Alabama is not usually the place you think of as a creative region for black metal, but that's exactly where Blood Stained Dusk hail from. The band has been around since 1999, and though their career has been plagued by sporadic recordings and a recent tragedy (the loss of their guitarist/vocalist Dageth in a car accident) they have regrouped and released their ultimate statement, the epic Black Faith Inquisition on Moribund Records. Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo caught up with drummer Profana to talk about the new CD and the future of the band.
SoT: Alabama is not usually known as a hot bed for black metal-how did you guys get together and decide to tackle a style of metal that has its roots in such far away places like Norway and Sweden?
Profana: Yes you're correct it's not, but we see it as even more of a reason to play what we do, and to strike the opposition in any way we can. Our main influences are from Scandinavian countries, we feel it's pretty obvious where our musical direction is taken from.
SoT: Black Faith Inquisition was birthed back in 2005, but due to the tragic accident involving Dageth it was shelved for a few years. Can > you talk about the early stages of the album, the accident, what it did to the band, and the events leading up to finally deciding to go back to the studio to make it a reality?
Profana: Black Faith Inquisition was to be recorded in early March I believe in 2005, but due to the death of our war brother Dageth, the band came to a crashing halt, and it took us years to figure out on what to do.The accident was and still is a major tragedy for BSD. He is greatly missed!
We had plenty of people telling us that the music was too good to just let go and not do anything with it. In ways we felt the same as our friends and then decided that Dageth would have wanted this music to reach all shores.
We then set up studio time after months of learning on different instruments, which Thorgrin and Oroan took the responsibilities to change over from their main instruments, and we recorded a promo to send out to labels in hopes to get signed and really get the CD out there. We sent the promo packets to everyone and we had some very positive responses,but nothing went through untill the mighty Moribund had gotten back to me saying that they were interested in releasing BFI. Once again we took all the necessary steps for going back into the studio and then finished the album.
SoT: There's elements of raw, old school black metal as well as the more popular symphonic/atmospheric style that is so common these days-what are some of your favorite bands in the genre, and who does the band take inspiration from?
Profana: BSD has quite a few influences, ranging from a raw primitive style to Atmospheric Bm. We do however have a lot of classical influences, which a lot of BM musicians do have nowadays. Our main influences are Metal and Rock bands ranging from Judas priest to Limbonic Art. There are far too many bands to list here that have influenced us over the years, just use your imagination when listening to our music to know and judge for yourself.
SoT: Pest carries some serious pedigree, being a former member of legends Gorgoroth. How did you meet up with him, and how did he come to take part in the new CD?
Profana: Pest is a great friend of the band and has been since early 2000s- we met at a show in TN, where he and his family reside. He is a true legend and a true friend! When Dageth was alive Pest was going to be our guest on the CD anyways. This has been planned out for a while now. Pest wanted to do even more in honor and memory of his fallen brother so he did most all of the vocal duties on the album.
SoT: "Coven of the Dying Sun" and "Ashes from a Burning Heaven" are two examples of just how epic your sound can get-how do you balance both the aggressive guitar attack and the onslaught of keyboards for maximum effect and such a full sound?
Profana: Thanks for the comment on the songs it is grealy appreciated! Those are two of my personal favorites as well.Dageth had a gift for composing songs, he was a musical genious and really fit the pieces together on every instrument. Our songs are extremely dark and you can feel the intensity of everything from them in certain spots of the songs.
BSD has always had a (passionate) bone within its skeletal frame. All the instruments were meant to compliment each other, instead of just cramming whatever we could into the compositions.
SoT: Can you talk about the lyrical content behind some of the songs on Black Faith Inquisition?
Profana: He who is of wolf's blood shall enter our world,bringing forth a a portal(Astrum Obscurum) which is the dying sun, to rid this world of all life and we his coven shall be here to end all life alongside of him. Hails the Nephilim shall come!
SoT: The new CD almost seems like a final statement for the band-is that indeed the case, or are there plans to carry on beyond this?
Profana: BFI was to be the last CD, but after seeing how well the album has done so far throughout the Black Metal scene made us think of other possibilities. There are a few songs that didn't make it onto BFI due the the length of it and because of the deadline to get the CD out. We're talking about it currently and seeing what we can do to put out one more CD. This is completely up in the air at the moment, but once we figure out what to do we will make a statement telling everyone.
SoT: Are there any future plans to work with Pest?
Profana: If anything else is ever recorded for BSD ,yes he will do the vocals for us again. That's all I can say on this for now.
SoT: Are there any plans to do any major touring, here in the US or abroad, to promote this release?
Profana: BSD had an amazing tour with Finnish legends Horna in support for the album BFI! They are great people and a killer live band! Yes we plan on doing more tours, our next step hopefully will be Europe! I don't know we shall see what happens when it does.
SoT: What do you feel Blood Stained Dusk offers the listener that distinguishes you from other black metal acts?
Profana: BSD offers true darkness as many others do. We feel that our album offers true somber and deathfilled chaos within its walls. So much is put into the 72 mins of BFI!
Thanks for the interview and Horns to you!
SoT: Thank you Profana!
(Click here to read our review of Black Faith Inquisition)