As far as I’m concerned Paul Von Aphid is a fucking genius. I started unraveling his projects, first with Modern Howl, to me this seemed like it had to be the entire soul-focus of two musicians, who are thinking out of the box, making timeless music in an era where 90% of what I come across is a flash in the pan and false. But this was just the beginning of my discovery of the music of Paul Von Aphid.
But, again, starting with Modern Howl, their music draws upon classics, and their unabashed love for one of the greatest bands of my lifetime, SKINNY PUPPY, slashes through as a powerful influence and common thread through a good deal of Modern Howl and his other projects. The variety and the clever invention, genre hopping, creating a sonic-environment that can at once feel entirely refreshing, and so fucking foreign and uncomfortable, that only those who exist without bodies on the astral-plane could possible relate to the level of innovation. He’s got two releases on my best of list for 2012 so far, and it’s look like he’s going to have a 3rd. With upcoming releases on Mountain Fighting and Phantasma Disques; as you’ll read below he is a fucking machine, turning out music 24 hours a day, when you think you’ve got a handle on his catalog, you realize you’re just fucking scratching the surface, so I wanted to catch up and have him explain a bit about all of his many projects. He’s played a ton of shit for me and it’s all FUCKING EXCELLENT. So I asked him to share his in-progress music history, get ready to be blown away by some incredible shit.
Paul Von Aphid: “I started to make music in late 2005 I think, starting with weird electro black metal recordings (I destroyed the tapes and cd-r’s of that era though, ‘coz was totally unhappy with the result), than go straight to various experimental industrial recordings…As I can remember my first ever officially released recording was split with russian dark harsh ambient band TOTALMEHEHE (later I figured out that guy from that band was some Nazi-freak, heh) as GRINDING HALT, it was 20 minute “ambient” piece (I recorded it when I was still 15 or 16 years old, so it sounds just horrible)
http://www.sickcore.ru/html/eng11.html – here’s info about that release, nothing interesting tho.
Than, after a few really harsh noise recordings, I created SACRED YOUTH,really old-school power electronics band, that ended with release on THEE GREY WOLVES own label (though, they never send me my own copies, heheh). www.myspace.com/fucksacredyouthfuck
After that Alex from CLIMAX DENIAL (well-known usa harsh power electronics band) offered me to release something on his own imprint Sexkrime Arts. I formed PINK SEXDEATH (www.myspace.com/pinksexdeath) – and released two solo tapes and one split with american PE gods RAPE-X (members from SOLLUBI, and other various sludge bands)… Now new ep as PINK SEXDEATH recorded, and will be released soon on cult usa avantmetal label Crucial Blast, stay tuned for that. I’m also working with Jesse Kling from RAPE-X, SOLLUBI, MORBID WIZARD on some TBA project, although I must say members of GRIEF, IRON MONKEY and FISTULA will be as guests I hope.
Well, after that I was member of local perfomance band THE NEXTMAL (www.myspace.com/thenextmal) and occasional collaborator/live member in PARFUME JILL JARRY (http://soundcloud.com/parfume-jill-jarry/) and SPASTIC RABBITDOGS (www.myspace.com/spasticrabbitdogs), recorded album as lo-fi synth goth band MARTIAN CHURCH XX (split release with american no-wavey band ELKS – http://freelovinganarchists.bandcamp.com/album/split)…
In 2010 Im also recorded full album of raw noise hip-hop as INBOU (www.myspace.com/inbourussia), that will be released soon finally.
Also, I recorded one tape of dirty black ambient as POISON TONGUE for american label NoVisible Scars (http://novisiblescars.bandcamp.com/) that remained my kinda homelabel – POISON TONGUE tape is sold-out and now available for free here – http://novisiblescars.bandcamp.com/album/lick-you-sweety. That label also released my synth sludge project DEGENERATE SLUG – (http://novisiblescars.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-throes-of-seclusion-degenerate-slug-split) as split with american industrial doom band RECLUSA, new album of DS will be on Crucial Blast soon too. And also NoVisible Scars soon will release my another project – NINIKA – collaboration with my old-time penpal friend Moz and his wife Dee from the dark kraut duo THE TEETH ENGRAVED WITH THE NAME OF THE DEAD – you can listen the preview here – http://novisiblescars.bandcamp.com/album/ninika-ep-2012.
Also, I was in industrial rock band DENSETSU STREAM – http://densetsustream.bandcamp.com/album/crawl-ep and here – http://thepathlesstraveledrecords.bandcamp.com/album/wicked-city
Also, im part of MODERN HOWL (http://www.facebook.com/modernhowl), electropop duo PALE KINGS (one track preview here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lfz5ByW2OTw), doin’ my weird acid disco project JIGOKU (soundcloud.com/jigoku) and a few ones new too like my retro EBM-worship as NIPPON LEATHERGIRL (one track from the Baku Shad-do samplere here – http://baku-shad-do.bandcamp.com/track/lcl)…
As well I forget to say about my awkward numerous black metal bands like HELLTRIPPER, ZAAKU, SATHANAS NECROCUNT (that one even was uploaded on youtube by someone – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sMtxh37J_I) and DEMON CITY REAPER…
Soon there will be also my collab with TEXTBEAK as ZOA/ZOA, LOS ANGELES, my synthpunk bizzaro project BLUE MONKEY and minimal wave band ZEX MODEL.”