Ave, can you introduce your band to our readers? – When was it founded and what style of music do you play , etc.?
We are a blackened death metal band from the east of the Netherlands. We have been around in our current form since 2014, although the instrumental section started off as early as 2012.
Where and under what conditions were you recording the new album? Who was in charge of sound, production and mastering?
Our bassplayer, ML, has done all of the recording, producing and mastering for the promo and is currently doing the same for the full-length. He has obviously put in a lot of time and work, but we are very satisfied with the sound, as we feel it suits the atmosphere of the music very well.
How many copies were released and which medium was used for this new edition (CD, digital, vinyl, cassette)?
For the promo, we printed 250 cds. For the time being, we will not release the upcoming album on vinyl, but there are some careful plans to make vinyl releases available for future releases. As for cassette, there are a few great Dutch black and thrash bands that prefer that medium, which adds to the old school feel of the music (check out Morbid Devastation, for instance, if you don't mind a bit of mud in your coffee). We aren't certain whether a cassette release is a good match for The Shiva Hypothesis though.
Who is the author of the lyrics and how were they created and about what do the lyrics deal with?
I, as the vocalist, write the lyrics. There is a main theme within the band, on which most of the imagery and lyrics are based. This theme is destruction vs creation. The bandname is an embodiment of that and the lyrics often deal with the concept as well. Besides that, the lyrics incorporate themes of esotericism, mythology, alchemy, anthropology and philosophy.
Who created the logo of the band, and who took care of the graphics and the website? What about you and social networks? Do you consider these things important?
Rob Kohler designed our logo, which we are very content with. We feel it is recognizable among all the rorschach test black metal logos out there. Our guitarist, JB, takes care of the website and manages the social media accounts along with ML. We feel that social media are important these days to get the message of our music out to the public and arrange for concerts and reviews/interviews. Since bookers often factor in popularity on social media, it is important for us to be present. It is also a good way to keep in contact with our (up until now limited) fanbase.
Which label did you choose for releasing your album and why this label? Are you satisfied by how your label represents you and takés care about you?
We do not have a label as of yet. We did get some offers, but we need to carefully consider what the benefits of any particular label would be before signing with them.
Which bands do you idolise and where do you get your inspiration?
It is a bit strong to say we idolise bands, but I suppose we could stand in line with the screaming fan-girls for bands like Behemoth, Dodheimsgard and Sulphur Aeon. Next to those bands, we also draw inspiration from a variety of non-metal artists, like Fields of the Nephilim and Wagner.
Did you send your record to some Labels - which are the labels? How was the response?
Not as of yet, we are currently discussing amongst ourselves which labels to approach.
How many gigs have you played? Which type of gigs do you prefer, whether it's (clubs or festivals) and which of your performances would you consider as the best?
I think we have played somewhere around 15-20 gigs. We've recently played at Tattoofest in Nijverdal, which is a festival inside and around a tattoo parlour. In terms of atmosphere and organisation, that was my personal favourite. Another show that we thoroughly enjoyed was the one in Hedon, Zwolle.
What about your plans for the future? What do you want to achieve with the band?
We plan to arrange performances abroad and we would welcome the opportunity to be included into the line-up of a summer festival. Next to gigs, there will be a focus on writing new material after the release of the full-length that is currently in the works. We deem it most important to keep writing and playing the music we love.
How and where can your fans contact you? Can you provide some contact information?
We’ve recently unveiled our website, with an old school .com domain (www.theshivahypothesis.com). We also have social media pages galore, like facebook and twitter. Leave a message on any one of these platforms and we will be in touch with you.
Thanx for the interview.
Thank you for having us and supporting the underground metal scene!