Taphos Nomos


Death Metal from pre-Hadean era, unnatural forces, nerds and the wild west. Mixture of deathly doom for you right here!

Who are you and what do you do in your band?

“Who is your daddy and what does he do?” Ha ha! You’ve seen the movie ​Kindergarten Cop​? A classic in my eyes. To answer your question, I am Mountain of Doom: vox and verba, the metatron of the eschaton; a towering, brooding, hooded and menacing pronouncer of humankind’s self­inflicted doom. Pleased to make your acquaintance.

When/where was your band formed?

We unnatural forces have been jamming heavily since the pre­Hadean epochs, a time entirely absent from human knowledge. Only recently have we manifested upon terra to siren the extinction of humankind. In the fall of 2014 we began writing ​West of Everything Lies Death​­­ the title, by the way, was stolen from my one of my favorite writers, Louis L’Amour.

Why did you choose to play Death Metal?

Interesting question. It was not an intentional decision. We play what we do because it’s an apt genre for our subject matter. Each of us loves death metal, and death doom especially.

How do you compose your music? Does only one guy do everything or does everyone contribute?

Our songs take about a month to write completely. First, we discuss the subject matter of the song then we write various riffs together and jam ideas. Canyon Shifter has been writing metal riffs for well over 4 billion years ­­just not always with a guitar­­ so Shifter’s, according to Rainnbridge, a “riff machine.” T. Mastication always has a weird, nifty little riff on hand, too (see the Latin part in in “Pyroclastic”). We’ve found that sometimes a song needs jamming live a few times before we consider it complete. We are not sure what you humans like or what you will consume. Ultimately, though, it is for our own catharsis. We also mourn the finally arrived, inevitable demise of Homo sapiens.

Tell us about your lyrics, writing, inspiration etc.

We like to hide Easter eggs in the verba. We are literary nerds, and not just because that is a death doom prerequisite. The Easter eggs range from direct quotes to subtle allusions. For instance, the song “Pyroclastic Flow (Hellbent on Destruction).” The title is lifted from a lecture given by Dr. Charlie Jones, an extraordinary and prescient human (prescient not because of some reoccurring, paranormal, vaguely religious phenomena, but because of his concern and appreciation for and his greater understanding of our world). All of the verba were inspired by myriad humans over a multitude of lifetimes.

Year 2015 saw two releases from you, West Of Everything Lies Death EP and The Cottonwoods Grim digital demo. Tell us about those releases.

“The Cottonwoods Grim” is a song from our impending full length, ​Carmina Arborum​, but since it was finished by the time we ascended to record ​West of Everything​, we decided to demo it as well. We released it summer MMXV, some time after the demo came out. Hammerheart Records recently reissued the demo plus “The Cottonwoods Grim” on the same CD. That was cool with us because “The Cottonwoods Grim” takes place in the American West. The album version is different anyway. But it ought to be known that “The Cottonwoods Grim” is a bonus track and is thematically tied in with another forthcoming work.

How do you see the state of Death Metal music these days in your country and in general?

Death metal’s putrid and extremely contagious right now. In the mid to late 90s and early 00s, when no one (allegedly) cared, there were still great death metal records every year. Vital Remains’ ​Dechristianize​ from ‘03 is one of the most righteous albums ever! ​Formulas​ in ‘98. Dreadful Hours ​came out of nowhere. ​. . .​ ​Majestic Thou in Ruin​ from ‘95. Of course there are more killer records during some years than during others, call ‘em the heavier harvest years. But death metal is a perennial and ever­putrescent expression, an undead scourge upon the masses. It’s aural leprosy. Once you’ve caught you’re condemned to bear its lesions the rest of your life. A product of these hostile times, whoever its carriers, in whatever country, death metal is here to spread!

What are your long term plans as a band? What do you want to achieve?

We have recorded a full length album, ​Carmina Arborum​. We are nearly finished writing our side of our split with Urðun. We look forward to playing more shows and writing more songs about humans dying.

Name another Death Metal band from your country that everyone should hear.

We share a practice space two crushing death metal bands. Check them out because they are mass grave heavy! WROUGHT IRON & ABYSME.

Free word.

Reader, seize as many opportunities as you humanly can to enjoy nature, to embrace those you care about, to indulge in the death metal that you love. On behalf of Arthur Rainnbridge, Canyon Shifter, Sylvan Spectrecraft, Tectonic Mastication and myself, Mountain of Doom, thank you for your interest in Taphos Nomos.

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