BLACK CANDLE'S MISTWhy did you decide to form a new band with new musical ideas and a totally different character when 'Indulgence' died? Do you believe that you've achieved it?
Indulgence was a very experimental Doom Metal band, because all the
members had different musical backgrounds. In the end, I was sick of it, so me
and Rutger (guitar) decided to do something straightforward and create a Black
Metal-band. I have always liked Black Metal better then Doom anyway. And yes, I
think we have achieved our goal...
How do you define the traditional Black Metal? What new thing provides Black Candle's Mist to this one?
The name 'Black Candle's Mist' is brought up by me. When I was still
playing in Indulgence, I wrote a song called 'Black Candle's Mist'. We never
played this song, but the title kept haunting my mind. So, when we started out
this band, Black Candle's Mist was the first thing that came up in my mind.
'Black Candle's Mist' refers to a state of mind, when you are alone, surrounded
by black candles. When you gaze into the flame of the Black Candle, you will,
all of a sudden, be caught by the Black Candle's Mist... your vision starts to
blur and Life itself reveals to you its mighty meaning. Well, that's what it
means to me! The current line up is: Tessa (vocals/guitar), Anton (vocals/bass),
Koert (guitar), Ron (drums) and Dennis (keyboards).
Tell us about the band's debut at a Metal-festival in Halsteren.
It was pretty cool. The reaction of the crowd was great. We played with a
few Metal-bands there, but unfortunately there were also some punkbands. They
sucked, and we almost got into a fight. But, it was fun anyway!
Why was not concretised the recording of the demo "Hybrid blasphemies" at the first time? How finally it was achieved to record it?
There were a lot of problems with our first drummer, because he lived far
away from were we rehearsed at the time. We wanted to record it, but things
didn't work out, because the drummer didn't show up most of the time. But when
Ron, our new drummer entered the band, this problem was history, and we recorded
the demo at a friend's place, who has an own studio.
Your lyrics speaks about... What things inspire you?
Our lyrics deal with all the emotions of a blackened soul, ranging from
extreme love to extreme hate. We are inspired by the strong feeling of hate
towards mankind and our love for the strongs forces of nature. Furthermore, we
are inspired by the Forces of Evil, scorn towards christianity, the Beauty of
the Dark and many other things.
What bands have influenced to you? What bands do you like to listen lately?
I mentioned some bands that influenced me earlier. My main influences are
Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Venom, Slayer, Morbid Angel, Rotting Christ, Celtic
Frost, Hades Almighty, Samael, Acheron, Ancient Rites, and many more things.
Lately, I've been listening to a lot of Death Metal-bands as well, and also some
'80s acts like Iron Maiden, Saxon etc.
Tell us about your national scene. What bands have a good relationship with you? Where have you played? What bands have shared stage with you?
There are a lot of good bands in Holland and in Belgium. To me, the best
ones are Occult, Pentacle, Ancient Rites (Belgium), Liar of Golgotha, God
Dethroned, Eternal Frost, As It Burns and Goddess of Desire. Unfortunately,
there are also a lot of commercial rip-off-bands and fake pussies, who are
desperately imitating Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth. Names aren't necessary
here, because they know who they are. But, we have friendly relationships with a
lot of bands, and have shared stage with acts as Pantheon, Dark Rivers Flow and
Lost Sacrament. We played a few gigs locally, but not much, because it is pretty
hard to get on stage as a Black Metal-band like us. But, we are planning to do a
few bigger shows with our friends from Eternal Frost and Liar of Golgotha in the
After the demo "Hybrid blasphemies". Do you have offers of labels?
Yes, we had actually. There were two labels in the USA interested, but
they both whimped out. The first lost ttheir interest because of a "lack of
money" and the second label suddenly vanished. So I guess we are seriously
ripped of twice. I curse them! But, hell, we are still searching for a deal, but
we just want a good and reliable underground-label.
What can you say about the new stuff of the band? Is it comparable musically and lyrically to "Hybrid blasphemies"?
The new stuff is very different from the material on
"Hybrid...". On our first demo you can still hear a very clear
Doom-influence, because we recently played in a Doom-band and still played some
songs from that band (Indulgence). But now, we have a lot of new songs, who are
much heavier and faster. Generally, we play mid-paced riffs, with some faster
and some slower parts. We always did that. But now, we are a lot less concerned
with melody and technical shit, and more with rawness and heaviness.
Speak us about the band's ideology and your Gods.
I can only speak about my own views here. I am a Satanist, I deny all
pathetic Gods of the weak religions, I hail the Mighty God within myself and
worship no-one. The gods of life are the cruel and dark gods that live in
Nature... the gods of our ancestors. I think these views are clearly seen in the
music and lyrics of BCM, since Tessa and me are concerned with the ideology of
this band, and we pretty much share our views.
Which are the nearest plans to Black Candle's Mist?
We are planning to record another demo, but nothing's sure yet. We
recently recorded a rehearsal, but we aren't really satisfied with the result,
so we're not sure if we'll release it. Also, we are planning to play live a bit
more, because we love to be on stage.
Thanx!! Your last words.
All hails to Peru! Our first demo is still available for $8,-, which can
be send in cash to: BLACK CANDLE'S MIST, C/O ANTON, SCHAEPMANLAAN 5, 4641 BX
OSSENDRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS. No fucking Rip-Off! On behalf of Black Candle's
Mist I greet you all! Support the Underground and stay Metal! Thank you!