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Flame (band)
When you think Hells Headbangers, you think sick Black Metal. One band on their roster that showcases the reasons for this perception is Flame. After checking out the new album, March Into Firelands, I got the chance to do an e-mail interview with Blackvenom. Here’s what he had to say…


Flame formed back in 1998, but out some Demos and splits, but no full-length until 2005. Why did it take so long, especially since in this day and age bands are recording full-lengths themselves?

Blackvenom:
Hello! I want to do things with no rush and shit, that’s why we spend some time to do something. I also respect more bands who doing some “good” stuff rarely than just record some shit week after week.

About six years after your debut, Flame issues the second full-length album for 2011, March Into Firelands. Why did it take so long for the band to follow-up to album?

Blackvenom:
Read first answer again! That’s our style to do “slow death” ha!

With the atmosphere of the tracks on the album, it feels like there may be an underlying theme or concept to the album. Is there, and is so, what is it?

Blackvenom:
Well, I think it’s not a concept album, but cover really makes feeling the whole album!

The production of the release definitely feels rather raw and feels very crushing from the atmosphere. Was that raw quality deliberate, and do you feel it was one of the main contributing factors to how heavy it feels?

Blackvenom:
Heaviness is metal! So I want to bring it more yes!

For the most part, the vocals are what one would expect from an underground Black metal act, but once in a while they go off in a slightly different direction. “Burning Horror” has some gutterals thrown in. Was this more a test or a move the band felt appropriate for the song?

Blackvenom:
No, it was no test. I like to do this kind of choruses sometimes.

Will we be seeing more variances in the vocals, or perhaps even in the music from Flame on future releases?

Blackvenom:
Maybe, we’ll see…

Do you feel that six year gap helped or hurt Flame when it came to March Into Firelands and why?

Blackvenom:
It definately helped us!

You had done a couple splits before recording your first full-length, did the thought of recording some splits or EPs between the releases come about?

Blackvenom:
We have some new split release in our mind, but I don’t wanna speak more yet…

Are there any rituals the band has, literal or otherwise, the band has before getting on stage or writing new songs?

Blackvenom:
Our live shows can seen like a ritual. Ritual of fire & darkness!

Will Flame be doing any touring in support of March Into Firelands?

Blackvenom:
We don’t do any big tours, but some smaller “minitours” maybe.

Has there been any thought of doing shows outside of Finland, such as coming to the States for a small tour or perhaps some festivals that kick up during the Summer?

Blackvenom:
In august we going to do gig in germany. We don’t have so much plans yet.

Each member of the group is involved with other bands. Does having Flame stay more with the underground allows the members time to go off and explore more musical territories themselves? Or would you like to see Flame members not necessarily have other side projects and kind of break out more and be signed to bigger name labels and maybe one day have regular touring schedules and whatnot with some bigger bands?

Blackvenom:
I haven’t even thought that far. I have other band as well (ADORIOR) and our guitarist have some other band projects as well. I don’t see Flame as a BIG band start to selling lots of shit. We are an underground act!

The music on the album seems to be sort of a blend of the early second wave Black Metal and the more blastbeat oriented “third wave” Black Metal style some bands are practicing. Was the goal for this release to kind of take from both types of the style, or was it something that just naturally happened within the band?

Blackvenom:
I think it happens as natural progress, I think. My main goal was create some heavier, slower and dark sounding also!

What were some of the musical influences for the album, or at least what albums were you and the members listening to when the music was being composed?

Blackvenom:
We all listen lots of all kind of real metal shit! Flame songs and concept comes from my dark subconscious and some influences of course can be heard. Sarcofago, Blasphemy, Beherit, Master’s Hammer & old Bathory are the main ones…

March Into Firelands is being released in the States through Hell’s Headbangers. How did this deal come about? Did the label just go ahead and make the deal, or did the label get in contact with you in some way?

Blackvenom:
Our label Primitive Reaction make deal with Hell’s Headbangers with licence US versions, both CD & LP release!

Both Into the Age of Fire, the first full-length album, as well as March Into Firelands appeared on vinyl. Do you think that vinyl enhances your sound and is the definitive way to listen to your music? Or, are the vinyl releases just a pressing for the dedicated fans who prefer vinyl?

Blackvenom:
I am a vinyl maniac and it’s important for me that our stuff also appeared on vinyl!

Both releases had strictly limited vinyl runs. Why did you or the labels decide on only doing a limited amount of vinyl instead of always keeping it in stock?

Blackvenom:
Basically it was labels decide to do limited version. For me it’s ok, go and get it now! Vinyls are more expensive to do so I totally understand labels to them limited.

Are you alright with that, or would you rather see the vinyl in a longer run then just being stuck at “X” amount, such as your vinyl for March Into Firelands on Primitive Reaction being pressed to only 666 pressings total?

Blackvenom:
Totally, but I rather see vinyls for those maniacs who really buy them just the music, not just for those in collector shit not really care about music at all!

What’s next for Flame? Will there be any smaller releases like an EP or Split in the near future?

Blackvenom:
Split release could be the next step like I mention before. I have some new material soon ready to record, but all in time…

Should we expect the next full-length Flame album in another six years, or does the band want to put out another release before then, maybe one or two years down the road if possible?

Blackvenom:
I live for this day, so I just say let’s see what dark future bring to us…

Thank you very much for your time and I hope all goes well with Flame, the new album, and your future ventures.

Blackvenom:
Thank you for the interview! Long Live Dark Demonic Metal Madness!!!!

Flame: March Into Firelands
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Interview conducted thanks to Hells Headbangers.