DEUS OMEGA: Shaking Up Metal Community

Alex Moore (Deus Omega)

Deus Omega is Alex Moore, a one-man project hailing from Sydney, Australia, “bringing all the pure fury of Black Metal and mixing it with the crushing weight of the Doom scene.” But it’s more than that. Enter ‘In Absentia of Light,’ a new album that was just launched which is another step forward on Moore‘s ever-growing tendency of experimenting with as many different elements as possible.

Alex sat down with Prog Sphere to discuss the album and give us some more details about it.

Define the mission of Deus Omega.

One thing I really want to accomplish is to be the David Bowie of metal and I know that is fairly ambitious and that I probably won’t achieve it, but as they say shoot for the moon because even if you miss you’ll be among the stars. Besides that I am trying to shake up the metal community because I believe that some of the innovation has dried up in metal so by blending as many genres as I can I hope to breathe new life into it.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your new album In Absentia of Light and the themes it captures.

It usually begins with something sparking some inspiration whether it be through influence of other music or an aspect of literature or even taking away something from comics, though one of the main themes on this album is end of days whether it be the horsemen of the apocalypse or other aspects of revelations. Also I found myself looking inward for a few tracks and writing about my own issues as in my relationship with my father on “Take What I Take” and suffering through cluster headaches with “There’s No True Paradise.”

Deus Omega - In Absentia of Light

What is the message you are trying to give with In Absentia of Light

My belief is that humanity out grew religion long ago and the message of this album is that religion should be abolished as it no longer serves us anymore, rather it continues to hinder our development. religion use to operate as both law and government but now it has been replaced by actual law and government.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

Other than writing out the sheet music and the lyrics it wasn’t documented at all, I tend to get rather secretive during the writing process. I feel that when you find your muse you should hold it close and protect it.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Most definitely especially on a few tracks such as “This Black Soul” and “An Angel Poisoned The Well.”

Describe the approach to recording the album.

There were a few things I wanted to accomplish both sonically and lyrically, for example while I was mixing the drums I fell in love with the mix on the drums on the Mayhem album Chimera. As well as that I really wanted the album to sound as raw and unhinged as possible and I believe I did achieve that at least to some extent.

How long In Absentia of Light was in the making?

From writing and putting together demos to finalising the mix and master all up it took about two years, it was the biggest project I had ever attempted and it was so worth it.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

There were quite a number of influences ranging from pop/rock such as David Bowie to the extremeness that is Gnaw Their Tongues and in between were some of my favourite bands like Behemoth and Korn as well as Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and Ministry, the influences were quite varied and at times eclectic.

What is your view on technology in music?

Being an independent artist with little money I feel the technology now available is fantastic offering folks like myself an opportunity to chase their dreams.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

I know this may sound a bit cliché but clichés exist for a reason, that being said I hope that the fans identify with my work and the ones that need an outlet have it as a kind of therapy because music was always there for me when I needed it.

What are your plans for the future?

I want to take Deus Omega as far as I can, like I said earlier shoot for the moon, and I have plans to put out an EP based on my recent battle with cancer.

For more information about Deus Omega visit the project’s official website.

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