An Interview with Russian Prog Metal Band Sympuls-E

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A little pinch of melodic death metal, a pinch of electro-industrial, and even more awesome metal from one of Russia’s undiscovered treasures here in, well, pretty much anywhere outside of Russia! Sympuls-E took a little time to sit down with your Supreme Leader and give us a heads up on them, a little history on one of Russia’s oldest towns, and the future of the band. Enjoy!

Hello from America! For those who aren’t familiar with your music, tell us a little bit about the history of the band and your influences.

Our band was formed in 2008 and had the name “Scythe’s Blow”. The founders are Dmitry Kokarev (Guitars, Clean Vox) and Aleksandr Milekhin (Bass). In 2008, has been recorded demo album “Zerkalo Goroda” (“Mirror City”). In 2012, we recorded a full-length album “Destroying The Barriers”, after which Diana Novikova – the vocalist, has left the band and Christina Kolesikhina took her place. In 2013, we released two Internet singles: “Na Start” and “Generate Reincarnation”. In 2014 global changes in the band have began. And now the only one original member of the band is Dmitry Kokarev. In May 2015 our first album with English lyrics “Solarstorm” was released. The sources of inspiration for us is basically a Melodic Death Metal and a lot of other genres of metal. Particularly we can emphasize such bands as Mors Principium Est, Wintersun, Omnium Gatherum, Children of Bodom, Sybreed, Born of Osiris, Scar Symmetry, Protest the Hero and a host of others! Oh, and, of course, different soundtracks! 🙂

And where is Rayazan? I’ve honestly never heard of that area of Russia. And what is it like there?

Ryazan is located about 180 km to south-east of Moscow. Ryazan is included in the 30 largest cities of Russia. But it doesn’t differ from the other cities except that the roads are very bad and gangsters are very evil. Haha! By the way, our city has recently celebrated 920 years!

What is the metal scene like there?

It is a hard time for metal scene in our city. Previously, there were a lot of good bands and metalheads, but every year they become less. At the moment, our town has some good metal bands. Musicians communicate with each other and often wander from band to band.

I took a quick look through Wikipedia about the city, and it’s one of the electronic capitals of Russia! Does this fit into the mood and the feel of the band, with the electronic feel to the music? It definitely seems like a unique place.

Of course, the environment influence on our work, but still more it is our personal emotions and experiences!

I would have to wonder how you construct songs, considering the way it’s done. Do you already have the lyrics and concepts put together, then do the music? And does it start with lyrics/vocals first, the guitars second, drums and bass third, or some other way?

Hard to say. Well, basically, there is some melody in our minds, and it is an element of inspiration, then it accretes with different riffs and arrangements & everything can be changed. It is hard to organize this process, some of the tracks are written in a few years, some for a few days, it all depends on what events are taking place around us.

Any plans to tour America? I know things fell apart between the governments of Russia and America, which makes things more difficult… Thankfully got to see Arkona a few years ago! Hopefully there would be a tour here with you, Arkona and perhaps even Aria!

We’d like to visit you! But one desire here is not enough, we need a lot of money, and a good promotion and the label, and we have with this is that some of the difficulties.

What are the future plans for the band?

Now we are recording a new single, which will include a new track and a cover of a very famous song, and we will re-record our old song in English 🙂

And here’s where I put the chef’s hat on you. Any good local recipes you and your manager would like to share?

In Russia we call it “Yorsh” (or “Ruffe” in English). One part of vodka two parts of beer. It’s cheap & evil! 😀

Anything else you’d like to share before you go? Thanks again, and an honor to interview you!

We would like to wish to everyone to ignore all political prejudices and stereotypes, and to listen good music. Thanks to everyone who supports and listens Sympuls-E! We hope to see you at our live shows.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SympulsE.Official/?fref=ts
  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Wake up , you lightweights!!!

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      It’s quiet here…

      • CyberneticOrganism

        New year’s day is the least kvlt day of the entire year.

    • Boss the Damage Case Ross

      I’ve been awake!

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Until I see you here, you don’t exist. ^_^

        • Boss the Damage Case Ross

          Haha! Fair enough!

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          I still don’t exist even after you see me here

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            The entire Web is just a multi-aspect AI programmed to fuck with my life.

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            Probably…

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            He knows too much

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            What shall we do?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            You know what must be done.

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            Very well.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            (prepares psionic defense system)

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross
          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            Becuase PSYCHIC WARFARE IS REAL!

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Caprica 6 AND Bill Murray? Alright, I surrender.

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            We will let you live. This time.

          • Goddamn! Now that is a high quality gif. I mean seriously this is the clearest gif I’ve ever seen I think.

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            Bill Murray has that affect on things.

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross
    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Was up til about 4 lol

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        passed out around 2, woke up around 7.

      • Dubs

        The wife and I spent New Year’s Eve reading. I fell asleep a little after midnight, but I think she kept reading until 2.

        • Boss the Damage Case Ross

          Sounds excellent!

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Absolute madman!

        • Max

          The sheer debauchery.

    • EsusMoose

      I didn’t want to claim first comment of the year so I didn’t say anything

  • KJM, Shake Zula
  • Sir Tapir The Based
  • Eliza

    Good stuff.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      This is good stuff. It may be better than my article about the Detroit music scene of the late 60’s and early 70s.

      • Eliza

        Care to drop a link?

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I’m not done finishing the article yet.

          • Eliza

            Can’t wait to read it.

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            Let us know when you’re done. Is it for the toilet?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Probably.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        How about the article about how Ghost is the saviour of metal?

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    COOOOOOKIE

    • My Christmas cookies are almost all gone. Goddamnit.

      • more beer

        I believe he is speaking of the THC laden cookies he received yesterday.

  • ┼yree

    just got back from a 5 mile run. Trying to sweat out the booze. I think alcohol and me are finally through, I hate feeling like total shit. How are you nerds feeling this morning?

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Feelin’ fine. That’s a great thing about herb. It may take a little longer to wake up the next day, but you don’t feel like shit at all.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Also, been back on the stepper routine since the 26th, 30 minutes every other day.

      • ┼yree

        Good man.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          As I’ve said many times, I don’t want diabetes or heart issues.

          • ┼yree

            Yeah man, totally. It’s good to have the discipline.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            After all, it’s only a couple hours per week. I can spare it.

    • Boss the Damage Case Ross

      But beer tastes so good!
      This nerd is fine. I usually try to keep my drinking to just enough, nothing crazy overboard. Allows me to bounce back in the morning. That and coffee.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Take a water break now and again, always a good plan.

        • Boss the Damage Case Ross

          Yep.

    • EsusMoose

      Good job on the run, I haven’t learned to pace myself so I die running outside and therefore don’t run but right now I’m trying to eat healthier just over the next few days so I can do some workouts. I tried doing a workout yesterday, had no energy and instead felt terrible. So after lunch I’m gonna try round 2 of my workout, maybe with reduced weight just to get my body moving then tomorrow start moving up.

      • Pacing your self comes with time. I’ve been running the same route for about 5 months now. It’s very hilly so it took my body a while to adapt. Depending on how I choose to take the route it can be 3, 4, or 5 miles. So depending on how I’m feeling I can choose how far to run. It’s pretty nice. I try and get on the stationary bike for about 30+ minutes 3 times a week to, just so I can keep my bicycling muscles on par.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I’m celebrating new years day by doing nothing.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Is nothingm some new kind of drug?

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          The period on my phone keyboard is right above the m.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I have to warn you, nothing is very addictive. You’ll become a nihilist if you keep doing it.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            But being a nihilist is exhausting, doing nothing on the other hand isn’t.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Being a nihilist is easy.

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            I think he was going for a Big Lebowski quote/paraphrase. Maybe?

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I was. But I failed…

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Welp, that’s life. One giant failure.

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            I gotcha man!

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I’ve only seen it once and that was a while ago.

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            You should watch it again.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I don’t take recommendations anymore. Someone recommended that I should kill myself. I tried, but it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.1,3/5 would not try again.

          • Boss the Damage Case Ross

            Oh, okay.

          • Machine That Yells At Farts

            Kinda like Daffy Duck’s ‘trick you can only do once’?

          • JWEG
          • Machine That Yells At Farts

            Go tell that to a heroin addict, or a crackhead!

          • Machine That Yells At Farts
      • Machine That Yells At Farts

        I celebrated it by sitting in bed and watching a playlist of Have Gun Will Travel.

    • COAL ROLL

      I recently stopped drinking before eating dinner, and no snacks after while drinking, and I can drink pretty good and feel fine the next morning.

      • Yeah, the problem for me is knowing when to stop drinking though.

    • Machine That Yells At Farts

      Good good. Hope you feel better, even though I can’t even imagine jogging after drinking. I’m certainly not quitting, but definitely edging away from it quite a bit. Far too much shit to get done for me to be sitting around getting sloppy drunk and spending the next day just sitting in bed. At least December gave me a decent excuse to do that.

  • So I don’t spam the comment sections here anymore with black metal news and videos. I started my own little black metal blog. You can check it out at the link below. I’ll still be hanging out here with you nerds of course but if you are curious about my shitty taste in depraved black metal noise you can read about it at Ultimate Satan. Blah blah blah hail to the void.

    http://ultimatesatan.com/

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Checked this out a minute ago, saw you post this this.

      • Killer, should be interesting to see how it all goes.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          That was some raw-ass bm fuckery.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Cool idea man, great name.

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Someones complaining about black metal videos in the commentz?

      • The God Emperor of Mankind

        Sounds like heresy to me.

      • Maik Beninton™

        No, but it gets downvoted pretty hard.

    • Dubs

      I took a look this morning. I think this will be a good thing for you.

      • Yeah, should be an interesting experience. I’m still figuring it all out though. Lots of stuff to learn. It will be a rough beginning until I figure it all out.

    • Maik Beninton™

      But you still will write for the Toilet?

    • Óðinn
  • Stockhausen

    One part vodka, two parts beer. That sounds like disaster. Also, this style isn’t really my thing, but they do it well with pretty minimal cheese. She’s got a killer voice.

    • Machine That Yells At Farts

      Wouldn’t be disaster. It’s a regular old boilermaker, which I used to drink a lot of back in the day.

    • Machine That Yells At Farts
  • CyberneticOrganism

    Nice interview KJU ?

    • Óðinn

      Yes. Good work, KJU.

      • Machine That Yells At Farts

        Thanks!!

    • Machine That Yells At Farts

      Thanks!

  • Max

    You should have asked them more about the evil gangsters.

    • Machine That Yells At Farts

      Lol, probably not many around their area. That’s mostly in Moscow, I think.

  • JWEG

    My New Year(s Eve plus Day) so far:

    – Watched This Hour Has 22 Minutes NYE Special

    – Watched (Royal Canadian) Air Farce (-not a typo) NYE Special

    – Watched New Year’s Evil:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl6y6k_1X6Q

    (mine was on Blu Ray though)

    – Slept until Noonish

    – Took down the Christmas Tree

    – Posted on this Disqus Section

  • JWEG

    I think I may have randomly come across this band before in a YouTube binge. That first embedded tune gives me enough of a deja vu feeling to think so.

    I will investigate further.

    I like the Chef’s Hat response, anyway…

  • Maik Beninton™

    Hey, I loved this really good music, and cool interview.

    • Machine That Yells At Farts

      Thanks!

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    The elves came from the Red Planet, and there was much defecation. It wasn’t a holly jolly Christmas that year.

  • Lacertilian
  • Lacertilian
  • Maik Beninton™
  • Óðinn

    ~~~

  • Machine That Yells At Farts
  • Boss the Damage Case Ross

    Beer.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Cunting hun…
    Bloody damned butchering Nazi pig!!!

  • Machine That Yells At Farts

    RIP, Natalie Cole. Loved her Nat King Cole covers album years back.

    http://www.tmz.com/2016/01/01/natalie-cole-dead/

  • Machine That Yells At Farts
    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Welcome to the buffet
      we got chicken wings

  • Óðinn
  • Óðinn

    ~~~

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      “She is very attractivem”
      -JJD

      • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

        Ilold

  • Machine That Yells At Farts

    Nothing says “I’m really good at making bad decisions, and plan to fail every job interview” quite like a face tat. Especially a guy wearing a swastika (not sure if he was trying to go for the Nazi Mason thing, but the way he has it, it’s the Hindu symbol for good luck) and an old school devil costume.

    http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.2482458.1451649043!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_635/tattoo1n-1-web.jpg

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/oklahoma-man-freaks-town-tattooed-swastika-face-article-1.2482459

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      He has all those Star Of David tats which make it even more confusing.

    • more beer

      Maybe he is trying to join up with these guys. If you have never had the pleasure of running into them you don’t know what you’re missing.

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      I dont think this guy ever meant to get a job, kju

  • KJM, Shake Zula
    • DOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        I know, rite? Too good to eat(it’s gingerbread).

        • Boss the Damage Case Ross

          That is freaking awesome. Thats a lot of work. Is there a way to preserve gingerbread houses? Haha!

  • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

    2 days without a cigarette

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Keep going. You can do it. Quitting tobacco was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done, but it was totally worth it.

      • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

        I will. 12 years smoking, ive had enough

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          That’s the spirit!! I was a pack-a-day for 15 years before I quit.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Ive never even attempted it before. As an atheist, im not prepared to abide not having control over myself

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I succeeded on my first try. It definitely cost me some permanent loss of sanity points though.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            inb4 Blackbeard becomes a faithful, god fearing Christian

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Quaker.

  • Count_Breznak

    Things I hate in metal music – the band.