Profile: Head of the Demon

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Their most recent, Sathanas Trismegistos, is built on the same principles as their debut: originality of sound and clarity of vision. The sophomore release is a logical evolution to the self-titled album of 2012. Entrenched in heavy metal of the various occult shades, Sathanas Trismegisto provides a solid foundation upon which the music is built and the poetic, minimalist approach of less is more.  We had a chance to chat with the boys. Check it out!

How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?

I started playing in a band (Purgatory) when I was around 14-15. The thought had never occurred to me before my friend, who is also the drummer in Head of the Demon, pitched the idea. Although I had taken guitar lessons at the age of 11-13 already, the idea was alien, but up to this day I am thankful he was such a driving force.  As for success, I would say yes. With all the bands I have played in I have reached satisfaction before either ending them or quitting. I don’t seek recognition for my artistry. I seek a vessel that is able to manifest the creative vision. And as long as that is done I consider it a success.

What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised?

I don’t debase myself. I agree to terms and follow them as long as the other part follows them. If there are offers where I need to debase myself I simply don’t do it.

What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?

The worst thing with UG Metal is that it eventually seeks and gets recognition, directly or indirectly. And whence it has been recognized by the mainstream it has given up its essence, its ferocious uncompromising stance and controversy. That comes automatically with mainstream “success”. Since it is “industrialized” one needs to get into the industry and play the game. And whence that is done the game plays with you and not vice versa. There are of course exceptions as to all rules. But they are few and considered uncomfortable bands and artists to deal with. Hell, I call it integrity! And that in itself is revealing of how it all works. Today the occult rock, doom, and whatnot is going in the same direction as Death and Black Metal from the early 90’s did. But it is all in good order. Since one needs to destroy the old in order to create the new. The best thing is that new seeds are being sown and eventually they will bloom and bring fruition to something new, dangerous, uncompromising and ferocious.

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It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?

Maybe I didn’t get the question but I care little to nothing for society, politics and the likes. So the only side I give to that is my back. Head of the Demon has nothing to do with the world, rationalistic stuff or thought patterns. We are otherworldly since it is there where we find inspiration. Its main function is to serve as a vehicle for the current of inspiration that seeks to manifest. In this case a spiritual one pertaining to the left side of god.

What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?

An older friend and neighbor played Motley Crue, Wasp, Iron Maiden and the likes for me when I was around 7 or 8 if I recall. I was smitten and brainwashed by it ever since. My family isn’t very moralistic in regards to music so no hassle there. But my father wasn’t too thrilled about it. Luckily for me they were getting divorced at that time.

What’s the stickiest you have ever been?

I promised your mother I wouldn’t talk about that. (Editorial Note: This is a sweet burn.)

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What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician? 

Go with your gut feeling and don’t be a stupid whore!

What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.

Some of us are already in a cult so don’t need to start one at least. Other than that I’d say our goal is to delve deeper into the essence of Head of the Demon. And try to convey what the spirit of Alghoul wants us to convey in a musical way and to do it justice.

Finally, when you’re not listening to, writing or playing metal, what are some of you favorite albums to listen to currently?

These are the albums that I have been spinning mostly as of late. Danzig 1-4. Diamanda Galas – Saint of the Pit. Bohren and der Club of Gore – Black Earth. English Heretic –Tales of the New Isis Lodge. Master’s Hammer – Ritual and Bathory – Under the Sign of the Black Mark.

Thanks to Head of the Demon. Be sure to check out their new album Sathanas Trismegistos here!

 

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