Interview done in December 2001.
Infernal WarHailz! Greetings
from the East! How are you today? I hope you are okay and sane enough to
answer my questions.
Satanic Hails Syukri Ishak. Here's Marcelo answering your interview. And
first of all thanks for it.
"Fierce Everlasting Tempest" is the debut release, which introduce me to
ARUM. Introduce to us your latest album. Tell us more about "Fierce
Everlasting Tempest" (recording session, the song, the concept, EVERYTHING
We recorded this album between March and May/2000. As our first experience
with a full album I think that it's very good and we were very proud with
Fierce.... In this album there are two songs that I write in the early 90's,
Vanquished Serenade (the first song of Gruunks, but in that time the name
was Suffering Till Death) and Futura. But the news arrangements it's much
better than in the past. And the others I wrote when I return with the band
in 98. About the lyrics I wrote about my experiences and about my points of
view of my existence.
Would you like to comment more about this album? Could you compare it
with the previous releases?
In all aspect this album is better than ours previous releases. But it's
natural; we are always rehearsal and studying our instruments to make our
music better day by day.
What does the song '*' talk about? May I know why it is named '*' and how
to pronounce it if some one ask?
Well this song it was done by Roberto, the ex- drummer, for his self project
WABSOTHOW. When I heard it I liked, and we decided to put it as the end of
the CD, like a hidden song but we indicate it with a symbol, no specific
reason for it.
Why haven't you enclosed the lyrics of the album? The CD comes with thick
booklet but the lyrics are not included.
When we were doing the booklet we discuss a lot of possibilities and we
decided not to enclose the lyrics in this first CD, just put it on our site.
But in the next we will enclose the lyrics.
I am not so sure. How did you get the attention of DEMISE RECORDS? Is it
with a demo by ARUM or with "Beyond Your Death" live demoCD as GRUUNKS?
When we released our demo Beyond Your Death to Demise. Later they invite us
to took part in their compilation Winds of New Millenium III. Then when we
recorded our debut I contact them and they released it.
How long is the deal with DEMISE RECORDS? I rarely read the reviews of
their releases. It is the same case with your CD. But the label looks
professional in their release.
Our deal is just for this CD. The second I don't know who will release. They
are really professional, but our economic situation maybe be the reason for
less releases. I hope that for the next album we could have a better
Some songs "Beyond Your Death" appear in some local compilations. What
song appeared in "Rock Soldiers 3" and "Winds of New Millenium 3? How many
tracks available in this demoCD? Is it still available.
Our demo CD Beyond Your Death have 3 tracks, "Gazing Into Horinzons of
Serenity", "Futura Bold" and "Beyond Your Death". On Rock Soldiers we took
part whith "Futura Bold" and "Beyond Your Death" and on Winds of New
Millenium with "Willowthewisp Blooming in Wrath". In the moment just the
compilations are available but both as Gruunks.
This might be a boring question for you but it is a must since this is
your debut appearance in this mag/zine/website (yes, ARUM might appear again
if something great or interesting things happen with ARUM in the future).
Tell us a bit about the band. Why GRUUNKS change its name to ARUM. It is
also necessary for you tell us what is ARUM and GRUUNKS means.
First because ARUM sounds better for me and since I create the band,
although the same musical essence we change a lot, our song, our lyrics. I'm
proud with everything that I done as Gruunks, but now I'm writing the ARUM's
age that will remain till my last days. Gruunks means a kind of space
monsters and ARUM means "... a parallel existence plain, forlorn and chaotic
place, immune from mortal penury...".
You decided not to have a permanent keyboardist and also a drummer. Why?
I just decided not to have a permanent Keyboard Player. A drummer finally we
have found one. The Keyboard parts are not essential on our sound, just
sometimes but if it doesn't exist it will not make difference.
What happen after the release of "Fierce Everlasting Temptest"? I heard
ARUM face line-up changes recently. Why does that happen?
Just I continue in the line-up. Some of them need to get out and the others
just want to follow their paths. No particular problems. But I have already
found others musicians to continue. And I'm very glad with them. We have
already done four new songs.
What kind metalhead ARUM's music is for? When will hear the next release
from the band?
ARUM's music is for everyone that wants to hear extreme music mixed with
acoustic parts, no label, no limits, just reverie black metal, as Pawel (a
polish friend) describe our music. I want to release some material until
June, I hope.
Why do you have to exist? Why are you alive?
I have to exist to do songs, to keep ARUM's flames burning and to protect my
princess. I'm alive because I still breathing Metal, respecting the occult
forces of nature and doing just what I want to do.
Bonus question: do you know anything about SEAsian underground scene?
Unfortunatelly my Asian contacts must be Rip Offs guys, that don't honour
the Underground and they never send their parts when we did trades. But I
know that there serious people but I just need to contact them.
Thanks for your time answering this interview. You are free to end this
interview the way you like...
I want to thanks your support to ARUM, and you could be sure that while ARUM
still alive there will be four or five souls honoring the underground and
the black metal art. Dark regards.
c/o Rua Nebraska,
251, Apt. 53, So Paulo, SP, Brazil.