Vampiric black metal, not really original nowadays but GEMATRIA can be said original in the local Singapore/Malaysian metal scene, music-wise or from their image (from the picture in the demo cover). Because of this and also the interesting debut demo, interview have been sent and shortly-answered by them. Just read what they say...
How were you today ? I must say that "Memoirs", GEMATRIA's latest demo is a good release, musically and also the cover sleeve. What do you guys feel after the released of "Memoirs" ?
We felt relieved and hope that our hard works will
satisfies the needs of listeners.
We started up with Cruzier,Zyratul,Sorath and me in mid '96,
playing old school black metal and managed to record an unreleased demo called 'In
Restless Ecstasy.' In early '98, we recruit Ybraghan on keyboards and produced 'Memoirs'.
In the demo 'In Restless Ecstasy', we played black metal
with old school touches whereas in 'Memoirs', with the presence of the synths,we explore
more ideas and experimented on atmospheric stuffs.
Actually, the demo has no deals with anything or anyone.It
is unreleased because we, ourselves thought that the demo is not up to our expectations
due to some problems.In terms of financials, we manage the burden ourselves.
It took one month and we have gone beyond the budget.
It is like a tale,told by an old man. Firstly, the
awakening...with thunders and chantings, then the war, in the aftermath...a dark romance
between vampires and mortal beings.
Yes. The female vocalist is our close friend named Emma.
Gematria plays black metal in a theatrical way, with
agression blessed by angelic hymns. As for the next question, it depends on how the
promotions being dealed by the record labels. If we were to compile all the black metal
bands in the world, can we judge all of them? Can we make sure that 90% of them plays pure
agression without melody?
It came naturally...some via orchestra and classical music.
Yes, probably in our next release.
We respect them as the pioneers of the scene and as for the
rumours...we have heard about it but we're not taking sides.
The scene is progressing...slowly.
It depends on individuals...
Most of them are from Malaysia and Singapore itself.
The upcoming songs will be more agressive.
We have planned on merchandising...and you'll expect better
sound qualities in the next release.The compilation is not a success due to some problems.
Emperor, Marduk, Gorgoroth, Langsuir, Abhorer and As Sahar.
The last gig was a great satisfaction to us.
Malays are the rightful heirs of Eastern Black Metal