Summon: How did the band get started?
Zawicizuz: The Black Moriah began in 2009 after I (Zawicizuz) left Absu and began discussions with a prior band mate (The Mad Arab) about creating a new project. After conversing on themes and executing several rehearsal sessions we began the process of assembling our outfit. With the additions of Maledon, Alkahest, and then finally, Evintis T.B.M. was formed.
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
Zawicizuz: Black Thrash, with esoteric, alchemical and American Old West themes.
Summon: How has the fan response been?
Zawicizuz: It is strong and growing.
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
Zawicizuz: “The Black Moriah” is a wagon hearse from the 18th century that escorted the dead to Boothill Cemetery in Tombstone Arizona.
Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.
Evintis – Lead Vox
Zawicizuz – Guitars/synths/backing vox
Maledon – Bass/backing vox
Alkahest – Guitars
The Mad Arab – Battery/backing vox
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Zawicizuz: For the first album I have composed all the music and then the band as a whole arranged the songs. The Mad Arab wrote the majority of the lyrics. I wrote the lyrics to “Here’s To Your Endtime” and contributed to several other tracks.
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Zawicizuz: The lyrics and images of T.B.M. center on the vast wastelands of the old western American desert territories, Memories of a lifestyle way long gone, of a lone figure in an empty hostile land.
Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?
Zawicizuz: I would not base my views simply on the antithesis of another useless religion. With that said I do enjoy the mocking of blind sheep that are so sure of their faith they ignore reality. T.B.M. has a deep interest in the secrets of the desert and are seekers of the knowledge and powers needed to meet our ends.
Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?
Zawicizuz: We are currently finishing the artwork for our debut album “Casket Prospects”
Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
Zawicizuz: The tracks on “Casket Prospects” portray a barren landscape where greed, lust, death, and power prevail. It portrays a sense of the wild reckless life of the past where wielding lead was the law.
Summon: Do you have any side projects?
Zawicizuz: Yes the members of T.B.M. are part of many other cults such as; Runes of the Evening, Psychiatric Regurgitation, Bleed The Son, and Theran Ash.
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Zawicizuz: Metal bands would include; Slayer, Bathory, Sodom, DarkThrone, Mayhem, Aura Noir, ect. Outside of metal, composers such as Ennio Morricone, Alfred Schnittke, Krzyszt of Penderecki have greatly influenced structure and orchestration of our material.
Summon: Which current bands?
Zawicizuz: Current bands we enjoy: Aura Noir, Autopsy, DarkThrone, Entombed, Melechesh… the list could develop into a novel.
Summon: What is the band like when you play live?
Zawicizuz: We attempt to portray an image of five pall bearers of the old west. Our live shows are intense and promote drinking and other debaucheries that will ultimately lead you to our final services.
Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?
Zawicizuz: T.B.M. has not as of yet. I have had the privilege playing in multiple lands with Absu.
Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?
Zawicizuz: Our live assaults began in December of 2011, with the Gathering of the Bestial Vengeance second annual festival, with a frenzy of intoxicated fans. Each successive event has seen our numbers grow.
Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?
Zawicizuz: Surprised and wild!
Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?
Zawicizuz: Over the years I have ran into many strong bands that leave a memorable impression.
Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?
Zawicizuz: European metal fests are the Valhalla of metal shows!
Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal/death metal bands?
Zawicizuz: Weapon, Craft, Virus, Raven Cult… another novel could be written.
Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?
Zawicizuz: We are currently composing new material. On the next album all of the band members will be contributing.
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
Zawicizuz: T.B.M. is spreading our vulture culture to the masses and will continue to grow the fan base. With the release of “Casket Prospects” we will be seeking label interest and the support from great underground publications such as yours!
Thank you and many hails!
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