“We are real to those with eyes to see.”
Hailing from Greece, Acherontas play occult black metal. Leaving a trail into history now for more than 15 years, the band has unleashed a new full-length studio CD titled Vamachara. Take Five spoke with V.P.9, who handles six-strings of infernal devastation and chants and spells of drakonian sorcery. Don’t search for further answers.
Tell me about your band’s name and how it pertains to your musical approach.
V.P.9: “Acherontas was one of the rivers that led to the Underworld in ancient Greece. It was a link for the land of the dead. Acherontas are an occult band. Our philosophy stands for the necromatical arts, drakonian sorcery, astral vampirism, Kaballah, and many tools that have the purpose to exhaust The Inner Self to Theosis.”
Tell me about your new CD, Vamachara. What does the title mean and what can fans expect to hear?
V.P.9: “Vamachara stretches back to the buried past, regressing back when the female archetype was worshipped through the Cult of Vama, the falsely so-called excremental, cast-out, leftovers of spiritual practice, labeled as such by unaccomplished followers of the Solar Gods. The lunar waters shall possess the soul essence with the blood current of immortality, pushing the adept toward self-excellence through the imbibing of the nectar of salvation that is Amrita, through ordeals of black Al-Khemy. The vultures on infertile grounds of the desert cry LA ILAHA ILA ANA, and you shall kneel to drink from the cup of the fornications of the priestess—either dust or fire. Enter the Womb of the Black Moon and be reborn. The new Acherontas full-length features seven hymns of glorious and occult black metal, featuring two tracks by Scorpios Androctonus from the cult band of Crimson Moon. Let the feathers of Abraxas reflect the function of Samsara.”
What first attracted you to the left-hand tantras? Have any of you explored the practice in any depth?
V.P.9: “All the band dwell in the unknown and hidden mysteries of sorcery. Anything that Acherontas includes in the lyrics and philosophy is based in personal experience. There is no reason to write something just to write it.”
Set the scene for a live performance by Acherontas. What can attendees expect to experience?
V.P.9: “In most of our lives we prepare the stage to be like a ritual chamber. It is the key for the individual to experience the dream that we want to have. To dream, to feel, to feast . . . black metal is not a party. We have grown with the early 1990s era of black metal, in that the black art stands for the elite. And must remain by this way.”
What’s next for Acherontas? Any plans for the next album? Any details you would care to share?
V.P.9: “After the Vamachara album, we’re gonna have a tour and some single shows at some Ritual festivals with bands such as Behexen, Glorior Belli, Mare, Aososth, and many more individuals. We also have some split EPs planned that we want to keep in mind, [which we would like to record] in 2012. ‘And the plague for the mortals never ends. . . .’ Xeper!”