MIND AFFLICTION (for Queens of Steel)

1. Hello, thanks for answering to our questions. What are you guys currently up to?
Hi, we’ve just released our first album through Metal Scrap Records and we’re looking forward to see its reviews. Meanwhile, we’re working on new material and preparing for upcoming gigs. We’re thrilled by the opportunity to share stage with Hate, Ragnarok, Solefald, Massemord and many others this year.

2. First off, could you make some history of the band?
The idea of the band came up in 2009, but for a long time we couldn’t find a suitable second guitar player, but we finally did that in 2010. Back then we didn’t have any rehearsal room though, so we had only a few rehearsals until September 2011, when we finally rented one on our own. In two months we prepared for our first gig. In less than half a year we played 15 gigs, even supporting the Polish black metal legend Christ Agony. In the summer of 2012 we recorded our first album under the watchful eye of Dominik Burzym at Studio 67. We also played with Arkona and Besatt during 2012. And that brings us to this point, when our debut album is going to be released.

3. How could you describe your sound?
We all listen to very different genres of music – and by that I don’t mean only types of metal. Specifically it’s a mix of black metal with death metal, with strong progressive influences. You can even find post-metal or doom metal elements in our music, which we think only makes it more unique.

4. What are the band’s main musical influences?
It’s really hard to say. We would go with such music as avant-garde black metal or progressive death especially with bands such as Arcturus, Death, Dodheimsgard, Opeth, Solefald or Virus.

5. How is the feedback for your new album being?
Much better than we expected. We weren’t sure if our music was catchy enough for people to get into it quickly, without getting accustomed to our specific style beforehand. But there already are a few reviews with 8-9/10 stars, so it’s really great. Also people are asking and making pre-orders already. We hope many of them will reach and enjoy our music.

6. And are your personally satisfied with the final outcome?
Yes, we’re extremely satisfied. We definitely will go back to the same studio in the future. Dominik Burzym did outstanding work for us recording, mixing and mastering the whole material.

7. How could you describe this opus in just 3 words?
Madness, Schizophrenia, Tranquility.

8. How has the production process for your new release been?
It was quite fast. We recorded the album within 2-3 weeks. The order of recording was typical: first drums, then guitars, bass and at the end vocals. We waited not much more than 1 week for the master recording.

9. And how do you use to work on the songwriting?
We always do it the same way. First Dariusz creates guitar riffs and hands them to the other members of the band. Then Dawid prepares the drums and Krzysztof does the bass line. When it’s finished we try it during the rehearsals. At some point in between we add lyrics and that’s pretty much it.

10. Finally, what are you near-future plans?
We’re playing next month with the Polish death metal titans – Hate – and then we’re going to perform at Sadistic Festival with Ragnarok (Norway). We’re also planning a small tour around Poland in April 2013.

11. That’s all from our side, thanks again for taking your time to answer our questions. If you now want to add some final words; feel free to do it.
Check out our facebook/reverbnation profiles for news and of course our debut album “Pathetic Humanity”. Stay Afflicted!

 

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