1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?
The recording process didn't take a lot of time, but the mix was a bit more difficult; we discussed a lot about what type of sound we want and the final product can talk for us. We enjoyed a lot the response on our EP, but only one month has passed and we're waiting for more feedback's after holidays.
2.Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
The songs are a big part of our past composition, overhauled and renewed. Despite this, the songs are a lot different from the previous Ep, we spent more time on them with the idea to release a final product that can be more professional and enjoyable.
3.The band originally started out more was a melodic death metal band, what was the decision behind going into more of an atmospheric black/doom metal direction?
As you can know, that was not a truly decision. The starting project had not a clear idea on "what type of music we want to do", me and Marjan were just happy to play music together, we discussed later about a serious future for the band. He love black metal and wants to put something of it into, same for me with "proggy" and Doom influences. And actually that is what Duirvir are!
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
This question is challenging. Actually we are writing lyrics for new songs and the only thing that share with the past ones is the theme of the death and the suffering of life. Nothing extraordinary, new or amazing, but the point is HOW you talk about it, what is the moral behind , the right choice of the terms, ectetera. We are trying to explore new "emotional rivers" to talk to you about it.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Duirvir'?
Choose a name for a band (or whatever) is every time a challenge. A lot of suggestions passed through, but Duirvir sounds amazing for us. Is a semi-latin word, literally Duir (Celtic word, means Oak) and Vir, that means Man in latin. This can be translated with the word "Druid".
6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
Another challenge for us was exactly that. We made two artworks for the Ep. One is the final EP cover, you can find the other one on the web for the Single "Blooming the Rose". Both of that refer to some lyrics, the single and the last track. They talks about an ancient king, his old love and explain the roses too. You can find the lyrics on our youtube challenge if you want do discover more of this.
7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Clearly the live at Metalcamp (now MetalDays) in Slovenia was the best and the bigger one. Actually we cannot describe how that was amazing. We were all scared, but the shows went great, without problems and after that we understand one thing: we can dream and hope about this.
8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Actually not. We're an independent band, without label, and make tours meanwhile we're holding a job is very tricky and expensive for us. But we're on point, so, maybe, for the future...
9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
As i told, the Ep came out only one month ago, surely we're waiting for more feedback's. By the way our Bandcamp sold some copies in America, same for physical copies in our country. Some people, that enjoyed the mix, wrote us to congratulate about the result and our mail has received some proposals from different companies, so we think that our project has hit the world with a little more strength than the past. We can only hope for the best now.
10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Marjan will publish the second album of Iskhathron (his solo-project, avant-garde/dissonant black) in January 2019, and is working on first Timor Vitæ's full length, a depressive/melodic black metal band. Also Ivan is working on some new personal project but i cannot talk about it yet.
11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The full-length is actually on work, some tracks are finished and we're discussing on others. Our idea is to release for the summer of 2019, but the writing of the lyrics is committing us a lot since that is an important part for us, so we cannot say a certain date yet.
12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Enslaved are the bigger influence you can find in the past Ep and in this one, but we enjoyed a lot of Agalloch, Katatonia and Swallow the sun.
13.What are some of your non musical interests?
We are very interested in fantasy books and anime/manga, also we all love videogames (we are friends more than members of the same band!). Fabiano, our new drummer, is in love with his Huskyes, and we can understand him completely. So...at the end there are some little things we have in common, but we think it's not worth mentioning it and is not the right place here for a long discussion about our lives
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all thanks for this interview and for the words on your review, was really exciting read it. We remind you again the possibility to listen to us on every web platform and you can write us your impressions about our release! We're very happy to see the people enjoying this little piece of our musical career, and if you believe in us, any encouragement will be very appreciated!