Amidst thunderous blast beats and relentless heavy riffs of Infectorium, emerges a vocal force that echoes with primal might—The Orc King. With guttural prowess and ferocity, this vocalist redefines the very essence of raw power in the metal scene.
Can you tell us about the origins of your band and how you all came together?
So Infectorium was a brain child of mine after a few failed projects, I decided to do it on my own and recruit members afterwards.
What's the story behind your band's name?
I came up with the name because I have always viewed good hard hitting music as "infectious" or "contagious" and it resonates with me. So thus the name Infectorium came to be.
How would you describe your music and style in a few words?
Musically I'd describe it as dark, personal, and right in the feels. Sometimes you're not sure if you wanna be sad or angry, so I've tried to compile that into a music form.
What are some of your musical influences and inspirations?
Honestly mostly my own experiences. But if we're talking sound wise that's a VERY long list that ranges from the midnight to netherwalker then back to some old school hardcore then back to modern blackened deathcore.
Can you share some memorable moments or stories from your journey as a band?
As a solo project for the moment there's not a whole lot of memorable moments aside from just me myself doing stuff, when I'm working with a producer, whether it be a video or mixing there's always a ton of laughs between us. To date my most memorable moment was probably doing guest vocals with domestic terror.
What's your songwriting process like? Do you collaborate on lyrics and music, or does one member take the lead?
As of the moment all lyrical content is solely on me. As far as instrumentals go that varies depending on where I source them until I am equipped to write them myself or have other members to work with. Riffgrimez has been helping me out on instrumentals as well.
Tell us about your latest album or project. What can listeners expect from it?
The last thing we worked on was the video for nocturnal goddess which will be releasing 12/12. The new ep "the forgotten ones" will be dropping we estimate by February at the latest and I am very excited for that to say the least.
Are there any specific themes or messages you aim to convey through your music?
Most of what I write about is my own experience in life, I'll never outright come out and say what or who or even why lol, but it's there.
How do you approach live performances and engaging with your audience?
It's like an energy I can't describe performing in front of people no matter how big or small the crowd is. I try to exert as much energy as I can and interact with the crowd.
Any upcoming tours or gigs fans should look out for?
Not currently at this time but I am hopeful.
What do you hope people take away from your music?
That there are people in the world who definitely can relate to the struggles in life.
(The Orc King performing with Domestic Terror)
Are there any artists or bands you'd love to collaborate with in the future?
Oh several Ive been speaking to a few of them actually already haha but I can't say anything until it's done and set in stone.
Can you share your thoughts on the current state of the music industry and any challenges you've faced as a band?
The pay to play thing is always a struggle for anyone, or feeling like you've worked so hard and it flopped. You just have to keep pushing and keep trying to make the next one the best yet.
What's the most important piece of advice you'd give to aspiring musicians or bands?
Keep trying, keep pushing. Don't let anyone dictate your dreams or goals and do it how you want to do it. Even if the reaction is small it's still worth it.
Share a fun fact or an interesting tidbit about each band member.
So I actually have been a tattooer for many years and that has in turn funded my music goals. It started out as a "I'll do this until I don't have to anymore" kind of thing and here we are years later haha. I also became an ordained priest in 2020 to marry a few of my friends. Idk lol I'm sure there's a lot more to tell but that's it for now.
To keep with with The Orc King and his project Infectorium you can follow on all streaming platforms and his Instagram HERE