ABJECTION RITUAL IS THE ONE MAN DEATH INDUSTRIAL
PROJECT OF D.C. FOCUSING ON THEMES SUCH AS MENTAL
ILLNESS, EXISTENTIAL DESPAIR, RELIGION, DISEASE AND
THE WORST ASPECTS OF HUMAN NATURE.GREAT ATTENTION TO
DETAIL AS WELL AS STELLAR COMPOSITION SKILLS HAVE
RECENTLY GAINED ABJECTION RITUAL A LOT OF PUBLICITY IN
THE UNDERGROUND CIRCLES. WITH THE RELEASE OF HIS THIRD
ALBUM "FUTILITY RITES" ON THE MIGHTY MALIGNANT
RECORDS, THIS IS SURELY JUST THE BEGINNING.TODAY WE
TALK TO THE MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR ONE OF MY FAVORITE
PROJECTS TO EMERGE IN THE DEATH INDUSTRIAL SCENE IN
SOME TIME AND GET AN INSIGHTFUL LOOK INTO THE
MECHANICS OF, AND MADNESS THAT IS, ABJECTION RITUAL.
I am curious to hear what the name "Abjection Ritual"
means to you, If anything.It seems like a moniker
that's open to many interpretations.To me it seemed
like social commentary.The music being the "Ritual"
and the lyrics being your "Abjection's" to the things
you see and experience in the world around you.Is this
an accurate interpretation or does it mean something
entirely different to you personally? Why is it that
you decided to work under this title and how does it
sum up the music it represents?
Abjection Ritual started up in February 2013.The name
came to me after seeing a photo of the BTK killer,
Dennis Rader, in some weird bondage scenes that were
self shot inside his home. When I saw these photos,
one of which was used for the cover of the first self
titled CDR , "Abjection Ritual" popped into my head. I
like how it can be open to interpretation and has no
set or "correct" meaning. I find your interpretation
to be very interesting and I do see my music as a kind
of private ritual when I am creating it. One meaning
of the word Abject "is to cast off" so when used in
that particular context I am purging myself of
negative emotions/experiences in a cathartic way,
although I must admit that I sometimes revel in
negativity as well. Another meaning is "pathetic,
disgusting, degrading" which could definitely describe
some of my behaviors and how I view myself and others.
I feel Abjection Ritual sums up the sounds/mood/lyrics
of this project perfectly.
Is Abjection Ritual your first musical endeavor or
have you worked with previous projects or bands?
How did you discover Noise Music and it's related Sub-
Genres and what was it about these styles that drew
you in and got you involved with them in the first
Definitely not my first endeavor. I am 37 so I have
been making music for twenty years now. In the late
nineties I discovered Death Industrial/PE via the
massive catalog that Relapse used to send out and
got turned on to Brighter Death Now, Megaptera and the
whole Cold Meat Industry roster. Also, Atrax Morgue,
Slaughter Productions and Slogun were discovered
thanks to this catalogue. Another big influence was
the REsearch Industrial Culture book with Throbbing
Gristle, SPK, NON etc. The Sounds Of Sadism Comp
should be mentioned too. I was attracted to the bleak,
morbid atmospheres and fucked up subject matter. At
that time I was into death metal, grind, Eyehategod,
stuff like that so it wasn't too much of a leap. I
started doing my own four track recordings and had a
project called Immersed In Filth but never really did
anything with the material. Looking back, it pretty
much sucked anyway. After years of playing in many
different bands, I grew bored of playing guitar and
was fed up with having to rely on others and playing
stupid local shows for a bunch of drunk idiots. I also
was able to finally afford some decent recording gear
and renewed my interest in industrial/power
With that interest renewed, so far you have
accomplished three releases. The second two being
concept albums. Is this a planned formula for future
releases or just the way things have turned out so
far? Also, what is it that you feel Abjection Ritual
brings to the Death Industrial/Power Electronics scene
that it may have been lacking? What do you feel you
have to offer listeners that they may not find
It wasn't planned, just turned out that way so far.
I think the next release will not be based on a
concept/theme but who knows? I honestly don't think
that I bring anything new or special to the genre and
don't try to. I just simply create what I create for
selfish intentions. I feel like I am definitely
beholden to my influences but try to bring my own
personality into it. The one thing that I do strive
for is to try and make each song have it's own
identity. I get bored when every song sounds the same.
What's a typical writing/recording process like for
Abjection Ritual? You said you create for selfish
intentions, What would those be if you don't mind
It depends...Sometimes I will have an idea of a
specific mood, tempo or instrumentation, other times I
just fiddle around with sounds until I find something
that resonates with me. I also have to be in a certain
head space to create. If I'm not in the right mood it
will not work out. As far as the "selfish intentions"
- I do this music both as a release and as a vehicle
to explore some of my obsessions. It's therapeutic.
If I don't have an outlet, I end up festering in my
negativity and start treating those close to me like
You also mentioned that your influences have a great
impact on you. Would you care to share which artists
have had the greatest effect on yourself and your
music? Are there things outside of the audio spectrum's
that have had an influence your sound that are worth
IRM, Brighter Death Now, MZ412, Grunt, Strom ec,
Skin Chamber, Godflesh, Halo ,Swans, Neurosis,
Bodychoke, Current 93, Joy Division, Sabbath,
Eyehategod, Black Flag, Neubauten, The Birthday Party,
Throbbing Gristle, Foetus......I could go on forever.
Authors: Charles Bukowski, Celine, Brett Easton Ellis,
Hubert Selby JR, Denis Johnson etc. I also read a ton
of non-fiction as well.
You seem to stick with challenging and grim subject
matter, (Although this is common in the genre) What is
it about topics like mental illness and existential
despair that fascinate you and draw you in?
Mental Illness is something I have dealt with all of
my life. In myself, family members, friends and even
professionally when I worked in a group home for nine
years. I have an aunt that lives in a State hospital.
I've been around the mentally ill since I was born.
I'm fascinated by abnormal psychology , particularly
schizophrenics. When I say "existential despair" I
refer to the state of living in a world with no higher
purpose or meaning. Feeling insignificant and useless,
at the mercy of the cold indifference of nature and
the universe. If there is some kind of higher power it
certainly doesn't intervene or have an interest in
human affairs. I really like some of the writings of
Sartre and Camus when it comes to this topic, in
particular "Nausea" "No Exit" and "The Stranger."
What are your thoughts on collaborating with other
artists? Being that Abjection Ritual is such a
personal project. Also for this same reason, How do
you feel about playing live as Abjection Ritual? Do
you think this type of music should be performed live?
Since it's not typically "Made to entertain" but
rather, a personal outlet for many artists.
I'm definitely open to collaboration. I really enjoy
listening to the collaborations on the various
Malignant comps. Always a highlight in my opinion.
I feel like the subject matter that I use is very
similar to a lot of other acts in the genre. As far as
playing live goes, I was completely against the idea
when I first started but now have changed my mind. I
am also working with someone else who can do visuals
and additional soundscapes in the live setting.
I completely agree that this music is not made to
entertain but I also really like the feeling of
blasting my work at full volume and screaming my head
off, inflicting negative vibes on the "audience" and
making people feel uneasy and anxious. These effects
can really only happen to an audience that doesn't
have prior knowledge of this genre and is expecting
just another band to play. An industrial/power
electronics/noise crowd are certainly not going to be
shocked by any of this. I am open to performing in
both situations though.
Do you think it's possible to shock an audience these
days? Or even listeners with album content/art? Power
Electronics and Death industrial are known for
covering challenging subjects as you are well aware.
In an age where everything is available with the click
of a mouse do you think there is any unexplored
No I don't think it is really possible to shock people
these days beyond doing something insane such as
suicide or murder during a performance. My aim is not
to try and shock people but if that is their reaction
then great. I am more interested in making them feel
some of the emotions that I have put into the music.
When I saw Neurosis when they were touring for Through
Silver In Blood I had a very intense experience.
During a song, they had a video loop of Bud Dwyer
shooting himself and the intensity of the music
coupled with that image freaked me out. I had to go
outside for a minute to be honest. THAT is what
Do you use field recordings in your work? E.G.
recordings gathered in locations like abandoned mental
asylums/hospitals/etc? Or is Abjection Ritual more of
a project that explores such mindsets mentally? Do you
think incorporating such sounds aids to make a project
more authentic, or do you see it as merely a gimmick?
I have not used any field recordings in my work and
really do not have much of an interest in them. There
are no interesting locations where I live that would
yield such recordings either. I feel like an artist
such as T.O.M.B. already has the whole haunted
location/paranormal thing mastered to such great
effect that anyone else attempting to do the same
thing would seem like a pale imitation. It would be
cool to record in a factory or warehouse for the
ambiance/acoustics but I don't know if that would be
considered a "field recording", ya know?
Thanks for taking the time to speak with us.
Are there any parting words, closing thoughts, or
updates regarding your work that you'd like to share?
I'm in the process of working on a live set and have a
friend/collaborator doing visuals and additional
sounds for me. Anyone in the Pittsburgh, Cleveland or
Buffalo area reading this and are interested in
booking Abjection Ritual can email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to thank you
for the interview and support! Hail Traumatic Static
and Black Sheet Servitude!
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