Interview with DUSK (Costa Rica)

Interview with DUSK (Costa Rica)

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Hi! Can you tell us more about the inspiration behind your upcoming album “RETHRENODY”?
Our latest album is a distorted down tempo version of our first ep.

How would you describe the evolution of your music from your earlier works to “RETHRENODY”?
Our music or sound is always evolving and experimenting on this specific album we were more on the doom side version of a grim electro black metal.

How has your experience as a Costa Rican industrial black metal band influenced your sound and style?
We always get our country of origin as a “what really” reaction all over the place, we try not to be influenced by other bands but by different genres.

What is the meaning behind the title “RETHRENODY”?
THRENODY by definition is a wailing ode, song, hymn or poem of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person and the “RE” part is Remix version.

Can you discuss the process of incorporating atmospheric black metal into hard bass industrial music?
Well, I’ve been producing electronic dark subgenres for a long time before I met my guitarist. At first, we wanted to do something different, but we all listen to different types of black metal, so it came very natural to us.

How do you balance incorporating electronic influences while staying true to the black metal genre?
Black Metal since the beginning has been influenced by electronic music and industrial for example the second album of Mayhem has electronic tracks, Thorns the band was one of the first Norwegian black metal bands since 1989 and it was electronic black metal another example is Misticum another Norwegian black metal band 100% Industrial, so in that sense been electronic is very much true to Black Metal.

What can fans expect from your live shows, particularly in regards to your stage presence and energy?
We have a very different live show from a standard band, and we do not show ourselves, we are covered in masks and costumes, is different and dark.

How do you see the industrial black metal genre evolving in the next few years, and how do you hope to contribute to that evolution with your music?
IBM genre I think is more about a sound this type of genre is definitely not interested in what is selling, or what the algorithm is promoting on social media, so because of that the evolution will always be very underground.

Can you tell us more about your collaboration with Samael during their Latin American Tour in 2019?
SAMAEL is one of the first bands who ever successfully mixed that Industrial feel to Black Metal for sure one of the pioneers, so when we had the opportunity to be the opening act for their show, we stop everything and start rehearsing it was a real honor for us.

How do you approach songwriting and arranging, particularly with such complex and layered compositions?
Everything starts with the atmosphere, then the speed BPM and after we have the definition of those two the rest will come organically at the mountains, we record guitars outdoors.

What is the most challenging aspect of being an industrial black metal band in today’s music industry?
Absolutely everything most people don’t even know about this particular genre, actually many sites and channels lately are calling it Cosmic Black metal.

What message or feeling do you hope listeners take away from “RETHRENODY”? Thank you!
This is an album to enjoy as a whole trip.

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