To Abide in Ancient Abysses by L.N.
Naxen is a German black metal band founded in 2018 by LN, FT and SP with LN being a songwriter and sole lyricist. The band became active with the release of an EP titled “To Abide In Ancient Abysses” in autumn 2018. With the beginning of 2019, the line-up was completed by FD (former Eis). The almost hymnic songs of the quartet show a cold, atmospheric and aggressive approach to black metal. In February 2019, the two-song debut “To Abide In Ancient Abysses” was released on vinyl by Vendetta Records and quickly found widespread favour in the scene.
We are Naxen and we play black metal. One can nail it down as simple as that. While our sound harkens back to the traditional Scandinavian path of our predecessors, we do not exclude ourselves from modern influences that come from Mainland Europe or USBM. In fact, we openly embrace such streams in order to create something recognizable as our own trait while avoiding the term “post” at all costs. We want Naxen to be the sound of despair and weakness, but not of weakness in sound or a mere desperate attempt.
Our debut is titled “To Abide In Ancient Abysses” and the two songs were written over the course of the past year. We recorded everything by ourselves in late summer/autumn 2018 and final mixing was done by our own FT. Concerning the writing process, it is that I came up with the riffs and the basic song structures. We started with a good friend playing drums in the band, but we had to go separate ways for each other’s goods. He still remains a close friend to us for all time. With this change, we had to find a solution and sought healing in artificially programmed drums. This resulted in riffs being rearranged, parts and leads got added, omitted and varied. The songwriting was a really natural process.
This lead to two songs ‘Great God Of Grief’ is the first song I have ever written and „Dawn Of New Despair“ with the clear intention that both songs should shoulder each other. We finally released the songs digitally on November 7th 2018 on Bandcamp and various streaming sources with the plan to publish it as audio cassette/demo tape on our own “Verdensaske Records” later on. Vendetta Records approached us literally a few moments later and we signed with them to be in a further healthy and amicable agreement. One result was the release of our debut on vinyl as an MLP. For pure impact, the songs were now mastered by Andy Rosczyk (Ultha) at Goblin Sound Studio.
The lyrics are an important part of our music and should be seen as an essential pinpoint for Naxen. As we have stated in our declaration when we have ultimately emerged from obscurity our themes are darkness and depression. We cope with our lowest points in lives, with the failure of our very existence, how mankind is cursed with a conscience, how tragedy is the sword dangling above all of our heads and how pain is the one thing that makes us strive for liberation. Pain has an end and exhaustion. At the end of all this pain and hurt stands death, the liberator. Death is the final freedom from it all.
This is certainly true. It is a great thing that music can combine elements of other art forms and vice versa whether it may be lore, movies, books, authors or other music. I see no wrongdoing in opening yourself to that. We are all influenced by something. This is how I perceive art. As long as the result does sound authentic and does not come across as phoned in, it is fine with me. I am a strong believer that true art will always find a way. There it is…this one word “true”. It always refers to that something is “untrue” or just a “pose”. I did not mean it in that sense. The true character will always shine through soon enough. Open your eyes and see through rituals and postures. It is easy if one thing is so good and delightful, you crave in need of more of it, or more of the same. Still, there is a certain bliss in particularity. Speaking of religion: I come from a very religious upbringing and it took me years to free myself of these Christian chains. As a result, my thinking and knowledge might still be heavily influenced by religious thinking and imagery. But in regards of the apocalypse and what we as human beings are steering towards this comes in handy. We will get what we deserve that is why we wish for the worst. This is my truest belief.
We play Black Metal as it is the only art form that we can truly channel our expression through. Black Metal is the one true resort for outsiders. Here is freedom from mass dictation and doctrine to be found if you care to look. The one form we can trust. People love to follow trends because it offers stability in a life of uncertainties. People want to feel special so they attach to a trend, digest it, pose with it and claim it as their own. I am not the one to openly judge about black metal, other bands, followers and artists. If one is pursuing a passion in the most persuasive way, I am all in for it and wish them empowerment and excitement.
Interview by Alex Milazzo – Copyright 2019 © Heavy Music Artwork. All rights reserved.