Interview with Istidraj done by Patrick
1.Hails! please introduce yourself to the readers ? when did you first get into the metal scene?Who were some of the first bands you listened to?
Hail Patrick! I'm A.Inferno of Istidraj answering your interview... I've been into Metal since 1988.. Bands like Old Slayer, King Diamond, Old Venom, old Sepultura, Sarcofago that possessed my conquest into this realm.. Once enter, forever burns!
2.When did you first meet the other members of Istidraj ?How did you all come up with Istidraj for the bands name? Does it have a special meaning?
Its spark in late 1992, Basically we are a clan of outcast.. Similar interest of music which develop into a band.. I choose the name Istidraj meaning blasphemous/lifelong debauchery in arabic..
3. Istidraj recently released their new release Muerte Mundi Militia how long did it take the band to write and record the music for the new release?
We took about 2 years of composing & 4 months to record it.. The result is satisfying!
4.Does the whole band work on the music or does one member usually write everything?
We work as a band.. Each band members contribute their parts in a way or another.
5. Istidraj formed in 1993 how do you feel the bands music has evolved or changed over the years?Who are some of the bands biggest influences?
Progression is imminent. Biggest influence are Sarcofago, old Mayhem, old Marduk.
6.Besides the new cassette Muerte Mundi Militia does the band have any other releases or merchandise available for the readers?If yes where can the fans buy it from?
The cd version of Muerte Mundi Militia album already released by Iron Blood Death Corp Mexico limited to 500 copies.. Those interested to buy can get it from us for usd$10 inclusive of postage & paypal fee worldwide.. Some copies of our Blasphemized Perversion digi mcd & split tape/cd with Thornspawn are available too.. But very limited copies available can contact us: email@example.com
7.Has Istidraj started working on new music for the next release? Any idea how many songs might be on the next release?
We are working out on our upcoming mlp, which shall be done by end of this year
8.What is the best and worst thing about the underground metal scene today?And what does underground metal mean to you?
The worst thing is that now whoever own a computer & internet they can obtain whatever they can via download, digital etc unlike the older days where printed zines, printed flyers, cassette tapes, vinyls, cds rules.. It's no longer obscure.. The best thing is now you can do promotion just a click a way... The obscure underground is gone nowadays.. No point of weeping about it!
9. Istidraj comes out of Singapore's black/death metal scene.What is your opinon of Singapore's metal scene?
I don't care about the scene... As we are always doing our own thing since the beginning till now & we don't owe the scene a fucking thing!
10.Who are some of your all-time favorite Singapore bands? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out for?
Abhorer, Kibosh Sibyl Kismet, Hail, N.H377 & Eternal Oath are awesome...
11.Other then bands are their any good labels/distro's that you could recommend?
Nothing much happening here.. I'm running a small distro Bidadari Desekrators which used to carry some obscure B.M acts
12.Besides Istidraj are any of the members currently working with other bands or solo project ?
So far i just finish recording for a one off demo projekt Companions of Hellfire & Zc:4 is still active in K.S.K
13.When not working on music or other band business what do you all enjoy doing in your free time?
We got our daily jobs & family.
14.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Thanks Patrick for the interview interview & great review of our "Muerte Mundi Militia" album! To the mass do obtain when it's unleash for every souls shall taste death! Death is liberation of souls! Those interested getting our previous releases "Blasphemized Perversion" digi mcd & split cd/tape Thornspawn/Istidraj( last few copies available though) can order thru: firstname.lastname@example.org