You know how you have music playlists for certain activities? There’s your music for exercising, for driving, for getting your freak on, etc. It’s especially nice when you find a band that works for you on more than one level. LA’s HAEX clicks many of my checkboxes for music that’s good in the car, the shower, or just simply blasting loudly to annoy your neighbors.
December of 2021 saw the release of Aethyr Abyss Void, HAEX’s full-length debut effort. Adam V. Jones and Sarah Graves are the creative forces behind HAEX and have carved a nice niche of themselves in the LA scene. This album is relentless. The beats pummel you into submission. The vocals have the growl of an underworld demon calling from the depths to claim your soul. The songs are heavy and dark with aggressive guitars that work well alongside the electronic assault.
Aethyr Abyss Void is one of my recommended albums of 2021/2022. You will not be disappointed. Just put it on and enjoy, no matter what activity it’s providing background music for. And you can never go wrong by giving it your complete, undivided attention as well.
Adam and Sarah answered some questions from us when we spoke earlier in February…
- Who are your influences and what did you take away from those artists?
Adam: We’re both pretty eclectic in our music tastes. Both of us enjoy Industrial but we are also influenced by Black Metal, Hardcore, Hip-Hop and Pop.
- I get a cinematic feel from your music. Do you draw inspiration from sources outside of music, per se?
Sarah: We’re inspired by emotions which are inspired by energy, like a coiled serpent
Adam: Sounds in general inspire us, we’ve made tracks that started from non-musical ideas, more than musical ones. We sample every interesting sound we can.
- Please describe a typical day in the studio. What is the chemistry like?
Adam: Generally our most productive work is when we’re in the same room. We prefer to prepare an atmosphere that allows the music to come naturally to us, we kill the lights and lite candles and incense and the music writes itself.
- What’s next for you? How are you forming/adapting your plans in the age of COVID?
Sarah: What’s next is taking this album into the live realm and working it on the road
Adam: In a city near you wink
- What is your take on the current state of the dark music “scene”?
*Impressions, opinions, funny thoughts, etc.
Adam: Some reptiles bury themselves in a hole every winter, the only difference between cold-blooded and warm-blooded mammals is we make this look good.