DJINN-GHÜL: Dystopian Reality

Grant Nachbur

Following the premiere of video single “Thine Hollow,” Grant Nachbur of experimental death metal band Djinn-Ghül spoke for Prog Sphere about the upcoming album ‘Sordes Pyramis.’ Read more below.

Define the mission of Djinn-Ghül.

DJINN-GHÜL spits in the face of the mediocrity and trendiness in extreme metal. We exist to provide the soundtrack to the dystopian reality that continues to unfold before us.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your upcoming album “Sordes Pyramis” and the themes it captures.

As a die-hard science fiction and horror fan, I’ve always wanted to expose the parallels between the grim fantasies of popular media and the current state of our existence. “SORDES PYRAMIS” is a metaphor in itself of the pyramid of societal privilege and wealth, and the heartless acts of filth that built and perpetuated it.

What is the message you are trying to give with “Sordes Pyramis”? 

“Sordes’” message is entirely at the discretion of the listeners. DJINN-GHÜL simply visualizes the realities of the hopeless times of greed and arrogance that the inhabitants of our planet are forced to address.

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

All of the songs initially began as simple demo tracks, just creative play with no true flow. Eventually, as the concept of “Sordes” became more clear, everything was re-recorded and edited to flow into its own tale.

Sordes Pyramis

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

As a concept album, “Sordes” is arranged in a manner akin to humanity’s own history and potential future. Emergence of the first few tracks provides a primitive feel, rapidly evolving to a more technological and advanced sound, and closing on a viciously cold note.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

Similar to the process of the other releases, everything begins with trying to find a certain sound for a certain feel. “Sordes” was meant to reflect the most outstanding qualities prevalent in today’s human society, namely rapacity and ignorance to the existence of the imbalances of our planet that will lead to our downfall. Every track began as simple guitar/bass/drum instrumentals, which were carefully layered with sampling and synth elements to attain a particular abrasiveness or coldness, after which vocals are finally layered on to communicate the story further.

How long was “Sordes Pyramis” in the making?

“Sordes” has been in progress since the winter of 2019, where I experienced every color of the human experience; sorrow, anger, guilt, grief, happiness, etc. There was no other way to express my thoughts of curiosity and discontent.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

To name one or even a handful or artists would be a crime. Countless people, artists, events and groups that I take interest in all amount to the idea of pushing the lengths of DJINN-GHÜL’s creativity.

What is your view on technology in music?

Birthed as a studio project that is constantly evolving towards the goal of existing as a live-performing project (when that time comes), I view technology as essential to both music and human evolution.

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

DJINN-GHÜL’s music serves to invite listeners to reflect – both on themselves and the world around them – and then act as they see just.

What are your plans for the future?

Live performances, more music, more exploration and the questioning of everything – the latter two of which should be goals of each individual on our planet.

Sordes Pyramis comes out on November 24th. The album is available for pre-order here.

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