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Quick introductory interview.

Interview with Heretic, helvetic.
1. Who are you and how did the band get started?

I am from (southeastern) Switzerland and the only member of the project "Heretic, helvetic", so my band kind of didn't get started at all. ;-) I began recording real doomy songs a few years ago. It started when I created a myspace-page (2007 I guess), where I actually at first only wanted to put some samples up, which I wanted to show a few people. I rarely recorded complete songs at that time, but soon I began, to change that a little (I guess the possibility to share my music with people via internet kind of inspired me). But as said, a little. That means, the frequence in which I recorded complete songs of acceptable quality wasn't high, because good things (and ideas) take their time and to be honest, I mostly didn't have the energy (and/or the nerves) to record and edit complete, more or less complex songs.

2. Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?

I wouldn't exactly say that I've (counsciously) chosen Doom. I'm (still) rather experimental with my music. Often I just play and see what comes to my mind and if it could be used for a song. I've never been the happiest person in the world and Doom is my favorite music. So, somehow it's just natural and logical that what I play often sounds doomy. I think, two songs can be considered as melodic Death/Doom. One song (9 minutes to disease) is an instrumental song and probably more progressive metal than doom metal and includes some long folky/acoustic parts. Oh, and I love to work with dual/parallel lead guitars sometimes! Though when you listen to some songs/parts, you probably would've guessed that anyway... But I mentionned it, because I think, that this is rather special/not very common. And on myspace there's still a quite simple song (break free) which is something like dark folk with (mainly) growled vocals. So it actually doesn't really fit in. But it shows (and it's quite likely), that it could happen also in the future, that some of my music will contain progressive, folky or even Blackmetal-influences. If those influences should become too strong, then I maybe will start another project/do that under another name. But don't worry - Doom will always have a big place in my heart, so I won't stop playing it, I'm quite sure. And in general, almost all of my music is heavily melancholic to depressive (so perhaps still enjoyable to some fans of Doom-metal even if it wouldn't always be "real doom"). But let's see what future brings...

3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?

Erm, maybe let's talk about this again in a few years... Because I don't see much of a career at this point. But actually you could consider it as a highlight, that I decided to try again more or less seriously to make new songs and that I'm answering this interview and sowith make a further step towards the world and trying to reach some more people with my music. Perhaps I should have waited with this step until I have more material, but I realised that I wanted to share my music with more people now. Creating music can sometimes have an end in itself or even a certain therapeutic benefit, but I somehow find it rather senseless to make songs which are heard only by myself and maybe one or two others...

4. Which three bands most influenced you?

Does it need to be doom necessesarily? If not, then: (early) Metallica; (early) Cathedral; Opeth. If yes: (early) Cathedral; (early) Anathema; and I do have some difficulties, to pick out a 3rd one, because there surely have been a lot more bands that influenced me (unconsciously), but I don't think, that this influence can be heard that much in my music. Well, I somehow hate to do that, because it's so damn cliché, but perhaps I would have to say (some songs of) Black Sabbath. The riffs of Tony Iommi surely influenced and inspired me a lot.

5. What are your plans for the near future?

Well, I hope to be able to work on some new songs soon and that I can keep doing that and work more or less constantly on my music. Due to several reasons that wasn't possible in the past. And of course it would be great to release an EP or a full album somewhen, but first I probably need some more songs (and get in contact with a label). Being member of a band or to form a band or at least to work together with other musicians (for example a drummer or a singer/grunter) would also have its advantages, but those are things that need some luck. And I usually don't have lots of luck, that's also a reason why I "choosed" Doom. ;-)

6. If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours.

When I was what you could call a "newbie" in doom, doom-metal.com was very helpful for me to find new bands, so thank you very much for running this page since a long time and still! So, as I'm actually communicating with one of you anyway, I wanted to say that. I would be very pleased if some of you, who read this, would listen to my music. And I hope, at least some of you will like what you hear. So, Doom on, but please try not to kill yourself...

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Interviewed on 2014-03-16 by doom-metal.com.
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