1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Well, we we have 3 members:
Me, Dantallion - guitar/vocals
Surtr - bass
Inferis - drums
We very ambitious and hard-working band because we started in June 2019 and we already have self-released demo, we know a lot of covers,we sent our record abroad and also we are one of the few black metal bands in our city. Currently we are discussing future projects like gigs with other local bands, new recordings and merchandise. Right now we are working on the idea to make CD copies of our demo since there are people out there who are ready to buy it and deserve to own it, we even found a local store that agrees to sell them! The owner is our friend and he strongly supports the local scene which is awesome! Our main goal is to create something original and interesting, we are mixing different lyrical themes and our songs contain fast and aggressive tones and solos mixed with slow parts! After all our future projects are done we will record our first album, but take you time! We are going to release new stuff only if it`s the best we could make and it have to be original, to be our own style! Originality for us is really important!
2.So far you have released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
At the beginning we played only covers! We did not have a bassist too so it was a duo project! In September we decided to record something and this is how "Demonized" was born! It gained the respect of the local metal community and our friends really supported what we were doing! When I came home after it was posted on Youtube and listened to it I felt like it is the type of music I want to write even tho I totally hated the lyrics! When Surtr joined the band in the end of October we started working on the demo I experimented a lot with the melodies and the lyrics and I am glad I did it because we found our style this way! It is made of fast evil tremolo riffs with some slow melodies and in the future I will write more death metal stuff! Expect many surprises!
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
The lyrics I write must fit the music! Of course, black metal goes on the best with satanic themes but as I said we want to be original and creative so I am mixing satanism with stuff like murder, gore, paranormal activity and scary stories! Horror movie themes! I mean all of them are really similar because they are considered unholy, evil and most people find them creepy!
4.The band name has 2 meanings, Satanic Tormentors Recreating Abuse Hell and also means 'fear'in Bulgarian, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
It shows the two sides of the band - Satanic Tormentors shows our side as a satanic band and strah (fear) shows our side as a band that worships scary stuff - demons, ghosts, curses. You can perfectly see it in the lyrics of "Evil spirit from the mirror" - it tells the story of a normal person who decides to summon Bloody Mary and she murders him, casts a spell to his soul and he is thrown to the lake of fire in hell. I guess you see what I am talking about!
5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo cover?
In fact it was made before the band existed. Like a year and two months ago! I met a girl with almost the same musical taste as mine on the social media and it seemed like she is into drawing. She was really good at it too! So I asked her to throw a creepy forest with an evil shadow on it that represents death so I could use it one day when I start a band and record something! After we finished our demo somewhere in the end of November Inferis wondered what should he use as a cover - he engineered, mixed and uploaded all our songs so he had to choose a picture! I showed him the drawing and he liked it, Surtr did too and we officially decided to use it. We of course informed the girl and she was really excited of course! She promoted us in her country - Czech Republic and we are still in contact. We remain friends!
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have played on stage only once! On 16 February at Rock Bar Fans and it was brutal! Great emotion, great audience, great place, great memories! We had plans to play again in May but coronavirus fucked all our plans! Anyways we have played in front of other people a lot of times because we often invite friends (and girls of course haha) to our rehearsals. It is awesome to see them headbanging to our music for sure but our dream is to play abroad one day. Somewhere in Western Europe or Scandinavia! It will probably happen but after our first album is finally fact and many local shows we will perform.
7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Yes, we received interest from the guy who owns a local label/fanzine called Terozin. I contacted him in January because I needed the lyrics of an old Bulgarian band he worked with called Оберън we wanted to make a cover of and sent him our demo in return! He liked it a lot and we are still corresponding! He is interested in helping us with the promotion of the band, making merchandise and releasing our own cassettes and vinyls. He also will probably help us with our album!
8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Well for now I haven`t send the demo to a lot of countries - only Poland, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic and maybe USA. Most of the people enjoy our music, as I said there are also people interested in buying our CD we will release in the future. Most of our friends also support us, they play in local bands too so we support each other. We have to deal with a lot of hate too especially from some angry weirdos who are trying to look edgy and funny but in fact they are just a bunch of jealous cowards! We prefer giving our attention to our fans instead of to jerks! One Polish guy once messaged me that he may come to Bulgaria for one of our next performances because he loves our music!
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Maybe well known along the Bulgarian metal fans and the worldwide black metal community but this will probably happen after our album is out!
10.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?
Blackened death metal and Norwegian black! Those are the two genres that influenced the band the most and our style of playing! Bands like Sadistik Exekution and Possessed, they are awesome! We also do have some classical heavy metal influences.Currently I am listening mostly to death metal, black metal, thrash and heavy metal, exactly the styles I am listening to all the time.
11.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
Of course! It makes our music more evil and extreme but we are more interested in writing gory and creepy horror stuff!
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview and the great questions! It was a pleasure for me and my bandmates.https://www.instagram.com/s.t.r.a.h_b...