Chris Cougan From Aversions Crown Talks “Xenocide,” The Australian Metal Scene In New Interview


Chris Cougan From Aversions Crown Talks “Xenocide,” The Australian Metal Scene In New Interview

Tearing their way out of Brisbane Australia and ready to take the metal world by the balls with the release of Xenocide, Aversions Crown are about to make a name for themselves around the world. Xenocide is a monster of an album that never lets up.

King Rhino recently had the chance to ask guitarist Chris Cougan some questions via the Internet about what’s going on in the world of Aversions Crown.

How long were you in the studio recording Xenocide?
Recording took place over about a month. We were recording near our homes so (we were) able to keep juggling our day jobs around the tracking requirements. We were super prepared for Xenocide so the studio was a breeze this time round.

How does the songwriting process work with the band? Music or lyrics first or does it all come together at the same time as a unit?
I come up with demo ideas at home which I send to the guys for their input, and we go from there. For Xenocide we had over 20 completed demos that we pulled from, with a bit of mixing and matching parts and themes. We collectively assisted Mark (Poida) with the themes, but it was mainly all him for the lyrics.

Do you feel being an Australian band that you develop your own sound and style being so isolated on that big ass island of a continent or do you pick up influences from other bands either in Europe or the States?
Yes and no. We all have our favourites in the metal world which influences what we do – Whitechapel, Behemoth, Nile, Metallica, etc., and with the ease of the Internet, finding music has never been better, but when it comes to songs and structures, I think the Australian scene comes into play. When we started out we wanted to do something different from the then current crop of heavy bands which started us on the Aversions style and themes.

I am guessing you will tour pretty heavily there in Australia. Any plans in the near future to get out on the road and hit Europe or the States?
We actually don’t tour Australia as much as you’d think. I think we have done more European tours in the last few years than anything. We are headed to Europe for our first summer festival run in a few months, playing Summer Breeze and similar, which will be amazing. As for the USA … we have something special to share with you shortly.

Absolutely love the video for “Prismatic Abyss.” It’s originality and creativity is rarely seen in music videos these days? Did you have much input into its origin?
That was all our ideas in collaboration with the Red Boss team who produced the video. We wanted to do something a bit different from our previous videos, that was a direct link to Mark’s lyrical themes. If you translate the alien script on the screen it’ll make more sense.

You’ve also released a few other videos from the album, such as the lyric video for “Erebus.” Do you feel that music videos are still a viable marketing form these days and worth the time, effort, and money spent to produce them?
It really depends. A good, well-received video can really help get the word out about the band. I think our “Hollow Planet” video or “Thy Art’s Reign of Darkness” clips are good examples of that, definitely worth it. Whereas if you spend thousands of dollars to shoot a video in a warehouse with a scared person running about, it’s literally been done thousands of times so why should people watch and care?

What’s the metal scene like in Australia these days? Is it difficult, logistically, to tour with so much distance between cities?
AC: The metal scene is alright these days in Aus. The poppy metalcore world is absolute massive but there isn’t much of a trickle down to the super heavy bands in terms of growing crowd numbers. There are still loads of great bands – I Shall Devour, Hadal Maw, Boris the Blade, Sanzu, Cursed Earth, and of course Thy Art is Murder, Psycoptic and King Parrot. It’s still tough to make it work with the distance between cities, but we get by.

Any specific bands either there at home or elsewhere in the world that were or are influential to you all as a group or individually?
I would say acts like Nile, Behemoth, Whitechapel, Thy Art, Black Dahlia Murder, etc., are all strong influences on what we do on a base level.

And, finally, just out of curiousity as an American … the general feeling amongst Australians with the swearing in of our new President this morning?
Incredulity given way to embarrassment. History will not remember this fondly.

If you haven’t already, check out Xenocide, which is out now on Nuclear Blast Records. Buy it here!