|I had this interview on my computer since ages and actually it was scheduled for the 10th issue, but with updated questions. Unfortunately the band never answered me back so the questions never featured in any Franang zine edition. I think it's time to published this meeting as according to me MORTUARY DRAPE are one hell of a dark Black Metal band, that has always come with original tunes and recordings. Read on answers from the vocalist Wildness Perversion (WP) and Arcane (A) the bassist.|
|Hail to thee !!!
How’s life doing in MORTUARY DRAPE'scamp lately ?
(W.P) : I’d say that things are for the best, even if we had to report several times the recordings because of the usual line up problems… now, we’re busy with perfecting the new songs, since we will enter the studio this summer (2004). The new material can be compared to “Secret Sudaria” when it comes to the impact but it’s certainly more complex, both regarding the technical side and the structures of the songs. It will be a major kick in the ass of all those who thought what MORTUARY DRAPE were dead !
(A) : Musically speaking, the new album will certainly be the most extreme ever recorded by MORTUARY DRAPE ! There is a new vital force pulsing within the band and this has contributed to give the song a more fresh and spontaneous shape. It’s also a result of the fact that the band could call around them people who were all 100% into the message that we spread since 16 years !
MORTUARY DRAPE exists since
more than 17 years, how do you look back on the first days and on your
long background ? Are there some particular events that made MORTUARY
DRAPE to what it’s now ? Or was it a “common” band evolution
(I mean musicianship improving & co) ?
holds a major place in MORTUARY DRAPE : the looking of the members, the
setting of the stage, lyrics & general feeling of the music. Is it result
of an attraction, a spiritual interest or would you say this is a way of
life for each member ? Have you ever experienced magic for instance ? Furthermore,
whereas MORTUARY DRAPE is an “occult” band, I wouldn’t
describe it as “satanic” music, as one can do for Denial Of
God or Necromantia for instance. Do you see yourself as satanists, and in
which way ? Do you draw any (musical or personal) inspiration from the kind
of satanism preached by the Church Of Satan ?
(W.P.) : Occultism and necromancy are the basis of the band’s concept and are for us subjects of studies and research. We have a real and sincere interest in these topics, and this has brought a very personal identity to the band. Many of our lyrics, for instance, have been developed on the basis of live experiences of esoteric practices.
(A) : Occultism, in it’s most general form, is for us above all the research of a state of consciousness; it means to us to understand the nature of one’s self being and the infinite possibilities that are hiding within each person. Man is the one the Hebrew cabbalists call the “Microprosopo” or the “piccolo volto”, to be understood as the microcosm of divine origin; it’s the first Grand Work of magic, the knowledge of the self. When Man understands his own nature, he understands the nature of the divine – like when you see a drop of water you can deduce and imagine the existence of the ocean.
(W.P.) : MORTUARY DRAPE is not a Satanic band, yet the band concept reaches the theories Anton LaVey preached in his Church Of Satan. These theories being nothing more than an extremist copycat of Nietzsche’s one, plus the Satanist aspect.
|Your music is
highly personal, I still consider it as Black Metal, but it cannot be compared
to any other existing band. What can you tell us about the feed back you
got from audience back then in the first days, and all along your long existence
? It seems that MORTUARY DRAPE is still quite underrated (almost no interviews,
not many people seem to know your band…) or maybe it’s your
will to remain “confidential” ? Moreover, as I said your music
is unique and I can hardly recognize any influences, so what bands would
you regard as such ?
(W.P.) : It’s essential, as a band, to find it’s own musical dimension, but such a goal must not be a conscious, forced target, it must come naturally. MORTUARY DRAPE has its sound, its own identity, but believe me – that’s the result of years of passion and investment…Of course we had influences, references like for instance Mercyful Fate, Celtic Frost, Bathory and Venom but we have learned to catalyse our influences into our own conception of music.
(A) : To answer your other question, I can assure you that MORTUARY DRAPE has never had the intention to stay aside – I believe the problem is rather the fact that here in Italy, a band has to move their ass twice as hard to obtain anything concrete.
quite a lot of different labels throughout your various releases (Decapitated/Unisound,
then Shivadarshan for the “Mourn Path”, Nazgul’s Eyrie
Productions for “Secret Sudaria”, Avantgarde, etc…). What
can you tell us about this state of fact ? Have you ever been satisfied
with the various labels’ work ? Did you face some rip-offs problems
maybe ? Tell us everything …
(W.P.) : The main reason for all these changes is that, in the beginning of a “relationship”, all labels always showed up as very interested and promised all and everything and a huge promotion, and as soon as they see the studio bill, they changed their attitude. We know very well that we are not amongst the lucky band that got their recording costs paid, but the etiquette makes that we are amongst the bands that have to take their time to record an album. We cannot record in 14 days in a row with everything done with haste.
Our songs are very complex and even though we are well prepared we need a long time to record them, because they aren’t songs where a couple riffs are played a couple time each, but very complex structures with 20/25 changes of tempo and riff. I think that in our new album “Buried In Time” which will be out in October 2004 we have something like 320 different tempos on the whole album and 5300 notes played.
This is the reason why we have experienced so many label changes, we are a very underground band but when it comes to expenses we are like the big labels’ bands. And while Dimmu Borgir gets 30 000 Euros to record and spend them mostly on whores, drugs and alcohol, MORTUARY DRAPE must satisfy themselves with 3 500 Euros and be careful to record a perfect disc because otherwise it won’t sell since Italian products got a reputation of bad recordings. All this is absurd.
Labels must stop taking the bands for fools. They always tell us they don’t sell enough CDs; so, can you tell me how our previous labels manage to re-release again and again our previous works and to bootleg – and at the same time saying that MD doesn’t sell ? Mystery of faith. FUCK OFF.
far as I know, you were bootlegged (at least) twice with the re-release”
of "All The Witches Dance"& "Into The Drape” on
one CD “Into the Catachthonium” by Unisound and the re-release
on vinyl of “Secret Sudaria” by MFH (this one called “Licensed
from NEP”, but you call it bootleg on your website) … Did you
get informed by the labels that did these re-releases ? What is your opinion
about that and about the concept of bootlegging in general ?
(W.P.) : Unfortunately being illegally produced e.g. bootlegged is something that is out of our control, yet touches the band in all possible ways. We cannot do otherwise than accept passively this state of things since any legal procedure would cost too much time and money…
DRAPE's gig seems to be something special, to say it smooth !!! It rather
looks like a theatre show according to the pictures I got to see –
with the orchestra acting as well ! And it seems to be like this since
the very beginning. (live pictures since 1986 for instance) What do live
shows represent to you ? Are they more important than studio recordings
or even than the musical composition process ? You also played live in
Greece once… Some words about this particular show ?
of MORTUARY DRAPE is the incessant line-up changes you had through the years
! As you are there since the very beginning, I guess I can name you as a
kind of leader of the band, so what can you tell us about that ? The concept
of MORTUARY DRAPE is very sophisticated, is it so difficult to find people
with the adequate views or do you tolerate little deviance in the ideologies
/ views ?
(W.P.) : The only thing that is asked to a member of MORTUARY DRAPE is to believe in what he does ! Unfortunately some people are more interested by the opportunity to enter studio with the band so they can afterwards show off because they have “made a disc”… Ridiculous !
Finally, can you tell us few words about the future of MORTUARY
DRAPE ? Do you have any new records planned ? Maybe some live gigs ? Tell
us the future, I lost my crystal ball !!!
inquisition is over !!! Infinite thanks for your time.