Armenian black metallers DIVAHAR may have been around for a short while, but have already done so much! They have gone on to release their debut album "Divarise", which has led them to playing shows with further plans on more shows and even more music! The band got together to discuss their history, what inspires them to create their art, and how they plan to keep on going.
1. Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in DivahaR, and how long the band has been together.
Greetings to NataliezWorld.com and its subscribers. Well, four members of DivahaR are together since 2010 – Dev (vocals), Urubani (guitars), Skadi (guitars) and Freya (bass). Belus (keyboards) welcomed to band in 2014.
2. Tell us the brief history of your band.
By the end of 2009 Urubani and Dev had already written DivahaR’s first songs with a strong decision to make a band. In 2010 Skadi and Freya joined to them. And it took over 4 years to find our last member Belus. Throughout 5-6 years we have had many concerts behind, released our album “Divarise” and 2 music videos on songs from it.
3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We live in Armenia and DivahaR was formed here too. Metal audience is quite small in Armenia. All the metalheads and musicians are forced to face that sad reality in our country but anyway it’s not an obstacle for us and other bands to stop listening and creating metal music. Here we have a lot of great metal bands which deserve to be known. They are Vostan Hayots, Ayas, Avarayr, Aramazd, Highland, Nosferatu, etc.
4. What type of band are you?
DivahaR’s musical genre is symphonic black metal.
5. Why did you want to name the band DivahaR? What does it symbolize and represent for the band?
Actually, the native roots of the Armenian word “Divahar” originate from the stems of Indo-European languages. DIVINE comes to be the root of the word. The Armenian word DAEMON (DEV, DIVA) with identical root reflects the same idea as the Indo-European DIVINE, so Diva-har is related to as “gifted”, “enlightened” or “possessed by divinity”.
6. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Bands like Emperor, Slayer, Mayhem, Burzum, Limbonic art, etc., played the most important role for the creation of DivahaR. Moreover, our motherland and nature become a great source of inspiration for us.
7. What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Our poetical, spiritual and philosophical lyrics are about the feral fight we live in, about the ways to truth and our searching for the right paths of life, about the eternal struggle that each of us has inside.
8. Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)
In fact we don’t have a "single" songwriter for the band who writes music, lyrics, arranges all the instruments and directs the actions of the other band members. Many bands act alike and work as a one-man project. On the contrary, all our musicians are involved in songwriting process as a united team. When one of us writes a song, the rest of the band discusses its music and lyrics in detail. It turns out that every song of DivahaR undergoes a number of opinions and changes.
9. In October 2014 DivahaR released its debut album ‘’Divarise’’, tell us about it.
Before its release many of our fans had already known the lyrics of some of our songs. Actually, "Divarise’" isn’t our newborn album. We had written these songs earlier and it took us a pretty long time to release the album due to many obstacles that metal music in our country can face.
10. What are your dreams and goals?
It mainly depends on our perception of “goals”. As we are involved in music and it’s pure art, we have the same dream as every musician… It’s feedback – a reflection of our art in others’ souls. That’s the most important reason for us to create and to go on.
11. What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
A metal band from a country many people never heard about but still having lots of fans all over the world. We think there is something special. And the number of our listeners is increasing with time.
12. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
We have YouTube channel where you can find all our songs and music videos:
Here you can order our physical CD ‘’DIVARISE’’:
And here are the links to download our songs from iTunes:
13. What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Over a month ago we released our music video “Shadows” available at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-owlsQKa_E. Now DivahaR is getting ready for its upcoming concerts.
The music itself and the words behind it. The feelings that the listener will experience through DivahaR’s music.
15. Any final words of wisdom?
Thank you very much for your attention and your time. We would like metal music to be more self-improvement feature for metal audience. With best regards, Freya, Urubani, Skadi, Belus, Dev.