The Soundtrack To Your Funeral – A Interview With P.V From Black Oath   Leave a comment

Here is a new interview that Aleks did with Italian Occult Doom specialists Black Oath, this is a most interesting and lets say ‘unique interview.’ The interview is with bassist P.V……

 Q: Hello, my unknown friend! Man, look – all members of Black Oath have only pseudonyms and your real names are unknown for listeners, what’s thats about?  Do the police look for you due to desecrations which you committed onto cemeteries of Milan?

-Hell-o.. we haven’t any problem with the police, simply we have chosen the pseudonyms, because we think the interest of the listeners is for our music not for our real names.. but I cannot assure you that in the future we will desecrate a cemetery playing with our music.

Q: By the way, are there any picturesque graveyards nearby your city? The city is pretty old so I think you have a lot places for a dark inspiration!

-Well.. we live in a macabre country. Italy is full of cemeteries, catacombs and other dark inspiring places, so all of these things help us to create the right atmosphere for the composition.

Q: Let me ask you just one question about the band’s name: would you really sign Black Oath with some occult powers? Rare that one would name a band with an meaningless name, so I would like to know what did you put in these words.

-We get inspired by the “DON’T BREAK THE OATH” album! A classic in dark heavy metal genre!! Of course our way to live and our deepest feelings are guided by dark side of life.. BLACK OATH MEANS DARKNESS in its purest way! Those who walk with us beware… They will burn in hell for this!

Q: Man, it’s not very good advertising from my point of view… Do you really believe that Black Oath is tied so well with hell and other stuff? As a man who deal with occultism (at least so it seems) you might know that each word has a power don’t you fear to spread such words so easily?

-WHY SHOULD WE BE AFRAID OF IT? WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AND IF YOU TAKE FEW MINUTES AND READ WITH ATTENTION OUR LYRICS YOU’LL NOTICE THAT WE DON’T TAKE THESE ARGUMENTS SO EASILY..WE ARE NOT HERE TO WORSHIP OR DENY SOME STUPID ENTITY..

Q: Your new CD is named “The 3rd Aeon”, it’s a riddle for me – what kind of aeon do you mean with that title?

-It has a lot of meanings… But above all it is a dedication to Crowley and his THELEMA’s aeon! The eye of Horus is opened now!.. 3 are the members of the band, 3 our releases and 3 as magick number.. .All of this is the 3rd aeon! A monument of pure occult doom Magick!

Q: What do you mean by telling about death as liberation in the song with the same name? Death is a most popular topic in doom-songs but as I think death is a main conceptual theme for you, what is your opinion of “afterlife”? Nihilistic darkness and oblivion or something more?

-Death is the natural consequences after this nightmare that human beings call “life”. A lot of people are scared about that, not us. Death is the liberation from our material “corpse”, is the beginning of a new dimension, a new spiritual life far away from the pain. The body will be dust, but the soul is forever!

Q: So let us resume: death is liberation from the mortal cell and a way to new spiritual life or is it just a way to run away from life’s suffering? Well, Buddha said that “life is suffering”, you ok with that!

-Death IS the liberation from the suffering of life… The natural evolution of every spirit, destined to join the ONE…

Q: There’s a song “Growth of Star Within” onto you new album and there is the words: “I am the chosen star of men I saw the beast.. Arising! Arising! A different sun still burns in me”. The lyric is quite dark and it’s close to another popular doom-topic – occultism, is it just a theme for songs or does it take a really lot of place in your lives?

-Good you ask us about this! Finally someone interested in lyrics… Growth of a star means the born of a new aeon… the best 666 (the chosen star of men) has risen under the magick revelation of Aiwass… As you can see Crowley is a great font of inspiration… Not as Satanist (he wasn’t) but as occultist and magician! We follow the way of the warrior… We fell the growth of a star within…

Q: Oh, but “number of the beast” is subject of New Testament and the story ends with Golden Age of God and imprisonment of the Beast. Don’t you think that there’s no logic – to defy Christian teaching and base a conception of some philosophical schemes onto it’s very sacred texts?

-…666 WAS CROWLEY’S “NAME” AND HE USED TO SIGN ALL HIS LETTERS WITH THIS NUMBER… THE BEAST YOU MENTIONED IS JUST THE THE DEVIL FROM THE BIBLE… WE ARE HERE TO EXALT THE AGE OF HORUS AND “THE BEAST” WE TALK ABOUT WAS HIS MAJOR EXPONENT… THE PROPHET OF THELEMA…

Q: And again you used popular “Do what thou wilt” motto in the song “Horcell The Temple”. Man, this phrase is a best excuse for everything that people of a weak will can do! A man can waste it’s energies and life motivating himself with these words, and look – most do it!

-…THIS IS THE MOST DANGEROUS AND OUTRAGEOUS MOTTO UPON HUMANITY… PEOPLE WHICH DON’T TAKE IT SERIOULSLY WILL COMMIT TERRIBLE ACTS AGAINST THEMSELVES AND THE OTHER… BUT ONLY THE FEW WITH INTENTION TO FIND THE REAL WILL CAN BE ON THE RIGHT WAY… AS YOU CAN SEE WE DON’T MIX THIS MOTTO WITH SATANIC PHRASES… WE TRY TO EXPLAIN (EVEN IF A SHORT AND SIMPLE LYRIC) WHAT CROWLEY WAS LOOKING AND HOPING FOR… WE KNOW TOO MANY BANDS SAY ”DWTW” AND PUT IT INTO SATANIC LYRICS JUST TO LOOK MORE EVIL AND OCCULT ORIENTED…

Q: Listening to “The 3rd Aeon” I always think of how good the album was recorded and produced… How long did you record this stuff or did you just signed a pact with devil under full moon amidst ancient cemetery and got brand new CD with ready art-work?

-Thanks for your words!  “The 3rd Aeon” has been recorded and celebrated in different sessions and places, from September to November 2010, without any pressure, because we’ve decided to use the studios only when WE want, because we NEED the right feelings for each song.

Q: Who influenced onto your manner of playing? Did you ever have a bass-hero?

-You can hear a lot of influences and different kind of music, from SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES  to horror rock (ALICE COOPER, COVEN..) and progressive rock. Then  from heavy metal (N.W.O.B.H.M.) to death black and doom sound (DARKTHRONE, ASPHYX, CANDLEMASS, CELTIC FROST..) and of CURSE the most important inspiration came out from  cursed acts like ZESS, DEATH SS, GOBLIN, BLACK HOLE, ANTONIUS REX, JACULA and more..

Q: I’ve read your last interview and you said there that you inspire from “magick that surrounds us”, but do you mean only the dark side of it? Though I must admit that band’s public image is too somber (as a lyrics is) but your music is enough sonorous, melodic and vocal-lines are very harmonious too.

-You can find only dark magick here and the image we use  reflects what we feel we  are, portrait of the dead! ..All the inspiration we get from it gives birth to our music and “vocals melodies” are just like a cursed angel singing for your funeral! This is a good way to corrupt souls…

Q: Do you think that humankind really needs few more ways to have a chance to corrupt their souls? We have a lot of shit to really stain ourselves…

-There are a lot of ways to corrupt souls and music is one of these… MUSIC AS ESOTERIC INSTRUMENT, AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE SINCE ITS VERY BEGINNING…  OF CURSE MONEY, SEX ETC ARE OTHER WAY TO CORRUPT… BUT ONLY BODIES AND FLESH… WITH OUR SONGS WE WANT TO KEEP SOUL’S ATTENTION… BUT WE KNOW NOT ALL ARE GOOD “LISTENERS” …

Q: By the way, man, for example don’t you care about harsh social problems which Italy has got for last months? Illegal migration, corruption in government and etc.?

-WE REALLY DON’T CARE ABOUT IT, EVEN IF WE MUST confess that italian government IS the WORST, a heap of incapable mummies. They’ve succeeded in destroying all of the  beautiful things we have in our country… ABOUT immigration, THIS problem IS GROWING DAY BY DAY… THINGS WILL BE MORE BAD IN THE NEAR FUTURE… BUT WE ARE NOT HERE TO PUT ORDER… BLACK OATH IS NOT A POLITICAL BAND WITH NICE INTENTION…

Q: Man, you live in Italy, you have Vatican quite near – do you feel a pressure of official religion in your common life? I’ve seen news about possible canonization of previous Pope, how do you think what is a real reason for such a act? It looks strange and I just do not understand…

-Talking about Vatican, we think of it just as a little country inside Italy, nothing more. We don’t follow their senseless religion and we don’t feel any pressure from this. It doesn’t matter what we think about the canonization of previous Pope, probably they don’t know how they can waste their time!

Q: Your closest neighbors in doom-scene is grandiose Abysmal Grief, did you play with them at gigs? I sure that split-album with them would be a very good present for listeners of both bands!

-Abysmal Grief is a great band! Unholy support! We have made our first concert with them the 31 October of 2010, and surely on October the 1st we will celebrate another funeral with them, Mortuary Drape and Necros Cristos near Pavia..

Q: I saw your video “Obsessed by Moonlight”, and I remember that Abysmal Grief has only one video too (till they got official video “Crypt of Horror” in December of 2010)

-Yes that song is taken from our debut MCD “Black Oath” out for Subject to Suffering (U.S.A), and the images are from the cult movie “The Wolfman” with Lon Chaney Jr.

Q: Yes, well… It was really my last question. Thank you for this interview too, hope that you’ve stained not your karma too much!

-Our karma is far away to burn…WE have corrupted it in all the way… AND SO YOU WILL DO LISTENING WITH DEVOTION OUR MUSIC… Our deepest condolences to you and all the readers…Thanks for the interview, for this the curse is upon you! …you are about to sign the Black Oath..
Interview By Aleks Evdokimov

Black Oath @ Myspace

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Posted June 6, 2011 by doommantia in Black Oath

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