TARTAREAN DESIRE WEBZINE
This interview with Count Vassilium of Ork was done through e-mail in March 2001.
Hello, how are you?
Hail,I am ok right now,thanx!
Could you please give us a short history of your
Here is our bio,but I am just copied the info from
our web page!
ORK, was formed in 1995 by Count Vassilium as a
After a couple of rehearsals he started the recordings
of the debut demo called "Through the Fight, I Ride".
Later during the same year the Count entered the
studio [again all by himself] for the recordings of
the second demo - "Slava Nam".
In 1998 Count Vassilium was joined by Frosthammer
[guitars]. In this line-up ORK recorded their third
demo - "Et a Novo Maqico".
In 1999 both musicians recorded two songs under the
name "Rebellion of the Unholy Tyrants". This recording
was released by Oskorei Productions as a 7" Split EP
with the Norwegian black metal band Frostmoon. Shortly
after that ORK became a five-piece - the Count [who
already is in charge only for the vocals] and
Frosthammer were joined by Hellthorn [guitars],
Grimlord [bass] and Agarnael [drums]. The band played
numerous live shows in Bulgaria, including concerts
with world famous bands like Darkseed, Rotting Christ,
etc. In the end of the year the musicians recorded the
promo tape "Gronderblud". The two songs on it are
In the beginning of 2000 the drummer Agarnael was
replaced by Gravedigger. In May ORK recorded their
debut album called "Blessed by Evil" and shortly after
that signed a deal with the German label Folter
Records. The album will be released by the end of
The blasphemous march continues...
You are unfortunately still rather unknown to the
world. What can the listener expect from your music?
We offer the listeners with aggressive,raw and
well done black metal,also with topics as
Satanism,Vamirism and War!Also the listeners can
expect different sound and still intersting ideas!
You have now released your debut album "Blessed By
Evil" on the German label Folter Records. Are you
happy with the result? How has the reactions been so
Yeah,I am totaly happy with the result of the
album and from the job of the label!
The layout of the Cd booklet is very cool and all
other is fine!Well,the reactions was and still are
very hopeful and nice!We are young band and for us is
very good to take a critic and in other hand very nice
reviews of "Blessed by evil"!For example we have 10
points from 15 in the mighty Legacy zine and I think
that this is ok review for first album!Honestly until
now I am not recievied bad review or reaction for our
album from fans,zines or whatever!I sicerely hope that
with the next album all will be better!
Are you satisfied with your labelīs work so far?
Yes,we are absolutely satisfied from the job of
Folter Records!It is not so big label but Joerg and
company working very hard and they done (and stll do
it)everything possible for the spreading of our
name!We have signed a 3 albums deal and I am happy of
this fact ,because we are not looking for some other
What is the band doing at the moment and what are
your plans for the future?
Right now we playing by every day ,because we will
have some gigs in Germany(Under the black sun
festival-check out www.folter666.de) and Czech
Republic and after that in the end of the summer we
will enter one studio in Berlin for the recording of
our second album!We are looking for better result and
that's is our aim now!I hope that our next Cd will be
out somewhere in the end of this year!
How do you feel about playing live? Have you done
many shows so far?
No,I can't say that we are played many times on
stage.We have some gigs together with Rotting Christ
and few other bands here in Bg,but we love to play on
gigs!I think that the live presentataion is very
important thing in the life of one band!
What do you think about the metal scene in
Bulgaria? Are there any new bands you think should be
Bulgaria is a very nice country, but
unfortunately there isn't many bands. Our scene is
small but you can find very interesting hordes and
individuals. Here the people still haven't this wrong
thought that from the music you can make yourself rich
and famous and maybe that's the reason they are so
fresh I think.The bands which I can recomend
Do any of the band members have some kind of
musical training or are you all selftaught?
We haven't any kind of musicial training except
the many years of hard playing.I think that this is
enough for now.Of course we will be stronger later,as
every musician of this world!
Do any of you play in other bands besides Ork?
No, for now nobody from the band play in other
bands, we are very dedicated of Ork and I feel good!
What kind of bands have you been into before Ork? I think I have read somewhere that you had a rather
well-known band in Bulgaria before Ork was formed.
Yes,I was the former of the wellknow (in
Bulgaria) first black metal band called Iudicium! We
have recorded two albums and signed a deal with the
Korean label Hammerhaeart Prod., but we had some
missunderstoods with the boss aof this small label and
everything failed! Maybe that is good because I created
What do you do when not playing music?
Nothing. More of us do not working or study, we just
paly and create music!
Your top five bands ever?
Dark Throne, Mayhem, Master's Hammer, Immortal, Marduk
Any final words you would like to tell the world?
Buy our Cd here:
Many thanx to you Vincent for this interview and good
luck! Hail Satan!
Links of interest:
Ork Official Site