Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are pleased to bring you an interview with metal melting pot, Cthulhu Dreamt.
1. How did you get started as a band?
Cthulhu Dreamt began a couple months after Covid shutdowns started in 2020. I (Reed Reimer) started it with the help of my friends Ben Larson, Nate Berntson, and other friends who I knew through social media Jeremy Myslinski (Moon & Snow, The Coming Darkness), and Jake Myslinski (The Coming Darkness).
I wanted to do a project that was heavy and would allow me to tell a story where the antagonists were good proxies for the feelings I needed to process: depression, grief, and loss.
2. How would you describe your sound?
The sound of Cthulhu Dreamt is very mixed… metal melting pot is probably a decent easy description. We don’t focus on any particular genre, but rather use all of the genres and styles that exist as a tapestry of choice. While the project is based in metal, it runs the gamut from death to thrash, djent to doom. And we go way outside the metal envelope with other styles like, Latin, Bluegrass, Trap, and electronic. The varied styles are more reflective of the much bigger universe in which Cthulhu Dreamt is based.
3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?
Bands like Opeth, Mastodon, Gojira, and Deftones are definitely influential to me, as well as other creative musicians like Hans Zimmer, John Powell, and James Newton Howard.
Influence comes from so many places beyond music as well; science fiction books, film and television shows, and unfortunately, the news.
I think influences are so varied because the Cthulhu Dreamt project is more about telling a story than anything else.
4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
Streaming and YouTube has absolutely helped. I can’t imagine having access to as many listeners without those tools. The ability to be heard without a label is probably the best it’s ever been in the history of music.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
When not making music, I’m generally hanging out with my family or working on a different project for my studio Fable Factory.
6. What are your future plans musically? Tours?
We’ve got an EP coming out this fall called PreCursor, which will preempt the announcement of our next huge project: the Cthulhu Dreamt TTRPG with original soundtrack. All information about the TTRPG will start being posted on our website soon for those who want to join the journey we’re going on.