Please tell us a few words about the new release, about the music on it as a whole or a few words on each track in part. How are you happy with the final release?
On Plaguelord, I have tried to improve upon my sound, developing the elements that make it up, and introducing new aspects. Although still present, doom metal is featured slightly less in favour of more atmospheric black metal. I also created an overall concept for this demo, (the black death) rather than just random songs compiled together. I want to show off what Aegorton truly sounds like, and explore different ideas and concepts. Many of the tracks are slower and more ethereal, although there are plenty of blast beats and fast sections to keep it interesting. I have kept the raw production, not only by limitation but by choice. I could easily go to the studio down the road, however I like my black metal raw and "DIY", however, I do plan to improve on production, and I have done so on this release compared to Demo 2015, my previous release. I am very pleased with the outcome, it is my best work so far.
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
I would describe Plaguelord as Black metal, or Black/doom metal. I have heard others describe it as depressive black metal and atmospheric black metal too, however, and I can clearly see why and I even agree, at least in part. The sound is more refined and built upon than my last release. I have stripped back the first wave style thrash elements slightly and tried a subtler, more atmospheric approach than before, although still retaining a distinctive aggressive sound.
Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
I recorded this demo in my "home studio". Recording took a little while. When I was able to record, I was able to record only one or two instruments for a track per day. Also, during recording, I may change my mind about a riff or come up with a new idea, which, after some experimenting and seeing if and where it fits in, I will work into the track during recording. This slowed down the process slightly, but it was for the best. I like to let my mind flow during writing and recording, it creates better, more imaginative, honest art.
What can you tell us about the cover artwork? Is there a link between the artwork and the lyrics? What are the topics of your lyrics?
The cover art was drawn by Scot Borland, the bass player of Scottish progressive extreme metal band Man Made Origin. The artwork I think is very good. It reflects the music perfectly. The artwork is dark and grim, depicting a ruined town ravaged by the plague in medieval Europe, dead bodies strewn and scattered, with piles of bones in the centre. Plaguelord features no vocals, however the theme is, as stated before, about the plague.
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
With this release, I hope to expose Aegorton to more people, and to gain more appreciation for my music. At the moment, my aims are to promote Aegorton and to spread the project to those who may enjoy it. I do not wish to become mainstream or famous, I would not like that at all. I am certainly not trying to be the next Mayhem or Darkthrone. Also, a deal with a small label would be very nice.
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
Plaguelord is available on both CD and digital format. There were 50 CDs pressed, although there are fewer left now.
Where and how will you promote this new release?
I will promote Plaguelord and Aegorton in general by contacting websites, zines and blogs, and connecting with other artists. I also hand out flyers, and place them in my local area, in hopes that other like minded individuals that would potentially enjoy my music may come across them.
Where can we order it from?
You can purchase Aegorton via the bandcamp page. Here you can download it for free, or order a CD. If, for some reason, you do not wish to use bandcamp, you can contact me directly by messaging the Facebook page or e-mailing me.