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?
“When bloody sunset arrives” will be out on the 31st of July through the Swedish label Downfall Records. We wanted to make a thematic album. Each song can be defined as a chapter of a story. The main character is a young man who has always been rejected and now forges a connection with the universe. The story that we tell is full of revenge, blood and sand.
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
It's a brutal death album that has Black touches and whose story is placed in Egypt. We are influenced by bands like Nile, Behemoth, Hate and Septicflesh.
Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
We recorded in our own studio (Zoilo Unreal Studios, https://www.facebook.com/zoilounrealstudios/?fref=ts) from February to April in 2016. There are some funny stories that occurred during the recording (we can't tell some of them [laughs]). You will be able to watch the recording process and some curiosities in a video that we will publish soon: “Bloody sunset Studio”. As we like to experiment, one day we finished with a violin bow doing the “Bajonchelo” (Bass-Chello) and the “Violarra” (Violin-Guitar), and we even used a cutter to play bass. That way we found very curious sounds, and some of them have been included on our album (for example in the song Ascension).
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 artwork is closely related to the story. The design was made by Stella Nine. The idea of an illegible title came after the many tests that we carried out before finding the final one. We liked that one because the typography of the title simulates a hieroglyph. As for the logo, it its our symbol. It represents the Sun, an element that is very present in the band and more specifically on this record. The lyrics deal with issues such as the connection of our astral king with the mind and the blood of a small human being, revenge, power, knowledge, death, blood, sand...
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
Our aim is to dominate mortal lives under our deadly light (laughs). Now seriously, we only intend to show our music and to know the opinion of the people... In order to get a more direct connection, you can contact us through our social medias (https://www.facebook.com/theanthagonist/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa68CR5oNQC0Snke_9kv8QA)
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
The album will be released both digital and physical (a small run of discs) through the Swedish label Downfall Records. We take this opportunity to thank Downfall Records for its interest in our music, we didn't expect that!
Where and how will you promote this new release?
As we are a studio band, the only way to reach people is through social medias and through Downfall Records. We would really like to play live, but it's non-viable... for now.
Where can we order it from?
Through the website of Downfall Records and through the social medias of the band and of the label:
The Anthagonist would like to thank the opportunity to answer some questions about our project. And let us declare that we will continue giving war from these latitudes. We are very happy right now.