Cold Crypt is the one man Black Metal project of mastermind Raze, an intriguing endeavor destined to set the imagination in flight. Bearing The Light is Cold Crypt’s latest manifesto, grim and chaotic in scope, now available from Cimmerian Shade Recordings. In this interview, we explore the spells found within the devastating confines of Cold Crypt. Let the nightmare commence…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Cold Crypt, and how long the band has been together.
I’m the sole member of the band and like most black metal musicians I have a pseudonym (Raze), I write and record all the music in Cold Crypt.
I guess it all started in December 2011, at least that’s when I started getting the equipment together for recording. No actual music was ready until late January 2012
Where is the band based out of and what is your local metal scene like there?
Its based in a shit stain on the planet called Guildford (in the UK). The metal scene here is very thin really, there’s a few interesting people who like Doom metal and Death metal (I have never met anyone here who likes Black metal) but most people here who don’t listen to “radio” music are the kind of idiots that think Slipknot and Linkin Park are metal
Is there any story or concept behind the title Bearing The Light?
The whole album is based on the witch burnings in religious history. It’s not a typical hail Satan kind of album; it’s more like it’s saying: “Hey look, this has actually happened and we seem to have forgotten”.
The title Bearing The Light means holding the knowledge or bringing the truth.
Select two songs from Bearing The Light and what inspired the lyrics.
Seeking The Red and Madness Through The Fire have the most interesting lyrics on the album: the first is set out like a Luciferian spell designed to curse the witch hunters and the second is based on looking through the eyes of an innocent women as she’s tied to the stake screaming as the flames slowly engulf her body.
Who did the artwork for Bearing The Light and how much input did you have on it?
The artwork was designed by Rivan Aji, he’s an amazing artist who specializes in art for metal bands.
He contacted me in early 2013 offering his services (at a price) and I just said I wanted artwork that reflected the album name, a month later he came back with the finished product and it was just like “holy shit that’s awesome”.
When you look back on Darkest Symphonies, what do you think of it now and has does it compare to Bearing The Light?
I’m still very proud of Darkest Symphonies but unlike Bearing The Light it has things I wish were different, a riff here or a beat there, it is like a stepping stone to Cold Crypt’s true potential.
Has Cold Crypt ever performed live?
Nope never has and never will, this music is made for loners .
If you could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
THE BERZERKER because the day that band split up I must of smashed every fucking thing in the house.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing Bearing The Light for the very first time?
I guess I just want people to remember the bleakness and the cancerous screams of the whole thing. It is hard to picture it all from someone else’s point of view.
Are you involved with any other band outside of Cold Crypt?
Yes I’m also the guitarist and vocalist for the band Marahkain: it is very, very different from Cold Crypt, better to listen to it then read about it.
What’s up next for Cold Crypt?
I’m currently working on the next full length album called Utter Contempt For Life. It is more complex and fucked up than anything else I’ve done so far.
Any final words of wisdom?
Just want to say thanks for the interview and thanks to Dave from Cimmerian Shade Recordings for all he’s done to promote the album.
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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