· Hi, Rigor Sardonicous. “Ridenti Mortuus” recently released DATE. You must be excited?
Greetings! Yes indeed we are. This was a spontaneous release (maybe I should see a Dr. about that) following a lapse in another project. It seems to be well-received so far, even among our detractors.
· First of all, we would like to know about the formation of the band. When and how was it formed? Do you think the band name ‘Rigor Sardonicous’ perfectly describes your music and philosophy?
Glenn founded the band in the 1980’s and it started in it’s current incarnation in 1992 after a band we were in together ended. The name fits perfectly in all manners, we feel.
· Okay now tell us something about “Ridenti Mortuus”, and the lyrical themes behind each track. What are the ideas you wanted to put across? And why you decided to use WWI themes?
Lyrics have always been about death and dying and it’s direct confrontation. The other band I am currently involved with was planning on releasing their album on 11/11/18 and since it was not going to be ready I decided to use that date for a new Rigor Sardonicous release. I have long been intrigued by WW1 and our song Blood Of The Seraphim is about it. On Ridenti Mortuus the first track, The Smiling Dead, is about that matter until it’s final close at 11 AM. The Hound is based on the H.P. Lovecraft tale. The Unsepulchered Dead is about dealing with the mundane world and it’s inhabitants. And Intereo Parum Infantia is a poem to a dying child.
· Where and when did you record “Ridenti Mortuus”? Are you satisfied with it?
It was recorded in September of 2018 before a venture into the woods for over a week. Overall we are pleased with how it came out even though there were changes in how we handled things from all times past.
· Are you gonna to release some official band merch?
Probably, and that is all we can say as of right now.
· What are Rigor Sardonicous’s musical and non-musical influences?
Beethoven, Bach, Slayer, Lovecraft, nature, the lack of humanity.
· Could you please express your personal views on religion and god?
Religion, as with all myth, is a vital component of the human process. Jung and Nietzsche wrote about this greatly. But a flaw in the human condition places this impulsive need among far too many to have to believe in something, anything, without any real depth of understanding or sincere conception of what they claim they are believing. Existential nihilism is probably the main core of the actual human trial.
· Shall we expect some gigs across USA or Europe near time?
No, there is nothing planned at this time.
· When shall fans to expect something new from you? Videoclip, single, documentary etc?
This is our first release of anything in 6 years. There is no timeframe but there will be more in due course.
· Thanks a lot for the interview. Speak out to your fans, supporters, critics and our readers before we wrap up!
Gratis be unto you all that do and have supported us. And to our critics, keep doing what you do.