Interview: D.O of FEBRIS MANEA
Tucked away in Salt Lake City, the repressive social climate and the oppressive environment has an anonymous Black Metal project that exists in sheer defiance of where it’s being created as well as Black Metal as a whole. Since the recording of the first demo in 2017 the individual known only as D.O. has been the driving force behind the band Febris Manea, focused more making music that is fear inducing audio terrorism over any sort of image. Backed by songs that hold up and stand out amongst a forest of under produced generic noise.
J - My introduction out of the way, I feel like the best way to start off would be to ask what drove you to the black metal sound and how did you develop your style?
D.O. - The level of extremity and darkness that certain artists within the genre present resonated with me. I couldn't find music that really encapsulated the way I felt outside of this genre. I'm not very certain as to how I've developed my style. I've always just played and created music compulsively even before I started recording. In regards to Febris Manea the general idea has been to challenge my abilities on each new release so that I never grow complacent with what I create. I just want to see how far I can push this while I'm still breathing.
J - The artists over the years that have stood the test of time and carved their own place that fall under the umbrella term of black metal seem to be the ones that use it as simply the frame and build from there and you are definitely going down that route. With the 4 full releases you’ve put out there has been a substantial amount of development. You have a sound that’s a blend of raw aggression and articulate melody, aside from seeing how far you can push yourself, what else keeps driving what you write?
D.O. - Feelings I can't express without serious social or legal repercussions.
J - That makes sense. Your most recent release is entitled “Enhanced Audial Terrorism” and I feel like those three words don’t just simply sum up the album itself but your sound in general. It’s a very genuine attack against everything. The unapologetic and authentic nature of it bombards you with so much. Is that also something that ties into the aggressive anti- image that you’ve maintained?
D.O. - I didn't think I had an image going, but that's most likely the case. Within any aspect of this work I'm only attempting to be true to myself, not fit a specific marketable mold or copy anyone else.
J - I feel that keeping any singular image or an idea of you would be counter to the music. In the end that’s really what it comes down to is the music. Bringing up being true to yourself, that’s exactly what this is. You are not considering having an image emphasizing your interest in creating music not an identity to sell. How much have you paid attention to the American Black Metal scene blowing up in the last few years, and has that had any impact on you?
D.O .- I haven't paid much attention to it honestly, but seeing other smaller artists I respect grow in popularity has been pretty cool.
J - It’s good to see the people you’ve known be able to grow and prosper without compromising anything. I know that there is and always will be those that ride the trend when they see it coming. It is nice to see the American artists get some respect instead of being cast off simply because of where they are from. With that, I would like to know what if any impact your area has had on you artistically? Has in the chosen land of Brigham Young and the abrasive salt encased desert had any effect on you?
D.O. - I'm still fairly new to this state, having grown up in Southern California, but the area itself has not impacted me much artistically. It's just another overpopulated area full of generic human beings. I do have almost no connections to others out here, so there is a sense of isolation that I'm sure comes through in the music.
J - I can see that. It is confined and a bit suffocating. There isn’t an open space to it. The conditions which you write, be them physical or mental can impact a lot. With how driven you have been writing, do you see another release by the end of the year?
D.O. - I hope so. I've already got all the guitar parts recorded for another, longer, release. I'm currently waiting on the new drummer, who I am extremely excited to work with, to finish his parts. As soon as those are done I can get back to finalizing this whole thing.
J - That’s good to hear. Something solid to look forward to. With “Enhanced Audial Terrorism” getting a limited run through Jems Label, is there a possibility that you will be working with them again?
D.O. - I'm not big on physical releases, but there's a possibility. That being said, all the labels I've collaborated with in the past have been great to work with.
J - At least having the music out there in one format that is always going to be available is what matters. With you being more driven to create over anything else that makes sense. It still gets out there. Do you see yourself at some point releasing anything outside of the genre?
D.O. - I've got quite a bit of non-black metal material recorded that I haven't done anything with. It's somewhat all over the place in terms of genre, so I don't really know how to go about releasing any of it yet.
J - Could look into grouping what you have into cultivated EPs. depending on how far along in production they are. Are these coming from various musical inspirations or just challenging yourself to see what else you can write?
D.O. - It's mostly coming from what I was feeling at the time. I'm sure the music I listen to influences how they end up sounding, but they were all very impulsively made like most of the art I create.
J - Speaking of what influences you, who are some of your influences? Both musically and personally?
D.O. - For this project the two biggest influences musically have definitely been Chaos 9 of Endless Dismal Moan and Mories from the projects Gnaw Their Tongues, De Magia Veterum, Golden Ashes, etc. Something about the crushing dark atmospheres they have created really stuck with me. I don't have any personal inspirations.
J - Endless Dismal Moan has been cited as an inspiration by so many artists I’ve spoken to over the years. This quiet little gem that not many people know of. That lumbering slow methodical style is fantastic when done right. As a general whole, do you have any short term goals with your music or simply just keep writing and moving forward?
D.O. - Only goals I have for my work would be to improve on previous efforts. Beyond that I just keep writing and attempting to complete what I've written.
J - Pretty simple. Anything that you’d like to add wrapping things up?
D.O.- Not really.
J - Thank you for offering up a bit of your time. Letting his music speak for itself, that brings this to a close. You can find all of Febris Manea’s work on Bandcamp.
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Enhanced Audial Terrorism is available now!