Kerasphorus is the latest and greatest extreme metal project from Pete Helmkamp – the mastermind behind legendary death metal bands such as Angel Corpse and Order From Chaos. An EP entitled Cloven Hooves At The Holocaust Dawn is now available from Nuclear War Now! productions, serving as an introduction of even greater glories to come. Here is a recent interview we conducted with Helmkamp to find out more about this devastating new entity…
How did Kerasphorus come together and what made you do you find with this band that you do find with your other projects?
As a 25 year veteran of the metal scene, Kerasphorus is the next logical step for me in the music. I am just getting started! Kerasphorus is taking what the past gives us, and distilling it into something that marches forward.
Is there any story or concept behind the EP title Cloven Hooves At The Holocaust Dawn?
Supreme Bestial Art
Why just an EP this time around and when do you think a full length Kerasphorus CD will be available?
A mini album is often the best way to introduce a new band. It allows for the music to be totally comprehended and creates the desire to hear more…
Where did you get the ideas for some of the lyrics on the new EP? Please cite two of the tracks on the EP and what the lyrics are inspired by.
The lyrics for Kerasphorus come from a new found spiritualism that I have embraced now that I live in SF. Death and rebirth, a snake shedding its skin like the moon shedding its shadow, the natural cycles of existence. Much of what I am writing now has been delivered automatically, with myself as the conduit. Often I don’t change anything, just form it into the parameters of the songs. Occultism is something that I have not explored for many years (since the Order From Chaos days), but now that I live with a practicing witch, and my guitarist also is an avid practitioner of magic, I am re-awakening senses that have been asleep.
What do you think of your local metal scene and then the scene we have here in the States overall? Are you based out of San Francisco now?
Each locale has its own flavor, but the west coast is the best in the States at the moment. I reside in SF.
Has Kerasphorus ever played live or do you plan to do so in the future?
We will be playing at the NWN fest in Berlin in November. We also have other shows planned.
Order Of Chaos is back from the grave! Is there a one time show or will there be addition shows? How do you feel about this reformation?
The OFC reunion shows have been excellent. We have two more planned in the States (Chicago, Houston) and the final show will take place at the NWN fest in Berlin.
How would an Order Of Chaos and Kerasphorus tour sound? Is that something you would even consider?
No. Kerasphorus is able to stand on our own rights.
When you look back on your work with Angel Corpse, what do you think of it now in retrospect? Do you think the band will ever reunite?
Angelcorpse was a powerful force that accomplished many things. I have fond memories of those times. I do not see the band reuniting – Gene and I have very different visions of what we wish to achieve with music, and we are pursuing them in our ways.
Tell me about the book you wrote The Conqueror Manifesto: Capricornus Teitan- is this available to be ordered anywhere and are there any other books on the horizon?
The Conqueror Manifesto will be re-published later this year, and I am working on a second book that will consist of lyrics, poems and other writings for the following year.
What does the term Satanism mean to you, if anything…
A negative path into destruction. People interpret it in many ways, but most roads lead to chaos.
What are your thoughts on Terror Organ, and is this is project that may be resurrected in the future?
Terror Organ was a great outlet for my creative energies at the time. Certainly not for everyone, but I am quite proud of what we accomplished. A 2CD collective release will be available later this year….
What CD would someone be very surprised to find in your music collection?
I couldn’t answer that: my tastes are certainly metal based, but I have numerous other genres (old punk and hardcore, noise, dark ambient, as well as classical and opera) in my collection.
Do you have any messages for metal fans here in the Los Angeles area?
It’s always a pleasure to visit LA for shows and gigs – keep up the scene and total support!
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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