This week's Napalm Flesh features a local artist spotlight with Dyingnysus of Odium Totus—read the interview and check out their show with Gravecode Nebula and Blood Purge on Saturday April 21 at the Dawg Pound. As usual we have your weekly event rundown and album reviews of the new Municipal Waste ( interview coming soon) and Prong.
Check out a hefty dose of local metal on Friday April 20 with Visigoth, CastleAxe, Diforia and Year of the Wolf at Burt's (21+). $5 at the door, music at 9 p.m. (https://www.facebook.com/events/271255192951627/)
On Saturday, April 21, SLUG Magazine and Napalm Flesh present a local metal showcase at the Sandy Graywhale to celebrate Record Store Day. Check out rare all-ages performances from INVDRS, Cornered by Zombies, Eagle Twin and Gaza—and it's FREE! It all starts at 6:30. (https://www.facebook.com/events/434345126581363/)
Blasphemic Hymns presents local extreme metal from Gravecode Nebula, Blood Purge and this week’s local artist spotlight, Odium Totus, Saturday at the Dawg Pound (21+). $5 at the door, music starts around 9 p.m. (https://www.facebook.com/events/289878494414830/)
More local metal from around the valley plays out Saturday, April 21. Ritual of Terror, Incendiant, Reveeler, KHP, Cave of Roses and Project Blackthron all play the (16+) showcase at Club Sound, $13 at the door, music starts at 7:30 p.m. (https://www.facebook.com/events/280574685357899/)
Of note, the scheduled Untimely Demise (from Canada) concert on Monday April 23 will go as a locals only showcase. The band was denied entry to the US, hence disrupting their entire US tour. Blood Purge and Year of the Wolf let the show go on at Burt's (21+). $5 at the door, music at 9 p.m. (https://www.facebook.com/events/113283152134839/)
Odium Totus interview
SLUG: How would you best describe the sound of your band to someone who has never heard it before?
Dyingnysus: I would say that we land in the realm of atmospheric black metal that is influenced mostly by the 1980s and early-to-mid 1990s sound—Bathory, Hellhammer, (old) Darkthrone, Burzum and Mayhem—as well as some of the stuff like the French “Les Legions Noires” scene. Some of our more obscure inspirations come from some bands from the 1970s like King Crimson, old Pink Floyd and some other groups like Ved Buens Ende, (old) Ulver, Katharsis, Grand Belial’s Key, etc.. While influence is drawn from certain sources, musical and otherwise, I think we manage to have a fairly unique approach, but I guess I am supposed to say that. Perhaps it doesn’t matter, because I think we just like doing what we do, regardless of all that formulaic tried and true method. I must mention that one thing we try to make sure is that all the guitars, amps and effects are based on the old analog effects/old equipment from the ’70s and ’80s so it sounds a bit ancient and old school. Overall, my opinion is that it’s very raw, aggressive, dark, and maybe even a bit thought provoking, and it tends to take the listener to a more considered and reflective state, I hope. That might be stretching it too far, actually. I can’t say that there are many people in SLC, or elsewhere really, that are capable of such reactions with music—nothing against them, I suppose, and there is plenty of palatable nonsense for the masses. Oh, I can say this is not thrashing or “headbang” music, that is definitely certain. So if you’re looking for the next rifforama, breakdown or drop tuned slam fest, I suggest you steer clear and go for the latest, greatest that scene has to offer and leave us alone. We will do you the same courtesy, I assure you. Always aiming to displease!
SLUG: Give us a bit of background information about your band. When did you start? Why did you want to start this band? Have any of the members played in other bands?
Dyingnysus: This group started out of rehearsals between our drummer R. Sodomizer and I, around May of 2011. Originally, I think I was trying him out to possibly play drums in another band I am in, but that idea was abandoned since we had a strong desire to come up with a completely different sound regardless. Hence, Odium Totus established the Spring of 2011. Yes, all of the members have played in previous bands and other current bands as well—I would name them but I don’t care to.