Interview with Scorpios Androctonus / Crimson Moon
Hail, welcome to Sick And Destroy. Before we start the interview, I would like you to introduce yourself to our readers. To begin with where are you from and a brief history about your band?
I am originally from California, where I began Crimson Moon in 1994 originally as a solo project , in 1998 I relocated to Germany and live here since and where the full lineup is now permanently located.
How would you describe your music? And what bands have influenced you the most?
Our music is reminiscent with a lot of early 90’s Black Metal with key elements that tend to define our sound. The music can easily be heard online, so instead of trying to describe it it is easiest I think to just visit https://crimsonmoonxeper.bandcamp.com/ and hear it.
How many and which albums/demos has Crimson Moon released so far?
Off the top of my head, 2 demos and officially 3 full lengths, an ep and a split, then there was also a sort of full length release (The Choice of Spirit) which got deemed more as a compilation as it consisted of older material re-recorded as well as new tracks which came out in 2001. Details on our discography are easily accessible on our pages and last I checked are quite accurate on Metal Archives as well.
Which ones happens to be your favorite songs? of Crimson Moon and personal.
I don’t have a ‘favorite’ song, but as of now, Oneironaut I could say is easily the strongest release so far.
Do you feel that Crimson Moon’s music has been changed over the years and how?
Yes, it has evolved in song writing and production. The first two albums were recorded on a tascam 4-track, and Oneironaut in my home studio. I prefer the advantage of recording with my own facilities as you have the ideal atmosphere and less restrictions with time and getting things as close as possible to what I want to achieved as opposed to the sterile environment of a hired studio with the nuisance of a clock ticking over your head. Sacrifices are obviously made on equipment on hand for recording, but through continuous upgrades to my home studio, this is becoming an issue of the past. The lineup is now the strongest in Crimson Moon’s history, so the music has progressed and evolved but still something I think most listeners who enjoyed the older material will not be turned away by. I have received a lot of positive feedback on Oneironaut from people who really were not so big on previous material.
How much time does it take for Crimson Moon to record an album?
That tends to vary greatly. Oneironaut was a lot of work and took a lot of time, but this was mainly done on my own and I was not striving to meet any deadlines, it was something I worked on when I wanted to work on it and I took a lot of time to listen to the material and fine tune details to my liking.
Tell us something more about the latest album “Oneironaut”.
It consists of 6 tracks, the title track perhaps being the most interesting in approach, running just under 20 minutes in length. Ultimately it has been received as a strong “comeback” album with very good feedback and reviews. There is a lot going on in the album, so I have heard a lot of people saying they have enjoyed repeat listens to absorb all the details, in a positive way. I personally enjoy music that has this character to it.
What’s next? Working on any new album? If so, some details please.
We have spent a lot of time preparing and rehearsing live material, recently completed recording bonus tracks, some of which will be on the vinyl addition of Oneironaut and now starting to write new material. Current plans are to record new material for a split release in the near future and proceed from there. Due to my involvement in the past with other bands and projects, Crimson Moon was somewhat on the back burner so to speak. 2016 was a busy year in recording and establishing a new line up and the work continues this year on live performances and work on new material.
Any tours, gigs for promotion of latest album?
Yes, at the moment I can only speak of what has been officially announced and that is Speyer War Mass (Germany) in March and Under the Black Sun festival in the Summer. There is quite a bit more in the works, but these are announced on an agreed schedule with the promoters so the best way to keep track of these would be on our page at https://www.facebook.com/Crimsonmoonxeper/
We have no desire to tour over and over and play every show we get offered. We prefer to focus on quality over quantity and keep our live performances as something somewhat unique to experience.
Any future plans for playing in Europe or USA?
We have played in North America in the past when I was working with members alkyd located there. This year will be our first shows in Europe and also tends to be where most of the events we are interested in are located. We are not opposed to playing in the US, but it is quite difficult for a Black Metal band in EUrope to do between the travel and work visa expenses, and extremely large distances for traveling to the locations that tend to have a good turn out.
Has Crimson Moon done any opening acts for other major heavy weight bands? If yes, then when and where?
Crimson Moon has really put little focus on live shows until now. In the past there were two small tours in the US including a couple shows in Mexico, one was opening for Belphegor in 2006 while the rest we basically headlined and co headlined with Demoncy.
What do you feel about the Metal Scene there in your country?
I live in a pretty rural location, so have not much to do with it nor much interest in scenes. Germany has a lot to offer as far as festivals and shows though and being a central location in Europe a lot of people from neighboring countries are usually present.
Any messages for the readers?
Sure, if you are interested in seeing us in your city/country we recommend you let that be known to your local promoters. I see this all the time, a band will announce a show in London for example, and a ton of replies saying “come to Kansas, Come to Botswana, come to Barcelona, etc etc”. Sure, the enthusiasm is great but I think maybe a lot of fans don’t realize a band has little say over where they play, it’s the promoters in these locations who will take an interest if they see a demand.