We caught up with The Daemon; The Gatherer, and The Mad Composer to see exactly what the metal landscape looks like for a band pushing the brutal yet symphonic boundaries of the genre.
What is your local music scene like?
Our local scene is suffering – the quality of songs on the radio is abysmal. There is no humanity in a lot of these tunes – everything is put into machines and made super perfect and it’s lost an identity. We’re thinking outside the box with our music; we’re pushing the boundaries and taking chances. Music today has no feelings any more, it’s so shallow, it’s just there to make money
What artists have influenced you?
I love Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, John Powell, all their films scores. I grew up surrounded by video games and movies as well, so a lot that I listened was soundtracks, then my brother introduced me to metal when I was 11 years old
King Diamond, , Cannibal Corpse…I started listening to metal around 11 years old – Korn’s Issues was a big album for me. It really helped me through a lot of stuff I had going on around that time
I was influenced by my father singing and my mother singing. Now I’m inspired by my band mates
How did you go about creating the music on your album?
We used various studios around New York City, primarily Sonic Arts Centre: they had lots of great equipment, including API TC Electronics, compressors. We spent a lot of time formulating our ideas. We attended a Nile show show and immediately went into the studio and recorded “Ire of Green” – it very time consuming because of the research. We wrote the metal around the orchestration rather than the other way around. That became the foundation for the sound of Homerik.
Tell us a bit about what some of your songs are about
“Unforgotten Kin” is about one of our brothers, may he rest in peace. Somebody is stuck in limbo and finds himself on a staircase but every time he tries to get up he falls back down again
“An Angel of darkness” – another piece written for one of our comrades. It’s a very strong piece about this gentleman who couldn’t handle life anymore and committed suicide; all the time the angel of death was holding him, almost like a comfort
“Ire of Green”. Recently a friend of mine passed away; he was always such a bright figure in the crowd and had a lot of love for people around him – the song is about making the best of times
What can you tell us about the video to “A Song of the Night Part 1”?
Let’s just say, you’ve heard the music, now feel the cinematic experience! We’re taking this to a level where it’s more than just music you walk around with.
What should new listeners to your music expect from you?
We expect listeners to open their imagination – you step into our world and you interact with us. It’s like an awesome feeling. I still get goosebumps when listening to songs like “Wendigo” or “Song of the Night”. It takes you through the depths of your imagination. Our calling is strong – it’s more than a band – this is our identity.