:: Interview with Obsidian Kingdom
Interview with Obsidian Kingdom
Obsidian Kingdom is a really good and underrated band. Let’s go for a very interesting interview. And don't forget to listen to "Mantiis".
Metalship : Obsidian Kingdom isn’t yet a very famous band. Can you present the band?
Obsidian Kingdom is an independent music project that plays hard-to-classify heavy music with plenty of contrasts since 2005.
Metalship : Your first album is really good. How much time did you work on it? (Writing process, recording, etc.)
Why; thank you very much! The whole process took up to two years. Considering we were facing a hideously monumental structure, we planned every step very carefully. We spent about a year and a half plotting and writing it; then we did a rough pre-recording that lasted a month, and after that we were ready to enter the studio, where we stayed for fifteen days. Mixing and mastering went on for another month a half and the album finally came out as planned, 16th November 2012.
Metalship : There are a lot of musical styles in “Mantiis”. You seem to be open-minded concerning music. Can you tell us what artists you like? What kinds of music are you listen?
there are; we thought that the ideas we needed to express in ‘Mantiis’ pictured far too many emotions for us to restrict ourselves to a single style or genre. So we just used whichever form we deemed fitter for each passage, regardless of pre-conceived boundaries. It resulted in an album that blows up a lot of clichés and limits.
Our personal musical influences are way too broad and varied to even be summarized here; nevertheless, in ‘Mantiis’ you will find traces of some of them, ranging from the melancholy of Akira Yamaoka to the heaviness of Cult of Luna, including the experimental style of Ulver
or Pink Floyd's sound heritage.
Metalship : What are the first reactions about your first album?
We are totally blown away by the incredible outcome of ‘Mantiis’. Both audience and media are giving it a warmer welcome than we ever expected. The album has been downloaded more than 3000 times in less than two months and we have already sold most of the copies of the limited edition. Furthermore, feedback from both the audience and the music press has been amazing so far; the album is getting an average score of 9/10 in the more than thirty reviews that have been published to date from all over the world, and it has ranked in high positions on several ‘best of 2012’ lists among giants such as Neurosis
, Ihsahn, High on Fire or AmenRa. We couldn’t ask for more.
Metalship : The artwork seems to be very important for you. The digipack version of “Mantiis” contains a lot of graphic works. Obsidian Kingdom is much more than music, no?
Absolutely; Obsidian Kingdom is an artistic entity that encompasses music, poetry, philosophy, video-art, language of the stage, design and, above all, emotional communication. As an independent collective which firmly stands for a DIY mindset, we take good care of every aspect concerning the identity of the band; from music production to merchandise distribution; from community management to marketing campaigns; from flyer design to onstage video art; from content to form.
Metalship : Some videos show what we can expect from the band in live. Can you describe what a live show of Obsidian Kingdom is?
Our shows are intended to enhance and amplify all the emotions that run through our music, provoking an immediate nervous response in the audience. Complemented with video projections and special stage lighting – and of course the complexities of the interpretation of music and words themselves – they broaden the band’s speech and take it to further fields of reading.
Metalship : Do you have planned some live shows for 2013? In other countries than Spain?
, to present ‘Mantiis’ in its live incarnation is our main goal right now. We’ll be playing two shows along with Cult of Luna in Barcelona and Madrid this January, and after that we’re already closing some deals to play in some festivals across Europe, plus booking a European tour that will hopefully happen sometime between spring and fall 2013.
Metalship : Can you tell us a little more about the lyrics?
Our lyrics are ambiguous, somber and definitely vague. In this way, our audience can relate to our songs in a stronger manner; projecting and reflecting their own subconscious reality into them because their themes are not exclusive or clearly depicted. Thus, a stronger bond is forged between the song and the listener through the process of appropriation. For that is our wish: for our song to mean something to someone; to belong not to us, but to you.
‘Mantiis’ means a one-way trip to the bleak place where girls and insects dance to the sound of an eerie music; a post-modern rock opera with a non-narrative structure, the main themes of which are sex and death. It is but a masquerade through which we’ve been able to express some very dark emotions, divided into fourteen small chapters that make its assimilation easier.
Metalship : ”Mantiis” is available on your Bandcamp page, like your first recordings. Is it difficult to find a label, although you have a lot of qualities? What do you think about the new place of digital music, downloads, etc.?
Well, no wonder that getting into a label is so difficult these days, especially considering that physical formats – the main mean for a music label to make money – have suffered such a severe downfall due to the success of better, more immediate and functional ways to share music.
Nowadays it’s extremely rare that a listener should buy an album without having thoroughly listened to it first, both because the overcrowding of the music market and the facility with which one can download music from the internet for free. And so, ¿why put barriers to this natural and logical system? We feel that digital formats and free downloads are an excellent tools for upcoming bands to spread their music worldwide without help – and subsequent depredation – from third parties whose only interest is profit.
Because of all of this, not being signed to a label is a perfectly conscious decision on our side. We feel that the record industry has stagnated against the interests of bands and listeners alike, just so a reduced minority could make a huge profit out of this situation. Therefore, we’ve decided to tread our own path. And so far it’s working just fine.
Metalship : What is the future of Obsidian Kingdom?
The future is now and it features worldwide exposure and extensive touring; brand new editions of ‘Mantiis’ and high quality new merchandising; and a broader and more direct interaction with our audience. We are already working hard on it.
And of course, there’s plenty of new music to come soon…
Metalship : I let you the last words…
Thank you Shamash for this fine interview and let us send our kind regards to all the readers of Metalship; we hope that you will be able to enjoy our live show very soon. Meanwhile, remember that ‘Mantiis’ is available for free download at bandcamp.obsidiankingdom.com.
And also remember not to take candy from strangers.
added by Shamash, on January 22, 2013 for Metalship