1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
- True Love is a black metal "band" from North America. I am the only member. I try to keep True Love's focus musically on a bit of a creepier and darker path,. Im using True Love as a vehicle of exploring and expressing, celebrating and strengthening my love and I guess obsession i've had all my life for things that haunt and scare me.
2.Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
I guess id say its haunting. I usually recommend listening to True Love alone in complete darkness with headphones at full volume to get the experience that im personally after when making the sounds themselves. The recording itself is raw. Its all recorded by my self and played by myself in a very non-studio environment/condition.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
So far being that "25 years of Isolation" is my first set of songs the lyrics are dealing with my hatred and confusion with other humans... mostly those without any personal ambition or independent thought... my spiritual belief that the soul will transcend this mortal plane when death occurs and the realization that the idea we know as "time" is an illusion and that this "Human" life is nothing without that knowledge and gaining that knowledge by treading the left hand path!....all of which organized religion has mastered making seem absurd and idiotic. Also my firm belief that in order to grow, a person must suffer and not only suffer but focus that pain and hate that undoubtedly will develop; into a burning personal drive and power to control your own destiny. Man is capable of supernatural power and is apart of the earth itself and I find that writing lyrics about that strengthens my mind to rehearse and build that privileged power.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'True Love'?
-It goes back to my frustration with the people I am forced to share this earth with, and the hollow, half hearted stares in there eyes. Very few people I have personally met live with passion. This "Society" we dance around is meant to keep it that way. I want to live every part of my life in the extreme. With true devoted love to the black path. Theres a very popular black metal band that war cries about this same frustration; people not being really into the craft they represent... I saw this band live recently and they aren't fucking around. They took what they did that night extremely seriously and it was hypnotic! There was nothing about it that seemed like a gimmick or not thought through and practiced and studied. It was real. And that's what the words True Love mean to me. Be fucking real.
5.While it does say your a United States band, none of the websites mention where you are actually from, what part of the U.S is the band based out of?
True Love is currently writing and recording music in Reno, Nevada.
6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
-Ive only recorded True Love songs no plans to play them live.
7.On the demo you had done a cover of Darkthrone's "Quintessance", what was the decision behind doing your own version of this track?
-Dark Throne was the band that I locked onto when I was a kid and first heard about black metal, which in turn changed my life. I will forever respect Dark Throne. I identify with the general idea of the lyrics in the song, its a song of confidence inherited and recognized by putting you life on the blackened path. Celebrating the light from the black flame. Not to mention the pure unfiltered groove. That fucking song is all attitude.
8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
-I will be releasing music independently unless an opportunity presents itself with someone I respect, than things may change.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
- Too early to tell.
10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
-Summer 2015. I want to create sounds that communicate with the dead.
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?
- Im a fan of many types of music and sounds and ideas, as far as True Love songs go I want to make my instruments sound like warfare at times and like pure sorrow other times.. with my body I try to sound as non human as I am capable of a lot of the time...bands and artists that influence a lot of what I try to do would be stuff like Gorgoroth's "Under The Sign of Hell" album. Pest's vocals are fucking lethal. Acherontas has been playing in my headphones alot lately Sargeist and Behexen too....I found a demo soaking in piss outside a show I went to in San Francisco this last weekend that im glad I picked up...it's been playing on my way to and from work and its been blowing my mind...bands called negative something??...been getting into Revenge...a friend turned me onto Saturnalia Temple recently...
12.What are some of your non musical interests?
-Horror movies, boxing, art work, any kind of book, movie, podcast that can scare me...
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
- I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to discuss True Love. The "25 Years Of Isolation" demo Is available for free download at www.soundcloud.com/truelovemetal and if anyone wants a tape copy or to keep up with True Love contact firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.