US black metallers Void Omnia have released quite a storming debut album. It’s called Dying Light and is definitely one that you should check out. With speed, melody and atmosphere, it’s a well-rounded release that latches onto the listener with its aggressive tempo, and stays there by virtue of dark moods and layered textures. The band’s vocalist Jamison Kester touched base with us to keep us informed about what they’re up to…
Introduce us to Void Omnia!
We are 5 piece atmospheric black metal band from Oakland, CA that began in 2011 but truly did not take shape until the latter half of 2013.
What are your influences?
Our musical influences range from black, death, grind and classical. All of us are multi-instrumentalists who listen to a broad scope of music at varying degrees.
Name five things you’ve listened to recently that you’d recommend
Tell us about Dying Light – any concepts or themes you would like to discuss?
There are themes of nature and space, the theory of forms and phenomenology, temporality and impermanence, depression and nihilism, psychological unravelling.
What does the cover artwork signify?
Our friend and former bassist Glenn Schonn was given free range to paint something that worked thematically with the hopelessness of the lyrics and dismal, cold isolation of the music.
What’s the process you use for writing songs?
It’s pretty organic in that guitar parts are initially written, and then the whole composition is reworked as a group with bass and drums. Vocals come last and are really used more to add layer and atmosphere and dynamics to the pre-existing tones and rhythms.
How do you think your music will progress in the future?
It will most likely become more vicious and violent sounding, but will maintain its melody while still focusing on solid composition.
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
Emptied Heartless. It is more of the direction our newer and unrecorded material is headed.
You have a vinyl release of the album in the works I hear – are you excited about this?
Very. We released the album digitally on a Monday in June and were messaged by Vendetta Records the next day for both a vinyl and CD release. We are very fortunate and honoured to work with them.
What’s a typical Void Omina live show like?
Loud and chaotic.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
We are planning a few North American runs this fall/winter and hope to make it to Europe within the next year.
What bands would you like to play alongside?
There are many bands who we respect and would like to play with internationally, but here in the states bands like Uada, Addaura, Anicon, Krallice, False, to name a few.
What are the next steps for Void Omnia?
Continuing to write a follow up to Dying Light and touring as much as we can.
Any parting words?
No. Thank you for talking with us.