Rigor Sardonicous interview

1. Hi Rigor Sardonicous! What’s the meaning of your band’s title? What’s the origin of that name? Have you changed the band’s name before?
Greetings! The band was derived from Glenn and inspired by the tale Mr. Sardonicus which implies a corpse smile caused by stiffening muscles and tissues.

2. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
Doom since day 1. People have expanded the genre names and have called us Funeral Doom, Death/Doom but we felt that Raw, Apocalyptic Doom works and we derived that from several reviews that described us that way.

3. How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
We were in a band called Abhorrence in the early 1990’s and after that died eventually Rigor Sardonicous got going again. Glenn founded the band years before that.

4. When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
This incarnation formed around 1992. We felt that there was a lack of music that sounded like this so we just sought to fill in a need.

5. Are you a member of any music organizations?
I am a member of ASCAP and that was useful when WWE used one of our songs, Apocalypsis Damnare, during a promo twice so we got fairly paid since there was a paper trail of copyright.

6. What can you tell me about your instruments? (i.e., Are you subject to brand loyalty or will you play with whatever’s available? What made you choose the instruments you have now? Was it cost or was it a style/model/brand/color preference?
We are not brand loyal but my guitar has always been a 1985 Gibson Flying V. A friend had this guitar and I loved it and he eventually sold it to me. That will always be the Rigor guitar since it is setup for what we do and the Megadrive pickup I installed is vital to my sound, though for a short while I tried a 7 string thinking it may help with sustain but I was not fond of it. Glenn is still playing his Washburn Force 40 that he converted to left-handed back in the 80’s.

7. Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?
The majority of the music has been my own and the subject matter has always been regarding death. That is unlikely to change.

8. Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
It is hard to describe since it is an emotional process and we follow that when it comes. Thoughts tend to get in the way more often than not.

9. What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
We have been inactive for 6 years and this release came about spontaneously, hmm, that might be a problem I should address. There were no rehearsals. In the early days we did rehearse frequently.

10. How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
I think we tend to capture the sound better and have become a bit more focused on writing as happens over time with experience but we definitely have not changed.

11. What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Tapping into the female audience, and thusly, propelling our mainstream success is our biggest challenge.

12. What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?
We always sought to have a primal, limbic dread to our form and we feel we been successful in that. Though we are a very underground band I think the pop charts are in near sight for us yet.

13. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Be true to what your emotion and vision is and if you have not yet determined that then keep working towards it and let things happen.

14. How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
All of our music is available on our Bandcamp page and on the streaming and torrenting sites. There may be some physical copies floating around through some of the underground distros.

15. Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?
Paragon Records gave us the best push we ever received for the 3 albums that were released through them. We appreciate everyone who ever made a purchase of anything of ours, even if they immediately came to regret that. And also to Grand Sounds Promotion for their current and past support.

16. Any last words?