|Quick introductory interview.|
| 1. Who are you and how did the band get started?
We are Astolat, a duo from Linköping, Sweden consisting of EPIALES (vocals, guitar, bass) and A┼┼ASUERUS (drums). The band started as a side project to another local band in 2011, but once that local band disbanded Astolat became the main outlet of its’ members.
2. Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?
We never chose a specific genre. I think bands mostly label themselves by their influences and in our case most of our greatest influences were in the doom metal category. While we do not wish to be narrowly labeled I’d say that this first EP would probably best be described as progressive, epic doom metal. Our next effort is already proving to be a different story though, with more emphasis on traditional doom and some black metal as well.
3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?
Since we’re just starting out it would be too early to point to a high point, but I suppose releasing our debut EP and knowing it holds the quality we strived to achieve is the accomplishment we’re most proud of.
4. Which three bands most influenced you?
Only three? Warning, While Heaven Wept and Dream Theater, probably.
5. What are your plans for the near future?
Our plans are simply to keep making the best music we can achieve and to find some live members to join the band on stage.
6. If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours.
Doom be upon you! Seriously though. Something worth mentioning would be the themes. We really strive to have a message and tell a story or channel a feeling with each song. A great inspiration for us has been EPIALES nightmares as well as history, mythology and events from stories, our own lives and the lives of others.