I love it when band members use pseudonyms. It adds to the aura of mysticism. The people behind DAUþUZ all use pseudonyms. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
We live in a world where there are literally millions of bands to check out. What do you have that sets you apart?
Syderyth: That´s very easy. At first there is very good music, varied vocals and a lyrical theme which is new in the Black Metal genre. The lyrics tell about old historical mining in old German mining terminology. They are about real stories, legends and fiction. I won´t write lyrics as others do, about demons, Satan, gods or so. This is more real life and real history. Mining was cold, dark, hard and deadly. It destroys humans and nature. So it perfectly fits into Black Metal and no one used this interesting theme before in that extensive way we do.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
Aragoynth: It wasn’t hard at all. I had this name stuck in my head for some time before because I really liked its pronunciation and “aesthetics”, so to say. It means “death” in Germanic, so the meaning is obviously pretty fitting to our music, haha.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
Aragonyth: I guess for me Metallica was a huge inspiration and my very first Metal-band when I was still pretty young. My cousin had quite a nice music taste, so I started enjoying Metal at around being 9 years old already. A couple of years later I got into Black Metal by listening to old(!) Dimmu Borgir, Darkthrone and other “classics” and I would say that these are still the main inspiration for what we are doing. That’s where all started.
Syderyth: For me it was almost the same as Aragonyth. First AC/DC, Metallica, then Death Metal like Unleashed, Hypocrisy (old). And finally Black Metal and primordial Pagan Metal like Bathory, Isengard, Helheim…
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
Aragonyth: It’s too easy to curse internet and streaming services like Bandcamp, Soundcloud or Youtube. To some extent it harmed Black Metal, but it’s not possible to “go back”, so you just need to use it as promotion tool. Times where tape trading was the main source to get into new bands won’t come back, so it’s useless to dwell in old times when you’re in a band nowadays. Especially when it comes to us Youtube helped us a lot. Access to music is easier and Black Metal is a genre where (most) people still buy CDs/LPs/Tapes when they like what they find on Youtube.
Syderyth: I´m not a friend of the digital stuff. But the modern times will go on in that way, if I want it or not. For me, a digital release is a castrated release. There must be something physical, to hold in your hands, no matter if it is a Tape, CD or LP. The whole layout (booklet, art and lyrics) are an inseparable unity.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
Aragonyth: Physical sound carriers are the most important tool we have as a band and I don’t think it will die too soon. Especially Metal fans are still willing to own their music “physically”, just have a look at the still growing resurrection of vinyl. Pressing plants are still bursting and it’s almost impossible to plan vinyl releases as a band or label. CDs won’t go extinct too soon as well, at least I can’t imagine that to happen.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
Syderyth: I already mentioned it above, it is very important that music lyrics and layout are a unity. For Dauþuz (and our other bands too), we spent a lot of time to search for pictures that fit the lyrics. And the same when it comes to arranging everything. Every release told its messages through the layout itself. Everyone should listen to our music and take stock of themselves and raise their own thoughts about it.
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
Aragonyth: I think both is important. Never underestimate word of mouth recommendations! But also using media channels is quite important, or at least CAN be important. There are many bands without Facebook, Bandcamp and stuff and still sell out their releases, because of image or just talents. For us it’s a blend of everything, haha.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
Aragonyth: I guess we are a part of the so-called “Black Metal-scene”, but it’s nothing more than a banner we are bearing. We have our contacts and allies, but that’s not what we would call a “scene”. It’s more like a network.
Syderyth: That’s right!
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
Aragonyth: Since we neither rehearse nor play live we are definitely not a touring band as of now. That may change later, but you never know. Of course playing live is a strong weapon to spread your music, at least as long as you’re good at it.
What will the future bring?
Aragonyth: We have some spare songs that didn’t fit to “Die Grubenmähre” or would have bursted the album that will be released as an MCD some time next year. Also the first rough sketches for our third album and other releases are taking shape, but we’re not hurrying. But it’s safe to say that we aren’t done yet!