Interview with Narbeleth

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Coming from Cuba and about to unleash A Hatred Manifesto, Narbeleth mean business. This is real Black Metal, unforced and ready to rage. I braved the darkness to find out more…

Give us a bit of background to Narbeleth

HAIL! NARBELETH was born back in 2008. At that time I played guitar on my previous band ANCESTOR, but I had many ideas that were out of this band concept, so I decided to create my own project. From the beginning NARBELETH was supposed to be a only a studio band, but two years later I decided to give a concert, and since then I’ve played in some occasions. To the date I’ve released “Dark Primitive Cult” demo, “Diabolus Incarnatus” album, “Hail Black Metal!” Ep, and now is almost out “A Hatred Manifesto”, the 2nd album.

What are your influences?

My influences come from the early Scandinavian Black Metal mainly. BATHROY, DARKTHRONE, ARCKANUM, JUDAS ISCARIOT, early TORMENTOR, LORD BELIAL, are among my main inspirations.

What are you listening to at the moment that you would like to recommend?

These days I’m listening to SKOGEN, SKYFORGER, DEAD TO THIS WORLD, DEMONICAL, NORTHERN PLAGUE, CRAFT, KULT, WARDRUNA… Bands that worth to check out for sure if you haven’t yet!

How do you feel about the wider Black Metal scene?

Yes, the Black Metal scene has become wider in the last years, and that’s good from the point of view of a revival of the essence in bands that create this art based in the early concept of it. Now, what is disgusting is all this trend of new suicidal and depressive Black Metal, and that’s so lame!!!! Black Metal is about strength, about supremacy of the individual and his power to grow up spiritually and become whatever you want, without any boundaries or limits.

Did you have any particular aims when you started to put together A Hatred Manifesto?

Absolutely! First of all, I wanted to get a better sound quality, and that’s one of the reasons this album delayed more than I was predicted; and also I wanted to go a little further with this albums that what I accomplished with the previous releases, and Folter Records gave me this opportunity.

Narbeleth OneAre you happy with how it turned out?

I am very happy with the general result; with the album itself, in all aspects, and with the release and work by Folter Records.

Tell us about the lyrics and themes running through the release

My lyrics are about Black Metal, about my life, and my vision of the world and how religions lead humanity to a cliff by creating intellectual barriers to people. I write about the freedom and the power every human have inside to be greater every day.

How do you write your songs?

First I compose riffs using the guitar; maybe I do a complete song, maybe I make a riff and then it fits to a previous recorded one… that depends on my inspiration. Then, when I have the whole song I do the drums and finally the lyrics

Did the recording process go smoothly?

Yes, it was slow, but efficiently. I work when I feel inspired and with no pressure so all can flow spontaneously and the most natural. I don’t like to force the creative process.

How do you see your sound/direction developing in the future?

NARBELETH’s sound is what you know already, and that will be the path to follow in the future. Black Metal is the lead, and I will follow it step by step always in NARBELETH.

What’s next for Narbeleth?

Right now I’m preparing to perform at the mighty Under the Black Sun festival next July, so see you all there raising fists and horns in the name of Black Metal. After I return from Europe I will begin to compose for the next album.

HAIL!

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