BANE (Serbia) Interview by www.wintertorment.com

BANE (Serbia) Interview

by www.wintertorment.com

By Patrick

Metal hails welcome to the first interview of 2013!! it is with Serbia’s Bane!! this is my second interview with Branislav and Bane. The band released their second cd “The Accusal Fire” through the great U.S Label Abyss records. if you are a fan of dissection, and european black/death defintly check this quality band out soon!! expect alot of great interviews, reviews coming up very soon. regards, patrick and winter torment web-zine

Interview with Branislav (lead, acoustic guitars & vocals) from Bane done by Patrick

1.Metal hails Branislav! how is your new year starting out? Please introduce yourself to the readers

Hails Patrick! Pretty good, thanks. Currently just taking a break from all band activities, to be honest. Well, I am Branislav, vocalist & guitarist, also main composer & lyricist for Black/Death Metal band BANE. I am the only original member of the band, and been going through lots of problems since to 2006 in order to keep the black flame burning…but here we are, in 2013, still going strong

2.When did you and the other members of Bane first meet? What is the current line up? For the readers who have never heard Bane’s music how would you best describe it?

Speaking about the last line-up, well…Nokkturno (keyboards, backing vocals, ex-bass) and I met back in 2005 I guess, we use to play in a Doom/Death Metal band called Senium. I met Lukas (guitars) a while back as well, while he was (and still is) playing in his Melodic Death Metal band Dark Dawn which was a while back as well, but entered the band in 2012. Bojan (bass) and I met about 2-3 years ago, I guess the local Metal scene ot us connected, while Marko (drums) was actually a total stranger until our first gig together as a band in April 2012 haha. It was our good friend Goran from SMF Promotions who got us to know each other. BANE’s music is straight-forward Black/Death Metal, more Swedish styled I’d say – influenced by the great mid 90’s scene. Put short – like Dissection? Then check us out, but don’t expect a copy-cat or poor rip-off.

3.Bane recently released their second cd “The Accusal Fire” through abyss records, how long did it take the band to write and record the songs for this release? Are you and the band members happy with how everything turned out? how would you say the music has changed since your debut release if at all?

Hmm…Well I had already started some sketches for the second album when our first album was released, which means late 2010. The album was entirely recorded in November 2011 but released a year later, so more or less it took me about a year of processing before having the final result which can now be heard. Of course we are all satisfied with how everything turned out – bunch of great reviews, positive feedback from the people, new fans coming in on a daily basis since we’ve unleashed the beast from it’s cave.  Our music simply progressed, just like all mature bands have every album sounding better than the previous. My worst nightmare is to write the same album twice, and if that one day does happen, for me that will be the sign to stop with music, at least for a while. Simply put, every aspect of the new album is far better than the first.

4.How has the response been from the press and the fans?

Amazing, really. I don’t know what to say more, only a big THANK YOU to all of the review writers so far from all around the world (literally, from the USA to Japan) and to the people who gave us, among a sea of great bands, a listen and enjoyed the new record.

5.Does the band have many tours/shows planned for 2013 in support of “The Accusal Fire” or will you start working on new music, take a break? If Bane is planning some tours/shows where are some places you will be playing?

Contrary to the usual touring schedule of the band, which was – gigs, festivals, tours, and round we go – no live activities are planned in 2013, at least not in this very moment. Truth be told, after 3 European Tours, countless club shows & Festivals in over 10 countries, I am taking a break from all that stress regarding band management (since I manage the band myself), and prefer to take it easy from now on. I am slowly working on the 3rd full-length album, which will probably be released sometime in 2014, if all goes well.

6.Who are some bands Bane has had shared the stage with?If you could set up a dream show/tour who are some bands you would love to tour/play with? any particular countries you want to play?

We shared stages with some really amazing acts, such as Malevolent Creation, Decapitated, Sodom, Inquisition, Root, etc… Hm, I don’t know, really…I guess by now al the bands that I would really like to see live have more or less nothing in common with BANE, so it would be a little awkward to share stages with them…so speaking of bands that are similar genre to us, it would be Dark Funeral, Naglfar and Thulcandra. As for coutries – personally would to play in all of them hehe, but something in particular…perhaps Russia and the United States, but for a small band like us to Tour in such big countries, not likely gonna happen, at least not sometime soon.

7.Bane comes out of Serbia’s metal underground, their seems to be a small {but growing} metal growing scene in Serbia would you agree? What is your opinion of the metal scene in Serbia?

At this time being, I have distanced myself from the “Serbian Metal Scene”, as from my personal point of view there is no scene there, nor will there every be. Only individuals, doing their best to make something happen for themselves, and I respect that. I’ve talked about this subject too many times in earlier interviews, and do not really want to share my thoughts again on this. Those who know, know.

8.Who are your all-time favorite serbian metal bands? Are their any new metal bands coming out of serbia you think the readers should check out soon?

Bands that I personally listen to and like very much that come from Serbia are extremely rare, but if I have to mention a few that I like then: Draconic, Infest, Through Art, Ancient Sorrow, Shadowdream, and a few others which I can’t think of right now.

9.What does the term underground metal mean to you?

Underground culture is just a tag for us (in this case) Metal-heads, to label our music – as “underground”, which in fact is, and forever will be. Simply put, Extreme Metal will always be underground, cannot and will not find it’s way up to the mainstream zone (and when I say “mainstream” I don’t mean it as something to be bad by default), but the music we listen and enjoy is not meant to be, let’s just say “accepted” by a large number of people over the globe. Underground music is sound for the strong, particular individuals, who somehow connect with other individuals with similar interests no matter from waht country they are from, nor what race they are, what language they speak, etc…

10. Besides Bane are you or any of the other members currently playing with any other bands or side-projects? If yes please tell the readers a little about them

Currently my only active side-project is an Alter Rock band called KEYCHAIN. We have released our first single a few months back, and now are currently working on our first full-length album, which will hopefully be released sometime later this year. This is totally different stuff than what I usually did present to listeners, so give it a shot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a3HDGoDggw

11.When you are not working on music/band business, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Everything that is related to music – listening to music, searching for new bands, buying and collecting CD’s & Tapes, etc…apart from that I love to record, mix and master recordings. Also like to do live sound engineering…music is my life, really.

12. Well branislav we have reached the end of the interview,thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview. Do you have final comments for the readers of winter torment?

Pat, thank YOU very much for the support. Man if I remember correctly we first spoke about 3 years back when we released our first EP, so the support is much appreciated my friend. You are a true warrior of the underground Metal scene, we need more of them like you. All the best my friend & thanks again for everything. HAIL CHAOS!

-Branislav / BANE   http://www.baneband.com/ http://www.facebook.com/baneband http://www.reverbnation.com/baneband

Interview link: www.wintertorment.com/2013/01/interview-with-bane-done-by-patrick-1-6.html

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Bane links:

Official Website: http://baneband.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/baneband

Facebook: www.facebook.com/baneband

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/baneband

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Bane

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

Other links:

To purchase BANE “The Acausal Fire” DIGI CD, “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” DIGI CD and other BANE merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=bane

To preview a song from “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP0LoHYAEBE

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