Ebonylake answers by Ophelius & Mass combined.
Greetings and welcome to Extreminal webzine.As a starter present EBONYLAKE
and its members to our readers?
Both Ophelius & Mass are the sole musicians responsible for this cacophony.
We play every note within it, and share musical duties when needed across
various instruments. However several witches whom reside in the nearby woodlands
bordering the Moors, did rein act numerous incantations and chants to the
Your debut album "On The Eve of the Grimly Invented" was released in the
distant 1999.What took you more than ten years to come up with a second record?
We left these shores upon a maniacal vessel, at total breaking point both
mentally and physically. The sect we had bonded together broke down in so many
ways, one by one we stepped overboard and fell silently into the seas beneath
us. And there we festered upon the oceans floor for some would say almost a
decade...only two survivors of that dreaded voyage have risen from the murk.
Something or some kind of positive energy has we feel brought us back together
eventually. Even though living complete separate lives to one another, and not
knowing of each others even mortal existence . We both had things strongly
pulling us the same direction, that this was not complete and more should be
done under the banner of Ebonylake. Its very surreal how all these matters have
come to fruition, spoken from another time or a distant voice that culls you
with the chill of the bleakest of Autumn sunsets.
What is the difference between the second album "In Swathes of Brooding Light"
and the debut ?
We wrote this album over a period of almost 2 years, but the times we could
actually get together and physically work together were limited. Hence the time
it has taken to put this into a format we are both happy with collectively. We
are sure if all the time we worked on this added together it would have taken
6-8 months to fully envision and decipher the projections in our minds. Old
ideas were long forgotten, we did have around half an albums worth of songs for
a follow up "on the eve if the grimly inventive", but these recordings were for
ever lost in time. The writing personal has not changed from then to now, but we
did have 7 members when we last recorded "On the Eve of the Grimly Inventive. We
feel it has evolved and progressed forward but has the same DNA running
throughout both pieces of work. The main difference is that we have had total
control and time to put this together at our own leisure rather than a time
period allocated to a recording studio for several weeks. The sound is really a
continuation of where we have always been, something leftfield and not quite
comfortable that niggles at your spine and teeth. In Swathes has a more visually
cinematic feel to it as apposed to On the Eve, but both releases sit along side
and compliment one another very well. I doubt anyone coming from the perspective
of On the Eve will be too shocked, if they understand that album and get the
vision then they should have a better understanding of In Swathes beforehand
rather than coming in from the cold.
EBONYLAKE used to be a band of seven members but now there are only two left.Where
did the other five disappear ?
The other 5 members Sighmon W. Yasmin, Christopher Gallious, Arian, & Amber
succumbed to the madness and have moved away from musical desires and lapsed
into mental states of horrific visions. We have not seem many of them since the
band split back in 2000, however we may as yet involve one other past member in
some capacity on the next release.
How will you define your style of music ? Which one is your main source of
Violent Abstract Surrealism, The music tends to compose itself to some
degree, it is almost as though it is channeled through us from another time and
place. When we enter the Ebonylake world we take on various characters, we are
mere puppets to the spirits that take control after the séance. We often awake
from the rituals exhausted and try to make meaning of what has happened both
musically and spiritually. We can lose ourselves in the writing process and
become one with the sounds cape we are attempting to project. EA Poe has an
influence upon the music to some degree, as do many other authors whom painted
great pictures with words of such abstract horror and feelings of un ease. We
use the musical canvas to attempt to create visions such as these in our minds.
It is very surreal how these ideas are projected from almost another time and
place. Our quest to make music that is genuinely unsettling with different
sounds clawing at your skin from out of the darkness has never ceased, and our
outlook as only become more fearless. Some of the most profound influences came
from (and still do) the worlds of literature, poetry, art, contemporary music,
film and classical music. Names such as Bram Stoker, Lord Byron, Sergei
Prokofiev as well as films like The Omen, The Devils etc all got our creative
Who writes the lyrics and what are they dealing with?
Again the lyrical approach comes from a similar situation of writing or
deciphering the music. We put pen to paper and it just flows out from somewhere
another place or time perhaps... although some of the misguided have said our
rectum hahahah. Almost as someone else is putting the words into our heads, its
a dizzy and confusing paranormal state that invokes memories of the drunken
scholar that resides in the Country Manor Estate . He who dances with the ghosts
and commands the avian flocks to do his misguided biddings. A time of quaint
gatherings by the river bank and frolics in the undergrowth, a time of beautiful
and gallant memories... that was until the skies turned to grey and the menacing
clouds began to weep such horrors that small children still cower at such tales
to this very day.
Having in mind that EBONYLAKE is a band of two members - are you able to play
Playing live is something that we have discussed recently, sat beside an
open fire with a bottle of absinthe throwing ideas back and forth about set
lists and stage production. One thing for certain is if we were to do it, it
would have to be done right. The few live performances we did for 'On The
Eve....' were well executed, we dressed in our period clothes and had stage
effects to create a certain amount of tension. This time however if the live
visuals were to match the sounds spewing forth from the stage we would need a
large budget, so we feel that maybe in the future but not in the immediate
future. We certainly have not ruled it out, but stripping the vast sound down to
be audible through a concert PA system would be a challenge but not impossible.
How is the Metal scene in West Yorkshire ? Are there many underground bands
in your area?
I'm sure most people will be aware of the bigger named bands from the West
Yorkshire areas of England, but yes there is many many bands in the area. Most
genres of metal are present from death black thrash doom to a varying degree of
potential . However most people from around the metal world would maybe pin
bands such as My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, and various members past and
present of Cradle of Filth notorious within the Yorkshire community.,Also bands
such as Evile, Solstice, Bal Sagoth, although the later Bal Sagoth dont count
because they reside in the cloth cap mining community of South Yorkshire. But
yes a healthy band scene in general exists here.
Do you have any side-projects besides EBONYLAKE?
We have other interests and are involved to some degree with other projects,
but we wish not to promote them via interviews for EbonyLake.
Who are the bands/musicians that have inspired you to start playing music?
A huge plethora of many musicians have inspired from a very young age, but
we keep these influences locked away when writing anything involved within ebony
lake . When we first began writing, it was very natural how ideas and imagery
came together in musical form. We know how the world of EbonyLake should sound
to us, these projections were merely transmitted through our beings from another
dimension and time. How we communicate them not only with ourselves, but with
outsiders is a very exciting experience. However as the painting is slowly
crafted other aspects of emotion and misery become more apparent and turn in
another direction. We just follow the path and see where it may lead us, either
into a glorious summers meadow overblown by tranquil beauty and wildlife near
the riverbank. Or into a torrid nightmare hallucinogenic portal, where swirling
violent sea storms pull and run aground your feeble vessel and leave you savaged
among the coastline. When we begin to enter a phase of writing for Ebonylake we
leave behind all musical influences and let the puppeteer guide us, we are but
his human mannequins.
What do you expect from 2012 both for the band and for you personally?
We are putting the jigsaw together as we speak, we have several ideas in early
formats, but work is in progress in the writing department. We intend to have
séance this evening with our newest acquaintance from the unearthly dimension...what
they bring us as gifts is a mystery to us at this point. The new material shall
hopefully be completed before the end of 2012, but this is not set in stone. We
can however reveal that Ebonylake will be working with a fully professional 20
piece choir and chant section for the next album, that in itself has already
caused a flood of reactions that will bear much fruit in the future were sure
Thanks again Cenk for the time to explore the lunacy of Ebonylake, we got
there in the end. A new movement stirs... Violent Abstract Surrealism.