Interview with M.Moon, Cerberus and Blackvomit
Interview conducted by Barbara Williams (Crowley)
Date online: February 20, 2003
Hails!!! How are you guys?
M.Moon: We're ok.
Bad-ass picture on Mp3.com. Where was that shot taken?
M.Moon: Out in the country area of East Bernard, TX , where Cerberus lives.
Saw you guys in El Paso and was floored. Your performance was bad-ass. What gave you the idea to shoot fire?
Cerberus: It's something I've been doing for a while, but I've been using it in our live set a lot more lately.
Love your medieval attire on stage. Who makes them for you? What gave you the idea?
Cerberus: I make most of the leather armor; we wanted to create a different image but still keep it brutal.
I know you, Milton, are from Monterrey, Mexico. What made you decide to move to Houston?
M.Moon: It was not my decision; my parents brought me here when I was 15 years old because my father was living here.
What does "Adumus" mean?
BlackVomit: Adumus is a made up name; it came from the word Dominate. It means to kill and destroy.
You have a couple of members from Imprecation, a brutal Death metal band. Why the switch to black metal?
BlackVomit: I'm the only member from Imprecation. The first year of Adumus, Albert, the keyboard player from Imprecation played with us, but left the band for personal reasons. Tto me Imprecation was a black metal band. We never wrote about death; we wrote about dark and evil shit. In Adumus I feel I'm doing the same thing I've always done, except that we use corpse paint; it's still dark and brutal.
You are experienced musicians but Adumus is a pretty young band, started in 1999. Things moved pretty quickly for you with 2 demo releases within just one year. To what do you contribute your success?
M.Moon: I think because we like what we're doing and because we put a lot of dedication into our music.
You have played with some pretty big-name bands such as Krisiun, Angel Corpse, and others. What has been your most memorable experience playing live with any of these bands?
M.Moon: We don't have any memorable experiences playing with those bands, but it's an honor to share the stage with those bands.
How do you get the inspiration for your writing?
Cerberus: Lyrically, I've tried to stay away from direct religions issues, but I've kept the lyrics very dark and evil.
Which bands are on your list of favorites? If I were to look through your CD collection, what would I find?
Cerberus: Older Satyricon and Darkthrone have had a major influence in my writing, but I've been listening to a lot of older 80's thrash metal lately.
M.Moon: in my collection you can find old school metal like, Slayer, Death, Venom, Sarcofago, Bathory, Possessed, etc,, and a lot of the second generation black metal like Emperor, Mayhem, Limbonic Art, etc...
Which songs do you like most playing Live?
M.Moon: We don't favor playing any particular song live; we like to play all of them.
When you play live, do you try to stay close to the studio version or do you like to change things up?
M.Moon: We try to stay close to the studio version, but sometimes they come out faster.
Besides Metal, what other types of music do you listen to?
M.Moon: Metal is the only music we listen to.
Any hobbies or special interests?
Cerberus: I collect weapons, from medieval edged weapons to modern assault weapons.
You got some songs on Mp3.com. What do you think about the Internet and the way bands can promote themselves these days?
Cerberus: The internet has greatly helped us promote our music; it's a great tool to expand our bands popularity.
Who maintains your website? It's killer!!!
M.Moon: A friend (Zorlac), who lives here in Houston, and LordMaster.
Who designs your CD artwork? I love your logo on Besieging Abominations".
M.Moon: The logo was made by another friend named Arturo, and the design on the Besieging Abominations CD was made by the engineer who recorded us, but we told him how we wanted it.
I have just recently read an article (on anus.com) about boycotting Christian metal. What are your feelings about that? What does "Metal" actually mean to you?
M.Moon: To be honest, I don't care about boycotting christian metal. I only care about our music, and to me metal is a soundtrack to my everyday life.
I have heard some heavy criticism from a metal fan who finds that Black metal is no longer acceptable because the satanic content most albums have. (As a matter of fact, during your show in El Paso). As an atheist he sees this as a form of religion. What's your take on this?
Cerberus: We are not satanists, nor have we even claimed to be. We are musicians who choose the darker side of life. Although I personally don't care for christianity or any other type of organized religion, I believe we create our own destiny.
How is the music and being Adumus connected with the person you are? Is your band image a reflection of you or completely separate?
M.Moon: The music and being in Adumus connects to me as a person because it is a way to express my darkest thoughts.
You have one demo and one MCD, Besieging Abominations, out. How many copies have you printed? Are you satisfied with the sales thus far?
M.Moon: We printed 500 copies of our first demo and 1000 copies of our MCD, and we've been satisfied with our sales, but we gave away half to record labels and magazines.
When will we see the next CD release? Is there any specific label you may be using?
M.Moon: We are working on songs right now, but I can not tell you when it will be released yet, no specific label.
Black metal is still a rather limited genre that generally doesn't attract large crowds. Do you think this is the fate of extreme music for all future?
M.Moon: Black Metal is meant to be underground; only true metal warriors attend the black metal shows. I rather play in front of 100 or 200 true metallers than 1,000 posers. So, yes, this is the future of this kind of music, at least here in the USA.
Any good books you would like to recommend?
M.Moon: The Necronomicon and Dantes Inferno.
How do you see yourself as a role model (or idol) to many young people who listen to and who get into your music?
M.Moon: I think this question is for a Rock star, not for a Black Metal Warrior.
What are the future plans of your band?
M.Moon: Right now to record a full-length CD and look for a record label to put it out; if not, we will do it ourselves.
Any last words to fans?
Cerberus: Stay Dark !!! Support the scene !!!
M.Moon: Hails! to all the true metal warriors, keep the black flame burning!!! Visit our website come.to/adumus.
Thanks for the interview Barbara.
Finally, when are your birthdays (year not necessary).
-Cerberus (screams): Jan. 13th
-Meltin'Moon (guitars): Jan. 4th
-LordMaster (guitars): Sep. 9th
-BlackVomit (battery): July 31st
-Priest (Keyboards): Oct. 3rd
-Charon (bass): March 28th
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