Danish death/doom metal outfit Konvent have recently unleashed their sophomore full length effort, Call Down The Sun, on March 11th via Napalm Records. We caught up with the group to discuss their latest offering.
What was the process like recording the new album Call Down The Sun?
After recording Puritan Masochism, which was our first album and first time in a real recording studio, it went more smoothly this time around with Call Down the Sun. We knew what was gonna happen. Our producer Lasse Ballade, who also did Puritan Masochism, has an important role in making our own signature sound. We recorded the whole thing live and then did the guitar and bass dubs afterwards. Recording live just makes it all sound more organic and more like us.
How would you compare the album Call Down The Sun to the 2020 debut, Puritan Masochism?
I think we got more confident in trying new things and to challenge ourselves more. We all got better at our instruments and set goals for ourselves that we wanted on the record. We wanted to speed up a bit and play around in other different sub genres, getting inspired to morph it with our own doom universe.
How has the pandemic influenced the writing for the new record?
Our rehearsal space was shut down for 6 month during the pandemic. Right in our writing process. It created a huge set back for us, since we had a lot of riffs we couldn’t try out all together. But when we were allowed to use our rehearsal space again, then we luckily had a ton of riffs to get started.
What songs were more challenging to write?
I think the most challenging song to write was “Harena.” We ended up changing the song a lot of times, because we just didn’t feel it was as cool as we knew it could be. But putting violin and cello on the song was really the icing on top! We all really love how it came out.
Can you talk more about the songs “Grains” and “Never Rest?”
Grains was the first song that we finished for the album. It is about realizing that you’ve stuck in a pattern to achieving happiness, that will never work. Realizing you need to change the pattern or accept defeat. In this song we ended up doing the chorus in Danish, because we’ve always wanted to try using our own language. Ended up fitting the song really well.
Never Rest is probably our most just straight-doom song. We wanted to do two songs, which had an interlude between them that created a smooth transition. And that ended up being our songs Fatamogana and Never Rest. Never Rest is about living life in a toxic way or with toxic belief without realizing it’s toxic. Not caring for anything else or the world around.
Do you have any plans for this year you can share with us?
In a month we’ll be going on tour with Implore, Livløs, (0) and Hiraz. We will be visiting a lot of new places all over Europe, so that’ll be very exciting!
Is there anything else you want to say or add about the album?
We hope everyone will enjoy it just as much as we did writing it! Thank you for your time.