Interview: OCCULT PANTHEON

 

OCCULT PANTHEON is a Death Metal entity coming from a small town located in southern Chile called Maullín. Their first released, a demo titled The Omega of the Alpha, received a good reception in the underground local scene. That production was later re-released the current year by Ex Nihilo Music as a part of a split CD with Chile’s PROFOUND GRAVE, titled Immortal Chaos Ascends. In the next interview OCCULT PANTHEON’s drummer dialogue about their current line-up, the philosophy behind the band and plans for their future.  

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When the band was formed and what was the purpose at the time? Tell me about your current line-up.

OCCULT PANTHEON was born early Autumn of 2013. After several meetings under Dionysian state between Owlhell, bass player; Conqueror, guitar player; Orravan, drum player and vocals, and contrasting our perceptions and ideas, the sketches were surfacing under just one task: create a necromancer alchemical Death Metal strongly influenced by old school bands. Although the work was taking its own course until come to be shaped, and it’s still growing as a solid alliance on strong roots. The current line-up is Owlhell on bass, Conqueror on guitars, Abyssal on guitars and E. Orravan on drums and vocals.

Which are the topics that OCCULT PANTHEON approach in their lyrics and which are your main influences?

The OCCULT PANTHEON lyrics emerge, based on searching the classic philosophical questions, using all the possible allegories. On this journey, we are under the influence of the arcane knowledge, alchemy, altered states of consciousness, magic, quantum physics, etc. Our first work is an iconography related to the shamanic phenomenon where our inner hero undertakes an initiatory trip to the world of the dead, transiting an insurmountable path searching for possession of life and death secret, posing it as a mysterious revelation from the occult pantheon.

I know that you shared the stage with ANGELCORPSE during may in Valdivia, Chile. How was that experience?

Yes, excellent experience! What better than playing live for our very first time sharing the stage with a great band as ANGELCORPSE, in a wonderful southern city as Valdivia city. Everything worked very well, great audience attendance, the venue was full of people. We received a good retribution from the audience and that is very strange since we are an almost unknown band. Some people arrived at the show from different cities to support us and made us very happy. While an incessant raining crowned the night, the promoter makes a good job.

OCCULT PANTHEON does not usually play enough live. Is there some kind of particular reason regarding this decision or is it just random reasons not to see you in the different flyers of underground concerts that are organized from time to time in Chile?

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The truth is there is some working and time reasons that we need to make concur, although there is the conviction that every time we play live it must be something special too, every show must be worthy and must represent our message in the best way possible, and to make it works there are some factors both technical and trustworthy, must be met. That said maybe there will be very few occasions that we get to make a live show, but when this happens to be assured that it will be a great experience for your senses.

OCCULT PANTHEON comes from a small city in southern Chile called Maullín (Maullín means ‘Waterfall’ in Mapudungún, the spoken language of Mapuche, native people from South-Central Chile and Argentina). Do you consider this factor as a disadvantage to making extreme metal if we consider that in itself, even in the larger Chilean cities and therefore with access to certain advantages (recording studios, venues where to play, etc.), it is already hard to making Death Metal?    

The truth is that in our case it has not been so. I would even say that has been a great advantage to belong to a small town like ours since we are remote and immune to the vices and gossips of the big cities. Our houses are close each other, we have our own gear and a spot to practice, and enjoy nature and tranquility. We have our own sound engineer and graphic designer in the band so we do almost all the work in our homes. So the truth in this aspect we are working very well. The only thing is that we have to migrate outside for working matters, but when we manage to get together everything flows in a good way.

Can you tell me about the underground metal scene in Maullín and the surrounding cities? What is your view on the underground metal scene in southern Chile today?

Maullín is an old but very small town, so it does not have much history about it. Anyway, there have always been people battling for metal, although we are the first band to record something serious and play outside Maullín. The extreme metal scene in South Chile has always been good with a lot of actives bands in different genres and now is much better since it has been professionalizing gradually, with better productions, shows, rehearsal rooms, recording studios and serious people that are dedicated to supporting the scene, all this next to the attitude of the new generations to concretize in a professional way theirs works.

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Your demo The Omega Of The Alpha, released in 2015, received excellent reviews from the national and international extreme metal scene, which even led you to reissue that material in tape format with two different labels, Aorrahantakhard Productions from Thailand and Soul Reaper from Chile, in addition to including the same material in the Split CD with PROFOUND GRAVE released by Ex Nihilo Music. Will the new material in which the band current works will follow the same way already shown in their previous works or will there be variations in composition, lyrics, sound, etc? What is the importance of using intros/outros in your productions? Is it a resource that will reuse in your next productions?

The new material will bring improvements both in sound and in musical structures, the songs are more polished and with some worked details. In the global aspect will maintain the brutality and darkness that are the main part of our compositions. Regarding the lyrics, we will keep the main topics with a poetic and allegorical language of the mysteries that covers the occult pantheon. Will reveal some secrets that our hero has decoded in his trip. Regarding the intros/outros in our first demo, it was important since from my point of view it contributed to the general concept of the work helping to create the atmosphere and to understand in a better way the general production… in addition, it served as food for critics. I don’t know if it will remain as a resource that we could use again by now. We reserve the right to analyze it in due course.

What’s next for the future of OCCULT PANTHEON? I know that there are plans to launch a new production soon. Can you tell us something, whether it’s a number of tracks, the title of the new work, etc?

Yes, we are ready to launch new material which is already recorded and only missing the last details. This will consist of 3 new songs and we intend to release it as EP. We already have some offers from some labels but nothing serious really by now so we are open to receive new offers. Regarding the music, I can tell you that maintains the brutality and variety of nuances although this time with more complex structures. We also add another guitar player which creates new atmospheres to the band. It only remains to invite them to be tuned to what is coming…

That’s all for now. Space to say what you want.

First of all, thanks to Miguel and Ex Nihilo Music for relying on our artistic proposal and doing an excellent job with the Split CD Immortal Chaos Ascends by PROFOUND GRAVE and OCCULT PANTHEON and thus help us to spread our kind of magic expressionism (growing and expanding its borders). Those interested in our work don’t hesitate to contact us and keep an eye on what is coming, which will not disappoint. Cheers from the South. Hail Eris! Hail Patagonia!

Discography:

Occult Pantheon – “The Omega Of The Alpha” (Independent, 2015)

Profound Grave/Occult Pantheon – “Immortal Chaos Ascends” (Ex Nihilo Music, 2017)

Contact: occultpantheon@gmail.com

Interview: Profound Grave

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PROFOUND GRAVE is a Black Metal band hailing from Puerto Montt, Chile. They have just released their first production, a split CD with their countrymates OCCULT PANTHEON titled Immortal Chaos Ascends released by Ex Nihilo Music. We get in contact with Satran, the man behind the vocals, who talked with us about how they started the band, their new release, their influences and everything about the future of this savage horde. Enjoy!

1.- When the band was formed and what was the motivation to form PROFOUND GRAVE? Please tell me about the current PROFOUND GRAVE line-up.

Cheers Miguel, how is going everything there? Ok, let’s talk about history. PROFOUND GRAVE was born from the ashes of FORGOTTEN GRAVES, a band formed in 2013 with another guy in the vocals department. After a while with no activity and one instrumental demo recorded, in 2015 ‘Grave’ and ‘Orravan’ get in contact with me to offer the vacant place to which I agreed. I know ‘Orravan’ long time and from a long time ago we desired to work together.  The same year I recorded the vocals, rewrite all the lyrics and renamed the band as PROFOUND GRAVE.  By now PROFOUND GRAVE is a trio and includes ‘Grave’ on guitars, ‘Orravan’ on drums and ‘Satran’ on vocals. We are currently looking for new musicians to complete the five points of the pentagram.

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2.- Your debut recording has a huge dose of brutality thanks to the raw sound and your particular approach on vocals, plus the speed, dynamism, and intensity that the band achieves to put in every song.  Tell us more about the production, how long it took to record it, where was recorded and some interesting details.

Well, the drums were recorded at Subnivel Studio, Puerto Montt, while the strings were recorded in 2013 in Maullín city at Anubis Studios. Then, one year and a half after, I recorded the vocals at Caja Negra Studios (Puerto Montt). As you see, there’s the reason why our first work has that raw and chaotic sound. Just three different recording studios can give you that. The mastering work was done by our drummer, who is an experimented sound engineer and the results are evident.

3.- Which are the topics that inspire the PROFOUND GRAVE lyrics?

It’s always difficult to answer that question because my approach to life is totally twisted and I follow patterns coming from occult and philosophic currents, trying from all the shit around take a bit of truth. But the lyrics are mainly visions about death, the awakening and birth from ancient Cathar and ascetic visions are seen absolutely by my own sick reasoning.

4.- How you define the PROFOUND GRAVE music style and which bands are your influences?

PROFOUND GRAVE plays Black Metal and by now is the perfect dimension where we can manifest our arrogance and hate against this extremely rotten material world.  Also, it allows us to bring to this earthly plane new metaphysic elements that we will not hesitate to use if our own manifestation deserves it. PROFOUND GRAVE will not only be about music. Our main gravitational laws are DARKTHRONE, IMPALED NAZARENE, GRAND BELIAL’S KEY, BESTIAL MOCKERY, DESTRUKTOR, SODOM, MARDUK and totally different bands to the already named that soon will be incorporated into our sound.

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5.- Tell me about your next steps for PROFOUND GRAVE. Are you working on new stuff?

The closest thing is to make the official release of our split CD Immortal Chaos Ascends with our comrades from OCCULT PANTHEON, in what will be a ritual somewise private since it will be organized and controlled by us in a one hundred percent. We don’t want to work with worldly producers who are only interested in making money or filling the void that will leave their own lack of self-esteem.

6.- PROFOUND GRAVE already played a couple of times live. Which bands are you already shared the stage?

We’ve played live in two opportunities at the time with the current line-up, and as pre-PROFOUND GRAVE entity, the band played just one time with their previous vocal.  In one way or another, we don’t play a lot live, is usually just one time per year. We’ve shared stage with INSORCIST, SIASKEL, OBSENUM, GOATIMPURITY, PUTRID YELL, EXCORIATE (Chi).

7.- Are you currently working on another project related to the local extreme metal scene?

By now I’m just concentrated in PROFOUND GRAVE, since today I have no too much time. Anyway, I’m all the time thinking about new projects, not necessarily musical but always of total terror.

8.- The current year PROFOUND GRAVE released its first production, a split CD with OCCULT PANTHEON, a band from southern Chile, the same as your current band. In the past, you were part of DEMONIC RAGE and another old band from Puerto Montt called DESERTOR. Also, you’re working on your own zine, called PUTRESCENSE ZINE. In that sense, as a witness of what happens today in the southern zone of the country concerning the extreme metal evolution, ¿how do you see the Chilean underground scene?

I’ve been more than half of my life on this and I’ve seen born and die thoughts, attitudes, and dreams… and I’ve been seen enough commune there is things that should never have been born and some things that should never have been died. Every time the metal scene is bigger and powerful, but also dangerously more popular.

9.- Ok, that’s it by now. Thanks for your time and here is a space to tell whatever you want.

Today April 2nd, 4:27 is the hour where darkness extent its black mantle on the southern sky and the hypocrites feel fear and the dreamers drink. Cheers northern brother, that the aurora borealis suggest your path…

Discography: 

Profound Grave/Occult Pantheon – “Immortal Chaos Ascends” (Ex Nihilo Music, 2017)

Contact: profoundgrave@gmail.com

PROFOUND GRAVE/OCCULT PANTHEON SPLIT CD OUT NOW

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Immortal Chaos Ascends, the awaited split CD by Chilean Black and Death Metal acts PROFOUND GRAVE and OCCULT PANTHEON, is now out via Ex Nihilo Music. This new release has 10 tracks in almost 33 minutes of uncompromised and suffocating extreme metal made in the south of the world.

PROFOUND GRAVE was formed in Puerto Montt city and the current line-up is Grave on guitars, O.E. Orravan on drums, Profanus on bass and Satran Xul on vocals.

OCCULT PANTHEON was formed in Maullín -about 70 kilometers away from Puerto Montt- and the current line-up is Owlhell on bass, O.E. Orravan on drums/vocals and Conqueror on guitars.

This new production will be distributed by Ex Nihilo Music in Canada, the US and Europe. In Chile will be available via both bands and Putrid Prods. Now you can purchase this brutal piece of Chilean extreme metal directly via Ex Nihilo Music BigCartel site.

Profound Grave/Occult Pantheon split CD out soon!


caratula-splitImmortal Chaos Ascend is the title of the upcoming split CD from Chilean black and death metal acts PROFOUND GRAVE and OCCULT PANTHEON, production to be released by Ex Nihilo Music early 2017. All the music is already recorded and includes 10 tracks, 5 for each band.

PROFOUND GRAVE was formed in Puerto Montt city –hometown of acts like Demonic Rage, Horrifying, and Satanic Ripper, among others- and the current line-up is Grave on guitars, O.E. Orravan on drums, Profanus on bass and Satran Xul on vocals. PROFOUND GRAVE is strongly influenced by Darkthrone, Marduk, Grand Belial’s Key, among others.

While OCCULT PANTHEON was formed in Maullín, about 70 kilometers away from Puerto Montt, and the current line-up is integrated by Owlhell on bass, O.E. Orravan on drums/vocals and Conqueror on guitars. OCCULT PANTHEON is inspired by acts like Autopsy, Incantation, Death, Morgoth, among others.

Immortal Chaos Ascend will be distributed by Ex Nihilo Music in Canada and the U.S. Check out the tracklist below.

PROFOUND GRAVE

01.- Intro.

02.- Black Bread For A Black Season.

03.- Derange Temple Manifestation.

04.- Universal Cadaver Of Yahweh.

05.- Outro.

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06.- Traveling Through The Arcane XIII.

07.- I’ve Arrived At Charon Port (Omega).

08.- Sailing Through The Sea Of Realities.

09.- (Alpha) To The End Of The Beginning.

10.- Across The Portal.