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Interview with Comatose Vigil A.K..
"I bet not even die-hard fans of Funeral Doom expected anything new from the Russian leaders of this genre, as they've been silent for long seven years. However, Comatose Vigil frontman A.K. iEzor resurrected it from the dead with the assistance of David Unsaved from Georgian funeral project Ennui and John Devos of international project Mesmur. On November 18th, Non Serviam Records released the digital EP 'Comatose Vigil' and then, on December 14th, the massive and tombstone-heavy full-length album 'Evangelium Nihil' appeared. It's time to pull aside the Comatose Vigil veil and take a deeper look, in A.K.'s company"

Comatose Vigil A.K.: A.K. iEzor (vocals), John Devos (drums), David Unsaved (bass, keyboards, guitar).

Hi Andrew! How are you?

Hi, Alexey! Nice to meet you again! I'm pretty fine, thanks! Hope you're doing well there too.

So you started Comatose Vigil A.K., a reincarnation of Comatose Vigil, some time ago . What made you take this decision to reorganize the band after years of stagnation - or rather non-existence?

I was reluctant to admit our failure since the band had broken up. Experience showed that our reunion made no sense. We just couldn't work on it together anymore because of plenty to disagree over. The only thing I desired was a new Comatose Vigil, as depressive and sick as it never used to be. One day we discussed this situation with my friend David (of Ennui) and he offered himself as a new songwriter for Comatose Vigil. And he knocked me out with his first sample! It turned that our points of view were very similar, and we could compose the darkest album in the history of this band. To sum up, he knows the way. The rest was just paperwork.

Will it be a studio project or a full band? Who's in it beside yourself?

After having had a few discussions we realized that we wanted to play live gigs too. It won't be often but sometimes. Problems coming from this idea can be solved. As you could have noticed, we became an international formation that made our common performance troublesome. Now we are: David Unsaved (Ennui, Unsaved) - guitars, bass, keyboards; John Devos (Mesmur, Dalla Nebbia, No One Lives) - drums and your obedient servant – vocals. David is from Georgia, John is from USA, so I'm the last Russian in the band, hah.

David and John are both independent doom units, how much of their influence is in these songs?

They both aren't, actually. Their participation in other bands doesn't make them "independent". We're a full-rate band. David composed all the music for this album and John played his parts just as he saw proper. I could only correct some little details.

There are just two full-length albums in Comatose Vigil's discography, but almost a dozen musicians played in the band during different periods. You've named this band Comatose Vigil A.K. pointing out that it's your vision, does it mean that it's rather your solo project?

Yes, there were many people who joined us and then left. I'm afraid I can't remember them all. We added this adscript because of an ex-member, who spoke against using this name. So, officially we've changed it. "A.K." doesn't mean that it's my solo project in any case.

Comatose Vigil A.K. - 'Evangelium Nihil' (Radio Edit, 2018):

It's already announced that your new album 'Evangelium Nihil' will be released through Non Serviam Records. How did you get in touch with them? And why didn't you approach Solitude Productions this time?

We met due to David. They cooperated before, working on the last Ennui release. I don't want to talk about Solitude, it's my personal attitude.

What kind of support did the label offer you besides media promotion and releasing the album? Any opportunity to play abroad? Did you discuss that?

Yes, they can help with that. It's not covered by our contract but potentially we can work on it together in future.

The band played regularly (but not often), did you play anywhere besides Moscow and Saint-Petersburg?

Not much. Samara and Togliatti, that's all. We were the "home team" basically.

Do you plan to play live new material as well as old songs?

Sure! Apparently!

How many songs got into the new album? Previous album 'Fuimus, Non Sumus...' consisted of three tracks, but their entire duration was 75 minutes.

This one consists of four tracks. Their total duration is about 72 minutes.

It's not a secret that Doom metal (especially Funeral Doom) can be pretty boring for unprepared (and sometimes even well-prepared) ears. How did you solve this question for yourself? What kind of "message" do you put in Doom's monotony?

I think Funeral Doom is a kind of music based mostly on atmosphere, and monotony is its core, not a side effect. Fortunately, I didn't have to solve this question for myself. I chose this genre exactly because of the effect it made. There is no special message, it's just a way of expressing oneself, I guess.

What about lyrics? Are they still abstract exercises in poetic description of grief experienced on the verge of insanity? You live in Moscow, a pretty depressive city: does it influence you directly during the writing process?

Hah, it's fairly correct. Abundance of metaphors and allegories can confuse some listeners, I understand. But all the lyrics I write are inspired by my personal experience. They make sense even if you don't see any. In the new album I paid attention to some global issues such as mass religious psychosis and humanity's self-destruction tendencies. A piece of my inner suffering was also included.

I think Moscow isn't the worst place for living. Look at thousands of small towns all over Russia. They are much more depressive. Hopelessness is in the air there. I'd say living on this planet has direct influence on me. Just read some news.

'Fuimus, Non Sumus...' was released seven years ago. How long did you work on the songs for 'Evangelium Nihil'? How far did you go from Comatose Vigil original sound?

We were working on it a half-year approximately. There wasn't any "special Comatose Vigil sound". Every album sounds in different ways. This time we decided to rely on heavy and low guitar sound. It makes you feel this album press on you like a concrete bay.

The edition includes a 12-page booklet, did you work on the design yourself or was it the label's idea?

The booklet was developed by David and me. The idea was made to come true with the help of an artist Azazello B.Q.

Did you want to record something innovative for the new album? Or did you aim just to keep that depressive suicidal vibe?

I don't think there is something innovative in this album. We were sensible of responsibility for keeping the atmosphere of true Comatose Vigil. Still not a gleam of hope.

Well, that's the eternal question: do you need to be in certain mood to compose that depressive mood for your band? Or is this a technically simple part of writing Funeral stuff?

Yes, I guess it's a special kind of mood which is pretty hard to explain. This is the creative urge that some creative people regularly fall under. As for despair and hopelessness, life inspires us itself.

Thanks for your time man, we should finish, so the last question – how do you see Comatose Vigil A.K.'s near future? What are your plans for 2019?

The only thing I can tell exactly is that I see it active and full of ideas. We've already started working on new stuff and I hope the next year brings us a new album.

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Interviewed on 2019-01-03 by Comrade Aleks Evdokimov.
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