"The Lord is coming in Glory and His name is Satan. . ."
As long as France's black/death metal act Arkhon Infaustus are around,
the world is not a safe place to live.
Continuing from where the evil and vile regime left off with 2000's
powerfully violent (and creepy) Hell Injection comes Filth Catalyst (on
Osmose Productions), a carefully sculpted ode to all things violent,
unlawful and evil. Not only does the new album crush anything else that
postures malevolently this year, this album sets the standard for evil
in 2003. Arkhon Infaustus indeed speak volumes from deep within their
darkened, desolate souls and stand behind any venomous beliefs they spew
"We knew there was pressure going into this album, but we knew what we
had to do," starts bassist/black metal vocalist 666Torturer about the
making of the new disc. "We weren't going to change things up musically
because of good or bad publicity. This album was a lot of hard work. We
put two years into the making of this album and its work was inspired by
what we had done with Hell Injection, but also by what other elements
and experiences we could bring into the music of Arkhon Infaustus. It
was indeed a challenge for us and I think we [guitarist/death vocalist
D.Deviant, drummer A.Zk6 and guitarist Toxik.H.] came out of it quite
successfully with Filth Catalyst."
And unlike the trend jumping and multiple rehashed bands of today's
music scene, Arkhon Infaustus are not concerned with what's going on
around them. They are focused on doing things their way and only their
"When we come together to make an album and anything else important to
the band, we put all of our effort into it-the music, the imagery and
the lyrics. We are not a cliche black metal band at all," he says. "We
are not waging a war against Christianity. This is a lot deeper than
that. We speak of things that are a lot more theological than just
spewing off about religion. We really believe in what we do and what we
He continues, "A lot of what we do and create comes from our vision of
what evil really is to us. We use the word Satan quite in a bit in our
lyrics, but it is much more than a Christian word. We use this word
because the Christians made it a very powerful word and made it a symbol
of rebellion and hate. We go from there on to much deeper realms of
theology within our music and the way we go about our lives."
Some might wonder just what led 666Torturer down this path of evil and
destruction. No doubt the bassist could have easily chosen another route
in his quest for musical creativity and expression, but he chose evil.
He responds, "I think we have been chosen to do this. I think there are
a lot of things that led us to our work with Arkhon Infaustus. We went
through several bands to get to where we are, but it was necessary to
grow as individuals and come into our own visions and perceptions of
life and the world around us and eventually come together to create the
band we are in now. Evil has been very deep in our lives way longer than
when we first started creating music. It was through the music and the
imagery that we created with Arkhon Infaustus that we have been able to
tap into the evil that has run through us for many years. It still is a
No doubt the new album sees a new resurgence of evil.
"Of course," the bassist agrees. "With the new album we continued on
with that premise but explored a few more aspects of that. We knew we
had taken the level of evil so far with Hell Injection but knew there
was a lot more to showcase via our music and imagery."
And it wouldn't be just a hunch to assume that the band members are
perfectionists when it comes to what they do. Just look at the imagery
and other aspects outside of the music and you can see the hard work put
into it all.
"Are we perfectionists? Yeah, you could say that," he laughs. "We are
very involved with what we do and no matter what it is, it has to
represent what we are about. I mean, look at the images that come with
the CD-these are perfect snapshots of us right now. Even in the studio,
it is very important for us to achieve the perfect sound and style. From
guitar riffs to lyrics to the music process of assembling it and on to
the pictures, we work extra hard to make sure that what you see with the
final product is how we want to be viewed. This is Arkhon Infaustus and
we are not hiding anything from our fans or anyone else for that
He adds, "And while we are very sure of what we want to do as a band,
making music is a difficult thing in the long run. I mean, over the past
few years we have continued to evolve as the band and come up with ideas
and just try to make Arkhon Infaustus better with each release. We spent
two years on this album working and re-working songs to make them better
and representative of what we are as a band right now. But also, it
comes as something very natural for us too. I mean, we never really run
out of ideas and are always bringing ideas into our rehearsal area."
Credit for their success, to be fair, should be shared between the band
and Osmose Productions. Unlike some labels that would fight a band's use
of violent imagery and offensive visions for an upcoming release, Osmose
Productions has been very supportive of the band's vision and growth.
"Osmose really believes in us and we really believe in them," he says
about the label's support of the Hell Injection artwork, which had been
banned in several countries. "I grew up with the label and their first
few releases like Impaled Nazarene, and it is great to see 12 years
later that they still stand behind the music they put out and the
artists, ideas and visions. When the album was censored, we didn't know
what to do next and the label took control of it and helped get the
album out there. It was a great feeling knowing that they would take on
that area of stress and allow us to continue writing and just being in
the band and not worry about that nonsense. And they still stand behind
us with the new album."
Tell me about the album title-what is the meaning behind it?
"The title comes from the result of the album. Hell Injection came from
the notion that we were injecting and planting all these seeds of evil
into people, while Filth Catalyst is the evil that attracts all evil.
When you listen to us, read the music, look at the pictures you
understand on your own just what we are about. All of those elements
combined just act as a snowball with each listen and it gets bigger and
bigger each time. Filth Catalyst is a perfect title because it truly
represents how we work as a band, where we want all of our ideas and
plans and sounds to merge into one final product.
"We really believe in what we do and we aren't cheating people," he
reiterates. "We believe that people get a lot out of our music when they
hear the album."
What was your reaction to the final result?
"I got two very different reactions from the album when I first played
it back," he says. "The first reaction was this real hatred and violence
within me when certain songs played, especially a track like "Nox
Microcosmica." Playing back that song I felt all the hatred and anger
that went into the making of the song and the lyrics we penned to give
it life. Despite feeling like that, I also felt a real sense of
accomplishment with this album. I think we have provided a message to
music fans out there and that we are continuing on to the real path
I gotta ask, what do your parents think about all of this?
666Torturer answers, "I don't really talk to my parents very much, maybe
once every few years, 'cause I left home around 18 and haven't really
put any effort into talking to them. I don't think they would like what
I am doing, especially the music and the spirit of what this band is all
You can't always please your parents.
"I know, and that is not what I am looking forward to," he says. "I
think this is a new society and another time and I don't care what they
think. We are a new generation, a generation that has to take it on
ourselves and not worry what they have to say. Forget them all; we
choose our own actions."
UNRESTRAINED! # 21
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