Australian black metal beast Nazxul released it’s 2nd album, Iconoclast, last year after a 14 year old break. Clarence from Heavy Metal Tribune got to talk to Nazxul members on the history of Nazxul and about their upcoming projects…
Clarence (HMT): On behalf of Heavy Metal Tribune, I would like to thank you and the people at Nazxul for granting me this opportunity to interview Nazxul. First and foremost, give us a brief introduction to the band’s history.
1993 was the first rumblings of the beast that is Nazxul. After crafting music, a self-titled demo was released in 1994 (Vampire Records). Nazxul was busy carving their own Australian brand of evil amongst a time when Black Metal was starting to twist it’s head in other countries around the world.
Nazxul attacked again in 1996 with the malevolent first full-length CD that is ‘Totem’. Branded with an extremely heavy, bombastic, noise terrorism tag, more was yet to come from the cult.
Ignored by most, Nazxul continued crafting their evil upon the world when in 1997 they released the violent EP that is ‘Black Seed’. Containing 4 hymns of extreme destruction,
Nazxul performed their first live performance in 1998 followed by an Australian tour in 1999 with Impaled Nazarene. A performance in 2000 at Australia’s largest metal festival ‘Metal For The Brain’ which left them banned from ever playing the festival again for it’s extreme audial and visual violence.
After 10 years Nazxul rears its heads again with the new full length album ‘Iconoclast’ (Moribund Records / Eisenwald), followed by a tour of carnage through Europe, including shows with bands such as; Akercocke, Anathema, Destruction, Lock-Up and Necrophobic amongst others.
|Nazxul at Damnation Fest 2009|
Nazxul performed at the Damnation Festival last year. How was the crowd’s reception for the band? Was it your first performance in UK?
This was Nazxul’s first UK show, quenching the thirst for existing fans and gaining new disciples to our unholy cause.
As far as I know, some of the members were previously involved in bands such as Pestilential Shadows, Drowning the Light and Nox Inferi. So besides playing for Nazxul, do any of the band members currently have any side project going on?
The band members do work with the above mentioned projects, but Nazxul is a collective entity on its own.
Having a pretty small and underground metal scene here in Singapore, I am curious about the Australian metal scene, seeing how many well-established bands there are from Australia (Destroyer 666, Bestial Warlust and Gospel of the Horn). So, what is the Australian metal scene like? Is it hard to book a show over there?
The underground metal scene in Australia is small but dedicated. Venue’s are reluctant to book metal bands because of the stigma surrounding metal, especially extreme bands like the one’s mentioned above. There are a small amount of venues that still let metal bands play, but even if these venues were to shut or to restrict metal, the bands would still find ways to play such as old warehouses, factories and churches.
With the internet now being so widely available, what is your take on illegal music downloads from a musician’s perspective?
Nazxul is not concerned with illegal downloading of music, as long as people are introduced to the vision and message of the music.
Nazxul was formed in 1993, and within 2 years of your formation you released the debut album “Totem” and an EP. Your recent release, “Iconoclast” is the first album in 13 years. What took the band so long to release this album?
We had problems with the line up of Nazxul, members that didn’t share the vision and determination of the collective. These problems seemed solved with the recording of ‘Iconoclast’ but this was not to be. Nazxul suffered a tragic loss just after the album was recorded with the death of one of the members. Being a visionary and a musical genius, this was a step back for the band. It took some time to get the band back on its feet but it now is more determined than ever to continue with it’s sonic terrorism!
Speaking of musical influences, as a musician, which bands do you draw influence from, in terms of music and lyrics?
Mostly our musical influences involve classical composers such as Pendereki, Gorecki and other composers as well such as religious and world music. Lyrics are usually conceptual with Occult themes running throughout.
Nazxul is scheduled to perform at Maryland DeathFest along with other big black metal acts such as Watain, Sodom, Entombed and Possessed. Is this Nazxul’s first US appearance? Anything that the band is looking forward to and what can fans from US expect from the performance?
The trip to the US continent will be Nazxul’s first one. We will be looking forward to watching these bands and conversing with the people there. It will be a constructive journey. The US masses can expect a ritual the likeness that they have never witnessed before. The people of the Americas are not ready for the power and grandeur of the beast that is Nazxul.
Any future plans that fans can look forward to, after the band completes the tour for the new album?
Nazxul is working on new spells to infect the populous with. There will be new releases soon and a second international tour being planned for later in the year. People should not expect anything, for the creature that is Nazxul is constantly changing but will always remain defiant and steadfast against goodness, hope and love.
Any parting words for fans and aspiring musicians out there?
The occult isn’t determined by bands and trends which we see daily, these bands will eventually conform to a level of acceptance by the general populous. This music is not for them, it is dangerous, twisted and diabolical, not for scene whores and wimps. This is not about fashion and friends, it is about the Devil. Evolve, construct and deconstruct, find the path to destruction and utter ruin! Revel in absolute de-humanization! Revel in mankind’s lament and suffering!
Thank you once again for taking time off to have this interview with us. On behalf of Heavy Metal Tribune, I wish you all the best in your upcoming tours!
Hail to Heavy Metal Tribune! Nazxul is dead! Long live Nazxul!
Nazxul on MySpace.
Photos taken from Nazxul’s MySpace page.