Wednesday, December 5, 2018

an interview with Oxygen Destroyer

Like a monster rising from the briny deep, Seattle's Oxygen Destroyer came to me out of nowhere. Their debut full-length Bestial Manifestations of Malevolence and Death marries a love of classic Japanese monster movies to no-nonsense death-thrash, and the results are as heavy as a 350 foot tall reptile. As someone whose interests include B-movies and underground metal, I was eager to find out more. Guitarist/vocalist Jordan Farrow was kind enough to answer my queries about band and beast.

Dreams of Consciousness: What is Oxygen Destroyer?

Oxygen Destroyer is a Death/Thrash band from Seattle WA! We are a tribute to the two greatest things on earth: Giant Monster Movies, and Old School Death/Thrash Metal!

DoC: Please give a brief history of your band - what led to you forming, and what were your intentions?

Oxygen Destroyer was founded in 2014 by Guitarist/Vocalist Jordan Farrow.

The goal was to create a sound that captured the unrelenting power of the Kaiju, Bestial Manifestations that embody the horrors of Atomic Radiation.

DoC: Your music is self-described as "brutal thrashing kaiju metal." What drew you to using classic Japanese monster movies for inspiration? How do you feel these films complement your music?

I have been a huge fan of Kaiju movies since I was 5, nothing entertains me more than watching giant monsters fucking everything up.

Being a fan of Old School Death Metal, I figured the two just fit each other perfectly.

What other form of music can capture the destructive power of Giant Monsters better than hard hitting Death Metal?

DoC: Earlier this year you released your first full-length album, Bestial Manifestations of Malevolence and Death. How long had you been working on it prior to its release? What can you tell me about the writing and recording sessions?

We recorded guitars, bass, and drums live, we wanted the album to best represent us exactly how we would sound when someone sees us at a show.

Overall I think we spent about 10 recording sessions in the studio working on this record.

DoC: The cover artwork for Bestial Manifestations is killer. Who did it and how did you get in touch with him?

The artwork was made by Necromogarip, I met him at one of our shows and he expressed great enthusiasm for Kaiju Cinema.

I checked out some of his artwork online and it was in that moment I realized that if anyone should do the artwork for our full length it should be him.

DoC: Bestial Manifestations was co-released by Redefining Darkness Records. How did they get involved with this release?

Thomas Haywood found our album online and loved it, so he offered to give it a release in CD format.

Redefining Darkness Records is a rad label and they've been very supportive.

DoC: You have a split release planned with Canadian horror fiends VHS. What led to the two bands collaborating, and what can we expect from the upcoming release?

Mike Hochins and I are huge fans of monster/horror movies and the lyrical themes of both our bands go extremely well together!

He hit us up about doing this split EP back in 2016 actually, but at the time we were far too busy dealing with other things. Now that our album is finally out we can totally make it happen!

The split will feature two new tracks from both bands.

DoC: As someone who's not that familiar with Kaiju films, where would you recommend I start? What are the top 5 movies I need to see?

Gojira (1954)
Rodan (1956)
War of the Gargantuas
Gamera: the Guardian of the Universe (honestly just watch the entire '90s Gamera trilogy! It's amazing!!!)
Destroy All Monsters

DoC: If you would, match the kaiju with the corresponding death/thrash band:
Demolition Hammer
King Ghidorah
Tirant Sin

DoC: What's next for Oxygen Destroyer? 

We've got huge plans next year! More out of state shows will be happening for sure.

Announcements coming soon.

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Monster Squad:

an interview
with VHS
an interview with Taste
[Brutal Heaviness From Sendai, Japan]
catching up
with Deformatory