Spotlight: Seraphim System

Updated: May 7, 2020


John Stancil of Seraphim System has featured a lot on Elektro Vox and for good reason, he churns out music of all shapes and sizes at an industrial pace...Yea bad pun, point's still valid however.

Seraphim System was the very first content to grace the Elektro Vox site where I spoke about his music, performance at Resistanz festival 2016, and interviewed him in detail here, below is the beginning excerpt:

He kicked of Resistanz 2016 with an outstanding Terminator 2 remix.


You can also find a review of the album Xibalba here.


There is also an interview and review for the recently released powernoise album Obsidian Frontline here, again there is the beginning excerpt below:

In quick succesion and hot off the heals of Obsidian Frontline comes the album Relay Toxicity and a third edition of the EP set MUTANT MTHRFKR. The former being an incredibly brutal metal cacophony of aggresive vocals and throat wrenching lyrics performed in only the very artful way that John can pull off, where as the later Is a real satisfying industrial dance floor filling set of tracks. Both of these albums are availbe for just $1 on Bandcamp at the moment, such is the meaning and emotion behind his work that getting his music heard is more important to him than the income it brings. It seems that no matter what style of music this man plays his hands at, he approaches it as a prodigy in his ability to smash boundaries and amalgamate styles flawlessly.

Wherever the Masked Dog and AK's appear, some damn good industrial club bangers are sure to follow.

Interview:

Q. As is ever the case with your album releases, there’s a real undercurrent of a story, or a message you seem to be putting across. In Relay Toxicity it seems to be a lot of anger directed towards superficial attitudes in people, is that right?


A. I feel poisoned by the individuals who the album is based upon. Not particularly people in general but certain individuals who have created an anger within me. The transference of their bullshit into my life. I try to forget their impact on me but it’s like a sore on the inside of my cheek that I can’t quit running my tongue over. I want them to know what they’ve created and helped shape. I want them to know they are part of the reason I drink and live to forget.

Q. Which songs are the most important and meaningful to you on the album?


A. Orchid, the first track; Also Gypsy Energy Moon Magic WiFi. They’re both aimed at people who have inspired a lot of anger over my time of knowing them. They’re people who control and manipulate and the world needs less people like them. My feelings towards them is so unbelievably vitriolic that I have to stop what I’m doing and refocus my thought pattern onto something else once I start thinking about them and shit they’ve done. It’ll usually just makes me mad when I get into a thought pattern concerning them and I hate that they can live in my head in such a way. Even talking about it right now has me gritting my teeth.


Q. In yet another different direction for you, there’s a couple of more ‘emo’ style songs with ‘Midnight cigarette’ and ‘Style and Grace,’ were these tracks you wanted to be in the album from the start or were they later additions? - As it’s quite rare to see a more vulnerable side to your music.


A. Coming from my humble beginnings as an emo teenager with hair swept over one eye and wearing eyeliner and jeans three sizes too small, it made a reappearance on this album. I just want to do some different shit. I like trying out new stuff. Midnight Cigarette is actually a song I wrote when I was 16 years old and in an emo / screamo band called “A Failed Proposal.” Blah. Cringey