tions allowing the album to stand as intended. In 2008, when the record came out, you had other formation. Why did changed your line-up? The dynamics of a group such as ours are very fickle and require proper synergy for the unit to function. We are not a studio project nor are we a musical entity functioning as a business venture. The inner workings of Velnias require a very specific chemistry for every aspect from the song-writing to live performance; those involved must truly live for this vision. For this reason, sometimes difficult choices must be made regarding members to maintain a healthy and potent energy within the group. Every change in our core has been a choice made to keep the entity strong and moving forward. As it stands, I feel that Velnias is the most stable it has ever been. Six years after this recording, what has changed for Velnias as a band? The most obvious change would be the aforementioned change in members which has lead to a better overall focus. Involvement with this project has proven to be quite a journey. Every action we take yields some new idea, vision or outlook that shapes the way we approach our craft. The further we delve into this journey, the more we learn about ourselves as a creative entity. I feel this brings the more subtle changes within our operating unit and the way we go about creating our art. As we wander further down this creative path we become less and less concerned with how we are perceived or where the journey takes us. Your second effort, “RuneEater”, sounds like an evolution of the first. Do you consider “Sovereign Nocturnal” some sort of matrix
of the sound the band wants to develop? I do not feel that there is any conscious development. There is nothing we are trying to do with this group save express the creative ether we have tapped into. The music we write is simply what comes naturally, I feel no reason to bend or force it into some preconceived notion of where I feel we should be going. If the music we write captures the places and sentiments of my own life’s journey then it is exactly as it should be. That being said, everything one does is an evolution. One can only move forward. This music is simply the progression of my own existence. For those who still don’t know the band, how would you present it? Oppressive Rocky-Mountain Dirge. Channeling of the greater forces in this world and the reflection of our own flame against these elements. Though we are rooted heavily in funeral doom and black metal, I do not believe there is a genre to fit our vision. We go where our inspiration takes us. Currently, you are finishing an European tour. What are your impressions so far? This is our third European venture to date. Touring here is a completely different endeavour than what we have found compared to our countless ventures through the United States. Though these lands are physically distant from our home, things are becoming more comfortable. We are seeing some of the same faces and gaining some recognition over here. I should hope to make many returns to Europe in the future. There is still much ground to cover. What can people expect from your live performance? Is it the best
way to enjoy the songs? I definitely believe that the live setting is the best way to experience our music. The records are the essence of our music captured, but the live performance of the songs is the music in its purest form and the best way to receive the raw energy of our art. As performances go, we approach our live appearances in a rather simple manner. We do not believe in theatrics or over-playing elements of what we do. We are not entertainers, but instead curators of our art. When we play live our focus is fully on our music and bringing it to life in the space we occupy. I should hope that through our own focus and catharsis that we draw the listener into our vision and take them somewhere with us. Are you working on new material? What are Velnias’ plans for the future? We are indeed working on new material. We are currently focusing on writing and hope to have enough music written to record another album sometime in 2015. Aside from the album, we shall hope to connect with some good touring ventures and continue forth in typical fashion. I hope to make several more journeys to Europe in the coming years as well as Asia and South America, but we shall see what fate brings our way.
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