From the mighty Tunisia here comes Omination with a strong desire to revive some of the amazing thoughts of a funeral soul, a chat we had with Fedor.
First of all, let me congratulate you for your latest album “NGR”, a very good funeral doom - death metal.
Thank you. I am grateful that NGR received such good feedback all around the world.
Please tell us the story of your band, how it all started.
It started somewhere in 2015. I was writing new material for Vielikan, my progressive death metal act, but I noticed that everything I was writing was a lot heavier, slower and found myself in a completely new experimental territory. As a general rule, I am extremely influenced by what is happening around me, and during that period of time, I was in a very bad place. Things went worse in 2016 after some unpleasant things that have happened in my life which I was not prepared for at all. From there I was separating everything I was writing for Vielikan and conceptualizing Omination.
Will you be so kind to describe the concept of all your albums?
Omination albums are, roughly speaking, about the "individual apocalypse" and the "individual post-apocalypse." I was in a self-destructive era and Omination was revealed to me when very unpleasant things happened in my life. I realized that I had to enter in something completely new beside Vielikan that focuses primarily on the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic theme. Lyrically, musically and visually.
The last album has an interesting cover, what is the meaning of it?
I have my own meaning and approach but I try to let everyone having a personal connection when I create something. I'm not trying to send some messages through music or visual art, spread any knowledge or having any position toward the world or my personal life and if I'm actually doing this, it is not my intention. My purpose in art and music is to spread feelings and offer a musical experience. Certainly, I have my own interpretation for NGR artwork cover, which I would rather not reveal. Personally, I use this apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic imagery to link it with the individual experience of losing everything and confronting one's own shadow as C. Jung taught in his philosophy of the shadow.
Also, what can u tell us about the meaning of lyrics?
I took the decision to not put the lyrics publicly. After a while, I have come to realize that they are too personal and I preferred not to publish them at all.
Beside all the personal aspect that I decided not to publish, I can direct you that NGR (New Golgotha Repvbliq) is absolutely not about a new republic or Golgotha. It is, obviously or not, a metaphor about "The Self".
Did you have good time in the studio with the recording?
Absolutely. I think that NGR was the most enjoyable album that I recorded. Everything was crafted at my place beside the vocal recording which was recorded at Blech Hess studio here in Tunisia.
The production and the sound of this album are unique, did you have a good producer?
Actually, I am NGR's producer. I have been crafting a very particular sound for Vielikan's album released in 2019 which gave me enough satisfaction to stick to this whole architecture for Omination's NGR, with only some little additional technical work and adapting Vielikan's sonic foundations to Omination's music.
How was it for you the all Covid-19 situation?
Personally, not a big deal. The lockdown didn't affect me that much. I always used to live by myself, without having many interactions with people beside my inner circle. I do have my space for the craft and enjoy simple moments of life. The pandemic situation actually inspired me to write and release "The Pale Horseman" song EP, which actually delayed NGR release.
Where we can find your creations?
There is not a place that regroups everything. At the moment you can find most of my work scattered here and there on bandcamp:
The last words belong to you.
Thanks for the interview, and remember, always be ready for the great ending.
Interview by Ionut Dimitriev