Infernal Moon By René Aquarius & Elio Cogo
DungeönHammer is all about creating raw old-school black metal. Formed back in 2008 by its two members E (vocals, guitars, bass) and R (Drums) from France and The Netherlands, respectively.
We wanted to make a raw and in-your-face album in the style we love. Since we live 500 km apart, we had to do a lot through file sharing. So we started with a ton of riffs, written by E at home in Paris. After we constructed some basic songs or song passages from these riffs, we planned to meet for a weekend full of rehearsals and made demos of all the songs we liked. During this process, we had 8 songs we really liked and a couple we discarded because they didn’t work so well when playing them in the rehearsal room. After completing the basic song structures we worked on the lyrics and solos and made a demo of the complete album. Since we knew exactly what was needed for each song, we booked the White noise studio in The Netherlands and recorded everything. After E returned to France, R worked on the mix and master with Marlon Wolterink, owner of White Noise Studio.
EC: My earliest musical memory was a friend of my parents playing Flamenco guitar one evening. I must have been 6 years old or so, I thought: I want to do this! The same year I saw a commercial on tv about a Blues guitar compilation and thought I definitely want to learn how to play the guitar!
RA: Mine was probably the video for Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The horror aspect just stuck with me and had a huge impact on the rest of my life. I’m sure I’m not the only one.
Our music is a blend of old school metal, which is basically a blend of punk and doom metal. It has been like that ever since we started. We want to keep it all quite basic, nothing but power chords for the guitars, and hard hitting drums. Very punk. Most of the metal music we like originates from punk, so that was kind of an unwritten rule for DungeönHammer. You can hear the punk-influence most on the songs ‘Sworn In Blood’ and ‘Oracle Of Death’. The doom metal elements in our music can be clearly heard on the longer tracks like ‘Solitudinem Mysteriis’ and ‘Ad Infinitum’. Heavy and slow cuts that expand with every riff.
Interview by Alex Milazzo – Copyright 2019 © Heavy Music Artwork. All rights reserved.