Heathen Harvest: Greetings and thank you for accepting this interview! Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about how and why Clyson was formed?
Sargil Havumäki: The band was found around January in 2007. But it actually started to show it’s existence long before that. We played months before we actually told anyone that we have a new project going on. When we did, the recordings of first demo “Prospect Devastation” had just been started. We wanted to play extreme, without any compromises.
HH: Clyson has been a project composed of two people for the entirety of its existence. Have you considered recruiting people to make it a full band or do you prefer it as a studio project?
SH: Actually we have our third member “Mikko” who joined the forces last year as bassist. But that is the top, we won’t recruit anymore members, except session members for upcoming gigs. Playing with as small group as possible is one of the main reasons why we formed Clyson. “Studio project” was a perfect slogan for the band at the time, however we have decided to crawl out from the studios and look for gigs.
HH: Has Clyson ever performed live? If so, tell us about it.
SH: Not yet.
HH: You're a blackened death metal project that seems to focus primarily on war themes. Tell us what sets you apart from the crowd. Why you feel Clyson is a deserving project in the face of other incredible projects of the same caliber.
SH: We believe that we can get our music into another overwhelming level and not grind the same old all over again. We increase, and that will be proven with our upcoming offerings.
HH: Finland isn't a country really known for your style (at least when I think of Finland, I think of projects like Shade Empire, Searing Meadow, Evemaster, Before the Dawn, etc and on the black metal side Satanic Warmaster, Uncreations Dawn, Darkwoods my Betrothed, Twilight Ophera, etc). Tell us about how accepted you've been in your country and how the small scene reflecting your style has accepted you.
SH: Well we think that we are more known abroad than in our home country Finland. We have been getting good feedback from both of our demos, from some labels and from bands that represent the same musical style. Count that as accepting or not.
HH: Have you had any difficulties as a band?
SH: Not much. Only difficulties we have had were caused by few unprofessional labels.
HH: Wall of Corpses is a pretty deliberately putrid yet visual album title. Tell us what this demo was meant to be lyrically. What is it all about?
SH: Wall of Corpses as a demo is more advanced either lyrically and musically when comparing to our previous offering. The lyrics consist several comparative phrases, just like the title does. And like mentioned, our lyrics are primarily destructive and hostile towards humanity. The profound echoes of “Wall of Corpses” are indeed reflected from the upcoming domination of mankind. Describing the great fall of human and hailing the rise of new world behind the walls. In the musical field we wanted to create a massive and agonizing sound ambience. But because of the lack of recording location and devices, we didn’t get what we wanted in the first place.
HH: What are the band's political stances? Right winged, left winged, or otherwise? Do you have any strong ideologies or beliefs that you stand up for?
SH: It is the hate against the norms and false creations of man, that bursts the flame of our verbal declaration. To vanish them we need war and destruction, which are the seeds for our musical inspiration.
HH: What have been your recent battles lately, either politically, physically, or spiritually?
SH: Most likely our last studio recordings.
HH: What type of label are you looking for?
SH: One that stands for what they do and what they release, who’s goal is not to scrape and lead label’s actions by financial profits. And of course label which is trustworthy, if there is one.
HH: You're both also in a project called Mentalfrost. Why did you change the name from Zandrium?
SH: Yes we were. Hard to say actually, it was a very undistinguished time for the band and the musical style changed radically. One would say that it was a whole new project.
HH: In addition, why did you change styles from black metal to dark metal?
SH: We didn’t just decide to change the style, it was not planned at all. When more members joined, the music started to spread. And soon it was a mixture of different styles. The project was soon over and buried.
HH: What are the future plans for Clyson?
SH: Mastering the latest recordings and looking for label to get it released, and rehearsing for possible gigs in near future