BRANDON: Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today, guys.
MARBAS: Thank you.
LOKI: Thanks for having us.
BRANDON: Who are the members of your band?
- Reverend Loki Syx (six string rapist, corrupter of innocence) Lead guitar
- Holocausto Inferni (vocal Impaler of Christianity) vocals
- Blackthorn (twister of vile cacophony) Lead guitar
- Sir Marbas Daemoneus Hellstorm (commander of nuclear obliteration) drums
BRANDON: Where are you based out of?
LOKI: Chicago IL.
BRANDON: So what kind of music do you guys play? Would you classify yourselves as just Straight-up black metal?
LOKI: Ezurate: “Pure Arma-fucking-geddon Soul Raping Black Metal”, the way it should be.
MARBAS: Ezurate sounds like a Swedish black metal band who crash-landed on tour one day in America. We play black metal. In the early 90’s many bands sounded like Dark Throne’s Transylvanian Hunger. Then many bands began to blast and play full bare chords thanks to David Blackmoon Parland, R.I.P. Everything in this day and age has so many classifications. Too many bands play “black metal,” most of which suck!! We are a loud, brutal, evil, and fast heavy metal genre.
LOKI: I’d say raw black metal, with a very melodic edge. And with the new material being born we are becoming more and more progressive, while trying to stay true to a raw sound. And fast. Very fast.
BRANDON: How did Ezurate come together? How did you guys meet?
MARBAS: Ezurate was born circa 1993 in the Chicagoland area by me (Marbas, drums), and Count Nocturon (vocals) R.I.P 1972–2008, followed shortly by guitarists Blackthorn, and Captor (from the band Bloodthrone) and bassist Seere.
LOKI: I met Ezurate from a social networking advertisement oddly enough. We arranged a meeting and musically and personally we get along, so we all knew it was time for me to step up and shred.
BRANDON: What would you say your biggest musical influences have been?
EZURATE: Dark Funeral, Marduk, Dissection, Grave, Hypocrisy, Immortal, Dawn, Setherial, The Legion, Slayer, Kreator, Destruction, Sodom, Iron Maiden, and a huge influence was Black Sabbath.
BRANDON: What bands are you listening to these days?
MARBAS: I still listen to my black metal, and Death metal for influence as well as hard rock / heavy metal from the 80’s. From time to time I will check out classic speed/thrash bands. Metal never gets old to me. If I like an album I will always listen to it.
LOKI: My musical taste is all over the board, but I listen to a lot of black metal currently. Lately I have been listening to bands like Melechesh, Absu, Abigail Williams, as well as some local black metal acts such as Fin, Empyreus, and Lord Mantis. Old death metal like Grave and Asphyx, or more melodic stuff like later Carcass.
I always listen to a lot of classical, and really anything progressive, and lots of shred guitar, such as Yngwie, Vai, Michael Angelo, Paul Gilbert.
BRANDON: How do you feel about the black metal scene these days? What would you like to see more of? What would you like to see less of? How do you think Ezurate fits into this scene and into the music industry in general?
MARBAS: Honestly I don’t know what to think. Ezurate continues to play what some fucktard labeled “Norse Core” years ago, which is just fast, brutal, and evil black metal.
LOKI: I feel it is becoming very trendy, and lots of bands try and blur the line between black metal and just plain extreme metal. I feel there is also too much argument over this as well. What is “True” or “Kult” I really don’t give a fuck. At the end of the day, we just try and shred as fast and brutal as we can. Label it what you will.
BRANDON: Tell us about what you guys have going on right now? Any songs or albums coming out?
MARBAS: We completed a new album in 2013 that we would like to release called, “Summon Thy Legions!” It has been recorded, mixed, and mastered. It is 7 songs. It is quite possibly the best we have written and recorded. Plenty of blast beats with melody and our signature acoustic guitar overlays.
LOKI: Other than the new album coming out as soon as possible, we will try to play as many shows as we can, and increase our presence electronically throughout the world. Anyone interested should find us online on your preferred social networking sites.