I think it’s a lot more versatile than the demo we released back in 2011 and a lot more going on particularly with the vocals and keyboards. But it sticks to the same Swedish Melodic Black Metal sound.
On the album the lyrics are mostly about nature and solitude, it feels like people are always caught up in their lives and never stop and enjoy the world around us and i feel that music can be sometimes be a way of escaping all that.
The band’s name translates to Ancient Dark Winds, which in latin (Atra Vetosus) sounds awesome.
We have played some great shows and met heaps of awesome people and bands, it’s hard to mention just a couple but our NSW shows were fun. For me there was something really special about our first ever gig, was in March 2012 in Hobart, Hobart and Launceston shows are always great!
Yeah we hope to play all around Australia and eventually if we can afford it as a band to tour other parts of the world as well!
Slikver founded IFP and was involved with it for a number of years, and eventually stepped down from his role there and its all run from Belgium now.
The reception has been great so far, Melodic BM fans seem to pick up the influences from Naglfar, Vinterland and all those Melodic Swedish acts which is great.
haha well there’s a lot there. Slikver and myself (Thorodan) have a few active projects at the moment.
Lost in Desolation a Depressive Black Metal project with our first full length nearly complete.
Oblivaeon which is a Doom/Melodic Black Metal project with Dave Luck from Nosce Teipsum doing guitars and composition.
Slikver has his solo project Astral Winter which also has an album in the making and Hammerstorm which is folk metal.
Josef is getting involved with playing drums for some local musicians and I’m starting to work on some solo Ambient BM stuff.
At the moment the next album is going to continue on with the theme of the last album but will have even more melodic aspects, more keyboards and maybe even some female vocals.
Main influences on the music is pretty much everything from the mid 90’s Swedish Melodic Black Metal scene, although we all listen to different styles of music and that will come out a bit in the music.
We all have lots of different things that keep us busy outside of music, I really enjoy doing video, audio and graphic work so i keep myself busy doing all sorts of things there. Josh has recently been hiking up in the Cradle Mountain area and the photos he has shown look amazing. Joe is an artist and is always working on arts stuff. We all have many interests, Lopez works as a chef and Damon knows just about everything about music and movies.
Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks for the interview and thanks to all those who took time to read all this,We hope you guys are all enjoying the new release and look forward to much much more from Atra Vetosus in the coming years!