Taphos Nomos – young death/doom metal band from USA, they have released rehearsal demo recently, so now I’ll try to know about them a bit more!
Hi! Tell me about Taphos Nomos. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Hello! Techtonic Mastication speaking. We maintain our focus exclusively on the unceremonious, undignified, and gory termination of individual human lives by the unfeeling and indifferent natural elements of this planet. The name is classical Greek, and translates roughly to Burial Law, also known to paleontologists as Taphonomy, the study of the manner in which organisms are fossilized.
“Marsch MMXVI Rehearsal” demo was released several months ago. How does that make you feel? Was it something like special rehearsal?
Yes, that’s a special recording for us. It’s the final recorded performance of our dear friend, Canyon Shifter, who sadly left our ranks shortly after. We also think it’s as fine an example as any of what can be accomplished in a heavily dampened (in more than one sense) rehearsal space at the spur of the moment. The spontaneity and energy are palpable.
What can you tell us about “West of Everything Lies Death”? And how did you found the deal with Hammerheart records to release this EP?
West of Everything Lies Death was written over the course of two-three months in Fall 2014, and was recorded over a weekend in Spring of 2015. We were attempting a really monolithic, crushing Death Doom sound, and I think we succeeded. Hammerheart Records actually approached us initially about the release, and as you can see we assented.
Where do you take all inspiration from? Your main themes are: Geology, Taphonomy, Death… Tell me more about each of these, what does these means for you?
Taphonomy and Geology are both intimately tied to the concept of Death, but in different ways. Taphonomy’s concerned with a finite process affecting the expired, shrivelled vestiges of life, whereas Geology suggests on an unfathomable scale phenomena which have no interest in life or indeed anything, are the ultimate expression of that equinimity in the endless, universal cycle of existence and nothing more. In that sense the band’s conceptual interests often verge on the cosmic.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Taphos Nomos’s sound?
In conventional terms I’d say the only through-line would be our unlfagging interest in the classic Old School sound, if such a thing exists, but in the past we’ve deliberately mixed in elements of other genres like Doom and Black. Our current material has little if any trace of a blackened sound, which we swapped out for an almost death-thrash like asthetic.
So, are you on hiatus now, or are you now working hard on the next stuff? What it will be – EP, Album or next demo?
We just emerged from a hiatus actually, nigh a couple weeks ago. We have a slew of songs prepared to record in the near future, to appear on a split with our Icelandic brothers, Ur∂un. After that it is uncertain, although some material is accumulating already for a subsequent project.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
We’re fortunate to have pretty diverse taste in music. Our drummer maintains an interest in the pantheon of the Old Ones, as do we all, but his is remarkable in that Iron Maiden is quite possibly his favorite band. The rest of us share an opaque prism of primary influences, bands ranging from the Florida DM school of the late 80s/early 90s to thrashier groups such as Pestilence and Sepultura, more ‘technical’ or ‘progressive’ material right up to the modern era, as well as bands championing a more doomy, old school, or particularly savage and inchoate approach to their music during said interval. So we have quite an arsenal at our disposal for sounds and textures, but our prerogative is consistently to embody that ever-shifting chaos that can only be found in the true and the old.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Taphos Nomos is a self propagating, a-sexual entity.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
I’d say we don’t have one. We’ve never actively pursued any labels or solicited anyone for support. The focus has always been primarily on the music and I don’t foresee that changing.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
I do. In fact I’d say we all enjoy a disparate and rich array of interests.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Well none of us has received any discouragement. I can’t speak for how invested our respective broods are, but I’d say we are all of us at least encouraged along the Perennial Quest.
How’s the metal scene in your local area right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
The scene is alive and well in Pittsburgh. Many great and forbidding eidolons to be found amongst the crumbling monuments to the death of industry, and many great ones coming through as well.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Thank you for your interest. We look forward to glaciating your civilization shortly.