PAROXSIHZEM might have a tongue wrecking name to pronounce but their death metal leaves no questions unanswered. Read this interview with Impugnor. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-We formed the project back in 2007 with an intention to make dark and fast black/death metal, the likes of which were rare to find at the time. To find our sound, we knew what kind of sound we wanted, but the more original and subtle aspects of the band came with time, and you can tell by the various stages we went through.
As I haven’t recorded anything I have no idea what that is like but are you ever 100% satisfied? How pleased are you with your latest recording?
-People would often disagree, but I am absolutely never satisfied. I become more satisfied with each release, as I evolve as a musician, and we take shape as a band. With that being said, I am the most satisfied with the most recent release, and without digressing too far, the fast and increased intensity of the new EP will be something people should be mindful of when they see Paroxsihzem from now on.
To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-Paroxysm. We changed the spelling because we found it more aesthetically appealing and felt it fit the direction of the band.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image is important, it should fit the music. It shouldn’t be a billion candles with carefully tailored robes, but at the same time it shouldn’t just be guys in band shirts. The fans should have the impression that the people performing the music are the same who created it.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-It is very important. All of our artwork has been in house, as in Krag has done it. He has done all of our cover artwork, inlay art, layout work etc. Its important to keep things close, we don’t want to outsource the work and attempt to explain what the release is about and hope the artist gets it right. Krag does so every time because he is a part of the band.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-I’ll be honest, I rarely deal with the facebook page, or youtube page. Its good for getting our music out there, and we can reply to messages from people who want to buy merch, or see when we are playing next. On the other hand, degeneracy, incompetence, stupidity, and herd mentality has reached an all time high.
Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-I think a lot of people do, there is a fantastic idea that there is some form of metal brotherhood, or scene comradery. Not really for us. I don’t feel part of a massive community, nor ever will.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
-Being signed is, and isn’t important. A label can promote your band, print your release, trade it with other labels, get reviews done, ask for interviews to be conducted etc. But in the end, if people don’t like the music/its shit, no amount of promotion will help you.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We are not a touring band at all, our lives outside of the band dictate that. We have been offered a few shows outside of the country, unfortunately things have not worked out to where we have been able to play the shows.
What will the future bring?
-Faster, Crazier music that speaks to lunacy. Anything else is not Paroxsihzem. New releases will come, and we will play shows whenever we get offered and we are able to do so. We will always keep active and busy unless announced otherwise.