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Imperium Dekadenz: "We Wanted To Sound Epic But Also Rough And Rusty"

Out now through Season of Mist, German black metal outfit Imperium Dekadenz's fourth and latest full-length album is "Meadows of Nostalgia," which can be ordered right here.

To let fans in on how this release came together and how the album compares to previous offerings, Imperium Dekadenz vocalist/guitarist Horaz got in touch with us for a brief interview. "We had the goal to improve the sound but also doing a step back to a more old school style," he comments while discussing the recording process, going on to say "It is harsher, wider, and more powerful. As nostalgia is the important factor on this album we wanted to sound epic but also rough and rusty."

Check out what Horaz had to say in the interview below regarding the album's artwork and a call for fans to put together lyric videos for the release.

xFiruath: The cover artwork for the new album is interesting, with the old man carrying a load on his back. Who did the art and what’s happening in it?

Horaz: It was made by Simon Bossert. It shows an old treadman climbing a hill of the black forest, our home region. The photo was made in the early 20th century.

xFiruath: Tell me about the recording process for the album – did it go any different from previous efforts and where did it take place?

Horaz: We learned a lot from the previous album productions, so we had the effort to use the learned lessons for “Meadows of Nostalgia.” We had the goal to improve the sound but also doing a step back to a more old school style. We are very pleased with the result so far.

xFiruath: How does the sound of this album differ from previous releases?

Horaz: It is harsher, wider, and more powerful. As nostalgia is the important factor on this album we wanted to sound epic but also rough and rusty. Especially “Procella Vadens” was more modern and the drums did not sound as well as you can expect it on “Meadows of Nostalgia.”

xFiruath: Are there any plans to do a music video or release any lyric clips or anything?

Horaz: Videos are not planned. We published the English translation of our lyrics on our homepage, so maybe there are fans out there to do that?

xFiruath: The album was just released – how has the feedback been so far, and are people getting what you hope for out of the album?

Horaz: The reactions are extremely good. We knew that we had produced something really powerful, but now we know that we were not on the wrong way.

xFiruath: Do you guys play hometown shows often, and what’s happening in your local metal scene?

Horaz: No we play generally only a few and more exclusive shows but we want to start a tour this year or next. The metal scene is quite good around Stuttgart so this is a good place for new bands.

xFiruath: Are there any tour dates already lined up to support the album?

Horaz: Nothing scheduled but scanning the possibilities right now.

xFiruath: Are either of you active with other projects right now?

Horaz: Vaspasian has a melodic doom metal project called Saiwala.

xFiruath: What’s coming out in 2013 that you are really excited about, and anything else you’d like to discuss?

Horaz: Hopefully a tour with some great bands! Thank you for your questions. Keep the flame burning!

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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