INTERVIEW WITH BLACK VATICAN (GOTHIC ROCK/METAL, US)




1. How would you describe your music?

Our music has more of the Gothic characteristic of metal: dark, symphonic, melodic, deep, and poetic. Some songs you can head bang to while others are meant for you to simply close your eyes and listen.

2. What gave you the idea for the single title? 

It is the introduction of our work. It is straight to the point in which demonstrates what we can do with the little to no resources or tools we had. At the same time the stories within it are what guide our passions and motives, let alone create the overall enlightenment of the Black Vatican's perspective of the world: unbalanced, ironic, deceiving, yet hopeful for a change.

3. Do you work together with others in the writing process?

So far, the writing process is done only within our band. If one of us has an idea of what to make then the other two members have the responsibility of being bluntly honest about it. Though, we do wish to collaborate with other musicians some day. Nothing more surprising than combining different talents just to see what sorcery comes of it.

4. How much time to do you take to record songs?

Eons. Recording takes us too long sometimes. But mostly due to the fact that we want our songs to be perfect. We do not want to be like many musicians who just work in the studio for a few hours and call it a day with little to no care for their art. That displays how desperate one could be to rush perfection. Perfection takes time and patience, luckily we have both.

5. Does this release differ from past music releases? How?

The Black Vatican is our first release so this is where we learn the most. We took all criticism and advice to narrow out focus on our areas of opportunity in order to create enhanced work for the future. We are currently using our new enhanced skills, equipment, resources and talents for the creation of our upcoming deathly album, so stay tuned.

6. Do you like to change it up for each release with lyrical themes?

Yes, most definitely. Taking from what we learned in the past and the visions of our future, we want nothing more than to encourage and accept change within our music. If one stays the same too long it will simply show how slow the process of evolution is within. For example: the lyrics from the first album tend to relate to the sacrifices one must make in order to find a sense of freedom. While, without releasing too much information, our upcoming album's lyrics consist of the sacrifices one must make in order to realize that the cost of such sacrifices are not always as promising as believed.

7. Where do you draw your influences and inspirations from?

Mostly 90's metal and rock such as goth rock, black metal, thrash, and death metal. We also admire the beauty of folk and classical music as well as the power that cyber and retro wave music can bring. As far as lyrics go, they come from ancestral wisdom passed onto us. We blend it with politics, suppression, mythology, temptations, blind faith, and the tragedy of an unfair life.

8. What has been the most enjoyable thing you have done as a musician/singer?

As a band, we enjoy our practises more than anything. Once we get together and do simple sound checks we tend to create amazing work by releasing all our energy into our instruments. There's nothing more satisfying than relieving one's mind from any excessive energy one might be holding onto caused by the days before. It's the closest thing to freedom one can feel within these limited minds and bodies.

9. What do you feel is the biggest challenge going forward with your career?

The biggest challenge going forward is the climb to the astral seas. We are too ambitious to stay on solid earth. We want our music, our gospel of the Black Vatican to reach it greatest potential and cast it upon the world. The hardest part from there is finding the right partners to assist us. We wish to find the right record label to work with and the right platform to stand on.

10. What do you enjoy outside of music?

We enjoy many things. Drinking is of utmost importance of course, it is best when meeting new interesting people and hearing their stories. We also enjoy individual activities like working out, going on dates, self education and research, archery, meditation and spiritual enlightenment, cooking, philosophy, and simply being around our friends.  

Black Vatican
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About Ancient Visionz

Gaz Visionz is a writer and Internet Radio DJ with the punk/metal show 'The Wastelands'. He is also a YouTube podcaster/creator, host of Ancient Visionz Talk Radio, co-host of Paradigm Radio with Planet X Films, and a passionate fan of hardcore punk, metal, underground hip hop, movies, science-fiction, comics, and indie film.
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