VADIKAN (for Doomed To Darkness Zine)

Interview was prepared by OccultBlackMetal

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
We have started building up new material bit by bit.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album?
What we got is a completely incomprehensible mixture. I can't or wouldn't describe our music by myself. Let's leave that for critics to do.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?
Roman Kiskin: Meditations of things eternal - the reason of life. Love. Senility. Death.
Wetri: The theme of love, of course, will never grow old or uninteresting, and where there is love there is also grieving, separation and loneliness, they walk through one's life side by side. Each our new wound destroys us so that we could be reborn, like a phoenix. Therefore, the lyrical theme that goes throughout the melodies of this album is the melody of life.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
I think I must have heard this word in the titles of some soap opera some decade ago. I thought that this mix of two words — Vadik, which is short for my name Vadim, and Vatican, was fun.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
We haven't played a live gig. This is a studio project.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
We don't have such plans, but it really depends on the demand.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your new album by fans of gothic metal?
This is our debut album that is out since January. It is too early to say.

8. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
Vadim Pashutin: Occasionally I do mixing and producing for other bands; at this point that is Gross Grolland.
Ilya Philipyev: A blues - rock band.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Some of the new songs will be considerably heavier than those in our debut. We may add male vocals. It is also likely that we will continue the tradition to cooperate with session musicians.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Vadim Pashutin: Paradise lost, Entwine, Arch Enemy, Overkill, Cranberries, Megadeth…
Julia Tikhomirova: I got acquainted with heavy music like 10 years ago through the Ultra radio station, when it was still using the FM range. To this day I'm faithful to this format.
Ilya Philipyev: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kellie Rucker, Joe Bonomassa, Seasick Steve, Kenny Neal, Zz Top, Glen Hughes, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Morbid Angel, Pantera, Napalm Death, Slayer, Atheist, Sadist, Carcass, Dying Fetus, Decapitated, Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Vadim Pashutin: Video games, motobike, tourism.
Julia Tikhomirova: It may range from a quiet homely pastime with my hand-made little things to a noisy night with a large company of friends in some kind of a bar, and walking trips
Ilya Philipyev: Outside the music I'm a bicycle guy.



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