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Insidious Reign

In 2015, five individuals with a mutual lust for the extreme formed Insidious Reign, a Death Metal Project.

After their mid-2015 live debut as supporting act for Aborted on their South African tour, the band released their debut album “Fictitious Obsession” in 2017 and made an appearance at Witchfest 2017 alongside top local acts supporting DevilDriver.

This band consist of Jackal on Bass, Nikola Bruni on Drums, Wesley van Diggelen on Vocals, Nicolas Sothmann on Guitar and Bennie Burger on Guitar.

Death Metal is a very niche genre and has a very small following in South Africa, why this genre?


“This style of music is the main genre that resonates with all our members, in terms of the extremity and the creative freedoms involved. We didn’t really choose to play Death metal, it chose us.”

Tell me about Fictitious Obsession – the intention, inspirations, song writing process, lyrics…?


“Our main intention with our debut release was to push ourselves musically.

The process took quite awhile. First we wrote the guitar parts and arranged them. Then we added drums and bass. Once the lyrics we’re done, we started polishing the tracks off in the jam room.”

“The whole idea behind our debut is that there are 6 pillars controlling our modern society. Each track tells the story of the formation and eventual misappropriation of each of these pillars, being the monetary, religious, education, entertainment, medical and military industrial complexes. I was inspired by the current state of our civilization and the control these industries have over our daily lives.”

Which one track of yours best represents the band now and why?


“I would say “War Prestige” which is the closing track of our debut. It just has everything. Groovy headbanging parts, fast technical sections. That track is really challenging and is probably my favourite.” 

You have supported many international acts – which one moment has really stood out for you?


“Definitely Aborted in 2015. They were one of the first Death metal bands I got into during high school, so it was quite surreal for me. They were also really great and down to earth guys.”

To tick off your bucket list – who would you love to share the stage with (international or South African), and why?


“I think my band members will agree, it’s would have to be Nile. They are one of our main influences and in  terms of Technical Death metal, they are legendary!”

How do you want to change the Death Metal scene?


“We would like to encourage people to go out and support their local bands. There are a lot of quality bands coming out of South Africa but there doesn’t seem to be too much support at live shows.”

Plans going forward?


“We will be kicking off 2018 by supporting the American band, Cattle Decapitation on their South African Tour on the 24th of February. We will start writing some new material and we have our sights set on expanding our footprint; we have been invited to play in Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia and Madagascar.”


Follow The Band:







Insidious Reign – The Vile Maxim – Single

Insidious Reign – Chemical Straitjacket (Official Lyric Video)