The beginnings of blackened death metallers Forbidden Rites traces back to the late 90s but as fate would have it, their debut Pantheon Arcanum just saw the light of day late last year. The fact that the current band members played in several other projects through the years isn’t lost on this debut though; the melodic punch of late era Dissection looms large and the blackened death metal of Necrophobic looms equally as large. Put simply, the performances and overall sound of this debut mark a band that should be well in its prime and not just getting their momentum going. But, fate is a fickle thing and here we are, all these years later with an outstanding debut. We recently had a chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions so head below to see how it went down. Don’t forget to click the embedded links to snag your own copy.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
Forbidden Rites started like almost any band, kids listening to music and wanting to learn how to play it. I think nobody is satisfied with the level they have musically, you always want to achieve more and this is the case with Forbidden Rites.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
Funny story: During a show, we were two songs in and suddenly our vocalist announces another song that was not sequential on the set list, we all turned toward each other like “what?” Our drummer did the count off and we started playing the song announced. After two more songs went by, our drummer asked if we were going to play the song we had skipped, we said no and to follow the set list as is, then our vocalist announces the song that we had missed. Total confusion.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
We can like many things and dislike many things, but I don’t think we have the authority to talk about the good and bad of the scene, what matters most to us is to contribute something, whether little or big, with our music.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
We try to capture what we feel in our music and in some way seek to make people feel the same when listening to it. We try and capture that the most in our lyrics.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
My father and my uncle got me into the scene. I was born listening to Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, etc, because my father liked it and it was nothing new at home.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
You must be objective both for good and bad criticism, whether if these criticisms are made or received. And work hard every day to achieve your goals.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
Our goal is that our music reaches the whole world, if we can call that “world domination” then we like the idea.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
Pagan Prosperity from Old Man’s Child, Still Life from Opeth, and Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk from Emperor.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
We are preparing the official presentation of our album, which is a bit complicated since our drummer lives in Cyprus. And we are going to devote all of this year to promoting Pantheon Arcanum, our debut album.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Forbidden Rites for their time!