OCULUM DEI

With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to OCULUM DIE. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

1. How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
Zebuv- I’d say it is highly important were set on creating an atmosphere around it both lyrically and musically

I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t find the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
Camulus- I have been in and out of bands since I learned to play. There has always been a thrill or rush that came along with playing. At first, I could get it by myself but after I played in my first band that was the only way it happened. I doubt I could ever stop I’ve tried before and drove myself insane when I wasn’t in a band.

With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today, what is your definition of the music you play?
Zebulv – Were in the blackened death metal genre more of the type that is more known by people who know some certain bands but don’t really listen to black metal known with the underground black metal scene

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
Tenebris- Really we decide how we want to start the album first and then go from there we have tracks that are balls to the wall and some slower so we try to keep it mixed up while laying out the album order.

I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that haven’t been done before, chord structures that haven’t been written, sentences that haven’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
CamuIus- have no idea honestly. I just hear it in my head. Sometimes it just comes out exactly how I want it. Other times I have to play around with it to get it to sound right.

How important is the graphics side of the band? How much thought goes into artwork etc.?
Zebulv- Graphics are a lot of the imagery we display so it’s very important. We worked with many artists and couldn’t settle until we met up with Kenny Kivett photography and Landmine Designs and they collaborated and provided our album artwork front to back and it was the exact darkness and voiced opinions we have against the Church and it was displayed amazingly.

I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
Tenebris- In a way yes and in a way no. there are still fans that collect albums and are even requesting vinyl records and cassettes talk about nostalgia haha!

Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
Tenebris – I don’t believe were killing it there has been some suffering as far as the money aspect but most of us in this type of scene is not chasing money and spend money to play but the good side of it is having your music at hands virtually anywhere and fans can be reached all over the entire world just at the fingertips.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
Zebulv- There is a scene it’s a little harder down here in the bible belt where we reside, but we can fit in with any extreme metal bands such as black and death metal

What does the future hold?
Zebulv- None of us know for sure but .. We do know what we want to happen and that we are determined to tour the states and other countries and hope to have label support to help make that happen. But we can guarantee there will be another album and some additional members added that is already in the works.

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