Latest release: The Decay of Golden Gods (Dissident)Website: www.facebook.com/tzuntzu

Stiffed by the label meant to release it almost three years ago, Adelaide death metal monsters Tzun Tzu have finally seen their long-awaited EP issued by Dissident Records. We decided to investigate further by asking founding member Don Taylor some questions.

The Decay of Golden Gods represents a new entry into the Tzun Tzu discography. How do you feel it fits into to your canon of work?
The EP is a darker, heavier progression from the debut album, we have thesound and production that we always wanted now as take care of most of itourselves.

The EP marks the introduction of your current drummer, Alan. How do you feel he’s fit into Tzun Tzu thus far?
Alan is fitting in very well, he has been part of the clan for around four years now – we had known him for many years prior through his previous band which we did a split CD with and shared the stage with on many occasions. He has adapted to our style and we have helped enhance his.

If I understand it (and remember correctly), the EP was initially to have been released in 2014 through China’s Psychedelic Lotus Order. What circumstances led to the delay?
Your guess is as good as mine, the last communication we received on the matter was “at the pressing plant” (August 2014) any mention of it has since been removed from their Facebook website/Bandcamp like it never happened. We are still keen to release in vinyl format as that is how the EP was written, on CD you miss the flow of the intended halves.

Asian culture is obviously a big influence on Tzun Tzu, and your writing for it. Do you feel that specific elements are ripe for introduction into your sound?
We use Asian instrumentation subtly throughout our music, either as intros or interludes throughout, thematically it fits so we went with it, early on it was perhaps used more blatantly but now it is in the background more so.

Are there specific elements/myths/legends from said cultures that you feel appropriate to draw from for lyrical inspiration?
I find all Asian cultures inspiring. It is alien to the west and it is very easy to give a dark bent on the mythos.

What specifically drew you to utilise the Japanese gods Fujin and Raijin as the titular inspiration for The Decay of Golden Gods?
After visiting various temples in Japan and seeing these two imposing looking Shinto gods I thought it would be a great lyrical concept. I researched what I could and tried a different approach lyrically. Also I don’t think it had been done before.

Have you performed the material from The Decay of Golden Gods during live sets? If so, how has the reception been to it?
We have performed each of the songs live – they go down well, ‘The Decay Of Golden Gods’ is heavy and went down well, ‘Fujin’ and ‘Raijin’ both were well received, they are quicker and a tad more chaotic so pleasing to the ears of those into that style, we definitely enjoy playing them.

What’s next for Tzun Tzu?
We have started recording 3 tracks as promo to see how we are tracking since the EP. We are also working on album # 2 which we have five of intended nine or so tracks written. Currently no shows planned whilst we concentrate on the creative side of the band.