Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:
The main concept for The Black Vatican album leans towards the desperateness one could have for freedom and how that crave for freedom/ love can turn into a crave for power. There’s several symphonic and melodic sounds in it to express the epic feeling behind those cravings and that, ultimately, is what we want our listeners to feel.
Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?
We wanted to keep it dark yet beautiful: gothic. Because that is what sets the mood for the entire album and don’t want it to go off topic or so. We did want to add some heavier riffs or more intense beats for a moment, but we figured that we could use that mood for a future album instead, which is what we’re currently working on now.
How does your writing process normally work out?
The vocalist is the primary songwriter, but if the rest of the band has ideas or want to express things themselves then they will take charge of those songs. Our guitarist is currently taking charge of some songs for an upcoming project which helps set darker moods when we need it. Overall, everyone is brutally honest when it comes to judging a new song’s flow, ideas, sound, etc.
What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?
We want what little can have; to be amongst the greatest bands this world has ever seen. We want to make this a career rather than relying on a side job to keep us financially stable. We want to be remembered for our art, energy, and power we display in our songs. Our goal is to play many shows with massive crowds not seen in decades and feel their energy guide us as we perform.
What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?
We are influenced by too many bands to name, but our primary influences are genres such as melodic death metal, black metal, heavy metal, gothic rock, industrial, and symphonic of course; some more than others. But all these influences impacted our sound by shaping what we want the rhythm or melodies to remind people of. Different sounds create different feelings and we hope our sound created the right feelings within our listeners, that way they can fully grasp our art.
What’s next for you?
Many things: as mentioned we are currently working on another album and hope to release it late 2019, we’re also looking for more gigs to play, create more music videos, market our music more, and finally develop different business tactics to manage our band better and hopefully reach the right record labels. If we map the stars correctly, we should fulfill our ambitions sooner than later.