Summon: How did the band get started?
J. Profanator: I ( J. Profanator) started Deathymn as a vent of frustration and boredom in the late summer of 1999, under the name Dismberment. Together with a friend who played drums laid the primitive foundations down. Fulled by hate, fascination of war and violence.
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
J. Profanator: Black metal. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Summon: How has the fan response been?
J. Profanator: So far its really good. Though we are just a blip on the vast scene, the people who have heard the release and the other demos has has nothing but respect for recording.
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
J. Profanator: The name was taken from the song “Deathymn” Texas black metal band Averse Sefira. It was a life altering song and gave a name better than the original one Dismemberment, as it did not fit the vibe of the band.
Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.
J. Profanator: As of this point in time Deathymn Is only J. Profanator and I play all the instruments and vocals. But that may change soon to do live shows.
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
J. Profanator: I (J. Profanator) do all lyrics and music.
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
J. Profanator: Some are twisted visions i have in dreams. Hate for people and religion and the written works of Crowley, Nietzsche and Anton LaVey.
Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?
J. Profanator: I see it as a gateway to living life true and pure. Away from the weak ideologies of judo Christian law. my version of satanism is taken from different writings and i make my own path. a lawless darkness.(yeah a Watain reference). LeVays writings laid the foundations for the life i live. But to answer your question i view them both as a vital form to exists in this world and they are more the way of truth than any monotheistic religion.
Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?
J. Profanator: 7 total releases 6 demos 1 collection of demos and the most recent what was going to be a EP but released as a demo Night of 1000 Deaths.
Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
J. Profanator: All 5 songs are a razors to the religious scum that try to ruin my and our way of life. Track 1 Blood Covered Warfields, is the oldest track i have in the Deathymn arsenals. Written in 1999 i rewrote the lyrics and music. track 2 Night of 1000 Deaths is about being a tormented spirit and killing. there is a Satanic Warmaster cover Blood Of Our Fathers as S.W. has shaped my musical life for ten years. And Embers is about the feeling of joy as the house of worship is ablaze.
Summon: Do you have any side projects?
J. Profanator: Ambient black act called Temnotach but nothing has been done in three years. I may resurrect it.
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
J. Profanator: Bathory, Sodom, Hellhammer, Satanic Warmaster, Judas Iscariot, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Krieg, old Xasthur, pre Prosatanica, Nargaroth, Profanatica, Burzum, and in some ways Inquisition, Leviathan, Absurd, Black Witchery and Sarcophago.
Summon: Which current bands?
J. Profanator: Woe, Proclamation, Teitanblood, Haxen Ravencult, Midnight, Monarque, Pest(fin) and Toxic Holocaust.
Summon: What is the band like when you play live?
J. Profanator: Well its been 10 years but the one and only show at a backyard gig ended with me kicking a amp and destroying a acoustic guitar all within the first song. But the idea for the next ritual, whenever that may be, will have full paint spikes and fog to bring back the true evil black metal shows of the 90’s.
Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?
J. Profanator: No, but would love to someday tour Europe south America.
Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?
J. Profanator: That 1st show only had 3 people, but the way people been wanting Deathymn to destroy stages in RI might be decent.
Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?
J. Profanator: …….dead
Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?
J. Profanator: I think the scene is strong with allot of great bands. But i personally do not like the “hipster” BM bands like wolves in the throne room and others. Its not black metal to me. The older bands like Von, Krieg, Kult ov Azazel, Profanatica and others who started before The USBM. Are still killing masses. the death metal side, it will always have brutal bands Check out Rhode Islands autonomy for proof.
Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?
J. Profanator: I have been digging deep in the Finnish scene lately with hordes like Goatmoon, S.W. and the mighty gods Beherit. Norway will aways turn out great TNBM. The world is getting smaller and all these raw great bands are being discovered on a day to day basis. though over crowding is the only down side home and abroad.
Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal/death metal bands?
J. Profanator: Woe, Proclamation, Teitanblood, Haxen, Gravesideservice,Water(RI), Ravencult, Midnight, Monarque, Black Anvil, Gnaw their Tongues, Obsidian Tongue, Witch King, Bog Of The Infidel, Dhampyr, Pathology, Autonomy, and a few dozen more.
Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?
J. Profanator: Currently I’m writing material for upcoming projected splits. I have ideas always floating and its not a day i don’t have the guitar in my hand.
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
J. Profanator: One definite split coming out it in September. Another split in the works and trying to get a full line up to play live and maybe record a full length.
thanks for this opportunity it is my first interview for Deathymn
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