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CHAIN D.L.K. interviewed by Marc Tater (proofreaded by Tommy T. Rapisardi) , Thursday, June 28th 2007
Hailing out of Slovakia, the duo of KIFOTH has recently signed a contract with the Denver-based label group Electro Aggression Records/Vendetta-Music and could release a new full-length album entitled "Acerbity Torrent". The term KIFOTH is an abbreviation for Kneel In Front Of The Hangman, the first chosen band name, which later got changed to the current valid band name Kneel In Front Of The Executioner. They had their heydays around 1999 to 2002 thanks to a deal with the German Out Of Line label and the release of two albums and some promising European tours, but afterwards there has been an unexpected phase in hiatus. This interview explains the details, offers insight and introduces this Electro/Industrial duo to our readers...
1. Chain D.L.K. : Your last release is dated back to the year 2002 and was released via the German Out Of Line label. What has happened afterwards, I heard of an awful car crash?

Kifoth : (mir Colon): It is true what you heard. As I remember well, it happened a week after the Wave/Gotik Treffen live performance of KIFOTH. I got an aqua-planing while driving very fast my car. My body got thrown out of the car and I had a difficult fracture of my right leg. You have to know, there it has taken a long period to learn to walk again. But this wasn't the only general item that changed my life completely. I maybe say my whole life has turned to a different point of understanding through the deeds around me. So it was hard for me to continue with the concept that KIFOTH has been started. The explanation of why such long time in silence could be related to this. But today I would say, good that all of this happened. You can get your own experience by listening the "Acerbity Torrent" album. Perhaps you can see and feel what's the point of view is described in it.

2. Chain D.L.K. : What were for you the plausible reasons to sign with E.A.R./Vendetta-Music and how did you get in contact with Dave and Nader?

Kifoth : (mir Colon): The reason might be expressed easily as the possibility to put the concept of "Acerbity Torrent" to the pressing as soon as possible. But actually the album release has been promised many times. And for us it is too squeezing to walk back to the same point so many times. There is no room to be focused to the new theme undisturbable. The concept of "Acerbity Torrent" represents circumlocution of my very personal view and experience of the period before and suddenly after the change I pointed at your previous question. And how we get in contact with Dave and Nader? Well, our thanks go out to Nader. He is the one who made the people thinking about to release the KIFOTH album in America.

3. Chain D.L.K. : Let's talk on some content of your new CD "Acerbity Torrent". Why did you decide to open your archives and to re-record a very old track like "Jezis Kristus", originally available on your demo tape "Civillizative Collapse"?

Kifoth : (mir Colon): We brought out the CD to point out that KIFOTH is back. Therefore we have ready produced the live-playlist compound from the songs of all our albums. The CD is divided in two parts. The album itself and the bonus section. There is a fragment of the very beginning of KIFOTH as well as the mutation of the album before the "Acerbity Torrent" era. Also a sample of what has been made between the times of "Fundamentum Divisionis" up to the "Acerbity Torrent" times is available.

4. Chain D.L.K. : "Tyranny" features an obvious use of Techno-related sounds and a D'n'B-related drum programming and can be therefore called as being one of the most conspicuous tracks on your new album. Is this already a hint on a coming change of style or rather a demonstration that you're able to deal with different kinds?

Kifoth : (K-head): If you want to release a CD, you have ready produced 3 - 4 times more tracks than finally an album can hold. This track was done in the beginning stage under influences of non-EBM groups and I didn't plan to make it public, but the rhythm programming of the drums are very complicated and there was one special thing which still brought me back to this track. Finally, I gave it to mir Colon and when I heard his voice in it, I changed my mind and decided to put it on "A.T." immediately. "Tyranny" is different, but still full of aggression in the right tempo. It is like a Punk song which doesn't respect a standard music composition. A Punk song with Techno sounds maybe. I like it so much and that was one of the pulses to continue under this influence in the other tracks. Next track under this influence of "Tyranny" on the CD is "Obsequious". Both don't represent the future sound of KIFOTH, but it shows old-school structures under a different angle, this makes "A.T." more assorted.

5. Chain D.L.K. : Maybe I'm totally on the wrong trip here, but your inlay of your CD refers on the track "Clandestine Reminiscences" as being a hidden track on your past album "Fundamentum Divisionis". This track seems to be intended to be re-released here on "Acerbity Torrent", but I can't find it here. What's happened?

Kifoth : (mir Colon): The track is there - after a long silence during the track "Candle". I have mentioned before we made many "2007 versions" of the good old songs. And of course "Clandestine And Formidable" is one of them. Hope we'll be able to produce a live CD of some concerts during this year. We'd like to give the new mixes to you to enjoy.

6. Chain D.L.K. : Tell us a bit more about the background of the track "The Art Of Faith", which seems to be a theme for a game. What kind of game is it and how did you get asked to provide a track for this project?

Kifoth : (K-head): Yes, the melodies in this track are themes from the "Darkseed" game. The "Darkseed" game shows to us examples taken out of the real life. It shows two different worlds in one soul. Not only certainly life, but also dark sides of us. In the game you've to pass through a mirror to the dark world, even the same you can do if you come to the dark side inside of you. The game had a very good atmosphere and you can get strange feelings when you are playing. Especially graphics are excellent, which are done by the famous H. R. Giger. Even if it is an older game, I still remember the atmosphere when I played it for first time, the themes in "The Art Of Faith" remember me on that atmosphere. I like to share this feeling with people who listen to KIFOTH.

7. Chain D.L.K. : How is it with live gigs? Any touring plans you can already confirm?

Kifoth : (mir Colon): We're organizing concerts just around middle Europe by our own management. We hope that Hardbeat Propaganda can offer us some opportunities to make some gigs in Germany. KIFOTH has reached many fans during the tour with HOCICO and would like to present our new material!

8. Chain D.L.K. : Your daily life besides being a musician. Please fill in details, relationships, hobbies, and further things of interest?

Kifoth : (mir Colon): To be honest, I can't talk too much about my privacy. KIFOTH is the important side of my life. It gives me all the strength which I consume for the civil life as well. So please accept, that I'll be very short. We're both 30 years old, I'm a single and K-head is married already since 3 years. We are both contracted as managers in the field of electrical engineering. In case of interests, hobbies? KIFOTH and all projects and art-operations related with it. (K-head): We aren't professional musicians. Our daily life is so similar like the ordinary days of others. This gives us the opportunity to express our point of view from the side of ordinary people. We like to show the people, that whatever happens in this life and due to be stereotyped, they're overlooking the reality where they live in. Of course there are different influences on us. For example I like very much sci-fi movies, that's why I'm responsible to prepare all our video-projections and clips. Some of them you can watch at YouTube and soon more will be added. I also like reading about sci-fi, P. K. Dick is phenomenal, but also Douglas Addams for the fun and Terry Prathcet even for fantasy. As I mentioned, H.R. Giger is the real artist who can show us the really dark sides and scary dreams, I like him and I had also one exhibition where my reproductions of the Giger's paintings could be seen. In the glance I like all kinds of art and I try to do something with each. Painting, writing, producing movies and music of course ...

9. Chain D.L.K. : Please let us know about your upcoming plans, some new releases you like to confirm here?

Kifoth : (mir Colon): The exclusive song "10 Fingers" is ready done to be on Nader's upcoming CD compilation. We're compiling material for the live CD including songs out of the whole KIFOTH existence. And finally I would say that three songs designed for the forthcoming album are in the process of recording and mixing. So I'd like to have the next album out in 2008. Never again such a long pause as the last time.

10. Chain D.L.K. : Some final words to our readers to conclude this interview?

Kifoth : (mir Colon): Thanks to all who are trusting that KIFOTH lives and to all who support KIFOTH. KIFOTH owes you a lot! We'd make the best to come to you, to give you more out of the time of silence, especially the new stuff which coquettes with themes such as how to live and related things... You made KIFOTH coming back!
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