Summon: How did the band get started?
Orth: I formed the band the year 2.000 for my music expression, to deliver extreme Metal music with no other limitation than the one of the personal taste.
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
Orth: Extreme, Occult Black Metal. I should not omit to mention the certain Heavy/Thrash influences to make the definition more precise.
Summon: How has the fan response been?
Orth: The feedback we receive from the beginning of our creation till now has been very positive. People from around the world have shown us their support to the fullest each time we present a new release.
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
Orth: Primeval Mass represents Chaos. The Mass from which all action derives, the essence of all Life.
Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.
Orth: Currently in Primeval Mass it is me (Orth) on Guitar/Bass/Vocal duties, and Alex Zachos on the Drum performing.
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Orth: All music and lyrics are written by me. In the first album only, some previous members have contributed in the lyrics of some songs.
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Orth: From Life itself, in general. The quest for Immortality, strong Will challenges, several personal experiences and the deification of the Self have been some of my main lyrical influences.
Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?
Orth: There are so many different philosophies nowadays that call themselves “Satanism” that we will need to re-define what Satanism is. If being a Satanist means to be self-respected, prideful INDIVIDUAL with love for knowledge and Life, then Satanism is endorsed and aligned to my Life philosophy. Concerning Occultism, it is quite general to speak, as some systems are useful and effective while other simply pointless. The fact is that the “Occult”, the “Hidden” is always there for Those with eyes to see, with heart to embrace and with Will to conquer, so for Those Individuals it is not something hidden, just a different path to knowledge.
Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?
Orth: Apart from several demo/7’’ split/ single releases, we have two full-length albums: “As Solemn Maelstrom…” (Stuza Production – 2.009) and “Blood Breathing Idols” (Katoptron IX Recs – 2.013)
Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
Orth: “Blood Breathing Idols” album contains 8 tracks of more than 40 minute duration. The style is still Extreme, Occult Black Metal with strong Heavy/Thrash influences, as I mentioned, but with personal character. It is our most mature work till now for sure.
Summon: Do you have any side projects?
Orth: Not side project, but I am also member of Eschaton since 2.011, on Guitar/Bass/Vocal duties as well.
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Orth: Bands such as Destruction, Voivod, Hallows Eve, Bathory, Emperor, The Black and Necromass amongst others, influenced me at the beginning mainly. The classic Heavy Metal influences are always present since it is the music I grew up with and still watch closely. Since our creation though, the goal was to acknowledge these influences of course but to create something unique.
Summon: Which current bands?
Orth: No current band comes to mind.
Summon: What is the band like when you play live?
Orth: We are not a live band actually. We only performed live twice 9 years ago.
Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?
Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?
Orth: In both gigs back then we supported well-known bands (Gorgoroth and Impaled Nazarene/Horna), so the crowd was quite big.
Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?
Orth: The feedback on both gigs was positive.
Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?
Orth: I prefer not to categorize bands according to where they come from and to “scenes” but entirely on music quality. Although several bands I like come from the US, qualitative bands have no need for “scenes”, their music is above their origins.
Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?
Orth: Same as above, if I enjoy the music of a band, the least I care is where this band comes from.
Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal/death metal bands?
Orth: Unfortunately I have no new favorite band in black/death. I still prefer the old material.
Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?
Orth: We have many tracks prepared already and most probably we will start recording them the next months.
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
Orth: We will release very soon a split with the Greek band Iasma. After that we will start the recordings of the new album.
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