Interview with Akrotheism

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Akrotheism have recently released Behold the Son of Plagues, which is a stark reminder of the power and glory of atmospheric Black Metal done in a non-symphonic way. With a path born of both nostalgia and forward-thinking, Akrotheism are certainly leading the way in this genre for my money. Words were exchanged below…

For those who are unfamiliar with your band – introduce yourself.

Akrotheism consists mainly of four beings. Aeon, Naos, Schism and Dagwn. Also Scythe helped us in the recordings of our début album and in some live shows until now.

How did you form?

Our concept started to shape in the midst of 2012 when Aeon, Naos and Schism decided to share their common principles and ideology about black metal both for the music as much as the philosophy behind it. Later, Dagwn came to complete the circle of Akrotheism embodiment.

What are your influences?

Significant role on our creations plays our listenings which varies from 80’s classic heavy metal to late black metal, and dark ambient. Apart from the musical field, humanity, religion and society has a great impact to our minds so as to make us express our selves in the way that is described in our album.

What are you listening to at the moment that you want to recommend?

Svartidaudi, Nightbringer, Dosdsengel, Acherontas, Mgla, Black Altar, Deathspell Omega are some of the bands that we are listening this period and we would recommend them to all those who are interesting in releases which are aggregated in all levels.

Akrotheism BandGive us some background to the creation process of Behold the Son of Plagues.

After our formation we gathered and started to combine some compositions that we had individually. The final composition though came during the recordings while several ideas was added on. The recordings completed at Devasoundz studios while the mixing and mastering took place at the Necromorbus Studio by Tore Stjerna. After that we asked from Timo Ketola to take care the cover art and from Marco Marov two inlay illustrations. Our logo also came later from Daniel Desecrator.

What can you tell us about the lyrics?

The lyrics are born through our daily contact with the society. The corruption of the mankind, the exploitation of human minds by religion and the sterile hopes to be saved are issues that constrain us to write about them and express our perspective.

In my review I say that you are taking the best parts of the mid-90’s Black Metal elite and making them your own. Would you identify with this statement?

The truth is that many of the bands of the second wave of black metal have affected our music as much as the new ones that I mentioned before. I would say that I agree partly with your statement in your review since I don’t find any similarity with Cradle Of Filth.

Are you satisfied with how the album came out?

Yes we are absolutely satisfied with the whole result and with Odium Records which released it. We feel that it supports us and we are thankful for that.

Would you do anything differently?

Any decision about the album taken after a mature thinking from all of us. Both musically and visually as well. So I think that everything is as we wanted to be.

AkrotheismWhat is your aim with Akrotheism – what do you want to achieve?

We have no other aim than continue to exist. For us its the necessity to express our dark feelings and thoughts. Its like a purgation for our souls.

What does the future hold for you? Thanks!

We plan to do another split release with Ars Macabra and Septuagint and after that we want to focus on our second album. Thank you very much for the interview!


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