Exclusive interview with the band Damnation Prayer

To my readers please welcome the band Damnation Prayer

1- Hello and welcome to Metal Music Midwest, first off, thanks for taking the time to do the interview, could you give our readers a brief description of the group?

Where is the band from?

- Damnation Prayer is formed few years back in Helsinki, Finland, by the ideas I had for songs. I made some demo for one song and realised that the material didn't fit for already existing bands material. After I did few demos more, I started to sketch up Damnation Prayer as a band in my head, and asked if Serpentifer could play the drums for these songs, and Kaosbringer to do the vocals. We were talking with few members more, but I tought that it might be easier to do this album with minimalistic crew, and if needed to play live, then we will take those few extra hands among us. 

2- Blood Ritual: Symbols of Warfare and Annihilation is the band's debut album, how long did it take to write?

- I wrote all the music for this album in one year between the christmas 2018 to christmas 2019. After that I started writing lyrics for "Into Burning Oblivion", and Kaosbringer stepped in to help with lyrical part. But basically all was written in 1,5 years, and first demos with vocals were done also in that time. Then we waited few years so the time was right to record the album.

3- What musical influence inspires the bands compositions?

- There is too many to mention all, but mainly with this one, I think I was more inspired by the violent athmosphere of early Funeral Mist, Antaeus and Katharsis, and also mystical part of early Deathspell Omega. Not trying to sound like those bands, but I'm sure one can hear some similarities here and there. 

4- The band started in 2022, can you tells us how did you all meet?

-The band actually started few years ago, someone just have marked that year on Metal Archives, since he has seen that our album came out, and he didn't have any real information of the band. 

We have known each others for years already, and we have some earlier bands together too with Kaosbringer.

5- The album title is Blood Ritual: Symbols of Warfare and Annihilation, can you give us details about the content and more in depth meaning to this title?

-“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person's enemies will be those of his own household." (Mathew 10:34-36)

Chaos, Famine, Pestilence, Death... Those are the few symbols of warfare and annihilation. And those are few of the themes of these songs. All those are things that comes after religions steps in. Reading the lyrics might help getting more into these songs  and people might see things differently.

Si vis pacem, para bellum.

6- Each member of this project is part of another band, how do you maintain a good balance working together?

- prioritise. You can't run in band rehearsals every week with all of the bands, and I don't see why to do that even if you have just one band, if there is nothing going on. If some band have gigs or album coming out, that's  a reason to go rehearsal room more often. So it's hard to find time when no one has nothing to do, but at this age you don't have hurry anywhere. And if that don't sound too hard, it's good to remember that everyone has their day jobs and kids too, so yeah, sometimes it's really hard to find time for bands. 

7- Have you performed any shows in your area? if so, how receptive and supportive are the people to your music?

-No, not with this band. At least yet. People have been asking about the gigs, so all I can say is let's see what future brings. When all people in the band have gigs with other bands, it's not so necessary to have gigs going on with all the band all the time.

8- Are there any upcoming shows or tours you can tell us about?

-Nothing yet. Not so interrested to play a show just for sake of it. I like playing gigs, but I have no urge ro play if the gig it self feels meaningless. So ready to play, if someone have good offers for gig, festivals, etc. For me more important is to play with the bands that I like and respect than some big festival full of retard bands.

9- Thanks for your participation, finally, what is the best way to get a hold of the band, in case someone wants to book or promote the band?

Any final words?

-Best way to get contact with band is to send email damnationprayer@gmail.com.  All mails will be answered, unless you are some Jose from portugal and wanting to sell us some crappy digital art for albums and shirts, or if you are some manjana-man from Brazilian guitar magazine who wants to put us on some compilation cd whit shitty interview by easy few hundred euros fee. You fuckers can go suck your mothers smelly vagina.

Also CD will be out in early autumn and Vinyl end of the year, so all interrested parties can ask your copy straight from the band.

And for final words, Remember, that Death Comes as Liberation!


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