1. Hails when did you first discover metal music and who were some of the first bands you listened to? Who are some of your current favorite bands?
Filthy Fuck: Oh Jesus Christ... I'm 35, divorced, miss my kid, bitter, depressed and promoting what is essentially a very elaborate sonic suicide letter and we start with this question. Fucking hell. I was 12-13, man. Iron Maiden, and stuff. I listen to a lot of things right now, but mostly children songs for my 3 year old. You know, the old school classics of the first and second wave like humpty dumpty and Old Macdonald had a farm. I don't talk to Sadogoat. But I think he's more into the newer, gayer stuff like Paw Patrol. I can ask him if you press me for an answer.
2. Ayat was formed in 2004 when did you get the idea to start this band?And how did you choose the name Ayat as the band name? Does it have a special meaning?
FF: That's a very pertinent question. It was formed in 2004 so I would wager we got the idea a little bit before 2004 or 2004 but certainly not after. And yes Ayat does have a meaning. It is the first thing you see when you google our name.
3. What is the current line up of the band? And who would you say are Ayat's biggest influences?
FF: It's still me and Sadogoat, like always. Who is our biggest influence? I would say,definitely women. All them women. Mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, ex-wives, prostitutes, unobtainable women, easy women, cities that eat their children with the madness of women, the indiscriminate loyalty to the death of women, where to stop, man, I don't think you can extract more from a man until his walls are down for a woman. The hurt is either one that flattens the edifice of your very identity or you use it to build yourself. Either way, it is very formative and our biggest influence in our growth as human beings. I always believed Ayat's songs areessentially love songs, mostly always, but kind of sick in the head.
4. Carry On,Carrion is the bands third full-length how long did it take to write the music for the new release?
FF: 2 years.
5. Who usually handles writing the lyrics and what are some subjects written about on Carry On, Carrion?
FF: I do. And it's the usual dross of homicide, lust, Islamic blasphemy, killing a baby with cigarette burns, a flying gigantic pig, you know, wholesome family fun.
6. Besides the new release are the previous two releases still available?Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise available if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
FF: No. Not to my knowledge. Releasing something is not really for you. It is an exhibitionist parading of exposed guts that you happened to stumble upon. Ifsomeone finds something for Ayat then that's just one more person I exposed my privates to. It's thrilling but I prefer to remain a pervert in a brown coat scaring girls with my penis in dark alleys, I don't think we want to take Ayat on the road or to the next level and scare throngs of girls with my penis at Wembley. I like my black metal to remain as inaccessible as possible and at grassroots level. People make fun of bedroom black metal but that's how fucking Quorthon did it. Your own bedroom is the space that is most you. So, no. No CDs out there, no merchandise. Nothing. To my knowledge. We don't even have a website.
7. What does black metal mean to you?
FF: I'm not sure anymore. It certainly saved us at some point in our lives. We're at a crossroad now. We don't know how we feel towards the genre anymore. Maybe we'll go on a quest to find ourselves, and release a blues album, or get guest rappers for our next release.
But seriously now, Black metal had been extremely important to our society and its decline is reflected in the rise of the alt-right. Extreme metal, gaming, even the dungeons and dragons shtick, were all refuge for marginalized white men when I was young. To be a Black Metal fan was enough to be ostracized. It was a struggle explaining to people we were decent. But now it seems grandstanding and insulting people through the medium of art is becoming slowly irrelevant when you can just scream nigger at people in the bus. Black Metal is the product of the conservative Reagan age, the insanity of the Trump age left us behind and I am not sure how relevant we still are. The only thing we can pray for to be relevant again is that the civilized world falls into fascism and so Black metal and Punk could go back to being relevantly dangerous. But for now, that's the West's problem. The good thing about the East, in this instance, is that we are like 30-40 years behind as a society. So an anti-Islamic record like ours would still make ripples. What I'm trying to say is that the scene is in trouble and we need to figure out how to be relevant, but personally as Ayat we're extracting the last bits of honey from that tired old tit. So basically, fuck you and good luck.
8. Other then Ayat do you currently have any other bands or solo projects you work with?If yes please tell the readers a little about them?
9. When not working on new music or band business what do you like to do in your free time?
FF: I like to think on how I will extract cold revenge on the people who wronged me. I fantasize about how much I want them to suffer. And I struggle with that every day. We are not all born privileged and life has a way of setting a man and a woman back. And hatred can consume you. And it's always a struggle to keep your baser instincts in check. When I am not working, I am just stopping myself from lashing out like a caveman and just kick everyone at the mall in the face. I don't think I require help and I'd like to think this the struggle of modern man in a society that had fallen into strange spiritual disrepair. I moved to the West to escape the heat of the Middle East, you know. And things have not been going well in the capitalist paradise of North America. That's all I'll say.
10. Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
FF: Thank you for interviewing me. I haven't done that in years and apologize if I sounded too forceful. You're doing your job I guess, but to be fair your questions had been awfully formulaic, you could've replaced our band name and album name and you could've given that to any band. It felt lazy. And I felt that needed to be punished.
As for the readers, I'm sure most of them hate me right now or think I'm trying too hard. The Ayat fans know us well and probably enjoyed the exchange very much. In either cases, I don't really care. We have a new album. Hello there! It's Ayat! Remember us? Buy it, it's just superb, really, forgot what its' called, 9 years in the making, swan song and stuff, chickichicki bumbum, you know what to do. And remember, reader! Downloading makes your penis smaller. Mine is an inch and a half. Don't be like me. Buy our album. Or download the lyrics too. And the artwork. We put a lot of work in it on all fronts so get the full experience.
Cheers! And stay happy!
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