Interview with Valle Crucis
Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:
Our debut full length release is entitled “Iron & Blood”. Themes of hatred, anger and depression are seen throughout this album with the title track being one of, after dealing with so much garbage, realizing potential and breaking through the status quo and destroying that which is trying to destroy us.
Fans can expect music that sounds somewhat in the same stylings as Sargeist, Mork Gryning, Dark Funeral. Very dark, fast, with some melodic passages. Really the only goal set was to take more time with the song writing and recording process. We felt a little rushed with the first EP.
Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?
There really wasn’t a specific sound we wanted. We just knew we wanted it to be black metal.
How does your writing process normally work out?
The song writing process is very methodical. I usually take time to work on flow. Most of the passages written didn’t come to me immediately or through just jamming. Once I’ve gotten guitar written for the entire song, we’ll sit down with drums and come up with those parts afterwards, then finally bass. Lyrics will sometimes be written first, in which case the guitar parts are written to fit the lyrics or vice versa in which the lyrics are written after in such a way to fit the guitar passages
What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?
A few of our goals are to play some of the bigger festivals here in the states and eventually play some show in Europe. We’ll push the band as far as we can possibly go.
What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?
Our influences come from a wide array of black metal including Emperor, Sargeist, Merrimack, Behexen, Satyricon, Marduk, etc. All of the bands have an impact on the way our sound was formed. From the music standpoint, very fast, some melodic, some dissonant passages; to the tone, which I do nothing fancy, just straight distortion with some reverb. We find fancy effects aren’t necessary in the overall tone & sound of the instruments.
What’s next for you?
We are continuing to write new music for a follow up release. Hopefully to begin recording that late next year. We also in the beginning stages of booking a run of shows in the eastern/mid-western United States for some time in the spring of 2019.