As a guide to the vast array of bands in this universe I present to you an interview with ODIUM HUMANI GENERIS. Anders Ekdahl ©2021
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The band was formed in the end of 2015. It was created as my individual initiative, for the implementation of which I needed the right people. I’ve been playing different music before (thrash metal, heavy metal), but I’ve been creating black metal stuff as a solo project for some years. I wanted to make it finally totally serious and express my feelings, my disappointment, sadness and aversion towards the world, humanity as the whole and specifically – towards myself.
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 definetely did not invent the wheel with the sound of „Przeddzień” and a lot of great bands haven’t done it either. There is no such need. We are mainly inspired by classic black metal (especially Polish of course, but also Greek, Norwegian…), but You can also hear some other influences, we also listen to a lot of death metal, death-doom, classical heavy metal, post-punk, punk rock, coldwave, deathrock, folk music… a lot of many genres, some of which are more audible in OHG’s music, and others less. It’s not only the music, it’s also the graphic design, creating process, attitude… many artists (not only music bands) inspire us at many different levels and create (at least partially) coherent lifestyle which manifests itself through the music.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-We make music much faster than we record it – we have more new material than needed to make another album, but it’s not the case to release as much music as possible – we always want to get used to our material, make some corrections, and finally pick the best ones. We are not home-recording our music, so it is also of financial importance.
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?
-There is such possibility, but I believe that the album is usually more than just a sum of the songs – if they are created in the similar time they can be a record of specific life situations, and show the place you’re into in your head. Home recording allows you to do the whole thing much faster and easier, so You can release a song a moments after creating it, with no need to wait there is also no time to think. Album is usually a more thoughtful thing, giving You a fuller picture of the case – it will always have an advantage over single songs.
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?
-If You make music strictly for financial profit then you don’t do black metal (usually). Nowadays there are also a lot of people buying CD’s, tapes… even if they can listen to the same album online. It allows You to buy more consciously – if You like the music then you are buying a physical copy. It will definitely not kill music in general – the form changes. Did the CD’s killed the vinyls? Did the electronic music killed rock and roll? In this moment the thing is getting even more interesting with no possibility to play live and sell merch during shows – new forms of creative activity are emerging. Where is black metal in all of this? In the underground.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-It seems like people pay attention to the melodic parts of the album, compare us to others, mainly Mgła, Taake, Odraza… sounds like a compliment. We mainly get good feedback, better then expected. Much of the credit goes to Cult of Parthenope – Giulian really knows what he’s doing and he’s a great guy.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-The directness of some people can be surprising, but none of us are and have never been a very social person, so a certain dose of distance is always present, especially if it’s someone who affect us badly.
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?
-We can be seen as a part of certain communities – some will say we are metalheads, others will say that we are a part of „polish black metal scene”, some will classify us as a rebellious youth, alcoholics, vandals, musicians or another wothless creatures. We feel that we are a part of OHG. Playing music allowed us to experience many good moments, but I think that specific sense of connectedness and cooperation during rehearsals while making a new music is the most unique and worth experiencing. Black magic!
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-We enjoy playing live, but it’s not the most important thing. Live performances helps to gain more listeners, but You have to make extra efforts to be a good live band. Perhaps non-live bands can focus more on the music itself? We had several events scheduled that needed to be canceled or postponed, with the European tour with Psychonaut4 as the biggest one. We are looking forward to make it happen.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We plan to play something, drink something, go somewhere, do something wrong and go home. Theoretically, it is impossible to play concerts, but you will surely be able to listen to us and even look at us.