Cape Town, South Africa: a new metal project has reared its head in this city. Emperor Of Titans introduces itself with the track ‘Penumbra’ as a debut single, featuring vocalist Thomas Theron of Megalodon. The project is driven by none other than Neil van Zyl. Neil is a personality that many older bands would recall from the days of his fireangeldesign blog some years ago, specializing in interviewing local and international metal bands.
“The song came about because I wanted to record a Metal track with Thomas Theron of Megalodon. We actually first talked about it at a M4A SummerFest years ago, and this year things just worked out. I demoed a song and he was into it. We landed on the concept of an evil spirit that haunts an aristocratic family over generations and ‘Penumbra’ was the result. I approached our mutual friend Ruan Jordaan to record Thomas’s vocals, re-track the guitars with his awesome gear, and mix and master the song. It turned into this cool little project that we all collaborated on.” ~ Neil van Zyl (guitar/composition, Emperor Of Titans)
What comes next for Emperor Of Titans?
Neil has always been an avid musician and composer. He has recorded under a different guise of non-metal, though with metal elements, in his other project Arrow Catcher. Emperor Of Titans represents a more clear-cut metal approach. Neil has also suggested at the prospect that the project may open itself to working with numerous metal vocalists. He is focused primarily on writing and recording, and so Neil has no limitations on this front.
“I definitely hope to release an Emperor of Titans EP next. Megalodon is steaming ahead at a furious pace at the moment so I am not sure if Thomas will be able to return.” ~ Neil van Zyl
Megalodon is preparing for its album launch show at WinterFest’17 on 29 July. Thereafter, the band leaves to Germany to represent South Africa at the Wacken Metal Battle international finals. In spite of this Neil remains committed to his writing and creation, with little ambition for live entertainment.
“My focus is definitely on staying and becoming the best writer/composer I can be. Recordings have a longer life and I have so many song ideas that come and go on a regular basis that I would rather spend my time capturing as many of them in recorded form as I can.” ~ Neil van Zyl