In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with HORRISONOUS. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The main purpose was just to play play death metal. Our previous death metal bands (mainly Backyard Mortuary, Bludgeoner and Corpsickle) had all ceased to be so we wanted to do something new, no master plan, just write and play some filthy doomy death metal.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-We’ve all been doing this for quite a while so our sound was just how we write. We wanted to bring a lot of doom aspects into the songs rather than constant technicality and blasts which so many bands seem to be doing these days.Of course we also tried to channel some of our influences such as Bolt Thrower, Autopsy, Asphyx, Incantation etc too. The death metal that we love.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-I wouldn’t say our creative process is difficult, basically the songs are written musically by Dan and myself (Stu) and then Yonn handles all the lyrics. We have been a bit slow between the demo and the full length but that was more due to a lineup change and other musically unrelated delays. Hopefully it will not take as long for the next album.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-That is a risk for bands that wish to follow that path. We have no interest in releasing single songs over releasing an album. While digital releases can be good,being an old bastard i much prefer albums and physical product. It’s a shame that physical releases are dying off in preference to digital. We don’t care about staying on top either, if people like our music that is great, if not it doesn’t really matter, it’s not like there’s money to be made in underground death metal, particularly in Australia.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-I agree that this will kill things for bands trying to make a living off their music and kill off bigger budget recordings. I don’t think many bands will be able to make much money anymore but at the same time recording an album can be done much more cheaply these days. I think that there will always be fans that want to buy cds, lps, tapes etc but in much smaller numbers as time moves on.Unfortunately i see things moving constantly more towards digital releases.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-I have seen mostly good responses towards our music and in the reviews of our album in the past couple of weeks and we tend to usually get a good response to our live shows. I think what has gotten the most attention for us is that our death metal is far more doomier than most, especially in Australian bands and the old school feel and even though that’s not unusual in bands today i think we do it a little differently to most who really only copy a Swedish guitar tone and call it old school, we are far more interested in recreating the uneasiness and morbid atmospheres of the old death metal bands.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-To be honest i can’t really say we’ve had any contacts i’ve been surprised about. It’s cool when we hear from people from places that are different but as you’ve said these days with the internet it is very easy to contact people anywhere. Coming into contact with guys from bands you’ve been fans of for many years is still pretty cool to me though.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-For myself, i’d say most definitely it makes me feel part of a greater community, especially through touring. I’ve toured the USA several times with a couple of bands and Europe and i’ve made a lot of great friends in the process, whether guys from other bands, labels or just general metal fans. Also since i tend to do most of the promo work for my bands i’ve met loads of great people through that too. Music has definitely brought me many friendships that i never would have had if i hadn’t have been involved. Most of my close friends i’ve met through music.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-The live scene in Australia is a bit hit or miss. We do have quite a few great bands here but the distance between cities here makes it a bit difficult for bands here to do any sort of touring and the cost of travelling overseas for a band here is quite high. Playing live can definitely help to build a bigger following. I’m sure we gain a few more fans each time we play. I’d really like to get Horrisonous to do a few international shows in the future though but we’ll see what happens.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Our only plans are to keep creating filthy disgusting death metal. Anything else that comes with that is a bonus.