Cemetery of Scream

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1.Kogaionon salutes you and welcomes you into its realm!

We feel demonically pleased to enter Kogaionon's realm. Be hailed on behalf of our Master!

2."The Event Horizon" ... is perhaps already an event for most of your fans: a new line-up, a fresh release after quite some time of absence, a different musical style... what does this new chapter in your musical life mean to you?

It's just the continuation of what we've always been doing. We maintain our everlasting tradition of working in the rhythm of creative evolution. We bring in some changes and develop our music, step by step, with no hurry. Sometimes, we have to take a long break and think it all over until we're sure that our new album will begin taking shape. That's why we release our records so irregularly and never sign a deal with any label to release one album per year within a period of five years, for instance.

3.Please share me some details about CoS's new line-up. Are we to consider terms of collaboration for recording this album only or permanent members?

The new line-up results from the fact that some of us had to start their grown-up lives - family and kids, working abroad, etc. So, of course, we're still friends, but they have no more time to play with us, and we really had to find some new musicians to replace them. The task was very hard as we needed really experienced musicians who were not "contaminated" with any style at the same time. And we finally managed to find them! Thus, we're still able to continue our own style which is called Cemetery of Scream.

4.How did the work of conceiving the instrumental and lyrical parts develop? Are there specific parts for certain members, is it a group creative process, which is the directory line... in essence, how did this particular album burst its way into living?

This new release of ours is nothing but the common denominator of all the things you've just mentioned. Some songs were composed individually, some were the effect of group work. Anyway, guitarist Marcin Piwowarczyk, guitarist Pawel Goralczyk, and keyboardist Kasia Rachwalik are still the three main composers in the band, so things haven't changed for us really much. As to the lyrics on our latest album, we asked our friend "Bat" to write them all, as he's been collaborating with us since the beginnings of the band, and he knows what kind of lyrical moods are those that we expect.

5.As I already said in my review, I've sensed a far different musical approach on "The Event Horizon" comparing with your first releases "Sameone" and "Melancholy" that I've truly loved. If I was to focus on the dark scent of the sound, I'd say it has diminished a lot... am I right? How do you see this sound metamorphosis? Is it just a matter of diversity, a need to change, an effect of trendy tentacles?

Nothing has ever been planned in our music. The metamorphosis you witness on our album sprang up from quite a natural succession of events. There's no urge in us to make a sudden change or to be "trendy" because we've always been and still are independent. The dark element has not diminished in our music, just the opposite - it has developed. But, certainly, the tempo of some songs is faster, so that's what makes this apparent difference.

6.How important are the lyrics to you? Do words carry a dimension of their own or are they simple adjuvant to the sound and atmosphere?

They are very essential to us. They both carry their own meanings and stay in perfect harmony with the atmosphere of the album. They constitute separate pictures, as it's not a concept album, but they all have something in common with each other. "Ganges" was written shortly after our friends, who'd been in India, told us their impressions of the journey. "Burial Ground" is based on Caspar David Friedrich's painting "Cloister Cemetery in the Snow", and "Absinthe" takes you back to the times where the bohemian lifestyle in Paris had its triumphant days.

7.Your lyrical dimension always touched the idea of the solitary existence in a decadent world, the human's blind, soulless and obedient passing through life, sadness... is music an escape, a fight, a solution to all above, a delusion? Or to put it other way... if you were to define the music you're creating - on an abstract dimension - somewhere between "a sonorous void" and "art for art itself" where would it be?

Every single thinking being seeks answers. And while seeking answers, he must ask questions. We also ask questions in our albums, according to Cartesian principle "I think, therefore I am". We're in the very center of the human soul, examining its dark meanders, trying to penetrate into "the otherworldly". We remain deeply involved in the spiritual and mystical aspects of life, both here and beyond.

8.When is it the point when you turn satisfied with an album and feel that your work is complete?

It happens when we know for sure that everything we wanted to say and do has been said and done, basically. We are perfectionists by nature, so we find a lot of satisfaction in finishing every detail in full, without forgetting anything. Our regular producer Piotr Labuzek is incredibly much of assistance in the process of making the final version of each album.

9.Soon you'll start touring in order to promote your new album. What makes a concert become an event horizon? What fulfills you regarding a concert? And where will your tour take place, which locations are confirmed so far?

We've already played many gigs in Poland, Austria and Germany, but we're now interested to play in the rest of Europe, and in the East as well, because there are plenty of wonderful people hungry for music there.

10. I guess the Romanian fans would be thrilled to see you live on our land... when are we to expect a concert in Romania?

There's no use to mention the fact that we'd love to play concerts in Romania, not only in Bucharest, but also in Timisoara, Iasi, Constanta, Galati and many other beautiful towns in your country. To be frank, we're fascinated with the place in which so many different cultures, nations and languages coexist in harmony. Needless to say that Transylvania is the capital of the undead, and that is really something! A boat trip on the Danube would be a good thing, too.

As for a concert, it's possible as soon as we begin touring Europe. Unfortunately, we cannot state any concrete date now, as tour organizing lies exclusively in the competence of our current label Metal Mind Productions and their concert agencies. Anyway, see you there, one of these days.

11. Are you satisfied with the fans reactions towards the new release so far?

Yes, very much. We didn't expect such warm receptions from our fans in Poland and abroad. We want to thank them all heartily for still being with us and understanding our musical evolution. And for their patience, first of all!

12. I've noticed there has also been a change of logo... is it the seal for the beginning of a new chapter in CoS existence?

No, no - not at all, by any means. We've already done it before on our mini album "Fin de Siecle". It's because our logo does not fit to some graphic designs of the album covers, and "The Event Horizon" is also such an exception. But our logo is still the same, and we use it at every concert.

13. What brakes the time for you? What gives you joy in life?

Lack of funds, unfortunately. And our main joy in life is music, of course.

14. The Metal scene all over the world has changed a lot in the last decade, to me at least it seems that the quality of the music has been suffocated by quantity... Please take a look at the Polish Metal scene from these past 15 years and share some thoughts to me regarding the changes that have occurred meanwhile.

There are many bad changes on the scene here, unluckily. Many bands have been dominated by electronics and samples as well as top production tendencies. In the present day, we've got those one-day stars that come and go. There's too much show-off and plastic everywhere. You can only listen to the good old bands and the few fantastic newborn groups which can only exist in the total underground because they're ignored by all the media. If you run a metal band, you have to be aware that your career is more likely abroad than here.

15. How is life in Poland? Which are the changes that affected you the most, after the falling of the communism?

The economy is not that bad as in some other countries of the former Soviet Block, but it's much harder to sell your talent here and now, because culture and arts are no longer sponsored by the State. What really counts at the moment is if you have a big business or can work with a hammer, a broom, and sweat blood. That's the main reason why hundreds of young educated people escape to foreign lands to look for better perspectives. Another thing is our religious backwardedness. Switch on the TV, and what you'll see is church transmissions, processions, the Pope and all this stuff. Metal bands are not presented on the air, as most radios and TVs think them to be "satanic" and against the religion and politics of this country. We are in the underground and in the opposition here.

16. How do you see the expansionist and consumption based tendencies in world? How actual do you feel that Leopold Staff's writings and visions over the world are for the very present we're living in?

These are the plagues that capitalism has brought into the world of arts and culture. It's no longer like in the old days when recording labels, for example, had two or three commercial bands and ten independent ones, each. Now, there is only mass production, and labels such as Metal Mind, Mystic, and Black Flames are abstract exceptions.

17. Thank you very much for your time!

Thanks a million for this interview. Keep well, take care, and forever stay doom and dark. We're darkly greeting all our Brothers and Sisters in Magic within the territory of Romania! See you soon!

September 2006.