At the turn of a new year it always seems like there’s a great race to be the first with a stunning album and Raleigh, NC’s Mo’ynoq deliver on Dreaming In A Dead Language, whether they were aiming to or not. Black metal is at the forefront here, just like on their stellar Anguish and Atonement demo and Bardo EP. But, atmospheric, post-black metal, and melody all play their significant parts to make up this outstanding full length debut. I could go on for paragraphs about how “The Collector” blew my hat back or how fast the multifaceted and deep “Buried By Regret” magically appeared on my song of the year list but it’s better to just head below and read the band’s answers to our Profile questions while listening to the included embed. Again, stellar work here by Mo’ynoq and this is one you DO NOT want to miss.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
We were all driven to pick up instruments because our heroes were musicians. For the most part, our parents helped drive our interest in music at a young age. Success is a hard thing to pin down when describing any artistic endeavor. Especially these days, it seems nearly impossible for an extreme band to get to a place where the people involved are able to survive just on their art alone. We’ll continue to create as long as we have the ability and something to express – and that’s probably all the “success” we could realistically hope for.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
We closed out some jam-band open mic in Fredericksburg, MD after a show fell through while we were on the road. It actually ended up kicking ass. The crowd was crazy and we ended up partying with the hippies all night.
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?
This one is tough. To us, they are one in the same. The good comes with the bad. The ability for bands today to put out releases, communicate with each other to setup tours and develop these amazing relationships is easier than ever before. As a fan, you can randomly discover some amazing music somebody on the other side of the planet recorded in their apartment. At the same time, everything is so saturated that great bands inevitably fall by the wayside due to their inability to gain any traction. Also the worst, pay to play gigs.
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?
We don’t really address social issues in our music. Our lyrics typically are either dealing with the individual or the cosmos and not a whole lot inbetween. That isn’t to say we don’t have convictions. Something that is very important to us, especially being from the south, is the complete eradication of religious institutions from our political system.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
We all got into metal at fairly young ages around middle and high school. Our families, even if they don’t necessarily understand the attraction, have generally been supportive. Fortunately for us, our parents weren’t evangelists.
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?
It’s really the same as anything else. Just be passionate about your craft. When you put in your work and are true to yourself, it’s tangible and makes all the difference in the world. Extreme music is much larger than just the bands. Everyone involved has a role to play in growing and pushing the frontiers of extreme music.
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.
Our goal is simply to keep making music and tour as far and as often we can. Only our guitar players have interesting gigs right now. One is a luthier and the other is a live sound engineer at a local venue.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
We recently made a spotify playlist to share a cross section of what we were drawing inspiration from during the creation of Dreaming In A Dead Language. Every band on there is pushing the genre in interesting ways and hardly at all in the same direction. Go here to check it out.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
Our first album, Dreaming in a Dead Language, is coming out on January 11 and we’ll be performing regionally and touring throughout 2019.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication)
Many thanks to Mo’ynoq for their time!