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Friday, September 11, 2020

Misertus Interview


1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

Currently I've been working on a new album which should be coming out this year.

2.With this project you have released 3 full lengths and an ep, musically how do they all differ from each other?

All of these releases fall within the post-black metal genre with a few differences.

Daydream is probably the most conventional in terms of black metal, with a chaotic yet equally melodic cacophony of blistering catharsis, a heavy reliance on blastbeats and focus on contrasts between abrasive sections and moments of calm.

Coil would take this approach and amplify the post-metal/shoegazing aspects, experimenting with shimmering textures, clean vocals and further traces of melancholy, yet without diluting the aggression of the first release.
Outland is where the ferocity and speed take a step back, with a dark atmospheric shroud taking over instead. Quite possibly the most melodic of the three albums, lots of beautiful slow parts as well as sections making use of synths and jangly guitars.

A Shallow Constant is perhaps the most traditionally "blackgaze" of the releases with minimal guitar layering and less of an otherworldly, more organic sound in comparison to previous releases. Clean vocals return as well as some mild influences from post-punk and indie rock sneaking in to the calmer interludes.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music?

Dreams, life, faith, inspiration and the catharsis that comes with it.

4.Since 2019 you have released a good amount of material with all of your musical projects, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?

Not a week goes by without me doing something musical, even when not working on a project. Sometimes I'm happy to just experiment.

5.With your projects you also record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I'm certainly open to the idea of working with other musicians on a studio basis (at least in this current climate), but generally I enjoy the flow and freedom that comes with being a solo musician.

6.Recently 'Onism Productions' released your first 3 full lengths as a triple album compilation, what was the decision behind releasing all of your albums together?

With all 3 albums released in the same year in such a short space of time, sharing similarities yet also contrasting in different ways both conceptually and musically, it made sense to release the three together as a package.
I have to thank Onism Productions for getting the release out there. they've personally been great to work with and we can only expect fantastic things from a label that clearly puts their full heart and passion into what they do.

7.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of atmospheric and post black metal?

Honestly the positive feedback was quite a surprise to me. It's a joy to see music that I've created resonate with people in the same way that music created by others resonates with me.

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the other musical projects that you are a part of?

I recently released a side project demo from Divinivm (https://divinivm.bandcamp.com/) - essentially the antithesis of Misertus with it's esoteric & abstract black/death metal sound.
There should be a new song on a compilation coming out soon.

Before Misertus I released two bandcamp projects known as Susceptive (https://susceptive.bandcamp.com/) and Touchlight (http://touchlight.bandcamp.com/) - essentially these were two precursors that dealt with neocrust/post-black and shoegazing metal respectively, that I guess you could say were melded together to create Misertus in the end.

At one point I was briefly part of a Manchester group known as Kvilla (https://www.facebook.com/kvillaband/), who play blackened hardcore with shoegaze elements.
Having heard a few teasers from their upcoming EP I can safely say they're one to watch out for.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

Most likely creating more studio releases, and going where the current takes us.

10.What are your currently listening to nowadays?

This month has mostly been a mix of depressive black metal, melodic death metal, post-punk, post-hardcore, shoegaze, screamo & electronic to name a few...

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Walking, hiking, climbing, writing.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thanks to the fans, thanks to everyone who has supported Misertus - keep an eye out for the new release coming soon.

1 comment:

  1. I completely forgot to mention that there was another project known as Misterus - which was essentially a challenge to see if I could write and record an album in the shortest space of time possible. Took about 4 days to complete. An homage to Daydream but with a rawer, more melodic black feel than usual Misertus tracks.

    https://misterus.bandcamp.com/album/daydream-ii

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