ENIGMATIK : interview with Hysgarth
e-mail by Boris "Azrael" Witta ___ 03.11.2004
organized by Enigmatik and gryphonmetal.ch
EVOLUTION IS OUR BIBLE
the Enigmatik’s name was found before I joined the band. I guess it
paints the dimensions the music can reach or represent. It’s not too
typical or dark or whatsoever. I think it fits us well and it fits our
now. A lot of changes occurred in the band which I will talk about later.
But our style is just what we want to do. No matter if it’s not “in
the rules”. We all come from different musical backgrounds and we just
try to link everything to give life to our music.
limits Baby yeah ! Well to tell the truth, we are not narrow minded
people, we are just musicians and we like to let the music speak. So if
someone’s got a problem with that, fuck off. For us it’s a natural
process and we hope it’s not finished ‘cause our style is still
a typical black metal band ? A crypt-born one man band during a gloomy
Halloween night of 1990 ? Some say “Black Metal is a way of life”…
OK but does it mean to be closed to everything ? I don’t think so. Our
evolution carried us above the black metal style. What we keep of this
music is the atmosphere. The rest… we don’t care anymore. We arrived
at the point where we could not stand to wear corpse paints, etc and play
guitar solos. I mean we needed to reinforce our relationship with our
inspiration and it has to come to the point where we had to let some thing
behind us. You know personally I am so disappointed about this dying scene
that I prefer let it behind me and continue my journey. Some will spit on
us, some will let us fall but we don’t care we just want to play what
really fits us.
the point was our inspiration. It comes from ourselves I think. For the
last album “Forgotten Memories” I wrote a lot about mythologies and
heroic fantasy etc. With this album we realized a kind of concept. I read
a lot, looked at some paintings and picked up in myself what I wanted to
be inside Forgotten Memories. It’s been a fantastic experience for me to
go deep in the Nordic mythology and create my world with its histories,
tales and legends.
we have a new line up and our style is evaluating. We are more direct but
we keep in mind that music has to give the public a feeling. So we try to
give each new track an atmosphere.
I was really surprised when I heard this comment. “A song with acoustic
black metal riffs”. It was not my point when I wrote this song. So I
composed the main part of this song and the guys of the band came with
their ideas and feelings about this song.
Well… We compose the song first then, when it’s finished I write the
lyrics. So during the composition process I imitate a kind of vocal line
on each riff and we discuss how it’s gonna be sung. It’s almost always
were more mature and experienced than for the “Where evil…” album.
And I hope it’s for every band the same shit. Progress is our credo and
evolution our Bible ;-). (I am not true, I like progress sorry… J)
We are proud of each album we recorded. But we also want to go further
of the time, someone comes with a riff or a skeleton and we play, play,
play, arrange, discuss until the music is written. Then I write the
lyrics. I do it this way so I can catch the atmosphere of the song and
develop a theme.
are still amateurs but Enigmatik takes a lot of time in our lives. It’s
our musical priority. We all hope to get the opportunity to reach a higher
level. Today we can deal with our jobs, studies and girlfriends so it’s
cool. Isn’t it ? J
So I won’t tell you the reason why he left the band because it’s
private. Guido was a friend of us who already had to play a gig with us
last year. So we contacted him ‘cause we know he would be happy to play
with us. He is a teacher in a music school and a very high skilled
drummer. His jazz formation gives him a wide panel of possibilities. His
arrival in Enigmatik is a breath of fresh air. He is totally crazy…
was awful. You know 7 bands, no sound check just a kind of fucking line
check, 30 minutes concert and 15 minutes to do the changing. It’s not
interesting, it’s just stressing. Some bands don’t have the
possibility to play in excellent conditions. So the Z7 should take less
bands and give them the possibility to play in acceptable conditions. Our
show was not good but it permitted us to play once again with Mortiis and
experience is good to take. But when you arrive in a bar without scene
without PA and without public, it’s not so interesting… But this is
the growing process. We don’t regret our gigs. Today we do not accept
some gigs because we need a minimum material and comfort. We experienced
liars who promised us a great concert place and finally we arrived in a
shit smelling bar… so… you just have to be humble and play.
don’t use them anymore…
Benjamin Ith a fantastic graphic designer who works for us and some other
bands like Your Own Decay or Primordial from Ireland. Check his website www.ith1.ch
don’t use it anymore. But at the time when we used the nicknames, they
were almost all coming from our imaginations.
is a fucking great potential. But here in Switzerland the artists are bad
considered and nobody takes care of them. But as far as I know there are
some great and meriting bands.
them fight… They are not of those who make music go further. I mean this
kind of discussion is sterile and useless. We just want to play.
Chuck is already dead, Cradle does not interest me today and Immortal are
not true J
So I kick down all of them… No
I will kick down each of them run until the base of the tower and
recuperate them before they are dead. I can’t ??? So I will let Death
live… and try to recuperate Abbath and the guys… ;-)
you and I hope to see you at one of our gigs. Check the website.
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