Hi! Give me a brief history of Calliophis, music style, and the members. Maybe internet missed some important info.
Florian: Hi! Calliophis was founded in 2007 by Thomas, our former guitarist Frank and me. We played already before together in a local Death Metal band, but wanted to try something new as we felt not happy anymore about this Death Metal thing at all. We listened to many Doom stuff at that time and changed our sound and turned down the tempo dramatically. But influences are still there for sure. Within only a couple of months we had enough songs and recorded our first album “Doomsday”. Then we moved the whole band to Leipzig and Marc joined on bass guitar. We played quite a lot of shows in Germany and Europe finally split up in 2012. After three years, we decided to open a new chapter with a new line up; Matthias and Martin joined on guitars. Musically I think we are obviously a Doom Death or Death Doom band.
Give in more detail, some information about your album “Cor Serpentis” and how well does it sells?
Florian: “Cor Serpentis” is our second album, released in March by Solitude Productions. It’s also the first record with the new line up. All songs were written after our reunion in 2015; there is no old stuff on it. We recorded the six songs by ourselves last summer and sent it to John Strieder at Magma Studios in Berlin for mixing and mastering. He as well as Maxim, who is responsible for the cover artwork, did a great job! We are really happy with the album as it’s a quite heavy and atmospheric piece of Doom. I don’t know how it sells, because I don’t know the sales figures of the distributors. But we already sold approx. the half of our contingent.
Calliophis has signed with Solitude productions, tell more about that?
Florian: When the album was finished, we sent it to a couple of record labels to release it. Solitude Productions answered quickly and showed interest. For us the cooperation is just perfect as the label is specialized in Death, Funeral and other extreme Doom. A couple of friends of us are also part of the label roster and the reputation is just excellent.
What is the difference between your latest and the very first records?
Florian: Between both albums there is a big difference I think. The first record sounds a bit experimental. Each song stands for his own. On Cor Serpentis the whole album fits more together. As we have two guitars now the songs have more melodic parts, there more guitar solos. There are more musical opportunities in general. Cor Serpentis is a huge step forward for us.
What inspires Calliophis music and lyric writing? What does Calliophis lyrics talk about?
Florian: Some of our lyrics are inspired by fables and fairy tales. On the new album, there are three songs about fables: Yuki Onna (Japanese), Munk (German) and Seven Suns (Mongolian). On the other hand, the lyrics are about human tragedies, inner struggles and other stuff we think it’s worth to make a song about.
Do you play live often? Do you like abroad gigs?
Florian: Unfortunately, we don’t play that much often live as we like to do. We love to play live, especially abroad. Each show is really unique. But it’s not easy as we all have to deal with our full-time jobs, families and so on.
How often does the band practice and work on new material?
Florian: We rehearse once a week. But we don’t write our songs during our practice sessions. Usually Matthias is composing the songs at home and sends it to me. I add the drum tracks and when we meet up we just must make some changes on the arrangements. This safes a lot of time. So, the rehearsals are for practicing and not for writing music.
How did the band come up with the name Calliophis and tell what does it means for you?
Florian: We’ve been asked this question many times. Frank, our former guitar player, once came up with the name. We liked it, because it sounded good and a bit mystical. There is really no special story behind the name. And it has nothing to do with music at all. Of course, we play a bit with it, especially concerning the name of the new record and the artwork. But no deeper meaning.
What does the band plan on doing in near time?
Florian: We’re focusing on writing new songs for a new record. One song is already finished. And we want to play some more shows. We’ll see what the future will bring.
Any message to Sick and Destroy readers?
Florian: Thanks for the interview. And thanks to all the people who like our stuff. Hope to see you on a show soon. Doom on!