Esoteric Formulae By Branislav
Branislav is the founder, vocalist & guitarist of blackened death metal band Bane. Originally formed Serbia (Europe) in 2006, the band relocated to Montreal, Quebec in 2012. Bane has toured extensively throughout 14 countries both in Europe and North America, having shared stages with Sodom, Malevolent Creation, Insomnium, Decapitated, Inquisition, Brujeria, Wolfheart and Uada, among many others. They have also been published in several influential metal magazines such as Metal Hammer, Terrorizer, Zero Tolerance, Decibel Magazine and Metal Injection.
Our 3rd full-length album entitled ‘Esoteric Formulae’ will see the light of day on November 30th, 2018. Usually, the writing and the making of every Bane album is very personal, as I limit the number of people who get involved in the process for different reasons. That being said, when all of the music and lyrics were written, I recorded all the vocals and instruments with the exception of the drums which were handled by my longtime friend Honza Kapak, who is the drummer of Master’s Hammer. Honza not only recorded the drums for the entire album but was also responsible for the engineering, mixing and mastering of the record. All in all, the process of writing and recording this album was not so much different than how the previous ones where done. I worked on the songs when I felt inspired and I made sure that liked the demo versions enough before finally re-recording all the final takes that would eventually end up on the album.
As a wise man once said “Improvement, progression and evolution are part of the road to liberation”, so this sums it up to a certain extent. These are the qualities I seek as an individual, which are the main lyrical themes on all of our albums. The few individuals that have/will read some of our lyrics perhaps might understand and appreciate the vision and thoughts behind the music, and can go deeper into the philosophy.
I have some beliefs, but they are not associated with any mainstream religion or political movement. I do not feel compelled to share publicly what I believe in like everything I want/need to express are in the songs themselves, both lyrically and musically.
We have never signed a record deal where our artistic integrity would be compromised. Therefore, everything that gets released in regards to the visuals (same goes for the music & lyrics) are all decisions that are done by the band. Occasionally, we’ll consult people whom we trust and work with – people whose opinions we value. In order to keep the vision of the band as intact as possible, this is the only way it can and must be done – to have a final say on everything. By having a ”zero compromise” attitude, only then will over and beyond results be achieved, in my opinion.
As for the cover art for this album – for those who are familiar with our previous work probably noticed that there is indeed a pattern that goes with every full-length cover art. With each record, the “figure” either human or demonic stands in central perspective, while the atmosphere colours around it are always different. The different colours represent the different surroundings, different times and different emotions under when and where the albums came into being. But the central figure is something that stays, which represents the band and everything behind it. People might portray each album in their way, which is why the number changes ”through the eyes of the public”, rather than being the same on every record – but the entity behind it represents the music and lyrics of the band through a visual form.
We can go deeper into our artwork cover concept and further explain why it is done on this basis – our first album, namely ‘Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness’ was the green/brown album, which symbolised the beginning – Earth. Green is a colour that is often associated with youth or inexperience, which is what our first album was – the beginning of this band’s journey, where the roots were planted. As it can be heard on our debut, our sound was not as defined and influences were perhaps a bit “all over the place”.
Our second album, ‘The Acausal Fire’ was a much more aggressive and faster record than the previous one, so the colour red matches the mood and emotions of it. It was written very quick (in a short period), and our sound got more refined as we developed more skills as musicians and songwriters, and already had a much clearer vision of how we wanted to do things and what we wanted to sound like. The colour red inspires excitement, and we wanted to make a blood boiling, fiery record with our sophomore effort.
Our third full-length, ‘Esoteric Formulae’ is blue, and the significance behind it is that fact that it was ”frozen in time”, as this album took almost four years in the making before it was fully complete. It also has a much ”colder” feel to it (especially compared to the previous offering) and is a bit more melodic, hence the colour blue.
I can only assume that Metal has different meanings for people in general. I am not here to speak about Metal in general, as I think it is not my place to do so. Maybe the genre itself is/was viewed as somewhat of a ”rebellious” act at certain points throughout history, but this again is only what a certain group of people viewed it for. Metal, for me, is not only a way of life but it is an emotional gateway to freedom and expression. It’s also a passion, a hobby and a never-ending source of inspiration. Again, I can only speak for myself as it must have different meanings for different people.
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