I recently was impressed by your second full length album, Nothing, Nobody, Never… Tell me about his release, how long has it been in the writing process, etc.

Dust: Collection of material to this album began even in 2007. The work went as usual irregularly and slowly, only in January 2008 we started recording, in March began mixing and mastering. Such style of creating and recording the material is very characteristic of the AC. New melodies usually have to “mature” very long, even without direct work with them, lie just somewhere in the subconscious, and then suddenly “pop up.”

Give us a brief history of the band! I understand the only other release from Alienation Cold was 6 years ago, titled Forest of the Dead. Why the long pause between releases?

Dust: AC was created in Stavropol in 1999. Many say it was in 2004, but it is not so. However, in 1999 the band’s life was short and it has been frozen because of members, busied with other (as it turned out, nonviable) projects. In 2002-2003 the band revived, forming the first lineup: Dust – vocals and synthesizer, Void – guitar, percussion programming and keyboards, Necrofrost – bass guitar and samples. We went back to the previous material, which in 2004 was finalized and embodied in a full-length album “Forest Of The Dead”. Its recording began the same year and was accompanied by a mass of technical difficulties and failures. The album was completed only in early 2005, and in 2006 150 copies were released on CD-R via local label Macabre Prod. In 2008 the “Forest Of The Dead” was reissued by Oskorei Music label as a full CD release. In 2009, because of personal circumstances Necrofrost leaved the project and AC turned into duo. And after this was the recording of the album you already know about.

I usually don’t seek out metal genres of your sort but I am glad I received this package! The material is strong and well written…what is the writing and recording process like for Alienation Cold?

Dust: Thank you, we are pleased that our work gathers a lot of positive reviews around the world. As I said above, the AC has never set any time frames or distant prospects for itself. First there is some idea and/or concept that is relevant to us at this time. Gradually are created some musical themes, text outlines, then they are somehow connect themselves together in individual songs, which are beginning to sound like a single album. Of course, if we would even try to hide it, the music always reflects our experiences and just fleeting emotions, and in such atmospheric form they are always traced very clearly. It is important to note that the work of almost all AC’s musical material begins on synthesizer i.e. initially all songs are some keyboard plays, to which later all other instruments are added.

Has the group ever performed live? I understand there was drum programming on Nothing, Nobody, Never… Do you have live performance plans in the future?

Dust: No, the AC has never played live and always positioned itself as purely studio project. Besides, I’m not sure that kind of music would be good in a live performance. It is better been listened by yourself.

Tell us about where you are from and how that has influenced you musical direction.

Dust: Stavropol – is a small (by Russian standards) city in the South of Russia, located not far from the mountains and surrounded by forests. Its main feature is the proximity to the Muslim regions, and a huge number of not only these Muslims, but also Orthodox zealots who several times tried to ban metal-concerts in the city. Of course, among the uneducated and very aggressive skibby a long-haired metalhead is not the one to like and it often leads to major clashes. So playing such music in our city can be even dangerous, haha. I do not know whether it somehow affected our works, but it certainly taught us to overcome the difficulties and to live in spite of reality.

The album was released in a very nice CD slipcase on S.N.D. Production, is that correct? How did this relationship come about?

Svart Samler: I should start from the beginning. Sometime in 2008, it was decided to combine all of the major Stavropol projects in some conditional association – Stavropol Nekrodivizion. It was done in order to separate our projects from clinker, which always appears in the city and even has concerts. S.N.D. also included the AC, in addition we are all united by a long-standing friendship and co-work in various projects. In 2011 I decided to open a small label S.N.D Prod, it was planned to publish and republish S.N.D releases, which makes no sense to release in somehow big quantities – demo tapes, rehearsal recordings, our first bands records, which are in fact valuable for us only, etc.

When the AC album was recorded, I sent out a lot of promos to Russian and European labels. They liked the material very much, but all had long lines for publishing, or financial problems. However, we wanted to see the album in its physical embodiment, to hold it in hands, so I decided to break the label policy and publish it on my own. I badly like the music of this project, and I also participated a little in its creation, that’s why it was decided not to save money on the publication and to do everything in the best possible way. As well I should mention the financial assistance of a comrade from St. Petersburg, I am very grateful for his support.

With a release of only 3 tracks, totaling over 30 minutes, did you ever feel like the release should have more material or did you accomplish your goal or idea with just these tracks? What was your initial idea that caused you to begin writing this album?

Dust: We always write as much material as believe worthy of it and never add anything just to make album longer. What we wanted to say, we said in these three tracks. Probably the idea of the album is best shown in the title text, which was written a few years before the rest of the material and became the start point for the concept. What were we thinking about? As always about nothing, the sound just embodied what was going on in our souls at this time.

I noticed that Svart Samler was credited as writing two of the three lyrics in the album. If I am not mistaken, S. Samler is who contacted me from the label. Will there be future collaborations of this sort, etc.?

Dust: Yes, it is. Svart Samler writes very good lyrics, and he offered us these two as soon as he heard the first musical experiences. I must say, his lyrics fully suited us. Both texts developed the idea of hopeless emotional detachment from the world.

Further collaborations will surely be. I can say that now we are initially working together on a concept of new album.

Svart Samler: These two texts were not written specifically for the AC, but, as the saying goes, “for the drawer”. However, I thought the concept of music and lyrics matched well. The first story is from behalf of a suicider “on the edge”, and so it’s not clear does he commit it or not, and the second is a kind of conversation with a fall and soaking a unique atmosphere, the world of late cold autumn with desire, again, go into it from the rush of the real world.

How has your music changed or evolved since the release of your first full length six years ago?

Svart Samler: I think I’d better answer this question, because I can judge the process from the outside and at the same time knowing all the processes that take place within the band.

AC’s music has matured and enriched in terms of composing. The new material is although softer than the previous one, but certainly is much deeper and richer. Well, if I may say so, the music has become “smarter” and, of course, older with the musicians.

Where does Alienation Cold want to be in another six years?

Dust: As mentioned earlier, AC is not a regular project that releases one album every two year according its contract with a record label. We do not sit permanently in the studio; we make music when we want it, when we feel the need for it. All these 6 years we have lived normal life, something was created, something was forgotten, some events took place in and around us … It was a usual current of time, nothing more.

Svart Samler: And, perhaps, we shall say that Void is busy in many other projects (SS-18, Misanthropic Art, Lashblood, Deathmoor, etc.) and is better known in the underground as Sadist. Unlike AC creative process in these groups is constant, so you should also take this into consideration.

Tell us about what influences your music. Unfortunately, I cannot read the writing in the nice packaging and can only be affected by your dark melodies and haunting harmonies. What words can be used to describe the songs you do sing?

Dust: I’ve already said it before. Here is the translation of the title text from the new album; it has answers to all questions.

Nothing, Nobody, Never…

Look around you –

This world has become different…

It has run its course,

Choked with shadows of its creations…

Reflection of corruption, chaos and a glass-made lie,

Cutting mutilated time with its planes …

Eternity is unlimited…

As drop through sand you’re looking for your shadow…

Darkness, silence, emptiness…

Cold, loneliness, oblivion…

Nothing, nobody, never…

Look back. Close your eyes…

Eaves like a handful of buried ground

Tremblingly ringing, fell…

Darkness, silence, emptiness…

Cold, loneliness, oblivion…

Nothing, nobody, never…

Time – only flam…

Illusive dream –

Changeable lifelong illusion

Broke…

Nothing, nobody, never…

 

What are your plans for the future? New material, shows, writing, releases…

Dust: We’ll start slowly working on a new album, and then we’ll see. This time the album is planned to have clearer concept and there’ll be as much tracks as we need to express this concept. So the work has to be somewhat unfamiliar to me personally. But as always, no promise of fast result, so listen the first two disks for now, haha.

The last words are yours!

Dust: Nothing, nobody, never…

Svart Samler: Never stop the madness!

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