1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Hi, thank you for your interest! We are writing new songs and preparing for a European tour in support of the new album.
2.You have a new album coming out this year, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
We've tried to create a more diversified music using elements from different subgenres, but first of all we have endeavored to create a special atmosphere to convey the overwhelming feelings that we had inside.
3.This is the first release in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between recordings?
Actually, the gap between recordings is 3.5 years. The previous album was released in November 2010, and we finished recording and mixing this new album in June 2014, but we spent some time looking for a publisher. In May 2012 there were left only two of us, and we were seeking new members for about a year. So we started working on new material only in 2013. Although in the old line-up we recorded 25-minute mini-album, which had never been officially released.
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subject the band explores with the newer music?
It's mostly about dealing with some negative emotions, personality's inner struggles. Some also contain the not-so-positive views and reflections on the outer world.
5.The band was broken up for a few years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
There were a lot of reasons of the split-up, but the main one was the differences between musicians' views on the band's future. Why I decided to gather a band again, that was because I really wanted to play this particular genre of music.
6.The band was originally called Black Moon Frankness, what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name Apostate?
Everyone can have their own interpretation of the name, we don't want to limit its meaning borders for anyone. About the name change, we have always been Apostate, and BMF was only a short and unsuccessful experiment.
7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We had many good shows, but the favorite ones are the tour with Therion across the Baltic States. Our show is first of all an attempt to express the atmosphere of our music.
8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We have plans to make a European tour hopefully in May-June to promote the album. Also we would like to play at a few festivals. But these are only plans at the moment.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
With our newer stuff we are trying to bring more atmosphere into music and at the same time make it more heavy. We are also trying to make a bit different approach to song structures.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Our influences are mainly slow and atmospheric music, but there are also a number of great black or post-black metal bands who make very atmospheric and emotional music that we really like.
11.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for your time! If you like doom-death metal with blackened edge, don't hesitate to visit our webpages, listen to our tunes and wait for our new album to buy on March 2 via Ferrrum Records.