SYMPHONY OF SYMBOLS (for Variety Of Death Zine)

Interview was prepared by OccultBlackMetal /VarietyOfDeathZine/

1.Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
Hail to all readers! This is Sandor here vocalist of the band. The band was founded in 1997 by the drummer Istv?n Forr? and guitarist S?ndor Szalkai. We went through lots of lineup changes, members joined and members left the band continuously. Fortunately the band has been working in a stable lineup since last spring. So nothing can stop us now. (

2.How would you describe your musical  sound?
Symphony Of Symbols plays death metal with dark atmosphere and this style is spiced with some progressive elements and some ideas and resolutions of black metal. Long song structures, complex songs define what this band is all about.

3.According to the metal archives page the band has been around since the 90's  and there is only a demo and the new full length listed, what was the delay behind getting an album out in these years?
As you may know we don’t do this band for living so we must spend all of our days in a work place. Beside these work places and our families we have almost nothing time to take care about our music. As time passed, we worked in little steps on the new songs and we didn’t want to release an album just to have an album released. We wanted to make our first internationally released album as professionally as we could. No one rushes us. We have time. ( And of course, as it was mentioned few lines before lots of member changes followed our way.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We always write lyrics about things which are interesting for us. “Stupefying Beliefs” is a concept album tells one long story about a community which is led by some religious leaders. Recommended to read the lyrics in the booklet. ( Our next album will tell stories from the past about the nations and ancestors of the forgotten history.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
“Symphony” tries to describe method how we write our songs. The way as the symphonic music flows but on guitars and drums only. We don’t use real symphonic elements in our music. This part of the name tries to symbolize the feeling of our music and the structures of our music. “Symbols” is about the lyrical topics of the band. We always try to write about things which are forgotten or they lie about them and we try to write about things behind these facts. The booklet of the Cd is worth to check. (

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
Since this lineup is just one year old unfortunately we have not much gigs together. But that few we had were totally awesome. In the future we will try to do our best to make more gigs. As for our stage performance: we just play our songs, using only the energy comes from us.

7.Do you have any touring plans for the future?
Nothing is planned so far.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
Before the co-operation with Metal Scrap Records we had no chance to show our band to the death metal fans of this Earth. But we hope that it will be soon changing. (

9.Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line-up?
This band is not a project. This is a full time band. Beside this band I’m the vocalist of the brutal death metal band Gutted and the death/grind band Limb for a Limb.

10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
We have only one new song ready and this song shows the same structures and same style as it is on our album. No major musical changes can be expected from us in the near future.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Tons of old school death/black albums inspired and influenced us. To name a few: Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Bolt Thrower, Suffocation, Emperor etc…The newest album what I listened to lately is from Cattle Decapitation’s Monolith Of Inhumanity. I think that album is a fucking masterpiece of the extreme metal scene.

12.Does Occultism play any role in the music?
Not at all.

13.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Our hobbies mostly our families. We love to spend all of our free times with them.

14.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks for the interview and for the opportunity! Have luck with your webzine! Hope we’ll soon show how good this band to the audience of Europe! Greetings from Hungary!



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