Well we did a European tour right on top of the release of the album and we even managed to finish it, because some bands who started a tour a week later couldn’t finish their tours anymore due to the shutdown of countries to contain the corona virus. Now we are waiting for better times like everyone else.
2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
On this album we added a lot of additional layers in the music. Especially vocals and keyboards. This created an extra dimension and lifted the atmosphere. We are glad we did this experiment, because at first we discussed if we just keep it basic like we did on the World Ablaze album. The songs themselves were strong enough to do without this, but we had the time to try all these extras, so we did.
3.The band split up for a couple of years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
I just needed some time off for myself. I didn’t know if it would be a definite ending or a break, but if i would have called it a break then people would have kept on asking me about shows and stuff. This was something i wasn’t looking forward to at that time, so i decided to quit for real. Then after a couple of years i noticed i missed it and decided to come back.
4.The album title is 'Illuminati', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the Illuminati,Freemason's and other secret societies?
I just wanted to add something new to write about, so i looked into the Illuminati. Everybody has heard about this secret society and the mysteries surrounding it. I found out that they were basically fighting for freedom. Wanting to be able to read books that were forbidden at that time and to discuss things that weren’t allowed to discuss about. They infiltrated in certain organisations to blend in. I took this point of view and projected it upon religion.
5.Over the years you have also covered some satanic and demonology topics and made some references to grimoires and the writings of Aliester Crowley, can you tell us a little bit more about how you got interested in occultism and also how has your interest evolved over the years?
It’s just something that i like to read about and especially Aleister Crowley was a big influence. I don’t use this so much in my lyrics though. Mostly i use stories from the bible and turn them into my own earthly view of it and i use some sarcasm to do so.
6.You have also covered some war topics over the years, which past war has the most interest to you?
I’m interested in history generally. I used to visit Ypres a lot in the past, because one of our guitarists used to live there. I got fascinated by seeing all these people from the UK going there every weekend to visit the graves of their relatives who died there during WWI. Then i visited the war memorial sites, museum and so on and decided to write a concept album about it. It was received so well that we ended up doing two more.
7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The artwork is done by Michal Xaay Loranc who also did artwork for Nile. He created some really beautiful artwork for us. The cover shows a vortex of souls and fits very well to our music and lyrics on this album.
8.Do you have any touring or show plans for 2020?
We did, but not anymore. Now we have to wait patiently for 2021 to be able to back out on the road again. We have more European tours in the works and also South America and Canada at the moment.
9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black and death metal?
The response on the new album is overwhelmingly positive. Many people regard this as one of the best albums in a long time. We also played 4 songs of the new album on tour and although the album was just out since a week, the songs were appreciated a lot by the audience.
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?
Most of those bands are just things on the side and i don’t know that much about it to be honest.
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
That’s too early to tell right now.
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?
Can’t say which bands as we try to not get influenced by other bands so much when we are writing new songs, but having loads of melodies in our songs is very important to us. So for me my love for Iron Maiden songs will probably show a little in our music.
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Hope we can go back to normal sooner than later, so we can go back on the road and play!