With 'Terraphobic' your first full length is released, but the band has been around since 2005 and some demos are also on your discography. So what can you tell us about the band so far?
Actually, our first full-length release was entitled 'Paranormal Ichthyology' which was also released through Bombworks records. The band so far sticks to a few basic principles. We try to create aggressive music that is both fun for the listener and unquestionably metal. So many bands (especially in the U.S.) have a genre tag that ends with “core.” We're not into that. We like our metal pure.
When I heard the band name I thought “they have forgotten the letter r, it must be Dragon”. Please tell me what Dagon means and why did you pick this one as band name?
We get this question a lot. We decided that for the purposes of lyrical neutrality, we would choose a theme for the lyrics that was benign. When we chose our ocean theme, we took Dagon from an H.P. Lovecraft story of the same name. The story is about a giant creature from the ocean, so it was a natural correlation. A lot of people wonder if we derived our name from the Philistine god mentioned in the Bible. The answer to that, is a resounding NO! I would like to take this opportunity, to make that point perfectly clear.
And then there is this term ocean metal. Did you come up with this? What is it and has it got something to do with native history and Michigan?
I'm sure many Dagon fans out there would like to believe that we had some sort of grand scheme in mind for choosing our theme, but to be perfectly honest, we all just love the Ocean and thought it would be an endless font of lyrical inspiration. When we wrote the song 'Ocean Metal', was when we started using the term, and as far as I know, we're the only ones to use it. The song is supposed to be sort of a tribute to Possessed's song 'Death Metal', and Venom's song 'Black Metal' which both spawned sub-genres. Who knows, maybe there will be a whole slew of ocean metal bands after Dagon.
What can you tell us more about the lyrics?
The lyrics are all dark tales of oceanic misadventures, and are meant to be nothing more than that. The songs themselves can be pretty much taken at face value. They're dark tales for dark music. Nothing more, nothing less.
The cover and artwork of the album looks really great and it relates to the general idea of the band very well. Who made it, and what can you tell us about it?
We were super happy with the artwork when we got it! It was one of those moments where you just sit back and stare at it for five minutes and say “whoa.” The artwork was created by Jan Yrlund at Darkgrove Custom Graphics Studio (http://www.darkgrove.net) Hw did a great job, and has done a ton of artwork for lots of European metal bands. I highly recommend him!
The music from Dagon has got a lot to offer. Melody, choruses, some freaky bass guitar stuff, two different sounding vocals, and some decent thrash. How do come up with songs like this? Do you have a particular manner of songwriting?
The great thing about writing for Dagon is that there is room for riffs that are very rock and roll, as well as riffs that sound like Cannibal Corpse. We each have a very different writing style. What generally happens though, is one of us will write a riff or two, and then bring it to practice, to see what the rest of the band can do with it. No song on any Dagon album is a single person effort.
In Europe a lot of metal heads are into Viking metal. Are you the American version of Viking metal?
Viking metal certainly has a proud tradition in Europe, and we would never presume to group ourselves in with those great bands. Especially since none of us have any Scandinavian heritage. Like I said, we are ocean metal.
What do think of the metal scene in Michigan and the USA at the moment? Is it any good?
It needs a revival for sure. With the advent of internet piracy, and things like MySpace, kids are just staying at home to find new bands instead of going to shows. MySpace is a blessing and a curse in that regard. It's for this reason, that we try to make every Dagon show as fun and energetic as possible so people have more of a reason to come and see us.
And what can we expect from Dagon in the future? What are you're goals with 'Terraphobic'?
Our goal always is to get our album into people's hands, and make sure that they have a good time listening to it. As for the future, we're already well into writing the next album. We're always looking toward the future and are very excited about what we've done so far. I don't want to give anything away, but we have something huge in mind for the next release.
Okay guys. That's it for me so far. I wish you all the best with 'Terraphobic' and maybe you can close this interview down with some famous last words?
Don't mess with the ocean.