Full Album Premiere: SaviorSkin – Invicta Mori

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Industrialized death doom at its finest, SaviorSkin present the new album Invicta Mori, out April 7 via Horror Pain Gore Death. Check out the full album below, as well as our interview with the man behind this solo project, Somnus Mortem, about their latest slice of brooding nihilism.

What was the writing and recording process like for the album?

It was very cathartic. It’s always a struggle to deal with these topics for me, but I have to be honest with myself. This is the only thing I can control in my life ,and it has to be right—not perfect, but the right feeling.

I like to think I caught whatever it is I was looking to express this time around. First time using a live drummer in a long time.
It was nice to collaborate with another live human for a change. I kept in touch with old friends and collaborated with Iconoclast members from way back in 1993. I finally got to work with Bobby Tufino from Dialogia. We’ve known each other for 20 years and we’ve been trying to get some real collaboration going but something always happens.

Some of these songs are 20 years old and have been reworked countlessly. I was also very excited working with Marc Grewe (ex- Morgoth) on “Sycophant.” He’s one of my favorite growlers of all time. I’ve always loved Morgoth, but I became obsessed with them when they released “Odium,” a criminally underrated album that delved into the industrial side of things; it was so fresh and original. A clear influence in our industrially charged death doom ditties.

As far as recording, nothing changed much; I just had more layers and tracks to play with, and pick what is best suited for the atmosphere. I made sure it still sounded organic and human. With the rise of AI-generated garbage, and artists relying more
and more on technology, there’s a lot of imperfect stuff left on there, so it wouldn’t sound so “robotic,” whether it be choice of samples, no quantizing, unedited live drums, or vocal delivery.

I haven’t changed my writing style at all; I still work with a hook or melody line and put together and arrange songs from riffs and samples that I have collected throughout the years.

What are some of the major lyrical themes?

More on my nihilistic view of existence… dealing with relationships, and my uncompromising hatred for religious and spiritual dogma.

I can’t stand entitlement, special treatment, or any kind of unsubstantiated opinion presented as facts. Once a person accepts the lack of purpose in anything, it becomes prevalent that we are not special and we will make the best of what we got with no expectations of “some great reward” or the bullshit that is karma / universe or any of that babble. Spirituality and idealism is the root of mediocrity. Regressive ideas and traditions need to be trashed so the human race can move forward as a species.

What do you hope listeners take away from the album?

As an artist, it would be nice for the listener to be taken someplace mentally, pleasant or not, as long as it invokes reaction. My confidence does not come from insincere compliments, so I don’t care if anyone likes my material or my message, but it is nice when people start relating to what I am saying.

The soundscapes come from a really dark place in my head, and I like to think, when someone reads my lyrics, that I am being compassionate towards people going through similar things. I like to put it out there that you don’t have to be alone in your struggles. Someone understands.

Can you share any plans for touring or anything else you have coming up?

As for now, we only have a few shows lined up; we’re gonna be pickier of what shows we play. It’s a little harder to do that in Texas; we don’t really fit in that well since we don’t sound like anyone else around here. We may tour for this record, but we’ll see how this plays out in the next few months.

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