Secular Compendium by N.
This project began in 2010 approximately in Venezuela, when I started to record the songs for the first demo “Veritas Filia Temporis”, and was formed by “Frozen” at vocals and me, “N” in guitars, bass and lyrics. Then, in 2016 I moved to Chile to in search for new opportunities. I started the recordings for first full length there and worked the vocals with N. Onfray from Animus Mortis. Now I’m leading the role of vocals and guitars for live performances. Selbst started playing live in 2018 for the first time.
I suppose most people would be just a modern black metal act or something. For me, it’s hard to describe it on some random words. One thing was always important for me from the beginning was to create Black Metal in some “progressive” way. Not by shredding, but in the way to shape the songs. I try not to copy and paste parts mechanically, just let it flow with the feeling of the riffs and writing.
‘Secular Compendium’ is a very important release for me because it encompasses the primal evolution of my music in a sole release. They were at different times for me. Now I can feel in those letters how smothered I felt at that moment. The same with the album. There was the great influence of Nietzsche in that music. I wouldn’t be able to tell you how exactly the process is, I think I just make the music based on what is happening through my mind, and what I wrote on paper and I try to canalize it through melodies.
This songs are a reflex of myself, my personal vision of everything around me; therefore, to express unconformity to all kind of dogmatism or divine devotion; they talk about how some people want to keep the others submissive, under their control. About how, for me, mankind is full of intern plagues (corruption, neglect, unconsciousness, and any other sort of negative things) that aren’t anything but our own instinct; and as much as we want to hide it, it is what’s inside of us and what makes us human beings…
I was looking at artwork like this. I just gave some little “instructions” about the look, and some lyric ideas to the artist and he came with this. It is enviable how an artist can capture simple ideas in a graphic form and Bryan did it perfectly. It shows us a constant expression of fall and decay. A body dragging another into an abyss, but at the same time is the same individual fighting against himself facing the imminent situation. The artist is named Bryan Maita, he’s from Venezuela too. You can find him on social media as BMS Illustration.
For these songs, I took a lot of inspiration from Nietzsche and of course, the terrible situation I grow up within my country. In some way, it took all hope away from me. In my life, everything feels so futile and none senseless. I guess I’m trying to give it some sense through music. It saved me many times. It’s my refugee and I make it real.
I think there has been a giant evolution with respect to the presentation of extreme music in this last decade. I myself have been influenced by that change. Now it’s totally relevant both, the music you make, the way you record it and finally present it. It is a whole complex art and act of dedication. Even when sometimes it seems like everyone is going in the same direction, there still many great proposals out here.