Starting Place- Myspace era
When I was 16 i started playing guitar. At first my main goal was to play lots of HIM covers because that was my only influence at the time. I wrote about 2 cds worth of material and recorded a majority of them in very low quality and format. Lacking proper microphones, vocal tone, and drums. But out of those initial songs, there was a song that stood out. Rest in Peace. With my very limited knowledge of metal in any form, I had attempted to make metal. I just played what I naturally felt it should sound like. It was only until a brother of a friend told me "it pretty much sounds like black metal" did I even hear of the term "Black Metal." After a bit of research and listening I discovered "Black Metal"
and at this time I already had a decent following on myspace for my non-black metal material ( i think mostly because of a certain someones effort to "advertise" me)
Start of Divergence- Facebook era
As I started listening to more Black Metal there was an increasing divergence between my different playing styles which made it a little confusing posting these under one name. Though at this time it hardly mattered because with the fall of myspace and the transfer to facebook, I lost all of my "fans" and I never had the motivation to really promote my music any more. So eventually I recorded Music less and less till I effectively "stopped". However I continued to write music.
Moving Out- Broken Fingers
At some point before and after I moved out on my own i started recording music again, this time with more style and talent than before, I was truly proud of my work. And right as I started to get on a roll.. I was in a bike accident that broke and damaged my left pinky and ring finger. For many months I was unable to play. But eventually they healed, though even to this day they are painful to use.
Finally after much debate. I decided to completely separate my music. This has led me to create and transfer many pages. and the birth of an.. EMPYRE!
In the beginning i didn't have any influences. But the first "black metal" i ever heard was the album dark medieval times, by satyricon, the solo project of HIM's guitarist Daniel Lioneye, and Theatres Des Vampires which all appealed to my very "melodic" nature while still retaining their Black Metal essence.
I noticed that the playing style I had "developed"was very similar.
As i learned more about black metal, i fell in love with the history of, and the music of Mayhem. They are a true inspiration to me. I listen to the albums Deathcrush and Chimera on a daily basis.
Because im also "classically trained" I also took to Dimmu Borgir very well. Specifically the album Death Cult Armageddon.
Combining my natural tendencies and my sparse influences, my sound is a semi symphonic melodic black metal with lots of textures from other genres mixed in as well, that all lend to that extra "dark atmospheric" sound i put into it. Or as a commenter/fan put it "wisp the listener away into a very awkward dark room of tremolo and shrill screaming" and "I feel like you've gone to great lengths to create chords which will make me feel unwelcome in your home"
Now a days I am trying to look back more upon the older 1st wave black metal acts to better know my playing field.
I feel as though I am naturally attuned and conditioned to listen and play black metal. I enjoy it so much.
This path i walk into the abyss is ever more enticing and i have much to learn along the way.