Monday, January 21, 2019

Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

We had some live shows in Seoul, and now we prepare for upcoming live show in 2019.

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

We tried to concentrate on DARK MIRROR’s essence on this album. It means we endeavored to find the originality ov DARK MIRROR. I think you can be assured our pure essence from the 1st album. Like the 1st album, we tried to reduce the unnecessary things on process ov songwriting and playing.

3.This is your first release since 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

We had some tours in Asia, and started making the new album in 2016. We needed time to arrange the songs and orchestrations.

4.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit bit about the story you portray with this album?

[The Lord Ov Shadows] is the story of a person who becomes the Lord Ov Shadows. Shadows represent the dark side of the inner self. When I wrote the lyrics, I wanted to tell you that  we must face with our inner selves. I just wanted to say “Do not blame the others, Fight with the fear. Do not avoid. Everything is in your mind. Then you can be the Lord Ov Shadows.”.

5.I know that the band was named after Nostradamus's mirror, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work?

It is said when Nostradamus saw the future through the mirror, it was kind ov dark mirror, he saw the tragedy ov human being. I think the tragedy is important part ov human being. People want to hide the tragedy and don’t want to face it. But the tragedy  makes human stronger. If you can find the peace in sustained tragedy, you can hear the voice from the deepest space ov your soul, then it makes you think about the reason why you live.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

It is easy. It is The Lord OV Shadows him self who rules the world inside the dark mirror

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

I remember the very first time when we played the full version ov [The Lord Ov Shadows]. It was ASIAN BLACK METAL TOUR 2018 in Japan. Not a big live hall, just a small metal club. But I think the audience, they faced The Lord Ov Shadows in their mind when we played on stage. It is the one ov the most impressive shows that we played.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

We really want to go to Europe, but there is no chance yet. In April we will go to China for the tour. Right now we are talking about some other tours, but not fixed yet.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of symphonic black metal?

It is greater than I thought. People say the new album is one ov the greatest albums in history ov symphonic black metal. We released the music video few weeks ago, many fans love the video.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

In Korea, there are only few metal musicians and metalheads. So we have to do a lot ov things like playing in 2 or 3 bands. Still, that’s the reason why Korean metal scene is still alive. For example, I play in 2 bands. One is Thrash/Metalcore band cal

led “METAMORPHOSIS” with Gash, another is Depressive/Post black metal band called “Madmans Esprit” with Confyverse. In 2018, Whole members concentrated on ]The Lord Ov Shadows], maybe this year, some members who play in other bands can lead the bands.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Good question. I’m not gonna show you the future ov DARK MIRROR. I want the audience to imagine and expect the next album without spoiling.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

About orchestrations, DIMMU BORGIR has an influence on DARK MIRROR’s sound. Not directly but CARACH ANGREN also has an influence on musical approach. Also DEVIL DOLL has a great influence.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I’m open-minded to other music. But I don’t listen to Korean ballad/soul-pop music.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

It was good interview. I hope you meet The Lord Ov Shadows someday.


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