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ARRIVING IN PEACE,PREGNANT WITH WAR: AN INTERVIEW WITH NORSE

Recently, I had the extreme pleasure of reviewing NORSE and their phenomenally bleak and twisted new record “The Divine Light of a New Sun”  Below, group founder Forge and I discuss inspiration, the “scene” and how creating such disturbing music keeps Forge sane.

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S.B:  Greetings FORGE. First off I’d like to thank you for taking the time to speak with me today.

FORGE: Thanks for the opportunity!

S.B: I recently had the extreme pleasuring of reviewing  “The Divine Light of a New Sun“ To say I was blown away would be an understatement. Congratulations.

FORGE: cheers! I appreciate you taking the time to check it out. Compared to earlier albums, this one came together quite quick, which was a nice change. ADR and I set a few deadlines for this release, and having clear ideas of where we wanted to take this album helped make it smooth sailing.

S.B: This is album number three for NORSE. How has the group’s and especially your attitude changed since the early days?

FORGE: Hmm, quite significantly I’d say. When we started 10+ years ago, Norse was a ball of energy, with no real focus, taking a hundred ideas and throwing them together and hoping for the best. Over the years as members have come and gone, the band has distilled down from 5 to just 2 creative contributors, both with a definite vision and goal for the band. Our intent is to push the bleakest of boundaries (to the point of alienating of nearly all of the bands original fan-base.)

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S.B: What’s your song writing process? Do you write individually or as a group?

FORGE: Never as a group any more. Writing as a group means compromise or tolerance of others input that waters down the original intent. It just doesn’t work. Unless you are lucky enough to meet 5 people with EXACTLY the same goal in mind, there’s always going to be some straying from the path. That and i just don’t have the patience to put up with bullshit politics any more!  If I don’t like something, I don’t need to carefully word my thoughts or suggest another idea. It just gets deleted.

…That being said, I did extend the olive branch and got some bassists in to write bass for this album and I really wanted to get a bit of a different approach to some parts of the songs. The people i chose were highly talented and complemented what I had written.

With this new album i wrote all of the guitars first, and arranged the songs with guitars only. I figure if I can make a song flow and be exciting with just guitars, it can only be improved with other instruments.

I was getting up at 2 am every morning and writing until 7, then off to work for 8 hours. Once home and kids were in bed I’d go back to the studio to write drum parts till 10. Repeat that for 3 months and it wears you out!  But it was the only way i could find time to get it all done.

S.B: Something that struck me while listening to the new record was the atmosphere. A sense of claustrophobic madness seems to permeate the entire album. What inspired you to create such an ominous and foreboding record? Is there an overall theme or concept weaving “The Divine Light of a New Sun” together?

FORGE: Yes, that is always my goal to strive for. I just love the idea of bleak, dark music that creates an atmosphere of suppression. It seems to be my outlet for frustrations in life. Which in turn allows me to be a highly positive person day to day!

 

Robin-StoneS.B: The video you made for “Cyclic” is almost like a trailer for a horror movie and indeed works as a teaser for the album. Does horror, be it film or literature, inspire you?

FORGE: I am a fan of certain antique horror and fantasy authors, but the video clip was mainly inspired by the music. It was just a really simple idea I came up with while in the final mixing stages of our last release PEST, but we never got around to completing it for that release, so I kept the idea for the song ‘cyclic’.

It’s the first real video clip Norse has done, and it took all of 2 hours to shoot. All in one take. No CG or digital touch-ups, raw and dark to suit the album production.

 

S.B: You hail from the Southern Highlands of New South Wales – a far cry from sunny beaches and the Sydney Opera House – When I look at photographs of the band I can’t help but think the remoteness and isolation of the Australian countryside has influenced you not just musically but also visually?

FORGE: Totally 100% everyone thinks of Australia and thinks sunny beaches or desert. I’ve never even seen the desert! I live in the highlands where we get snow, rain, minus 0 degree temperatures as well as scorching heat in summer. It’s a country of extremes.

I’ve also worked for many years in isolation on farms and in pine forest plantations. I could go weeks at a time and only see the same 3 people. Only ever going into big cities to play shows. The isolation is a big part in my inspiration.

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S.B: Expanding on my previous question. Why do you think Australia is producing such extreme and avant-garde metal these days?

FORGE: We are so far away from every other scene in the world; we are not influenced by current trends and movements. We make music that resonates with us on a personal level and don’t try and shamelessly copy every other band.

That being said, there are TONNES of terrible bands in Australia hopelessly copying everyone else and destined for nothing. Just the same as anywhere…

S.B: Is there a sense of camaraderie amongst today’s Australian groups?  Also, could you tell us a little about the “scene” down under?

FORGE: I know a few people and a few bands that I love and get along with, but other than that I couldn’t tell you. I write music, record it, perform it and then disappear back into my own world. I’m just not a social person and being part of a ‘scene’ doesn’t interest me.

S.B: Do you have much experience playing outside of Australia? Might there be plans for upcoming Europe/US tour dates?

FORGE: I personally do a tonne of session work and have played all over the globe, but never with Norse. Norse is my band. I take it out and play with it for a while, and then when it starts being stressful or expensive or a pain, it goes back on the shelf. Unless we get invited to play some overseas festivals where the $30k expenses are covered, there’s not a hope in hell that I’ll bother to take Norse on the international stage.

S.B: Well Forge, I just have to say it’s been a joy to speak with you and I will leave the final words to you,

FORGE: Many thanks for your support and great questions!

“The Divine Light of a New Sun” is available now through Transcending Obscurity Records

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The resurgence of the cruel cult: Interview with The Ancients Rebirth

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Formed in 1992 as ‘Desert Ritual’, The Ancients Rebirth is a black/death metal band from Falkenberg, Sweden. The band had released a full-length album back in 1996, titled ‘Drain the Portal in Blood!’ showcasing the classical Swedish black/death metal sound. The band split up in 1999 but decided to make a return in 2015, after almost 16 long years!! The band had recently played in few gigs and currently working on their new materials. Venustas Diabolicus couldn’t resist the chance to talk with their front man Dennis Widén aka ‘Angerbordor’.

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The Primordial Clash of Light & Dark: An Interview with Hordes of the Black Cross

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Since 2010, Hordes of the Black Cross has pledged to destroy, kept the black flame ignited within. From their first self-titled EP to their full length, the horde has been tearing the base apart with absolute chaos and turmoil. Preachers of good music, songwriting, strong assertive live assaults and having a headbanging night out, they can be coined out as a noteworthy black thrash act in Australia’s metal scene with a comparatively darker tone from the second wave; this band can bring a great alteration in any boredom infested metal culture. They have already shared stage with the mighty Inquisition, and some heavy Aussie guns like Destruktor, Abominator and Denouncement Pyre.  And in coming November, they will be sharing stage with one of the most influential bands of the Aussie extreme metal scene Destroyer 666.  We did an interview with Halla (Vocalist) and Thormentor (Drummer), that outlines the band all in all. Continue reading The Primordial Clash of Light & Dark: An Interview with Hordes of the Black Cross

In Foveam Tenebrarum: The Rites of “Lustravi”

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US underground scene has recently been infested by some spiteful and highly diverse Black Metal acts. LUSTRAVI, rising from the unholy grounds of Panama City, Florida mark their bloody strike in this uproar. Continue reading In Foveam Tenebrarum: The Rites of “Lustravi”

Dismal Scorn from Abyss: An Interview with Necroabyssious of Varathron

Varathron, needs no introduction to black metal enthusiasts. The band has been the front runner of the Greek black metal scene along with the ‘Unholy Trinity’ accompanied by Rotting Christ and Necromantia. Throughout their existence since the formation in 1988, Varathron has influenced a hell lot of bands to play black metal, worship the deities of the supreme darkness. Varathron was also one of the early black metal bands to emerge and perhaps, among the first ones to incorporate occultism into their music rather than pursuing orthodox Satanism and anti religious beliefs. Yet, Varathron has still been one of the most evil and pure black metal bands that exist out there. I had a chance to continue a session with their iconic frontman Stefan Necroabyssious! I was lucky enough to talk with him regarding his views on Varathron, his philosophy and perception on the current black metal scene.
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Stefanos Karasavvas (aka Necroabyssious). P.C.: Elena Vasilaki

 

Salutations Necroabyssious! How have the things been recently?

Stefan Necroabyssious: Hail my abysmal friend! Things are going pretty good for the Varathron horde! We just released Continue reading Dismal Scorn from Abyss: An Interview with Necroabyssious of Varathron

VD Spoke to the Virtuous Evil: Interview with Lörd Matzigkeitus (Vocals of Idolatry, Author of Catharsis Spoke Her Virtuous Evil)

 

Some black metal bands have established a common lineage between dark lyrics and poetry. Aesthetic lyrics of Dissection, Lord Belial, Emperor or Dead Era Mayhem are some illustrations that surely back up my previous claim. Lörd Matzigkeitus has inscribed some odious belles-lettres for the lyrical purpose of his band Idolatry, that surely contain the literary elegance. Lörd Matzigkeitus has taken his endeavor to next level by setting out the initiative of “Catharsis Spoke her Virtuous Evil”, an incendiary black metal poetry book on death, despair, Satan, agony and raw kinky bondage sex. Meanwhile,  Lörd Matzigkeitus is coming up with two other black metal projects as well. The following conversation with him focuses on different aspects related to Idolatry, his poetry,  upcoming black metal projects, personal beliefs, and some other captivating issues.

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Primal Instinct: An interview with Xepher (Draconis Infernum)

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People in Dhaka and around have a good reason to be pleased with the announcement that the Singaporean band, Draconis Infernum will hit the stage of Banish the Posers Fest this September. We are talking here about straight black metal and hellish energy, powerful riffs and great melody, basically something that takes you into a dark world which is fascinating and it’s uncanny for the human mind to part with this dimness. We got in contact with their skilled guitar player, Xepher and fortunately, he answered some question of us. Here we present you a very interesting vision with relation to black metal, borders and tendencies and other facts about Draconis Infernum, their music and their newest release. Continue reading Primal Instinct: An interview with Xepher (Draconis Infernum)

Temple of words: an interview with MkM (Aosoth, Antaeus)

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Today we have a new chapter to bring forward which is related to the French black metal dimension. A while ago we published an interview with Amduscias, the frontman of Temple of Baal, but now we are delighted to share with you the dark words of Mkm of Aosoth and legendary Antaeus, basically two radical bands for the period unfolded after the year 2000. You will read here about the status of Antaeus, a satanic group that apotheosized aggression on each possible level through the medium of albums like De Principii Evangelikum or the great Blood Libels. Otherwise, Aosoth is a fierce brute which continues to spread catacomb sounds and blasphemy. Below is our gloomy talk with the vocalist of these two bands. Continue reading Temple of words: an interview with MkM (Aosoth, Antaeus)

Poisoned Words of The Dead Cult: Interview with Amduscias (Temple of Baal)

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When it comes to French black metal, Temple Of Baal is often mentioned as an example of integrity and excellence. Since their formation in 1998, Temple Of Baal have released four full-length albums, diversified with grim black metal atmosphere, death metal intensity which are backed up by strong spiritual aspects expressed through the  lyric. Over the years, Temple of Baal is now considered as one of the most respected bands in French Black Metal scene. Venustas Diabolicus had an occasion to talk with their iconic frontman, Amduscias. He talks about Temple Of Baal’s upcoming album with possible details, the band’s career, his personal spiritual beliefs and his take on modern age of Black metal.

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We feel really honored for letting us taking this interview, Amduscias. First of all, how things have been going with you and Temple of Baal recently? I dub 2014 has been very good for the band, with a number of live appearances around the Europe!

Amduscias: First, thank you, the honor is mine. And yes, it’s been a fantastic year for Temple Of Baal! Verses Of Fire has had a huge response, and we’ve been able to play at the Hellfest, but also in Germany at the Speyer Grey Mass, and for the first time in Finland… As well as many other fantastic events. And it’s not finished, 2015 is starting the best way with fantastic gigs like Kings Of Black Metal or Summer Breeze in Germany… I really hope to be able to play more Continue reading Poisoned Words of The Dead Cult: Interview with Amduscias (Temple of Baal)

Coven of the Malicious Thorn: Interview with Blackthorn and Hella of Thornspawn

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Veteran black metal band, Thornspawn, currently locates in Mexico, was originally spawned from San Antonio, Texas back in the 1993. Despite having a lot of struggles, location and lineup changes, the band is still alive and rapidly spreading the fiendish conflagration that was started over two decades ago. Apart from three imprecatory LPs, numerous eps, demos and splits releases are part of their discography. Blackthorn (Vocals and Drums) who is the only remaining monk from the oldest line up, is leading the band with the association of his wife, Hella (Bass) and two other guitarists, Moon and DodBlackthorn and Hella have joined with us to answer our interview questions. Let us see if they are going to reveal anything about the new releases, perhaps about the long awaited full length. The interview is also going to focus on a lot of incidents related to the past of both Thornspawn and Blackthorn.

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Diabolical Greetings!!! Blackthorn and Hella, It has been an honor for us to welcome you in Venustas Diabolicus Zine. I have heard that you and your family members had some sorts of brawl with mafia members, who tried to extort your business and also threatened to kidnap your children.

Blackthron and Hella: 5 in prisons and 2 found decapitated. It is good to have friends in the lowest of places.
WELCOME TO MEXICO…..

Now let’s move on to the history of the band. Thornspawn has begun erupting since 1993 and definitely a prestigious act in the underground extreme metal scene. Please inaugurate about Thornspawn to the readers who have not heard of you yet.

Blackthorn: To enter the history of Thornspawn, it would only be time consuming. I tend not to focus on the past; it takes away from the now. I will simply state that we have existed for many Millennia, in other life or lifeless forms. A FOUL AND SURREAL ENTITY THAT SWARMS WITHIN THE KAOS VOID.

I have observed something interesting on your current lineup and it is all of the members of Thornspawn also play in Maledictvs. All of the members of these two acts are mutual. Please enlighten our reader about the fiendish music of Maledictvs as well. I assume that Hella has initiated the journey of this sinistrous act.

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BT: MALEDICTVS IS HELLA,HELLA IS MALEDICTVS . Those that assist her malevolence are for live purposes or capturing her madness via recording/channeling the beyond. That being said, it would be a complete and other worldly interrogation. TO DWELL IN TO THE MIND OF A WITCH.

Regarding the current line-up of Thornspawn, is there any member involved in writing lyrics or composing music apart from you, Blackthorn? Brief us about the song writing process of Thornspawn. Do you write the lyrics before composing the structure of the music or do you put the lyrics after the completion of the whole composition?

BT: For some time, I and Hella are the only persons involve in writing materials for the band. Yet, there are some Germanic Transmissions being received by ’Session” members, but at this time no information about it can be divulged. There is no formula or precise method in the process of lyrical manifestations. It is the Study and Meditation of the Void that opens Paranormal Insight. We have left behind the fairy tale of the Christ Child, Carved our faces with the images of the Dark Lords. Before any organism crawled, flew or walked in and out of the ancient black earth.

How well was the response you received from the listeners about your last split, “Sacrilegious Unification Spawn of Abominable Darkness & Hate” with Singaporean black metal horde Istidraj. Notify us that how the idea of releasing split with Istidraj got spawned?

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Artwork of Sacrilegious Unification Spawn of Abominable Darkness & Hate

BT: That release was actually to be done with the mighty Thorns of Hate. Md Adlan consecrated this banner of black/death with the tile of the split, but before we could unleash this, T.O.H. was disbanded. Ian of Istidraj and I had been in contact for many years and had planned for a split, but due to band conflicts from each side, we could never seem to be united as planned. Until now, we have received mixed responses about the split as it always happens. Some Positive, Most Negative, but that is what always feeds my hate.

Over the last seven years, after the release of “Sanctified by Satan’s Blood”, Thornspawn has not released any other materials apart from the splits. Can we expect any full length soon? If there is a plan of any new releases, kindly do enlighten us about the concept, sound and related details of the new album.

BT: 8 years to be exact, my friend, but who is counting, right???!! (Laughs)……

I have already had a full length in my possession for years, but due to delays with the lineup problems, incompetent labels, etc., it gets held back. And after a while the materials seems to lose its luster, and I scrap it all. We have signed to Apocalyptic Empire Records (Nor), but the label is delaying the time of the release. Another setback.

I can say that there is no longer any “Conceptual” objective in this release or any future Thornspawn releases.  Maybe in the past there was, but with time one must return to the origin. It is the devotion to the stellar and abysmal Gods.

Blackthorn, are you in touch with the old mongers of Thornspawn? How is your current relation with Swornghoul, Lord Necron and others?

BT: I have no contact with any of them or the past members, nor I do care about to have a contact. The kaos demands new blood to be shed upon the altar, to embrace the dark energy, to feel no remorse for those that feel on weakened limbs.

Are you currently signed with any label? Previously you used to work with Giant labels like Osmose and Agonia? How was your experience in terms of working with the big labels?

BT:  As stated above, we are signed to AER, but contact is at a standstill. Working with labels such as JEWGONIA &  O$MOSE  were a learning experience. What did I learn you if you are asking………. TRUST NO ONE!!!

From the beginning you are very selective in playing live gigs. Have you ever refused the offer of playing live in any of the commercial metal festivals?

BT:  NONE WHAT SO EVER, WE DON’T GET ASKED BECAUSE WE DO NOT CARE FOR THOSE TYPE OF BRAINLESS FESTIVALS.

Do you want to share anything from the latest tour with Archgoat?

BT:  It was a great memory seeing my brothers of mighty Archgoat, in Mexico of all places! Both bands slayed that night, and the demons raised high their horns in praise and servitude. But the high light of that entire experience was the very private after party Bbq. With a great feast, cold beers, fire breathing tequila, and a private performance by upcoming blues singer Lucas Woller for us all that night. It was such a personal and private moment that we all to this day talk about. It always happens that when I and the Archgoat guys get together I end being the chef for the band every time.

Blackthorn, do you prefer handling the vocal and bass deliveries or vocal and drums deliveries in live show? Isn’t it a bit harder to handle the vocal and drums duties together in a live onslaught?

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BT: It has always been since the beginning that I sit at the master’s throne. I had tried before to execute bass and vocals, but it was not my calling. It is not relevant that these tasks are difficult; it is actually my will and oath that I be the Weapon of Choice by the Masters.

Hella, you have the experiences of handling the vocal deliveries in other projects. Is there any scope to see you doing the vocal duties (as a part time or full time) of mighty Thornspawn?

Hella: I have assisted on backing vocals for some of the songs on several splits, but Blackthorn is the Roar and Jaws of Hades. I shall help where I am needed, live wise or in any other forms.

Blackthorn, you were one of the organizers of the “Sacrifice of the Nazarene Child”, one of the darkest Black Metal Fest that used to held in Texas (Probably from 1998-2010). Tell us about that nefarious black metal fest and it was once considered as the one and only true black metal fest of United States. Do you have any plan to 374240_10150365472704930_214826719_nreincarnate that malicious fest?

BT: I was the sole organizer of this fest my friend!! The fest began as a local/state wide fest with 60 people attending. By 2001, the number went up to 350 people and at that time there was n fest like this. Sure there was Milwaukee Metalfest, but this was more of a family gathering. The people that attended would bring more people on the following year. The people that attended would bring more people the following year. The fest grew of its very private and ominous vibe by word of mouth, where you could see very exclusive bands gather with likeminded 379665_10150365472734930_437074386_nobjectives. This fest was by invitation only. Trust me in the end I made many enemies because I wouldn’t let just any band perform. Here are some of the bands that played my fest: Absu, Archgoat (First and only performance in America since their reunion), Inquisition (First USA show), Demoncy, Noctuary, Black Witchery, Sadistic Intent, Kult ov Azazel, Profanatica (First show in 13 yrs), Father Befouled, Cemetery Urn, Gospel of the Horns, Toxic Holocaust, Midnight, Nightbringer, Prosancus Inferi, Infernal Oak, Gnostic, Thornspawn,  Incursus, Blood Storm, The Chasm, Imprecation, Morbus 666, Nuklear Desecration, Obeisance, Khisanth, Kathonik, Unchrist, Bahimiron,  Demonhammer etc. were some of the bands that shared their sonic torment.

Now, I will like to switch an old topic here. It is about the “Horns to the Kult” EP where Thornspawn’s logo was portrayed as a mixture of the logos of Beherit and Necrovore. Who did that awe-inspiring mixture of the logos? Do you have any plan to release any other album, by giving a tribute to your influences?

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BT: Both Swornghoul and I discussed a tribute release one night. Since this was something we had never done ( a cover/tribute),  I mentioned a combination of logos transforming from one to another in tribute to both the bands we were covering as well as to their brilliant logos. He immediately began to create ideas and the end result was the cover of the 7″ which you are correct. It is brilliant! There are no plans to do any type of covers or participate in any tributes

Thornspawn has been spreading the wicked diseases of raw black metal since 1993. Many of your contemporaries have gone too far by reaching into mainstream exposure. Yet, you have also worked with some biggest extreme metal labels, but you have always remained yourselves in the catacomb of underground. I do assume that the motto of Thornspawn is to create the truest form of black metal music by remaining in the underground. Would you please elaborate this issue?

BT: I have seen the downfall of many bands I used to respect. They considered it as a mean of support by whoring their respected dark art to gain fame or status or simply join a new wave or hype. I think that is why I end up changing labels often because I refuse to conform or allow anyone including past members dictate or decide for me. With the focus on the music I can’t say that I consider my music as the blue print or the truest of expressions in this infernal pact, but my devotion and teachings guide this inner being to remain the only path to higher will and strength.

We have reached to the culmination of our unholy conversation. 111 final flyer posterAny announcement or statement you want to spread before ending up the interview?

BT:  Be hailed for the support/belief my friend. We are preparing to leave in a few weeks on our “Mystical Chants from the Black womb of leviathan” tour 2015 over Mexico, Colombia & Ecuador! Contact me through facefuck or infernalhorde@hotmail.com.

With bestial Havok X.B.

 

Conducted By
———Zoheb Mahmud——–


Current Lineup:

Blackthorn – Vocals and Drums
Hella – Bass
Moon – Guitar
Dod – Guitar


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