Symphonic Black Metal
Ando Kamavosyan - Vocals
Tigran Ayvazyan - Guitars
Marina Sargisyan - Keyboards
Mark Erskine - Guitars, Bass, Drums, Keyboards
Q: What was the reason for using the band name "Ghoulchapel"? Does it have a specific meaning?
A: We had a lot of thoughts about the name of the band. There were a lot of options, but this name came to my mind after writing the text for our first single. Which tells the story of the expulsion of the traitors from a small town by religious fanatics. They are - ghouls, vampires who are hiding in their chapel and terrorize ordinary people. The name was approved by the entire band.
Q: Ghoulchapel was founded in Armenia in 2013. In the same year, you already released your first full-lenght album called "Nightmarish Illusions". How did the band get together, how did the material come together so fast for the full album and how was the reaction of the fans when first listening to the album ?
A: We found each other after I leaved Blood Covenant for personal reasons, I was looking for like-minded people to create something that I like, first I met Ando and he as well as me wanted to create a band, then we found Tigran and Marina. We pretty quickly found each other! We started the band in august of 2013 and immediately recorded our first single, and after this began to record the full length, we really wanted to do it, we were eager to show people what we
can do, and personally I've always dreamed of it. The album was recorded in my little home studio in three months, I wrote the music, I had a lot of ideas, and days on end, forgetting about all the world, I have been writing and recording music, and then with Ando we recorded all the vocals. People really enjoyed it, I didn't expect such a reaction, but we quickly earned a lots of fans.
Q: Tell the readers something about your album "Nightmarish Illusions". What is special about this album and why should people go check it out?
A: The album tells the story of a man wandering in a world of his nightmares in which he's stuck. I had something like visions, dreams, after which I started writing these lyrics. This album is about a man who stuck in his dreams, in
his illusions, in his nightmares, all this described in the form of horror legends. In fact, the texts have a different meanings, listeners can differently understand their true meaning.
Q: How is the metal scene in Armenia like? Describe us the metal-community in your country.
A: Metal scene in Armenia is slowly growing and devolving, there are many interesting bands, but personally symphonic black metal genre, or black metal are very poorly developed.
Q: What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?
A: Horror, legends, ghosts, nightmares, fear. We are inventing stories ourselves. We love all evil, dark, mysterious stuff, and we want to pass all this through our music.
Q: What artists have influenced your band and its music?
A: Carach Angren, Rotting Christ, Dimmu Borgir. We are a big fans of these bands.
Q: How many shows have you played, and which one has been your favorite thus far?
A: We had no concerts yet; we are very young band, and for first we decided to record an album and we did it, concerts - next year. That was a start with a full length album, we wanted to introduce ourselves to
people, so they already have an idea about us.
Q: What is the main source of inspiration when writting new music?
A: Definitely it's a Stephen Kings books, personally for me. And the music of a bands we love - Carach Angren, Dimmu Borgir for example. Classical horror films, stories, my dreams - I always have nightmares.
Q: What are your plans for 2014 ?
A: For first we want to have a concerts. And then we will start recording a 2nd album, There's already many ideas! And it will be better than first, I promise. We still ahead!
Q: Do you have any shout outs to give the readers?
-Mark: Thank you for listening to our music and for reading this interview, we wish you all the best, stay metal , stay brutal, and enjoy the nightmarish illusions, enjoy the fear and darkness! Hails!
(Facemelter Webzine would like to thank Mark of Ghoulchapel for answering the questions! Check them out and stay tuned for more interviews / reviews! cheers!)