Interviews: Sorathian Dawn

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Melodic Black Metal band Sorathian Dawn from Australia. Check out this band and follow them on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you plan it or come out just like that?

The name of the band is derived from an entity called Sorath. Sorath is the name of a spiritual force referenced in many occult and esoteric writings. Most famously vilified by Rudolph Steiner as an evil force that took preeminence in the 20th century. The writings on this entity are many and varied in the fields of demonology, chaos magic, and other esoteric practices.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We play this style of music as our way of waging spiritual and sonic warfare against the unseen and seen forces that oppose and limit us in our mundane and spiritual lives. Aesthetically speaking Melodic Black Metal has a sense of musicality that at both times invokes feelings of majesty and terror. It rides a fine edge and in doing so has the potential to create something truly magical.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

We were unknown to each other but through a love of music and a shared approach to life, we have come together to form Sorathian Dawn. The band has been through many iterations and members and we have all stayed friends and brothers.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

For Mrak it would be Marduk and for Valnostt (myself) it would be Dissection. Naming favorites is often difficult and tastes change through time and exposure.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

This is a big question and hard to answer as sometimes inspiration just seems to come from nowhere, or the ether so to say. Possession is also another way to phrase it. However, I have a large library of occult writings that I will delve into from time to time to sharpen the edge of my creative sword. I have also been spending a lot of time in the Snowy Mountains of Australia and I must say the nature of the area also inspires one to add a certain level of frostbite to their writing.

6. Where was your last gig?

With Watain on their Southern Hell Siege tour of 2019

7. Where would you like to act?

Norway would be my first choice. Unfortunately, it is so far away, across the other side of the world from the desert wastelands and serpent-infested forest of Australia.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

We’ve always wanted to feature with Marduk but have not yet had the chance. Some others worth mentioning are Ninkharsag, Stormkeep, Satanic War Master, Immortal, Worm… but there are so many great acts out there it’s hard to choose. 

9. Whom not?

No one comes to mind.

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

Not really. Usually before performing, I am always anxious and excited to get up there and kill the riffs and blast through the songs with as much energy as I can. The only advice I could give would be to accept that ‘mistakes’ can happen and in the total chaos that often is a live performance it’s all just part of the experience and to appreciate it for that itself.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

In the early days it would have been the big thrash bands like Megadeth, Testament, and Metallica, and later on bands like Dissection, Morbid Angel, and Mayhem.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Nothing of note that I can recall.

13. What do you think of your fans?

We are very appreciative of our fellow brothers and sisters who have joined us on this sonic and spiritual journey. We only hope to offer more and continue to create our sinister black metal magic.

14. What do you think of our site?

I’m new to the site but will be coming back as a regular. I specifically like the stories behind the artwork sections that you run.

15. Something to add?

We would like to thank you for this interview and the chance to give our listeners and your readers a deeper insight into the band and the album. It has been a long journey for us and we hope everyone with a will to experience ‘Radiant Terror’ can enjoy the offering as much as we did in creating it. We look forward to releasing physical copies and merchandise to continue the celebration of HIS RIGHTEOUS FIRES.

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