I was so mightily impressed by NEXHYMN that I had to interview them. Death metal that has nothing to do with melodies or Gothenburg or even Stockholm also deserves your attention. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

When you got together as Nexhymn what kind of agenda did you set for the band?
Ivan Alcala: Nexhymn actually started from the ashes of Throcult. We were just tired of the black metal wave that was going around at the time, then we just decided to move forward with a band that sounds death metal.

How hard is it to find the right kind of people to form a band with? How hard is it to get everybody to work towards the same goal?
Holly Wedel: Well, it can be difficult to find the right quality in a musician, especially when first forming any band. Most good musicians are already playing with one or more projects. Finding members all on the same page as far as where each one wants to see the band go can be tricky occasionally too, but when you have those things in place, the rest seems to find itself.
Tylor Cantrell: I’m pretty sure it’s suppose to be impossible. You go to a show and see a band blast your face off and you get so inspired that you have to make that sensation a part of your life. But then you have to find everyday people to put in the work to accomplish very punishing maneuvers…it’s always such a major journey finding people that think each other’s maniacal riffs make sense.

Is death the ultimate death metal topic? Why is death still so stigmatized to talk about in this day and age?
Holly Wedel: I wouldn’t say it is the ultimate death metal topic, per se. This genre has quite an open field for varying topics, but I do believe that a more brutal side to existence does find its way in there frequently. Death remains stigmatized by the simple fact that it is an inevitable unknown that every individual has to face, whether they feel prepared for it or not. That makes it a taboo of fear.
Tyler Cantrell: Death Metal is that moment when the results of all our mistakes become inevitable doom. And since all hope is lost you can either fear death. Or embrace it and live your life the way you want anyway, until death visits you

Where do you find inspiration for music and lyrics? Any specific issues that draw you closer than others?
Holly Wedel: The theme we are agreed on collectively is simply death. I have chosen to expand on that by highlighting the vicious ends met by people, societies (locally or globally), or other living things based on consequences of greed, vanity, mass consumerism, etc. These are the true dark evils of this world.
Tyler Cantrell: I have powerful sensations that trigger my body and I try to channel my energy and all the tension into a consistent flow to communicate a personal rage that is deep within. I’m inspired by underground music, using my music as a weapon, using music as a way to maintain integrity and never forgetting who my enemies are. Never to be a slave or a greedy yuppie mormon-sucker.

What is it about down tuned guitars, pitch black vocals and a beat that feels like a death stomp that is so great?
Holly Wedel: The vocals represent the voices of the demons that everyone seems to fear. The tones of the guitars and the blasting cadence of the drums just represent sheer, raw power.
Tyler Cantrell: Down tuned guitars can speak to the dead. Plus, it gives your sound a grave-deep tone that encrypts your riffs and melodies with a thick boulder-sized flamethrower to blast the crowds with.

How much have modern technology enabled you as a band to do things yourself in order to get it just the way you want it?
Holly Wedel: I couldn’t imagine working without it.
Tyler Cantrell: Technology appears to be a great factor in developing a niche-culture around your band. Whereas the real world seems really disconnected, you can find people at shows that have common interests and it appears sometimes that a band’s fan-base would not exist without the communication tools that are available. Many styles that were obscure, esoteric have had a great magnifying glass placed over it. It gives the band an opportunity to find the audience that demands the kind of music we’re creating.

When you have an album recorded and are shopping for a deal what is it that hinders you from doing it yourself?
Holly Wedel: We put everything we have into producing our album at the highest possible quality to give the listener the ability to hear us on an level platform, so in consideration for finding a deal, we want the same professional quality to go into that as well.
Tyler Cantrell: In 10 years, we have been active in so many underground bands that recorded, toured and produced everything from home, DIY…and even with the ups-and-downs I am fully capable of producing everything that I need, but I also feel that I don’t need to live in a bubble either. It’s a great experience having a solid group that is interested in exposing their compositions to a larger audience.

Have the change the recording industry is going through put more pressure on you as a band to do more things on your own in order for anybody to want to invest in you?
Holly Wedel: That motivation has always been there for us. We don’t want anything we do to behalf-assed, so we would never think twice about going to the lengths we do to accomplish what we have so far. The origins of metal were always DIY anyway, so it’s really just in our blood.

When I think of Colorado I think of Aspen, ski resorts, Colorado Avalanches and Peter Forsberg. Not so much metal. What kind of metal scene is there in Colorado?
Holly Wedel: Be not fooled by the closely lurking trust fund hippie community of Boulder, dear sir…Ha,Ha, just kidding. Colorado, as a whole seems to be very immersed in extreme forms of hardcore music, whether that be metal, punk, grindcore, or whatever, but Denver is a notable mecca for metal. The scene out here is very large, and very supportive!! BRONCOOOOS!!!
Tyler Cantrell: Dismembered Fetus was one of the most vicious bands on the planet and they’re from Littleton. Jag Panzer “Chain of Command” “Mechanize Warfare” was cool band. Check out: Expurgate, Speedwolf, Catheter, Apex, Clusterfux, No Thought, 3BA, Weaponizer, Nightbringer, Stoic Dessention, just to mention some….

What would you like the future to bring with it for Nexhymn?
Holly Wedel: The ability to take our message and music to the world,
Tyler Cantrell = write/record/play shows/write/record/play shows/write/record

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