domingo, 5 de febrero de 2017


1. Why do you decide to create Bathyum? What does the name of Bathyum refer to and why do you choose to baptize the project?
Wyvern - I created Bathyum to give myself some sort of creative output that can be enjoyed by metal fans while expressing some ideas I have had for some time. The name "Bathyum" has two meanings: 
First meaning: This comes from the name "Bathin" or "Bathym" who (in demonology terms) is a duke of hell who has under his command thirty legions of demons. He knows the virtues of precious stones and herbs, and can bring men suddenly from one country to another. He helps one attain astral projection, and takes one wherever one wants to go.
Second meaning: A combination of the bands "Bathory and "Burzum". As both these bands are a great influence to my music and are two of the most well known one man Black Metal bands, I felt it would be a fitting tribute to combine their names into one.

2. Undoubtedly the one man band are interesting projects where the personality and tastes of a single person are usually expressed, in your case, why a one man band? There are possibilities that you incorporate new members to the band If only to be able to offer some concert?
Wyvern - I chose to do this as a one man project because I wanted it to be a full expression of myself and my own ideas. If I were to ever perform the music of Bathyum "Live" I would incorporate session musicians and I would take the reigns of vocalist and guitarist on stage. At this time I have no plans to incorporate new members into Bathyum.

3. The sound of "Rituals of the Damned" is influenced by the most classic black and bands like Darkthrone, Burzum, Bathory, Satyricon and Immortal or even Venom are featured on the album, when composing the album, which have Been their main musical influences?
Wyvern - As you have pointed out above, they are pretty much my main influences. The general "Second Wave" of Black Metal bands are my main influence. With "Rituals of the Damned", I have tried to maintain a Second Wave sound but put my own modern twist on things.

4. Could you tell us how you can compose a new theme for the band? How do you manage to record all the instruments?
Wyvern - When I compose new material, I usually start with the basics of a melody on the guitar or bass then work from there, adding parts where I can then write lyrics based on the vocal lines. Of course this can be the other way round, sometimes I have written the lyrics for a song then worked around them, it entirely depends on how it comes naturally! I record the Guitars, Bass and Vocals through a Line 6 Toneport UX2 system and run this through a program called Reaper. The drums are entirely done by a drum machine then put into Reaper. All the mixing and mastering is done by myself to give it my own personal "necro" touch.

5. Topics such as antireligion and hate are present in the lyrics of "Rituals of the Damned" songs, however on the subject "Black Exorcism" deals with the exorcism themes of Anneliese Michel, could you explain why you praised this Theme for one of the songs on the album?
Wyvern - The story of Anneliese always fascinated me. I grew up being a massive fan or The Exorcist too which helps! The idea of using the sound clips from Anneliese's actual "exorcism" came to me when I was trying to think of a way to actually scare the listener. Using samples in metal is generally mainstay but to my knowledge I have never heard a song use sound clips from an exorcism! 

6. The sound of the album in the first moment and roughly so we can frame it within the more traditional slope of the black, however if we stop more closely to analyze it we can discover that the sound is also something more refined result of your vision and interpretation of the Black metal and that is reflected in the compositions. If I'm not mistaken, although your main influences come from the classic black as previously mentioned, there are surely also influences from other bands and styles, could you comment on how all these bands and styles influence your way of composing for Bathyum?
Wyvern - There are! For example the band Type O Negative are my all time favorite band. Peter Steele is a heavily underrated composer/songwriter who does not get anywhere near the credit he deserves. The way he can take the listener on a journey through different emotions within a song has always been a great influence to me and I have tried to replicate this effect in the music of Bathyum. 

7. "Rituals of the Damned" was initially edited in digital format to later come out in cd format, nowadays access to music through digital media has caused sales of music in physical format have resented Why do you decide to finally release the album in a format like the cd? What opinion do you deserve other formats like tape and vinyl to sell music?
Wyvern - I'll be completely honest, I never actually imagined "Rituals of the Damned" to be released on CD. I was approached by Heathen Tribes records directly through my bands Facebook page and they asked if I would be interested in working with them. Of course I jumped at the idea and before I knew it I had a physical copy of my music in my hands! Tape and Vinyl are great and I'm really happy to see Vinyl come back! I have thought about maybe doing a limited run of the album on tape as I have been asked about this many times so watch this space!

8. How were your beginnings in music, the first bands that I listen to, the first concert I attended, the first CDs I bought? Why did you decide to dedicate yourself to music?
Wyvern - My first introduction to music came from my father. From when I was a child he would always play old UK Punk albums (The Damned, Sham 69, The Chameleons, Public Image etc.) which started me off my musical tastes. The first bands I started listening to myself were (unfortunately!) the whole "Nu-Metal" movement that happened around the late 90's/early 2000's. Bands like Slipknot, Korn and even Limp Bizkit began my journey into heavy metal! I had always wanted something that was heavier and darker so I got really big into thrash metal in my early teens and bought my first guitar. From this I began learning old Slayer and Metallica songs. As usual I wanted something even heavier and that's when I discovered Mayhem. This was the first "True Black Metal" band I fell in love with and the rest is history! 

9. Will soon be a year of the release of his first album, satisfied with the repercussions obtained with "Rituals of the Damned"? What future plans for new releases are planned? Are you already working on new songs ?
Wyvern - I am overwhelmed with the response I have had for "Rituals of the Damned". I started this project thinking it would be just something I could let my creativity flow and show a few friends but I have had people literally all over the world telling me how much they enjoy the music. I have promised a few months ago that I would be doing a one off cover song, which is still in the pipeline but I just need to get my head down and record a few last bits. 
As far as brand new material? Well I do have a few ideas that I have started making demos of. I won't give too much away but if you thought "Rituals of the Damned" was a collection of sick/satanic/evil Black Metal, you have not seen anything yet! 

10. Thank you very much for taking the time to Black Metal Spirit, if you want to add something for the followers of Bathyum, this is the place. I hope the questions are to your liking 
Wyvern - Thank you for your time! As always thank you so much for the support and thank you to everyone who has taken the time to listen to my music, eternal hails to you, may your chariots of fire ride on to Valhalla! 

This masterpiece contains four tracks filled with negativity and raw energy. The superior composition which always stay true to black metal despite their atmosphere enthrall and inspire you every time you listen to them. This is a milestone of the Dutch style!

Powerful, yet full of pain; furious, yet mourning; technically and atmospherically crafted, this album will immediately satisfy you. LASTER write enthralling songs in perfect balance between superior composition, a harsh mood and Black Metal, which they live to the fullest. A Masterpiece!

First 100 copies in white color, second 100 in transparent and 300 in black color.


1. Alles wat mij bevalt, ontvalt me 13:37
2. Tot de tocht ons verlicht 10:03
3. Ik - mijn masker 15:03
4. De verste verte is hier 6:05

Total: 44:50


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