The band Noctiferia formed in the last century. They have albums “Eternal Blasphemy” (1997), “Baptism At Savica Fall” (1998), “Inhuman” (2000), “Per Aspera” (2002), “Slovenska Morbida” (2008) and “Death Culture”, that was released last year. They toured with Marduk, Kataklysm, Immolation, Samael, Hypocrisy, and shared the stage with Enslaved, Cannibal Corpse, Rotting Christ, Deicide, Dark Funeral, Dimmu Borgir. Some of their characteristics are modesty and above all – persistence. The quality is unquestionable. Their last show in Zagreb was very interesting and energetic. The “Borgirs” were watching their show from the gallery while the part of our audience took the time to drink beer on the terrace, suffering from a local a chronic disease – prejudice. At least we had time to spare that evening.
Some of the people were drinking, some of them were nervously waiting for the Borgirs and cursing the Slovenian custom officers while we spent the time talking with Igor and Uroš.
VENIA: How are you, how do you feel?
IGOR: It was great! Great show! It’s our 4th or 5th show in Zagreb. It seems that people really accepted us, that they understand our music.
UROŠ: This is the first time that we played songs from the new album in Zagreb. I think that the audience really accepted us, so, for us, it was an excellent show.
VENIA: You presented your new album just on the stage, can you describe it now also?
UROŠ: The new album is a combination of everything we did from the very beginning until today. I think if we look at music that is the composition of everything what we have done. We needed almost three years to make an album, from pre-production to recording.
IGOR: It’s definitely more aggressive than the last album. A mix between “Per Aspera” and “Slovenska Morbida”.
VENIA: It seems to me that with “Death Culture” somehow you “turned” to industrial. Has Peter Tägtgren had an impact on it?
IGOR: He just mixed the album. We recorded everything in Slovenia. He saw us at Metalcamp and we asked him if he wanted to mix “Slovenska Morbida”. Because somehow it sounds like the sound that he made on Hypocrisy and Pain. We wanted to cooperate with him, he agreed and we made “Slovenska Morbida” for which I still think it’s a fantastic album. With “Death Culture” we wanted a more brutal and dry sound.
VENIA: What was it like to work with Tägtgren?
IGOR: Well the first time we went to Sweden it was great! You just sit and then constantly experiment, to make this sound, that sound … Nobody knows how it will sound in advance, but he has a clear picture from the start.
UROŠ: For him it’s simply… He knows the result. We are certain in his work so we can leave it to him. That’s it!
VENIA: So, he is a musical genius?
UROŠ: Yes, he is great!
VENIA: You played concerts with many famous bands. Which is still remembered as the best?
UROŠ: Samael, definitely! We were on tour with them a year and a half before and we are their fans from the beginning, almost 15 years, so it was really – wow – to be with them 14 days on tour.
IGOR: Yes, they are really cool guys, we understood each other, they don’t have some ego trip problems. Also Mayhem. When we found out that we are going on tour with them, we were skeptical because they are a black metal band, a completely different style. We did not know how we’d get along with them, but it was great.
VENIA: How was it to break through at the metal scene in this area?
UROŠ: We still break through.
IGOR: We are not a new band and it is certainly crucial, because, we have started in those times when there were less bands so we became a familiar name. And the way that we work, as recording in a professional studio, definitely helped.
UROŠ: I think that all the bands from the Balkans have the same problem. They do not have a background, a scene that supports them, money, that is why one process here lasts 5 years, not one year, like for example in Sweden.
Everything is going slowly, very slowly.
IGOR: The problem is when you put together a band and then you’re this great guy and everything is cool, but when you want to make a record, and when you need money, then it’s “OK, fine” and everything ends up there.
VENIA: Have you heard anything about any Croatian younger band?
UROŠ: I know a lot of them, but… let’s say “Ashes You Leave”, “Omega Lithium”.
VENIA: If I come to Slovenia, whom would you recommend me to go listen to?
UROŠ: Probably, Noctiferia!
VENIA: Where did you perform in Croatia, except in Zagreb?
IGOR: In Split, Rijeka, and at a festival in Zadar, which failed, but we were headlining so it all ended well.
VENIA: What are your plans?
IGOR: We’re working on some new material and we would like to release an album next autumn.
UROŠ: For now we are planning a tour in November, but we can not yet say with whom.
VENIA: A show in Croatia maybe on that tour?
UROŠ: And then we’ll shoot another video and we’ll record stuff for the new album.
VENIA: A message to the readers…
UROŠ: Listen to our new album, give it a chance and I think you’ll be amazed!
VENIA: Thank you!