Hailing from Athens, Greece, Heretic Cult Redeemer play black metal. The band has makes its debut with a self-titled full-length studio CD through Iron Bonehead. Take Five interviewed the band, which had the following to report.
“The material universe is but a small part of overall reality, which encompasses many more fields and modes of consciousness. Only through the awareness of these other aspects of reality can complete knowledge and maximal power in the universe be achieved.”
-Heretic Cult Redeemer
Heretic Cult Redeemer has been around since 2009, but the members have been active in other bands previous. What led you to form Heretic Cult Redeemer? And if you would, please elaborate on your band’s name.
HCR: “HCR long for playing dark and emotional music, and the band’s name supplements our prophetic word. We want everything around the band’s name to prefigure musical content. This release was just the beginning as we cast our first stone to the heathens!”
Tell me about your seven-track self-titled CD, released by Iron Bonehead. What can listeners expect to experience?
HCR: “The album [was] created for having an unstoppable flow between the songs, so the listener may have the experience of concatenation. Lyrically, there’s a concept among the songs, reaching the end of the matter.”
What do you think of the current black metal scene in Greece and beyond? Which things do you believe are good for the scene? Which things to you believe hurt the scene?
HCR: “The Greek black metal scene has always had great bands, from Necromantia and Acherontas to Rotting Christ and Cosmic Ekpyrosis. Nowadays, the main problem that hurts the scene is the economic crisis, but we are trying to overcome it. The good to every scene is that it is much easier to reach your goals when there’re so many people out there to share their experiences and help in some way.”
Tell me about the track “The Oldest of Times.” What inspired the lyrics? And how did you go about translating them from your brain and onto paper?
HCR: “‘The Oldest of Times’ outlines a profile of the Bringer of Light and was composed in a way to generate images. I draw ideas from internal searches, books, and personal experiences. Writing the lyrics is something interior that needs inspiration and religious devotion.”
Do Heretic Cult Redeemer intend to perform live? If so, explain what fans can expect to experience during a live performance? If not, explain the creative process in the studio when you are recording material.
HCR: “We have booked some shows that we cannot announce yet, but yes we will perform our debut live. Everyone has his or her own aspect of what we call reality, and of course we are not expecting everyone to feel the same experiences. The only thing I can ensure you is that our performance will diffuse an intense form of dark energy.”