Please introduce yourself.
Hello dear readers of Antichrist magazine! My name is Anton, and I am the bass player and vocalist of a Bulgarian band called Bleak Revelation.
When your band was created?
Bleak Revelation was created in the beginning of 2011 in Sofia, Bulgaria by a couple of guys in their early 20’s who had a passion for heavy and melancholic music.
What music genre do you play?
The initial concept was to play Doom metal (influenced by early Paradise Lost, Katatonia, October Tide, etc.), however different members of the band have incorporated various influences like Death metal, Black metal, Gothic etc.
How could you describe your music in several words?
Heavy, brooding, melancholic and generally leaving uneasy feelings in the listener.
What is the main theme of your lyrics?
Usually it’s related with personal struggles and depression, lost hope, death, misanthropy. Themes that are rather normal among metal bands.
What would you like to achieve with the band activity?
Music is a therapy for us. Writing music, recording it and performing it live is a way for us to keep our mental health intact and get rid of the negative energy that we are accumulating in these modern times. Metal underground is not about fortune and fame, but building supporters worldwide would hopefully magnify the power of what we are doing, so our music can serve them the way it serves for us.
How many gigs you have played so far and maybe you visit other countries with concerts?
We have played dozens of gigs in our home country, however we haven’t really played live outside Bulgaria. So far we have shared a stage with names like Batushka, Negura Bunget, Ophis, Eye Of Solitude, Evadne, Frostmoon Eclipse and many more.
Is there anything very important about your band what must know fans and labels?
Maybe our blend of genres is not unique, but it what we are doing is always brutally honest and not following any trends and tendencies. Probably most bands are also claiming this, so…
What the formats you would like to see your releases, CD, Vinyl, Tape…? And how do you see the future of physical releases?
Although we are still an unsigned band, we have an album released physically (Afflictive Seclusion, 2015) as a digipak CD, three digital singles and an upcoming album (Collapse, 2020), which we are currently struggling a bit financially to release on a physical medium. However, being a CD/Vinyl collector myself, I’d be more than happy to see all of our releases on vinyl. One day, hopefully.
When you will get label deal, would you like to help to the label with promotion from your side, or you want label do all without your help?
In reality, it depends. If the label can do better what we are already doing, why not leave them deal with this? Being aware that a lot of the deals nowadays are taking way more than actually giving to the underground acts, offering proper promotion and exposure should be one of the main game changers in terms of signing and sealing a deal.
What’s your reaction towards negative opinions about your music?
Negative opinions, hate comments and poor rating in the underground are actually a sign that your activity as a band is hurting someone – especially if they are anonymous. What’s better than this? Of course, this is only in case they are not dominating the feedback you are getting. Anyway, negative comments are always better than apathetic response.
And the last question, how do you like our webzine, do you have some remarks towards its look or functionality?
The design is just my type, and I do like the balance between familiar names and the support you are offering to the underground. I am absolutely sure that maintaining a metal zine is not something that makes you rich, quite the contrary – you have to have balls to do this for years. It’s the same for us bands, so – full respect to the Antichrist Metalzine!
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