Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
We decided to form the band in 2009. The band’s founders are - Dariusz Zabrzeński (guitars/vocals), Krzysztof Chomicki (bass/vocals) and Dawid Adamus (drums). For quite a long time we couldn’t find a suitable second guitar player, but finally in 2010 Kamil Poręba took the spot. We didn’t have any rehearsal room, so we hardly had the chance to practice until September 2011, when we rented one for ourselves. In two months we’ve managed to prepare for our first gig. In less than half a year we played 15 gigs, even supporting the Polish black metal legend Christ Agony. In summer 2012 we’ve recorded our first album at Studio 67. Dominik Burzym supervised the whole process and did the mastering, so it’s to him we owe the quality of the recording. We also played with Arkona and Besatt during 2012. And that brings us to this point, just before the release of our debut album "Pathetic Humanity” through Metal Scrap Records.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Our style is a combination of black and death metal with progressive metal influences. In our music you can even find some post-metal or doom metal elements, all mixed up to create a unique atmosphere. We’re most influenced by such bands as Arcturus, Death, Dodheimsgard, Opeth, Pink Floyd, Solefald and Virus.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Every year more and more metal bands come along all playing the same. We find our debut album "Pathetic Humanity” to be quite unique. Although there are many bands combining black / death with other genres, we think we’ve created our own style, which seems worth listening to. If you are bored with everybody trying to be the second Behemoth, then try us!
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We’re about to release our debut album, called "Pathetic Humanity”, through Metal Scrap Records. So far we’ve seen only a few reviews, but, at least for now, we’ve managed to score quite high - around 8-9 out of 10. Also many people are interested in our album which seems promising. We hope they’ll enjoy it.
We also recorded and self-released a demo called "Mental Disorder” containing three tracks - two of which you can find on "Pathetic Humanity” - but we didn’t share it much.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Yes, we play gigs very often. We started playing live only one year ago and played 17 gigs so far with such bands as Arkona, Besatt or Christ Agony. We’re currently thrilled to be playing on the same stage with Hate next month, and with Ragnarok, Solelfald and In Vain later this year.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We create a unique, yet enjoyable type of music. Mixed elements of extreme metal, all showing throughout rather lengthy, complex compositions, should appeal to fans of various genres. Even though this unusual mix can be quite difficult to comprehend while listening to it for the first time, we think that after giving our album a few spins it should "click” with most listeners. Most importantly, we’re bringing something new to the world of metal. People are getting bored with the same music being played by everyone for many years, and it’s time for some changes. Our intention is to bring that change.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
We’re already preparing new material for the second album. Meanwhile we’re going to play many gigs and try to get on some Open Air festivals in the upcoming summer.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can listen to our band at our reverbnation profile – http://www.reverbnation.com/mindaffliction, you can also check out our facebook profile at http://www.facebook.com/mindaffliction. The album is available through Metal Scrap Records – check out their website http://metalscrap.org.ua/en/ or (Polish only) http://www.kdr.8merch.com/