Aphyxion

Interview with Aphyxion

Here’s a chance for you to tell our readers about your new album Void. But could you please start off by introducing the readers to the band and give a short version of the biography?

Having played together since our early teens, we’re a tight band with a lot of fun stories, experiences and stupid little anecdotes between the 5 of us. We started off as friends, wanting to jam a bit of metal, and eventually we wrote our own songs and had a band name and everything. We have since then polished our live set by playing at Wacken Open Air, Copenhell, countless Danish towns and here and there throughout Europe. Behind us are over 300 shows, 2 full length albums and a few demos, and we can’t wait to now bring you our third album: VOID, out may 10.

And now onto Void… track-by-track, what inspired you, what topics are you dealing with, what do you want to express with this song etc.

1. Fork Tongued

This song is about being untrue, mostly to yourself, but also to the people around you. If you lie once, it’s easier to rationalize that it’s okay do it again, but it all ends up in a  ‘river of deceit’, where it’s basically impossible to stop being untrue, and ‘the guilt is killing’ the person leading this life.

2. Sleepwalkers

If you have seen the music video, you already know what counter-trend ‘Sleepwalkers’ is an endorsement of. If not, here we go: ‘We’re not living life enough to die’ – because we, as a collective are so caught up in our smartphones, our tablets, our smartwatches, and our tv’s so much that we barely live, socialize or feel anything at all, anymore. This is of course an exaggeration of reality, but we want people to look up sometimes, and actually do stuff, instead of feeding their candy-crush addiction to the extreme. .

3. Restless Nights

This is a personal one and reflects how it feels to be coping with insomnia and all the things, that comes with it. If you’ve felt it before, we hope you can relate.

4. Crown Of Thorns

Crown of Thorns is about being unable of moving aside bad habits, daily rituals and negative behaviour that you pull yourself through, either on a daily basis or in the long run. It also concerns admitting how you treat yourself and living with or reacting to that.

5. Happily Apathetic

When you’re so sad, that all you want to feel is nothing, then you’re ‘Happily Apathetic’. It may be a ‘camouflage state’, that you are using to cover up your actual emotions, but indifference is sometimes all you want to feel, because it seems easier.

6. A Gap Of Sky

Also in the theme of taking care of yourself (or not doing so), ‘A Gap Of Sky’ is about how your restless nights turn it to panic attacks, and how you try to look for an opening, or a way out.

7. Sedate Myself

Here we talk about dulling your brain, sedating whatever issues are present, even though it’s not necessarily the most constructive thing to do. There’s a cultural thing going on, with everyone patching everything up with medicine, instead of looking at the underlying problems, and ‘Sedate Myself’ is about that. Of course, this song is not just about pharmaceutical medicine but also has a couple of metaphorical layers, that you can interpret yourself, as you like.

8. Pain

Sometimes the best messages and themes are the simplest, and even though we react to pain differently, we all have experienced having the feeling. The song also includes metaphors and exaggerations, but the theme is fundamentally feeling pain.

9. No Man Is An Island

Ironically the song is about how ‘No Man Is An Island’, but the protagonist has a habit of pushing himself away from the crowd. The song is both about unity and solitude and both about hope and despair.

10. Stronger In The End

‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ is another major cliché, and as with pain, the theme here is a simple one: adversity will leave you stronger in the end. A clear and powerful message.

11. Void

Void, nothingness, blackness, where everything is accumulated into nothing in particular is the theme underlying theme of the album, which is why this song was a good fit as an album title as well. This song is the last, as it wraps a bow around all the other songs, with a finishing holistic touch. It is about getting whirled into the void, whether through consumption of sedatives, flashing screens or whether it’s through depression or stress, or whatever else reason that may cause anyone to feel this way.

Can you tell us about the concept behind your artwork? 

The artwork resembles a lost person who basically IS the void. The dark cloud representing the nothingness, a dark torso representing the human body as a catalyst for emotion and lastly the hands holding the torso, as a reaction to distress.

Which song was the easiest/hardest to write? And how come? 

Lyrical and instrumental writing are two different camps in our band, and often times it’s the songs that are easily written (instrumentally) that turn out to be the catchier ones. Sleepwalkers was down pretty quickly, and it was the one song we all initially agreed on as a single.

Is there any track that means something special for you on the album?

All lyrics are written out of personal experience or own contemplation, so there’s a natural investment in all of them, and we’ve had a hard time debating which songs are better… In short, all songs are special, but no, there is not one that is particularly important, over the others.

How different is your latest album in comparison to your previous ones?

This one is definitely more dynamic. We’ve played more with different tuning, tempo, and balance in all songs, and have implemented clean singing, for the first time ever, so it is a more dynamic album in general. More is not always better, but in this case, it is.

Any new bands you would recommend our readers? What are you currently listening to most?

We’re creatures of habit, so go listen to bands we’ve loved for some time already: Cabal, Bring Me The Horizon, Unseen Faith, The Midnight and everything by Architects. If you want something completely new from the Danish scene, go ahead and check the Prime Collective roster with lots of great bands on it.

What’s next on your list, any upcoming tours and gigs planned?

We’re playing Smukfest this summer, and then we got a tour coming up in September – mostly DK jobs, but we’re also going a bit abroad to play a few festivals.

Thanks a lot for your time. Any last words for your fans and our fellow readers?

If you have any questions to us whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to DM us on Facebook og Instagram – we love talking to our fans and hear, what they have to say about our music.

Discography:

Void (2019)
Aftermath (2016)
Earth Entangled (2014)
Obliteration of the Weak EP (2010)
Eradication of Fates EP (2009)

Current Line-Up:

Michael Vahl - Vocals
Jonas Haagensen - Guitars
Jesper Haas - Guitars
Jais Jessen - Bass
Jakob Jensen - Drums

Tommy Sonne Skøtt
About Tommy Sonne Skøtt 1993 Articles
I began my writing career in the year of 2012 due to my love for the metal community, and have since moved onto a second role as the Tech-Wiz of PoM - taking good care of our website. My favourite music genres are Progressive Metal in all its different shapes and Melodic Death Metal.

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