Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Aegorton was created in August 2014 by sole member Orthus. The stage name "Orthus" was chosen from Greek mythology. Orthus is a many headed dog, who is the brother of Cerberus. Cerberus is one dog with many heads, which is symbolic of Orthus having many roles in Aegorton despite being one person. Orthus had previously been in a couple of local metal bands, but had never had a serious project until Aegorton. After a few months of coming up with ideas, writing riffs, and trying out different techniques, Orthus began to record "Demo 2015", the first demo. Recording took a couple of weeks in his home studio, and Demo 2015 was released in February. Almost straight after the release, Orthus began to work on Plaguelord, the second demo. This demo took a little longer to record, as it was longer and more detailed than the previous Demo 2015. Plaguelord was released in August. Now, I am busy promoting Plaguelord, as well as coming up with ideas for future music.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Aegorton's style is black metal, but with lots of influence from doom metal, as well as doom metal riffs and sections. I label my work as black/doom metal. I plan to try and keep my sound fresh, whilst still sticking to my black metal roots, so one day the doom metal may fade away to make way for different fusions and ideas. Aegorton is influenced by Burzum, Kvist, Mayhem, Sigh, Candlemass, Warning, Les Legions Noires, and others, both metal and non metal. I try to keep my style raw and powerful, I feel heavy, overly-clean production sounds very bad on most extreme metal releases.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
A metalhead should buy Aegorton's releases because Aegorton makes something fresh and different, with a wide variety of influences and ideas, whilst still being familiar to its roots. Many bands just try and copy the style done by others, which can be fine for many, but Aegorton tries to reach out and be different, which is refreshing for many people.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
So far, 2 demos have been released by Aegorton: "Demo 2015" and "Plaguelord", released in February and August 2015 respectively. Obviously, future releases are planned. Aegorton's music has been met with positive reactions from both fans and critics alike. Things often praised include great riffs, intense atmosphere, and raw, gritty production.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
No live shows have been played thus far, although I do plan on setting up a live band so that I can play live sometime in the future. I am only one man, so I must find other people to play live, as, sadly, playing drums, bass, guitar, and signing is impossible to do simultaneously. Unfortunately, my local extreme metal scene is virtually non-existent, so finding musicians willing to play black metal is difficult, not to mention the lack of local venues with any sort of crowd that would enjoy anything heavier than Led Zeppelin. However, once live musicians can be found, I do indeed plan to rehearse my music with them and start performing live.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
They should be interested in Aegorton because Aegorton makes music that is real untainted. Aegorton tries to be different and original whilst staying true to its roots. Aegorton is an upcoming, fresh band that grows in popularity every day, therefore it is of interest of zines, promoters, and labels, as Aegorton is on the cutting edge of the underground scene.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
In the near future, I plan to promote Aegorton so that I can gather a small and devoted following of fans. A little further down the line, I would like to release music on a small underground label. I don' t want mainstream success. I don't want to be any more well known, than say, for example, the level that Swiss band Bolzer is. I would also like to find musicians willing to help Aegorton perform live, as I am unable to do so all on my own, obviously.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can listen to Aegorton on Bandcamp and Soundcloud. You can download for free (or pay if you so wish), and order CD copies through Bandcamp. Also, if you'd prefer, you can contact me directly via the Facebook page or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, to purchase a CD directly.