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T.O.M.B. Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy – Interview


Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

T.O.M.B.: We are individual occult artists without borders when it comes to our work. Each member brings their own extreme expression and spiritual identity into the project.

As a collective, these separate elements work effectively well together within the world of T.O.M.B.

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

T.O.M.B.: T.O.M.B. Total Occult Mechanical Blasphemy are from a place called Upper Black Eddy in eastern Pennsylvania.

As the creator of the project, I became involved in music in my late teens. Basic joined a band as a vocalist.

During the first several years of my involvement in music, I sang for various trash and death metal bands.

With each band I was a part of, I wanted to push things more extreme than the last.

 

PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

T.O.M.B.: T.O.M.B. is a project born from the abysmal beings of Black Metal.  Black Metal represent a form of expression that has no limitations in terms of creative music. 

That ideology inspired us to craft our interests and ideas in the realms of occultism into a extremely dark and authentic musical experience.

Combining our individual energies and experiences, allows use to explore subjects related to dark subjects of death, paranormal activity, spiritual occult empowerment and necromancy.

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

T.O.M.B.: Black Metal is an intricate part of my life work. It has given me a medium to express those individual spiritual forces and impulses that reside within us all. 

My work of Black Metal has been conducted differently than traditional European or Scandinavian styles.

Historically, T.O.M.B. has taken a more “literally” approach to its work.

Rather then studio recording, we recorded inside crypts, abandoned insane asylums and burned out churches. Instead of traditional metal instruments, we wrote music by banging of coffins, metal mausoleum doors, or scraping human bones against tombstones.

Those recordings were then mixed with sequencers, drum machines and other forms of harsh noise electronics.

This approach results in a form of Black Metal that is authentic and unique within the subculture.

Possessing that particular magical element and feel of true dark black metal, but created with the use of objects and environments that are directly derived or associated with death. 

Always evolving that ideology effectively in different ways continues to be our aspirations.

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

T.O.M.B.: It’s extremely hard to pick one particular proud moment within everything T.O.M.B. as conducted or achieved for over 20+ years.

As a collective, the times that stick out with most significance would be our performance opening with Sunno in which we created sound waves that made audience members pass out, or past touring opportunities with artists such as Mayhem, Mortiis and Watain.

 

PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

T.O.M.B.: Past promotion and exposure to our work has always taken a traditional underground approach. 

We have worked with many great independent and major labels, who have properly promoted our work in various social media platforms.

T.O.M.B. music has been included on several compilation releases adding exposure to our material.

Certain T.O.M.B. material has also been featured as backing soundtracks for television, on shows such as “The Haunted” on A&E.

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

T.O.M.B.: Opportunities performing live have presented themselves to us in the past by either show promoters or by the bands themselves.

T.O.M.B. last tour was with Mortiis in 2020. We recently opened up Batushka in Brooklyn in November 2022. 

With the release of our new album Terror Winds, we are eager to have some touring or festival opportunities to perform live in 2023.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

T.O.M.B.: Personally I don’t put much thought into those things, outside of being an modern platform for exposing artists music to a wider audience.

Times of tape trading and writing letters or zines being the only form of getting your music exposure to individual is long over.

So our material being released in physical or digital formats, streaming sites and other multimedia is something we continue to expand on an explore.

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

T.O.M.B.: Curious question. One T.O.M.B. song I feel that pertains to this subject, would be a lost field recording conducted at the abandoned Richmond power plant in Philadelphia.

During that particular recording session, 4 songs were recorded and reviewed on location. Once I returned home to evaluate the recording further, only three recordings remanded. I later went back to the location to re-record a 4th track.

The results of that 2nd recorded session were extremely effective, but also wised to have had that 4th original track of work as well.

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

T.O.M.B.: The music industry is just that, an industry.

Not to much I feel can be changed in that process. The music industry will push and promote that music their majority of listeners will want to hear, or exposing only music they feel is hip or popular, to deserve the attention of their audience.

Fortunately the work of T.O.M.B. is something not meant for hipster acceptance in main stream music. Having those same opportunities would be interesting to see the impacts our work would have on individuals who are open minded to serious, extreme dark metal.

 

PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

T.O.M.B.: With the release of our new album Terror Winds, we are currently working on preparing practices for live show opportunities in 2023. 

Members individually develop various forms of new material or ideas to collectively review and discuss for future material.

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

T.O.M.B.: Currently of last two albums in physical format and merchandise, can be purchased directly through Dark Essence records from Bergen Norway.

Past works and other merchandise can simply be found throughout the internet searches under T.O.M.B. Total Occult Mechanical Blasphemy.

T.O.M.B. Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy links:
Band/Artist location – Upper Black Eddy/Pennsylvania, USA
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