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Comrade Aleks talks to the Swedish band as they stand on the verge of actually releasing their debut full-length album. Find out how things stand with Acolytes Of Moros by reading on...

Interview with Acolytes Of Moros.
"I've watched Acolytes Of Moros' progress for some time, but each time I was sure they'd finally reach the point of a full-length release, my expectations were deceived. The band was formed in Uppsala, Sweden, in 2010 by a power trio tightly connected with more active band Anguish. Actually, it's singing bassist Christoffer Frylmark and drummer Rasmus Jansson who came from there, while guitarist Simon Carlsson came from Death Metal band Inception. However, despite this experience and a firm intention to perform good old traditional Doom Metal, Acolytes Of Moros met a few obstacles on their way that slowed them down. Nevertheless, their full-length album 'The Wellspring' was recorded a year ago and found its way to the right label. Here Acolytes Of Moros' collective mind speaks through Simon and spreads the news."

Mostly answering Aleks's questions today - Acolytes Of Moros guitarist Simon Carlsson.

Hi Simon! How are you? What's going on in the bandcamp?

Greetings Aleksey! I'm good! I've got Christoffer and Rasmus with me here as well, so who knows who's typing between the expeditions down to the beer cellar or the bladder drainage.

Usually here in Russia we do enough drinking at the preparation stage to avoid going in the shop for second time - though last time I had even more than we're able to deal with : D But it's a good start indeed. What role does alcohol play in Acolytes Of Moros' creativity?

Alcohol is a major ingredient, but isn't doom metal the optimal music for beer drinking sessions? During an early stage of arranging and rehearsing a new song a clear mind is often preferable for everyone to keep attention, but later on while recording or playing live we often benefit from some intoxication. A couple of months ago we played our first sober gig and we all agreed that we'll never do that again.

However… eight years is a good span, it's right to recall how you started Acolytes Of Moros, isn't it? So, what was your original plan when you gathered for the first time in the name of Doom Cult?

We had a very clear vision from the start; to play doom metal according to the gospel of Reverend Bizarre. For us this is the most powerful interpretation of doom metal yet sadly so overlooked by fellow Swedes. The majority of the bands here follow the footsteps of Candlemass, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but this has never been our mission and never will be.

Acolytes Of Moros, the band: Christoffer Frylmark (bass, vocals), Simon Carlsson (guitars), Rasmus Jansson (drums). (Photo: Cathrine Nygren).

But Count Raven? Aren't they influential band?

Count Raven definitely are a very important band that we appreciate! They have influenced several doom maniacs worldwide, but to my experience there are no big following concentrated exclusively to the Swedish soil. In that sense they are also overlooked here.

You released the 'Illusions Of Progress' EP in 2013, and those three songs were pretty impressive and well-delivered. It's a good example of true and… evil? What's Doom's best criteria? True and low maybe… However, the songs are cool! How did you work on these tracks?

This EP was supposed to be a one-off thing where we unleashed the tracks that were of a more "experimental" nature and therefore didn't fit the original vision. The title actually says it all, because we didn't expect to follow this path sound-wise and that's why we called it an illusion, but as you may have heard the illusion was really for ourselves.

We don't really understand what you mean by true and evil. First and foremost we want to stay true to ourselves. Evil is just a concept you put on things you find "dark" and unpleasant. We can't really relate to this kind of value but we definitely are true to ourselves!

Acolytes Of Moros - 'The World Belongs To Demons':

"True and evil" was a criterion for ideal Black metal albums in the '90s - didn't you use that term in Sweden? But, okay, do you mean that Acolytes Of Moros isn't a dark band?

We seriously urge everyone to try to reach enlightenment both intellectually and spiritually, but is important to know there are always two sides of the coin and that the process to (or the result of) learning the truth can very well be uncomfortable or even devastating. In many of our lyrics we focus on this unpleasant side of things and the negative energies invoked.

The EP was named after a Revelation demo, so I guess that you're influenced by them to some degree? However, how do you see your mission? Is it to keep the genre alive, or do you feel you're able to make it diverse and more vivid?

Revelation will always be a huge inspiration for us along with Burzum and Reverend Bizarre.

Is finding your own sound within a genre making the genre more diverse and vivid? Personally I believe that we now have found our own sound. I think, as with any true musicians, we are first and foremost motivated by playing music that we like to listen to ourselves. In order to not stagnate we obviously need to challenge ourselves once in a while. "The Bitter Wind" that appeared on the 12'' (out on Topillo Records) with The Temple was for example an intentional change of direction as a way to honor our black metal influences. So if we would feel like playing a heavy metal song or some Finnish influenced tango at some point we will do so, but it is important to remember that the core of this musical vessel will always consist of doom metal.

What are your own requirements for the Acolytes Of Moros sound? Do you keep in mind a number of elements that should be in each of the band's songs?

When we write music we never want to limit ourselves to certain elements of inspiration. It happens that we write complete songs individually but the best material is often created when all of us take part in the process. "A Yen to Relinquish and Evanesce" that will appear on our upcoming full-length is a good example of this.

Live at Varjobaari, 2016.

Let's say then: what are your requirements for the sound of your instruments? Guitars are the best example, sound-wise!

During the early days we used an old Randall amplifier (R.I.P.) for the guitar. With every knob turned up to max we got that the amazing guitar tone that probably is the only reason to revisit the first demo. Nowadays we use regular distortion pedals. To sum it up the guitar should sound like a mammoth on a rampage rally and the bass like a tractor!

Since the release of the EP you recorded only two songs for the 'Herald Of The Imminent' demo (2015), and one for a split with your mates Cardinals Folly and Church of Void (2016)…

Actually, the song "The World Belongs to Demons" on the Coalition of the Anathematized split (out American Line Productions) was the first song we wrote and recorded after the "Your Fate is Sealed" demo. Our good friend Hasse (Third Storm, ex-Gaûrhï, ex-Die Hard) added some truly great guest vocals for the intro. We also got help from Gaddur (Corpsehammer, Omnizide) with the recording of the drums. The original plan was to release this track on a split with the stoner band Weekend Beast, but they had other plans ahead and later got famous under another moniker.

To get back to your question I believe that we have always been working at this pace. This is mostly because we want to get into the tracks and evolve them further. There is simply no use to release a lot of music just for the sake of it. We have continuously made rehearsal recordings and pre-production demos, so all of the tracks that e.g. will end up on the upcoming full-length have been recorded a couple of years earlier in some form or another. We listen to these recordings and as time passes we change a few riffs, remove/change/add a few other things until we are satisfied.

I find the lyrics behind 'The World Belongs To Demons' very intriguing: how did you come to this intriguing concept? Do you believe in it yourself? I'm asking as I see it as pretty realistic - I don't know what else might drive men to such shit they/we do sometimes…

The lyrics were written by a close friend of ours; the infamous Markus Solstrykare. We can't speak for his vision but we definitely believe that our world is surrounded by energy, both positive and negative. The demons that you speak of represent the epitome of negative energy that pretty much follows your every footstep while feeding on your agony and despair to make things even worse. They make you feel like everything is meaningless and sometimes it goes even further, like causing self-harm or harm to others. In extreme cases they even play with your mind and presents a reality that perhaps is more deranged and wicked than the actual reality.

Oh, it's Markus, I should have recognized his dirty genius touch on it! How do you live in the world full of demons?

Well, it is getting crowded here I tell you! But it's not like we have a choice. Every soul has its own challenges. Those who are affected by the "demons" will have a much harder trial ahead, but the important thing is to evolve during the process.

The band's latest appearance was a split album with The Temple, how did that happen? How long have you known them?

I (Simon) have been in contact with Father Alex since 2016 and I finally met him and the other guys in person when The Temple performed at Muskelrock later the same year. We also somehow derive from the same doom-era so it felt natural with both bands rising up to do a split together.

Acolytes Of Moros - 'The World Belongs To Demons':

Acolytes Of Moros' debut full-length album has been finished for a few months, but it seems that the band can't get rid of the curse and finally release it. What kind of obstacles did you face on your way to this release?

Our full-length titled "The Wellspring" was recorded back in May, 2017. The actual recording process went unexpectedly smooth. We spent 4 days in the studio recording the majority of the songs live. The vocals as well as the 2nd guitar and some extra melodies were of course added afterwards.

At the time, we already had a deal with Barbarian Wrath since Hart had been in contact with us earlier that year. Adam Burke was recruited to paint the cover art. But before we got everything ready to send to the presses, Hart fell into a coma due to complications during a surgery. We never got the chance to thank him enough for believing in our music. We give all our best to Hart and his wife. Even though the odds seem small, we hope for his recovery!

Is there any ray of hope that we'll have the album published in the near future?

Yes! The light at the end of the tunnel is a heavy train named Nine Records. If everything goes well, for once, it will be out later this year. It feels great to be on the same label as Cardinals Folly, Lucifer's Fall and Solemn Ceremony!

Album artwork by Adam Burke.

What can you tell about the materials that are going into the album?

The album will consist of five tracks of which one is instrumental. As we have worked on the material for the full-length for quite some time we've let it rest and mature and let it evolve into something that for us captures the true spirit of doom. Due to the recording process described earlier it doesn't sound too polished either. It got a raw and almost "live" feeling at some points.

Those who know us since earlier will hopefully feel both familiar as well as surprised when listening to the new record. For us as a band we believe that these five tracks represent the true essence of Acolytes of Moros.

Simon, one more question: can you tell Markus that we've done this? I'm tired of these horses' heads on my blanket!

No wonder he hasn't got all the horses in the stable if he keeps on killing them? I will tell him to be kind to our four-legged friends. We love Solstrykare!

Good to hear it, 'cause I love him too. So these words of love are the best final ones for our interview? Or should we add few more words of doom?

I think we've had enough of fun. Thank you for conducting this interview!

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Interviewed on 2018-05-25 by Comrade Aleks Evdokimov.
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