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October 23, 2019

Interview Obskkvlt

· Hi! Tell me about Obskkvlt. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?

Athal-Berath: I was looking for an original name, I mean, non-common language. The idea was to create a new word by our own, but not a simple word without meaning, so there was the idea of merging two words that explain the main concept and style of the band: Obscure and Occult.

These two concepts are the basics of the band, all we talk is about occultism, meaning hidden knowledge. We want to speak about what we know, and what we are, spread our artistic concept and bring a philosophic legacy.

· “Blackarhats” album was released on the beginning of this year. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?

Athal-Berath: For sure not. We’ve waited for this so long. It took us 4 years for the production of this album, and then a long period waiting for responses from labels, etc. Finally we couldn’t wait anymore, so we released it like the whole rest of all Obskkvlt work, BY OUR OWN. We can say that this is a 100% DIY album. We’re so proud of it.

· Tell me more about “Blackarhats”? Album ideas etc…

Athal-Berath: BLACKARHATS, same thing as the band’s name, is the union of two words. “Arhat” comes from Buddhism and oriental occultism, and it means something like “keeper of knowledge”, somebody who finally comprehends the true meaning of life and the Universe.

The lyrics talk about different degrees on occultism, from macro and microcosmos, and they are mainly based on teachings from the Masters, as H.P.Blavatsky, A.Crowley, C.G.Jung, Jiddu Krishnamuurti, G.Gurdjieff, Allan Watts….

· Where do you take all the inspiration from?

Athal-Berath: The Distopic world where we live on. And at the same time, from the beauty and perfection surrounding us in nature. The duality of life.

Most of people choose be a shadow in the light, we chose to be a light in the darkness.

· In your opinion, what is the best way to define Obskkvlt’s sound?

Hrodiriks: We could say that our sound struggles between great density with lots of layers, and clarity and definition at the same time. It’s atmospheric in some way, but without the use of synths, only guitars are used for fx. It’s groovy but obscure simultaneously. It’s industrial and classic. We try to keep music pushing forward, music that makes you headbang, but have melodies that come from our traditional Galician roots. Everyone of these aspects are present in Obskkvlt.

· So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?

Hrodiriks: We are full of new ideas, once we realized that we could make real in this record what we had in our minds. We learned and suffered so much in the process. Album reviews are being great and we are so proud and thankful for that. Now it’s time to prepare our live show and hit the road.

· What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?

Hrodiriks: Influences are everything that moves you in the inside, being music or not. But talking about music, we are fans of the 90s, when metal was technical but catchy, and melodies were so representative. We try to be far from the ultratechnical puzzle metal wave that says nothing, and from the indie “lifter” empty music where only ambiences are used. We utterly love Death, Behemoth, NIN, Dimmu Borgir, Ministry, Dark Funeral, Meshuggah, Hans Zimmer, Godflesh, Dissection, and so on. Oh I love Man Must Die, and Anorexia Nervosa, and…………

· Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?

Hrodiriks: Dreams? A collab with Dimebag Darrell, or Jon Nödtveidt. Today we’d love to make some music with Krimh, he’s so amazing in every aspect. In guitar I’d love to have Galder participate in some material, his riffs and arrangements are so impressive. A collab with Vinnie Paul of course. And Vogg, which is the best representation of what I call a metal guitarist nowadays. Andreas Kisser is a huge influence for me, I love him. And of course, master Nick Barker again and always.

· What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?

Hrodiriks: Trying to be honest with ourselves, and doing only what we like and love. We only agree to use the parts and songs that we find good and intense for us. The amount of rejected material for Blackarhats, and the level of detail in every part was just maddening.

· Do you have any other hobby beside music?

Hrodiriks: Well, both Athal-Berath and me are freelance workers. We work in the audiovisual world, he is a film-maker and visual designer and I am a sound engineer. That leaves us with very few moments in life to do anything else than working… and thinking about Obskkvlt.

· Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?

Years ago underground music was seen as a teenage rebel urge, without meaning or art in itself. Today is different, information is everywhere and new tendencies are arousing everyday. The underground is always the root of everything. We spent these last years so much time, effort, energy and resources in Obskkvlt that our relatives and friends understand now the size of this two-man project and its importance for us.

· How’s the metal scene in Spain right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?

Athal-Berath: Mmmm… the truth is that now is easier than years ago. Today you have the whole scene in your phone/pc. And for sure you’ll loose great bands and great music and ideas, but we can not complain about it. The challenge today is to have a clear and refined criterion, to find the needle in a haystack.

The problem in our country and in the Spanish state is that extreme music is not considered as an art or business, only as entertainment or a simple hobby. This makes it impossible to professionalize the scene, and forces us to work on precarious conditions all the time.

· Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!

Athal-Berath and Hrodiriks: Sure! We’re impatient to hit the road and the stages of the world. Thank you for your interest and for bring us this opportunity.