Thursday, July 21, 2016

Styxian Industries Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
We’re going through some changes at the moment since the drummer decided to move to the other side of the world. Therefore machine based technology is even more important than before. However, we we are planning a few shows in the Netherlands.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
“Zero.Void.Nullified {Of Apathy And Armageddon}” is the soundtrack for the end of the world, a cocktail of 'classic black metal' 'experimental industrial and electronic elements', with a few small classic rock and metal touches. It is the logical continuation of our previous work.

3.While you have had plenty of releases they where mostly demo's, ep's and split's, can you tell us a little bit more on why you waited until 2016 to release an actual full length?
It wasn’t waiting. There was never a conscious decision. We just let things happen. When you kick a rock of a mountain top, you don’t immediately have an avalanche. It takes some time to build momentum. Just like a landslide, there is only one way for us and that is downhill.
4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?
We capture and celebrate the demise of humanity. Downwards is where we’re going.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Styxian Industries'?
The name comes from one of the rivers that run through the underworld in ancient Greek mythology, the river Styx. This river separates the world of the living from the world of the dead. One could imagine an endless row of smoking chimneys separating this world from a dead and wasted land.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
You should ask the people who had the guts to endure our shows multiple times over the past few years. We try to to transmit our ideology both musically and visually. Turning the stage in a post-apocalyptic setting which will make you see, feel and hear what we want to carry out.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
At the moment, we’re planning a couple of shows in/around the Netherlands somewhere en October 2016.

8.In the beginning the band was a 5 piece but now has only 3 members, is it hard to find other musicians that share your same vision?
Decay is is the law of life and death and this definitely applies to us. As we devolved into the abomination we are now, we lost some members who couldn’t cope with the ideas and everything that came along with it. We tried to fill their places but discovered it was easier to adjust ourselves to the new 3 member situation. Like a democracy, the less voters, the more pure the chosen line.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and industrial?
As the genre is still small, there is a small group of enthusiast that celebrate every additions. On the other side, you'll find people who can't stand the use of electronics. They can't grasp the concept of the added violence we bring with the distorted beats and glitches. However, a lot of people experience it as the right mix between conservative old black metal and modern electronics.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
As we like to maintain the organic feel of deterioration there will not be much of a shift into the more electronic side of the music. Deterioration is the keyword and downward is the way we go.  As it is now, everything in the music sounds like it performed by the last human remaining... Rotten and cursed. We don’t want to polish it up to a kind of music produced by machines after human downfall.

11.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?
We are influenced by both the old norwegian Black Metal, and the more modern Industrial Black Metal approach (Blacklodge, Aborym, etc.) We found there's a gap between these 2 styles to fill. For the majority the members of the band listen to the more extreme side of metal. Though tastes also expand to more obscure, experimental metal and darker psy-trance or Hi-Tech and Motorhead.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Final thoughts are for the weak and dying. There is only one way and that’s downwards. When you see the big bright light stop and wait till it hits you.

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