First of all, thank you very much for taking your time to answer this interview. I was very impressed with your release “The Last Generation”. Please, introduce yourself to our readers.
We are Styxian Industries an Industrial Black Metal band from the Netherlands.
We started some years ago as a five piece and ended up with the three of us. After a few promos we released “Salvation through Deterioration” in 2010, a splitCD with Redreom on the German record label Total Death Records in 2012 and recently “The Last Generation” MCD on Post Apocalyptic Music.
As I mentioned before, I really enjoyed your latest EP “The Last Generation”, please, could you tell our readers a bit about this release, such as the composition process, the sound, what the lyrics are about?
The Last Generation is a gateway release before our debut album which we are working on now. It contains 2 new songs, a rerecording of one of the songs that can be found on our demo “Salvation through Deterioration” and some ambient music as an intro and intermezzo.
Both new songs “The Last Generation” and “When we Leave” are about how we destroy this world (and enjoy it) and how we make sure there won’t be a future for any life on this planet. We don’t care.
Both songs are written in a slightly different way then the songs on our previous releases. All music on Manifestation Exaltation Revelation started with guitar riffs while for “The Last Generation” and “When we Leave” the electronic fundament was created first.
We are also very proud of the artwork and packaging. It comes in a white digipack with minimalistic red artwork by BR (Experimentum, Göll) with matching red colour on the playable side of the disc, prepacked in a biohazard ziplock bag.
What are your major influences when it comes to writing lyrics and composing music? I could sense some old Aborym atmosphere in some of your songs. And to complete the question, what are your favorite bands on the genre, be it only Industrial or Industrial Black Metal?
We don’t have just one main influence for writing lyrics, inspirations comes from everyday life and the senselessness of it all. There is no possibility to create a better world so it’s better to enjoy the misery and go out with a bang.
Inspiration for the music and compositions can come from anything from trains passing by to simple and annoying pop music or the most brutal metal, we can get inspiration from anything. All three of us have a musical taste varying from old school black metal to modern electronic music. We are trying to combine everything we like into what we do. Industrial bands we really enjoy are Neo Inferno 262, Gorgonea Prima, Blacklodge, Expirimentum and Pavillon Rouge amongst many others.
The band has been quite prolific, having released two demos, one compilation, one split and three EPs on the last seven years. What do you do to keep on being so prolific, to have new ideas for releases and what’s lacking, be it about a label, money, etc., to release a full-length album?
We just do what we feel like doing and are very motivated to show the world our view on music.
At the moment we are recording a full-length album and a label is the only thing lacking for our world domination. A big pile of money would be nice as well.
You’ve been playing live often, as far as I’m concerned, and the gigs look great. How do you prepare yourselves for a show? You have a very “stylish” look (meaning that totally fits the band’s concept). What can the fans expect from your concerts and what do you expect from them?
We create an apocalyptic world on stage with deformed children wearing gas-masks, ragged banners, a barrel with nuclear waste. We are wearing old filthy ragged clothes and are cover our more traditional “corpse-paint” with neon glowing yellow nuclear paint. We bring a devastating soundtrack of the apocalypse complemented with visuals of a wasted world.
You might have already answered that on one of the previous questions, but let’s detail this subject. In your opinion, what are the main difficulties that an underground faces nowadays? To release an album, to book a tour, to be noticed among so many bands?
The underground doesn’t have any problem, except for a big lack of money, but then it wouldn’t be underground anymore.
I have to admit that, although I know quite a number of Dutch bands, I’m not very familiar with Netherland’s underground. How do you feel over it? Is the scene strong and are the bands friendly with each other or is there a fierce competition?
There is a relatively small amount of people who are operating in the underground, most of them rather have more bands in which they play and are very productive. After sort of a stand still in the black metal underground the last few years there is some new blood reviving the scene somewhat.
Have any of you visited a place that a nuclear disaster took place? I ask this not only because of the band’s thematic, but I’m also planning to visit Pripyat next year. I think this would be an interesting experience for the band.
Our vocalist went to Chernobyl last summer and is already planning his next trip. It is a very interesting place to see. It emphasizes that the world is better of without humanity.
This is the part of the interview in which I ask something personal about you or the band, nothing that would invade your privacy though. What are your favorite activities outside the music world that you enjoy participating? Any favorite hobbies or drinks, books or movies? Anything that you’d like to share with us.
We like to drink a lot and are interested in everything that is contributing to the end of existence.
I always enjoy asking how the musician got into metal music and you decided to actually create a band and fight for a spot on the metal scene. When and how did you get in touch with metal, what drew into metal and why play industrial black metal?
I got in touch with metal when I was twelve and was playing with the six year old sister of a friend of mine at that time. At 14 I got into heroin and started listening to more extreme forms of metal. I was mostly attracted to metal by tits, alcohol and drugs.
We want to create something that is new. For us it is pointless to play the same music that others have done much better before. We want the world to listen to our deteriorated view of music.
Related to the previous question, during the years of musical life, are there any regrets (musically speaking) or something that you’d change as well as what are your proudest moments with it? Or what do you think will be the most special moment in Styxian Industries existence?
No hopes, no regrets, our main goal at this time is releasing our first full length. We do what we want and we don’t care.
And we’ve reached the end of this interview. I hope you have enjoyed it and so the readers. I also would like to wish the best for the band’s future. Do you have any last words for our readers?
All pictures belong to their rightful owners.July 18, 2014