Poisoned Atonement By Herald of the Outer Realm
Formed in 2008 in Rome, Italy by founding member W. W. (guitars/vocals), Black Gods Triumph (drums) and Sin Desecration (bass), Demonomancy begins its journey under Nuclear War Now! Productions, which releases their two demos, EP, first full-length and split with Witchcraft (Fin). As they grew in popularity, they played consistently throughout Europe and abroad, reaching as far as the United States in 2015 (Martyrdoom Fest). Following a major line-up change (new bassist/vocalist A. Cutthroat and new drummer/vocalist Herald), Demonomancy parts ways with NWN! Productions and joins the roster of Invictus Productions for the release of their new album “Poisoned Atonement”, after which they take part in their first European tour.
Thank you for having us! This is Herald (drums/vocals) answering your questions. Our latest release is the culmination of more than two years of composition, a period in which the band was able to craft a new identity for itself following a major line-up change, as well as a label change. I will not spend time presenting it musically, as I think music should speak for itself and be listened to. Suffice to say that our objective was to create something original and non-conforming and it’s good to see that people noted it and appreciated it.
The songwriting was very slow at first, with some songs taking months to be finished, arranged and refined. However at one point we took a less tortuous approach which leads to later songs being completed in a fraction of that time, and this switch can be felt in the actual music too: songs such as “Nefarious Spawn of Methodical Chaos” or “Poisoned Atonement” took more time and effort to compose, so they have a greater morbidity to them and more complex structures, while others such as “The Last Hymn to Eschaton” or “Fiery Herald Unbound” came later and were composed in much less time, so they are more direct and have simpler structures. Some may call this an initial time impediment, but it ended up highlighting a wider spectrum of musical expression, so in my opinion, it was all for a good end.
Much of the imagery we included in this album used the Ancient Testament as a basis for inspiration. The ominous visions contained in it portraying this cruel, merciless God who inflicts his will on those who defy him attracted both me and W.W. for different reasons: he pursued the idea of an unforgiving God that punishes the wicked, while I focused more on the morbidity attached to the blind following of an absolute entity. Also, the fact that I grew up in a very religious family while he didn’t, helped us explore this theme further and write lyrics together from two different points of view, specifically “Poisoned Atonement” and “The Day of the Lord”.
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