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"Wonka Vision #42~Damien Zygote "Surviving the Depression""

DAMIEN ZYGOTE is featured in the "Music & Politics" issue #42 of Wonka Vision Magazine. Wonka Vision Magazine can be found in hundreds of Barnes & Nobles, Borders, Hastings, and mom and pop stores in 25 different countries all over the world.http://www.wonkavisionmagazine.com/ - Wonka Vision Magazine

"Heavy Messages"

Metal rocker Damien Zygote uses the language of the soul
By Amy Martin

Damien Zygote, a local gothic-industrial musician, writes, records and performs all his own music. His first album was released in 2004 and has since been followed by new material and live shows along with much controversy. I caught up with Damien to find out just what drives this passionate and talented musician. He plays Fright at the Fort in Bucksport Oct. 26 & 27 at 5:30 pm. You can also hear him Nov. 1 on 100.3 FM (WKIT, Bangor) as part of Stephen King’s Radio Samhain celebration at 11 pm. Listen to songs, watch videos and read about all things Damien at http://www.damienzygote.com

It would be easy to categorize your music with the Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson genre. Is that a fair comparison?

I grew up listening to Marilyn Manson so naturally he left a mark on me. I think Marilyn Manson’s “Antichrist Superstar” was to me what The Beatles “White Album” was to Charles Manson. In a way, it called me up and programmed me for the future. Bands like Nine Inch Nails and Insane Clown Posse have proven that you don’t need a five-piece band to make great music or give birth to a culture. My music is driven by artificial intelligence and technology but my roots are in heavy metal and rock ‘n roll. It’s a compliment to be included within a genre that has such great artists, but I don’t ever think it’s fair to compare me to other artists because they are who they are and I am who I am.

Musically-speaking, who are your influences? Artistically-speaking, who are your influences?

I influence myself more than anyone, but then again I’m a child of my culture. I can’t help but feel and see the world around me and be influenced by it. My feelings and thoughts come out in my music. I don’t see the world like anyone else does. You and I could be looking at the same thing and I see something totally different. Artistically, I’m attracted to extremes and art that pushes the limits of the status quo. I haven’t encountered any artists that can bring to life what I have in my mind, so I’m left to create it myself — although I’ve always enjoyed the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch ever since I was a little boy.

Your Sept. 29 show at the Underground in Bangor was cut short due to “religious fanatics” inciting a riot. Do you find it ironic that said religious people become so angered by your music they behave in opposition to their supposed faith?

It’s a sign of the times. My music simply brings out what is hidden inside of people. We live in a world that saturates us with constant contradiction. Anyone can chant “Jesus” — it doesn’t make them good people. I’m just sad for them because they’re missing out on my message.

What exactly is your message?

I don’t think there is just one message that I’m putting out there for my SKIDZ (Sic Kids Into Damien Zygote) but my message towards religious fanatics is that the time has come for better things. Life is a wake walking dream, not simply a preparation for death. This is our heaven, this is our hell. There is room for all religions if we could focus on ourselves instead of what others are doing. We make ourselves and others suffer in this purgatory that appears to be reality in hopes that we will one day wake up and know what the meaning of life is. The truth is, God is inside us all.

Art should make you feel, whether it’s anger or passion or sadness or whatever. What is it about you or your music that incites such passion and aggression?

It’s really an unexplainable phenomenon. I put so much of myself into my music that it’s almost like communion. My fans feel my emotions and identify with my thoughts. It’s been said that my music contains some intangible power over those who listen and from what I’ve experienced so far, it’s true. Music is the language of the soul.


Copyright © 2007, Maine Community Publications - The Maine Switch Oct. 2007



DZ13 - CD-R Album, 2004


Rainbow Incest - CD-R Album, 2005


Sunshine Life - DEMO CD-R EP, 2006


Junkyard Days - 2 Disc CD-R * Rare Album - 7 copies*


Ragamuffin - CD-R Album, 2007


Sunday School - Album, 2008

Official Damien Zygote MySpace

Official DZ Street Team



"A child shall lead them..."

Damien Lucifer Zygote was born in New York City, NY. After a fairy tale childhood funded by the adult entertainment industry, he eventually relocated to Maine. The culture shock of life in rural Maine led to his experimentation and exploration of alternative realities, while immersing himself into the local music scene. He was briefly involved in a band that was rumored to be a children's doomsday cult called The Amen Family before exiting the group to becoming a solo artist.

A series of self-produced EPs and Albums landed him on the largest radio stations in Maine, including Stephen King's WKIT and Spinout on WCYY. Damien Zygote has performed as direct support for Armor For The Broken, The Brides and Angels Beneath Me, as well as a special appearance in the Freak Show Tent at the 2007 OZZFEST.

With each release Damien Zygote explored new genres of music, pushing the boundaries of both life and art. He quickly gained a reputation for the unexpected and soon had a wide variety of fans. It was only a matter of time before a national following began to take shape. DZ's core fans, dubbed S.K.I.D.Z (Sic Kids Into Damien Zygote), helped his national popularity as an artist through the internet and new media as well as street teams.

Influenced by everything from Korn, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Sex Pistols, Ministry, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Murderdolls, Depeche Mode, Aphex Twin and others, his musical styles range from Metal and EBM to Industrial, Punk and Trip Hop.

Union: BMI
Sponsorship: Eli Livingston’s Monster House Creations