1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
We are writing and recording vocal tracks to three songs that will either be released as a demo sometime this year and/or will be released on the next album. The demo is titled "Psychotronic Generator" and it has three parts. Part one is "The Outer Ether Soul Eaters". The instrumentation on these three songs, should appeal to fans of progressive technical death metal. The primary musical influence was the Obliveon - Fiction of Veracity demo from 1989 , Nocturnus and Pestilence - Spheres. While those bands and albums highly influenced the work on these three songs they have my own distinctive style and are currently being laced with Katera's unique vocal delivery. The music is highly technical and very strange.
2.In October you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Zā Lä Thü is the existential processes of Anarcho - Mysticism in a ritualized heavy metal format. You could call it Chaos Magick Metal if you like. I recently heard someone refer to us as Witchcraft Metal and I thought that was a rather nice description.
We create musick that has a covalent bond between many different forms of metal that may at times appear strange and unusual. The lyrics are saturated with incantations, spells and personal rituals. Our song structures can vary greatly from song to song creating an unpredictable arrangement. I think we appeal to practitioners of the occult and open minded metal fans looking for something different.
The difference in my older music and my new music is that I felt it was very important to create brain itch as to allow my spells to become empowered by the listener through the art of hearing.
3.Your lyrics go very deep into the occult and your website also shows that you have a good knowledge of both the Eastern and Western variety, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?
Magick is real and when you know this to be true, nothing else matters. All other conquests in life seem void and without substance. I am an Anarcho-Mystic and I bend and bow to the Vril and offer all praise to the goddess of chaos. Hail Eris ! ! ! Twenty Three!
The year that the universe truly opened up to me was in 1994 when I had sex with a powerful psychic. The universe expanded and collapsed upon my mind. The experience altered my entire being, transformed my consciousness and awakened me to ultimate reality. I then began to experience psychic phenomena on a regular basis and the symmetrical chaos of being was alive with synchronicity. Soon after I began to see energy flowing through all things . I also realized that I could generate Vril with the power of my mind. My life has never been the same. I use Zā Lä Thü as a vehicle to issue spells and incantations into reality to effect change to occur in conformity with my will. My advice to anyone that wants to increase their power is to first seek out a powerful psychic or energy worker and then have sex with them. This is a quick and pleasurable path toward immediate results or you can take the path of the moralist and spend the next 40 years meditating at which time you might get lucky. Consciousness effects consciousness, surround yourself with your desire.
4.Originally the project was known as 'The Awakened One' and then 'Aethyria', what was the cause of all the name changes and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name ;Za La Thu'?
The history of the band name goes back to a time when I lived in Atlanta around the year of 1994. I was receiving a trance channeling from a very talented psychic. While she was in a trance she provided me with a multiplicity of otherworldly data, she also told me that I had a spirit guardian named Zā Lä Thü. She said that this guardian was reaching out to me and would guide me.
All previous bands names that I have used in the past never felt right. I was always trying to find the right name and then one day it dawned on me. My spirit animal is Heavy Metal and my guide is Zā Lä Thü. The first song I recorded as a one man band was in or around the year of 1994 or 1995 and was titled Zā Lä Thü. I think it is fitting that it is the only name that has ever felt right.
5.In a past interview you said there would never be a fb page for the band and now there is one available, what made you change your mind over the years?
I highly oppose Facebook and all forms of social media because they are being used as tools of enslavement. Regardless of my hostility towards social engineering, propaganda and mind control. Katera finally convinced me to make a page so that people would have easier access to what we were doing. However, I encourage people to delete their profile and refuse to use the service. On the other hand, if you choose to stay please subvert the timeline and bend the meta-data.
6.Originally the music project was solo and now has expanded into a duo, are you also open to working with other musicians?
If you are a musician, a lyricist or even a magician that would like his or her rituals put to music get in touch. We are always looking to meet people that would like to work with us. We would primarily love to find a drummer that is local but we are willing to work with someone from out of state even if it is only for recording purposes. email@example.com
7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
I am only interested in signing a deal with the devil. However, in Alabama there is a church at every crossroad.
8.Your early stuff had more death and black metal influences but the newer music has more of an industrial and occult rock approach, what was the decision behind going into this direction?
With the name change in 2012 and the chaotic musical direction we have taken since then, I think I have finally created an egregore that I can approach with free belief. I do not have to appeal to anyone or anything, all expectations as to what I will do have been obliterated and I am left in a musical state of liberation. My old approach did not allow for me to be able to traverse multiple genres of music. I am now free to do anything I want.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal?
We have received letters and orders from people in several different countries that tell us they really respect what we are doing and several have showed us a great deal of support. We continue to make new friends each week. The most common thing people say to us is, when can I see Zā Lä Thü live? However, until we can find more band mates this will be very difficult since I am currently playing all instrumentation myself.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I hear Banjos...
In the future, I see anarchistic and mystical forms of black/death punk.
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I do not pay attention to very many new bands. While I was working on music for the last few demos which were compiled into the album; I let go of any judgment towards my creativity. I just went with it and allowed my self to experiment. I had no interest in trying to fit into any genera, trend or style. The metal world is swamped with an immeasurable amount of generic bands. I wanted to create something that had it's own character and it's own unique sound. Therefore I did not look outside of my self for inspiration, by design everything came from within. My goal was to not replicate any contemporary or archaic trends.
When I listen to metal I primarily listen to 80's and early 90's death, black and thrash styles of metal. Some of my favorite bands are Pan-Thy-Monium, Fall of the Leafe, Pestilence, Incantation, and OM.
Over the last year I have listened to Le Trio Joubran and Seyed Khalil Alinejad more then anything else.
As for new bands, I really like Iron Reagan, Allegaeon and Nails. I also love a lot of the old school bands that keep putting out great albums like Rotting Christ, Napalm Death, Vital Remains, Darkthrone and Autopsy.
If you look inside my mp3 player this is what you will find.
Slayer, Metal Church, Exodus, Overkill, Coroner, Kreator, Testament, Sepultura, Sodom, Detente, Fear of God, Annihilator, Vio-Lence, Forbidden, Celtic Frost, Mercyful Fate, Watchtower, Trouble, Sanctuary , Nevermore, The Great Kat, Nuclear Assault, Helloween , Morbid Angel, Possessed, Pestilence, Napalm Death, Obituary, Incantation, Death, Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Gorguts, Phantasm, Pan-Thy-Monium, Deicide, Meethook Seed, At The Gates, In flames, Unleashed, Entombed, Dismember, Carcass, Fall of the Leafe, Dissection, Skeletal Earth, Obliveon, Atheist, Nocturnus, Cynic, Pestilence, Origin, Necrophagist, Impaled Nazarene, Beherit, Samael, Rotting Christ, Darkthrone, Bathory, Venom, Order From Chaos, Master's Hammer, Emperor, Enslaved, Immortal, Burzum, Arcturus, Mayhem, ABSU, 1349, Khold, Dornenreich, Helrunar, Ophthalamia, Primordial (Ireland), Candlemass, Solitude Aeternus, My Dying Bride, Anathema, Cathedral, dISEMBOWLEMENT, Silent Stream of Godless Elegy, Sleep, Om, Black Flag, Agnostic Front, Wild Flag, The Misfits, The Accused, The Cramps, The Dayglo Abortions, The Crass, G.B.H., Circle Jerks, Discharge, The Subhumans, Dead Kennedys, Christ on a Crutch, Cryptic Slaughter, Sacrilege, The Ramones, Bad Brains, Corrosion of Confomrity, Bad Religion, Fear, Murphy's Law, Suicidal Tendencies, Sonic Youth, The Clash, Godflesh, Ministry, Electric Hellfire Club, Dead World, Einsturzende Neubauten, Psychic TV, Nurse with wounds, Liabach, Current 93, Old Pitch Shifter, Old Lady Drivers, Tori Amos, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, Nikhil Ranjan Banerjee, Manilal Nag, Mita Nag, Ravi Shankar, Vladimír Václavek, Daniel Landa, , Django Reinhardt, Al Di Meola, Dead Can Dance, New Order, Depeche Mode, Madness, Eurythmics ,Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan ,Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Beastie Boys, Danzig, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Exciter, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Manowar, Queensrÿche, Symphony X, Yngwie Malmsteen, , Vinnie Moore, Jeff Loomis, Jason Becker. etc....
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First, thank you for the interview we really appreciate it.
Second, I would like to invite everyone to hear our album for free at http://www.zalathu.com .
Arise! Female Serpent Worshipper! Arise!