My interview with CROWNED (Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia depressive black-metal)
"We were formed in the depths of winter!" - CROWNED
By Dr Kieran James (University of Southern Queensland)
Email Interview, 25 November 2011
Kieran James: Can you take us through the history of the band?
Crowned: We formed in the depths of winter 2010 as a fusion of two bands, AB AETERNO and CROWNED, with four members. Unfortunately, one of our number departed soon after, leaving the current line-up of three. Since then we’ve released a demo titled ‘Ainulindale’, which was well received. We’ve also played a few shows, supporting Tasmanian act ‘RUINS’ in April, ‘PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS’ at the Globe [Brisbane] in August, and then travelling to Sydney to assist with EREBUS ENTHRONE’S album release, with SANGUINARY MISANTHROPIA, for which I would like to thank Suzanne and Séance Records. I guess I should mention we’re an Australian QLD based ambient depressive black metal band.
KJ: How is the progress towards a demo or an album?
Crowned: Well, should have something out early next year.
KJ: Are there any big shows or festivals coming up?
Crowned: Nothing yet.
KJ: What are your major influences both musically and ideologically?
Crowned: As a band, musically our influences range from the classics, EMPEROR [Norway], MAYHEM [Norway], DARKTHRONE [Norway] etc, to DRUDKH [Ukraine], HORN [Germany], WINDIR [Norway], SUMMONING [Austria], PORTAL [Brisbane, Australia], WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM [USA], and to music with no relation to metal, however, I would say our biggest collective influence is BURZUM [Norway]. As for ideology, we all, to varying degrees, I would say, align mainly with a general loathing for humanity and a yearning for tranquillity in nature. At the same time there’s a strange mix of nationalism, nihilism, volkism, existentialism, and paganism, not to mention Lord of the Rings hah.
KJ: What are your goals for the band in the future?
Crowned: Perhaps to tour Europe, and hopefully to continue writing interesting music.
KJ: What do you think of the various elements of black-metal ideology? What parts of the ideology attract you?
Crowned: There are too many, but I have my own personal ideology inspired through observation of others, which I’m sure most intuitive people do.
KJ: How did you feel on the day Varg Vikernes was released from jail?
Crowned:...I wouldn’t ask this question of any other black metal bands you’re intending to interview, most of them will think it’s a ridiculous question, but I guess I’m glad for his part he can freely live and create music again.
KJ: What do you think of the metal scene in Toowoomba and the black-metal scene in Australia?
Crowned: There are a few good bands coming from Toowoomba, such as KRONSKRIPTOR, ETERNAL REST and ADNATE, but otherwise the scene has virtually died, I think (not that I pay much attention). Everything else is generally fronted by some unconscious retard with tight pants and a fringe whose balls haven’t dropped. Regarding Australia, I think it’s much more successful and interesting than most people give it credit for, particularly if you’re willing to look past the aforementioned example of a homosexual.
KJ: Last question, mate. Personal message for the fans?
Crowned: Thanks for the interview, and thanks to anyone who reads it.
YouTube video-clip for CROWNED: http://www.youtube.com/watch?/v=j83m01IO0tw