1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Chephreon is a mix of Black metal fucked with influences of Speed, Thrash and NWOBHM combined with raw and evil vocals. We are a five piece band, two guitars
bass, drums and vocals.
2.You have your first album coming out in August, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
The style for the album is a bit hard to define as the album came together on it's own basically. The album was written in a month pretty much from start to finish
and we had to cut few songs out. Best definition we could give is that it's raw Black metal mixed with a lot of melodies. We tried to show many sides of our band on
our first album; Synth, piano, clean melodies, ultra fast stuff on some songs and just straight forward Heavy riffs.
3.Your lyrics cover satanic, occult and necromancy themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the left hand path?
The fascination towards left hand path mainly comes from our need to try to understand the world better with a view that the right hand path simply doesn't offer.
Right hand path also fits only for the weak, people who are willing to submit to middle eastern based religions that don't fit into the Scandinavian countries.
A specific path on the left hand path that we follow is present in the lyrics of this album quite intensely.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Chepreon'?
Name Chephreon is derived from a fourth pharao of the fourth dynasty who's name in greek is "Chephren". Originally the idea was to go in the direction that the band
Nile has gone but it didn't feel right to copy anyone else so we let that idea go and went for our own direction. The name just stuck.
5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
The picture shows our vocalist High Priest of Necro Magics is committing a grave robbery and it was a strong and powerful statement towards the
middle eastern madness that we call Christianity. If you go deeper into the picture the meaning kind of changes in a way. As it still is a statement towards the church,
it also symbolizes the attempt to revive the european and scandinavian spirit and strength - Therefore the title "Necromancy"
6.The band started early this year but already has a full length coming out, do you feel you put a great amount of time and effort in getting your name heard out there?
To be honest it hasn't taken that much time. Effort for sure as we are trying to push towards technical style of playing so that of course means that you really have to
think scales on the guitar and so on but in the end, it is totally worth it. It has been very easy to create now that we have a good bunch of guys playing and we see
that we have a lot that we can improve on but we have a lot of potential as well and the results so far haven't been complete shit either.
7.Has the band done any live shows or have any plans for future performances?
We haven't played to a live audience yet, we have focused on creating a good catalog that we can whip out once someone asks us to play somewhere, although we are going to
arrange our own shows illegally if nothing else comes our way. We will shove our music and attitude down live audiences throat forcefully if necessary.
8.The new album is going to be released on 'Forever Dead Records', can you tell us a little bit more about how you came in contact with this label?
It's a label that resides in our home town, Mikkeli. We were able to get our music there until and if someone else wants to release our music. The good thing about
being on FDR is of course that we have the reins in our own hands so we make the albums completely separately and by hand ourselves and we get to market to FDR's audience
which is great at this point of this band's career.
9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
We are very slowly just getting there. We have gotten a good feedback what we are doing well and great criticism on points that we still clearly have to work on. First
demo is at least sold out for the most part (might be completely, no one remembers) and we have gotten some pre-orders for the full length already which is a good sign. The
release is limited 88 CDR copies so I don't think we end up heating the stove with the leftovers by winter. Long way to go still but we will pave the path for ourselves.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The songs that are ready for the next album are faster, more melodic, technically more difficult and they sound pretty good even now on the demo phase which is a great
sign of course. We are intentionally going to push the boundaries of Black metal because we don't want to be copying anything that anyone else is doing. Might be a complete
swing and a miss or great success. Failure is not an option though so we will make the best second album we can make, through power of the Dark Gods it shall be done.
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?
Dissection, Death, Stone, Megadeth, Mayhem and then soundtracks of movies have influenced us greatly with the synth parts of the songs, classical music and the great
composers of the 17th century. There's only a handful, if we would list everything I think I would need to buy a new keyboard. Me as the composer I cannot listen to almost any
music because I am playing and trying to create new stuff all the time so I get worn out. Rest of the guys are mainly listening to those influences that we listed and of course
on those similar lines, many more.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Our full length album called "Necromancy" will be out 8.8.2019 so get that, limited 88 copies, through Forever Dead Records facebook and email: Foreverdeadrecords@hotmail.com
or straight from the band through facebook message or bandcamp. FUCK THE WEAK, YOU HAVE NO PLACE ON EARTH! Thank you for the interview!