Hi! Give a brief history of Die Entweihung, music style, and the members.
Hello!!! Denis is here. So, DIE ENTWEIHUNG was started in may of 2007, with the first riffs of my very first composition “Nightmares Castle”, that early period was going with the sounds of Raw Black Metal, very agressive, not really original (to be more right, it wasn’t original at all, hehe, I just was trying to make something in vein of my favourite bands for that time (like, of course, BURZUM, GORGOROTH, DARKTHRONE, JUDAS ISCARIOT, NARGAROTH, etc.). WIth the time, I started to walk more experimental way, with many synths, different vocal effects… Through the years, I came to the style I personally call “Dark Melodic Metal”, mixing different Metal styles to something that I hope could be called unusual and interesting. In this direction I’m moving during the last two albums and probably this one will be the basic direction for the next album.
DIE ENTWEIHUNG is my solo project (or “one man band”, haha), I am making everything by myself (except the artwork).
Give in more detail, some information about “The Worst Is Yet to Come” and how well it sells?
Well, I guess, it’s better to ask the labels about the sales/trades, etc., I know only that some CDs and tapes (tapes were released by young US label Arctic Ritual Records) were sold here and there, but nowadays it’s not so important, because of free content in the internet. Although for me, as for music fan and collector, the most important is the CD and tape distribution, not digital sales or streaming…
“The Worst Is Yet To Come” is my 9th album, one more experimental album, which, on the one hand, continues the direction of the previous “Neverending Terrorism” album both musically and lyrically, but on the other hand, it has some new things that I didn’t used before. For example, some Middle-Eastern fragments, that were played on “Bouzouki” instrument (string instrument with 4 pairs of strings), more guitar solos, different rhytm guitar sound almost in every track. Lyrically, I am continuing with presenting my personal thoughts about what’s happening in this world these days… all this is written by the clear and simple language, like “straight-in-the-face” style. If it could be interesting for someone – all the lyrics are in the CD booklet. However I’m sure, it won’t be interesting for anyone, hahaha.
Die Entweihung has signed with two labels – Wings Of Destruction / More Hate Productions, tell more about that?
Both labels owners are my good friends, I know them around 10 years, more or less. Alex “Tiran” has the printed fanzine “Hellz Zine”, in which I take part since 2009-2010, so our cooperation was started, really, many time ago, but in some other type of activity. To be signed on More Hate Prods is a big honour for me, as the label owner, Alex Kantemirov, is one of my big influences since my childhood! I mean his musical activities during the 90’s-beginning of 00’s. He played in some greatest bands of Russia, such as TALES OF DARKNORD, ROSSOMAHAAR, and, of course, one of the greatest Black Metal project at all – DER GERWELT. This project in its started form released only 2 demos, but both of them were and are very important for me. It can be said, that they showed me how to make agressive and dirty but MELODIC Black Metal.
Anyway, all I can say – I am very glad to this labels signing, this deal is the best for my project, for today.
What is the difference between your latest and the very first records?
The difference is just huge! It’s like two different bands, I guess…but almost all my records have some common things, like specific keyboards parts, vocals, kind of weird melodies. If we’re talking about the difference – I started DIE ENTWEIHUNG as pure Black Metal project, and after 10 years the Black Metal style almost completely gone from my music. “Almost” – because no matter what I’m playing, some BM elements are staying with me anyway.
What inspires Die Entweihung music and lyric writing? What does Die Entweihung lyrics talk about?
Nowadays the main influence for me is this damned life itself! No need to invent something, just turn on TV or some internet site – every day we see some more and more events, which lead us all to the worst… and that’s what my actual lyrics about. Beside of it – I write about the so called progress of the humanity, thaings, that presenting to us as something innovative and 100% useful, but in practice, it’s just another way to take our money and make us addicted to it. Many people have forgotten how to communicate to each other, with sending the endless “message” and getting for free everything that can be gotten.
The main inspiration for the music – is the other music, haha! I listen to the lot of different music, from old pop music to the extreme metal, and some of that I’m hearing here and there – I am bringing to my own stuff, even maybe it’s happening by itself, not specially. And yes, the desire to experiment is my inspiration as well.
Do you play live often? Do you like abroad gigs?
No, as I said in the beginning, it’s my solo project, and I don’t use any session musicians, so it’s just studio project. Although, maybe do I have to perform solo – holding the guitar in my hands, singing, and pressing the keyboards by my toes, hahaha! Full body employment, hehe…
How often does the band practice and work on new material?
Usually after the another album’s finished completely, I take some break, that can be 1 week, or 1 month, and even more… there are periods when I don’t touch my instruments at all, maybe just for wiping the dust. However as I feel that the time is right for doing something new, the whole process can be very fast, and so I usually play every weekend, writing some music very productively. It’s including, of course, practicing, arrangement etc.
How did the band come up with the name Die Entweihung and tell what does it means for you?
Probably the most frequent question for me, haha! Well, “Die Entweihung” means “The Desecration” on german, as I started this project, I decided to give the title “Desecration” to it, this word is, let’s say, the main synonym of Black Metal movement, I mean not the only church burnings or some ideological aspects, but even the music itself – this dirty sound, “antiquality”, being against all the trend (well, untill the Black Metal style doesn’t turned itself to the another trend, hehe), all this is kind of “desecration” of all the existing standards. The reason for taking the german translation of the word is very simple, for that time as I started making the music, there were 2 or 3 (maybe even more, I don’t remember actually) bands around the world with the same title. So I decided to try on some other languages. As I was learning german in in my belarusian school, it was logical to try on this one. I’ve found “Die Entweihung”, and this one I really liked. In addition, it’s kind of reference to the DER GERWELT title (I’ve mentioned about it earlier), as it was the german one, too.
What does the band plan on doing in near time?
For now I have 3 plans for the next year: to continue with promotion of the new album with every way possible; to release the tape version of “The Worst Is Yet To Come” by one of the south american label, actually I don’t want to say anything about it, but the agreement is reached and I really hope that it will be released during the first half of 2019; to continue writing the next album, right now I have around 3-4 songs in the working progress.
Any message to Sick and Destroy readers?
Thanks a lot for the interview! Thanks to all who took the time to read this one! Have a good winter, make a snowmen, don’t drink too much during the new year celebration, hehe. All the best to you all, as you know, “The Worst Is Yet To Come”!