Metal Interview – Crowned

Crowned – Vacuous Spectral SilenceBelow, you can see a recent email interview that we did with the atmospheric black metal band Crowned (read the review for Crowned – Vacuous Spectral Silence). They are short on words, but here it is.

Tell us a little about the history of the band.
We formed in 2010. After collaborating some of our music we found that we had similar ideologies and musical direction, so deciding to unite into a more powerful musical entity came naturally. In the following year we played live shows and wrote, recorded  and released “Ainulindale”. Once Vacuous Spectral Silence had taken shape to us, we focused on writing and recording it, this was done in 2011/12.

Did you have songs left over after the demo that ended up on Vacuous Spectral Silence, or were they all new songs?
There were a couple of songs that were written closely to the time of Ainulindale, but we decided not to include them. They are used on Vacuous Spectral Silence to retain an authentic Crowned feel by bridging the gap between the old and new material.

Do you all have different favorite songs on Vacuous Spectral Silence, and what are your individual selections for favorite song on the album?
We seem to agree on the final four songs being the strong point of the album.

What are your upcoming recording plans?
We have none as of yet, although within the next six months we plan to begin composing for another release. This will no doubt include some pre-production as we decide upon different compositional choices.

What are your upcoming tour plans?
We have a show booked in Sydney shortly, for the 30th of November, and are hoping to book something in Brisbane and Toowoomba around a similar time. Other than that, we’ve not organised anything, although there are ideas to be discussed.

What are your major influences musically?
Burzum, Drudkh, Summoning, Horn, Mayhem, Emperor, Erik Satie,

Do you have any recent bands that you are a fan of?
We’re all big supporters of the Australian BM movement in general, bands such as Pestilential Shadows, Erebus Enthroned, and Moon, all of which have provided considerable support to us, along with others such as Nazxul, Striborg, Drowning the Light, Portal, and many more.

What are your thoughts on the metal scene in Australia?
The metal scene in Australia seems to consist of a lot of great bands that can deliver benchmark live performances and releases.