Ceremonial Castings began in the late fall of 1996. The band
was founded by still existing members Jake Superchi (Lord Serpent) & brother
Nick Superchi (OldNick). The basis of the writing & the lyrical foundation
strived on the art of black magic, witchcraft & rituals that could only lead to
the name of Ceremonial Castings.
Hailing from the town Battle Ground which is located in the dark forests of
Washington state (USA) it is no surprise that the curses that are spewed forth
are a perfect mix of unrelenting majestic chaos. I had a chance to interview
Lord Serpent about the latest album, future releases and tour plans!
First, wanted to say thanks so much for doing the interview. Hows everything
Lord Serpent: Things are going well, we're just getting ready for our 1st
upcoming show in 7 months. A lot of new elements coming into play for this night
as we're recording a live DVD/Album.
How did Ceremonial castings come together?
At the time I was participating in another band that was on it's demise. On
the side of this band I was starting to write different material & music along
side my brother, which came to be Ceremonial Castings.
How would you describe your music?
I would describe my music as my life, heart, soul, purpose, visions, beliefs
ect... everything I am made of goes into my music & every part of my music makes
me who I am. It controls ever part of me. If you want me to label it with a
genre then of course we describe it as "Deathphonic Black Metal" or "Bewitching
Black Metal". Deathphonic is the creation of symphonic & death metal, it's apart
of the elements we use. Bewitching is just something we do, if not to others....at
least to ourselves. I as many am not really one for labels & genres, but it is
what it is & I'm not sure else how or different people would label us.
Where do you get some of your inspirations from for your lyrics?
The lyrics are inspired by life experiences, dreams, visions, beliefs, human
emotions. It really depends on what I am writing at the time. I find a lot of
different inspirations for different songs or albums. Also the cycles of life
often change the settings of inspiration. Honestly, most of it comes from within
Beast in Black is kind of a collection of bootlegs and b-sides, what made
you decide to do this?
We had some unfortunately downtime, that set us back a bit on our schedule
of releases. While we were having to push back our next planned full length to
what we thought would be a year at the time we thought it would be something we
could do for our fans & the people waiting to hear from us. We had some unused
material sitting around. Some bootlegs, unreleased demos and so forth. With the
rumors of our demise, we thought this was a good way to let people know we were
still here, alive & well.
How did you decide what was going to go on the album and what wasnt?
We didn't have a lot of material that wasn't already spoken for. So it was
easy for us to decide. The material was all there, we just had to put it
How did you come to find out that you were related to the author Nathaniel
We've always known. We grew up in Massachusetts & knew our family was tied
to Judge John Hathorne, who's grandson Nathaniel Hawthorne later added in the w
for his embarassment towards his actions. Our Grandmother's maiden name was
Hawthorne as well as her past relatives leading back to Nathaniel. I guess that
is where I get my writing itch from. Unfortunately I don't think I could ever be
as gifted or even compared to someone of his talents.
Are you guys working on a new album right now?
We are currently recording a new album titled "March Of The Deathcult". This
album will feature 7 selected tracks that are being re-recorded from our "Midnight
Deathcult Phenomena" & "Universal Funeral March" demos. There will also be some
re-mastered demos, covers & a new instrumental track as well. I believe it will
be an orchestral version of Midnight Deathcul Phenomena.
After this album is released we'll get back to working on another full length &
a split we've already started recording. We also have 2 more full lengths
written & waiting to be recorded. We're playing catch up I guess you could say.
Are either of you working on side projects or are you focused on Ceremonial
Castings right now?
We do have some side projects we all do on the side. Our drummer has some
stuff under his name "Matthew Mattern" that he is always working on. Nick &
myself have some other stuff going on, but right now most of the focus is on CC.
Do you have any shows coming up?
This month on the 21st of May we'll be co-headlining The annual
"Northwestern Black Circle Festival" in Portland, Or. with Nunslaughter. We will
be playing an hour set featuring most of what people would call "the classics"
for a live DVD/Album that will hopefully be released later this year/early next
year. After that we will be doing some local support shows opening for Exhumed/Macabre
in August & Kampfar/Vried in September. After that we'll be doing a west coast
mini tour in October/November.
What have been some favorite bands to play shows with?
I could namedrop a milewide list with how fortunate we've been over the
years. The two shows that really stick out for me in the past have been with
Mayhem & Watain. We did do a couple date run with Enthroned/Destroyer 666 that
was a lot of fun. And we always have a blast playing with our friends Goatwhore.
They are some of the nicest & coolest people we've met during our 15 year
What have been some of your greatest moments as a band?
I'm not sure what I would call greatest moments. I guess the creation of "Salem
1692" for what it means to us was very special. I don't often look back too much
on what we've done or accomplished if that word is even appropriate. I am
constantly just looking forward & planning for our future.
What are some future plans for you guys?
We have a lot of things planned, as a few I mentioned earlier. There is one
I am most excited about & that is another concept album. Similar to "Salem 1692"
in structure. This album's concept will be all about the great Cthulhu. We've
seen many artists/bands touch the surface with Cthulhu but I don't believe there
is an actual concept following and digging deep into the mythos & abyss of the
beast, but we will glady attempt it. The writting for the album musically has
been completed. We do have a lot of material in front of us, so it unfortunately
will have to wait. I do have a date in mind, but it's a year & a half away just
to give you an idea.
Any words for your fans?
The words that always come to mind when I think of the fans out there that
constantly support us is thank you! And a big thanks to you Kate, for taking the
time to talk with us & deliver the updates to our fans. It is all so much