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An Interview With Guitarist Thormianak And Vocalist Hecate Of Miasthenia

Miasthenia is a Brazillian black metal four-piece made up of Hecate (vocals/keyboard), Thormianak (guitars), Mist (bass) and Hamon (drums). After the recent release of their third album "Supremacia Ancestral," Thormianak and Hecate talk about the pagan inspirations behind their latest album and their experience of live shows.

AvernaX: I have listened to "Supremacia Ancestral" several times and I have to say, congratulations on such a fantastic piece of work! How do you feel "Supremacia Ancestral" differs to your previous two albums?

Thormianak: Thanks for the compliment! Yes, this album is different from the others due to the sound maturity basically, because only the time we spent playing together made us capable to deal with some differences towards what we wanted from our respective instruments. The lyrical part is still the same from the earlier works: the paganism.

AvernaX: What got you interested in using pagan themes in your albums?

Thormianak: We’re bastard sons of the hate and revenge spread around this continent for centuries, we’re like a resistance against the obvious christianity that arrived in these lands only to devastate, steal and rape everything that opposed to its guilts and imbelice dogmas. We write about resistance, we are resistance, we speak about our ancestors and their beliefs, we’re proud of that. To remember is to resist.

AvernaX: What kind of impact do you think your lyrcis have on those who listen to "Supremacia Ancestral"?

Thormianak: Awareness about who we are, through the knowledge of our past and pride for being that, that’s what everyone who listens to us says that feels, and that’s exactly what we intend people to feel.

AvernaX: How do you feel about other bands who take on pagan themes and mythology in their work?

Thormianak: We support every kind of pagan exaltation, as long as it has fundaments, and doesn’t encourage totalitarian ideas and prejudice. All of us are warriors fighting against one common enemy: the christianity.

AvernaX: What live shows are you currently playing?

Thormianak: We played in four metal festivals this year, though we wanted to play live more often, but here in Brazil is difficult to find serious and competent producers interested in extreme metal. We’ve already shared stages with Enthroned, Marduk, Mayhem and Nargaroth.

AvernaX: What has been your best show? Any memorable moments?

Thormianak: Each particular show was great, but to me, playing with Mayhem was something magical! I felt the grief and sorrow on that show. Besides that, we’ve been playing in Brazil, and our fans are the best that exist, they make our shows unforgettable.

AvernaX: You recently took part in the Marreco's Fest. What's that all about?

Thormianak: It’s a festival that takes place in Brasilia once a year, in june, in the molds of Wacken Open Air, but with smaller proportions. This festival has been growing a lot these years, now we have, besides national bands, some international ones as well.

AvernaX: Have you played at many festivals?

Thormianak: Not a lot, but all memorable!

AvernaX: What is the largest audience you have played to?

Thormianak: Maybe it has reached to 1800 persons in festivals with foreign bands.

AvernaX: Hecate, you've been in the band for fifteen years- have you ever had the urge to put Miasthenia on hold and develop a side-project or are you completely dedicated?

Hecate: It was my first band, and I’m fully dedicated to Miasthenia, but I’m willing to make a solo project musically similar to movie soundtracks, something that instigates me a lot too!

AvernaX: What are your future plans for the band?

Thormianak: We’re working in another album that must be released in 2010, we’d like to play in summer European festivals too, we’re currently looking for a serious label that can and want to work with us professionaly! These are our plans for now.

AvernaX: And finally, is there anything else you would like to say?

Thormianak: Thanks a lot for this opportunity! We really appreciate that! We’re aiming to publicize our work around the world and we’re truly grateful that Metal Underground’s interested in helping us! Stay pagan!

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