Hail CULT OF ERINYES, welcome to Sick And Destroy. Before we start the interview, I would like you to introduce yourself to our readers. To begin with where are you from and a brief history about your band?
Salutations. I’m Corvus, guitarist/bassist/nice (I hope) leader of Cult of Erinyes. We start the Cult in 2009, did 3 full lengths, 2 EP and one split album. Not band for a band that always stayed in the shadows.
Beside Cult of Erinyes, I also plays in Wolvennest, Monads, and I’m a devoted session musician in LVTHN. I’m also involved, anonymously, in other black/death metal entities.
How would you describe your music? And what bands have influenced you the most?
Authentic, nihilistic, introspective. I love bands like Dissection, Mayhem, Burzum, Craft,Allman Brothers Band, Dead Can Dance, Esoteric, and some bizarre dark ambient or even cheesy prog stuff. I don’t care that much about the style, but I have to hear authentic emotions on an album.
Which ones happens to be your favourite songs? of CULT OF ERINYES and personal.
Live at Fillmore East from the Allman Brothers Band is my absolute favourite album, maybe with Ocean Machine from Devin Townsend. Concerning Cult of Erinyes, I still love Glowing Embers, Insignificant, The Vlasov Notes or For Centuries to Come. Those songs have that « end of the world » feeling I’m searching in extreme music.
Do you feel that CULT OF ERINYES’s music has changed over the years and how?
The music has evolved, not changed. The energy, the essence, are still the same. The nihilistic roots are still there, but I opened the writing process to some more progressive elements, especially in the structures. It’s quite clear on the intro of the new album, which contains some hammond sounds, a fantastic lead bass by Alex from Craft/Hypothermia, and some bizarre jazz drums by Deha.
How much time does it take for CULT OF ERINYES to record an album?
Recording the music is very fast, only a few days. We don’t need to spend time and money in a studio, I have my own studio, which is fantastic for creativity and freedom. Tiberivs is the first album we almost fully record at my place. The pressure was huge, but I think we succeed and just released our best effort so far ! I personnaly learned a lot about this recording process, and the next album will benefit from it. Mastema was taking more time in the studio, because he is very difficult about his vocals. Which is good of course, even if I personally love the first takes, which are always the more authentic.
Tell us something more about the latest album ‘Tiberivs’.
I’m starting to love it. It’s a very ambitious album, lyrically and musically. It’s a huge step forward in terms of writing, sound and performance. That’s the kind of album you have to listen a lot in order to be « into it ». Which is VERY risky at a time where the audience pays attention to music for only but 30 seconds. But we don’t care. We do whatever we want, no money is involved, only but quality matters. We’ll never be « hype », but I believe that in some years, the audience will think about Cult of Erinyes as an entity that never gave a shit about being famous or cool. We follow our heart and soul, and Tiberivs is the perfect testimony of my great collaboration with Mastema. He has a unique way of writing lyrics, and I’m happy that we ended our collaboration on a concept album. I know him for 21 years ( !), we have a long and solid friendship, even if I know he would have wanted a different mix for Tiberivs. But I’m sure he will love it with the years to come.
Whats next? Working on any new album? If so, some details please.
The music of the fourth album is totally written, and partially recorded ; all the drums, rythm guitars and some lead and basses are already done. I’m VERY confident about the next album, I think it has the qualities of all our precedents releases, with a fantastic aura surrounding it. We’ll work very hard on this new baby, that’s for sure. The plan is to release it in 2018 and really be back on the map.
Any tours, gigs for promotion of latest album?
Playing to promote your music is stupid I think. Playing because you think you can give another dimension to your songs is way more important ! But be sure of this : we have now a full line up, with a fantastic new singer, and we’ll come back on stage, probably in 2018.
Any future plans for playing in Europe or USA?
Wait and see. We’ll be back on stage in 2018.
Has CULT OF ERINYES done any opening acts for other major heavy weight bands? If yes, then when and where?
I think we played 6/7 shows. My best memory is the show we played in Paris with Aura Noir : short, intense, fantastic audience. Beside that show, we shared the stage with Lifelover, IXXI, Enthroned, Glorior Belli, Aosoth, Code, Dodheimsgard etc.
What do you personally feel about the Metal Scene there in your country?
Hm, I honestly don’t care that much about a scene in particular. I love some bands of course, but their origin has no importance !
Any messages for the readers?
We live in a strange world, old values are dead and gone. God, money and popularity are the three faces of the only demon that needs to be exorcised. Regards to the comrades who give a reason to wake up each morning.