Stealing some of Morfeus' precious time resources,
Melissa and I managed to detach some of his thoughts. Reading
the following answers to our questions, one can find how sensible
Limbonic Art's lunatic cosmos is. This interview was done through e-mail.
No more words needed, find out yourselves. As for me, I'm off to wash my ears...
Starting with this interview, I would like to ask you about your emotions concerning
Ad Noctum's final results. Are your plans perfectly fulfilled?
We are all in all satisfied with it, as you can imagine, there are always some
little detail that could be different, or better, or things didn't turn out as expected, but things also occurs that sounds a lot better than what you anticipate, so we are feeling good about the album, it has got the aggression that we intended to put into it, and all in all I think it is our strongest album so far.
"Ad Noctum". A mysterious title... Can you enlighten us a bit and give us an
explanation of it?
It is a journey towards and into the night, and into darkness, and I think
the title refers quite good to the contents of the album, the music is darker
than it has ever been, and also the lyrics are more hateful, and dark……
The cover of Ad Noctum is another dark creation,
mostly based on Egyptian themes. Is there some kind of connection between the album's
subject and this ancient civilization? Is the album's cover created from you?
There are no direct links between the cover art and the album as it is, but I have
always been fascinated by ancient Egyptian mythology, and I found it suiting to use
it for this album, due to all their mysteries, and their fascination of death,
and their belief in the afterlife….
Morfeus, you are responsible for the bewitching artwork in Limbonic Art's albums.
What do you wish to express through it and why did you choose to do it yourself?
How important is, to you, to create pictures?
I think that making album covers has been a dream that I have had since I
was a kid, and I have always been drawing and painting, and when we got the deal
with N.A.P. I saw the opportunity coming, and decided to do it myself. I feel
now that there will not ever be another one doing the covers for a Limbonic art.
album, cause I feel that there are too much of my feelings and me in it…
I would like to ask you the purpose of the bonus tracks in the vinyl version of
your new LP. Is this done in order to show that you are fans of the vinyl?
That is one way to say it, you could also say that it is our way to try to keep
the vinyl living as a music media, and it is also a hail to all those who still
enjoys the vinyl….
Just because the promotional edition of Ad Noctum does not include any lyrics, I
would like to ask you about the concept of this album...
Daemon does all the lyrics for Limbonic Art, and the fact that he does this
so well, gives me the freedom to not think about it, so I'm really not in the
position to talk much about lyrics. I'm not much of a poet my self, so I am more
interested in vocals as an instrument, I need the sound of the vocals to fit the
music, if you know what I mean. And Daemon has an incredible way of layering the
lyrics so that it fits the music. There is no concept through the album,
no story that runs throughout the album. As far as I know the lyrics are
mainly based on thoughts, and reflections, more than stories and fairytales…
What do you consider to be more important for Limbonic Art, the music or the
lyrics? Do you believe that your music could accompany different lyrics, or
that your lyrics could be "dressed" by another kind of music?
I believe that there has to be a unity in the whole "product", only then
can it be looked upon as finished or good. I think that we have achieved
a unique sound that suits us fine, but I don't see why we should not be
able to do other stuff……
The lyrics are one of Limbonic Art's main advantages. Could you
tell us some things about the sources of your inspiration?
As I said, Daemon is handling the lyrics, and I know that he is
reluctant to give much more information about them himself, so I
won't go any deeper into them than what I already have, not that I
have gone very deep at all though
Could you name your main influences, whether they come from the metal
or the classical musical ground?
No, I won't, cause I don't feel that I have any particular band
or composer that inspires me, and from time to time I feel that when
listening to some music that really blows me away, I feel more discouraged
than inspired. For instance, if I listen to some powerful choir like classical
music, I would maybe want to make something like it, but where is my
choir, on a keyboard…. No, I try to make music from my own head, as
much as possible, from myself. I don't say that I don't get inspired
from others, I do, but more from fragments of music more than composers,
As I have noticed, Ad Noctum does not include any electronic bits/sounds,
like the ones in your past songs. How did you come up with this decision?
Wash your ears!
Is the drum machine going to remain a standard element of Limbonic Art's
Yes it is!
Do you maybe plan to turn Limbonic Art into a full-member band? Was it your
choice for the band to have such a form?
No, there are no such plans, we feel completely satisfied with Limbonic
Art as it is now.
Is there a chance of making tours or giving some concerts, even with session
musicians? And, is there any possibility for Limbonic Art to unfold their shadow over the Greek ground, with a possible live appearance?
We do appear live from time to time, the last thing we did was the Mystic
festivals in Poland some months ago, and we are currently working to get a
tour in Europe in the very beginning of 2000.
Please tell me a few words about your tour with Emperor, Morbid Angel and Peccatum.
First of all I would say that we had a great time on the No Mercy Festivals,
It was a great tour, and all hails to the bands that we travelled with. I think
the tour gave us the first taste of what a real tour was like, we had just done
one or two gigs in a row, and the mini tour with Emperor before that, and we
learned a lot from it, we gained of course a lot of live experience, and also
the ups and downs of a tour, you know, getting to the venue far too late,
bus breakdowns, and so on. But I think that it also gave us a bit of hunger
in doing it again.
"Life is the enemy, while death is the sacred key". The key to what? What do
you believe exists beyond or after death?
As it is Daemon who does the lyrics, I don't feel comfortable with trying to
decipher he's sacred key, so I won't do that. What exists beyond or after death….
This is a very difficult topic to discuss, because there are lot's more
questions than there are answers. I believe that if you in your life do
the things that feel right, and you live as an honourable person, then I
think that if there is an afterlife, it won't "suck". And if there is no
afterlife, then we wouldn't know, right. So then comes the question, will we
then be able to know that we are dead….? Maybe we are dead now….. and the journey
to what we look upon as death, is a travel to life……..
Lot's of questions, no answers……..
What does the blind man see when he meets his death…?
Define your spiritual and religious philosophies with a few words.
No, those feelings and thoughts are personal to me, and not for the common audience.
And I really feel that it has relevance to the point of why I am doing this!
Both the names Morfeus and Daemon are drawn from the Greek mythology. What do you
know about it? Does mythology or traditions and religions in general, affect you
when composing or writing lyrics?
I can not speak for Daemon on this topic, but as I see it, and to me it has
nothing to do with Greek mythology, except for the fact that the names comes from
there. I use the name Morfeus because it reflects the function I have in the band,
I operate the synths, and I do the covers, which are the most atmospherical elements
of the band. Daemon, to me he is kind of the demon, the aggressor, and the most
hateful part of the band, and together we combine in a unity of death and darkness
Are there some specific images you want to imprint through your introductions?
Many images come to my mind when I listen to the small, but uncanny introduction
of "The Dark Paranormal Calling", as well as many
I like to think that If I can make someone imagine something, to make
some imagery in peoples minds, then I have succeeded to some point, I don't want
to create the images for them, or tell the stories of my own pictures, but I would
like them to be as a door, a gateway for people to make their own images, and their
Which one of Limbonic Art's musical creations do you consider as the most
paranormal and which one as the most remarkable one? Is there any of your songs
that disappoints you after all?
Difficult to answer, I don't think that I have any favourites, as you are coming
to a recording session, you may have some songs that you enjoy more than others,
but in general I am happy with what we have come up with, and I stand for all
that we have made, and I don't think that there are any of the songs that we
have released that I don't like, there might be some elements that I feel is
a bit misplaced, but I am satisfied.
Is it possible for the mind and the flesh to depart, without being both destroyed?
Is Limbonic Art something more than a band to you? What aspects of your personality
are expressed through them? Do you plan to create any projects, in order to expand
your musical/artistic horizons?
In one way, Limbonic Art is more than a band to me, Daemon, and I, have laid extremely
much work into it, and it is something that is on my mind more or less to all times,
so it is more than a band, I guess it is a crossing between a band, a hobby, and a
You have all the good parts, and you have the parts that are quite boring.
Personally I have all kinds of music in my mind, and I have some plans to expand
them in the future, and I also hope to be able to build up a small studio or
something. Not to have other bands playing there, but for personal uses. As
for Daemon, I don't really know, I guess he to has he's ideas and plans,
but we don't discuss it too much, time will tell what will come out of it,
but I'm most certain that there will be quality music also besides Limbonic Art.
There are many different elements in Limbonic Art's music. How would you characterize
It is really for other people to "label" us, I don't like to do that, but
I feel that a term like "extreme metal" would be suiting…..
What is your opinion about the Norwegian black metal scene? We were recently
told that it is dead. Do you agree?
I don't pay much attention to the metal scene, and I don't really care if it is
dead or alive, what is important to me is that there are independent bands that
make quality music in the way they want it to be, and I think that it is a more
mature force of bands that are out there now, they are not paying that much
attention to what other people think or say, and that is how it should be I think.
Are you satisfied with your cooperation with Nocturnal Art Productions?
We are very satisfied with the work that N.A.P does for us, they have always
supported us in our decisions, they have always been on time with all that they
were supposed to do, payments, ad's and so on. Their promotion are growing,
and getting better and better all the way, so it seems as we are staying there.
How far do you plan to take Limbonic Art's music? What are the new elements
you'd like to add to it?
We have stated this before, and I'll do it again, we want to take Limbonic Art
beyond. As far as it is possible for us to take it. I don't have any answers
for what new elements Limbonic Art will bring forth in the future, only time
will tell. We have not begun to create any new material, so it is way to early
I have reviewed Ad Noctum and rated it with 9/10. Do you believe
it is worthy of such a mark or not?
It is not up to me to say, We are satisfied ourselves, it is
up to you to "judge"
Express your opinion on the following bands:
g) Dimmu Borgir
i) Cradle of Filth
j) Diabolical Masquerade
k) Limbonic Art!
I don't see the point in doing that, some of the bands I like, some
I don't, some I haven't even heard. I won't bother to use an extra hour
to do that.
Thank you very much for your time to answer all these questions.
Please add a short comment for the readers of Altars of Metal and the Greek
fans of Limbonic Art's dark cosmos...
All hails to you all, thanks for the support, hope to see you live
sometime in the future.
Interview By Dimitris "Slatan" Petrakis and "Melissa".