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Diving into the microcosm with Hundred Headless Horsemen

Hundred Headless Horsemen: The band that blends together different subgenres from the past and present to create a unique brand of psychedelic death metal had a chat with Metal Digest about the powers that be, their upcoming debut full length concept album ‘Apokalepsia’ and…well, trillions of bacteria.

Welcome to Metal Digest!

‘Cataclysm’ is the first single from your first full length, a concept album titled ‘Apokalepsia’ that will be released on 21 May 2021. How would you describe the album in a sentence?

“With Apokalepsia, we attempt to give the listener a chance to dive inside the same uncharted world which we have been immersed in for the duration of the last three years.”

So, your musical approach mirrors the narrative of the album, that moves in multiple time and space dimensions based on fragments of articles about a formerly unknown psychoneurological condition: ‘Apokalepsia’. How would you explain that to someone who is not familiar with the concept?

“In reference to the one sentence description above, what we want to present anyone interested in stepping into the world of Apokalepsia is the mirror experience of our own creative process: How little by little, the different clues and small details came together to make up coherent larger images and ultimately a microcosm of its own. As much as anyone on the receiving end today, we did not know what we were getting into when we opened the door for the first time. The process is never linear nor straightforward. You often need to shift your focus back and forth between the beginning and the end to make up where it is you are actually standing right at this moment. We feel this is illustrative of how we comprehend reality through combining the fragmentary stimuli of our senses into narratives in our minds to fit the frameworks that we have soaked up over time.”

Let’s talk about those trillions of bacteria that make up every living organism: The Biomass. By breaking down existence into insignificant fragments sounds a bit nihilistic. I’m intrigued. Do you find comfort in the thought that we, as human beings, are not above all these mechanisms? Does that make the burden of existence a bit more manageable?

“You are raising very interesting points to consider. We do not see our approach as being nihilistic, on the contrary: embracing the fragmentary nature of our realities can help us come to terms with the fact that we are not above these mechanisms. This would ultimately help us to appreciate life for what it is and not by the value we would assert to it. We do find comfort in this idea of a shift in paradigms. It is entirely possible if we can only revive our imaginations sleeping underneath the dull perspectives provided to us by the narratives of extractive capitalism that we have internalised during the last centuries. This could afford space for a new appreciation of pluralism where we would no longer be the axis around which our universe rotates. Not knowing whether or not this shift in paradigms could still happen in time for it to have concrete effects is currently making the burden of existence less manageable.”

Their sole reason of biomass for existence is to continue existing. What is the reason of Hundred Headless Horsemen to continue existing, evolving and creating psychedelic death metal?

“There is a strong sense of purpose that keeps us in motion and we also feel that the entity we make up together is much more than the sum of its parts. This really is the beautiful part of being in a creative collective, knowing not where we might be headed to but being sure that everyone has each other’s  backs wherever we might be going. More than anything else this is, for us, a journey of exploration and discovery and we still feel like we have only walked the first couple of steps on our path together.”

Got any phobias as a musician that you’d like to break?

“In purely musical terms, we probably are not aware of any phobias that we would have, but this is an intriguing question. Subconsciously it is very easy to build a certain type of a box in your head of what this band is “supposed to sound like” and this is something that you need to actively work against in order to keep things interesting. For example on Apokalepsia we are exploring a lot more different types of vocals as compared to our first two EPs, to find out where we can go and what stories we can tell with a wider tool set of voices.”

What does a typical day in the life of Hundred Headless Horsemen look like these days?

“These days we try to keep safe like everyone else, in this sense we are lucky to live in a place that is not overtly crowded and nature (even if its untouched form is not around every corner here either) is rather easily accessible. It has been a great source of solace and comfort during the past year. In a normal situation we would be eager to get to play the material on the album live, but right now that does not seem likely for the near future. We have plans for a streaming event but other than that we will start shifting our focus on creating new material.”

Ok, let’s lighten up! If you didn’t have to sleep, how would you spend the additional eight hours?

“One would be tempted to answer this question right away by saying that we would of course use the extra hours to immerse ourselves in creating more music and conceptual art. But, when you start to think about it, in the way we work, things often seem to fall into place quite naturally, without us forcing them superficially. We would attribute this to the fact that a lot of the creative process is actually happening subconsciously. There have often been cases that a given riff or a section in a song has been born out of a dream. Rather than divine intervention, we would tend to think this is quite a natural way for our brains to shift their energy towards creativity or untrodden pathways when they are not preoccupied by the stimuli of everyday life. So, even if we did not have to, apart from the inevitable manic sprees that it would allow, we would probably do the radical thing and sleep anyway. Because dreaming is such an important part of who we are as humans.”

Thank you for the wonderful interview.

Until we meet again,

Chelf.

www.metal-digest.com

Listen to Cataclysm:

Spotify: http://spoti.fi/3ey7KaB

Apple Music: https://apple.co/2OHt0iW

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2OFbLiy

Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/us/album/212297132

Tidal: https://listen.tidal.com/album/175919402

Bandcamp: https://hundredheadlesshorsemen.bandcamp.com/

Cataclysm was recorded at Sir Näs Studios in Helsinki, Finland and mastered by Magnus Lindberg Productions in Stockholm, Sweden.

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