The U.S. Black Metal scene and alive and well, unleashing a malevolent fury that is astonishing to behold. Fornicus is one such entity ready to devastate the masses with their compositions of relentless intrigue. Their latest effort Storming Heaven has been unleashed through Negative Earth Records, and its destined to leave a lingering impression on all whom encounter its wicked reveries. Here is an interview we conducted with one of the Fornicus horde to find out more about this collective ready to violate your senses. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Fornicus, and how long the band has been together.
I’m Scott, the vocalist and rhythm guitar player for the band. We’ve been together as a functioning band for a little over a year and half and Chris and myself had begun working on material a few months before that.
Where is the band based out of and what is the local metal scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We rehearse just outside Glasgow, KY but we all live in different cities/towns with David our drummer living nearly 2 hrs away and Kelly our lead guitarist just under a hour. We don’t really fit in our immediate local scene so we consider anything within a couple hrs drive pretty much local. Tons of killer bands such as Abominant, Mangled Atrocity, Tombstalker, Highmass, Created to Kill, Anagnorisis, Savage Master… plenty more. KY has more quality metal than people realize.
Is there any story or concept behind the album title Storming Heaven.
The concept is about the destruction of God’s kingdom. The title track deals specifically with that but the other tracks while related in subject aren’t about that topic.
Select any two songs from Storming Heaven and what inspired the lyrics.
The lyrics for Storming Heaven actually come from a project Kelly and I had going before he joined Fornicus called Storming Heaven. We decided to merge the projects since they were so similar in style and I thought it’d be fitting to title a track the band name in homage to the project. So from there the lyrics basically flowed out describing scenes one may see if the hordes of hell overtook the heavens slaughtering all in their way.
King of Egoist was inspired by certain individual’s actions and their arrogant posturing as a great and righteous christian. A very selfish and manipulative individual. His hypocrisy disgusted me so I felt compelled to transcribe this feeling into words for the song. Chris was also very much involved in the writing of these lyrics as he had very similar feelings.
Has Sepultura heard or commented on your cover of Antichrist and what made you decide to cover that song?
I seriously doubt they have heard the cover. We’re very unknown at this point so I’d really be surprised if they had caught wind of it. Myself personally have been a fan of pre-Roots Sepultura for many years and I know the rest of the guys hold their classics in high regard as well. We decided to do a cover of the song because we felt we could make it our “own” if you will and give it new life.
Who did the cover art for Storming Heaven and how much influence did you have on it?
Gragoth of Luciferium War Graphics created our logo and album artwork and we couldn’t be more pleased with his work. We just gave a general description of what we saw in our heads and gave him the song lyrics and trusted him to realize our vision, which he 100% did. We highly recommend him and his work.
What could one expect from a live Fornicus show?
Thrashing black death. No bullshit and no scenster/hipster posturing, just headbanging and true metal front to back.
Has Fornicus ever played on the West Coast or plan to do so in future days?
Our shows have pretty much been confined to about a 2 hr radius of where we rehearse so we haven’t made it much further yet. I know right now it would be extremely difficult for us to make it out that far but never say never!
What are you looking forward to the most about your upcoming show with Macabre and Ringworm?
Playing a good venue with killer local acts Abominant and the Stonecutters and hopefully making some new fans. Ringworm is actually not on the bill but Panzerfaust is in whom I look forward to seeing just as much as Macabre. Front to back this show will be killer!
Are you or any of the other members involved with any other bands outside of Fornicus?
Yes, Kelly and myself have a death/grind band called Gorgy together where I actually drum. I was a member of this band before Kelly joined up in Fornicus. We’re currently in the middle of recording the bands second full length title “Orgy of Gore,” my first recording with the band. Expect nothing but insanity, speed, and perversion! It shall be released on Negative Earth Records as well which is Kelly’s DIY label we are releasing our music through. Currently we are the only members who have other projects going.
If Fornicus could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I would personally loved to have opened for Emperor at any point in their career. They are my all time favorite band and to be able to share the stage with them would have been an immense honor.
What’s up next for Fornicus?
We’ve already started writing for future releases and may be putting together a split as well with some other killer bands. We will continue to play shows regionally and bring blasphemy to all that will have us.
Any final words of wisdom?
We appreciate the interview and all support we have received from media and fans. Hails to you all, you are the underground!
Scott – Guitar/Vocals
Chris – Bass
Kelly – Lead Guitar
David – Drums
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