Interview: Sepulcher (2015) | From The Bowels Of Perdition

Conversation with

Sepulcher

A few lines on the Edged Circle Production’s website are the only available source of information about Sepulcher on the internet, apart from your almost completely inactive profile page and a few obscure promotional photos of the band. Are you trying to stay anonymous on purpose or are all the dull promotional tools of the contemporary music industry something you just can’t be bothered figuring out?

Hubabrutal: The four of us met at a costume party in Fusa. I came dressed as a slutty doctor and expected this to be one of those typical mediocre parties. Great people, but loud and lame music all over the place. Luckily, the night quickly took a turn for the better, as one of the many Batmen queued Angel Of Death by Slayer. The whole party went silent as the intro riff started to play. Most stood paralyzed, and they had no idea what to do. But I did. You can not listen to Angel Of Death when drunk, and not try to match Tom Araya’s thundering scream. So I did. And I failed. Horribly. But it didn’t matter, because I was not alone. Spread across the room, there were in total four wholehearted failures. Me, a Batman, a gorilla, and a butcher pig. From that moment on, we knew that we had to start a band. So we did. Right away. We left the party and rushed to the gorilla’s home, since he had a place where we could play. We played some old classics and spent the rest of the night writing songs. All while in costumes, the entire time. When we met again a few days later to play new songs, I still wore my costume. The others did too. This hidden identity thing started out as a joke, but by now, it has turned into a competition. I have spent an embarrassing amount of time trying to uncover the names and faces of the other three, but never succeeded. And neither have any of them. I am not going to be the first one to cave in by putting my name on some page on the internet.

Would you subscribe to the notion that pretty much all the anonymous metal bands that are emerging daily look and act the same and feel stuck in a certain pattern?

Hubabrutal: We don’t have a particular problem with bands that try to keep their identities a secret. If they feel that it brings a new dimension to the message and product that they offer, then why should they not do it? We don’t see it as a necessity ourselves, but for some bands the visual is just as important as the music, especially when performing live. From our experience, there is no shortage of band members looking like casual metal fans either. As for my own part, I am definitely one of those guys as most of the shirts I own are band shirts. The same goes for the rest of the band, as well as most people and bands we meet at festivals and concerts. Maybe that is a Norwegian thing. I don’t know. But I do hope it stays that way.

Sepulcher Interview 2015 (Band)

Without exaggeration, at least 50% of the Mausoleum Tapestry’s appeal can be credited to how raw and remorseless it sounds. Was that the plan from the beginning, to capture that particular frenzied sound?

Hubabrutal: We always knew what kind of sound we were looking for. A brutal and filthy chaos of relentless riffs curled up in an ominous atmosphere. We recorded the album in our new homemade studio, so we had no idea how to work with the technicalities of it all. The hardware would fall apart, and the software would betray us. It was a mess. Still, I feel like our inexperience has worked in our favor. The sound is raw and unpolished, and accompanies the songwriting very well. Furthermore, it reeks of pure energy.

The tape version of Mausoleum Tapestry features five silhouettes on the front cover that seem as if they’re in the middle of some evil, sinful affair. Could you provide guidance as to what they are doing exactly?

Hubabrutal: Those shadows represent the five great priests of the ancient realms of Nether. They used to scavenge the northern wastelands for human remnants and godly blood, and would later use their findings to summon Lars, the damned preacher, hoping that he would grant them endless riches. But Lars had other plans. His powers were foreign and vastly stronger than those the priests wielded, and he wreaked havoc in the lands. By his hands, the once noble realm was brought to its knees, and none but the five priests were spared. They were forced to roam the empty wastelands for centuries to come. Anyway, that is what our buddy John told us. He has always been a bit unstable, and lately he has had some trouble differentiating between dream and reality, so he is not exactly a reliable source. But he said he heard it on QI, so it got to be true.

What is the story behind the abstract madness that can be seen on the extended version of the cover?

Hubabrutal: Once again, that information comes directly from our buddy John, and on this one his points don’t make a lot of sense. So I will spare you the details. What I can say though, is that this picture is the original drawing. It is much more detailed and layered, so it didn’t look too good on the tape. For now, we keep it for ourselves, but maybe we will get an opportunity to use it later. Who knows?

Apparently, there’s an eye woven into your ugly, primitive, asymmetric logo. Could you please explain what that eye stands for and make a comment on the logo in general?

Hubabrutal: The logo was drawn by the mighty Valbo of Obliteration. We didn’t give him any specifications, but he knew what kind of music we played, so he drew this brutal thing to accompany it. We have gotten a few comments about the logo’s black metal vibe style-wise and about how it can be a bit misleading, but we don’t care too much about that. It fits quite well with the overall atmosphere of the album. As for the eye, we have no idea what it stands for. It looks cool, though.

Sepulcher Interview 2015 (Mausoleum Tapestry)

For the time being, there are only 150 tape copies to prove the physical existence of Mausoleum Tapestry. Do you feel that there are only 150 people around the world who would be potentially interested in buying and owning this album?

Hubabrutal: We are a new band, and have yet to release any EPs or demos. This makes it somewhat hard for the label to promote the album. It would be a huge risk to print a few thousand copies without any prior indications of the interest. We had no idea ourselves either. Therefore, we sat down with Iscariah, the head of Edged Circle Productions, for a few too many beers and discussed how to do the release. And these days, with vinyl being the main format in our community, we figured we could do something different.

There’s a notion that, if a certain release is limited to a ridiculously low number of copies, that only benefits metal elitists who buy stuff for the sake of having something potentially valuable down the road.

Hubabrutal: We all want the original copies. But the music itself will most likely be available on YouTube or other places in no time, especially if there is a big demand for it. In our case, being a totally new band and all, we can’t expect to sell thousands upon thousands of albums. And the label certainly can’t play such a gamble. As long as we get our music out there, we are happy. That gives us the opportunity to get out and play concerts. And if there seems to be a lot of interest in the music, we will take it from there. I don’t think any band aims to displease their fans with these limited releases. Sometimes it is just a result of the circumstances.

Name five bands, old or new, that you feel never released a disappointing album, regardless of how extensive their discography is.

Hubabrutal: Morbus Chron, In Solitude, Death, Dark Angel, and Vektor.

When you purchase music for yourself, do you prefer to have it on tape, CD, or vinyl?

Hubabrutal: We prefer vinyl. It has all the quality and charm you could ask for in a format. It has the whole package. Nothing beats the all-consuming atmosphere you can get captured in when listening to a great album on vinyl. Tape is a close second. It has a more of a raw and dirty feel to it. And sometimes that is exactly what you need.

 

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