Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Rahne Pistor of The Sixth Chamber.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
PISTOR: THE SIXTH CHAMBER is a library in hell where all the world’s darkest secrets are kept in neatly arranged volumes on shelves. I came up with the concept in the early 2000s while reading The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by 18th century mystic William Blake and just rolled out on this music journey from there. Since that time we’ve seen many evolutions and accumulated a long and storied recording legacy with gothic, metal, experimental, blues, psychedelic, fantasy/horror soundtrack and other musical and poetic influences evident in the sound at different time periods over the last 17 years. We generally gravitate toward the mythic, mystic and phantasmic.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
PISTOR: Candlemass, Black Sabbath, Dio, Moonspell, Christian Death/Shadow Project, Danzig, Dead Can Dance.
METAL ANARCHY: What can you say about your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
PISTOR: “Entrance to the Cold Waste” which is a single with a conceptual music video that I consider a short art film really. We created a whole entheogenic nightmare fantasy based on ancient black magic and mystic dreams. We worked with one of the most magickal beauties I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, Mahafsoun, who is well known as a groundbreaking early adopter of gothic metal bellydance styles. She was able to help to achieve the Lovecraftian and exotic Arab-esque vibe I sought for the video. We also oddly enough had Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey’s grandson in the video as a crude heathen elder god of a guttural sect of ancient devil cult. There is plenty there to keep the viewer and listener spellbound for 4 minutes and as a cinephile I was happy to be able to combine my music with this foray into film working closely with Constantin Werner, the director.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
PISTOR: I would say well crafted songwriting with compelling lyrical themes to take you on a nightmare trip. We try not to keep much self-indulgence in the set.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band in 5 years?
PISTOR: The music industry as I’ve seen it is plagued by cronyism, nepotism and extreme cluelessness and the outlook for musicians has been abysmal for some time now. I see us as no exception. The bubble of rock stardom has popped and we are back to status of ancient days being the court jugglers and bards, spinning lines for a few shillings, pence or shiftless applause. I only expect that worsen over time. That said, with my music I would simply feel blessed to still have the means and the inspiration to express myself creatively in 5 years to the level we achieved in this new video or better. We worship at the altar of the gods of creativity and seek eternally.