Ebby Sasi of Imhotep fame presents an exclusive and extensive interview with Menthor; the drummer man of the band. T. Kaos and Dictator also contributed in this interview. Get the band’s history through their words and learn about Necrosadist.
The advent of synthesizers, electronic music and the use of computers, has enabled for some very interesting creation of sounds and has brought beautiful sonic textures with it and layers of audible dimensions otherwise not possible to create…and in some cases, very ugly textures. This is true of every genre of music but it’s important to know that technology isn’t the destination but the road to reaching good music! Menthor has the same opinion.
"It is true, new technology brought a lot to music; it has added tools to musical expression, which is good for those who know how to use them."
T. Kaos claims that the idiots ruin for the craftsmen.
"In the same way it kills the true craft, since any idiot can pick up an electronic instrument and start doing some noise that ends up being just another shitty project that fills up the music toilet. It is a good thing if it is used by skilled craftsmen."
Dictator thinks that technology is a blessing and a curse.
"Artists’ means of expression have benefitted greatly from it and new ways of creating music are constantly being invented as technology progresses, therefore new avenues of music are also being explored. The flipside is that more and more people have access to it so the market is flooded with subpar music provided by individuals lacking vision. I take no notice. Personally though, I prefer a gritty hands-on approach where technology is used as sparingly as possible and more as a means to an end in capturing a moment, a sound and feeling rather than something that is used as a tool to create that moment or feeling."
What are your observations about the current metal scene worldwide? The iconic bands such as Megadeth, Morbid Angel, Pestilence, etc., have not been able to create another record that could match the intensity and quality of their previous records. Do you think that these godly musicians are becoming creatively weak these days? Not necessarily, according to Menthor.
"I don't think these musicians became creatively weak. There are a lot of things to be said about that. There is the right time for a certain album; there is people's interpretation and people change. There are certain mental states that will inspire you at some point in your life that change, so the music will change too."
Dictator does not agree.
"An individual’s creativity is only as limited as their inspiration and their imagination. I can’t agree with your statement that the bands you mentioned “have not been able to create another record that could match the intensity and quality of their previous records”; this is not a fact, only your opinion. One has to always bear in mind the context in which albums like "Altars of Madness" were released – no one else was playing anything like that at the time but twenty years later you have hundreds of bands trying to do something similar (but obviously failing miserably). If "Altars of Madness" was released today, would it be relevant? As to your idea of musicians becoming ‘creatively weak’; we've all seen it happen; some older bands lose sight of what they were trying to achieve as soon as they have reached a certain degree of success. They then eventually become influenced by the bands they were responsible for influencing in the first place in an attempt to recapture the flame they once had, thus losing their own identity in the process. The weakness was there from the beginning, it just showed through once they started getting paid."
What does philosophy hold for Menthor? I've heard that the study of philosophy without longing for liberation is like dressing up a corpse.
"I don't really think about philosophy in a structured way. I try to observe the world and what's happening around me with an open mind and high focus (which is not easy). There's way too much stuff nowadays influencing our thoughts. Most of the time the answers we are looking for are stupidly simple. That's how I try to evolve and develop. I live the journey."
You've also do drums for another amazing band called as Necrosadist with Dictator on guitars/vocals. Could you tell us about the present situation of the band?
"We have recently released "Abstract Satan" and are working on some songs for some upcoming compilation releases, as well as working on the next album."
"As Menthor said, we released our debut full-length album in November 2011 and we are now laying down the stones and paving the path our next effort will take by working on contributions to some interesting larger-scale projects."
Nercosadist is a two-member band coming from the island of Cyprus (now in London, UK) and play old school raw black metal. Necrosadist’s "Abstract Satan" released by Temple of Flesh and Blood Harvest Records in Europe and through Daemon Worship Productions in the US and North America. Would you like to go a little bit more in-depth about on "Abstract Satan", Dictator?
"Although we both did grow up listening to old-school stuff from the 80s and early 90s, I wouldn’t say our sound is particularly ‘old-school’. "Abstract Satan" is our debut full-length album and is an all-encompassing artistic work that for Necrosadist is as contemporary, current and relevant as it is a nod to the past and a glimpse into the future. It is the result of several years of hard work, struggle and most importantly, evolution."
"Abstract Satan" is a proper head-first initiation into the abyss of Necrosadist. A forty-six minute blistering deluge of fucking raw necro violence. Were there any particular difficulties or challenges that you faced while making debut album? According to Menthor there were no particular difficulties.
"The album came out quite naturally. I enjoyed the recording process as it went quite smoothly and there was a very relaxed ambient in the studio, very enjoyable. And it is always good fun to work with Dictator."
"For the first time in the history of Necrosadist I can say “no” with a resounding sigh of relief. The album itself was written over the course of several years and recorded in around 25 hours in several sessions in Menthor’s studio. The only real difficulties were trivial logistic ones and having to record the vocals twice, but that’s it. We did have to rush the guitar recordings a little which resulted in everything being recorded in more or less one or two takes (we didn't need more anyway) so the album has a great sense of urgency as a result."
Is there any concept you depicted in "Abstract Satan" album, Dictator?
" "Abstract Satan" isn't a concept album by any means, but there is a general theme running throughout; that Satan/Lucifer is an abstract, metaphysical spiritual essence that resides within us all and permeates every facet of existence. The general theme of the album is an introspective view on esoteric subjects depicted in an esoteric, visceral – Necrosadistic – manner. I’d rather leave your readers to discover it for themselves and find out what it means to them."
All lyrics by Dictator with the exception of “Golems Of Flesh” and “Lies Of Repent Turning Red”, courtesy of KHZ and MkM from Aosoth respectively. How serious do you take the lyrical side of your both bands? Menthor is more about the music.
"I think the message is very important but for me words are very limiting and subject to different interpretations. The most important thing is the overall ambience in the music, it says more than words. I leave the words to T. Kaos in Lvcifyre and Dictator in Necrosadist."
Dictator on the other hand thinks that the words are just as important as the music.
"An entity like Necrosadist or Lvcifyre is indeed driven by conceptual and spiritual ambitions, so it only makes sense that the lyrical side of things should complement and strengthen the overall concept as much as the music itself. Of course, as Menthor said, words can be limiting so the way I use them in Necrosadist is to paint a mental picture of things rather than to explain ideas that cannot be defined using words."
Every little thing can more or less influence a musician life and it can be an inspiration to write songs. It's not easy to explain. Outside of music, what inspires you in life? Dictator supposes life in general, but most importantly spiritual and personal development. Menthor is not quite sure though.
"I don't know what inspires me in particular. When I sit down to write music, it just comes out, I guess we as human beings are influenced by the environment that surrounds us, so I guess I am inspired by everything that happens in my life. Well, the first time I heard the album "Schizophrenia" by Sepultura I thought that's what I want to do, so I suppose it inspired me to choose that path.
What are your favorite’s bands/albums, Menthor?
" "Schizophrenia" by Sepultura, "In the Depths of R'lyeh" by Catacombs and "Blood Libels" by Antaeus, to name but a few. I wouldn't say I am stuck in the old days - I listen to everything, old and new."
Are you still in contact with your old band mate Nocturnus Horrendus?
"Yes, we are still in contact. It was great to work with NH; I gained a lot with the experience. Gigs with Corpus Christii were always amazing, always an amazing spiritual experience, it was like being transported to a different dimension."
Thank you Menthor and Lvcifyre. Let me conclude this interview here. Wish you the entire best for your next album. Hail Lvcifyre, Hail prince of death, Hail thy lord Lvcifer!
"Thank you for the interview and support.
Fallen, fallen, banished from heaven
The One that blessed the sins of the Man
We wait for a call, we look for a sign
To raise Thee in rivers of Christian blood
Hail Thy Lord Lvcifer!
Hail Thy Lord!
Hail Victorious Darkness!
Hail black flame!
Composed by Ebby Sasi