Sick and twisted doom / black metal is offered on the first demo tape release by the American band Doomsilla. A band with members from a variety of projects and two of them — Tony Anderson and Jim Ross — would share some thoughts on their music and the band in general.
The band name Doomsilla appears to be rather intriguing and a bit out of the common. Would you care to elaborate on its meaning and your reasons for picking it?
Anderson: There was a band I formed In 2010 called Cemetery Slut and the name of one of the tracks we had that was titled “Grave Addictions Of Doomsilla ” . The name Doomsilla was a character the song was based on it was about a spirit named Doomsilla who would keep watch over a cemetery and posses and control and eventually kill who ever entered it after the sun would set. The name always stuck in my head and in many ways the music was written around the name. I grew up a big black and white era horror movie fan and I also love the 70’s and 80’s horror films so I think that always reflects in the lyrics I write and it seemed to be the perfect name I never thought twice about it.
All of the band members are active in other bands as well. Therefore it would be interesting to know how it all started.
Anderson: Me and Jim Ross have been doing things musically on and off since 2003 one way or another. In reality he was the first guitar player to play with me in another band I’ve been involved with for many years called Generichrist. The guy is an amazing guitar player and is just has a evil mastermind. I have known the drummer Dani Sandvoss for years now and Jim introduced me to bassist Mike Poggione. As far as when it all started I had been talking to Jim saying I wanted to take the vibe of the old horror movies and make them into music and this was the result there where no rules or anything . A few months had passed and Jim started to sent me these twisted amazing pieces of music and then we started to create the monster.
How does the process of getting music written and recorded take place in case of your band?
Anderson: We all recorded at separate locations for the most part. The only two of us to record together was me and Jim Ross I had taken a few trips to where he lives in Florida to record some of the vocals. I did a lot of the vocal recording at the Red Room Studios in Ybor Florida with the great Mark Prator . I have worked with Mark for a few years now with other bands I’m involved in his studio in some ways is like a second home to me.
Jim Ross: When Tony & I decided to do this doom thing, I wrote/recorded 5 demo songs right away to test out our ideas. A few other songs were written during that time…one of them “Red Light Executioner” was actually written & intended for Generichrist years ago. And then we added a lot more material from ideas we all had; including some really cool guest appearances.
How would you describe the basic elements of your music and how do these fit together with the side-projects that some of the band members are involved with? Are you able to draw influences from them?
Jim Ross : It’s mostly just dark & heavy music with influence from all sorts of shit. The classic horror element, really dark themes, gruesome monsters, & evil shit are all influences. DOOMSILLA is a little different than my other projects, its got a unique feel to it—always draws me in! haha- It’s doom-based, but you’ll hear black, death, thrash, & other metal styles in there; along with some cool instrumental stuff.
Anderson: Totally different then my other projects also and I think that is a great thing.
The debut release of the band consists of merely two tracks, which do not appear to follow a similar pattern and style. Why is that so? Ofcourse a young band still has to develop its own particular way of playing music, but such stark differences are somewhat astounding.
Anderson: We did this 100% intentionally to leave a open canvas to do what ever we would like in the future with Doomsilla. Even though the tracks are not exactly the same the darkness and anger is still there.
Jim Ross: There is a lot of material here, almost 2 hours of music total. That contrast of styles sort of keeps things interesting; kind of gives you a creepy/unpredictable trip to sit with as you listen. So stark differences are to be expected when you hear the full length album as well. But we aim to keep that dark & horrific feel throughout all of it, which kind of ties everything together as a cohesive whole.
Once bands tend to drop their level of “speed” to considerably lows, I tend to ask myself, why they avoid the aspect of silence. Why don’t you think is that and why is there none in your music?
Jim Ross: I guess that’s another contrast tool. Silence definitely gives more depth & dimension to an onsluaght of relentless/unstopping music & noise. The EP didn’t really have any silent parts, but the album does have spots where everything stops…. I understand though & it can be important. A lot of musicians tend to focus way more on what they ARE playing than on what they ARE NOT playing….but ya gotta breathe at some point right?>>
Anderson: Im personally influenced by bands like Venom , Black Flag , Death , Mutiilation , Bathory, Alice Cooper , Cream , Morte Incandescente ,Exhorder, Black Sabbath , Trouble , Destroyer 666 , Slayer, and the Dwarves to name a few. I was real excited to get former Dwarves drummer and author Vadge Moore involved as he read parts of his ” “Chthonic Prose & Theory ” book on the new record. He is very interesting and intelligent dude and he did a fucking killer job in the studio. I listen to Metal , Punk , Blues, Jazz and old Rock n Roll so I am pretty open minded I am a addict of music.
Jim Ross : We’ve all been listening to metal our whole lives…so all that shit we heard growing up is in there on some level. I guess for myself stuff like: Disembowelment, Mournful Congregation, Pallbearer, Black Sabbath, Dissection, Dead Can Dance, Coil, Carpathian Forest, Sleep Chamber, Ah Cama-Sotz, Gorgoroth, Immolation, etc…
Pyromaniac has some samples added to them. What movies have these been taken from and how does this aspect fit into the grander scheme of the music?
Anderson: The Christopher Lee sample is from one of the final scenes of The Satanic Rites Of Dracula from 1973.
Jim Ross: “In the first moment, every muscle, every fiber will be afire with torment and agony. And in the days to come you will pray for death” – It’s awesome! The speed of the sample was manipulated to slow down with the music as it fades out, it’s a cool effect towards the end of the track. Pyromaniac is obviously about fire, burning it all fucking down! That sample just seemed to fit the song really well. The one at the end is from “BUNDY- An American Icon”…and its a sick & disturbing clip with fire references, and other offensive stuff.
Following up to the preceding question, what would be your opinion of the critique of the church and on Satanism? Is this not an aspect that has worn down in importance and degree? Has it not become some sort of tiring fad, a cliché that is being brought by the bands because fans expect them to?
Anderson: I think everyone should use their own mind and decide what they want to believe .there is no question that Religion is corrupt but that is all Religions in my opinion . This makes it easy to be a target no matter what your faith of choice is.We all have different views in this band and to me the lyrics that I have written are inspired by Horror , Life , Death and themes of this nature . I let the listener interpret them as they wish that is one of the great things about lyrics in my opinion. I do also agree that it is ” Cliche’ ” as you say in many cases but I am not the authority on that either and I really must admit I do not care what flag people fly as long as they keep it out of my face.
Jim Ross: I’m not much for joining clubs, as the integrity of any of them is always compromised at some point & usually at the foundation & heart of the structure. Personally, I try to stay as genuine & true to myself & my thoughts as possible. And by doing so I find that at the core of most religions & belief systems are holes of unsound logic, absurdities of mis-placed faith, and ridiculous expectations from false pretenses. There is no denying the presence of dark & evil “forces” in our lives though….the world is no doubt a fucked up place! I lean more towards the darker nature of things, it’s always been much more interesting to me… and it’s only natural to want to be higher on the food chain. As a christian, your stance is more vulnerable…I believe you act as a slave & sheep rather than a hunter & survivor. It seems more empowering to me to take responsibility for your life, actions, and works than to surrender it to something else that you are not even certain exists. And simply, I prefer to be an asshole than to be a victim…hahaha.
Do you have an opinion regarding the latest trends in the black metal scene? How do you see bands like Deafhaven or Myrkur?
Anderson: I have heard Deafhaven but not Myrkur yet. When it comes to the Black Metal I like the nasty raw stuff and I will be honest I do not know many of the new bands.
Jim Ross: I haven’t really been following the latest trends much, I’m still a bit hung up on a lot of the older-school stuff. There’s so much cool older music I’m still digesting & so much new stuff coming out all the time; it’s hard to keep up. I don’t really care what people want to do, I’ll either like it or I won’t. If you follow a certain trend because you like that, that’s great, your doing what you like. Of course you should be doing what you want rather than trying to cater to what you think someone might want to hear/see. I feel you lose something when you do that. When I think of black metal, I think of a lot of the older metal stuff that’s just raw, dark, striped down and grim sounding. A lot of the modern stuff I’ve heard seems to take on a more “dreamy” atmospheric quality that is more melodic & neutral. I like that stuff too, but my favorite shit is the stuff that sounds really evil & creepy.
Anderson: We have talked about it a few times but see the drummer is living in Germany so that complicates things a bit . We would have to fly him here or find a local player neither is out of the question but also this is not a focus at this time.
What can we expect from your band next? What are your plans for the future?
Anderson:There is a lot of material we have right now done and completed that will be out this year.
Jim Ross: I guess just let it unravel naturally & see what opportunities & options become available to us. We’ve been working on this for years already, but we are now in the final stages of releasing our 1st full length album, and it’s a monster! We’ve talked of recording more material later down the road, but we have a lot on our plates at the moment.
Closing comments if you like.
Anderson: Thank you for helping spread the word of Doomsilla and at this time the best place for updates is
www.facebook.com/Doomsilla . We will have several releases in the works you can also check out our demo ” Corpse of the Blackened sun ” we still have some copies of that available and we are looking forward to 2015.