Recently, I got the chance to do something I’d never done in all my time writing about music: interview a band. It’d been something I could have done (in theory) for a fair chunk of time – but there was always some reason I could never bring myself to hit up their PR; usually I was either too busy or too nervous or too both of those things.

     I finally got around to it, and frankly I’m pretty damn glad I did. I got to interview Eggs of Gomorrh, the absolutely savage and ravaging war metal band about everything from the cultural implications of war metal to their latest album (which I included as a sort of double-feature to go alongside the interview). All that being said, let’s get on with the show.

-RD

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Eggs of Gomorrh
Outpregnate
Krucyator Productions
18 March 2019

Genre: Black/Death Metal, War Metal
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
FFO: Archgoat, Sadomator, Blasphemy, Teitanblood, Proclamation, etc.


Bandcamp
https://krucyator.bandcamp.com/album/outpregnate

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It’s not easy being a war metal band.

     In addition to all of the regular difficulties that seem to exist for everyone in the world of underground music, playing bestial black metal seems to come with its own additional challenge: how do you make it interesting? Although there are some obvious exceptions to the rule within the genre (Blasphemy, Damaar, Revenge, Conqueror, etc) It seems to me as if bestial black metal is very quick to fall down the rabbit hole of mediocre, “2 br00tal 4 u” music that exists somewhere in the negative zone between amusing self-satire and uninteresting jargon.

     I eventually reached a point when I was so tired of listening to all the Blasphemy wannabes of the world who named their albums shit like “Raping an Angel for his Satanic Majesty” that I became a sort of disgruntled old man (in regards to the genre); curling up into the depressing little metaphorical cave I’d carved myself from those aforementioned bands. Thankfully though, my cynicism about the genre was soon to be melted almost as meltily as that nazi’s face at the end of Raiders of the Lost Arc.

     I was minding my own business and digging through some charts on RateYourMusic when I came across Eggs of Gomorrh’s prior release, Rot Prophet. Although it had the war metal tag, it was rated highly enough that I decided I may as well give it a spin. And goddamn was I glad that I did. I was instantly blown away by the fact that a modern band could be producing such fresh and genuinely interesting war metal, and I became a pretty devoted follower of their material from that point on.

 

 

     That brings us to the actual topic of this review, the Swiss war metal bands latest EP, Outpregnate. From the top of the very first track, this new EP instantly struck me as being a yet another fresh take on the bestial black metal genre from the band. Although it maintained all the aspects that make some of the best war metal albums ever just so great (rawness, brutality, and a relentlessly pummeling sound) it seemed to also bring in a sound that can only be described as cavernous, and gloomy. In a way, this feels like the war metal equivalent to bands like Incantation.

     Still though, through the thick and gloomy fog that seems to linger around the release, you can still undeniably make out the bands quality that I think endeared them to a lot of us in the first place- their musical attitude of “you know what, fuck this. We can take bestial black metal to a whole new extreme without just playing recycled Blasphemy riffs over and over again.” And frankly, if that attitude were to spread all around the various subgenres of metal, I can’t say that wouldn’t do a hell of a lot of good.

7/10
But wait! There’s more! Keep reading if you’d like to see my Metalstuff.net exclusive interview with the band.

 

1: Describe your songwriting process to me. How has It changed since you
first wrote the Rot Prophet demo?
The Rot Prophet demo era song writing was very linear and obviously less
experienced. The main point there was to have use block of riffs and repeat them
with different blastbeats. We noticed a pattern that kept re-appearing in the songs of
that demo. However nowadays we have a more meticulous approach to
composition: we use programmed metronome tracks with tempo changes to be able
to achieve dynamics of a live feeling but be perfectly in control of the chaos. The
achieved sound also dictated details that were later incorporated to later
compositions.

2. Outside of your music, one of the things that has always most stood out to

me about you guys is your album artwork while lot of bestial black metal/
black-death stuff in the style of what you do has art that’s clearly just ripping
off Fallen Angel of Doom. The Rot Prophet album had a really unique cover,
and the cover of Outpregnate reminds me of something I’d see on an old brutal
death metal album. Did you guys make a conscious choice to have art that
differed from the tropes of your genre?
There is no point of ripping off anything (which is hard because there is so much
that’s already been made) because the release is supposed to be unique and it
would simply be pointless to be disappointed in it during the following years because
of that. Our artworks are lyrics-orientated. Rot Prophet is mostly dealing with torture
and death so a mummified figure in a snuff context was a logical choice and we are
exploiting different ways of using it on the next full-length. Outpregnate cover is an
illustration of all the songs combined (thus explaining the numerous details). Each
song on that release illustrates a scene of death with sex and perverse nuances
therefore yes, the imagery of an “old brutal death metal album” as you put it is a
fitting choice.

3. Could you ever see yourself doing a split of some kind with another band? If

so, who?
We have announced the upcoming split release with Sarinvomit from Turkey entitled
“Encomium of depraved instincts”. We go a long way with these demons starting
from old NWN fests, onto doing some common projects, playing a show together in
Turkey, recording Horrocious LP etc. So, after a while it was only obvious to make a
split record. We have always been positively looking on the whole split idea, it’s a
good way to discover the bands, have an insight into something a bit different than
their genuine releases and have some surprises. But it obviously has to have a good
reason behind it.

4. How did you come up with the “ejaculating worms” concept?

It was a mixture of things I guess. NDF fest with Sarinvomit guys drinking whisky
during Angelcorpse gig talking about bands like Antaeus and “Wormz on Day VI” and
general topics of sadism and death sex. This was an inspiring moment that led to us
putting it in the lyrics. Outpregnate being the antipode of life and impregnation has
sadistic sexual connotations (like the cover of the Prophetyphus eating its own fetus)
and therefore would be applicable for this apocalyptic universe to ejaculate worms
instead of sperm.

5. Were there one or two albums/bands that inspired you guys to make the

extremely aggressive, vile bestial black metal you make?

One of the co-founders (who left the band couple of years ago) originates from Paris,

so we had a huge influence from the Parisian black/death scene. The most savage
and influential albums in regards to our inspiration would probably be “Antaeus – Cut
your flesh and worship Satan” and Arkhon Infaustus “Filth Catalyst”.

6. You’ve had experience working with a few different labels, plus self-

releasing. What made you decide to release Outpregnate with Krucyator?

Yeah, we’ve worked with Vault of Dried Bones before that closed after a while, so we

were looking for someone pro-active and with the extremist musical vision to
collaborate on the next releases. We all speak French and 2/4 of our crew are
French so it made sense to have an ally in the region which facilitates
communication/promotion etc. Only good things that come from this collaboration.

7. BNGV- I’ve noticed you wearing a ski mask in a few promo photos. Was that

at all inspired by Jim Rushby of Iron Monkey?
First of all, the imagery can vary within a period of time, or release. The front man’s
appearance is decided just before a particular event. Unlike the black cloaked
menace that is very common in the black metal scene nowadays, the
dehumanization facet here is looking inside another aspect: to be able to detach
oneself from the individual perspective and to channel the band’s live energy in the
most radical hate form upon the audience. Maelstrom of lyrics manifest each other in
a symbiosis of explosive violence, proclaiming anti-human blasphemy and relentless
punishment.

8. Goatperv_ Is your name supposed to be like a perverted goat, or a human

whose perversions revolve around goats?

It’s the essence of EoG: demonic perversions, satanic goat fucking, BDSM piss

snuff, cutting up human beings, cannibalism, incest, urethral insects, fluid overflow,
imposed diseases and eternal sodomy. A friendly and warm reminder that those
things are always on our mind.

9. You guys formed in 2008- the same year Bandcamp was founded. As

musicians who’ve been at it for the whole of the Bandcamp era, how much
have you noticed sites like that affecting the underground music scene? How
has it affected your band specifically?

To be honest with you we have never been anywhere near attentive towards the

Bandcamp thing. It’s a mean of promotion like myspace was or youtube. Probably
missing out on something here but hardly any fucks given. The whole digital world
thing is really not our universe and really remote from anything we are doing.

That’s about all the questions I have for you. Best wishes!

Thanx for your interest and support. Enjoy “Outpregnate” and keep an eye out for the

split release later this year and some major news in autumn! Hail Death 666
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