Cemetery of Scream is a veteran band that helped forge atmospheric doom metal. They have released several albums since their debut record “Sameone”, back in 1993. Since then, the line up has changed, but the band continued pumping out material and refining their sound. Their next album Oceans drops “soon” according to their Facebook page.

This conversation was between me and the band’s vocalist, Olaf Różański. I encourage you to follow the band on social media! Facebook.

What are your biggest musical influences?

Bands like Opeth, Type O Negative, Black Sabbath and Kat (from Poland) are probably the ones that can be felt in my vocals the most. However there are plenty other places that inspire me: classical music (Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos are one of my favourites) or 80’s music, ambient and film soundtracks (like the works of Danny Elfman, Richard Horner, Jerry Goldsmith or Wojciech Kilar). Soooo many.

Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?

The aforementioned classical music should not be a surprise, but Insane Clown Posse – a hip hop band from States can be. From that genre I also like Twizted, a dark approach to hip hop. Aaaand I really like the song “I’m Blue” oryginal [sic] and the cover one :D.

Baby Metal – I friggin adore it! It’s like Devin Townsend had sex with Sailor Moon 😀 And for the big finale: Klaus Nomi, check his “Nomi song” or “Simple man” -it’s gonna make your eyes grow really wide, He’s amazing.

• What’s next for the band?

Shortly: wrapping up the long awaited album Oceans. It’s been taking far, far, faaar too long.

How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?

I think it’s a great opportunity for the smaller bands to reach a large community without dealing with problems like labels and distribution. There might be some issues with decreased sound quality, but let’s face it: everyone uses phone to listen to music these days. If ones seeks perfection, he or she buys the vinyl.

Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?

Surely! I wrote several songs more or less connected with books by H.P. Lovecraft (probably no surprise there) or myths and legends from around the world, like Norse or Egyptian mythology, ancient aliens, Vampires (big hello to the White Wolf Commnity [sic]!). Nature itself is also a source of influences, the incredible ongoing poetry of life and death, the cyle [sic] of rebirth and eventual sacrifice of living creature to provide sustenace [sic] to those who come after.

Can you describe your sound?

Three words: melancholy, love and hope.

What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?

Yoshida Brothers – a mesmerizing approach to Japanese folk music.

Carbon Based Lifeforms – ambient, there you go!

From the metal palace: Gehenna – Adimirion Black old but undoubtedly powerful death/black masterpiece

Motorhead – fucking anything! (March or Die! FTW!)

Borrowed from Cemetery of Screams

What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?

When I saw Freddie Mercury for the first time in TV, I was around 7 or 8 or something I knew I wanted to sing. The Queen was my first musical love and it never went away. Even now during the gigs I’m using some of his moves and persona. He was and will always be my curtains hero!

How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?

The basis of the lyrics is mine, however they are always analysed [sic] and corrected by a wonderful translator, wordsmith and a true fan of the drak music, Zdzisław “The Bat” Zabierzewski. His contribution to my scriblings [sic] cannot be exaggerated!

If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?

Type O Negative – October Rust. No questions there.

Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?

Well, since Peter Steel is sadly with us no more and TON would be my first choice, I would love to share the stage with Opeth, Devin Townsend and killing Joke! And in another world – with Dead Can Dance.

What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?

Honestly? I couldn’t care less. You do what You belive [sic] is right for You and your band. If sombody [sic] wants to share his art with the audiance [sic] in a series like way, let him have his way. As long as there are people willing to buy singles I don’t see the problem. There are plenty of collectors that cannot wait to see another little piece to land among other treasures. Why should anyone deny them their little moments of joy? I have few singles in my collection, rare things that allow me to gloat from time to time, haha.