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Interview with Sathamel done by Patrick posted on 7-2-19
Interview with Sathamel done by Patrick
1.Hails please introduce yourself to the readers?
Hello, We are Sathamel a black/death metal band from the UK.
2.When did you first start listening to metal music and who were the first bands that caught your attention?Who are some of your current favorites?
It varies, generally however in terms of metal, the usuals, metallica, iron maiden were the first bands we discovered either through family members or friends during early/pre-teen years. With regards to current favourites, within the band there are so many varied tastes, from the most obscure black metal bands such as Aoratos to the most straight forward heavy metal. Currently in rotation at the moment are the new Hate and Misthyrming albums
3.When did you first meet the other members of the band and was it long before you all started Sathamel? How diid you choose Sathamel as the name of the band does it have a special meaning?
Possibly around 2009 I, KVN and Kruk met. We are the only "original" members. I would say we all crossed paths between 2008 - 2014 at first meeting. It is only since reforming the band late last year we began to work closely with one another.
4.What is the current line-up of the band?And for the readers who have never heard Sathamel's music how would you best describe the bands musical style?
The current lineup is Kruk - Vocals, KVN - Guitars, Cygnus - Guitars, Nadir - Bass and Rekyr - Drums. In terms of musical style we would say we are of "blackened death" ilk, and with our vocalist originally hailing from poland we get a few understandable comparisons to Hate and Behemoth for example - which is totally fine. Those bands influenced us greatly.
5.Horror Vacui is the bands debut release how long did it take the band to write the music for the debut?Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write everything?
The material of Horror Vacui took around 6 months from nothing to the stage where we were happy to book the studio time and began during the middle of february 2018. During this time it was just Myself and Kruk handling the material, we focused on creating material for demos in the hope of finding new members (writing 5 or 6 songs), or renewing the band as a studio project. little did we know within 4 months we would have a new band almost entirely with Cygnus entering the fold in the April. I remained the creative force but once Cygnus had added his mark into the band, offering most of what you will hear as the title track now the material began to take real shape. During the studio sessions it was Rekyr who brang a lot of extra ideas to the table in terms of extra vocal ideas and some arrangement. Sam at Ritual Sound (Producer) helped greatly with the extra orchestral elements and overall creative atmosphere in the studio.
6.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the music and what are some subjects you all wrote about on the debut release?Which usually comes first the music or the lyrics?
Kruk writes all the lyrics generally, and usually in isolation - most of the lyrics we were not aware of until tracking in the studio. Cygnus did have a vocal arrangement for Horror Vacui - with a different title and lyrical theme but this was amalgamated with Kruk's ideas.
The music comes first, the vocal arrangement then placed on top.
7.I believe the Horror Vacui is self-released would the band like to find a label to work with on future releases or do you prefer to self-release your own music?
A label would be nice, but we have turned some down in the past. We are just waiting on the right home for our music.
8.Besides the Horror Vacui release does the band have any other merchandise currently available for the readers to buy if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
We have merchandise available at https://sathamel.bigcartel.com
Our previous releases can be found on https://sathamel.bandcamp.com
9.Has Sathamel played live over the years or do you prefer to work in the studio?What have been some of the bands most memorable shows so far?Who are some bands that you have shared the stage with?
Up until the Hiatus in 2017 the band was fairly active in the UK scene. We have shared the stage with some fantastic bands over the years both hailing from the UK and abroad. Notables would be Old Corpse Road, Hecate Enthroned, Abhorrent Decimation, Daemona, The Infernal Sea, Sidious... We could go on. International bands include Belphegor, Hate, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Tribulation.
A definite highlight was supporting Fleshgod Apocalypse in Leeds, that was a definite "turning point" in one way for the band and one we look back on fondly. The "return" shows this May alongside our good friends Voltumna and Shadowflag are definite highlights.
10.Are their any tours or shows in support of the debut release if yes where will the band be playing?
We have a handful of shows currently announced and a few more in the pipeline unannounced - Our social media are the best places to keep updated. We are looking to focus on the end of 2019 and into 2020.
11.What does Underground Metal mean to you?
It is the spirit of metal - metal thrives on the DIY aspect and of the burning heart of those who support it. It's not a level of passion found in any other genres of music.
12.Beside working in Sathamel do you or any of the members currently work with any other bands or solo projects? If yes please tell the readers a little about these?
Currently KVN is preparing alongside the rest of the band to bring Written In Torment to the stage, which was originally a One man project by a musician who goes by the moniker "leviathan"
Kruk is involved in a band Worldeater and just taking role of vocalist/frontman
Cygnus has been filling in live for a Thrash Metal band named Shrapnel
Nadir is the bass player for a doom band named Petrichor
13.Sathamel comes out of the U.K's blackend death metal scene what is your opinion of the scene in England over the years?
A great scene with thriving talent. Unsure why the UK appears left out compared to scandinavia and europe for example.
14.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of the U.K blackend death metal scene and are their any new bands you could recommend to the readers?
The above mentioned.
15.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?