What bands have influenced you the most?
Max: I think it's safe to say that we're all influenced by one common thread through music. For myself, for my all time heros, my picks have always been the same: Nirvana, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Amebix, Metallica.
Milosz: I listen to ton's of different kinds of music but mostly it's darker music with dark and meaningfull lyrics.... Pink Floyd... Amebix, Neurosis... I listen to a lot of Killing Joke and New Model Army too.
Congrats on your first demo release which is just plain awesome. The music is great, but also the complete package including all lyrics. How much time and money did you invest in the complete process of recording and packaging?
Max: On this recording it was the original lineup (Milosz, Kevin, and myself). We went into the studio with a pretty solid idea of what we were going to do and we didn't stray too far from that. Milosz knew how he wanted the songs to sound, and we worked with the engineer to get as close to complete as we could. We drove him crazy, but I still think the final result was worth it. It was recorded over a few months in the winter. In between sessions, Milosz and I wrote the keyboard parts and arranged lyrics for the songs. We never had big plans for the recording, but we felt it was worth releasing in SOME way. We never expected it to get this much attention.
Milosz: We didn't even plan to release it but Will from No Options talked us in to it. It was suppose to be just a demo.
Your next release was a split with Warprayer. How did that come into existence?
Milosz: We wanted to have a small release before our first LP... we wanted a 7". We had two faster songs ready to go and we needed one more "side A" song. I started to write 'To Rust', I had many of the riffs ready and the we started to play it together. Then Max and Jeff added their ideas to it and we ended up with 12 minute song. The 7" was a no go! We thought that nobody will release 12" with three songs for a new band like us and we didn't want to wait longer and write more songs so Kevin proposed to do a split 12". I talked to a few people about it and after while Jim from Warprayer contacted me... the rest you know.
At the beginning of 2009, you've played together with Amebix in Boston. How was the show and what do you think about the Amebix re-union?
Max: Amebix were incredible and by far the most powerful band I saw in 2009. I was pretty skeptical about the reunion, so many bands from the 80's are resurrecting only to tour the world and disappoint their fan-base. But as soon as I heard Amebix play 'Chain Reaction' during their soundcheck, I was proven wrong. When I actually spoke to Rob and Stig they both were incredibly humble and kind people, this only reinforced my support of the reunion tour. Needless to say, the show was probably one of the best I've been part of in all my life.
Let's talk about your first full-length named 'Untold Wait'. As you had already announced in the demo, the album mostly consists of previously released demo, including a new one. I personally think it was a great idea to re-record this tracks, also because Jeff Hayward was missing at the demo recordings. And, of course, the production is more powerful and detailed. What do you think about 'Untold Wait'? Are you satisfied with the final result?
Max: To be honest, the recording process for this album was so horrid I think it's too soon for me to have an opinion on this album. Sometimes I listen to it and all I can hear is the blunders and edits and I feel utter frustration, just wishing we could have recorded this album at a better time in a better atmosphere. But other times I listen to it and I feel sincerely proud. I feel like we managed to achieve something we had been aiming for since we first played together. But this is just how I am, never fully pleased but never fully doubtful of our capabilities.
How did the collaboration with Alicia Morgan of the band 13 and Kris Force, who is best known for her work with Amber Asylum, Swans and Neurosis come about?
Milosz: I've known Alicia for while and I always liked her voice, I thought it would fit perfectly in to those parts. One day i just asked her.It was pretty much the same with Kris, I thought we may need some quiet violin parts and I loved what Kris did with her band Amber Asylum and her colaboration with Neurosis and Swans was awesome too. It was a good experience to work with them.
What are your future plans? Have you already written new songs?
Milosz: We are working on some stuff. We have a lot of new riffs. Soon we are just gonna have to put it all together.
Thanks a lot for your time. All the best for you and the band. Anything we totally missed or you want to add?
Max: Thanks for the support Klaus, hope to see you again in the future. Cheers!
Milosz: Just wanna thank you for your patience and for this interview, cheers.