Based out of Santiago, Chile. the mighty collective known as Aypheros unleashes exhilarating Black Metal of the highest order. Their latest masterwork is entitled Ascendet Novissima Tua, an epic of darkness and intrigue now available worldwide via PRC Music. Expect metal fans all over this dying to be thoroughly enraptured when encounter the grim manifestos within the realm of Aypheros. Presented is an interview we recently conducted with guitarist / vocalist Haizum to unlock the vast mysteries of the Aypheros experience. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Aypheros, and how long the band has been together.
Hello, us as a band don’t have any goals cause that limits our wisdom, just we value what we achieved, as musician and also as people, but we think about doing everything in ascension, grow and equilibrate our imagination so that we can put in our music. Aypheros has been 4 years with our current formation, before that were just alone composition.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local metal scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are from the capitol of Chile and there exists an excellent metal scene. The bands put their 100% to get something of quality, is very difficult to grow up as a musician and more than if you compose metal. But that’s not an impediment to us, till now this is growing every day more and I feel proud of what has been done on my country and to where we achieved as musician. If I would recommend bands I will run out of sheets to describe but I will give some personal opinions: Blasart, Denying Mazarene, Orategod, Siakel, Intenebras, Unhallowed, Dominus Xul, Animus Mortis, Swarm of Hatred, Trimegisto… And many more,..
How did you wind up signing with PRC Music?
PRC MUSIC contacted us though mails, to know a bit more of us, we had our album “Ascendet novissima Tua” just recorded and offered to work with them when they heard our record, which we agreed the terms and we found an incredible proposal and a very good opportunity, we give eternal thanks to PRC MUSIC.
Is there any story or concept behind the title Ascendet Novissima Tua?
Our real intention when we decided the name was something deeper, the year 2013 was a year full of opportunities and we had to destroy so we could construct then we were constantly bounded to misery. The title means “To Ascend to your last death”. It is our spiritual awaken on a new creation and transmutate everything accord our will. Is something similar to “Solve et coagula” that seems reflected on the artwork. It’s an unique secret all our world which takes us to a long story about how everything was planned for this album and can see the black light, so I can only say this in order you can understand a little. If you want to know more I invite you to read our lyrics that are on this record and you can figure out your own conclusions.
Select two songs from Ascendet Novissima Tua and what inspired the lyrics.
What a hard question, we like all the songs, but the song Shemhamphorash was the trigger of everything that comes after, and the second song I will choose taken as a base the words of the fans: “Ascension to kether”. To my opinion all the tracks have something very interesting to show, so I invite you to listen the entire album and to take this work as should be.
Who did the artwork for Ascendet Novissima Tua and how much input did you have on it?
The front was drawn a great friend, Marcelo Hurtado and I’ve made the post work (Haizum) finishing the rest of the artwork. So it was 100% designed by AYPHEROS giving a real magickal intention from the most deep of our essence.
What could one expect from a live Aypheros show?
We offer a show of quality, expressing a real interest on the occult world, with an universe of symbols and sigils, but our sigils are completely ritualized and aren’t just simple drawings as I’ve seen on other bands, that makes you enter on a dark world, awaken the pure extasis from the people.
Has Aypheros ever played here in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in future days?
Ugh.. how much we want to travel with our band outside our country, but we haven’t got the chance yet, we hope in our future do that and show the best we know to do, which is BLACK METAL!!
Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a Aypheros show?
Yes, we constantly are exposed to external change of our lives, which that makes us stronger and full our energy, so we can vomit our hate and disharmony on the world. More details are left to us; silence is a power that it should be contemplated…
If Aypheros could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
It would be incredible to open every Death and Black metal band that steps on our land, for my part (Haizum), would be amazing to see EMPEROR, Argh!! Nothing more rewarding that the great bands see what you make.
Are you or any of the other members involved with any other bands outside of Aypheros?
That’s true, Haizum has a Black Death metal band called BLASART which they’re releasing their new production, so as also Tormentor has UNHALLOWED. Every musician member of AYPHEROS has their own well defined paths what makes that fantastic, cause that way they exist on a greater world which have to show much more musically…
What’s up next for Aypheros?
We are on contact with some producers to launch our album alive, this year we want to show us to the public the most we can, to be listened til the last broken star on the universe, That’s our will.
Any final words of wisdom?
While the mysticism is radically worried to follow the power of the light or the dark, the magician aspires to execute the one against the other. The mage aspires to become one center of creation and destruction by itself, a living manifestation outside Chaos inside the realm of duality, a microcosm by itself, A GOD!
Haizum – Guitar and Vocals
Zurth – Guitar
Tormentor – Bass and Chorus
Berith – Drums
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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