Brangi katoliskā zeme Lietuva dzemdējusi grupu, kuras nosaukums arī ir tāds īsti katolisks — proti, INQUISITOR. Klausāmies jau šopiektdien Under the Black Metal Siege pasākumā “Melnajā Piektdienā”, bet sestdien — Tallinas “Rockstars”!
Tā kā iepriekšējais eksperiments, interviju ar vēl vieniem dalībniekiem — igauņu THOU SHELL OF DEATH — atstājot netulkotu, bija veiksmīgs, tad arī šeit es labāk netērēšu laiku, tulkojot to, ko tikpat labi protam izlasīt angliski!
Karametāls.lv: Your band is, in fact, new for Latvian audience. How would you describe your music?
INQUISITOR: A tough one, isn't it… Well, firstly I guess — our music is a bit unusual as for a band attributed to BM. What we believe — we are playing is BM with a melodic touch and occasional experiments in [progressive] riffing, rhythmics and atmosphere. In our music one should expect something I call "outbursts-to-meditation". Should the things said seem vague or blatant, I would appeal to the notion that music is to be played/listened rather than just talked about. And on this occasion I would like to say we are greatly looking forward to playing for the Latvian audience and presenting our recent album 'The Quantum Theory of Id' for the first time abroad.
Karametāls.lv: Bands are sometimes associated with sub-genres (i.e., Black Ambient, USBM, NSBM, 2nd Wave BM, crust punk, blackened death etc.) Where do you see Inquisitor within underground extreme metal sub-genres (if any)?
INQUISITOR: Most definitely assigning Inquisitor to some pure category would be impossible and still difficult to some derivative ones. Describing our genre has been a formidable task since the formation. The problem is that stressing one particular aspect of our music might imply us playing within some sub-genre which we are actually not into. Examples would be melodic BM and doom-BM: we do have plenty of melody in our music, we also have some down-tempo motifs, but that doesn't make us simply fall into any of the two categories. As for the usage of our current label 'avant-garde BM' some things also need to be said. Strictly speaking we do not meet the requirements for being a real avant-garde music band, our way of introducing innovation and experiment being too moderate for the rigorous definition. However, this label is there to describe the direction we feel meant for us and the one we pursue; term 'progressive' might possibly be of assistance as well.
Karametāls.lv: Tell us more about your album: what lyrical and musical inspirations do you have, what topics are you exploring, and do you have any concept behind the writing and recording?
INQUISITOR: 'The Quantum Theory of Id' ('Id' stands for Latin 'it', not 'identification' as often misinterpreted). The album is conceptual in both — the musical and the lyrical — layers. It comes in four pieces each consisting of three chapters. Each of the four pieces has its own task matching the purposes of its lyrical counterpart. Ideas for the organization of the album came mostly from the classical school of composition. Namely, from the very start we intended to make the main pieces of the same internal structure but having very own color and a dynamical direction superimposed on them as a special sequence of intensity. Names for the songs come from various books from different periods, the main purpose of this being the reflection of the story behind the music. At this point some words about the lyrics might be said. Everything — the inspiration, the topic and the concept — came from certain chapters of philosophy (alas! the modern Western philosophy, not something occult) and history of science. In the end it crystallized into the story about the fall of the doctrine of determinism. For instance, the figure of Traveler in the story loosely speaking is the personification of the tension experienced by thinkers trapped in the mechanistic universe with the question of free will. Some of this can piecewise be heard in the intro. And this pseudo-plot, as I call it, is set in the background of even bigger struggle between the rational and the irrational. To sum up, if one thinks that there is an idea behind some detail in the music and/or lyrics, one will probably be right! An exhaustive introduction to the album can be found at http://www.inquisitor....
Karametāls.lv About the band members: are they experienced or new ones, maybe any side-projects — or anything else?
INQUISITOR: Me (the band leader Lord) and our guitar player Nyku are currently devoted to INQUISITOR alone. The rest of us, however, have some other activities as well (heard or some to-be-heard). For instance, our drummer GarLoq is also involved in bands DARK RAVAGE (http://www.myspace.com...), PANDORUM and his very own project SCREAMING SILENCE; our guitar player Skol is the man behind such names as HAEIRESIS (http://www.myspace.com...), JANE DOE DROWNED (http://www.myspace.com...), TERRALIENUS; our bass player previously played guitar in FLAMES OF ARBOREA (http://www.myspace.com...).
Karametāls.lv: Does your music cause any problems or trouble in Lithuania? Your state is known around all the Europe for being very Catholic, Christian country! Have underground bands had any trouble with religious lunatics or maybe state authorities?
INQUISITOR: I don't think I remember a case when a band in Lithuania would have been in any sort of trouble because of their music/ideas. As far as Christianity in Lithuania is concerned, I have suspicion that it is more about the numbers on paper than heads in churches. In any case, the ubiquitous overall stupidity seems more of a problem for me than this particular species like religious fa-(lu)-natics. Yet I remember this summer there was some fuss about MAYHEM taking stage in one of our open-air festivals and the name of the festival itself, namely the "Devil's Stone", but I think in the end it resulted in a mere advertisement for the festival.
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