1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Schins: The band was born in 2011 in Bergamo. I've founded the band with Umis (2011 – 2017) and Lasgalen (2011 – 2015) and actually I'm the only one from the original line up.
2.Recently you have released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demo and split you had released a few years back?
Schins: Our first full album is totally different from our first demo, we've changed many musicians in these years and this is the result.
In the first years with Lasgalen we've play a melodic black influenced from Dissection, but now we play a classical black metal influenced by Mayhem, Gorgoroth, Darkthrone..
Al Azif: We have composed the album with our two past members Nyhl and Umis, but only me and Schins has recorded all of the tracks.
3.This is your first release in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
Schins: We've lost may years for the line up changes.. The album was written from 4 musicians, but only me and Al Azif have recorded it.
4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the new album?
Schins:The album talks about the four knights of the apocalypse. Every lyric was written by Umis except "Inféren", written by Abibial (Imago Mortis), a great expert on the legends of our territory.
5.I know that the band name means 'hell' in Bergamo dialect, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
Al Azif: Yeah, our name recall the hell, but we aren't a satanic band, we only want to talk about the evil during the history and inside the legends from the past, It's a name selected cause hell is the archetype of all the evil present in the world, for our society.
6.The artwork on the new album looks like a mysterious medieval battle, can you tell us a little bit more about the art work?
Al Azif: The artwork recall the four knights, and it has been done by my dear friend Enyalios, our next singer.
It's an artwork about the four horsemen War, Death, Famine and Pestilence in a medieval style for graphics and colours.
7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Al Azif: We rarely play live because of continuous changes. I'm in the band from 3 years and we've go on stage only 2 times in a classical black metal concert.
8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Al Azif: No, we aren't intrested to play in a tour, but we want to prepare a release party.
9.A few years back you where a part of a split with 'Wolfpack Legacy', how would you compare your style to theirs?
Schins: We've published the split called “The Last Mass” in 2013 with Wolfpack Legacy, a Greece band now split up.
A band totally different from us, but a good experience with these great guys.
The split was published from Satanic Records, a Mexican label.
10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
Schins: A good feedback from some friends and fans, we're very satisfied about this album.
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Al Azif: I don't know.. Now we're at work with the new singer and the new bassist on the next full album, I hope the next can be good like this!
12.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?
Al Azif: Our main influences are Mayhem, the first Watain, Destroyer 666, the first Bathory, Imago Mortis..but we have many influences out from black metal.
I listen principally the 70's Hard Rock, bands like Led Zeppelin, the italian Rock (ivan Graziani, Enzo Jannacci, Gaber..) and, of course, a lot of black metal bands.
13.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
Al Azif: Occultism today is a subject that is too overused, so many speak of this theme and too many are not well informed.
Then there are bands like the Opera IX or Imago Mortis which are worth reading the texts, sometimes taken from historical sources researched and accurate.
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Al Azif: We would to say thanks to our past member Umis for the years in the band and the lyrics and Nyhl for some guitar parts.
Abibial from Imago Mortis for Inféren track, David for the recording sessions and Enyalios for the artwork, and some friends for the support (Mornak and Aren from X Pus, Marco from Necroshine, Asmodeus from Malauriu, Vito and Loris from Khephra).
We're proud of this album, but we are ready to come over with a new line up and some new tracks for the next album.