|Interview by Burt Wolf with vocalist Orc, guitarist Uziel, bassist Doomhand & drummer Ken
of the band NIHILISTI KRYPT. Interview done June 9th, 2007.
CAN YOU GIVE A BIT OF THE HISTORY OF THE BAND SO FAR? ANY PREVIOUS BANDS THE
MEMBERS WERE IN BEFORE?
ORC: NIHILISTIKRYPT was formed by Uziel (currently also in CATAFALC & GORESOERD) & Sorts in
summer 2004 after their other band IGNORABIMUS split up. Soon after Doomhand (previously in IRDHING)
joined on bass. Orc from ECTHALION was invited in the beginning of 2005 to do the vocals. There have been
two previous drummers, but Ken, our current blasting machine joined on January 2006, he plays also in
SPITBLOOD & GORESOERD. NIHILISTIKRYPT released demo "REQUIRED SACRIFICES" in 2005,
which was received good, but still lacked something to make it very good & special. We also gave about 10 live
performances during this period.
UZIEL: Now we've parted ways with one of the founding members Sorts & NIHILISTIKRYPT remains as a
four piece fast & furious blasting machine. We are playing considerably faster & more brutal Death Metal than
we ever played before (even compared to the songs we played between the demo & last line up change. After
that we rearranged the songs to suite our new style. So, in conclusion, there are now 8 songs, which will never
be heard or recorded in their previous form again. There's no room for melodies anymore. There is just
inexorable & severe blasting with down to guts growling.
YOU RECENTLY ACQUIRED A NEW DRUMMER KEN. HOW DID YOU GET HOOKED UP WITH
HIM? WHY DID YOU RECENTLY DECIDE TO GO WITH ONE GUITARIST?
UZIEL: Well, I went to the bar with Doomhand, where Ken worked at the time as a bartender & asked him if he
would like to join our band. The day before I ordered a coffee from him & as I was displeased with it, I had to
say that this isn't coffee, it is a dish washing leftover. The idea to ask him came from Sorts. As to Sorts, we just
developed musically into completely different moods & methods. Besides, last few months has shown that our
case, 1 guitar is enough.
WHY WAS THE NAME NIHILISTIKRYPT CHOSEN AS THE BANDS NAME?
ORC: It was pretty hard for Uziel & Sorts to come up with original name, but NIHILISTIKRYPT described
music & conception of the band. It was nihilistic, misanthropic & hateful lyrically, describing dark themes from
deepest crypts of their mind, the things happening around & bothering them. The name characterized also the
music, which was dark, unexpected & evil.
UZIEL: Nowadays, we are considering an imago change & even maybe changing the name, although it's really
hard to give up well promoted & well known (in Estonia scene) name. Well, I see one person who is against
changing the name :) Ok, let's forget it.
WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD SOME INFLUENCE ON YOU IN YOUR LIFE & IN MUSIC?
ORC: Life itself.
UZIEL: Beer. Overworking. Ham. Ugly people. Stupid People. Ken's monstrous laziness.
HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE THE SOUNDS OF NIHILISTIKRYPT?
UZIEL: If you mean the new NIHILISTIKRYPT. In that case, how would you describe the pain, which an
enormous auger (working at full speed) in your anus would cause?
YOUR CD "REQUIRED SACRIFICES" CAME OUT IN 2005. HOW WELL HAS IT DONE IN THE
ORC: It was received well & had mostly positive reviews, but still it was missing something to make it stand out
from the others & to get a label deal for example.
UZIEL: At present we consider it a pretty good first step, but we have to admit, it lacks of power,
aggressiveness & is so goddamn slow.
KEN: I'll be honest. It's a piece of crap. I joined the band after I heard their new stuff.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE COVER ART A LITTLE & WHO DID IT?
ORC: It was done by one of the best local artists Luix (www.LUIX.com).
UZIEL: Why should we describe it - take a look at the picture & all is clear.
WHAT IS SOME OF THE LYRICAL CONTENT IN YOUR SONGS?
WHO WRITES THE MAJORITY OF THE MUSIC?
UZIEL: The basis of music comes from me, the final musical output
depends 100% on the others opinions & suggestions for rearrangement.
Ok, sometimes, pretty rarely though, I change some riffs as well. I don't
write much lyrics any more. At first, I have nothing to say. Secondly, for
me the vocal (especially growling) is just an instrument. I just come out
with some stupid song names & let Orc do the lyric work. But of course,
there are few exceptions. For instance, the lyrics of one new song
"Perverse Dark Somnolence" was written by all of us. Each verse
describes most gory, brutal or perverse dream of every band member.
KEN: Sometimes it seems he writes 250 bpm songs on purpose to piss
me off or give me a fucking heart attack. I usually just keep whining until
Uziel agrees to change some of the riffs & even add some grooves &
breakdowns for variety. The new stuff basically (fortunately) has nothing
in common with the demo CD.
ORC: The lyrics are mostly about stuff that has happened in real life or
that bothers us. So I just amplify the idea, add some brutality to it & fit
the lyrics with the music.
DOOMHAND: In the beginning every song is the favorite song because it has it's good & very good riffs. After
awhile only some very best ones keep staying. As an almost new song I like much now also "Hydrogenic
ORC: "Sane Insanity" - it beats the shit out of me. From our demo album "I Hate Everything", because I Hate
UZIEL: Like Doomhand said, usually the newest one is my favorite, cause it's fresh, like a virgin. As far as
today, I think that "Sane Insanity" (you'll be able to hear it soon, after we release our new demo) is my best
achievement. It's so fucking intensive & fast, like shooting a machine gun for 3 minutes & 14 seconds
consecutively. Still, I do have some cards in my sleeve...yet unstudied or unfinished.
KEN: The brutality & speed of our new songs is growing beyond all expectations I had when joining the band.
So far I like "Sane Insanity" best though.
YOU RECENTLY DID AN OFFICIAL VIDEO SHOOT. WHICH SONG IS IT FOR & DESCRIBE THE
VIDEO A LITTLE BIT? WHAT WAS THE EXPERIENCE LIKE?
ORC: It was for the song "Manunkind" (which is released on a split vinyl with CATAFALC). The experience
was pretty fun & cool, but I won't go into the details of the video, since the one responsible for it lost some
footage later (a server crash) & it will never see the daylight. But, hey, we didn't have to pay for the making of
this clip so nothing off of our backs & the trip was fun.
ARE THERE ANY LABELS SHOWING INTERESTS IN NIHILISTIKRYPT?
ORC: No, just the usual responses, you're pretty good, but we're currently not looking for new bands.
UZIEL: Vice versa, as summer is almost here, we are showing more & more intensive perverse interest in BEER
LABELS at stores.
IS THERE ANY NEWER MATERIAL WRITTEN FOR YOUR NEXT RELEASE YET?
UZIEL: Sure, we have enough noise for 1.5 LPs & the generators are unstoppable. Yet, we don't rush to record
it, since it is financially pointless to record & release a full length album bu ourselves. Instead we're about to
enter studio in a few months (maybe sooner, maybe later) & record a demo of 3 ass kicking tracks & start
re-promoting ourselves to get a record deal.
DO YOU GUYS PLAY OUT A LOT? WHERE ARE SOME
OF THE PLACES YOU'VE PLAYED. WHO ARE SOME OF
THE BANDS YOU'VE SHARED THE STAGE WITH?
UZIEL: Yes, we play a lot with ourselves, hehehe, especially the
ORC: The highlights would be Conquer Festival 2005 in Poland
(with CHRIST AGONY, AZARATH, NOCTA, AGABUS,
ADULTERY, etc.) It was awesome since it was the second live
performance for NIHILISTIKRYPT ever. We've also supported
ROTTING CHRIST in Tallinn & performed in Hard Rock Lager
2006 (with SATYRICON, TIAMAT, DECAPITATED etc.)
WHAT IS THE SCENE LIKE IN ESTONIA? WHO ARE
SOME OF THE BETTER BANDS OR LABELS IN YOUR
UZIEL: http://www.estoniametal.com says it all. In short,
we have everything here. And you should check out
ORC: The scene is getting stronger with each year & more &
more world famous artist visit Estonia. Special thanks for that
Hard Rock Club (http://hardrockclub.ee)
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES OF MUSIC BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY? WHO ARE SOME
OF THE BANDS YOU HAVE CURRENTLY BEEN LISTENING TO?
UZIEL: Likes R&B & Gospel music & listens to this shit every fucking day...grin. ATHOS, PORTHOS,
DOOMHAND: I recently discovered again a band called BESEECH. Sometimes I like to listen to some softer
music, it gives good ideas.
ORC: Mostly Death metal (the latest SUFFOCATION album is kickass!), but sometimes softer bands like
PAIN, PARADISE LOST, TIAMAT, etc.
KEN: Metalcore, Deathcore & Death Metal. For passive moods Funeral Doom Metal & dark ambient. Otherwise
almost anything goes, Trance, Hip-Hop, Soft Rock, etc. What I do hate is Country & Folk music.
WHAT DO THE MEMBERS OF THE BAND DO WHEN NOT DOING ANY WORK FOR THE BAND?
JOBS, HOBBIES, ETC?
UZIEL: Fucking working almost every day. Go fishing. Drinking.
KEN: University & gym.
ORC: I spend most of my day behind computer due to my work. On my spare time I play with my son or hang
out with friends.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST CONCERT YOU EVER WENT TO? WHAT WAS THE FIRST ALBUM YOU
DOOMHAND: My first concert was in 1990 when in Tallin performed Sweden band called CHARISMA. It
was very cool experience. I was only ten years old then. So I can't exactly say it has had affected me later
positively or negatively. My first album was probably from some shitty Estonian Disco band.
UZIEL: I don't remember. Seriously. My first gig with a band (CATLAMAYA) was somewhere in 1992. First
CD I bought CARCASS - "SWANSONG". Before that, mostly illegal tapes were sold here. I don't really
remember what kind of crap I have bought.
KEN: I got into Metal when I was about 15. Uziel & Sorts started drinking & playing music together when I was
2 years old. But I guess the first kick ass experience I had was SLIPKNOT in Helsinki. The first Metal album I
bought was ROB ZOMBIE - "THE SINISTER URGE".
WHAT IS ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOU?
DOOMHAND: It's a fucking difficult one. Do you mean with "about you" the band or us separately? If you take
me for example, then maybe it is very surprising how fucking lazy I could be sometimes. But when you ask the
question about the band, then I guess we are a bunch of usual perverts...hehe.
KEN: LOL...yeah, we're a bunch of sick fucks.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MISCONCEPTIONS OF LIFE
UZIEL: I have no idea about what people abroad think of life in
some examples, I might be able to tell which is true, which is not.
(On the other hand, for instance in Russian jokes Estonians are
considered very slow & pretty stupid. Well, the slow thing might
apply for ones living in the country. But sure is, that Estonians are
one of the best educated nations in the world. And we,
NIHILISTIKRYPT, are a living proof for not being slow. :) The
other thing they say - there are shit loads ( a really fucking lot) of
beautiful women here. Well, that's a lie. The truth is that we have
much less ugly woman here than other countries do. :p
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU GUYS NEXT?
DOOMHAND: We're rolling on. As said before, we plan to
release a demo with 3 songs, make some live performances &
collect some good contacts for the future & certainly we'll have to
practice more to play even more technically & faster in the future.
ORC: Yeah, & we don't want to be just another band, we aim
higher. So we just keep grinding.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE THIS INTERVIEW? WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW THAT IT'S
DOOMHAND: I just had an hour ago rehearsal with NIHILISTIKRYPT, it was pretty good over a few weeks.
I go sleep over a long time now.
UZIEL: I have answered this interview for almost 3 weeks during lunch time. So, my answer is working.
THANX FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER THIS INTERVIEW. IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU'D
LIKE TO ADD FEEL FREE TO DO SO.
DOOMHAND: Use condoms & keep supporting Death Metal.
UZIEL: Keep on supporting beer factories - your country needs your money!
KEN: No pain = no gain. Take care of yourselves!