Irim, although I'm really cautious when it
comes to a "one man band", I
must admit that, in your case, I enjoy the
final outcome. Why did you decide to play
all the instruments, instead of forming a
regular line up? Is it a matter of total
control of your music?
had a lot to do with it. Though the
musicians I work with apart from this
project are phenomenal - I wanted to see
what would become of a solo run through
the songwriting. I'm thrilled you enjoyed
it, and hope others will also.
the sole musician behind the band as well,
would it be possible to tell us more about
your personal musical background?
You could say I'm atypical in this area.
The first and only formally taught
instrument I learned to play was trumpet,
which I played for 7 years in grade
school. I taught myself guitar, keyboards,
and vocals over the last 5 or 6 years.
Didn't start listening to metal until high
school, and it wasn't your classic heavy
metal. My earliest influences were
Nightwish (probably the biggest), and
other symphonic metal bands such as Sonata
Artica and Epica. I've always enjoyed a
great deal of folk and power metal as
well. After two or three years spent in
these subsets, I began exploring more
extreme styles of metal such as black and
do you attempt to capture, express or
communicate through your music? Or… is
this even the goal of music? Is music
communication or decoration?
view music a lot like theatre. I'm trying
to create a journey for you - the main
characters in the play. Very little of my
music has to do with real issues or things
I've been through. Its purely discovery.
Music is the grand evoker of emotions, and
I regard its cathartic potential with the
what are to you the most essential aspects
for a black metal band?
like it to wake something dark within me,
almost like a cold wind coursing through
my mind. I prefer simple, raw, yet
innovative styles. I'm more interested in
the musical aspects of black metal then
face paint and ideology.
how important is artistic appeal for you?
Does aesthetics play a big role in your
music? Should black and death metal be
classified as art?
music should be classified as art. If it's
not artistic, there's little left to
appreciate. Scales and harmonies are only
so interesting on their own. Aesthetics
play largely into my music from a
conceptual standpoint. I think that's
you identify with the “old school
spirit” in the metal underground? If so,
what is it and how does it emerge in your
relatively young and new to the genre, so
it's not a big part of what I do. That may
sound like heresy to some, and I
apologize. I do enjoy pioneers such as
Burzum and Emperor a great deal.
metal as a genre has been considered a
philosophy by some, while some others
consider it an avenue to express their
anti-religious sentiments. What are your
views on black metal as a whole?
interesting thing about Black metal is
that unlike other genres, it's name is not
always just a sticker to slap on a
product, with the goal of attracting a
particular audience. Some take it very
seriously, which has led to murders and
destroyed lives. I enjoy listening to
black metal for its musical aspects and
"don't give a fuck" attitude it
conveys. However, I don't abide by its
traditional ideologies. I'm not a
Satanist, or any other religious or
political stereotype of black metal
came from Virginia. Try to describe your
home scene. Which bands do you consider
the beneficial? Which from the home
records did interest you the most?
now there are some great acts on the
scene. The most notable black metal bands
I've played alongside in Aokigahara are
Dispellment and Salvaticus. Extreme metal
is alive and well here! Definitely check
out Vomit Stain, Human Infection, and
Rotting Obscene. They bring some brutal
death metal to the area.
talk about "Invertical
Infinite", How much time does it take
to put this record together? Do you have
extra material that’s left out after
choosing what fits you most?
InVertical Infinite took very little
time..approximately two months. The whole
concept was a gag really - I was out of
town for work reasons during its
production, and recorded the whole thing
with a fender star-caster, my iPad, and a
pair of headphones from Walmart that had a
built-in mic. I worked on riffs after work
and on the weekends, and the whole thing
just fell together. As far as vocals go,
the whole thing was recorded in one
session. So it's as raw as it gets. I
didn't have a lot of extra material. Of
course, some riffs were unusable so I
threw them out. There was one song that
didn't quite fit the album, so I saved it
for another time.
kind of ambitions did you have after
finishing the recording of this album? It
is a pretty solid and thoughtful work I
think it's essence is what I was grabbing
at. Nothing is perfect, and few things are
good enough. But it's good enough I guess.
is the feedback for this album so far? Are
the reactions from the fans similar to the
ones from the press?
haven't gotten much feedback honestly.
Send it my way!
also used to do the vocals for Aokigahara,
Do you think there has been any further
improvement in your vocal delivery on thi
new self-endevour called IRIM?
Although my approach is different. I use a
more strait-forward delivery in
Aokigahara, because I have to replicate it
live. With Irim, I put a whole lot of
effects on my vocals - something I've
never done before.
much time and effort do you spend on the
band to get everything to look and sound
the right way? What are some of your
interests, occupations and hobbies outside
of composing sick music?
and hours! There's a lot of reworking that
goes on, but sometimes a song will fall
together on the first go. That's the kind
of thing I hope for - some days writing
comes easier than others. Outside of music
I enjoy nature a great deal. I like to
hike and spend time in the woods.
has become vital in these times. With
hundreds of bands releasing albums in the
same time period, it’s become a struggle
to get noticed. How do you see the future
of promotion IRIM?
plan to stay active - so expect more
music! Mags like this help to spread the
word, and I plan to use social media and
bandcamp to keep listeners engaged. I'm
not a huge promotion guru, and honestly
don't care much about the subject. It's
much more fun to make the music than it is
to share it, so I do the bare minimum.
now we have finally come to the end of
this interview, do you have some important
words for our readers?
the music and be sure to check out the
other bands in this mag! Thanks for the