axen’s debut was released in 2006, which means it was probably recorded almost a decade ago. What motivated this return, if we can call it that way? I honestly didn’t think there would be a second Waxen record because that specific feeling wasn’t around. I can’t just say “hey, time to make a really dark record”- it has to be real. Lots of emotions were boiling to the surface and reluctantly I knew “it’s time”. After so much time, how was the feeling of composing again for this project and what would you say to be the biggest difference between the two albums? The first album was full of anger and grief but I composed and wrote and re-wrote the songs for a few months, every nuance had to be perfect on “Fumaroth”. “Agios” was just pure hate spilling out furiously and is much more violent, if there was a mistake I didn’t care, the emotion had to be captured on the spot. How were the recording sessions for this new record? It sounds very natural and primitive and if it wasn’t for the drums I would say you really tried to stay as much organic as possible… I went with the bare basics for this album. A fostex portable 4 track, guitars plugged straight in and overdriven with the recording unit itself. Vocals through broken earphones. I liked the production on Genocide Kommando’s album as well as Satanic Warmaster’s “Carelian Satanist Madness” so I attempted something similar production wise. While listening to this record, I forgot I was listening to a Black
Metal record and I say this because it’s like you don’t give a shit on how Black Metal is supposed to sound and you just go for what you feel is right. Do you agree with this? Plus, does this have anything to do with your Progressive and Death Metal roots? Yeah, there’s no formula. I always looked at Black Metal as an anything goes metal genre, you’ve got so many types. From the nuclear symphonics of Parnassus, the spaced out prog of Sigh, the devil may care barbarics of Black Witchery, the crushing metal of Grand Belial’s Key, the suicidal death metal inspired Ohtar, the murder metal of Primigenium and pure dark ambient evil of Profanum. So you are correct, the appealing thing about BM is there are no restrictions except the obvious. I hear Voivod and King Crimson in some of the new album...even Jimmy Page at the end of “With Hatred Be Destroyed”. Why do you work alone? Is this the only way to guarantee an album will sound exactly how you want it to sound? Yes, working alone is very beneficial. The vision is not compromised and I don’t have to deal with anyone’s personal issues. Also, where I live, Sheridan, Wyoming... I have no musical equals, no peers. Even if I did, no one takes extreme music of this nature as serious as I do. How seriously will you take Waxen? Can we expect more regular releases from now on? I never say never because I didn’t think there would be a follow up to the debut after so many years past. Waxen is an important outlet though and releasing that bottled up negativity is probably wiser to do on a more consistent
basis than once a decade. So I would think Waxen is here for awhile. How did the partnership with Moribund came about? It was dumb luck and perfect timing. I’ve been good friends with Odin for a long time and when vocalist Jeff Gruslin needed a serious overhaul for Godless Rising, Jeff contacted me and for a time I was “the band” Godless Rising (Trumpet of Triumph). That’s when regular contact with Odin started. In 2013 I had released an instrumental album called “Static Warfare” and contacted Odin to see if he would like some copies for his catalog, which he did. I mentioned I was in the early stages of Waxen demos to him and that was that. Much to my suprise. Moribund is a very busy label but he grabbed Waxen and got it out there fast! I am very fortunate to be with this esteemed label. What’s next for Waxen? It’s hard to say. With this music you never know. Black Metal is a very important music to me and when those old familiar feelings set in again, which they will, Waxen will be back. Musically it will be dark... but what kind of sound that darkness will have is hard to know. Just like the drastic differences between the debut and “Agios Holokauston”.
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