1- How did you form and why the
Symbel was formed in 2001 by myself Sceot Arcwielder as a
way of expressing the dark arts of Anglo-Saxon Heathenry through
atmospheric and uplifting ancient metal music. The name Symbel comes from
an old English drinking ritual that addresses the flow of fate from our
ancestors and our responsibilty for taking these actions into the future.
It is a very positive thing. and we carry on this tradition today, albeit
tenuously, when we go drinking with our friends.
2- How do you write your lyrics, do you write them first,
before the music or how?
The lyrics and ideas are all written
down first, but the rhythm and flow of the words may be changed to fit
with the music as it evolves.
3- How many
releases you have out, what label have been supporting
Symbel released one CD in January 2003- 'We Drink, Hymns
and Counsel of AngloSaxon Heathenry' on Angelisc Enterprises from England,
the label of Forefather. It has nine tracks and is 36 minutes
4- Are The Symbel a studio project, or are
you also a live band?
No Symbel is purely a studio project,
although I do play live in other bands.
Which bands do you recognize as your main influence, what do you generally
like to listen to?
To me Symbel sounds like Symbel. Some people
have said it sounds like Bathory, Otyg, Sex Pistols, Burzum, Primordial. I
don't think that they can make up their minds. I never really listened to
much Bathory, so that wasn't a direct influence. The simplistic magic of
Burzum was. Whatever, it is AngloSaxon Forest Metal that is influenced by
some of the Nordic bands like Isengard, Storm, Burzum. But ultimately it
is English music that sounds like the dark damp forests of the AngloSaxon
ages. And that is what "We Drink' sounds like...
6- What bands would you like to
do a tour with and why?
Well Symbel will never tour, but if it
were possible Forefather and BalSagoth would be the ideal line up. They
are my favourite English bands.
7- What do you know of Peru or
Peru had the Inca civilisation with its awesome
art and constructions and then the Spaniards invaded. That's all I know -
we werent taught about South America at school. I'm really sorry I am so
ignorant... I looked at a Chilean bands website the other day - it was a
gore band. The first page had a picture of someone who had been crushed by
a car. Horrible.
8- Are you into other kinds of
music, do you have other interest in art?
As well as extreme
metal I also like Kraut Rock (Can, etc..) , some ambient (Klaus Schulz),
50's Jazz (Stan Getz, etc..) and right now I am listening to eastern folk
music like Klezmer, which is ultimately ancient Jewish music. The Klezmer
scale is a harmonic minor which plays on the 1st, 4th and 5th modes. It is
very beautiful and hypnotic music. A classic song is the Gypsies Dance.
Bands like Death used those scales a lot. Lots of folk black metal bands
use that scale without realising. Rather ironic that is used as 'Viking'
music. At least Varg Vikernes realised this when he went ambient, although
he was cutting his nose off to spite his face I think.
9- Do you have other side projects?
I play drums
and guitars in another project called THE BRETWALDAS OF HEATHEN DOOM. It
is 70s doom stoner rock influenced also by 80s crust-core bands. We have a
cd coming out in July 2003. I also play drums in a kraut rock band called
EGGYUMYUM. The youngest member is 11 and the oldest 49. We are currently
arranging a tour in Japan with Damien Suzuki.
10- How do you create all the atmosphere of The
The sound of SYMBEL is dark Anglo-Saxon forest metal. It
sounds very ancient. I think of nothing but my land, my history and my
folk when makng the music of SYMBEL. That is the best way to create the
right atmosphere. Total dedication.
Yes the second SYMBEL CD will be finished in the
Autumn/Winter of 2003. It will feature guitars, horns, strings, war drums,
black metal/ punk/heroic vocals, and effects.
12- Any last
Challenge the stale trends in this scene. Heathenism is
not a marketing trend. Anger, honesty, lust and pride shall prevail over
the conformists who are washing the life out of us. Hail the might of the
Heathen Gods, who call you from the darkness. If you are interested, then
check out the music of Symbel.
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