Founding member Vetis Monarch started Weapon in early 2003 while he was residing in Bangledesh – a country not normally reckonized for any kind of metal scene. After a demo was recorded, Vetis Monarch would relocate his sonic arsenal to Canada, eventually unleashing their first masterwork entitled Drakonian Paradigm. Now in 2010, Weapon has launched thier second magnum opus of darkness entitled From The Devil’s Tomb, now available from The Ajna Offensive. Here is a recent interview we conducted with the enigmatic frontman to find out more about their extreme Satanic art…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Weapon, and how long the band has been together.
Vetis Monarch – author / vocal / guitar.
I formed the band in early 2003 C.E. The current lineup of myself, The Apostle VIII (guitar), Kha Tumos (bass), and The Disciple (drums & percussion) has been together for just over 2 years.
What is the metal scene like in Edmonton and how does Weapon fit into the scheme of things? Any local bands you could recommend?
Weapon doesn’t really partake in any local ‘scene activities’, so I can’t really tell you much about the local scene or where we fit into the scheme of things. Edmonton has been known for producing some fantastic bands ever since 90s, but there isn’t much that strikes my interest at the moment. The newly formed A.M.S.G. is doing some very interesting things and of course Mitochondrion from Vancouver is phenomenal. You should definitely check these two bands.
Is there any story or concept behind the title From The Devil’s Tomb?
Not so much a concept, but the basic theme we started exploring on ‘Drakonian Paradigm’ continues to be developed on ‘From The Devil’s Tomb’. WE are emerging from the Devil’s tomb – us mongrels, sociopaths, heretics, criminals, perverts, outlaws, outcasts, and degenerates. This is an album by Satanists, for Satanists.
Where do you get the ideas for your lyrics? Please cite two songs from the new CD and tell me what inspired the lyrics?
Mostly from life and death. Things that surround us and elude us; books, other art form, indulgence, abstinence… all these elements inspire me.
‘Vortex 111724’ is inspired by my addiction to chemical drugs. I have been clean for over 2 years now, I reached my lowest/highest point in a place that is the title of this song.
‘Vested in Surplice, and Violet Stole’ is inspired by the activities of a certain cult of Typhon. It also touches on practices of Aghoris and Setians.
Who did the outstanding artwork for the cover and how much input did you have on it?
Benjamin Vierling. He was in charge of the cover art of our last album as well.
I had a fair amount of input, in that the piece was ‘guided’ by my lyrics. But I cannot take any credit for this brilliant piece; Mr. Vierling is a modern day master and only he was capable of delivering a piece of such monumental proportions.
What is a live Weapon show like for those of us who have yet to see you play?
It’s an assault on all the senses. In a live setting we are able to channel all our energies into one burning sphere of fire that is seething and pulsating for 45 mins to an hour. At the end of our set it explodes, leaving people in a state of ‘shock and awe’, utterly exhausted yet begging for more.
Our live performances are few and far between, but those who have witnessed it have witnessed something memorable…
Any chance of a Weapon tour here in the States – maybe hitting the Los Angeles area?
Believe me – going Stateside is one of our main priorities at the moment. Unfortunately, there are some criminal record / visa issues to be dealt with at first. We WILL get over there sooner or later.
What was the experience like opening for Behemoth and have you heard from Nergal since his illness?
That was one of the best gigs we played, and a crazy night at that. From what I can remember, most of the Behemoth guys didn’t speak very good English other than Nergal of course. But they were all very humble and supportive – no rock star bullshit whatsoever.
I heard from Nergal a couple of months before his illness was announced. Hopefully he will be back in action soon.
You played with a Los Angeles local band Lightning Swords Of Death. What was that like and did you hang out with the band at all?
Another professional band that was pleasant to deal with. We talked briefly backstage for a bit but like I said, it was a crazy night. I don’t recall too many details.
I read somewhere that you recorded your first demo in Bangladesh. What was that experience like and is there even a metal scene there?
Bangladesh has had a thriving Metal scene since the 80s. Rockstrata (a local heavy metal band) was one of my first experiences with this kind of music.
We recorded the Demo in a professional studio, like any studio in North America, but it was under a very tight budget. The band wasn’t as serious back then either.
What does the term Satanism mean to you, if anything…
It means everything to me. Satanism defines me as an individual and guides my existence every step of the way. It is knowledge, power, lawlessness and liberation.
Do you have any messages for metal fans here in the so-called City of Angels?
All relevant news is at weaponchakra.com. ‘From The Devil’s Tomb’ is now available – buy it!
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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