ELEGIS

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1.”You cannot lose playing Death Metal.” Is this the thought that crossed your mind when you started putting a new band together in the summer of 2011 which started in Norway upon your immigration from Poland? Obviously, your previous connections with Patricide or Victimized had something to do with you staying on this path…

 

The idea to create Elegis came to my mind after I finished playing with Victimized, but only in 2011 my vision of my own death metal variety started to take actual shape of a solo project

 

 

2.You have one demo under your belt, „Hail to the Tyrants”, from 2014, and split with Immemoratus from 2016 which contain your first demo in whole with two extra tracks. .Did you have a clear vision, from the beginning, of what you wanted Elegis to sound like as the band started taking shape.Your work ethic and motivation are obviously very high, correct?

 

From the beginning, I knew what would be the shape of Elegis music, it was not about specific sound but the atmosphere as well as the themes of the lyrics. As for my motivation – I certainly don’t lack it, not everything goes as planned but the machine of sounds goes forward

 

 

3. Can negative energy be turned into positive energy when you are composing new material for Elegis? Can that help you give birth to a new Elegis song?Do you believe that, if it weren’t for your experience playing in previous bands, it would be unlikely that Elegis would exist in this particular form like a one-man project?

 

It depends on what you mean by „negative and positive energy” – for sure I put a lot of adrenaline, as well as some degree of fury, into the sounds. If you can say that the end result is positive then my approach works. What I played before surely gave some roots tor what I’m creating now but it did not have a big impact on the form of music I make in Elegis.

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4.Your debut demo „Hail to the Tyrants” was released in 2014, limited to 50 copies only… Tell us a bit more about that record and why you decided to go for such a small number of copies? Were you a bit skeptical whether oldschool Death Metal from an unknown band would still sell?

 

”Hail To The Tyrants” was not officially released on CD, only in a digital version published on Bandcamp, but 50 CD copies was only promo CDs. I wasn’t thinking much about selling it, so I didn’t really insist on releasing this stuff. I was aware that this was a short MCD and that the tracks on it were pretty old.

 

 

5.Next up were the split with Immemoratus mentioned above … Tell us a bit more about this and how you ended up on this release? What kind of response did you get on it in comparision to the demo?Your co-operation with Heerwegen Tod Production started on that point correct?

 

I was asked to release split with Immemoratus by Tomek from Heerwegen Tod Production, after he heard my promo. The split contains the entire demo „Hail To The Tyrants” and two additional versions of „Chronicles” and „Hail To The Tyrants” mixes. It’s hard for me to compare the response to the demo and to the split. I think that the split released on a tape doesn’t reach people who are not fans of this kind of media

 

 

 

6.Now, with Heerwegen Tod Production handling the release of Elegis, I think you Baron have found the ideal partner to spread the terror of Elegis around the globe. How did this cooperation come into being and will you continue working with them for the future?

 

Heerwegen Tod Production released the split and probably „Superhuman Syndrome” will also be released by them on tape, but apart from it Heerwegen Tod Production is not the official label of Elegis. I have good contacts with Tomek and for sure we will work together in the future. Elegis signed a contract with More Hate Productions. And this is the official label of „Superhuman Syndrome”, the CD was released on 5th June 2017

 

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7.It’s pretty obvious that your musical roots can be found mainly in good old, early 90’s Death Metal, so which bands did impress you the most from that period?Did you grew up on that first wave of Death Metal, with all its classic demo releases, the tapetrading period and xeroxed underground zines? Have you been collecting any stuff from that period or was it more the albums of those bands that pretty much changed your life?

 

Of course, early 90s brought me up in the genre death metal, there were many bands and not everything was as accessible as today. The greatest inspiration for me were the first two albums of Deicide and Mordid Angel. As for the underground and demos, of course, I was a part of this time, printed magazines, etc. My friend Siwy (R.I.P.) ran an underground zine Psycho Terror, he owned a really impressive collection of demos.Also my friend Hidden had a huge collection of tapes,i got to know a lot of bands.

 

 

 

8.Death Metal has experienced almost a rebirth during the last couple of years, getting back into the spotlight of mainstream Metal media, selling well, and especially the more old school-ish material is attractive to people out there again. This results also in pushing the more modern, brutal Death style back into the underground. Probably, more folks realize the honesty and pure approach of this style, who knows – do you have an explanation why this genre is so popular again?

 

It is true that we are now experiencing a rebirth of old school playing and old bands. Probably everybody has their own theory on the subject, metal music has always had periods a given genre was less popular and after some time it was reborn with fresh ideas. When death metal began to be too repetitive, was born a new face of black metal,death metal went into the shadows, and then, the same thing happened to black metal. After the best years, the scene was flooded with the music of the trend that was popular at that moment.

 

 

9. The „Superhuman Syndrome” debut full-lenght has been out a couple of months. How pleased have you been with the response so far? Has it exceeded your even wildest expectations?

 

In March 2017 the digital version was officially released, I generally receive positive feedback, the result of which is More Hate Productions offer to release „Superhuman Syndrome” on CD

 

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10.Now, a while after release, how do you look back at the songs on „Superhuman Syndrome”, are there elements you’d like to change or regret, things you consider worth improving on upcoming releases? How critical are you when composing riffs or rehearsing.

 

For me, songs from „Superhuman Syndrome” were created in the form that was accurate at that moment and I regret nothing. Changes are always possible but in this way one can never finish a song. I work on each track trying various arrangements and modifications until the moment I think everything seems ok.

 

 

11.Can you tell us more about the studio where you’ve recorded and how the recordings shaped up? Do you have a certain song favorite which you consider being your best track or one summarizing best what Elegis is about?

 

I record all the tracks in my Elitar quarter, where all the music is created. Mix and mastering were done in Krupa Sound Studio. As for the songs, I do not have one that I would consider the best and it’s hard for me to mention one particular that would define Elegis. Each of them has their own spirit, sometimes I deliberately make songs very different from one another but every one is an organism that fills the world of Elegis.

 

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12.Can you discuss the lyrical content of Elegis? How are these incantations conjured up and by whom? Are your lyrics influenced by any other philosophical or literary sources?I really like the notes on each song as they explain what it’s about and show you actually care about what you’re growling at us – historical topics, religious themes, with a metaphorical look at society, too – how did the lyrics develop and why do you consider them important?

 

While all lyrics have their own stories, they form a single concept. There is no influence of any particular literature or philosophy. The title „Superhuman Syndrome” generally defines the will of a human being to cross borders and reach far beyond the previously discovered possibilities. The songs also talk about the conquest that man conducts since the dawn of history, both mental and territorial conquest, and about releasing the forces of destruction as well as of creation, about the feeling of overcoming our weaknesses. That is what „Superhuman Syndrome” is about.

 

13.The listener is immediately hit right from the opening seconds with a non-stop, raging Death assault, true high speed octane destruction.The record is fast, heavy and variable, a lot of different riffs are in the songs and there is a pretty impressive drumwork, do you agree with it?

 

That’s an interesting description. You are one of the listeners, so you can say what your feelings after trying it are. I created this record exactly with this intention, so that these 40 minutes wouldn’t form a solid monolith of sound, but so that the intensity of riffs and rhythms would be rich, but with certain limits. This is a journey through the hymns of fury and destruction as well as the monumentality and the feeling of inner exaltation.

 

 

14.How do you consider the importance of the whole underground movement? Is it just a way of getting known from the public and to get a record deal or are these contacts important for you?

 

Underground has always had own spirit, it is an important part. Obviously, sometimes the borders are shifting, everyone has a different opinion on where is the moment when we cross the border of underground. For me, any contact that brings me a sense of support is important, I don’t feel pressure to fight for something that is beyond my reach at all costs, losing my own personality, my „self.”

 

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15.What do you think of the internet as it relates to Metal? Is it a good or bad thing? On the one hand, it’s easier to communicate with people, while on the other, there’s a lot of time devoted to gossip and infighting. Would you prefer to write letters the old fashioned way? Would that help thin the herd of bad bands?

 

Even if our generation has sentiment to old times, we should not take a step back, you can keep some ideas. The Internet today is one of the media, the medium of communication, it is important to use it reasonably. It is still possible to read printed magazines and release tapes and that is something that has the spirit of the old days.

 

 

 

16.What will make you still play this kind of music 10 years from now? Some bands have changed their style, changed to normal vocals or even doing things without them…

 

I am sure that the desire to create is on its own a strong motivation to continue playing, I am more afraid that I will not be able to create everything that is waiting in my head for its time. The music itself is evolving but there are always some boundaries. According to me, radical changes of genre in some bands should result in changing the name as well.

 

 

 

17.Besides Elegis you also played in ProFanatism … Isn’t it difficult to find enough time for all of those activities?

 

Profanatism is exactly what I said earlier, I divide my time as much as I can, and depending on which inspiration is on. The time between the „Hail To The Tyrants” and „Superhuman Syndrome” demo was rather long because at that time I was focused on Profanatism. At that time we were recording the split and the „Hereticon” album, so I was active. After recording Profanatism album (2015) I started creating Elegis album.

 

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18.What can we expect in the future from Elegis? The last words are yours, and thanks for the interview Baron!

 

The plans for future include an EP, which will be a bridge between the „Superhuman Syndrome” and the new album. Those who have not yet tried the Elegis music, should open their minds to a new dose of blackened death metal.Thanks for interview! Hails to all supporters!

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„Superhuman Syndrome” is out via More Hate Productions

http://www.morehate.com