Titan By Nuclear Exterminator
We worked on the new album for a solid two year period, from writing to recording. It took us a good 15 months to get all of the material up to the point that we could start putting the final touches on them, so it was a very intense period of my life. Before we began to this recording, we had a lot of discussions about what direction we wanted to take things. All parties agreed that we wanted to open new doorways for the band both lyrically and musically, so we went in with the mission that the new album should be dark and unpredictable. We focused on those two broad elements when writing but it gave things a very clear outline. This album was definitely, until this point the most directive, scrutinised recording we’d all been a part of.
Musically speaking that we challenge ourselves and write music that is interesting and engaging. Philosophically, Nocturnal Graves is a vehicle for us to reveal our disgust at the lowly human world, and to revere the forces of opposition to such things.
The new material is a big step up regarding writing, arranging and performance. I would conclude that there is more violent, dark Death Metal feeling to the songs, as opposed to the straight-ahead Black/Thrash ‘80s feeling of the last two albums. The main appreciation would be that people give this record time to sink in rather than make immediate judgements… of course, the world is populated with fast food devouring subhuman trash so let’s see what proportion of the metal scene eat that shit or not.
We put a lot of emphasis on the cover art and layout. I firmly believe that the presentation of an album shapes the way the listener perceives it, so it’s essential that the visual side projects the kind of experience we want the listener to engage in. The new album art and layout is easily the best stuff we’ve done.
My father is a musician, so we were always exposed to music growing up. But the first time I heard Metallica, that had a profound effect on me. A family friend bought me a tape with Kill em All on the A-side with Ride the Lightning on the B-side. It seemed like the heaviest, most insane music possible. Needless to say, I sat up half the night listening to both sides on repeat.
The music of Nocturnal Graves is primal and vicious. It’s a venomous stab to the face of all that enslaves the human mind, body and spirit. The music of this band is a way for all of us to release the energies which we consider empowering and liberating. Playing it brings a sense of freedom and conviction to how we choose to live our lives.
To make a comprehensive statement about this question I could say I believe in what works and what empowers the individual. I always do my best to examine my experiences from a place of rational judgement. I see a belief as something which is not static. In other words, a belief is not something that necessarily remains a good idea forever. I try to hypothesise ideas in the manner of a scientist; while the current evidence points towards “x” are the most valid view, if further evidence demands that the current view is altered or even outright changed, then that is what must be done. The physical and spiritual aspects of life are so closely entwined, and I believe that if either is out of balance, then each will affect the other. However spiritual development is not about being in a constant state of spiritual and earthbound alignment, it’s about learning new and more potent ways of controlling and heightening experience through opposition, challenge and overcoming. This is what brings a true sense of alignment. We express these ideas constantly through Nocturnal Graves both lyrically and when we perform the music.
Interview by Alex Milazzo – Copyright 2018 © Heavy Music Artwork. All rights reserved.