1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the solo project?
Phraxathon was born as a project for a "compilation" of old songs. I started playing them again, incorporating some riff and finally a handful of songs emerged that I decided to record
2.A few months you you also released a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?
Well, it has always been a very old school style, note that I have grown up with Sepultura, with Maiden, Hypocrisy, Immortal ... in the end it gets stuck in your DNA. Some riffs are more Heavy, others more Thrash, but always with that Death-Black Metal backdrop
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?
Like old themes, most already had lyrics assigned to them, or at least the main concept. But with age there are subjects that particularly fascinate me, such as the human capacity to build gods around religions and to chain oneself to their false prophets. Follow The Black Bird talks about it, and how when you follow the black bird (the one that goes outside the pattern), you grow as a person
4.After you old band 'Asepsia' you disappeared from the music scene for more than 20 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
The main problem when you are in a band is focusing in one direction for everyone. During 20 years you mature a lot, you have a greater perspective on things ... and now you have many more tools to develop and publish your ideas! There were some projects that didn't quite get started, so I've basically been playing at home and listening to music.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Phraxathon'?
Remembering more than 20 years ago is complicated, because that was when it came up and I saw that it would be perfect (then and now). It's a play on words, a contraction, from Romanized Thai and Ancient Egypt. A rough definition could be "the divine god of everything"; we are this divinity only we need to find it
6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
It is a place with a lot of mysticism, walking in that grove made me connect with myself, feeling that there is something beyond the path of life and death that we all travel (and that it is up to us how to do it)
7.With this project you recorde everything by yourself but also have experience working with musicians, how would you compare the two?
It is impossible to compare it! Being alone, you will not have anyone who gives you contrary opinions and it is easy to fall into egotism. Although the compositions and ideas are more focused, it is always positive to have other points of view and that is what gives you to play with more people
8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
I have no interest in signing anything, the album is free on Bandcamp and the like ... there has been some approach but I have not really paid attention to it
9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
It has been curious because it has moved a lot on platforms such as Torrent and similar (when the work is free for download on bandcamp). Being a personal project I did not expect anything, but there has been quite a lot of acceptance, especially in Eastern Europe and Central & South America
10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
I am composing, calmly, some new songs, something more conceptual. With the pandemic crisis, I have seen how people have related to their spirituality, many thinking that they have been punished, others that they have been used by their religion and preachers. I hope I don't have to wait another 20 years!
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I keep listening to a lot of the 90-00s, european Black-Death especially, but also metal and rock. As bands I have been surprised by the return of Immortal (Northern ..) and more current for example Spectral Wound or the compatriots Daemonic (from Jaen, very raw black metal with their lastest demo, Demon's Genocide)
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts
listen, think, but never lose yourself under anything or anyone. Thank you very much for your time and review.