DIVINE WEEP (for Suffissocore)

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First of all congrats men! The new album is AMAZING!
Barto: Thanks man, it means a lot to us. We get positive reviews and opinions from all over the world and we’re obviously very happy about it. Thanks to that we know that it was worth all the work spent to put it together and record it. Too bad that we can’t go on a tour to promote the album though.

How did you form the band back in 1995? What were your goals at that time?
Barto: Well, me and Daro (our drummer) were kind of young rebels listening to lots of death and black metal and we just wanted to be just like our idols. Before Divine Weep I played in the band Hermh, led by the current leader (or rather “chief investor”) of Batushka. I recorded the demo with this band and composed the material for what turned into the debut album, “Taran”. I was kicked out after I cut my hair and my songs and ideas were claimed by the band. Tough shit, right? Anyway, after that happened I wanted to form a band of my own, based on my rules. This is how Divine Weep came to life – we just wanted to play metal, record a few songs, play some gigs. No plans to rule the world whatsoever, we were just a bunch of teenagers wanting to do stuff.

What are your best memories about your first demo sessions?
Barto: I’d say that the best thing about it was just creating the music and the joy it generated. You know, joy that we were able to do songs that we liked and we thought that maybe somebody else will appreciate them as well. It was cool to hear these songs on the local radio, sending them to underground zines. We even heard that some radio in Tokyo aired it. Great memories from that period!

Why did you need all these years to release your first EP?
Barto: When we started the band we were just teenage kids. After few years we started to enter the “grown-up world”, you know – work, family, kids and stuff. The band dissolved naturally and it remained dormant for like 10 years. With our private matters settled we returned to playing together (only me and Daro from the first line-up), meanwhile I started singing and some young maniacs joined us on other instrumenets and we put out the first official Divine Weep release, being EP “Age of the Immortal”.

You also changed from an early black metal influence to a heavy/power sound. How was this transition?
Barto: I was always an Iron Maiden fan, back in the day most of metal maniacs started from this band or Metallica. However I became interested in black metal pretty soon and I wanted to play this type of music as a kid. After years of stagnation I started leaning towards my musical roots, bands like Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Def Leppard etc. I grabbed the guitar again and the music I made sounded more like Iron Maiden stuff than black metal. It was a natural process.

How is the metal scene in Poland right now? Favourite acts? Some new underground band that deserve our attention?
Matt: Polish metal scene is getting stronger with more and more band getting worldwide acclaim, especially for black metal. Some say that Polish black metal is fresh and groundbreaking like the second wave in the early 90s and can only be compared to Scandinavian black metal in terms of quality. Some big words, but I’m happy that people from abroad have such opinions. As for other genres we are obviously linked to the heavy metal scene right now and it’s great to see new great bands coming into picture. Hordes like Shadow Warrior, Roadhog, Aquilla, Okrutnik or Axe Crazy are currently the leading forces of Polish heavy metal, but there’s obviously many more.

Do you think Behemoth’s success has been more an advantage or a disadvantage for the polish scene?
Matt: I think that Behemoth (along with Vader) can be credited for promoting Polish metal outside our country’s borders. Obviously touring with them helped other Polish bands to be noticed – good examples are Mgła and Batushka, who are big names on their own now. Currently Nergal is the big star in the worldwide metal business, but perhaps I will surprise you that he’s not that revered in our country – it’s mainly due to his extramusical activity, which is widely criticized in Poland. People are disappointed with his “celebrity” attitude, with all the “glam” photos, stupid rants on internet about fucking his opponents’ mothers and talking/writing about sex related stuff 95% of the time. I personally don’t care, but there’s a lot of people having problem with it. But all in all Behemoth’s influence on Polish metal and it’s worldwide breakthrough is really impossible to overlook.

What did you want to change or improve after ‘Tears Of The Ages’?
Barto: First of all we didn’t want to be forever labelled as a “power metal” band. We still wanted to build our music around the heavy metal core, but with adding more unpredictable and not so obvious elements. On “Tears of the Ages” we had this vision of pure heavy/power metal record, but for “The Omega Man” we became more open to other ideas, I’ve reconnected with my black metal roots, more thrashy elements appeared an so on. We wanted our melodic heavy metal to become heavier, darker, more brutal in a way. We just wanted to make the “masculine” heavy metal record and get rid of all the flounces and sequins standing in the way.

What’s the key track in ‘The Omega Man’?
Matt: I would say that there’s no key track here, as in my opinion every song is very strong. I might highlight the title track though, as we intended it as an album coda long before the completion of the album, it sort of summarizes it all and gives a solid punch at the very end, as opposed to the way of many other bands, who tend to end the album with the least interesting songs (probably thinking not much people would make it to the end so it can be justified – well, it’s not).

How did you find Mateusz Drzewicz as frontman?
Janusz: A few years ago we stumbled upon the band Hellhaim – their vocalist drew our attention and after our singer Igor (with whom we have recorded “Tears...”) we even thought to contact the guy. His voice was great, but much more harsher and extreme than Igor’s, so since we were still in our “power metal” era and mindset we found somebody else. This choice turned out to be a complete mistake and we were left without a singer again. This is when Hellhaim’s vocalist, Mateusz, came to our minds again. We wondered how his harsh, thrashy voice would fit with our melodic music and high pitched vocal lines. Our manager immediately sent him a proposition to join us. I think Mateusz was going through some hard time then, as he wasn’t very enthusiastic about it and even thought that we are making fun of him. He initially looked for excuses, but eventually gave it a try and here we are – with him behind the microphone for almost four years now! As for today we can’t think of Divine Weep without his vocals, commitment and dilligence.

What’s the track that mostly shows his vocals skills in your opinion?
Barto: I would pick “The Screaming Skull of Silence” as Mateusz shows most of his skills there – there’s some classic clean singing, some high pitched Halfordesque screams, some oldschool Ozzy thing, some growls etc. The abundance of vocal ideas, check that track out!

What are your biggest influences except for Iron Maiden, Dio and Judas Priest?
Barto: Each of us listens to different stuff, though some bands and artists are common for most. Some dig in the traditional heavy metal, some (like our drummer Daro) are stuck in the 90s espacially for black and death metal. Same for me, though in the recent years I listen much less metal music in favor of 80s pop and movie soundtracks – there’s a totally different world of melodies and harmonies there, might come in handy during composing new songs in the future. Our second guitarist Darek Moroz is rather a fan of contemporary metal bands like Baroness or Kvelertak, and Mateusz has the probably the widest taste spectrum, as apart from metal and jazz you’d find many jazz albums and some really weird stuff in his record collection. Being open to such variety of genres allows us to create interesting music that might be hard to label.

Ever been in Italy?
Janusz: No, we’ve never been there, at least not as Divine Weep - perhaps guys travelled there privately. I know some great Italian bands, plus I love your cuisine! But then again – who doesn’t? 😉

Matt: I’ve been to Italy a few times for various reasons and have only great memories from these trips. I would totally visit Italy again this time for a Divine Weep concert – if you have someone who might help us organize it let us know! After this pandemic shit is over of course, as right now there’s no chance to play anywhere in the world anytime soon. We know that Italians are the true maniacs, Italy is also one of the top countries buying our records online so there’s a chance we won’t play to the empty club haha!

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