Bands Lexicon

Sorgnatt (RO)

Releases:
“Solitude Before Suicide (Demo ’05)”
“Stillness (Demo 2010)”
“One Path To Follow 7” vinyl +DVD (EP 2013)”
“Stillness (Full-length Tape 2013)”
“Follow Solitude” (Comp. 2014 Digital)
“Up The Mountain Shadow” (Single 2018 Digital)
“I Failed At Life” (Cass. Demo 2018)

Official Page: sorgnatt.bandcamp.com

Band(s) Alike / Related: Kistvaen (RO)

Origins & Connections: comes from Romania

Activity Periods & Styles: since 2005 plays depressive, suicidal and ambient black metal, probably the first band in Romania to play this style.

Best Musical Skills: atmosphere

Short Bio & Review: Sorgnatt is a music project from Sibiu, released a demo and an online for free streaming EP (no vocals). The theme around the music is misanthropy and also has some traditional folk influences.

Additional Info: the project members are or were also involved in other projects.

Ancient Beliefs Band Rating: 9/10

Music Sample:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qQNPQJFbfw

Interviews

Interview: Gloria Morti

Gloria Morti – Ephemeral Life Span CD was a great discovery back in 2003!

Finland has a lot of young bands waiting to be discovered and many of them are ready to release very interesting material in near future. The extreme metal underground is in good hands here. About the glorification of death speaks Gloria Morti itself. The Finnish band released a very promising promo. Observe here the Extreme word, more general term instead of Black. Black Metal tends to evolve in many forms. Nowadays it is hard somehow to draw a border of styles. And maybe it is not necessary, we like the music or not, that\’s all. Gloria Morti points that out.

Hi GM, at last I do it. What is doing GM at the moment?

Algos: We are writing new material and rehearsing for future shows. Nothing much…

What was the feeling that gave birth to Gloria Morti?

Catharsis: Boredom… No seriously. It’s been over four years since we started this band and I can\’t really recall just what the hell were we thinking back then. I guess it was the same desire that we have today. The desire to create something very dear to us and have fun in the process. Algos: I would say friendship and interest to music. It was cool to hang out with friends and play Heavy Metal.

How would you describe your music? What is all about? Is Death your main ideology?

Catharsis: We prefer to call our music melodic extreme-metal. It\’s somewhat hard to label us into one specific genre, because we kind of manage to fall somewhere in between. Our music could be described as a mixture of death and trash metal combined with melancholic atmosphere and dark ambience. As for Death being our main ideology, we really don\’t have any ideologies involved in our music. Our lyrics deal with sadness and other forms of spiritual suffering and these emotions are often associated Death or loss of something precious, so Death is very closely related to our lyrics. This is also one of the reasons we picked Gloria Morti as our name.

Havoc: Yup, Cat has a point here. Anyone who knows his (or her\’s) black metal from the rest, can tell that Gloria Morti has very little to do with black metal. BM is more of an ideology than just a genre of music.Our band does not represent the black metal ideology, so we tend to avoid calling our music black metal. I’d call it thrash metal with keyboards, hah.

To compose a certain style of music one must be in a mood, must have an inspiration. Do you try to dig inside and to find the really dark force that inspires? What inspires you?

Algos: My main source of inspiration is my love for playing guitar. I don\’t have to walk in cemetery at night to write music. The music I write is just something that comes out of me. It\’s that simple.

I was impressed by your Promo 2003, modern black metal at its best, could you give me some details about it? How the press received it?

Havoc: We recorded it in three days at Sundi Coop Studios in Savonlinna, Finland with kind assistance from engineer Tuomo Valtonen. He has worked with most of the important metal bands in Finland and he is one of the best guys in the business. We are very pleased with the result. The press have received it as we expected. Some like it, some hate it. Isn\’t it the same way with every band?

An artist is an arist. Material advantage is excluded. Evil wana be posseurs are everywhere. What do you think about this? Did you have this in mind?

Catharsis: I don\’t really care. I mean, some might say that we are posers as we are often refered to bands like Dimmu Borgir, but then again, we don\’t claim to be evil, we don\’t claim to be black metal. We stay true to ourselves and ONLY to ourselves, not to some scene or ideology. So if someone thinks we\’re posers, it\’s really not my problem. And about the wannabes, If someone really thinks that standing on a pile of snow in a dark forest with their faces painted and inverted crosses hanging around their necks is even remotely evil, then I have a news-flash: It\’s not! But I shouldn\’t criticize what other people are doing, no one is criticizing our work.

Havoc: As far as I\’m concerned, I will just stay true to myself and do things the way I see fit. The rest can just fuck off, you know. I just really couldn\’t care less what other people have to say. You can\’t always please everyone, but that\’s part of the business. And usually these people who always complain about something should take a look in the mirror. This is not the early 90\’s anymore, you know. Things progress.

So, what bands is most valuable for you?

Catharsis: I listen to countless of extreme metal bands, but Nile, The Berzerker, Dark Funeral and Anaal Nathrakh are the most important ones for me. I owe a lot to their music.

Algos: Mayhem, Dissection and Emperor are the most important bands to me.

Havoc: There are so many. Iron Maiden is maybe the most important for me. Morbid Angel, Slayer, My Dying Bride, various thrash and death metal bands, both old and new. I\’m also a big fan of the swedish melodic death metal scene. Dark Tranquillity, Opeth, At The Gates, In Flames, Hypocrisy and so on. I don\’t listen to black metal at all. I prefer my music more…i don\’t know…real?

The Hecate Enthrones\’s like screaming vocals pleased me. They fit very well giving the listener a stormy feeling, grandiose. Hecate Enthroned influenced you?

Algos: We all like the band and it has influenced us especially at the beginning of our bands career.

When do you expect a full album? Did you find a label? Do you expect a contract soon?

Havoc: Very difficult to say, actually. We recieved some offers from different labels, but decided not to sign a deal with any of them. we\’ll continue to promote ourselves and see what happens. But the general feedback has been positive.

Catharsis: We have been talking about going into a studio to record a mini-album in the near future. But I will say no more, as nothing is confirmed yet. I suggest that people who are interested keep checking our website (http://gloriamorti.cjb.net) every now and then for more info.

How do you see the Finnish scene in particular and the whole black metal scene in general?

Algos: I like the finnish metal scene. We have good death and black metal bands (Deepred, Thyrane, Funeris Nocturnum to name a few) and lots of extremely talented musicians here (Alexi Laiho and Roope Latvala for example). I don\’t think that the black metal scene really exists any more. There are only a few Black Metal bands that have been from the beginning of the black metal era and I think its good that the scene goes forward. No one can bring back the early years of the scene and no one has to. It\’s nice that good musicians don\’t waste their time in prison.

What do you know about Romania? Do you consider coming and visiting Transilvania some day?

Havoc: Well, I think everybody is familiar with the stories of Dracula and Vlad The Impaler. But I hear it is a beautiful country and visiting Romania would surely be interesting.

Thanks for the interview. Keep on with the good work and storms of inspiration. Transilvanian hails!

Havoc: Thanks for your support and stay metal!

Interviews

Interview: May Result

May Result – “Svetogrdje/Blasphemy” (a great CD release, with an Ancient Beliefs done videoclip on it).

Musically speaking “May Result” always had a great dark atmosphere – made by keyboards and violin – embedded in their raw black metal music, a very touch of some kind of dark romanticism, pagan and mystic feeling.

By this interview we will find out some about keyboardist Milan, what ideologically relies behind the music and what’s new by the band and by their latest dark revelation “Svetogrdje” (Blasphemy) album which is finally out.

It’s always a pleasure to talk with artists so dedicated to their works so I am thankful that Milan have taken it\’s time to answer my interview so detailed and promptly.

Hi Milan,
How are the things going with you? How are the living times in Serbia today?
– Slava brother! Well thanks for asking it and I\’m quite fine at the moment after all these celebrations around the New Year etc, you know my stomach still suffer!!! he he … We prepare some live shows so it\’s always a lot of job to do around it. In Serbia, well it\’s a bit chaotic as we\’re in starting process to get this destroyed and ruined country to so necessary shit-hole called EU and as far as I can see, it\’s very painful with a lot of problems around our heads. But the problem is that usually poor people only feel it on their skin, as always… I hope that you understand me…

Is EU integration really a “panacea” for developing countries by cultural and economical problems? To culturally unify is to flat, to integrate one with each other is difficult if not impossible. Do you think are any benefits by cultural spectrum regarding the EU integration?
– Well, at the beginning I was really against this EU story etc but nowadays when I watch all this, I simply don’t fucking care. I mean, what the hell I can do? My opinion, my life really can’t change anything around this so…I simply want to live my life as much as it’s possible separate from all these pseudo democratic rules and that’s it. Truly, empty and totally uninteresting topic to me…

Let’s move towards the music part, so, first of all please make some enlightenment regarding May Result as band name and as ideology behind it. What “May Result” is by means of this?
– May Result is our battle, our war against everything around us, everything that try to harm and ruin our points of view in this life. Simply, it\’s daily open front against everything that not fit into our world, world of real and true dark emotions!

All right, the Serbian cult of the Raven seems to be the primary symbol of the band. What\’s its main origin and place in the Serbian culture?
– Yes, this cult was very strong here in the past but unfortunately nowadays it\’s almost totally forgotten as Christian occupation of course destroy all ancient beliefs . Cult of the Raven is deeply connected to the cult of death as people take them as a messengers of death and bad things at all. The cult was build in their fear from death so the Raven was respected as an obscure enemy which will take you from this life, if it\’s time for this. We try to save it in our way and mighty Raven will stay with us until the end, that\’s for sure!

\”Tmina\” album is a great piece of darkness with highly dedication to the ancient Serbian dark cults and beliefs. Is the \”Svetogrdje\” album following the same path?
What is really the main \”Sacrilege\” on this release?
– Thanx for your words about \”Tmina\”. Yes, this album still stay as very important moment in history of the band as it opened a lot of gates to us since it was recorded and released back in 2001.\”Svetogrdje\” is, of course, logical continuation of this album but again, it brings its own power and energy that will lead us in the future. I use to say that it will be our leader as we create it, and now we need to follow and support this creation. What is sacrilege? Each single moment of the album is nothing but pure blasphemy!

How was the recording on \”Svetogrdje\”, where did you record it and when? Do you have guests? I\’d like to know if the composing and recording process was as you expected it and finally if you are satisfied with the final result.
– As four times until now, since 1996 we record it in mighty \”Kazablanka\” studio where the bands create unique and well-known sound. Recording process was enjoyable as always as we\’re in very good relationship with the boss of \”Kazablanka\” , and I think that it\’s very important for good atmosphere during recording process. No, this time we didn\’t bring any guests as the story of this album was very closed and private so we simply wanted to create it by our own. There was plan to bring mighty Big Boss from cult Czech band Root, we even arrange everything with him but then there were some problems and we give up from this.

You ended with CCP records. How was the collaboration with them? Please tell me about Rock Express Records the label that released \”U Slavu Rogova Nasih\”[review here] and now \”Svetogrdje\” [review here] ? What about promotion, are you satisfied? I hope you\’ll get a good one as your music deserves.
– Huh man, I spoke so many times about this CCP topic and I\’m very tired of all this so plain and simple, they were good first step for the band, they were not interested to cooperate in stronger way so we simply leave them. As for \”Rock Express\”, the story is at the beginning as \”Svetogrdje\” has just been release, so we will see. Until now everything was very good and professional from their side, far, far better then with CCP. Yes, I really hope that they can follow power of the album and promote it well… it\’s about the time to see…

The release is limited to 500 double CDs which includes some special items. Can you tell me how you come to a decision to have a double CD release and a regular one too? What the CDs contain exactly?
– No, there are 666 limited copies of this DCD and also there is regular release of the album without any bonus. Heh, truly you\’re the one who make it possible as we really wanted to enclose your good work you done on the video clip. Before the recording process we decide to put it on the album as special bonus but then after we saw that there is no any free space for it as the album last long 72 minutes. Branko, the boss of the label decided to print this special limited edition so we create this multimedia CD with the clip, live show, wallpapers, screensavers etc… I\’m very satisfied how it looks like.

How are the things going with \”Awaken\” zine and distro?
And how are the things going with the \”The Stone\” band? There are any other side-projects?
– \”Awaken\” is always active, in one way or another. Unfortunately, I don\’t have almost any free time to create the next issue of the \’zine but distribution works properly and I always try to offer good and unique tapes as \”Awaken\” deal with MC format only. But the most important \”work\” of \”Awaken\” in the last two years was booking of the foreign bands and bring them here so until now we\’ve organized tons and tons of killer live shows as: Desaster, Root, Horna, Krieg, Benediction, Gorgoroth and tons of the others… soon we will organize Carpathian Forest, Desaster again then Marduk etc, etc… It\’s to shame that Romanian fans need visas for Serbia and they can\’t come to see all this as they always ask me for the shows. The Stone just released 7\”EP for Czech cult label \”Eclipse Production\” and of course the band is very proud on it. Also, we will continue with our label \”Solistitium Rec.\” and the next album will be released for them, too. Yes there are some side projects but I don\’t want to speak about it here as nothing is sure, yet…

Any plans for future you can tell right now? Maybe some concerts will follow nearby? I personally enjoyed the old way of black metal show you promote by live performances (flaming, corpse-paint).
– Of course, there are tons of future plans as we really want to promote this new album as much as it’s possible and live shows is what we strongly expect! There are some plans for mini tour but we will see… if there is anyone interested to organize the show in Romania, we will be there as always when we play in your land, it was great. I really saw that we have some really dedicated fans there, Slava to them!
Thanks for interview, keep on raw and hopefully we will see you on stages in Romania again!
– Yes, I hope that, too! Be sure that we will keep it raw and straight in face!!! Thanks a lot for this help and for all you done for the band. It\’s so damn good feeling when I find such a true and dedicated persons as you definitely are! Hope to meet you in the future brother. Respect also to my true brother Titus, from “Dark Distro”! Metal must be strong, raw and obscure, keep it that way! SLAVA!