Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Et Moriemur Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Hi and thanks for getting in touch! Currently we are rehearsing the songs for our new album. We will go to the studio at the end of March and if everything goes according to our wishes the album could be released this Autumn.


2.How would you describe the musical sound of the newer music?

I´d say the new album will be more straightforward, heavier and gloomier compared to Ex Nihilo In Nihilum. Plus it will have a history-oriented touch. Well, more than a touch actually, it will be a concept involving all the songs.


3.The last album was released in 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

We received many positive reviews for Ex Nihilo, from the critics and public alike, and we are very very grateful for that. Thanks to that we played more abroad like in Germany, Belgium or the Netherlands and got to know great bands and people active on the doom scene. We sold some new merchandise, started digital music sales and prepared songs for the new album - lots of things actually for lazy doomsters like us :)


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with the music?

Our themes basically revolve around the impermanence of life, its absurdity and how to cope with it. We sing about death, suffering, anger, desperation - the usual doom topics if you like :) A difference could be that I frequently use quotes from poets from different countries to describe these feelings leaving them in its original language. I like how they sound and couldn´t put it better.


5.I know that the bands name means 'And we will die' in Latin, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

I often wonder how man can be such an arrogant creature who considers himself at the centre of the whole universe. He thinks that he is more intelligent or moral than other beings and this gives him - in his view - the right to use them for his „superior“ purposes. „And we will die“ it´s a slap in our face to shake us and wake us up: we were born poor and naked and will die poor and naked. You can be able to fly, to play or write or paint beautifully, to build pyramids or break the atoms - still your life isn´t more precious or meaningful than lives of other animals and plants.


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

The best shows are a result of different circumstances and forces - as everything in life I guess. If we feel good, the people who came to see us feel good and the day is right then there can be like communication on an emotional level between the band and the fans and that´s the best thing you can ever have - communication without words. These are the best gigs and that´s what we strive to do every time we play.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We are preparing a small tour in Autumn with a couple of other bands but everything is still in making as of now. In any case our priority is the new album, we will focus on planning our other gigs later.


8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the re-issue of your 2014 album by 'Minotauro'?

It was basically thanks to our Italian fan Enza that we got in touch with Marco, the head of Minotauro records. He said he would be interested in releasing Ex Nihilo on LP and offered us a very good deal. From then on everything went smoothly and we are more than happy for this cooperation.


9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom and death metal?

The reactions we got were overall positive, sometimes very positive, and we are grateful for that - there are so many bands around and so to capture the attention of people from abroad is a great satisfaction. According to Facebook statistics our fans come mainly - apart from our country - from Germany, Slovakia, Brazil, Belgium, Mexico, the US and Italy. That´ a great reward!


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?

Our guitarist Aleš has another doom band called Self-Hatred, they are very good. Our second guitarist Pája and our drummer Datel are also part of this formation. They will be recording their second album simultaneously with us. As for me I am working on a new hardcore project and hopefully will have more details soon :)


11.When can we expect new music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

As I said the new CD could be theoretically out in Autumn - we keep our fingers crossed :)

As for the future: Et Moriemur on every album tries to maintain a balance between old and new, to keep our trademark sound while adding something new at the same time. We are not a progressive band at all, we like to stick to the tradition - but without copying ourselves or anybody else.

The general direction is given - let´s say atmospheric doom/death - but the details are hidden even from us until we begin writing new music :)


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?

Being five different people we listen to many different bands. Let´s mention for example Evoken, Mournful Congregation, King Diamond, Colosseum or Burzum.

Our style is basically doom/death with melancholic atmosphere and black metal vibes so bands in this genre are particularly important to us.


13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Personally I like reading, I also play ice hockey and practice a traditional version of muay thai called muay boran. Aleš puts heart and soul into music, our bassist Kabrio is a very good photographer and Datel likes gardening and playing railroad simulation games, while Pája´s hobby is drinking :)


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

Thank you for the questions and keep up your great work!

(answers: Zdeněk)

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