Akouphenom

 

Summon: How did the band get started?

Dragon: Around January 2014, Prgich (drums) and Dragon (Guitars and sentences) met together with the idea of playing a strange kind of Black Death Metal. The very first riffs were taking shape slowly until Pandemia gets into the band in September of 2014. Months later, in April 2015, Silvara came to play bass and then is when finally, some time after, the songs appearing in Flesh Sublimation EP were finished.

 

 

Summon: What kind of music do you play?

Dragon: We play experimental riffing under strange structures played with a gosthly wall of sound, saying how nice our existence is.

 

 

Summon: How has the fan response been?

Dragon: The response of fans was the supposed to be when you release the very first recording in a town like ours: only our friends cared.

 

 

Summon: Where did the band name come from?

Dragon: Akoúphenom is a misspelling from the Spanish word “Acúfeno”, which means Tinnitus in English: it is that ringing that sticks in your ear after a very loud gig. This is our idea, when people come to our shows, get remembered by this harmful tinnitus.

 

 

Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.

Dragon: Prgich plays the drums, Dragon the guitars and blasphemies, Pandemia also plays guitars and screams, and Silvara is who plays the bass.

 

 

Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?

Dragon: The music is written by everyone in the rehearsals, adding their part to the ensemble in a process which ends when all of us agree. The lyrics are written by Dragon.

 

 

Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?

Dragon: The general idea in the actual songs is how our flesh is submitted to the void and chaos, the futility of mankind against the upper forces that are Death, Chaos and Void and what awaits for us when we came to the incorporeal state.

 

 

Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?

Dragon: Maybe says the truth, maybe don’t. Any deity created by human is worthless against the laws and forces of the universe in which we exist.

 

 

Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?

Dragon: At the day, we released our EP Flesh Sublimation and a Split with Spanish Death Grinders La Hija del Carroñero.

 

 

Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?

Dragon: They are exposed in a special order, with occult meanings, in representation of what the flesh sublimation is about.

 

 

Summon: Do you have any side projects?

Dragon: I (Dragon) have an industrial noise project called Salmiak and Pandemia plays guitars in the Spanish Black Metal band Empty.

 

 

Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?

Dragon: The mighty and the odd black and death metal bands, even doom metal or grindcore, in every forms of the extreme metal. We don’t care about the genre, only if it shocked us or doesn’t.

 

 

Summon: Which current bands?

Dragon: Bands like Dead Congregation, Portal, Arkhon Infaustus, Infernal War… This is not a closed list, only some bands from which we have taken some ideas.

 

Summon: What is the band like when you play live?

Dragon: Alive we are four devotees of the dark and unknown, stained in black and sounding raw and deep. But is better to come to see us to have a better impression.

 

 

Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?

Dragon: We tried some weeks ago but it was impossible.

 

 

Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?

Dragon: In a region like the northwest of Spain, where metal fans are very few, and most of them are sucked into metal fashions like metalcore or other shits, imagine how big the crowds are. But it has a special charming: there are only who really supports Extreme Metal. You know, you’re into metal or don’t.

 

 

Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?

Dragon: Galicia, this northwest of Spain, is becoming a reproduction of a little Norway, so the people in the shows are usually stuck on their foot, quietly and observing the show.

 

 

Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?

Dragon: Well, from our point of view, we have to say we only pay attention to bands we like, not fashions or aesthetics that come from there. We like bands like Aevangelist, Acheron, Goatwhore, VON, Xhastur, Profanatica, fucking Revenge, Angelcorpse, Panopticon, Cult of Azazel, Amputator or even Kommandant, specially in their last album. But surely we are missing some important bands, that’s because we never payed attention seriously to the US scene, or any other scene really.

 

 

Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?

Dragon: As we said, scene is a word that doesn’t worth too much to die for… But we have some special scenes around the world that were important for us for what they mean… The Australian scene with Portal, Impetuous Ritual and Sadistik Execution, Frenc scene whit their twisted black metal of Blut Aus Nord or Deathspell Omega, and also the sickening Arkhon Infaustus or even Diapsiquir, the obvious Greek scene with Dead Congregation and Necromantia (they are a must), and Poland scene, with Behemoth or Infernal War.

 

 

Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal/death metal bands?

Dragon: Some of the many new bands from Spain that we like that come to our mind are Aversio Humanitatis, Balmog and Altarage. Seems that our country has something to say nowadays…

 

 

Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?

Dragon: We already have started to write new songs, and conceiving new lyrics and ideas to the band. But we take it easy, we don’t have any rush.

 

 

Summon: What does the future hold for the band?

Dragon: For now, were rehearsing hard to record our first LP and close the first phase of the band. Then, we will see what Death, Chaos and Void holds for us.

 

 

 

 

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