1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Greetings, after releasing the debut full length album, we are currenlty in search of a label while at the same time, working on a second full-length album.
2.So far you have released an ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
The musical sound of Insanity Cult is structured around melancholic atmospheres and melodies with interferences by feelings of nihilism and hatred. The EP "Insanity Be My Kvlt" was released back in 2014 and it actually was a rehearsal recording with no mixing, thus capturing a more raw sound, while the full-length "As My End Unfolds..." (as a properly studio-recorded album), managed to satisfactorily formulate the essence of our music.
3.The band has been around since 2011 but waited until 2014 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 2 or 3 years?
When Insanity Cult was created back in 2011 by Sacrilegious and me, we wanted to incarnate all these personal feelings that words cannot express and that are so commonly suppressed by humans. We had to extensively experiment with the sound until we were satisfied. And as the time passed and the ideological composition of the band ripened, so did we and thus new elements were added and some others were removed. Apart from the pursuit of a sound that would sufficiently express both our feelings, we also needed to find the right members to join. So, when Beleth, Buer and Vohamon joined we were contented to find that they all had their own elements to add, which fitted perfectly. Once the line-up was complete, we recorded the EP and started working on the full-length album.
4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical content that is presented on the new recording?
The lyrical theme of Insanity Cult, saunters into the fields of inner suffering, melancholy and the struggle to find a meaning within one's self. It speaks of the necessity and desire for self-destruction to the seeker of stars in the darkest night. The pain of everything falling apart on the inside and the strife to fill the emptiness, each one with his own darkest beam of light.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Insanity Cult'?
Insanity devours all reality. Insanity stands as an opposition to common sense and everything that is supposed to be reasonable in a world where reason and morality are but a mass-produced product. It tears your entire world apart, leaving you wandering among fragments like an orphan tear in an endless river. The cult around madness is to understand that everything around you is an illusion and to consiously live in this fragmented world. It is to willingly disintegrate what is percieved as reality and recreate it under your desire. It is to take the distillate of your former existence and to find the true potential of your psyche, within the infinite, cold void.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Of all our live performances there is one that stands out. It was the last show of "Nihilism Upon Mankind Balkan Tour" in Lamia, Greece, where we performed along with Human Serpent, in a really small, underground area. It was an invitation-only live performance and the atmosphere was much more pleasant than in any live bar we have performed in the past. As for a general stage performance description, I do not think there is any; each live is different. We let ourselves be expressed in the way we feel at that moment.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
There are no specific plans currently, however, it is a topic that we are discussing.
8.Has the band received any label interest yet?
We just recently contacted labels, so we have not yet recieved any answers.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Until now, we have only recieved positive feedback and the full-length is almost sold out. There are also several cases where someone contacts us to propose trading, so, taking into consideration that we haven't done any serious promoting, we are satisfied.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
There is a lot of material for future releases that we are working on. We have plans for a second full-length, as mentioned above, and other releases as well.
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Sargeist, Noenum, Gratzug, Owl's Blood, Csejthe... and generally bands with melancholic melodies. Each member of Insanity Cult has his own music preferences, we all, however, enjoy dark, melancholic atmospheres be it in black metal, neoclassical, ambient, blackgaze or folk music.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Nothing and everything exists within Chaos, and madness is the chaos of existence.