miércoles, 12 de julio de 2023



Good evening, thank you very much for answering these questions, how is everything going in London? 

No problem, all is very busy this end. We are currently preparing for the imminent release of ‘Irreversible’ this Friday and doing a variety of press. Aside from that, we are rehearsing for the upcoming album release show in London, which will take place on August 5th. 

1. Deitus has been active since approximately 2004, what led you to create the band at that time? What does the name Deitus refer to?

We created Deitus in our formative years at high-school around the ages of 15/16 due to a collective obsession with rock n roll, heavy metal and of course black metal. The name ‘Deitus’ means ‘to become God.’

2. Although it is true that the band has been active since 2004, no or it is less than your first demo dates from 2014 and the first album from 2016, what happened within Deitus in those twelve years of silence?

The band was put on hiatus around 2006 until 2014 which explains that long period of nothingness.

3. Your third album “Irreversible” will be released shortly. How has the process of writing and recording this album been? What brands of instruments have you used in the process?

The corona situation in addition to the core three members of Deitus now being displaced over numerous continents forced the writing style to change quite drastically. As a band, we never managed to rehearse any of these songs in a room together before the recording which wasn’t ideal. That said, this new writing approach undeniably resulted in the vast musical diversity found within ‘Irreversible’. I can only really speak about guitars in relation to the recording process, but I used an ESP Eclipse and a Gibson Les Paul Custom ’59 going through a Marshall Silver Jubilee as well as a 5150s iii amplifier.

4. In your sound the weight of Scandinavian black from the nineties is undeniable, however there are also other elements that complete the proposal, such as thrash influences, atmospheric and melodic elements and the inclusion of a song with female voices. How would you define the sound of the album for those who haven't heard the album yet? What bands and styles have influenced your sound? At what point did you decide to include this song with female voices?

We wholeheartedly expect it to be a divisive record for some listeners, there’s a lot of different flavours and moods and no two songs are similar. Our intention is always to grow both musically and lyrically, there’s no denying we accomplished that again with ‘Irreversible’. Certain notable bands such as Slayer, Fields Of The Nephilim, Dissection, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath to name a few have undeniably shaped our sound. It’s black metal but it goes places that other bands don’t dare or wish to venture. The song you are referring to is ‘Voyeur’ which features guest female singer Toni Coe-Brooker.  We felt the track necessitated a clean vocal and having already heard Toni sing on numerous occasions it was a no-brainer. Toni also contributed some harmonies for the final track of the album, ‘As Long As They Fear.’

5. In your lyrics there are themes related to gnosticism or satanism, why did you decide to deal with these issues in your lyrics and why do you consider them interesting? 

There are no such themes present on ‘Irreversible.’ I’d advise the listeners to read the lyrics and interpret them as they see fit. 

6. With a career spanning almost twenty years, I suppose you have experienced different situations within the scene. What is your opinion of the English black metal scene today compared to the past?

The UK has undeniably produced some of the greatest artists of all time but it’s never been at the forefront when it comes to black metal. There are however a handful of active bands in the underground that I’d encourage people to check out such as: Inconcessus Lux Lucis and Barshasketh. 

7. For the mixing and mastering of the album you have worked with Necromorbus Studio, why did you decide to work in these studios and what do you think your work has contributed to the final result of the sound of the album?

We wanted to try something different with the overall / final sound so we approached Tore from Necromorbus Studios to mix and master the record. Given Tore’s remarkable legacy to date, he was always someone we wanted to work with and we are extremely satisfied with the results.

8. Santiago Caruso has been in charge of designing the album cover, why did you decide to work with him? What does this cover represent and how is it related to the content of the album?

The painting itself was created sometime ago; we never actually commissioned it directly with Santiago. Instead, we stumbled across it whilst trawling through his works. Seemingly, it was meant to be as the artwork fits each track in a specific yet differing manner. To myself at least… in essence the cover depicts the very death of hope - the final nail. I’ve heard all sorts of interpretations from those who have already heard the record and I welcome them wholeheartedly. If the listener rightfully consumes the record whilst devouring the lyrics they should be able to decipher why we ultimately went with ‘ Irreversible’. 

9. Candlelight Records has been in charge of publishing the album. At what point did you decide to change your record label? What has Candlelight Records given you compared to other previous record labels?

We’ve never been tied down in the past to independent record deals as it’s always been a gentleman’s agreement between band and label. When the opportunity arose to join the ranks of such an esteemed label (Candlelight) we couldn’t refuse. The new record demands a wider reach in terms of distribution as well as publicity and this is something Candlelight is able to provide us with. 

10. Have you already presented some of the new songs live? How is the public's response being? What concert dates do you already have scheduled? Who would you like to share a small mini tour with?

We gave ‘A Scar For Serenity’ it’s live debut last month in Germany at ‘Hole In The Svn’ festival. The reaction from the fans was immense, this can only be taken as a positive sign for things yet to come. As far as touring is concerned, we have nothing confirmed just yet although something is brewing for next year with a legendary Norwegian band…

11. How were your beginnings in music: first concerts you attended, first albums you bought? What event in your lives pushed you to want to be musicians?

I suppose there’s a multitude of experiences that influenced me to take up playing guitar and ultimately to write music. The first album I ever purchased was Guns N’ Roses – ‘Appetite For Destruction,’ a record that still leaves a lasting impression to this day. Witnessing Iron Maiden for the first time in 2003 was also a pivotal moment along with the final Dissection concert in 2006. 

12. What album represents for you the essence of black metal? What last albums have you bought?

There’s quite a few that spring to mind… however I’ll go with Bathory – ‘Under The Sign Of The Black Mark’. The last record I bought was Naut – ‘Hunt.’

13. Thank you very much for taking the time to answer these questions for Black Metal Spirit, if you want to add something for Deitus fans this is the place. I hope the questions are to your liking.

Thank you for the interview. We extend our thanks to all the rabid fans who continue to support Deitus and hope to see you all on the road soon!


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