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Interview: Storm (From the black metal band Masshu)

By Michael - 01-10-04

I recently had the opportunity to interview Storm, the man behind the black metal band Masshu. In case you're not familiar with Masshu, here is the band's bio from, copied and pasted for your convenience:

Masshu plays dark and compelling music that deals with Satanic symbolism and occultism. The name Masshu refers to a mystical mountain in Sumerian/Babylonian mythology that was thought to be the gateway to the "underworld". In some occult texts, it is even the lurking place of the "Ancient Serpent", the Devil or Satan. Originally from Phoenix Arizona, the band was conceptualized by guitarist and vocalist, Storm, in the summer of 1996. Later, joined by drummer Genocide, Masshu recorded "Into The Darkness" in 1997, which the band produced themselves. It took until 1999 for "Into The Darkness" to be released, but it still stands as a great Black Metal recording. Not typical of the American Black Metal scene. Storm is now the sole member of Masshu and has released a mini CD called "Pandaemonium". The title means: the abode of all demons. In Milton's "Paradise Lost" it is the place built by Satan's orders as the capital of Hell. The CD features three new songs and two previously unreleased demo versions of songs from the "Into The Darkness" CD. Currently Masshu is compiling new material for another recording.

Group Members:
Storm - Guitar, Vocals, Keyboard
Genocide - Drums(1996-97)

Guitars, Drums, Vocals, Keyboards

Into The Darkness(1999)

P.O. Box 1804, North Mankato, MN 56002-1804 - USA

Michael: Greetings, Storm. Thanks for having this interview.

Storm: Greetings, thanks to you as well for doing this interview.

Michael: According to your bio, "Storm is now the sole member of Masshu..." Where's Genocide?

Storm: I believe Genocide is living somewhere in New York state now. He left Masshu to pursue other interests. His contribution to the "Into The Darkness" recording is appreciated, and he helped to make it a memorable recording. 

Michael: During the recording of the "Into The Darkness" album, you employed a female vocalist for spoken word parts on the tracks "Into The Darkness" and "Churches Burn". My question to you is: was she hot? She sounds hot.

Storm: Ah yes, the lovely Iggerath. Yes, she was very hot. At that time, we knew some lovely goth girls. A girl named Naamah was originally going to do the vocals. On the day Naamah was scheduled to do the parts (a friday the 13th, actually), she brought over her friend Iggerath and suggested that she do it. She thought that Iggerath had a better voice. I'm pretty happy with the result, think it worked out nicely.

Michael: I'm sure you get this question a lot: does your throat hurt after recording?

Storm: Yes, I do get that question quite often. Usually, the only time it hurts is if I haven't done any vocals for a while. During the time of the recordings for "Into The Darkness", we were practicing quite often, so my voice got quite used to it and it didn't really hurt. With the exception of a few tracks, on which, I was fighting a cold. That did hurt a bit and I don't think the vocals came out as good as they could have.

Michael: I'm having difficulty learning/picking out some of your guitar parts, because I'm completely tone deaf. I'm also tuned to E, so my guitar goes, "dunt dunt dunt", as opposed to "GRONK CHUNK CHUNK FLOP". Is there any Masshu tablature floating around? (For "Into the Darkness" please. I'm not even gonna attempt the stuff from "Pandaemonium" There's some crazy sweep picking on "Walpurgisnacht" I cannot begin to comprehend).

Storm: Well, thanks. I'll take it as a compliment that there may be some guitar parts beyond your comprehension. Sorry, there is no tablature that I have written for any Masshu material. I gave up writing tablature quite some time ago. It became too tedious. I just keep it all in my head. Perhaps I'll make an attempt at writing some tablature down for you.

Michael: On to "Pandaemonium". Who is performing the spoken word part on "Beholding Baphomet"?

Storm: That would be me. I would have liked to have female vocals for that part, somewhat like the parts on "Into The Darkness". I'm a sucker for female vocals, heh heh. But there was no one available at the time of the recording.

Michael: Is "Leviathan" performed completely with keyboards? How did you record it? It's certainly interesting. It would be wonderful as background music to a horror movie.

Storm: Yes, "Leviathan" was created completely with a keyboard. I was visiting my comrade Bruce "666" Venegas, from the band Embalmed, for our annual "Walpurgisnacht" celebration. He had a very expensive keyboard that we used.

Michael: So you're working on a new recording? Without giving too much away, what can you tell us about the new material?

Storm: Well, so far it is heavier, faster and I feel it has more mature occult lyrics.

Michael: When do you think we'll be able to hear it?

Storm: It's tough to say when It'll be finished. The writing has been kind of sporadic. I write whenever I'm inspired to do so.

Michael: For the gearheads: What kind of equipment do you use?

Storm: I mainly use my Gibson Explorer guitar and my old Crate G-40C amp. with Celestion speakers. I like some of the older Crate amps but I haven't been too impressed with their newer stuff. I'm considering getting a new Line 6 amp. As for recording, all the older Masshu recordings were done on my Tascam Porta03 4 track. For the new recordings, I'm using my iMacDV G3, with the Tascam US-428 mixer/controller and Cubase 5 recording software. I use a Boss DR-550 MKII drum machine. And I have an Optimus keyboard, with which I can use either it's built in sounds or control the synths in Cubase, via MIDI.

Michael: Will there ever be a live Masshu tour?

Storm: A tour? I don't know. Perhaps Masshu will play live someday. I will need to either find a full line up for the band or guest musicians to play live.

Michael: I have short hair and I'm fairly clean cut. I often wear polo shirts. Would I get beaten up at a Masshu show? Be honest.

Storm: Most definitely, hah hah. There's no doubt that some metal heads can be pretty judgmental, if you don't wear the proper "Metal Uniform". Most of the shows I've been to, everyone is usually pretty cool. You get all different types of people. You'd probably be okay. Just wear all black, you're better off wearing black than the "wrong band" shirt. You WILL be harassed for that. And please, NO polo shirts... heh heh.

Michael: Tough job interview question: Where do you see yourself (and Masshu) in five years?

Storm: Total world domination.... muah ha ha ha haaa, with hordes of disciples reveling in the flesh and worshiping the image of The Beast. On a more humble note, probably not much different from now. I hope to have some more recordings out and to be respected... and if I have some other musicians as full time members, perhaps we'll play live.

Michael: Before we go, I just want to gloat about my Pandaemonium/Into the Darkness double-CD. How many of these puppies exist?

Storm: Ha ha, lucky you. You are one of the very few people to have one of those. I've only made a few copies for friends and acquaintances.  

Michael: Thanks again for the interview, Storm. We're looking forward to the new CD.

Storm: Thank you. Ave Satanas!

BONUS! Masshu MP3 downloads! is currently in limbo, so I'll host a couple of Masshu songs right here (Masshu CD's will be available again soon).

Churches Burn by Masshu
ALBUM: Into the Darkness

Walpurgisnacht by Masshu
ALBUM: Pandaemonium

Masshu merchandise can be ordered here:

Cassettes available for the album "Into The Darkness". For ordering information, send an e-mail to:
Or, write to: Masshu; P.O. Box 1804, North Mankato, MN 56002-1804 - USA





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