A mysterious act today, one who are playing their dark cards very close to their chests. We’re pleased to have managed to pull some facts from XificurK…
Temira: At the beginning I would like to emphasize that the XificurK Project is an anonymous project, but we officially admit that we are from Poland.
How did you meet?
Temira: It won’t be an interesting story full of twists and turns. Together with the second member of the project, Sitre De Sitirin (we are a two-person band), we have known each other for years. Knowing our musical taste, not always consistent, and observing what the pathetic black metal market looks like, with a few exceptions, we decided a bit to stir up the market.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Temira: The band was established 13 November 2019, and on 23 December we already released our first EP, 1.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Temira: This is a very simple question and I am always surprised when someone does not catch it. When you take the cross in your hand, you turn it upside down. Do the same with the name of our project, read it backwards…
What are your influences? Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Temira: Most of my influence comes from True Norwegian black metal of the 90s. Burzum, Dark Throne, Mayhem, Carpathian Forest, but also many other projects, even some more recent. However, the biggest impact on me was the events of the 90s, church arsons, etc., as well as contrast and anger at present times and the current “Beautiful Black Metal”. The music was closed in a specific framework or sub-genres, became limited and refined, losing its beauty of dirt. The paradox is that for me more quality can be obtained in the absence of quality.
Sitre: We listened and absorbed many different bands and genres. Some inspirations are more obscure but they are there. Feel free to look for them.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Temira: Church burnings, Satan, Freedom.
Sitre: Themes are oscillating around breaking into philosophical and societal freedom or around criticism of any systems that drag us otherwise.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Temira: Concerts are fun. Black Metal is not fun. We didn’t play, we don’t play and won’t play concerts.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Temira: Washburn si60 MWBR
Sitre: The idea is to not overuse expensive shit or overproduce music. It has to be created in simple but intelligent ways using tools that are accessible. We believe that that was the 90s way of doing things for many BM bands.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Temira: At the moment we are promoting the second song from the upcoming EP, “1410”, to which I also did lyric video myself.
What are your plans for 2020?
Temira: We are driven by some good feedback that was received after publishing few demo tracks. We decided to do one thing different than 90s BM scene. We want to release stuff raw, untested and provide people with products of our process. This modern world allows that way but it’s different and some people may not agree with it. In 2020 we want to end EP, refine our material and release as much as possible. After that we will prepare some limited and unique stuff in old school form – just for the contrast.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
Temira: This is a more theoretical question, as I emphasized earlier that we are not planning to play concerts.
Sitre: We have seen few good shows. Many older bands still stands very strong. If we would have performed, I’d like to do it with bands that allow creation of coherent and interesting performance. I think we could open for bands like Mayhem, Darkthrone or maybe Rotting Christ. However, this formula is not in our interest. But follow us, ’cause we will surprise you.