Polish black metallers Mord’A’Stigmata have recently unveiled their latest album Hope. This is an album that’s a layered, multifaceted release, demonstrating an involved and intricate black metal that’s the best work the band have done to date, in my humble opinion.
Guitarist Static filled me in on what Hope is all about and why it’s a more deeply personal release than ever before…
Introduce us to Mord’A’Stigmata
Static: We are from Poland and we play black metal since 2004. Use Google for detailed information, it’s not too complicated.
What are your influences?
We are influenced in many ways. If you ask about music, we have our core in black metal like Burzum, Darkthrone, Mayhem and many more classics, although we inhale a lot of sounds from other genres. We’re inspired by Swans, The Cure, Neurosis, Depeche Mode, Fields of the Nephilim, Portishead as well as black metal heroes mentioned above. Our collective is also into spiritism and esoterics, except our last album – it’s more personal and focused on trauma I experienced.
Name five things you’ve listened to recently that you’d recommend
Swans – The Glowing man, Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss, Darkher – Realms, Secrets of the Moon –Sun, The Cure – Pornography.
Tell us about your latest release
As I mentioned, it is a very personal release, and still I have too little distance to it at this time. I think it makes HOPE special in our discography. It’s hypnotic and atmospheric black metal with touch of cold wave sound. We lost our souls during recording it and I guess a few could catch that spirit during listening. Are you one of them?
What are some of the concepts/themes behind Hope?
Yes, it’s about trauma my family and I experienced in 2016. Whole lyrics touches that topic. You have to forgive me that I’m not too specific, but these stories are about real people and incidents. I don’t want to expose the personal space of people I love.
I sense a lot of deeply personal emotions have been poured into this release – would you say that’s a fair assessment?
You’re right of course. Many things I mentioned above. HOPE is a kind of musical exhibitionism. But I need to make it that way, this is my purification. I’m hoping that record could help almost few people to get through their suffering. And yes, I know it’s not black metal style, but I don’t give a fuck.
How did you go about writing the songs?
It really depends from time and mood. Some of our records, like “Our Hearts Slow Down” mini album, we made from improvisation mostly. HOPE was made by me in general in my bedroom. But method isn’t important. Important is to be honest to yourself.
Although I think Mord’A’Stigmata have a base of black metal, I hear a lot of other things, sub-genres, etc. in your sound too. I know you’re not the kind of band to pay much credence to genre-restrictions when creating your songs, so how big is the temptation to start putting even larger aspects of non-black metal styles into your music?
As I said, the honesty to yourself, to your own taste and emotions is most important thing in music. So if I will feel one day that I need make a record without black metal sound and the rest of M’A’S will feel the same – that’s gonna happen. We have no doubts or temptations, our genres mixing is natural thing as we listen to a lot of different music, and a lot of different sounds take our attention. But we have Satan in our hearts and that’s why we are still close to black metal scene.
Do you have a favourite song off the album, or are they all equally important to you?
Whole album is very important to me, I can’t chose any favourite track.
How would you compare Hope to your previous work?
I think Hope is less aggressive and psychedelic in comparison to “Ansia” or “Our Hearts Slow Down”. Those albums were more like rituals of spirit travel. They were made to let our souls find different states of divinity. Hope was made to kill the pain.
How did you choose the cover artwork?
We didn’t choose. I gave music and lyrics to its author, Bartek Rogalewicz. Also, we spent some time discussing about Hope meaning and why this record came to an existence. Then he made the cover art, that fits perfectly.
Some bands exist purely for their music, whereas others use different mediums to enhance and add to their music. Would you say that Mord’A’Stigmata is more than just the music?
Of course, Mord’A’Stigmata is our way to spiritual travels. Also, our purification. It’s not just music for cheap entertainment.
Where do you think Mord’A’Stigmata fit into the wider extreme metal scene?
I don’t know, really. We’re definitely not an old-school metal band and we feel more comfortable when we’re touring or performing with bands focused on spirituality, but that’s all. I’m really not good at comparison and statistics in music.
What are the next steps for Mord’A’Stigmata?
Few shows promoting Hope, that’s for sure. Time gives us more answers.
Any final words?
Thank you for your support.