Interview: Aug 2014, Tragon @ Pest webzine

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Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Lord Impaler were formed back in 1998. We have released 4 demos, 2 splits (one of them is also available as a digital EP) and one full length album. The current line-up is: Tragon (vocals), Lord Nebulah (guitars), Phlegethon (bass), Nodens (drums) and Aenaon (guitars).

How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music? 
We play melodic black metal. A lot of people think we are similar to Dissection or old Gehenna and I don’t disagree with that. The bands that mostly influenced us are Marduk, Dark Funeral, Emperor, Satyricon and Immortal.

Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Obviously because they will like them. Honestly though, we do this mostly by ourselves and we do it with our own money. We have day jobs, we have real lives, and sometimes it is hard to keep up with the expenses of a band. So if you like our music the best way to support us is buy our CDs, buy our shirts, come to our shows. As simple as that.

What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media? 
We have done 4 demos, “The Lord Impaler” in 1999, “Twilight Wander” in 2001, “Promo 2005” and “Demo 2009”, which are a good indication of what we were doing at that times, we have a 4 way vinyl split, “The Ascending Novelty” along with Nethescerial, The Eternal Darkness and Crossover, back in 2008. This one never got much attention from the press. In 2011 we released our debut album “Admire The Cosmos Black” which features Hellhammer (Mayhem) on drums. It got very good reviews and was recently re-issued by a small American label (Unmerciful Death prod.). Finally, in 2013 we released a digital EP called “Babylon Whore”, which got a lot of our fans excited about our new music and so we later released it in physical format as a split-CDR with another Greek band, Athos.

Do you play live as well? How’s your live activity so far?
We have done two shows in the past but we haven’t played at all over the last decade, mainly due to line-up problems. Currently we are rehearsing a lot and hopefully we will do a few shows this year.

What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We aren’t just another gibberish lo-fi black metal band. We have a certain quality and we aren’t sacrificing that for whatever reason. And we are certainly here to stay! We have a lot of music in the works and we aren’t going to quit anytime soon.

What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
We are currently mixing an anniversary EP for the 15 years since our first demo release. It is called “The Serpent Seal – Το Αρχέγονο Σκότος Επιστρέφει”. Right after we get this done we will begin recording our second full length album “In Full Regalia”.

Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can stream our latest works on lordimpaler.bandcamp.com and you can buy them in digital format there too. For physical merch, visit our store at www.lordimpaler.com and either buy them directly or contact us to order them.

source: http://pestwebzine.com/index/lord_impaler/0-913

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