The Texan Dark Heavy Metal outfit VENOMOUS MAXIMUS has already risen to the status of a heavy hitter in the depths of the underground. This was showcased with the release of their debut album Beg Upon The Light earlier this year via Napalm Records. The album is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.
Today the band has released what they are describing as a "photo-video". Check out the exclusive premiere courtesy of The Obelisk HERE. The "photo-video" is set to the song "Dream Again (Hellenbach)". With this "photo-video" VENOMOUS MAXIMUS have started a contest to see who can share and spread the video the most online. The winner will be determined by whoever gets the most shares of their Facebook post or Tweet. The winner of the contest will receive a VENOMOUS MAXIMUS, T-shirt, CD, LP, trucker hat, patch and buttons."
What exactly is a "photo-video"? Photographer and artist Ray Traboulay who is responsible for the project explains: "VENOMOUS MAXIMUS is an "experience" or "state of mind" as opposed to a band. Photographing them proved to be an extremely fluid process as our collective energies aligned with ease.
Capturing their Spiritual energy and inserting it aesthetically into the photograph was achieved through multiple exposure and shutter drag photographic techniques as well as sensing their Kinetic energy seep into my pores. My initial thoughts and emotions after viewing them for the first time were hard to categorize.
After recently photographing Carnival in Trinidad and having an appreciation and respect for the pagan past, I was naturally drawn to them where their lyrical subject matter touch on these occult topics in their own manner.
I hope these photos do justice to the band's live performance and convey to viewers to the best of my ability what they encompass as individuals and collectively once they hit the stage as a four piece. Once on stage they become a different beast incorporating spiritual elements of The Holy Mountain, Asian Mysticism, Deepak Chopra, and King Diamond are fused together to form their unique brand of Occult Rock. Infectious, big hooks and relevant subject matter in their lyrical make up.... they've got it all as far as modern rock and metal goes, not to mention down to earth and charismatic folk as well.
This is the central axis of Houston's finest and is a band you want to look out for if you have not already and a band that should be best observed on a full moon."
Frontman Greg Higgins commented on the photo video as well: "Hopefully one day we will be able to see and understand things the way Ray captured us in these photographs. Ray has a way of making his photographs where it makes you wish you were there. Even if you're in the photo it looks better than you remember and makes you want to go back to it."
The band's video for the song "Moonchild" can be seen HERE.
VENOMOUS MAXIMUS will be taking part in this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX at Auditorium Shores. They will be playing Saturday November 9th at 12:00 PM on the Black Stage. For more info and to purchase tickets check out the official Fun Fun Fun Fest website HERE.
Beg Upon the Light is full of heavy riffs and driving drums, which create the perfect foundation for the musical and lyrical direction of the songs, which bring the enthralled listener into the realm of the Occult! The Texans turn the mix of Stoner and Doom Metal into a deadly blend that goes right into your blood. Pounding and powerful songs filled with energy set the stage for the glorious vocals of frontman Gregg Higgins, the grand marshal who leads through these occult hymns Beg Upon the Light combines occultism, heavy riffs and the perfect Stoner attitude to create a pitch-black and irresistible album.
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