Interview by Patrick with vocalist Krag early November 2012

I do not know where Dark Descent finds their bands but so far I think just about  every band I have heard from this label has been great and that is pretty rare these days. But you can add Paroxsihzem to that list and definitely worth checking out. Paroxsihzem come out of the Canadian underground and has released an amazing debut full of  morbid, dark dark heavy death metal. Raging fast guitars, thick heavy bass mixed with deep, low growls .The band plays death metal the way it was meant to be played no gimmicks, no over-the top technical riffs/solo's. Just dark, nasty heavy riffs. Read onward to find out more on this young band...



Hails Krag! Thanks for taking the time to do this interview, please introduce yourself to the readers.

Hail! I am Krag, the vocalist behind the Canadian black/death metal band Paroxsihzem.

When did you and the other members of Paroxsihzem first meet? What is the "current" line-up? The band has a very interesting name does it have a special meaning? How did you all choose it? For the readers who have never had the chance to hear the bands music how would you best describe it?
Well me and Impugnor started the band around 2007, but we were friends long before that. We both shared similar tastes in music and interests/ideas.. We wanted to create dark and morbid metal something that we thought was lacking in our area but also a way to express our own ideas into music. Shortly after composing some songs we got in touch with drummer Robin Stone/Frog from Australia - he agreed to help us out on drums for the first recordings. Fast forward a few years, we got in touch with our friend Axaazaroth/The Desolate One (Nuclearhammer/Malaria) and he agreed to take over drum duties for Paroxsihzem as we needed someone in the local area. We just recently added a bass player to the line-up, Orpheus who was a friend in the local scene and was an excellent fit for Paroxsihzem. As for the band name if you know the definition of Parozysm we liked the meaning of the word so we had to use it (a sudden attack, recurrence, or intensification of a disease), it stood for what we were going for. Obviously the spelling is contorted, and unique, which is exactly how the music should be. Personally I think it looks aesthetically more pleasing, but the weird spelling I think only symbolizes how our music is. For the music expect a harsh, demented atmospheric form of black/death metal with no bullshit! (Good we hate the bullshit here at the headquarters of Canadian Assault haha! ~ Dale)

The band recently released signed to Dark Descent rec. How did the band come in contact with the label? Are you happy with the label so far?

I believe Impugnor got in touch with Dark Descent personally through e-mails after N.H. from Heresiarch recommended us to DD. Before that we were both fans of the label. It has quality bands and I've been ordering shit from them since they started out so I know how reliable DD is. I'm happy with DD, the CD turned out awesome and so far everything has been pretty solid. It seems like Dark Descent just keeps on getting better and better..

How long did it take the band to write and record the songs for the debut? Are you and the other members of the band happy with how it turned out?

Impugnor started composing the songs in late 2008-2009, after a few rough recordings in 2010 some time had past. Then in 2011 after getting in touch with DD we revisited the songs, reworked them, re-recorded everything to get the sound and style we wanted, then sent it off to get mixed with V.K. The outcome is exactly the morbid suffocating sound we wanted and we are pleased to have it finally released.

How has the response been from the press and the fans?

So far its been excellent. A lot of the reviews so far seem to get what we were aiming for and hit the nail on the head. Its a bit to early to know what the fans will think because the CD just came out - but based on the responses from the promo songs, people seem to really dig it.

Looking over the bands bio/press release it mentions the bands lyrics deal with psychology, philosophy and history among other topics. What inspired you guys to write about these topics? Are their any certain people, or times in history that inspired your lyrics?

We have an interest in dark and pessimistic ideas for the themes used in Paroxsihzem. Paroxsihzem is inspired by everything morbid and negative. It's based on real tangible events that can be traced and studied. Really dark psychological experiments testing on humans, to obscure ideas and places on earth. We try to show the real side of humanity. A few examples would be Aokigahara dealing with the 'Suicide Forest" in Japan.. Diendividuation, about the Standford prison experiment and the song Vanya - about the AN602 hydrogen bomb.

Speaking of philosophy, do you have any certain philosophy you try to live by? Are there any certain philosophers you enjoy reading/studying the most?

For myself there is no specific philosophy I try to live by, I just use reason and common sense.. always trying to get better at what Im Doing. For the philosophy themes used in Paroxsihzem, Impugnor studies and reads about them, so you would have to ask him about this. 

Does the band have any upcoming shows/tours in support of the debut cd? If you could set-up a "dream" show/tour who are some bands you would to tour, share the stage with?

We will eventually - hopefully in 2013 we will have some things lined-up. Right now we are just making sure we are solid with the new members.. since we all live busy lives. As for dream tour? uhh  - Incantation, Immolation, Arkhon Infaustus, Dead Congregation, touring with Vasaeleth, Dicletian, Heresiarch or Witchrist would all be amazing, Of course any of our influences in the Canadian scene as well.. Adversarial, Mitochondion, Anteiluvian.. etc. Theres just too many bands to really mention so its hard to really give a list without going on and on, but you get the basic idea of the bands I would really want to play with. 

What does the term "underground metal" mean to you?

Well for me its metal without all the bullshit. People I meet in underground metal bands or fans are very passionate about the music and understand it. They support the bands they like and sometimes create music just as inspiring as the band before them. They don't give a fuck about making money, or over-producing the sound on their album to the point where it sounds like everything is fake. There's just no limit in underground metal, no censorship.

Are you or any of the members of Paroxsihzem currently playing, with any side bands or projects? If yes please tell the readers a little about them?

Myself and Orpheus are strictly in Paroxsihzem but Impugnor and The Desolate One are in a few others. Both are in Nuclearhammer - a savage war metal band from Toronto (Currently writing for their next album) . Impugnor also plays in Befouled Serenity, an old school black metal band. The Desolate One also plays in Malaria, a filthy grindcore death metal band.

The band comes out of the Canadian underground metal scene. Canada has definitely had a strong metal scene over the years so I was interested in your opinion of the scene in Canada?

I think more and more people are catching on. I'm seeing more bands popping up here and there and slightly bigger turnouts then before. I mean there are good bands and shit bands like anywhere really. But overall I think the scene is still strong in areas. Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver seem to be the hot-spots for metal from what I hear from bands that have toured Canada.

Who are some of your all-time favorite Canadian bands? Are their any new bands you think the readers should check out soon?

My personal favs from Canada would have to be Gorguts, Revenge, Mitochondrion, Adversarial, Antediluvian, NSV era-Cryptopsy.. It would be different for each member I'm sure but I would say check those out if you haven't herd them.. for local bands here in the Toronto scene I would say bands like Adversarial like I mentioned before, Nuclearhammer, Malaria, Thantafaxath, Necrodios, Into Oblivion...

When your not working on band interviews, business or new music what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Mostly Art. I like to create art and I work in the 3D industry so Im constantly creating art in one way or another.

Well Krag thanks a lot for taking the time to fill out this  interview do you have any final comments for the readers?

Thanks for the interview! The darkness of Paroxsihzem is just getting started.. prepare for nothing but pure morbid chaos! You have been warned.




The Paroxsihzem Discography 

Aesthetic Torture Demo, 2009

Paroxsihzem Demo, 2010

Paroxsihzem Full-length, 2012




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