EMQ’s with OPHION
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Dominican Republic based Extreme Metal band, Ophion. Huge thanks to, Focalor and Monarch, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
We are Focalor and Monarch of the band Ophion and we play extreme metal, or, as some would prefer to say, Blackened Death Metal. The band was founded sometime in 2017 with the intention of creating music centered around a series of concepts ancillary and very generally summed up by the name of the band.
How did you come up with your band name?
Focalor: The name originates from a treatise entitled Ophiolatreia on the universality and worship of the serpent, as well as another work, now lost, but mentioned therein, by Pherecydes Tyrus named Theology of Ophion.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Focalor: We hail from the Dominican Republic, even though Monarch is currently based in Spain.
The metal scene in the Dominican Republic can be understood as an ebbing and flowing of sorts, with some periods of activity driven by particular bands and supporters, who carry the scene for some time, and then retreat into inactivity, giving way to other small waves of bands and supporters, albeit with the occasional ‘survivors’. It should be remarked that extreme metal, I.e., death and black, have proven to be the most enduring.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Focalor: Ophion’s debut album “Antediluvian” was released a short while ago, on 2nd September. More recently, we’ve published a drum cam for ‘Panophion’, as well as a live session of sorts for ‘Kalassa’. We are currently working on a concept video for the track Atlantean Gates.
‘Kalassa’ (Lyric Video)
‘Panophion’ (Drum Cam Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Focalor: Dissection, Deathspell Omega, Behemoth
Monarch: As far as vocal style and arrangements, I’d say Nagash from Troll, Thebon ex-Keep of Kalessin, Satyr from Satyricon and Attila from Mayhem. However, as for focus on lyrical content, doubtless, Dani Filth.
What first got you into music?
Focalor: When I was about five, I was completely seized by guitars at music shops, after having discovered, of course, bands such as Metallica, and their “Black” Album and Black Sabbath’s “Heaven And Hell”, which I had received as a gift from my mother. Later on, at about 9, I came to discover other bands like In Flames and At the Gates – I remember being filled with a desire to dominate my instrument more fully, you know; and, when I reached my 13th year, I put together my first band: Soul of Death.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Focalor: Ihsahn (Emperor)
Monarch: Keep of Kalessin
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Focalor: Wacken Open Air. I really like how so many subgenres are brought together in one place, the audience’s incredible energy and scenography, lights, sounds, the whole deal.
Monarch: Beyond the Gates. There’s something about Norway.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Focalor: Thank you for supporting us and long life to metal!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Focalor: Jon Nödtveidt de Dissection
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Focalor: We both appreciate the creative and recording processes. But not being able to fully live off it is quite unfortunate.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Focalor: More opportunities for bands to make the art economically profitable.
Monarch: No room for weakness in extreme metal. Go listen to it.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Focalor: Dissection – “Storm Of The Light’s Bane”
Monarch: Covenant – In Times Before the Light”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Focalor: Digital possession can never replace the value of physical ownership. Vinyl or CD’s.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Focalor: Destrucción Masiva 2017
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Focalor: Sound engineer, photography, and video production for metal bands
Monarch: Music should not impede one’s other industries.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Focalor: My band brethren.
What’s next for the band?
Focalor: Finish music video for ‘Atlantean Gates’ and continue working on new music for the next album.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Focalor: A Cuiskit? Nay, not all problems can be solved by the mixing of parts…
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
First of all, we have to thank for the support in the Europe scene, waiting this way also to get in touch deeper in other countries, also letting all you know we are currently working on our new material, let’s keep in touch and long live to metal.
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