Finnish metal band formed in 2009 . Influenced by bands such as Insomnium, Dissection, Anata and Intestine Baalism. Playing a form of extreme metal that balances black metal melodies and death metal savagery.
HMA: Welcome to Heavy Music Artwork. What can you tell me about ‘Celestial Decadence’?
Johannes Katajamäki: Celestial Decadence is our debut album, some 40 minutes of intense death/black metal with a touch of melody and atmosphere. Conceptually, the album deals with organised religion, its excesses, and its gradual collapse.
HMA: Has spirituality and the so-called divine outdated or in existential crisis?
Johannes Katajamäki: Very strict religious systems are increasingly at odds with modern first world cultures. There are two paths to take: extremism and fundamentalism, which is so completely blinding that it’s unlikely to survive for very long, and further abstraction and shift towards agnosticism, which is unlikely to foster the kind of fervour of faith that feeds and keeps alive religious groups like Catholics or Evangelicals. That said, religion and faith seem to be absolutely integral to human society. Presumably, it has had a tremendous evolutionary benefit – all the time, resources and human lives wasted in religious sacrifices and wars must’ve paid off in some way, considering that religion is so prevalent in almost every culture.
HMA: How would you describe your music and sound?
Johannes Katajamäki: Our sound is a combination of death metal, black metal and melodic variations of those. We balance aggressive and sinister elements with introspective and atmospheric elements, as well as pure unbridled emotivity and romanticism at times. ‘Celestial Decadence’ is mostly an aggressive, straight-forward record, but there are various elements for balance and contrast.
HMA: What lyrical topics you like to address? On your Metal Archives profile we have Anti-Religion, History, etc. Christianity feels sometimes is an easy target, are other religions accomplice in the world downfall?
Johannes Katajamäki: Most of the lyrics revolve around religion in some way, although it isn’t always the main topic. For example, ‘Incursion’ is only tangentially related to religion, and in ‘Devoured by Hatred’, the faith that drives people to committing atrocities is not one of God. Our anti-religious lyrics aren’t about any denomination or cult in particular.
HMA: What are your main influences and creative inspirations?
Johannes Katajamäki: Our main influences are quite diverse, as there is a huge swath of bands that have been inspiring to us. Among them are bands like Immolation, At the Gates, Sargeist and Gorgoroth. Early on, Insomnium was an especially great inspiration to us.
HMA: Lastly, what can you tell us about the artwork?
Johannes Katajamäki: The album artwork is a painting by Czech artist Moonroot, depicting the ghost of a crusader in a vast, crumbling cathedral. It represents the excesses and vain glory of organised religion, and how it decays and crumbles as faith gradually loses its meaning. A dying monument to an obsolete faith.
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Interview by Alex Milazzo – Copyright 2016 © Heavy Music Artwork. All rights reserved.