5 QUESTIONS WITH ARCANE DREAD

Written by the_chelf@yahoo.gr

We summoned the demons behind Arcane Dread.

We like to catch them off guard, early on, before anyone else gets to know them. This is how we roll at the Chelfdom.

And this is what they had to say:

Hello and welcome to the Chelfdom. What brings you to our world (except me summoning you)?

Arcane Dread is an expression of lust for the late 80’s-early 90’s, occult themed, and death metal.

It is a statement against the trend of polished and over engineered sound.

It is a reminder of a time when riffs and ambience and feeling had the first say in metal.

My yearning for the above, gave birth to Arcane Dread.


Rumor has it that you are an ancient invocation of a malevolent demonic entity that takes the form of a musical one-man project to survive.

Why a one-man project?

Is it some sort of a control-freak situation or does it serve any other purpose?

Arcane Dread is what I think of it. And I think of it as such an invocation. It is a channel through which the dark comes crawling through with each song, so that it spares my mind of madness.

One-man project was a one-way road.

It is far from trends, even in death metal, and I imagine there would be difficulty in explaining the feeling to somebody else that entered the band.

Also, although I like the idea of a normal band, in this case I feel I should be the one that completes the puzzle with each instrument being the pieces.

An invocation requires one invoker.


Who do you bounce ideas off of, when you are working alone?

The composing and recording are done solely by me until completion, in utmost isolation.

Nobody is allowed to interfere with the composing part. It’s what most vital to me.

If a song is finished though, there are people I hold in high esteem and listen to it first. Opinions matter, only if they are compatible with Arcane Dread’s vision.


They say that there are no actual lyrics to your songs. How come?

-I have had the pleasure of doing vocals and composing vocal lines in the past, in both death and black metal bands, mainly in my other projects. (Sulferon and Helgast).

I realized that vocal patterns were coming effortlessly and in real time to listening to a new song.

And when recording, I always thought of something else speaking through me, to get the proper vocal pattern right.

So I thought I’d take it a step further.

When the vocal recording time comes, and I let something else, more sinister speak through me, I now let it speak its mind.

Everything is one take. Everything comes real time. No processing, no distortion. No lyrics.


Where can we find you and do you have any plans on making public appearances any time soon?

For the time being everything is (just) a project. I upload on YT when I finish a song, and at some point I will make an fb page for Arcane Dread.

If this specific mode of inspiration continues, and I manage to complete an album, there may be a CD release in the future. But it’s still early and hypothetical at this point.

As for public appearances…there never will be any. Arcane Dread will always remain a one-man band. A sole incantation.

Give it a listen:

Arcane Dread – Vore Of Vu-Rah
Arcane Dread – Va Kill-Os
Arcane Dread – Dreadnought

Until the next one,

Chelf

 

46 thoughts on “5 QUESTIONS WITH ARCANE DREAD

  1. Morisson says:

    I checked it out, it sounds full and wholesome, unbelievable a man did this by himself

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I know, right? He’s done an amazing job!

  2. Dinos M says:

    Chelf, I saw a quote : “People who show you new music are important” and I thought of you.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      That is so sweet! I posted that quote on my FB a few days ago as well 🙂 Thank you for stopping by.

  3. Huns says:

    Like he said I also thrive in isolation and I get very productive so I can relate to that. Great music, a bit extreme.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      same here. Isolation is tempting and good for as long as you can handle it.

  4. Olaf says:

    late 80’s and early 90’s have been the source of inspiration for so many artists. I can totally see those elements in his music!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Yeap Olaf, very true!

  5. Katie werthmann says:

    The interview is neat but it reads like snippits, not like a conversation. Like you’re bullet pointing facts on a power point rather than having an open communication. easy to read, though.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you for the feedback Katie. Constructive criticism is always welcome <3

  6. Well…I can understand the whole control freak thing (my pastor says I’m a bit of a control freak…..) 🙂

  7. OK, will have to come back and listen later because I’m surrounded by hubby and kids and don’t have earbuds handy (usually I’m here alone when I’m online) BUT, I admit it took me a few min to figure out this post was an interview – once I did, though, I got a real kick out of it! (both your Q style and his answers) – I had a thing for heavy (though not death) metal in the ’80s and early ’90s, so would probably recognize something primal that I liked in his music even if it turned out too extreme/heavy for me. Sounds a bit like Prince in a way, taking control of the whole creative process and even every instrument.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I think you mean the ” artist formerly known as..” 😉
      Lol, all jokes aside, I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview and I bet you’ll find that primal 80’s vibe and rejoice!

  8. Sarah says:

    I had no idea who that was. I am now egar to go check the youtube channel out!

  9. I can’t believe he can do this all on his own. I work pretty well alone, but always need someone to bounce ideas off of from time to time.

  10. I never heard Arcane Dread before but looks so interesting to check this. Nice one.

  11. I love heavy metal specially from the 80’s and 90’s and his music remind me of that era. Absolutely love his music.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I’m so glad to hear that! I love his music too!

  12. Great interview – I haven’t heard of Arcane Dread but it sounds interesting! So unusual to do the whole project entirely alone…

  13. Freddy K says:

    Marry me, marry me now.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I’m not sure if you are proposing to me or him but I’ll let the demon take one for the team and marry you.

  14. Kory Partchend says:

    post modern heavy metal, the way it is supposed to be. many likes.

  15. Nota says:

    Very cleverly put together. It took me a while too to realize that you summoned the demons for an interview which made it even more interesting 🙂

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Nota

  16. Aran Mohamed says:

    The music sounds familiar, the name does not ring a bell. is this a new band?

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      It’s an one-man project and it’s new, yes.

  17. Darrin Man says:

    ghosts, everywhere.. is it safe to approach the demons, Chelf?

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Yes hon. This one is particularly good. I’ll stand by just in case, do not fear.

  18. Therion says:

    awesome interview. thanks for sharing

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you for stopping by!

  19. dior addict says:

    Spooky and very Lovecraft inspired. I can’t wait to hear more from Arcane Dread.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I bet the demon is smiling with this reference

      • Typhonas says:

        He most definately is…

  20. Rick says:

    Such dedicated musicians keep the stage alive. Well done, man. Well done.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      True.

    • Typhonas says:

      Thank you friend. Such comments keep us going.

  21. Ryana says:

    this is outside my music zone but interesting nontheless

  22. Charles G says:

    Are they in Europe? Very Scandinavian hard Core. I remember the last time my family traveled to Sweden, my brother and I ended up at a metal show, at a local bar and they sounded exactly like that.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I’m not sure the demon wants to reveal his location. But you are on to something 😉

  23. Gina says:

    Really good attempt to do everything by himself. As a professional musician I can tell how hard that is and how satisfying at the same time.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I’m glad his work is appreciated!

  24. Christa says:

    I really love being exposed to music that wouldn’t otherwise cross my path. And to get a personal introduction is great. Thank you!

  25. I find that I accomplish my best work when doing so alone without interruptions! I am going to show this to my brother-in-law, it is his kind of music all the way

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I bet he’ll love Arcane Dread.

  26. Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    These is a really fascinating interview! I am a music lover, so I really enjoyed reading this!!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I’m so glad to hear that! Thank you for stopping by Angela!

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