Saturday, June 19, 2010

Typhon Interview

1.Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
1. We formed in 2006 in Wichita KS out of the ashes of a thrash metal band called RANCOR, the bassist and our current guitiarist Zach Collins ended that, drafted myself on vocals and Nolan Weber on drums forming TYPHON, we released our demo in 2007 to fifty hand printed and numbered copies. It was re-released in 2009 by Nusantarajim Productions to 66 hand numbered copies, that sold out as well. Shortly after we released our Eternal Scorn EP to 50 copies as a way to put out something with better production before the time it would take to put together our full length. Currently we are working on our self-titled full length, and should be released in the fall.

2. What is the meaning behind the band's name?
2. Typhon, historically to the Greeks he was a giant who the Greeks feared most. For Zeus' act of imprisoning the titans Typhon rebelled against the gods and attempted to destroy him. He was also identified to the Egyptians as Set, the god of darkness. Thus, to us Typhon represents the rebellious nature of man, the decay of society, humanity, and morals, and ultimately the culmination of the Anti-culture of black metal.

3. How would you describe your musical sound?
3. We play very aggressive black metal with death metal undertones. We try to make our music influence people with violence, negativity, and curiosity.

4. What is it like being a brutal black.death metal band in the state of Kansas most of the bands that I have heard from that state are more commercial, and the only other black metal band that I can think of out there are Anwyl?
4. From the metal community here, we receive nothing a following and it's praise, but being we are in the heart of the bible belt, the following is nothing close to other states. In general we receive much resentment and criticism, most venues, with the exception of our brothers at The Oz Cafe, refuse to book us, or if so on a Monday or Tuesday, out of general fear of violence that ensues at our shows, rumors of National Socialist ties, or no support of extreme music. Anwyl are a major influence to us, we even had the founding member, Olc, on guitar for a while. However with most acts from Kansas, including CORPUS DELECTI, most of the members have degenerated themselves out of the scene. Today there is not much to mention in Kansas except for CHRIST HATE out of Lawrence, they are a breath of fresh, blistering air. SANCTUS INFERNUM from Wichita, they play very menacing doom metal. And of course the legendary MANILLA ROAD, but they have separated themselves from this desolate state. Most people here cling on to ORDER FROM CHAOS/ANGELCORPSE/ARES KINGDOM, although technically they are from Missouri.

5. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?
5. I write themes of nihilistic reflection and judgment on the world we live in. Whether it is the praise of death, the criticism of weak minded morals, values, and religions, or rejection of our putrid society. I aim to make the listener question himself and this life, and hate what it stands for.

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
6. Playing with DEICIDE was amazing for us, along with CEREMONIAL CASTINGS, LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH, and MASTER. In Kansas it is rare to receive noteworthy bands to play with so we were honored to have performed with them.
Our live shows can only be described as violent and pure aggression, as this is what we try to bring to our audience, we try to hurt them any way we can with our music. Its rare to go to one of our shows in Wichita and not see fights, teeth, or blood stain the ground.

7. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
7. In the future we are hoping to do some midwest touring, hoping to go as far north as Chicago and play a few dates with our brothers in S.S.W.G., and we are planning each coast as well, but that is further in the future.

8. How has the feedback been to your music so far from black/death metal bands worldwide?
8. Very accepting and positive, while far and few.

9. How would you describe your musical progress over the years and what direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
9. Our music is always growing in the negative light the more we grow as musicians, we are all fairly young, none of us over 20, so only the future will tell.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and what are you listening to nowadays?
10. We have all been influenced by the early and modern USBM scenes; acts like JUDAS ISCARIOT, ABSU, DEMONIC CHRIST, PROFANATICA, VON, THY INFERNAL to even more recent acts like BLOOD STORM, ACHERONIAN DIRGE, SUMMON, KULT OV AZAZEL etc. outside the U.S. like REVENGE, ANTAEUS, INFERNAL WAR, as well from the Polish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Austrian and French scenes. Really any Black/Death/Thrash/Doom Metal that handles themselves with integrity.

11. Are there any side projects besides this band, or are the members of Typhon dedicated to this band only?
11. The members are all devoted to Typhon, as we dont just let anyone in because they have musical accomplishments, we seek a devotion to not only our cult, but comradery with each other and an allegiance to the ideology of black & death metal. Drew, our newest member is the founder of the death metal band GAROTED and Nolan drums in this as well.

12. What roles does Satanism or Occultism play in the music?
12. These things do not play any role in our music, except for some minor personal influences because their historical workings against Christianity, and more importantly society. However these are all works of fantasy, by the human ego to make us try and think we are all special, and we're all 'individuals', but the truth is that only death is real.

13. What are some of your interests outside of music?
13. I have recently began GOSPEL OF HATE PRODUCTIONS, as a way to further propagate the ideology of myself and Typhon, we are working to bring more true metal to Kansas, put together art and inlays for other bands, and further negativity and hate in music.

14, Any final words or thoughts?
14. Hails to those who respect us.
To redeem the world in peace
But the peace did not embrace men
The peace shall be strangled by our wrath
And our wrath shall redeem the earth

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