs.
Deathcrowned is about the tyranny of death, kind of our personal
‘Memento Mori’. We all will die, so our freedom is just freedom to
choose when and how. Life is nothing but an illusion because we come
from nothing and to nothing must return.
04. Cult of the Shadows
instrumental song that we have developed for our next album ‘The Sea
Grave’. The name comes from the association of ideas that came to my
mind when listening to the music. It is surely one of the darkest pieces
of music we have ever put together.
old song from our demo days completely reworked and re-recorded. We
didn’t change too many things from the original version and just tried
to do less mistakes and get a better and more accurate timing. The
lyrics are about a ritual to raise the dead performed by a necromancer
that goes wrong and ends up with him being ‘One of Them’.
06. Howl of the Black Death
old song, this time about the bubonic plague. I tried to give it a
subtle touch of ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ by Poe but probably
failed. A really cool song to play live, though. It has been part of our
live setlist for quite a long time.
Tell us a bit about the
artwork – who made it etc. and how important do you feel it is to have a
artwork was created by Matt Carr (Putrid Gore Art), who is one of the
most talented artists out there and one of the coolest guys in the
scene. It took only a couple of e-mails for him to get the concept and
soon he came with that extremely cool picture of the darkest priest ever
performing forgotten rites at the Altar of Sculpted Skulls. For us, good
artwork is always a plus. Of course music is the most important part of
the deal, but a cool piece of art will always support the music in a
good way. It doesn’t work the opposite way, though, shitty music will
remain crap even if the cover is the best ever.