Category: Confessional

Interview with Invisible Oranges

It’s October 10, 2015. I’m in Oakland for California Deathfest, sitting in a hotel room at the Mariott. Heineken and Burnett’s are in good supply. Members of Antediluvian and Ritual Necromancy are talking politics with the staff of No Clean Singing and taking turns going down for cigarettes (nobody has a room key).

I’m sitting next to Matron Thorn, while we wait for Val “Ascaris” Dorr to make her way back to the room so we can conduct an interview. Deftones is playing, and Thorn tells me he’s never listened to Iron Maiden. It’s not true: Ascaris corrects him in an elevator ride we share with a couple en route to a wedding

“You said this last time and we made you listen to ‘The Trooper’”

“Oh, you’re right.”

Continue reading over at Invisible Oranges…

Coronation Zine Interview

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Seth Bennett of Seth Bennett Illustration conducts an in-depth interview with Ascaris and Matron Thorn, exclusively for the maiden issue of Coronation Zine.

On sale at Hell’s Headbash, or order here:http://vorfeed.net/basar/store/index.php…

Ævangelist Talks About Their Formation, Prolific Output and Unsettling Sound

Read the interview at New Noise Magazine.

Interview with instrumentalist Matron Thorn | By Brandon Ringo

Florida is certainly not an odd place to hear great, unique death metal. For all intents and purposes, the genre was born in Florida. Even so, it’s shocking that the hateful, oppressive, horrifying sounds of Ævangelist were spawned by the state. With the release of Writhes in the Murk – their newest slab of terror – the band has now released head-turning full-lengths three years in a row. Guitarist, bassist, drummer, and terrifying atmosphere-ist Matron Thorn discusses how the band formed, their prolific output, and why their sound is so damn unsettling.

What were the circumstances that led to the band’s creation?

2010 was when I approached [vocalist, saxophonist, cellist] Ascaris about working on an original project after we toured together in that same year in a different band. There was a certain chemistry onstage that suggested something more to our encounter, creatively. By design, this “music” is an aberration of all our collective influences; we distanced ourselves from the nuances of pre-existing bands to cultivate something closer to the soul. Whether or not its form turned out to be metal of some kind was inconsequential to the path.

Was your dark sound and atmosphere something you initially aimed to create when the band started?

At the heart of Ævangelist, we have always sought to provide an honest reflection of human existence through our mirrors to the other side. Terror and misery were simply the result of our formula.

Where does Ævangelist’s creative influence come from?

The music and lyrics combine to transmit the dark frequency of the esoteric, which is heard by every person who decides to listen. Nothing is necessary to channel the muse that endows the art, for it is something which defies rational explanation, yet we carry with us always.

Tell me about the album art for Writhes in the Murk.

The artwork for Writhes in the Murk is a piece originally created by a Polish artist, Andrzej Masianis. It was selected for its empirical visual relationship to the atmosphere of this album: an image vaguely romantic and of equally sinister portent to convey what could be interpreted as voluntary enslavement to the grandiose vices of the “murk,” or however others might define the blurry moral dead zone where crimes are victimless and indulgence leads to madness. Many secrets are disclosed within the music and are left to be found by whoever may stumble upon them, but the ending is never clear and is never given away without exchange. Whatever is taken away from this art is always reciprocated by the listener, and this is how the music continues to live on and spread through others. We intend to perpetuate the addiction of the devoted to our formula for as long as we shall live.

With the release of Writhes in the Murk, you guys have now put out three albums in three years. Are the albums tied together by any particular theme?

Regardless of how often the formula is replicated, it must transform and change shape, though the exchange will always be the same. This is the only constant. We will explore new ways to peer through the veil and innovate the flavors of horror and despair that exist where others don’t perceive them. We are constantly refining our approach to make every album unique. Some instances will be more technically diverse, others will expand soundscapes to exterior dimensions, and others should suffocate you inside of a box. There is too much unexplored to never go astray.

Interview with Chaos Vault webzine

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Chaos Vault published a new interview with Ævangelist in polish.

An automated English translation is included below.

Chaos Vault interview- in Polish

 

 

English translation:

From the first moment when I heard the “De Masticastione Mortuorum in Tumulis” I knew that this band plays music truly remarkable. Then I somehow forgot about them, however, the sheer volume of other publications until you reminded me about yourself by “The Omen Ex Simulacra”. And there is no longer forgive – such a great board, I could not leave unnoticed. Fast scoffed interview with the band from the USA, waited a while and got a reply. Matron Thorn is a very disciplined guy and it seems to me that staying in part somewhere in his own world – but it’s probably a good thing, even if it’s only creation – she comes to him quite well. So, who is, let’s turn on a sound apocalypse in the form of “The Omen Ex Siumlacra” and let them listen to what he has to say already mentioned Matron Thorn – multi-instrumentalist with Ævangelist.

 

Oracle: Hail Ævangelist! At the beginning congratulate you as good a disc like “The Omen Ex Siumlacra”, which revolves with me for a few good weeks. As I look at your last ever release from the perspective of several weeks, what are you thinking? You can now rate them on a cold, or still are excited about?

Matron Thorn: Hello. The response to “The Omen Ex Siumlacra” is extremely positive. We look back just to be able to see further into the future. All signs are in music, what was and what will be.

A: OK, but Let’s jump in that case, even for a moment in the past. Ævangelist was established in 2010, so it is not overly old team, it is not your first band, because previously there were several groups in which the udzielaliście or still you grant. What purpose you prevailed when zakładaliście this team? You can indicate the main plane on which Ævangelist different from the rest of your bands?

M: We wanted to create something special and spiritual, something which for us was beautiful. For us it meant to give all this goal, to make listening Ævangelist was searching experience. We tried to find and transform the role of the instruments and cause them to become part of the audible environment.

A: On your profile you can read on FB that Ævangelist game “Gospel Music New Forgetting” (or whatever else you can translate the “new gospel music oblivion”). I do not like all those overpriced, self-proclaimed new species, but also in your case is something interesting and true. Your music is too difficult to define, to close it in only one or two drawers, which is why such a term on your music is in my opinion OK. Do you think that music Ævangelist is easy? What you inspire before or at the time of the creation of music for this team?

M.: New Oblivion Gospel Music came from the inspiration of the New Age – both music and ideology. Somehow we consider Ævangelist as close to New Age music, as in New Age music has also been used to meditation and reflection, but rather, it is obvious that in our case it is usually for a different approach to the problem. Our music is impossible to describe, but flows into us usually shortly before the recordings. It was then that I hold a guitar and saturate your senses horrible things until my hands will not create exactly the kind of music that feels my heart.

A: The difficulty of unambiguous classification of your music also cause a lot of confusion. When preparing for this interview I found a weird descriptions of your music as “technical death metal”, “industrial – electro”, “industrial atmospheric black metal” … Do you think it proves that people do not know exactly to your music and even when listen to it can not hear what you wanted to convey, what was your intention – not hear correctly? Or is it Your music is too demanding of the listener?

M.: Each product yourself your own mind about what is on the album. Partly because we have used the term “New Oblivion Gospel Music,” because we wanted to create our own context. We also wanted to reduce the need to limit the meaningless patches, only to be understood at. Those who have written about us, they did so because they simply do not pasowaliśmy for their ideas on how we should sound. Comparisons to other teams are now widely available and very freely cast, and unless they are very flattering for us, that we do not think we are close to what they do. It is already one portal and this portal is great. I do not need to be turned up a another portal.

A: Definitely. Your first material was trzyutworowa EP “Oracle Of Infinite Despair”. You released her own expense. Was there any resumption of this material? And if not – are you planning something? On the other hand, these songs hit then on your first album … Can you tell us something more about the EP – in which the limit left, in what format, and so on?

M.: “Oracle Of Infinite Despair” released independently, only among close friends, as well as a small network of our friends and colleagues. Luciano with I Voidhanger Records discovered this EP in a familiar once webzinowi – The inarguable. This led to the conclusion of the partnership on the occasion of our debut. Yes, the pieces of the EPs were on the debut, but with better sound. Resume – may someday be possible if the stars will favor us.

A: As I mentioned, this EP made contact nawiązaliście I Voidhanger Records, right?

M: Yes, Luciano contacted us, and we agreed to record the rest of this, which was later on “De Masticastione Mortuorum in Tumulis”. When recording was also a period of uncertainty, I was full of conflicts and problems, which were the source of our personal matters. However, destiny holds cards – cards have been dealt, the body was cursed.

A. debut album, referred to will soon be resumed through Blood Harvest Records as a double vinyl. You think it’s still a requirement that at least a little to stop the illegal downloading of CDs from the net? I myself really like vinyl and I know that there is nothing better than the coolest analog version of the album. By the way, the same publishing plans have also regarding your new album?

M: I do not have opinion on the physical publishing and digital publications. Dedicated to simply acquire the puck in the right format, even if you have a digital version sucked. Let everyone find their own way to Ævangelist, using all means.

A: I love your cover. Each one is just gorgeous, and the listener can easily find in them a reference to Ævangelist and your music. The author of the last front cover of the Andrew Masianis, I do not know how to earlier, but it seems to me that he is the author of most covers for your publications, is not it? How did you find him? Or is it he found you?

M.: On the cover of “Oracle Of Infinite Despair” is a work Beksiński because it was the closest to what we obtained finally in the studio. Covers for “De Masticatione Mortuorum in Tumulis” and “Nightmare Flesh Offering” were created by Ukrainian artist, whom we know only as seeming Watcher. Like him very much and we want to use his talent on other, future publications. Adrzeja Masianisa discovered through our online portfolio and it did not take us long to choose this one work. His style is very suitable for transfer contained in the “Omen Ex Simulacra” and I hope that other teams will find inspiration in his work, just like us.

A: Andrew Masianis is my countryman, comes from the Polish, so I wonder, what are your first associations when someone says to you “I’m Polish”. I’m not talking only about the music associations (but also and them, heh) …

M.: When I think about Poland, I think of Roman Polanski, Zbigniew Herbert and Sobieski [only not written, whether it is a king or of vodka – ed. Oracle]. Ascaris permanently lives in Chicago, and as you know there Poles constitute a significant part of the local community. Musically, several well-known Baroque composers came from the Polish, as well as religious works of composers who had an influence on me – like the Mountain.

A: You are probably the first person who did not mention the obvious teams occupying the page numbers of magazines, heh. All right. Both large plates are titled in Latin, but EPs already in English – it’s a coincidence or planned action. If so – of course, also titled next album will be in Latin?

M.: Words, like music, also have their own nuances. Latin is archaic, but also timeless. Represents also necessary to refer to the interpretation, while the basic version of several languages, brought to total bases.Anything not related to semantic detail amended language does not exist here, leaving only the basic idea of ​​the highest precision.

A: As I have already hinted somewhere before, “Omen Ex Simulacra” is an album faster than its predecessor – tracks like “Mirror of Eden” or “The Devoured Aeons of Stygian Eternity” are like fucking monsters – a quick, huge, rushing ahead without mercy … Like you during this session were even more hacked and nabuzowany than the debut …

M.: “De Masticatione Mortuorum in Tumulis” cast down into the abyss of oblivion. “Omen Ex Simulacra” rzuciała in this forgetfulness entire universe. You can use it as a scepter in gathering the stars.

A: This album is also a bit more mechanical sounding.The cold atmosphere is all-encompassing, may remind some industrial horror. Do you think that music Ævangelist could be used as the soundtrack to the movie? If someone propose you something, would you agree?

M.: Such a chance would we greatly appreciated.

A: And could you describe the context of the text of “The Omen Ex Simulacra”? As I said, so far I have only promo, so communication can only guess the titles and appear to me as a dark, apocalyptic visions …

M.: Ascaris uses archaic language of dreams and techniques of immersion in a stream of consciousness in order to find the words in the midst of the music. For this reason, we prefer to protect their holiness before ambiguity.Any attempt to discuss their zubożyłaby their effectiveness in your subconscious. If you listen, you’ll hear the words that you wanted to hear.

A: Okay, and so in general – what are your feelings about the society? Listening to your music seems to me like it was one big apocalypse, and its sole purpose – to get rid of humanity …

M.: The human world is indifferent to us. We see how they lose time in frivolous battles as engaging in conflicts that do not really relate to anything, and their dreams of materialism is not interested in us at all. Would organize the extermination of humanity, if it could just end all this boredom. I suspect that you can not honestly hate all the earth, unless some part of you wants to make efforts to make this world a better place.

A: Debemur Morti Productions – to my eye did a great job for you, if only to look at the number of reviews of the latest material. So what, are you satisfied with the cooperation with the French label?

M.: Debemur Morti Productions has always been somewhere around this whole time, they released a lot of albums, whose importance goes beyond genre, but rather it is important for music as a whole. Our alliance is the seal of our common pilgrimage to the gates of Oblivion.

A: I also saw that you played a few shows in the U.S. – I would really like to see you live. So in general it often performs? Your music is probably not very easy to listen live, requires a proper atmosphere …

M.: Experience Ævangelist live is not something that functions as a musical performance, but rather as an indefinable phenomenon remaining sincere to the nature of the music itself. In April we will play in Colorado, in May we will play in Canada with our friends from Mitochondrion. Besides checking to see if we can come to Europe in 2015, where he will join us very well-known musicians. But that will inform you soon.

A:’re launching new materials quite regularly, almost since the creation of Ævangelist every year reveals something new. I hope that 2014 will not be different in this respect? Can you tell us something more about the upcoming material?

M.: 2014 years will witness the greatest amount of our publications, all of our projects will be announced in the secret silence, but I can already tell you that the third plate Ævangelist will be available this year, along with our agreement with the Abyss.

A: So you have to wait. OK, it’s the end of the interview, I hope not boring for you. At the end will be so easy – please tell us what album you bought yourself first in your life? Well, if you want to add something, go ahead.

M.: The first album I ever possessed a “Петя и волк” Prokofiev. Thanks for the questions and see.