Hi, DARK MIRROR OV TRAGEDY. Greetings from Sick and Destroy team. What are you up to these days?
Hi This is Senyt, the guitarist ov Dark Mirror ov Tragedy. glad to have an interview with Sick and Destroy team. now we’re preparing tours in Eastern Europe and UK.
Would you please introduce your band to our readers, who are not aware of your band and music?
We play Symphonic Black Metal since 2003. we are based on Seoul, South Korea. Dark Mirror’s music bases on black metal with classical melody and orchestral arrangement.
Give us a little insight into the formation of the band. When and how did it happen?
M.pneuma, the vocalist, is founder. At first, he started the band as the one-man band. He wrote really impressive melodic black metal songs himself and made some demos. And he tried to find some labels which can release the album. finally he found a label, then the owner ov label, he asked him to make a full-member band.
There were many change ov members in early days. so Gash, the guitarist, he joined the band in 2003. Drummer Confyverse joined in 2005, Reverof, bassist, joined in 2006, Senyt, guitarist, joined in 2007, and last pianist, Genie joined in 2016.
At what age did you guys start playing instruments? Since when are you into metal music?
All members have different history. In my case, I started the guitar -it was classical guitar- when I was 12 years old. I started listening metal music when I was 13, it was metallica, iron maiden, judas priest, like a classical heavy metal band things. and then when I was 15, I bought the first black metal album in my life, it was “Nemesis Divina” by Satyricon. so it was the beginning ov my black metal journey.
DARK MIRROR OV TRAGEDY recently released ‘The Lord Ov Shadows’. Tell us something about it. Walk us through all the tracks lyrics and meaning.
‘The Lord Ov Shadows’ is the story ov the person who becomes the Lord Ov Shadows. Overall, there are three parts. At the first part (Chapter I. Creation of the Alter Self, Chapter II. Possession) describes the encounter between the origin ov The Lord ov Shadows and a woman. At the second part (Chapter III. The Annunciation in Lust, Chapter IV. Acquainted with the Nocturnal Devastation), The woman is possessed by the origin ov The Lord ov Shadows and gets pregnant with the new Lord ov Shadows.
At the last part (Chapter V. I Am the Lord ov Shadows), at first The Lord ov Shadows himself, he dosen’t know who he is. And he faces the darkest inner side, then finally he becomes The Lord ov Shadows.
So shadows represent the dark side of the inner self. When I wrote the lyrics, I wanted to talk about we must face with your inner self. I just wanted to say “Do not blame the others, Fight with the fear. Do not avoid. Everything is in your mind. Then you can be the Lord ov Shadows.”.
How has been the response so far by the listeners? Have you started working on new songs already?
This year, The Lord ov Shadows won 2019 Korean Music Awards, Best Metal Album ov The Year. And now we are preparing the new song writing.
When and where did you play your first gig? How was the experience of going live for the first time?
It was maybe 2005, in Seoul. Maybe it was a small live club. At that time, there are some black/gothic guys who loves black/gothic music. So it was really cool. Now it is really hard to find any metalheads in Seoul.
What, according to you, is the secret behind band’s success?
We didn’t succeed yet. But I believe, Searching for Originality is the best way.
If asked to differentiate DARK MIRROR OV TRAGEDY from other bands in your country, how would you like to respond to it?
It is really easy to differentiate DARK MIRROR OV TRAGEDY from other bands in South Korea. Because DARK MIRROR OV TRAGEDY is THE ONLY black metal band with corpse painting in South Korea.
Which bands/ artists do you draw your influences from? Which are your favorite local bands?
Originally we are heavy metal band, so Judas priest, Iron maiden is the basic. Also Classic Musician like Bach and Beethoven. Symphonic black metal band, like Dimmu Borgir, Emperor and nowadays we love Carach Angren.
In South Korea, there is only few metal bands. METHOD is one ov the greatest Thrash Metal band in Seoul. HOLYMARSH is really good melodic death metal band, but they were split-up.
DARK MIRROR OV TRAGEDY is very promising formation. Talking of your future, 5 years from now, where do you see yourself?
5 years later, The Lord ov Shadows will be spawned in the world. That is the only thing we think.
Well, that’s it. Thanks a lot for your time. Speak out to all your fans and supporters.
Face yourself. And then you will meet The Lord ov Shadows someday. Keep metal.