Interviews: Aneon

I'm excited to be interviewing Aneon, a one-man Blackened Death Metal project that showcases the impressive skills of its creator. Aneon's music is a thrilling blend of aggressive riffs, punishing drums, and atmospheric melodies. Don't forget to follow the project on his Twitter to stay updated on their latest releases and news.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

It has been over a decade with this name now so the story may seem a bit silly. I was in chemistry class not paying as much attention as I should have when thinking about what to call myself. The word 'anion' came to mind, but I disliked how jarring the word is to pronounce and just opted to replace the 'i' with an 'e'. The pronunciation is a little smoother, but the definition remains similar; negative energy.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Blackened death metal is what I feel most comfortable with. It isn't that I set out to make something that fits within the genre, it's that what I naturally come up with fits. I've listened to bands that fit into both black metal and death metal virtually all of my life and it just naturally expresses itself that way.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

I am Aneon and Aneon is me; just a solo project. It was started out of necessity because where I lived at the time did not have musicians that had visions that were anywhere close to mine.

4. Your favorite band?

Old Man's Child has been my answer to this since 2011 and I do not see that changing unless he goes another 14 years without releasing an album. Old Man's Child is the main reason why I attempted to do everything by myself.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

There is an itch deep inside one of the few wrinkles on my otherwise very smooth brain that only is scratched while writing music. When nothing is playing, melodies are constantly appearing in my head and sometimes I think they're good enough to put down to paper.

6. Where was your last gig?

At this moment, I have no plans to ever perform a live show.

7. What bands have inspired you the most?

Old Man's Child is my first inspiration. A solo project and wildly different atmospheres on every single release make each album drastically different from the next. Opeth is another for almost the exact same reason except you can find those changes in each song. Behemoth rounds those reasons off, but I appreciate their work on a sound that has evolved in every iteration for something like 30 years.

8. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

I got asked for a strand of my hair once, and he even looked like Gimli too.

9. What do you think of your fans?

I don't know if I'd even have released music if it wasn't for folks who pushed me to do it in the first place. Overall, they are overwhelmingly supportive and while they are few, they are cherished beyond words.

10. What do you think of our site?

It is so refreshing to see a website that is organized cleanly and has elements where you expect them to be. There is no information overload and everything is presented as a website should. As an awesome bonus, it works perfectly with a monitor in portrait mode, something you cannot say about most. All of this makes viewing what the site has to offer incredibly simple. I'm not forgetting that the content is just as well done as the website layout. Thank you for everything you do.

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