Summon: How did the band get started?
Yaotzin: Ritual Possession began at the end of summer 2014. First as an idea then moving forward to action. By the hands and minds of Canor Morum and Yaotzin. A brief one song rehearsal demo was circulated among local contacts and the digital realm. After this action the band begun writing/rehearsing more material for a true professional release. In 2014 during the winter Yaotzin approached local musician/studio owner Chris Waters about working together to produce/record the proper debut recording of Ritual Possession. January 2015 the process of recording said release began. The debut release is entitled: SOLITUDE.
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
Yaotzin: Black Metal.
Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.
Canor Morum: Guitar, Vocals, keys
Yaotzin: Drums, Bass, Vocals, fx
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Yaotzin: We both write the music and of we specialize in our own areas when writing our respective musical parts. I write the bulk of the lyrics, with occasional input from Canor Morum.
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Yaotzin: Our own dark experiences and the left hand path.
Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?
Canor Morum: Satanism and the occult are useful tools for self discovery. I devoted a lot of time studying these things in my younger days. Now I am much more skeptical of supernatural claims. I don’t believe in a literal Satan but am aligned with ideas Satan often represents. Anti-authoritarianism, personal freedom, and seeing things how they are, not how you wish them to be.
Yaotzin: Satanism is ego, flesh, intelligence and above all freedom. it is not a literal Satan but to worship and harness the beast in man and use it for your own earthly desires/success. it is a realistic point of view on situations and of humans. as for the occult it can be useful at times.
Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?
Yaotzin: Our debut release SOLITUDE will be released this year. Tentatively before the summer. We are currently negotiating with a business partner about distribution/CD release agreement.
Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
Yaotzin: The Debut release will feature six songs. Each lyrically and musically in its content black metal. Those who have been initiated in the ways of the genre will find this release and its contents most satisfying.
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Canor Morum: Inquisition, Darkthrone, Immortal, Ulver, The Chameleons, Bauhaus, and Tom Waits.
Yaotzin: Beherit, HellHammer/Celtic Frost, Sacrofago,Master’s Hammer, Demoncy. many other old cults who inspire us. We take influence as well from other sources outside the normal genre constraints to be limited is to be stagnant, we have a vision we will fulfill to the utmost personal satisfaction first and foremost above all other goals.
Summon: Which current bands?
Canor Morum: Recent releases? A few favorites from the past year would be, Wounds – The Valley of Death, Fluisteraars – Dromers, and Emptiness – Nothing But the Whole.
Yaotzin: Not any worth mentioning.
Summon: What is the band like when you play live?
Yaotzin: At the moment Ritual Possession does not perform live concerts.
Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?
Canor Morum: I think it’s healthy in the sense that no matter what style you prefer someone is doing that. Europe has been leading the way for awhile now but there are still plenty of US bands putting out quality material if you are willing to look for them.
Yaotzin: The USBM “scene” has its few acts who have long running legacies and are only improving as time passes. There is no “scene” just like minded individuals working together to create an true underground “scenes” are for children who crave attention from all around them.
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