Interview: Arsantiqva

Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:

For the most part the lyrical theme comes from a post-apocalyptic concept and dystopian philosophy, the belief that the expanding power of technology results in a gradual worsening of the human condition which ultimately, leads to pandemonium and ruin. Any type of art deserves to be interpreted infinitely, otherwise it becomes boring. Imagination is a key to define things. In the end, it’s all up to the audience to decide what is it exactly they see or hear, because regardless of what we may say, people would still have their own opinion about it. The same goes for the visual aspect of it, given the post-apocalyptic scenario we use “Scavengers” in reference to humanity acting as vultures and predators feeding on what was left from others. It is also a portrait of greed that eventually explodes in your face if you take more than you can carry. Every song has a story behind it and touches various subjects, but overall it is all allegorical and symbolic in nature, we express ourselves in the way that things could be defined from many different angles, not just from our own perspective. In this album you will find a lot of diversity that plays an important aspect in our music. It wasn’t necessary a conscious decision, the diversity came along with time as the band progressed. It took us five years to finish the album and it’s quite a long period of time during which you’re constantly grow and improve yourself as a musician. I would think of this release more as evolving process which can be felt and traced throughout the album, we did our best to preserve the cohesiveness all the way across and kept the overall album dynamics unified regardless of the fact that theres a lengthy time gap between the songs.

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?

A great aspect of this album is also it’s sound and overall production. Daniel Bergstrand is, of course, well-known for his production work who was able to take our music to entirely new level. We believe the quality of music production is very important especially these days when you can achieve decent results making records in your bedroom just by using plugins and emulations, theres nothing wrong with that approach but we prefer working with vitage analog and the real outboard gear, it’s something that can’t be emulated and reproduced, no matter how close it may sound theres still a notable difference, and we wanted to stay away from that “bedroom sound” as far as possible, so when it was time to mix the album we had a couple of unsuccessful attempts here in the States which made us to look elsewhere, mainly in Europe, it seems like in Europe the mix engineers are more familiar and knowledgeable when it comes to working with extreme music, especially black metal in our case. We had a few options and talked to different studios but with Daniel the deciding factor for the most part, was a great and flawless communication between us. Sure he has a name in producing some of the amazing records but that wasnt the only reason we decided to work with him. His vision and of course experience both played an important role in our decision.
Also it wouldn’t be possible without the mastering wizard Lawrence Mackrory who works together with Daniel, he put a final stamp on our sound and made the mix to stand out even more, so we’re very happy with the way it turned out.

How does your writing process normally work out?

The process is quite simple, of course like every other musical work it starts with some melody in your head and then it’s the guitar riffs that start to take shape, and everything else kinda evolves around it. Since our music is mostly guitar driven all the songs are based on that foundation and it’s been working out fine for us. Whenever you get used to something it’s really difficult to break away from it, we might change things around in the future. It’s really all about inspiration and that’s how everything starts.

What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?

Our ambition is to keep writing music and never stop creating, regardless of where its going to push us, our main goal here is personal satisfaction and the sense of accomplishment. If your art has moved at least one person then you didn’t waste your time creating it. So far the feedback we’ve been getting is nothing but positive and that’s what fuels our ambition the most.

What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?

It’s really hard to single out a hand full of bands to describe our influences. We’re all pretty diverse individuals when it comes to musical taste. There’s a lot incredible and unique bands out there and music in general, every style has it’s impact. For the most part it’s the extreme metal of course, also a lot of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Classical music.

What’s next for you?

We took a lengthy break from playing live so we could concentrate on finishing the album, things had to be put on hold otherwise we would never see the end of it. As far as what’s the next step, well it’s definitely keep on moving forward no matter what. We’re starting to play live this year and working on the new album. Things are taking shape slowly and I think we’re on the right track.