1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Void: In advance, thanks for your attention. At the moment, we're working toward two different goals: training the band to play together for live gigs (working in rehearsal room) and write new songs for the next album.
2.In September you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Void: Our aim is to reflect, in our music, the uncompromising attitude of Nefastoreth's project. For this reason the musical sound, as much as possible, have to be raw, direct, effective and real. We really do not like the nowadays super hi-tec triggered productions that sounds powerful but are too fake. We want to continue a sort of "analog" tradition. For sure this not means that we do not use the technology in our recording: we tend to use it in a right proportion. In ITR album we used very simple tools to gather togheter the recordings, to give to our sound the above traits. In ISE album we did a different work, using more technology, without lose the our ideal raw Black Metal sound's guideline.
3.This is the first album to be released in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
Void: Seven years it has been a long period that has seen so many different line-up changes and sudden and silly defections. Due to these reasons, the Nefastoreth's project has been slowed respect to the "physiological" release timetable that, on average, the other bands follow. For sure, it was a difficult Time. We're forced to deal with so many different logistical and organizational problems. Luckily, new valuable musicians have joined the band in the meanwhile, giving the opportunity to gain new energies, inspiration and trascendental attitude, that are been gathered in new album ISE.
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Nahash: Music is a means for us,it allows us to undertake and follow the Left Hand Path,which you may find in many different cultures and religions.That’s the first thing we care. The nourishment of Imperium Serpentis Evalngelii is the Gnostic Satanism. Refuse the spiritual structures of the bright tradition is the most important value of our lyrics. "Enlightenment is not reached by visualizing the light but by exploring the darkness" Our goal in this project,is not the cohesion with God “unio mystica” but be able to go beyond metaphysical obstructions,to achieve the self-deification,through chaos,darkness and individual freedom. If you listen to the title track,you are going to ask yourself a question: “ Does the Serpent give us the knowledge between the Good and Evil,or is it only representing the essence of the last one? “
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nefastoreth'?
Void: The name "Nefastoreth" cames from an ancient sumerian myth that it has been borrowed to the arcaic tradition. It tells about a star, called "Nefastoreth", belonging to the Orion's constellation, which, at the moment of her appearance on the celestial Equator, once every 10 years, it brought famine, pestilence and death. At the beginnings, we decided to use this ancient symbol as a band name, to underline the antihuman attitude of the project.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Void: We did few live gigs, due to our extreme underground definition: we really do not need to show ourselves playing in a live dimension, we prefere to raise our esoteric culture to lift up our inspiration in music and to tend to the indefinable side of our reality. Nevertheless, we do not reject at first live gigs, it depends from the context: serious Black Metal Orthodox environment only. We did it in our past and probably, due to some new requests received, we'll do it again soon. I remember one particular stage performance in my city, in 2008 after the release of ITR, where all the guys listened with intense participation our live songs, literally "drain" from these, their esoteric and transcendental meaning. It was really satisfactory for me: not only the uncompromising features was released that night, but also the more important Spiritual message.
Our stage performance are very direct and effective: no words between songs, no thanks and regards. Only Black Metal musicians which play at their best their instruments to give our message in a shadowed and foggy stage, lit by candles only. To have an idea, you can see the live gallery on our web site www.nefastoreth.com .
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Void: We have received some different request about, however we do not fix nothing yet. We're managing again some little logistic problems and, once solved, for sure we'll repeat some live gigs: we're preparing the band set for that.
8.The new album was released by Vanth Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Nahash: Vanth Productions is a young label. It wants to work inside the purest Black Metal’s dimension, to keep the primeval issues and the true spirit alive , far from fashion and waves of these last years .
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Void: Like a Black Metal Orthodox Band, the true underground is our environment. Therefore our focus is oriented in a different scenario: for sure we have received a very positive feedback from guys which follows this genre, and this is very important for us like band, however, like musicians, we do not pay attention only about the fan's view (that we respect...) or "market judgment"... We really focused ourselves on an esoteric an Left Hand Path to attempt to transfer in our music its values.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Nahash: Black Metal, we are born under the sign of that, so that's what we want to do. Surely we’ll travel to trails much more obscure, ritualistic,turned into deep sounds. Anyway, the music will follow our own individual asceticism.
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?
Nahash: The last period of Nefastoreth is basically influenced by all the bands born from De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas like Ondskapt - draco sit mihi dux, Aosoth, Deathspell Omega until Svartidauði and Sinmara, but Void and I were always interested in the Black Metal from the beginning so our influences are very broad. Beside the bands I mentioned before,I’m listening to Grav, Acerbitas, Bekëth Nexëhmü, Nawaharjan, Ormgård, Sons of Fenris but these ones affect more my side project WON. In closing, we are great listeners of this music most of all,without forgetting other different kinds of sounds as you can find in the Electric Wizard.
12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
Nahash: Occult is not what is hidden but what is not known yet, it is the Sakti,it is the dark path Vamachara, it is the Qlifoth shade of Sephiroth. Occult are forces, knowledge hidden in darkness that let us destroy the world of appearances.
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Void: Be critical and contemplative: our reality not ends in the material world. The diaphragm that divides us from our true divine nature is so thin... With an aware use of our time and minds, we can elevate our knowledge to reach higher level of consciousness...