Two weeks ago I reviewed this Finnish band’s debut album “Kohti Kotiani Kaaosta”, and then I had the pleasure and opportunity to talk to them about the album, their plans and a bit about their local scene. Here goes:
First things first, give me an introduction to your band.
Deathkin is a five member band formed in 2009. We have had our share of lineup changes in every other position than drums and one guitarist. The purpose of our existence is proclaiming the majestic trinity of chaos, death and immorality. So far we have released two EP’s (Deathkin & Purged by Impurity) and one full-length album (Kohti Kotiani Kaaosta) which was released in November 1st this year.
You have released an album this month, what is the feedback so far? Are the sales going as you expected?
Yes, we did release our debut album “Kohti Kotiani Kaaosta” few weeks ago. So far the feedback has been really good even on a global level so it seems that we managed to create an album which really is enjoyable to listen to. The sales have been surprisingly good comparing to the fact that we haven’t put any money on marketing and done only minor web promotion. That is another example of the fact that it really is a quality record. If someone wants to buy it, they better be quick.
It’s a bit early for this question, but, now that the album is out there, would you change anything in it?
There are a couple small things that didn’t make their way to the album which would’ve made the album even a little bit better than it is now. We are not talking about any major changes, just one guitar lead, one extended ending. Yet it may be possible that those changes would have ruined something. We will never know. Otherwise there simply isn’t anything to change since the album is pure diamond all the way.
Tell me of your lyrical themes.
“Kohti Kotiani Kaaosta” is a concept album. It preaches about an eternal crusade beyond all boundaries. Of a Journey across aeons that is trodded on the bones of your predecessors in order to witness the faces of Chaos. Of reaching out and longing towards entropy, home of the universe from which we were spat out as a cosmic joke to suffer in a prison of flesh and blood in the wheel of life. Guided by the ardor of darkness and awakened by the serpents venom we will return home.
You decided to stick to Finnish for the lyrics. This may alienate some fans and add to the mystical feeling for others. What is your view on this?
Our first two releases were written in english. Since our guitarist already had some decent lyrical content in finnish it was something worth trying and it turned out really great. There is so much more in the lyrics now that they are written in finnish, it has gained some extra depth in the context. And what comes to the matter of how people globally response to hearing finnish lyrics and not understanding, we couldn’t care less since everything we do in Deathkin has nothing to do with pleasing anyone or making any compromises. And even though you didn’t understand finnish there is some words and names that are familiar to give a little perspective on what the lyrics are made of. And to be honest, you just can’t deny the fact that it gives a little extra on the mysticism.
Give me some insight on your artwork. You decided not to have your logo on the cover, which is a rather bold move. In retrospect, was it a good choice?
Leaving the logo out of the cover was a really quick and easy decision. Our friend Saila Leskinen did so spectacular job under the loose guidelines we gave here that we decided to give the artwork as much space as possible. There is a load of interesting stuff in the whole artwork itself (cover, booklet, etc) and it fits to the concept perfectly. So it is not just the music that is worth buying, it is great concept art as a whole.
Describe your creative routine. How do you form your tracks? What is some of your equipment/software you can’t live without?
The usual process begins with guitarists writing riffs on their own and bringing them to rehearsals to build full songs out of them. Sometimes the structure is almost ready when we start to create a song, sometimes it is just fragments that we pull together. So as you can see, we do a lot of arrangement stuff together. When we get to the point that the structure is satisfying we start to build the details and our vocalist begins working on the vocal arrangements. What comes to equipment, you couldn’t manage without quality instruments, for example good drums or good valve amps. At least they make things a bit more comfortable.
Moving on, what are your future plans?
We don’t really know what will happen in the future. Maybe some gigs and releasing Kohti Kotiani Kaaosta in vinyl. Hopefully our new album will gain us enough interest and give us enough visibility among black metal scene to have a possibility to tour in Europe and maybe give us a deal on a bigger international label. There hasn’t been any writing so far done regarding new material yet so can’t say anything reliable about possible upcoming album. Maybe it will continue in the vein of our debut album or maybe it will be something totally different. You really don’t know. Even the fact that is it going ever to happen.
You are an independent band, are there any difficulties in Finland for such an act? Tell me a bit more about the Finnish scene. Any notable bands we should research?
We have a relatively big metal scene here in Finland so popping up from the vast mediocre majority is really difficult and many good bands don’t get recognized. And it doesn’t make it any easier if you aren’t already in acquaintance with the small amount of the right people. Black metal isn’t as big thing in here as it used to be in the ‘90s which is probably a good thing as it almost got into a mainstream position in some areas of Finland but at the same time it means that it is quite hard to get your band to gig as there is still a great amount of independent bands trying to do the same thing. At the end it all comes back to knowing the right people which is a bit annoying when you don’t couldn’t bother knowing more people than few closest friends. Finland has quite a lot of at least “quite good”-category black metal. Quite well-known bands to get yourself familiar are for example Horna and The True Black Dawn but from the more underground you shouldn’t forget for example Oranssi Pazuzu and Dark Buddha Rising.
Any albums you listened to recently that you want to share with our readers?
Rome – The Hyperion Machine and Deathspell Omega – The Synarchy of Molten Bones are pretty close the best albums this year. Ravencult’s Force of Profanation deserves to be mentioned because it was very good!
Closing thoughts or anything else to add?
Buy the album, support black metal and especially your local scene and greetings to Greece!
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