Dark Matter Secret is an instrumental technical death metal project founded by Denis Shvarts and Pavel Semin.
2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The sound on our album is a compromise between modern and old-school ideas. Our goal was to make every instrument punch through clearly while keeping a somewhat live sound.
3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the concept that is presented on the new album?
Our album is dedicated to the creation of the universe. We have decided to look at this from both scientific and mythological aspects. It's interesting how people in Ancient Greece or Egypt represented the creation of the world and how it's corresponding to modern theories. Each song embodies a certain stage in this process, like the creation of space, time and life and in the end, we come to the universe as we know it now.
4.All of the music is instrumental, are you open to working with vocals in the future?
For now, we see Dark Matter Secret as an instrumental project. Without vocals, we have way more space and can give attention to multiple guitar layers and bass lines. That allows us to make more complex instrumental parts without fear, that they would otherwise be unheard. This also gives us the opportunity to appeal to fans of extreme music and progressive music.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dark Matter Secret'?
Pavel: The name Dark Matter Secret dates back to when Denis asked me to record one track on his solo album, and that was the name of the track. We were very excited about the result and decide to make the next album together to continue that story. Space has always inspired us. Today we live in the era when sci-fi becomes our reality, but still, there are so many mysteries and curiosities which lead us to the future.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
For now, Dark Matter Secret is studio only project so we have not performed any live shows.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
It depends on many terms. Currently, Dark Matter Secret is a duo, Andrey Ischenko helped us to record live drums on Perfect World Creation and he did awesome work. But we do not have a full line-up as of right now.
8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are proud to be part of The Artisan Era label.
9.On a worldwide level, how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death and progressive metal?
Currently, we've released only two tracks from Perfect World Creation, but we already have very positive feedbacks from fans of that kind of music
10.What is going on with the guitar players solo project these days?
Denis: I wrote most part of music for the second solo album. I have music that does not fit very well for Dark Matter Secret, so I will release it as a solo album, but Pavel will be bassist on that record too.
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We like the direction that we choose on this album, so in the future, I think we will continue to work in that way but try to make music more diverse. We are open to experiment but want to preserve the nature of our music at the same time.
12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I think our influences on this album are pretty obvious. We like bands from the 90's-era like Cynic and Death, and also ones from the present such as Beyond Creation and Obscura. We also like instrumental music like fusion and progressive rock. Combining those things together leads us to the present DMS sound.
Denis: My favorites for today are Devin Townsend, Steve Vai, The Faceless, Alice Cooper, Inferi, Abigail Williams, Iron Maiden, Allan Holdsworth, Schizofrantic.
Pavel: I like bands like Exivious, Planet X, Counter-World Experience and Mindflowers. I also like stuff like Pryapisme, Perturbator, Soen, Indigo Jam Unit.
13.What are some of your non-musical interests?
Denis: I like art, cinema, travels, but music is still my main interest.
Pavel: For now, music takes most part of my life. I have several projects, musical session works, and a day job. So I don't have any special non-music interests right now.
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
No matter what you like, don't listen only to one genre. Try to keep mind and ears open, especially if you are a musician, or you will be stuck with the same ideas.