!!!BLACK METAL FROM THE USA!!!
We had a conversation with Sigillvm (Everything). Enjoy!
Welcome to the FILTHY DOGS OF METAL Webzine.
Tell us a few things about MITTERNACHT (Members, Starting Year etc).
Mitternacht is a primitive, aggressive black metal solo-project I started in 2020.
In 2021 you released your demo ''Blasphemous Warfare''. What was the feedback from your audience as well as from the press?
The feedback has been positive and the project has been gaining new supporters frequently with the demo, especially after the physical tape was released. I’m glad that those who have reached out are able to pinpoint all of the influences in the riffs and overall songwriting - even for a really rough recording (it’s not like this is Fuck Me Jesus where it all sounds like an album).
Label or DIY and why?
DIY - convenience and control.
Do you prefer Vinyl, Tape, CD or Digital Format and why is that?
All of the above. Whatever the situation calls for.
Your music style is Black Metal. Which are your main influences (Favourite Artists / Bands etc.)
This project and demo came from the desire to make evil and aggressive black metal, alongside an attempt to demake the styles of Marduk and Dissection with the primitivity, evil, and monotony of Darkthrone’s entirely-Fenriz-composed albums. These inspirations are not new for anyone, although I work to add a bit of death metal influence (inspiration from Swedish bands like Grotesque, Merciless, etc.) by incorporating atonality and the use of a common death metal distortion pedal (similar to what Beherit did on DDTM, just without a bass amplifier).
Which things do you think, a Band should sacrifice in order to succeed? Have you ever sacrificed anything in your life for a better future of your Band?
It depends on what constitutes success for a band. Success in my eyes is good songwriting that is performed well. I have sacrificed a lot of physical and mental energy in other bands that I’ve been a part of with diminished returns / no measurable success, which has provided some wisdom for this current project in knowing what my goals and boundaries are….So far it’s been going well with this endeavor.
Describe your ideal live show as a performance Band. Have you already experienced that?
Live performances have not occurred and will not be a part of this project.
Which attributes, do you think, that a new Black Metal Band should have in order to gain identity and be unique?
To be a unique BLACK METAL band, trends should be ignored, gimmicks should be rejected, and classics should be lauded and taken further through one’s own voice. It should be an attempt to create evil riffs and deliver them with all of one’s might.
Do you believe that Digital Platforms help the new Black Metal Bands? Which, do you think, is the ideal way for a Band to promote its work?
They’re a lot of help for promotional purposes regardless of genre, where more can be expressed outside of liner notes or album art. Anything that matches a band’s aesthetic is good for promotion.
Tell us a few things about the New Underground Metal Scene in your area (Bands, Fanzines, Webzines, Metal Clubs etc.)
This project is not a part of any scene, circle, etc.
Do you know anything about the Hellenic Metal Scene?
I don’t know of any specific Greek scene(s), but I have been a fan of the power metal band Chronomancy since “Age of Chivalry” was released.
What are your future plans?
I will most likely be releasing another demo on the path to (de)composing an EP or full album. No other goals for the band exist beyond that - it might just end there, who knows. I have nothing announced yet…but the skeletons of new songs are being piece-by-pieced together. Self-financing a personal studio is what I am focused on while the songs are being written...like a tank, this project moves slowly with heavy, destructive force. I am also working on some other non-black metal projects alongside this, including a full-lineup band, since I have other inspirations and aspirations beyond the concept of Mitternacht.
Thank you very much for your time & Keep up the good work! The closure is yours.
Omnia mors perimit et nulli miseretur.
By Steve the Filthy Dog.