Revulsed by Filth, Greed and Darkness




He’s sort of a pioneer – at least when it comes to connect Extreme Metal to profound Christian values. Jayson Sherlock was the Drummer in Mortification, whose „Scrolls of the Megilloth“ is still an outstanding Death-Metal-Album almost 25 years after ist release. Sherlock carried on with Death-Doom-Stronghold Paramaecium and was the first musician to release an Christian Black Metal Album with Horde. 2015 marks a new step in the career of the versatile Artist. His new Band is Revulsed – and Sherlocks aim was to take brutality and heaviness to a whole new Level. He was Kind enough to answer a few questions about his new Band. This interview is also available in a german Translation at Whiskey-Soda-Webzine.

Eskapismus: Hi Jayson, could you please tell something about the founding of the Band? In understand that InExordium appeared to be the „father“ of the band. How was Revulsed born?

Jayson Sherlock (JS): Basically without going into too much gory detail, after my long time collaborator and great friend Jason Deron left inExordium, and was replaced by Sheldon D’Costa, Sheldon and myself, after a few months of struggling to keep the excitement and enthusiasim going for inExordium, (the other two members simply no longer exhibited the passion for the music that Sheldon and I had) we decided to leave inExordium. We had a dinner meeting, I made my intentions to leave clear to the 3 other guys. Sheldon, after following my work from the very first Mortification albums, decided to stay with me and form Revulsed. The other guys had full control and creative licence over inExordium, and could have taken it to whatever ends they wished, and they, as proof of their lack of desire, chose to let it die a slow death. Not even advising their fans of the status of the band for months and months. Leaving them in bewilderment as to what had happened. Sheldon and I were then free to forge ahead creatively and pursue our dreams to create brutal old school death metal with a slam-tech modern twist. Some still classify Revulsed as brutal technical death metal, but to us we are death metal, pure and simple, the way it was meant to be.

E.: Is there something special that you want to point out regarding the Revulsed album or something that you are especially proud of? What distinguishes it from the music you did earlier?

JS : I think the main thing is that for most, when one gets older, the norm is to go lighter, slower, simpler and softer, etc… I wanted to do the total opposite. inExordium was the heaviest and most brutal thing I’d done since Mortification – Scrolls of the Megilloth or Paramaecium – Exhumed of the Earth. With Revulsed, I knew I wanted to go even further than inExordium did and Sheldon was totally onboard. Sheldon is a master of brutal riffs and a killer soloist and he is heavily influenced by the early Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation material, so he was just what Revulsed needed and  there would be no Revulsed without him. I guess I always wanted to outdo those earlier albums of mine in terms of speed and overall brutality, everyone always says, when is Mortification going to release Scrolls part two? Scrolls part two is no longer required Revulsed is here. I am not only proud to work with one of my closest friends in Sheldon, but I’m also SUPER proud and blown away to have had the absolute pleasure of working with the best death metal vocalist ever, Mr Konstantin Lühring, whom you should know from Defeated Sanity and Despondency fame.

E.: It’s horrible of me to let a father choose between his « kids », but if you had to pick one Revulsed song, which one would it be and why ?

JS : This is an impossible question to answer honestly because every single song on Infernal Atrocity I’m very happy with. We wanted to make absolutely sure there were no filler songs AT ALL on this record. I honestly can’t choose one song because they all have something unique to say. But, have said ALL THAT, if I absolutely HAD to choose one, it would be Agonising Putrid Self Infliction. This song encapsulates everything the Revulsed is in one song. Agonising Putrid Self Infliction was also the first song we used as a test track for Konni to try out on and he utterly killed it, and in one brutal take I believe

E.: If you had to do some namedropping of similar bands to help new listeners to get an idea how Revulsed sounds, which Bands appear on you mind ?

JS : Well one dude said it took him back to Suffocations first album, Effigy of the Forgotten, which blew me away. But I guess, somewhere between Defeated Sanity, Suffocation – Effigy, Pierced from Within era, Gorguts – The Erosion of Sanity era, and Cannibal Corpse – Tomb of the Mutilated era, with some elements of modern slam thrown in

E.: The Cover Artwork of your new album is absolutely outstanding. In which way does it represent the music or the lyrics on it?

JS: Well, thank you very much, I designed it and came up with the concept, but full credit goes to Pär Olofsson. He brought the cover art to living, breathing, impaling life and he is the master. The cover is basically the Infernal Atrocity itself. It represents the filth that is destroying this world, with each passing day, the world is sinking deeper and deeper into well, shit basically. Just take a look at whats happening in the middle east, and thats only a glimpse of the full picture. So the tree is a symbol of the evil in the world, some folks take it as a symbolic representation, while others as a realistic manifestation of the present state of evil. The tree is impaling it’s victims mercilessly. Just as evil does. The number of dead in the cover art is beyond count or measure. Some of the dead, the spirits are rising to a new life. Finally in the far left side of the art, we see a sun rise, this signifies that the time of evil will come to an end, and the sun (or light) will consume it (the darkness).




E.: You are a graphic designer by profession and created some great cover artworks in the past, mostly for your own projects. Why did you choose to hand your cover concept over to Pär Olofsson (who is of course by far one oft he most outstanding Metal Artists) in the first place?

JS: I knew that this cover art was going to be WAAAAY beyond my pitiful skills. So we had a few artists to choose from, but, at the end of the day, Pär was really the only choice if we wanted perfection, which is what we got. I’m a huge fan of his, and have been for years and years. Loved his work for The Faceless, Immolation, Abysmal Dawn, Psycroptic and so on, so we knew that he was going to be the best choice for us. Also it’s worth mentioning that without Stefan from Permeateds financial intervention we could never have afforded to employ Pär to paint the cover. So a HUGE thanks goes to him.

E.: You are known for your former bands Mortification and Horde. As a christian musician I presume, that your beliefs also effect you art. What topics do the Revulsed Lyrics talk about ?

JS: Revulsed is not a Christian band per se, however we do make it a point to have intelligent positive faith based lyrical content to contrast with 90% of the brutal death metal lyrics out there today. We are just over the violence towards women and general gore for gores sake. It’s all been done to death and it’s getting really old. Our songs are about topics such as greed, the results of a separation from God, hurtful and negative words towards others, the positive transformation of the mind, physical purification and refinement, corporate greed, celestial visions and detailed descriptions of dark entities and their demise. Hope that all makes sense !

E.: The singer on the album is Konstanin Lühring, the former singer of Defeated Sanity. How do you manage to have a singer from the other side of the world? What about the future, touring, more music with this „geographical challenge“? Is Revulsed a „Project“», or a „real band“ ?

JS : First and foremost Revulsed is most definately a band and not just a project, Sheldon and myself have been working with our new bass player, Mark Smith, who has been learning and tabbing out our songs from scratch. Our dream is to start playing this material live sometime very soon. We have been advertising for a local Melbourne based vocalist so we will see how that journey unfirls. Konni is THE Revulsed vocalist right now but due to the distance between us, it makes rehearsals and live shows with him impossible for the moment. However, if we get the opportunity to play live shows in Europe, then it will be totally possible. Revulsed will never be a massive extensive touring band, we would be more than happy to play a very small tour here or a festival there, thats all. We are all family guys who are busy at home, so we cannot be away for too long. How we connected with Konni is an amazing story. Basically in a nutshell, I was wearing a Defeated Sanity shirt in a Revulsed photoshoot we did for the album, and I used the image as my Facebook profile picture. Konni was my Facebook friend at the time but we hadn’t really connected properly yet, so when he saw the profile picture he was blown away, as he was a fan of the early Mortification material back in the 90s. So this started an amazing dialogue between us about basically everything, inlcuding our latest musical pursuits. Which let me to mentioning the fact that all we needed to do for the Revulsed debut was record the vocals, Konni then asked if he could  listen to the material and then offered to learn and perform all the vocals on Infernal Atrocity. I bascially couldn’t breathe. My favourite vocalist from my favorite band just asked me if he could record the vocals for my album. That was a miracle right there. I make no apology for stating that God set that up no doubt.

E.: Anything else you want to tell our readers at the end of this interview?

JS: Just to say thanks for the support and interest! The album is availble in digital format form our bandcamp page:

And CD’s and merch from Permeated Records:

Thanks for the interview!


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Revulsed are :

Jayson Sherlock (Ex-Mortification, Ex-Paramaecium, Ex-Horde) – Drums

Sheldon D’Acosta (Ex-InExodrium, Ex-Incursion, Ex-Incarnate) – Guitars

Konstantin Lühring (Ex-Despondency, Ex-Defeated Sanity) – Vocals

Mark Smith (Ex-Bind Torture Kill, Ex-Severed Abortion) – Bass





Norwegian Profoundness – Einar Solberg of Leprous (Interview)


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Norwegian Proggers Leprous are on their way up. They absolutley deserve to be up there. Their very one-of-a-Kind, emotional Prog-Metal is still getting better and better. At Euroblast Festival in Cologne I had the opportunity to talk to their Musical mastermind Einar Solberg. This is the raw, almost unedited, english Version of the Interview. There’s a German Translation available at Whiskey-Soda Webzine. Enjoy!




WS: You’re on tour now to promote your latest album „The Congregation“, which has just been released a few weeks ago. How has everything been so far?

ES: Well, the response has been really awesome and everything. It’s very nice for us to get such good feedback. But still, we need to distance ourselves a little bit from all the feedback, wether it’s positive or negative we need to keep focused on the music and do things better. The problem is that everyone has his different opinions and when you start considering them, it just becomes chaos. And that really leads you off the path in a way. A lot of people set their opinions as facts, so you just need to keep focused.

WS: Although I’ve been doing it for a few years now, it’s very hard to write about music. You can describe it and try to get something said about it, but it’s still very subjective. More than to write about video games or movies for example. A lot of it is a matter of taste of course. So you gotta keep true to yourself.

ES: It’s the only thing that you can do as an artist actually. That’s why it is very important to us during the writing process of new music to really isolate ourselves. Of course, there are a few selected people, that we share our thoughts, because we trust in their opinion. It’s nice to get some outside views sometimes, but it has to be somebody that we really trust and who knows what he is talking about. I’m the same like this when it comes to other subjects, I have a lot to say, but when it all comes down, I haven’t got a clue (Laughs). Doesn’t matter if its politics or other stuff. Everyone has a lot more opinion then knowledge.

WS: One thing were you obviously don’t care about how your audience reacts is the way you present your vocals. They are intense in a way, but also quite soft considered the style of other vocals in metal bands or even compared to the hard riffs in your music. Is it your natural tone, was it an intentional decision to sing this way? Why do you sing the way you do?

ES: Well, I still scream from time to time, but more like an effect than to sing vocals. It’s still a part of Leprous, but it will never be a main part. The more I develop, the less I think about how to sing. Also I think that you can not sing properly unless you relax yourself – that’s true to a lot of other stuff as well.

WS: Yeah, if you have listened to the last few albums of Leprous you gotta notice that you developed very much as a singer. From time to time you remind me of a famous singer. Can you guess who I mean?

ES: Well, of course I have been told before. There are different people. Because I listen to a lot of Radiohead people tell me that I remind them of Muse – because they are also inspired by Radiohead. Was it Muse?

WS: It’s a guy that comes from Norway and is very famous there.

ES: Morten Harket?

WS: Yeah.

ES: Hmm, I’ve heard that one before amongst other names. But he’s normally singing much clearer than me. But if you think about ‚The Cloak‘, I understand what you mean. Some memories create associations. And of course he’s an awesome vocalist. But I like A-ha very much, so it’s definitely a compliment.

WS: You started your musical career as the Keyboarder of Isahn of Emperor, who is your brother in law I believe. I was asking myself how that experience in particular as a part of the Black Metal Scene influenced the music you went on making later on.

ES: Everything you do, that you spend time on is a part of your shaping of who you are in a way, you cannot control that. I’m not very directly inspired by black metal any more, but still I really appreciate dark and melancholic music in general. Much more than other stuff. So of course a lot of Extreme Metal falls in that category. We still have some sections here and there that resamble that. My favourite record the last year was Behemoth, „The Satanist“. Even though I’m not that much into Extreme Metal any more. Because I think the most of the bands keep repeating themselves.

WS: What did you like about it specifically?

ES: They had the passion – like they were meaning every single note that they were playing. That’s what I need in music – I need a passion, really going deeply into it. That’s what I love about it. I had absolutely zero relation to the band until I saw them live and they played a few songs from that album. I’ve always thought they were not that interesting, but then I saw them live. So I really don’t mind genres in music. I mind mood and atmosphere. Some electronic or pop bands can be darker and more intense than some extreme metal Bands in my opinion. It’s about going deep and some people I believe are playing music just on the surface. When I go on big metal festivals I always think: Same, same, same… Another thing that is very important that a band or their music has it’s own character. I don’t even have to like it, but it needs to have some character. Regardless if I like their music or not. You can recognize that within five seconds. Their are a lot of bands that I don’t like, but I respect them very much for having it. Just take one of your german superstars from Rammstein. I don’t like them, but I respect them very much for having their own sound. You recognize them in two seconds. And that’s what is most important in my opinion. Being true to themselves and not trying to fit into something.



WS: You told me of Behemoth and I talked about Emperor earlier. So there’s another question on my mind now. Do you think their passion for their music is linked up with their personal view of the world, their beliefs, all the occult and satanistic stuff?

ES: I don’t take that part of it so serious, to be honest. I think it’s more like a gimmick for them. The musical, emotional part of it – that seems to be very very sincere. Like giving their whole soul into making it.

WS: I read an interview of the Bandleader of Behemoth, Nergal, a while ago in a christian metal magazine. And it was very, very interesting. He was very respectful, but also very clear in his words that the occult ideas are something that he relates to very much. Almost like a sort of personal belief. I think, that may be at least a part of the sincerety that you feel.

ES: Well. Maybe.

WS: Artistic Dreams.

ES: The only thing, that I really, really want to do, is to be able to live fully out of the music – and it’s getting closer. So that’s my main dream – so that I can focus only on that. I’m kind of in a good circle now because until now, I had to work a lot besides the band. We’re all still trying to get things better, and the bigger the band gets – and it’s gradually getting better and better for us now – the more time I get to make it even better. I already have the live of my dreams – and now the next thing is to live off the music.

WS: That’s funny because Oystein was telling me the same when I asked him the same question in a e-mail-interview two years ago.

ES: Really? He isn’t that obsessed with living off the music. He’s that kind of guy that needs some of the „normal world“ besides the music. He needs that. And I don’t. (laughs)

Real world, go away, I want to focus on the music. I think everybody who sets long-term goals and works hard enough for them, will finally achieve them if they have the talent. At least in the western world, where you have the economical possibilities. It’s just about not giving up. It sounds like a clichee, but that’s the reason why it’s a clichee. Because it’s actually true.

WS: Did it help you to change to InsideOut Music?

ES: Yes, very much. Because they reach much more people than the last label we had. That definitely helped. And we have our own artistic freedom, sometimes we’re discussing a little bit, but in the end, WE chose what we do. Sometimes they make suggestions like „maybe you should put this there and cut away that song“ and stuff. Sometimes we listen if they got a point, but in the end it becomes what we’re convinced about. That’s also in our contract and that’s very cool. I don’t mind if they got opinions about our music – because sometimes you can get lost a bit in your own world. Sometimes it helps, to see things rationally.

WS: Well, I think it’s always a big tension between staying true to yourself and everything. But of cause these guys now about marketing and all that stuff.

ES: Yeah, that’s true. But sometimes label tend to overthinking everything. They sometimes make the audience more stupid then they are. We had a discussion regarding the length of the album. They wanted it shorter. But we said we won’t cut away two songs. It’s doesn’t matter if the album is long or short. It’s the same with movies. A four hour movie can seem short if you like it. And a 90 minutes movie can seem like an eternity if you don’t like it. That’s what I mean. It’s just numbers. But in the end we agreed and now they’re advertising it: „This 64 Minute Album“ (laughs). And of course a long album is not a bad thing in the Prog Scene.