Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Nonsun Interview

(Answered by Goatooth)

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
We're at the stage of sorting things out. We have plenty of ideas and they're quite diverse, so we need to select the priority ones to further work on them. Drawing cosmological analogies, this is the relatively early age of the universe formation, when separate stars just roam around chaotically before they organize galaxies. The Glorious Era of Grand Collapses is still ahead, haha.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new ep?
The overall sound is dark, low, deep, obscure, it has very few brighter shades, even the hat and cymbals are so dim. It's spacey and at the same time heavy as fuck. I think we've managed to create in significant degree a peculiar and uncommon sound, comparing to an average metal record. And we're glad about it.
Stylistically, it's eclectic. Perhaps it's even too eclectic genre-wise for being EP. But emotionally and spiritually, and I dare say musically, this album is one whole. I would even dare to call it conceptual, from this point of view.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?
The lyrical topics are introspective and mainly built around the EP's title - Good Old Evil. It's about the internal resistance against the absurd world and oppressive reality. It's also about how important it is to keep the balance in this resistance. To get over the madness yet at the same time keep the fire burning.

4. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label and if so, what kind of label do you feel that would be a perfect fit for the music?
Ha, it's not so easy to find a perfect fit with our undefined-genre music. I mean we aren't sludge enough for the sludge-oriented labels, not drone enough for the drone labels and so on. All those modern-day differentiation tendencies, you know. However, we have preliminary agreements with some labels and hopefully this EP will eventually be issued.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
We've been a two-piece studio project so far and haven't played live as yet. So I could only imagine what our performance would be.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
Currently we only have plans to become a live band. To make it happen, we would need at least one more member.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom, drone, sludge and post metal?
It's been surprisingly great so far, I hadn't expected such. We've had quite a lot of positive reviews, some of them are just fantastic. This is really flattering and inspiring.

8. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
I am also a member of a death/doom metal band Apostate. Alpha participates in two or three blues-rock projects.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
I'm not sure yet exactly, and that's exciting. What I can say now, we're not gonna repeat ourselves or stop experimenting. I think on the next release we'll try something different from this one. Not completely different, but it's gotta be a new and fresh experience.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Earth, Eyehategod, Celtic Frost/Triptykon, Isis, Kodiak, Earth... These ones have probably had the most direct impact on this release, but overall, of course, there are way much more... Did I mention Earth?
The styles may range from the wicked and hateful metal/hardcore to the calm and dreamy electronic drone/ambient and to the psychedelic blues/art-rock and so on. But preferably heavy music. And slow.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
I don't really have ones. Sometimes I like doing some sports though. And drinking some beer. Not at the same time, if possible.
As far as I know about Alpha, music is taking most of his time, too.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
 , thank you so much for this opportunity to present Nonsun on the Doomed To Darkness Zine's pages. Best wishes to you and your readers. Stay heavy and keep your hate clean.

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