Experimental death metal band from Denver, DJINN-GHÜL, is a project by multi-instrumentalist, singer an producer Grant Nachbur. The project’s upcoming release is a full-length album entitled “Sordes Pyramis,” out on November 24th. In an interview for Rocking Charts, Grant tells us about the album, creative challenges, influences, and more.
Hey Grant. How are you doing?
All my limbs are still attached, and I still have a job and the time to work on my passions, so I suppose I’m about as good as one could be in today’s climate.
You are about to launch an album entitled “Sordes Pyramis.” How do you feel about the release?
I’m insanely excited. This will be DJINN-GHÜL’s first full-length release since 2017’s “Wander Not”, so it’s another one of those significant stepping stones.
How much of a challenge was to work on the album?
Writing never posed much of a challenge. Composing for this band has always come naturally, albeit quite time-consuming. I suppose the most challenging part was finding tasteful ways to mix in some new electronic and industrial flavors. Perhaps the biggest obstacle was being able to leave the tracks alone, because I can be an insufferable bastard when it comes to wrapping up a track.
What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from Denver are you friends with?
Lately, I’ve been really digging the new stuff from Monumental Discharge, they make some pretty disgusting music in the most beautiful way. Codex Inferno is making some power moves that I’ve been very excited to be a part of. Fixing God has also been in my daily commute playlist, along with We Are William and the most recent Vale of Pnath releases. Denver’s metal scene is constantly flourishing, so I could definitely go on for an unnecessary amount of time about all the rad bands and friends I’ve been privileged to know here. They’re aware who they are.
What is your opinion about the current metal scene?
Hard to say. With metal being the vastly diverse genre it is, I don’t think it’s too fair to peg everyone into a singular “scene”. All I could really say is that the current situation of the world has given folks time to step back and make some really bangin’ music.
Can you tell me something about your influences?
DJINN-GHÜL has always been driven to be heavily different from most other death metal bands. However, I’ve always been inspired by the way Anaal Nathrakh plays around with sampling and genre-mixing, the filthy unpredictable nature of Devourment, and the mechanical nature that is displayed through Meshuggah and Fear Factory’s music.
What are you listening to these days?
The metal albums I’ve been delving into quite a bit recently are 7 H. Target’s “Fast-Slow Demolition”, Disentomb’s “The Decaying Light”, Godflesh’s “A World Lit Only by Fire” and “The Sanguinary Impetus” from Defeated Sanity. Aside from that I’ve been trapped in my usual playlists of industrial and electronic tunes, with some prog and classic rock mixed in. Van Halen has also been back on my dailies lately due to the recent unfortunate news of Eddie Van Halen.
Your 5 favourite records of all the time?
That’s a pretty mean question. I’d have to sort this by what immediately comes to mind.
Godflesh – Post Self
Meshuggah – Obzen
Decapitated – Carnival is Forever
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Cryptopsy – None So Vile
Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you used to record “Sordes Pyramis”?
I tuned everything to F Standard (a full step down from the previous release) for this album, so I needed to set aside my usual Agile 7-string. Everything on this album is recorded through custom presets on a Helix Rack using a Legator Ghost G8FOD.
Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?
Live music. Remaining aspects of the plan are constantly shifting form, but rest assured the path doesn’t end on this release by any means.
Any words for the potential new fans?
IT’S NOT PRONOUNCED “JINGLE”.
“Sordes Pyramis” is out on November 24th; pre-order from Bandcamp.