The mysterious black circle MORTUARY DRAPE was founded anno 1986. Its’ occult black metal is based on the concept of the death of the astral world and esoteric-necromantic thoughts. It’s a play concealed behind ritual aspects comprised of powerful melodies and emotional harmonies. I invite you to follow the wise reflection of Seeker of the Unknown, great spiritual preacher of this legendary band. The mysterious black circle MORTUARY DRAPE was founded anno 1986. Its’ occult black metal is based on the concept of the death of the astral world and esoteric-necromantic thoughts. It’s a play concealed behind ritual aspects comprised of powerful melodies and emotional harmonies. I invite you to follow the wise reflection of Seeker of the Unknown, great spiritual preacher of this legendary band.
01 - Firstly, I would like you to briefly summarise the history of Mortuary Drape, because of the bands’ surprising longevity
Mortuary Drape is in activity since 18 years and it is not simple to write a brief history of our band. We have released 5 CD’s and 2 demos but you can find our biography and all our details on our website www.mortuary13drape.com. In all these years, we have fight against many problems that we have meet on our way and we deeply trust in what we do. This is reason of our long longevity.
02 - Over these years, I noticed various changes in the line-up within the circle. I would like to know the strange reasons behind these troubles... Is there a state of mind or a philosophy required to enter your black horde?
Mortuary Drape is not only a musical band; there is a deep concept beyond our music that few ones can understand and support. The great difference is not in ‘adopting’, but in ‘being’ this philosophy. This is a strange speech hard to understand. However not all of M.D.’s members in all these years were very motivated in play this extreme genre, and this was the principal reason for their being sent out of the band. However, today we have found a great line-up and we are totally satisfied with it.
03 - Personally, how do you perceive black metal in the general way? What are your impressions on the present scene, very different from the 80’s?
Sincerely, I don’t like so much the present scene, today it’s too simple to release an album or a demo and this has brought a low quality of the new productions. In fact, today the extreme scene is inflated with thousands of useless bands and trends. I think that the old school scene is best scene of ever with band like: Profanatica, Beherit, Grave, Carnage, Megaslaughter, Mystifier... But the greater part of the listeners of this genre doesn’t knows these cult bands and doesn’t know what is extreme metal. Mortuary Drape is one of the few ones that bring on this pure art, since 1986.
04 - Recently, your complete discography has been remastered and re-released, because your releases were so hard to come by! So, are you satisfied with your ancient labels (now disappeared in the fog) but also with your new signing? Lately, I noticed that your two cult demos have been repressed. In your opinion, was it essential? Who had this great idea?
Panos from the label Unisound Recs, is famous as a great bastard that have rip-off many bands in few years. The first years that we was in contact with him was good, but after some years he has show that Unisound label is not a good label. Same thing for the Nazgul’s eyries records, that in these years has released a bootleg vinyl version of ‘secret sudaria’ without ask to us something. Fortunately these labels have closed their activity. Avantgarde music, instead is a good and professional label that work with cure and professionalism. We have deceide to re-release the 2 our demos on cd format with an original art-work and with a clean up of the old, raw and original recordings.
05 - To change subject, the visit of your website amazed me - it teems with precious information! Who realized this great work? How long did it take to achieve this .great result?
Today the web-site is active by 3 years and is released by Fog (drummer of Black flame). With our site we have want answer to all the questions that many people was as to themselves and to us. However our site is ever a work in progress.
06 - M. D. will always remain a unique band in its musical style, but also on stage with theatrical/ritual aspects. Please, could you describe one of this evil satanik evenings in the honour of vice?
Mortuary Drape is a band that on live-stage create an aggressive and morbid atmosphere and is so important for us recreate the same feeling of the albums on stage. On stage w play a great part of the old cult tracks of the first albums and demos, united with the total violence of the new line-up. We are looking for to organize some live in Europe and we hope to make a tour after the next album, let’s hope that all the M. D’s fan will can look us on the stage and torture their soul with our music!
07 - The main ideology expressed in your mystical lyrics has a direct relation to occultism. Such knowledge must require a lot of experience? For how many years have you been interested in black magik? Do you practice spiritualism sessions in order to invoke the spirits; if so, to achieve which personal goal? Who are the authors that influenced you and why? I would like to have your point of view on ancient Pagan mythologies with polytheistic aspects (Celt, Norse, Sumerian, Roman, Greek)?
I hope that you understand that I don’t want talk so much about these personal things in an interview. Personally, I don’t understand the persons that come near occult world after read some books. Read some books is not knowledge, because knowledge is not mental but spiritual. Only the experiences can approach a person to the purest knowledge and is not a simple way. The beginning of the research is not to know the thoughts of the author, but know ourselves and what we are in the deep of our essence, because the occult world is around and into us. We have so much to learn from all the ancient pagan mythologies... Their lives were pure research and them was in perfect contact with energies and nature.
08 - I saw that have a fan club, called “Necromancy union”. What can one obtain by registering with your order?
That is our fan-club and is in activity since many years and it obtain the tee-shirt of the fan club and other gadgets.
09 - You are pioneers in the first black metal scene. Do you still have active relations with some of the blood brothers who started at the same time as you? In the past, did you have any contacts with the Norwegian scene? What do you think of the tragic death of Euronymous?
Unfortunately, I’ve not live the ancient times of Mortuary drape because I play in M. D. since 3 years. However, I know that wildness perversion (founder of the band)was in contact with great part of the all historic bands like: Mayhem, Dark throne, Necromantia, Varathron, Rotting Christ, Blasphemy, Beherit, Absu. For me, Euronymous was a person that believed blindly in the extreme metal and maybe the things today would be can different with him.
10 - I will now let you conclude this final chapter...
Thanks so much for your support and interview. Greetings to all fans that believe in us since the beginning.
Interview : Kanz-Noz