by Russell Holbrook
During my thus far short tenure covering the Terror Trax column for the HorrorAddicts.net website I have been able to speak with a variety of wonderful and interesting purveyors of aural gloom. However, I never expected to find myself in a community college in the Czech Republic, attending a class entitled: Applications of Dark Mathematics in Modern Heavy Music. But there I was, sitting in on class with seventeen year-old wunderkind Karel, the brain behind horror-fueled atmospheric metal machine Hormones, who is attending the evening class in order to further expand his dark horizons. Following the mind-bending lecture, Karel and I retired to his favorite fog bank where this interview was conducted. I meant to invite the mysterious teen for some post-interview coffee but as I packed my notebook, pen, and tape recorder into my bag, a billow of fog enveloped young Karel and, when it cleared, he had vanished. I was never able to locate him again. All I have are the brief words which follow.
Who is Hormones and what do we need to know about them?
Hormones is a one-man-band powered by Karel Fošumpaur from the Czech Republic which is based on creepy and tough sounding mathematical instrumental music. Main crazy rhythms are supported by experimental ambient melodies. Some may call it Djent or Thall. But the main characteristic is the tone of my guitars and bass, which still evolves.
Can you please tell our readers how you use math and algorithms to create your music?
The interesting part about math music is figuring out the algorithm and possibly enjoying it. So it would be a spoiler. 4/3. That’s all I can say. 🙂
What if math could be used to create evil spells?
Then I would become cursed evil mathematician 🙂
What inspires your music?
There are similar bands which have influenced me, but the main inspiration source is unnamed strange emotions which flow through me sometimes… And also landscapes, sci-fi topics.
Your debut album creates a dense atmosphere that at certain points invokes images of being alone at night on a foggy, desolate city street with a knife-wielding maniac slowly stalking through the background. Was your album influenced by horror movies or horror fiction?
I love horror. The trilogy of mathematical horror movies Cube belongs to my favorites. And there could be a little connection with my music… 🙂
Who are some bands or artists who inspire you?
Bands like Vildhjarta, Nemertines, Meshuggah, Harkla or guys like Mick Gordon, Robert Fripp.
What is your home city? Is there a heavy or experimental music scene there? If so, what is the scene like?
There’s no scene of this kind of music at all in the whole country. Only a few would enjoy this stuff here…
In your opinion, what elements make for truly creepy music?
In my opinion, the main elements are low-tuned guitars, dirty bass, dissonant awful tones, reverb-drenched ambient melodies and tough drums. I can’t play guitar well, so I play it at least simply and creepy. 🙂
The use of heavy, distorted bass guitar as the lead instrument is not a common choice. What led you to use the bass for this purpose?
I’m generally a bass player. The sound of my bass is very important to me. I like it dirty and heavy – it’s suitable for my purpose. It has to sound like an angry bull or like the birth of a black hole, not like some soft sub-bass…
What is the best type of curse?
Being blind among the most beautiful women in the world…
What can we expect from Hormones in the future?
New guitar tones and some background samples as an ambient part of my music. I aim now more for singles than an album. New stuff will be soon. 🙂
Please check out the ultra-heavy self-titled album from the mighty Hormones!