Summon: How did the band get started?
Iain: Hareth put this project together with his brother, he had recorded in the past and toured with bands like Gorgoroth, Napalm Death and Averse Sefira, he set up his own band and was offered a tour around Europe- Nachtmystium, Dark Fortress, Verdelet. This was when the vocalist/lyricists job came up and I was invited to join, Hareth and I had toured a lot together in the past. We then got the new record deal in place. and here we are, I asked my good friend Christophe Szpajdel to do us a new logo and he agreed, we have been friends since about 2004, you can expect to see a really great one.
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
Iain: Brutal Black Metal.
Summon: How has the fan response been?
Iain: pretty good so far.
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
Iain: Demonology – Verdelet is the Demon who carries witches to the sabbath.
Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.
Hareth: Iain fronts the band and I play bass, Ad does guitars, and we use a drum program.
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Hareth: I write and record the music, pass it over to Iain who takes it away and listens to it, writes lyrics and then records the vocals. (then we have a cuppa tea!!!)
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Iain: the lyrics are influenced by darkness, misanthropy and anguish.
Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?
Hareth: We’re currently working on the first one.
Iain: yes this is the first one as Verdelet, but individually and collectively we have released over 15 albums on general release in different projects.
Summon: Tell me about some of the songs.
Iain: I’d rather let the listener make their own interpretation.
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Iain: Immortal, Bathory,Venom, early Gorgoroth, Immolation, Deeds of Flesh.
Summon: What is the band like when you play live?
Hareth: You will have to come and see us. We’ll venture onto your soil soon enough, I like America.
Iain: Brutal Black Metal.
Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?
Iain: Europe many times.
Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?
Iain: depends on who we are supporting, and the size of the venue really. it changes.
Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?
Iain: all positive so far.
Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?
Hareth: We love it. We’re both fans of bands like Wolves in the Throneroom and Absu. We’ve toured alongside Averse Sefira in another band, they’re good guys.
Iain: I agree, I like Xasthur too, I also think the US is the best place for death metal however Immolation, Deeds of Flesh, Suffocation, early Deicide, Love it!!!!
Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?
Hareth: That’s a vast and rather indolent question, Summon.
Iain: in my experience its the same the world over, you get the same positives and negatives where ever you go, people portray pretty much the same traits. I have toured Europe loads of times, also the Balkans, Baltic states etc and its all fairly similar, Germany is good
Summon: What are some of your new favorite black metal/death metal bands?
Iain: Morktar, Phlefonyaar.
Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?
Hareth: Whenever I find myself immersed in an irresistible state of self loathing. so I suppose next time I get 5 minutes alone.
Iain: I write when I get the inspiration, I don’t just write cause I need to. I stock pile lyrics and music then draw it all together at different times, only once did I do a record to order, under pressure from a record label, the album wasn’t my best, and it annoys me to this day.
Summon: What made you want to be in this band? And if you weren’t in this band what would you being doing now?
Iain: the desire to play live, tour, record and release albums, if it wasn’t this band, it would simply be another.
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
Iain: tours, gigs, album releases and doing it over and over till the project dies. We have an album out in late February, early march, we have the Nachtmystium, Dark Fortress, Verdelet tour in April. A festival in Europe in October, and whatever else comes our way that we decide to do.
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