Sound of the end of times
Deep Desolation are spreading darkness, just like their name suggests. This band from Łódź, Poland, formed in 2009 and have released a full length album 'Subliminal Visions' and now also a three way split 'Chapel of Fear' with also featring Iugulatus and Primal. The band carry pretty unique sound where death, black and doom are alloyed with hard rock. Let's get on with this interview, which questions were sent to guitarist Markiz, prior to the release of the split album via e-mail.
AM: How has the summer been in Łódź, Poland? Also, any hot news from the band?
Markiz: Hi. We are preparing for the new album, because we get in the studio in October, so we are working hard on new stuff. We are a four piece band now, instead of five piece, as Martinous left the band, so Meriath took vocal duties. We released a split album with Iugulatus and Primal, where 2 our new songs are published.
AM: Your debut release, a full length album titled 'Subliminal Visions', was released in January 2011. How come a full length album as a first output and no demo(s)?
Markiz: After one year of playing together we had stuff ready to record in the studio, we decided there is no point to record a 3-4 song demo, so we produced whole album instead called 'Subliminal Visions' as you said.
AM: How have Deep Desolation managed to stir up metal music audiences around the world so far? Have metal people found you? Any live gigs done or coming?
Markiz: We play around our hometown at the moment, behind promo actions is The End Of Time Records and Q.E.V. Productions. Our album can be ordered on the internet.
AM: Your music sounds very archaic indeed, like coming from late 1980's or early 1990's. I can hear death, black and doom metal styles in your music. Can you tell something about your influences, and how Deep Desolation ended up sounding like this? How would you depict your music, please?
Markiz: Deep Desolation takes a lot of influences from 70's, 80's and early 90's. You can hear doom and black metal elements in our music plus hard rock of 70's. We want to have a new quality out of these styles, and I think we did that. We have to mention bands like Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost / Hellhammer, Pentagram (USA), Mercyful Fate, Dark Throne, Burzum, Mayhem, Electric Wizard, Cathedral, Uriah Heep, Bathory, and Autopsy. These have made a big influence on our musical performance.
AM: While your music isn't anything too typical, especially in nowadays' standards, I noticed the otherworldly lead guitar work to be your perhaps biggest characteristic. Care to tell more about it and its deepest meanings?
Markiz: I am the guitar player, and 95% of our music is written by me, I like these gloomy riffs plus hard rock solos or melancholic melodies. The music of Deep Desolation is based on the main riff as it was at the beginning of the genre and is continued now by all the big bands, this is the power of that kind of music.
Deep Desolation new line-up playing live. Rhythm guitarist/vocalist
Meriath &lead guitarist Markiz, the one we interviewed.
AM: Needless to point out, your lyrics aren't about bees and flowers, but about murderers, religions, dark visions, and such. What is your message to the world?
Markiz: Lyrical content on the album reflects negative emotional conditions or they express abstractive and psychedelic visions. Deep Desolation is a band penetrating deepest and darkest areas of human mind; that's why mass murderers and hatred towards surrounding us corrupted culture, and another very important point in our lyrics is satanism in three aspects of it: Integrity of oneself with own animal nature, rebellion against status quo of the world, and drive towards self progression to be a creator not an impersonator.
AM: I can see some of the members also play in other bands, such as Iugulatus and Hecadoth. Is Deep Desolation a totally independent being or are the bands more than just "other bands"?
Markiz: At the moment Deep Desolation is our main band, but we take part in other bands as well.
AM: Can you tell me about the metal music scene in Łódź? Bands, clubs etc...
Markiz: There are few places supporting heavy music, clubs like Luka and Dekompresja. There are shows where you can see bands playing there. With local metal scene I can recommend my other band which is Iugulatus plus Persecutor and Tartare Quartet.
AM: This is the end of this interview. Do you have anything to say, that haven't been already said earlier?
Markiz: Wspierajcie podziemny metal i czcijcie diabła. Support the underground and worship him!!!!!!! Thanks a lot.
AM: Thank you for your time and good luck for your future endeavors!
Interviewed by Lane