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Quick introductory interview.

Interview with CemeteriuM.
1. Who are you and how did the band get started?

I am Belegurth; founding member, composer and music producer of CemeteriuM. I started back in 2004 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I was playing in a different band at the time and started making my own music which I decided was not for that project, so I made my own band and inicially it was going to be a solo project. I managed to get some other people interested in the project and formed a band to play live. Ever since I have maintained basically the same concept of being the creative force behind the band and having members to be able to play live.

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

I've always liked depressive music, I find that it has a deeper and more emotional feel to it than most music. When I started making music for CemeteriuM I didn't have a clear idea of what I wanted. At first it was going to be more of an ambiental darkwave type sound, but I started playing more guitar and getting better at programming drums so I ended up going for a much more aggressive sound. I would describe the style as a cross between Black and Doom metal. It has the 'cold' ambience, speed and aggresiveness of black metal but also has the density, power and overall 'dark' sound of doom metal.

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

I would consider two diferent things the high point so far. At one point around 2009-2010 we had a stable band and were getting quite a few good events around the country. It was really good to go different places and share my music with others and we had a nice live sound because we were playing quite often. So I could consider that the high point but I would also consider right now the high point in my career in the band because I'm currently recording the new album 'As Death Consumes the Earth' and I feel that this album will be a turning point to much better quality material. I've advanced a lot over the years in the field of music production, basically doing everything by myself and that has given me the ability to really produce the exact sound I want.

4. Which three bands most influenced you?

It's very hard to pick just three because I have a very broad taste in music, but I'll pick three anyway. Emperor has always been a big influence for me because I've been listening to them since I was a teen and I've always loved their style. The way they mix aggressive and ambiental sounds together in their music is something that I've always tried to achieve in CemeteriuM. I also like how each album they've released has it's own style. My Dying Bride has been a big influence on me more in later years. I only really got into them a few years ago, so I guess their influence will only be felt from the new album onwards. I love the guitar harmonies they use, and overall their sound is so dark and depressive, yet powerful. Aaron's voice does a lot to convey the emotion of their songs, a very good balance between clean and gutteral vocals. Another band that has influenced me a lot more recently is Ulcerate. They just have this amazingly dismal sound in general. I find it kind of funny that they are one of those bands that you can't really describe by genres. I think that is a sign that they are really innovating metal music. I'm a big fan of the fast and technical drumming as well as the enveloping ambiance created by the rest of the instruments.

5. What are your plans for the near future?

Right now I'm focusing on getting the new album finished. I want to take my time and make sure that everything is just right. I really want this album to be a timeless piece of art and I feel that it is coming along very well. It should be a big improvement from the debut album I released in 2011. I've just finished recording all of the instruments so I have the voice recording up next. That will probably be the hardest part as I have big aspirations for the vocals. I've also just 'reformed' the band because we haven't played live in about a year because of the lack of musicians. We are going to start rehearsing again very soon and hopefully we will spend the rest of the year playing live.

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

I expect the new album to be ready in a couple of months, maybe in May. I don't want to rush it because I really want to make sure everything is a good as I can get it. You can check my facebook or bandcamp page for updates, soon I will have a set date for the release of the album and will probably release one song before that so that people can hear what's to come. You can check out and download (for free) the debut album 'The Fall, The End' on my bandcamp page. Thank you guys very much at doom-metal.com for giving this type of support to underground bands.

Visit the CemeteriuM bandpage.

Interviewed on 2014-03-28 by doom-metal.com.
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