Advent Sorrow Spills their Sorrows.....

Australian blackened symphonic death metallers Advent Sorrow long awaited debut "Before the Dimming Light" is quite a work of art, with a style like this the saga that is Advent Sorrow is only just the beginning.....

1. Where are you guys from originally?

We come from Perth Australia, which is labelled the most isolated city in the world, but we still have all the good stuff like cheese, toothpaste and those fragrance pine trees you hang in your car.

2. How did you come together?

I guess the same way a lot of bands start these days, internet ad with members all loving the same music and being able to work well together. a couple of us have been friends before the band started and have come together.

3. What is the origin of the band's name?

Pretty much ADVENT "the coming or arrival" and SORROW " Mental suffering or pain caused by injury, loss, or despair", describes our sound with aggression and classical symphonic sorrow.

4. What type of band are you?

We seem to drift into a few different styles coming from our influences, but a Blackened Symphonic Death Metal band has kinda stuck with our current EP.

5. You guys have a unique sound, which bands would you say influence you the most?

We try and stay away from the from the typical Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth etc, normally we listen to a lot of soundtracks and doom metal to keep us inspired.

6. What was the inspiration for the EP name Before the Dimming Light?

Before the Dimming Light is very symbolic. Before the Dimming Light is a concept based EP on a murderer and his victims. Before the Dimming Light in our concept means multiple things, but the meaning most applicable is "before the dying soul". The dimming light, is our murderer's dying soul.

7. Will you be shooting a music video for any of the tracks off the EP?

We are currently filming a music video for one of the tracks which is coming along quite nicely, should be out before the end of the year.

8. Tell me about the song "Before The Dimming Light"?

Before the Dimming Light is the first track off the EP. It is actually the end of the story as well so to speak. The song is about the murderer's final moments as he recaps his victims whilst in prison and contemplates his inevitable hanging. It describes the moments before the hanging, being hung at the gallows and what happens to him having been hung.

My mind corrupt, drowning in a fog of depravity and silence.
This long rope tightens tighter round my throat!
My body lies still, yet superstition remains!
Suddenly, one last hatefilled outcry!
"Your daughters sobbed and wept!"

9. If you could go back and change something on the album Before The Dimming Light, would you?

Probably not to be honest, we made do with the best environment/work area we had and the response from the EP has been huge! We have learnt a lot from the experience and we plan to put our new knowledge into the album, but we can't complain with how the Ep has worked out.

10. What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

Before the Dimming Light is a nightmarish insight into the tortured mind of a murderous lunatic; each song describing but a particular chapter and stage of his descent into madness.

11. Do you write your own songs? Can you discuss the songwriting process in detail?

We write all our own songs, and the songwriting process can differ song to song, or at least it did when we put the EP together. Rhys usually starts off the song writing. Once the initial foundation of the song is laid out, then everyone else makes any changes or improvements. The concept is written by Rhys, as well as the lyrics for each song. Constantly he gets feedback from the band regarding the lyrics and the concept itself so as to make it as interesting and shocking as possible.

12. How do you describe your music to people?

"Its pretty fast like black metal with keyboards and stuff".

13. What image do you think your music conveys?

Hopefully it conveys a few different images depending on the song. We try to evoke a real sense of atmosphere with our instrumentation and vocals.
We hope that when you are listening to Before the Dimming Light, that you are sucked into a horrific image of despair and violence.

14. What live performance experience have you had?

We have played many live shows over the years and get the most satisfaction when we unleash our music on the crowd. Playing live allows us to take advantage of our costume and stage presence. We love nothing more than drowning the crowd in smoke and blasting them with murderous music.

15. How do you rate your live performance ability?

As I said, we love playing live and I believe that a live performance is what conveys the music most effectively. We work hard enhancing our stage show by adding various elements and are always trying to come up with something original and fitting with the music.

16. What is your favourite song to perform live and which one really gets your energy up and blood pumping?

We actually enjoy playing the slower songs live and taking advantage of the smoke machine with the loud orchestral keyboards. The crowd loves the outro to Withered By Her Curse. It is crushing and epic. Seeing the crowd's reaction to it is one of my favorite things. It is why we do what we do.

17. How do you promote your band and shows?

Promotion is an increasingly difficult thing nowadays, with so many competing bands, with similiar styles. Coming from Australia doesn't make things any easier! Word of mouth is the best form of promotion, so we try to make as best use of that as we can. The more people that have heard of us, the more likely we are going to be able to extend out of Australia.

18. Describe your show, visual and musically for us.

They say a picture can speak a thousand words, so here's a photo from the launch of Before the Dimming Light.

We dress in tattered clothes, adorn war paint, spit venomous music at the crowd and drown them in smoke and mist.

19. Who in the band would win in a headbanging contest?

Jordan would win hands down with his milling! if his boots weren't so heavy he would be the next Felix Baumgartner.

20. What is your favorite headbanging style to use?

Mainly milling, can't beat it!

21. How many band t-shirts are in your personal collection?

Too many! from ones i regret buying to the decaying ones i shouldn't be seen in public wearing.

22. What advice would you give to fellow bands?

Don't act like chogs and always drink your milk.

23. What are the upcoming plans you have lined up for the rest of this year?

We have gone straight into writing are first full length album so we are pretty busy, we plan to jump on any shows or festivals we can so that we keep active live.

24. Anything else you want to say or add?

Peasants, raise your fists! Big thanks to anyone who leaves us feedback or purchases our EP! It all helps fuel us to tour and work on the album.

25. What are your dreams and goals?

To continue making the music we love playing!

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