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Same in english:
- Hi, here's Elio from www.stereoinvaders.com, Italy. Thank you very much for this interview. At first, would you tell us anything about the beginnings of the band?
Elias: The band was founded by me and Armi in 2006. We previously played in the same band, which we left to start In Silentio Noctis. Our ex-band was quite basic melodic death stuff, so we wanted to finally start doing things our way and make music that we really like. The idea was already brewing in Armi's head since the early 2000's, so we didn't need to think about what to do since it came so naturally. It's not like it was a pre-meditated murder. :)
- Your monicker comes from Latin: what do you imagine "in the silence of the night"?
Armi: When we started the band, we thought that probably we should come up with a name for it! For us, the name reflects the lyrics and overall message of our music very nicely, since very strange things happen in the silence of the night - there's not much more than that behind it, really.
- "Through fragments of Christianity" is your first full-lenght: what's the meaning of the title? What do you mean for "Fragments of Christianity"?
Armi: The name of the album is kind of metaphorical, it hints at how the basic principles of christianity have been shattered into pieces like a broken mirror and how you can see the true distorted face of the beast through it. No matter how much you try to glue the bits and pieces together, the truth is already out there. If you read the lyrics, maybe it makes sense.
- How did you proceed for the recording sessions of the album?
Elias: The recording work itself was done at D-Studio in Klaukkala, Finland, where we had already recorded our 2007 demo. Not a lot of spectacular things happened there, perhaps worth mentioning is that the sessions started out with at least 3 consequent 16-hour days for session drummer Raikku. We spent there almost a full month, after which we switched over to Sonic Pump studios to do the mixing with Nino Laurenne. The mastering, finally, was done by Minerva Pappi at Finnvox.
- Did you work also with any choirs for recording the album?
Armi: Yes, we did. We recruited a bunch of singers from the Academic Choral Society in Helsinki, with whom we recorded the choir parts already in 2008. They did really awesome, so it's a shame that we couldn't get the choirs any louder on the final version of the album. For some technical reasons, even the 125 recorded choir tracks in Funereal Verses weren't enough to really pop them out!
- How can you describe your music? How much do you feel close to symphonic black metal?
Elias: Our music is such a messy blend of genres that the easiest way for us to describe it is symphonic black metal. In general, I feel very close to the genre. There's quite a lot of bland material, but if it's well done there's nothing that beats it for me.
- An important charatheristic in your music is that you play only with the lyrical female voice of Armi, without extreme singers: why did you do this choice? Have you planned to including also extreme vocals for the future?
Elias: We basically just make music that we like. And it happens that Armi sings the way she does, and that's about it. We don't want to start messing around with extreme vocals, it's just what everybody and their grandma does. We quite certainly won't incorporate extreme vocals into our music at any time in the future either, but for all those who complain about the lack of contrast: we will find a way that doesn't require an angry man.
- Together with the band some sessions-musicians play in the disc, as Rainer Tuomikanto on drums. But piano has a very important role, too, in your sound. Do you agree? And who plays the piano?
Elias: The piano parts were played by an obscure, swedish but really awesome player named Karl Roberts. The piano does play a major part in our sound, at least on this album. I don't know yet how it will be in the future, but time will tell!
- Your project for the future?
Elias: At the moment, the most critical thing we are trying to fix is our lack of a permanent drummer. We're planning to really get into gigging and stuff, so that would be an absolute requirement. We're also constantly writing new material, which is turning out to be bigger, darker, more symphonic and definitely more depressing - so watch out!
- Thank you again. Hello to you and all the band.
Elias: Thank you for taking the time for us, our best regards!