Liber Null is The Netherlands / Italy black metal band, with really deep killer atmosphere! Debut album “I, The Serpent” was released on November 25th via Osmose prods!
Hi! Tell me about Liber Null. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
PSAALM: The concept behind Liber Null is about exploring the darkest dimensions of the inner self. Breaking the bonds of dogmas, deconstructing and reforming both religious and esoteric thought to find the essence of the I. Thus the title of our first album; regarding the monicker, if you have ever got to know Peter Carroll’s works you’ll understand our choice, after what I’ve just told you.
ADES: We embrace the concept that nothing is real and everything is permitted, nothing is sacred and everything is allowed. Truly a freeing tenet which was already mine long before discovering the book. Delving into chaos was therefore never a search but more a homecoming.
“I, The Serpent” album will be released on November 25th. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
PSAALM: We are glad that a world famous label as Osmose Productions, that so much gave and is giving to the extreme metal scene, decided to collaborate with us to make this album reality. I have already worked with this label with Frostmoon Eclipse and I couldn’ be more satisfied with them. We don’t want to just “change something”, our purpose is evolving our idea of Black Metal into what most appeals to our nature as musicians. We come from different backgrounds and this, in my opinion, gave form to an album which is not just a work of mimic, but of true passion and dedication.
Tell me more about “I, The Serpent”? Album ideas etc…
ADES: Like I was saying before, this process took some time. I would not be able to tell you about single ideas, unless you are wondering about the concept, but we explained that in the first question. I would rather talk about a mood that permeates the album and that is the thread throughout the six songs. Animosity, refined.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
ADES: Life. And Death.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Liber Null’s sound? Instead of this is kick ass death black metal hell!
ADES: A Manifesto of true intents. A stab at breaking away from patterns and expectations. Chaos in its conceptual form.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album release date, feedbacks etc, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
ADES: The fire is burning all the time. Sometimes just embers fading, sometimes roaring. The songs are normally ready when they are ready. I try not to force myself into writing mode for the sake of writing. I simply capture the whispers which are in the air already and try to find the right key to unlock their full meaning i.e. the song in the melody. Sometimes I am more receptive than other times, but the process simply never stops.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
PSAALM: Ades took care of the songwriting while I wrote the lyrics and concept of “I – The Serpent”. Lyrically speaking, I am old enough not to care about influences, I wanted to explore the concept of man’s unburdening and ascension as Truth himself, in this I think I’ve reached the depths I’ve been looking for in the process of writing. The talented artists that took care of the album’s graphics helped us give form to this particular imagery.
ADES: Some years ago i would have mentioned bands to you. But a smart listener listens to everyone and makes up his own mind. I would rather not mention this or that artist. I find that too often this will give poor listeners the excuse to form an idea before even listening or worse, filter and draw parallels based on the preconception. What do you think the influences are?
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
PSAALM: There are plenty of outstanding musicians we know, respect and have previously collaborated with troughout our long activity as musicians with our other bands. Time will tell if we will cross paths with them with our future releases.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
PSAALM: i personally loathe the very concept of “strategy” when it’s about music such as ours. There is no strategy, there’s only the will of shaping art in our own very form and the will to witness the reaction of the fellow-minded individuals who will approach this covenant of ours.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
ADES: This is beside any point
PSAALM: Would anyone even care about this?
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
ADES: Also probably outside the scope of this interview
How’s the metal scene in your local are right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days? As far as I know there are members from The Netherlands and Italy in Liber Null?
ADES: Geography is presently not on our side but we keep busy with other musical endeavours. I do not personally think it is very hard to play gigs. Give me the money and the time and I will play any venue in your city. Does it make sense from a band’s point of view? Probably not. The opportunities are there, but as with any thing, quality is an exclusive club so we try to make our presence heard only for those occasions that are worthy of the effort. As for albums, I do not think it has ever been any easier to source whichever album from the internet.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
PSAALM: thank you for your interest in Liber Null. To anyone who wishes to know more about us, go to www.facebook.com/libernull or www.osmoseproductions.com for further infos. All is chaos.