- Good day, Shadow’s Mortuary! How are you guys doing these days?
– We’re doing great!. Been quite busy lately with some gigs and rehearsing for the new album.
- First of all, please introduce your band and band members to our readers.
-We are a black metal band called Shadow’s Mortuary located in northern Finland Oulu. The band was formed in 2013 and we play straight-forward black metal with melancholic influence and early 90’s sound. We started playing live shows at the end of 2018. Out debut album was released November 1st, 2018 under Purity Through Fire.
Our lineup consists of
- I’d like to know about the formation of the band. How did you guys meet and all? Also, is there any special story behind the band title?
We knew each other from earlier band projects from past except Kaos. Void started to make own music after one black metal project collapse in 2011. He made few songs and contacted to Ovda that would he be interested to be part of the project so he came to play drums. We did made more songs and decided that we need a bass player and a guitar player if we want to perform live. First Raum join into band and later on Kaos. We rehearsed together for a while and then started to record our debut album “Tulen Valtakunta”, which was recorded in our studio Mortuary’s Lair.
- I expect a long reply to this one. Can you please tell us about the concept and lyrical themes of all your previous releases?
Let’s start with our band name: The band’s name, Shadow’s Mortuary, derived from The Shadow archetype concept, coined by Carl Jung’s. The Shadow archetype is about the dark side of the human personality that lies deep in subconsciousness.
In the beginning, it was clear that we want to play straight-forward black metal with 90’s sound. Nothing progressive or too complicated. Some melodies, good rhythms and cavernous vocals. “Tulen Valtakunta” album is not a concept album. If we think about lyrics, Void wants that every song has its own story or message behind. Not going to specify track by track the lyrics but theme of the album is mainly on hate towards humankind and their acts in this world, destruction, agony, anti-religious and war.
- Is there any special reason for choosing your music conception?
– Black metal has its own aggressive and dark atmosphere that any other genre don’t have. There was never any option to produce our music in other way.
- How do you guys manage to create music at all? What challenges do you face while writing and recording an album?
-Void is our main composer at the moment. He make the songs and lyrics first and take listen to others. At the end we decide together if we need to change anything to make it work better. As we record and produce our songs by ourselves, there hasn’t been (so far) any major challenges in our approach. We practice our songs well before we start recording. So far everything has gone pretty solid at this point.
- Tulen Valtakunta was released last year. How was the experience working on the studio? Any funny or even sad happenings during the studio work?
-Nothing special because we recorded at our rehearsal space. There was a lot of learning when we were mixing and mastering songs by ourself. It was a long process but very rewarding.
- You guys are still underground/underrated, although your music has been appreciated by the critics worldwide. What, according to you, is the reason behind it?
– Maybe it’s because we haven’t been a long active band on our career. Everything comes in time if it’s meant to be.
- Can you throw some light on your past as musicians?
– All of us have had some band projects from past but at the moment Shadow’s Mortuary is only one that is active.
- Tell us about your favorite bands, from whom you gain inspiration. Are you having any favorite artist/band that has emerged from metal/rock soil?
There is a lot of black metal and dark ambient bands that have inspired Void as a songwriter. Mainly bands from 90’s Scandinavia such as Gorgoroth, Barathrum and Horna.
- How is the metal scene going in your country? Still killer Finnish metalhell?
Yes, metal music is going strong in Finland. If we are looking just black metal scene, there has came a lot of great albums out lately.
- Tell us, if you have played abroad.
– No not yet. Hopefully we will be able to play as soon as possible.
- Are you working on any music videos, might it be video clip or lyric video?
-Nothing planned yet but there might be coming some kind of lyric video from one upcoming track.
- Thanks a lot for your time! It’s really nice to know more about you. Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers?
– Go and check our album and give some feedback, good or bad everything is welcome and stay tuned for upcoming gigs and news.