‘The society we live in today is full of spiritually dead people’ – Interview with Ancient

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I think I’m not the only one who received the news about the reunion of Ancient with unmeasurable pleasure. The band had a great reputation during the 90s and also after the millenium but after their latest album came out in 2004 somehow they vanished for quite a long time. Founder Zel answered my questions about their dark past and also about the recent happenings.

Greetings Zel ! How are the things around the band?

Hello, things are good, we are very busy these days, getting ready to play live again, first time since 2010. We have a new session guitarist and I will be playing bass / vocals this time so we have much work to do, but things are moving on good so all is going well and we look forward to get out there again ! We also soon will have news for the release of our new album “ Back To The Land Of The Dead” which is very exciting.

It was almost 12 years ago when your last album ’Night Visit’ came out. What’s the reason behind the long passive period? What happened in the last more than one decade?

Well many things didn’t go as we expected. And all in all, we lost motivation a bit and the band slowly started “ falling apart” somehow. The reviews and response from fans after Night Visit was great, but album sales were rather low and it was difficult to plan much touring as we wanted. The drummer, Grom, decided to move to the Us as there was not much hopes in making money from the band etc, and the rest of us felt a bit similar although for me it was also that I started getting tired of the extreme metal thing in general. I moved over to Athens, Greece where I had my new girlfriend and decided to settle down there, I still have my house in Greece although the band is basically based in Como, Italy these days where Dhilorz lives.

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Have you received any requests to carry on with the band from fans or even from labels during that period?

Yeah there have been many fans writing and asking what’s happening etc. but the band was practically split up between 2006 and 2009 although we never made any official statement about it. I guess we just didn’t care so much.

What was the final push that lead you to restart?

I can’t say there was really such a thing as a final push but I guess that something started getting interesting in early 2009 when we got in touch with Nick Barker and had the chance to start playing with him. We did 2 mini tours in Spain / Portugal in 2009 / 2010 to see how it was to be playing again and cause we like a lot to play in these countries especially. The band wasn’t working on any new album then, so it was a kind of way to “test” our passion in playing again combined with a kind of vacation in these places, it was a nice experience to go there and we have many friends and contacts in east Spain especially. After these tours we started discussing the idea to work on a new album. Things were moving slowly, all of us being in different countries, but playing with Nick, we definitely had started feeling more inspired to carry the band forward again. Many of the songs I was working on were a bit slow and not really fitting so well for Ancient ( I thought ) while the ones of Dhilorz were faster and more typical extreme metal, but we decided to work together on a new album nevertheless, and I kept aside some of my “slower” songs, which I will keep for another project I will work on later this year. So, the new album has been in the works since 2011,you see.

You were there when the second outbreak of black metal happened. Can you recall any remarkable moment from the past, something that you think was an important moment, a milestone on the path that you walk since Ancient exist?

Yeah I remember a lot, growing up in Bergen, Norway. I remember when the band Old Funeral started playing, a band that included Abbath, Varg etc. This band, looking back today, really became an important band in the “history” of Norwegian black metal, even though they didn’t even release a full album back in the days. The band had many local fans in Bergen but also in the underground worldwide where tape trading and selling demo tapes and 7” vinyls was some of the big things back then, I remember it well. I probably saw Old Funeral live 4 or 5 times and also visited a rehearsal once. I think they’re an important band to recognize as this band later on somehow “gave birth” to 3 other new bands namely Immortal, Burzum and Hades. I remember meeting Varg in the local rock bar when he told me “ I have quit Immortal, I am starting my new band called Burzum, I play all the instruments myself, Burzum means darkness in the language of the elfs” these were pretty much his exact words. I think somehow this inspired me to also start my own band or project, which later on developed into what became Ancient, when I asked Grim to join as drummer. Then with the church burnings, Varg on the front cover of the local newspaper appearing as an anonymous person claiming responsibility for the first church burning in Bergen in June 1993 etc, I remember Grim told me he was in the local record shop in Bergen the day before, when Varg came in and told the owner “ tomorrow it is 6.6 ( June 6 ) something is going to happen at 06 o clock “ more less those words, so the next day when the church burning was in the news, Grim knew who did it, but he kept saying “ I cant tell you who it was “ , but ok, Varg was caught soon after, and again a full photo in the front page of the newspaper etc and everybody speaking about this stuff, not only the metal fans but practically the whole city. So many things..

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Which one is your favourite Ancient release, that you’re the most proud of?

This is always a hard one, cause I feel that all our albums are great but in their own way, cause they’re all a bit different to each other. I like Svartalvheim a lot for its raw and atmospheric feeling, I love The Cainian Chronicle for its cold dreamy atmosphere, I love Mad Grandiose Bloodfiends for it’s “wicked” dark feeling ( even though the production was bad ), I love Night Visit for it’s power and great production and also performance. The only album I’m not so pleased with is The Halls Of Eternity as I feel it could have been a lot better in terms of production and the way the songs were played. The albums and music you create I think in a way can be seen as your “spiritual children” so I feel it’s difficult to measure them up against each other. We’re not a band that likes to make 2 albums sounding the same where you can easily say which you like more, to me they all have their different feelings and qualities, but ok, many fans feel it differently. I can’t speak for them.

Due to the technical evolution of the music industry have your writing habits changed during these years?

Honestly I don’t think it has changed the music we make, it has just made the process easier in some ways, but also harder in some ways ( cause nowadays it’s like everything has to be so “perfect” that sometimes you can lose a bit focus on the actual music if you’re not careful ) but generally, a great song usually comes from a great guitar riff or a great idea that inspires you a lot, and you can’t create that with a computer, it must come from within yourself, at least that’s how I feel it.

The yet unreleased new album title is ’Back to the Land of the Dead’. Has the title got anything to do with your return?

Yeah basically the concept of the title track is about a guy who has been away many years from the place or “society” he was born in. He is saying ( in the lyrics ) “ my journey’s over, it’s time to come back “. As he returns he realizes that the place where he was born is now full of “ spiritually dead “ people, like “ spiritual zombies “ or so, and that’s what you see on the front cover. This is a lot the way I see our return to the scene. The society we live in today ( everywhere in the world basically ) is full of “ spiritually dead “ people, though most of the metal fans luckily don’t belong in this category so much. This is a bigger concept I intend to elaborate on more later on, perhaps with the next album.

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I think it’s not a secret anymore that Nick Barker played the drums in the studio. How could you convince him to join Ancient, considering his duties in other bands? Is he going to hit the road with you?

He is busy with many bands and he’s fortunate to actually live of the music, which is great. I think it depends a lot on how much touring we will have and how things will go with the new album. He has also started working with our new management, Alpha Omega management and that will help things moving on better in the future. We will just do our best and see what will happen after the album is out.

Who else do you cooperate with during the recording session?

Apart from Nick, the whole album was recorded by Dhilorz and me, though we had a few guest musicians for some vocal parts and acoustic guitars, but just a few small parts here and there.

Have you got any exact further plans for the future or you just want to carry on slowly, step by step?

After the album release, which will probably take place in March / April, we will probably make a new video, and plan a lot of touring, starting around September but we don’t have exact details about it yet.

It’s been announced that you will perform at Blastfest and also at Under The Black Sun festival in Germany. Do you have any plans for a tour maybe?

Yeah as I said above, we will probably start touring from September, possibly also in South America, USA, Asia, basically anywhere possible, we will see which options there will be available when the time comes.

Well, that’s all for now. Thank you for your time to answer my questions. I’m looking forward to listen to your new material and maybe see you live..somewhere, someday.

Thanks for your support! See you somewhere on the road yeah!

 

Pictures were taken from the band’s official Facebook site.

An interview by LGH – MMXVI

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“Music has the power to alter the state of mind” – Interview with Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult

It was my pleasure to work out this interview with the arcane Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, after my request had a positive respond. Not just because DNS is an old time favorite for me but they are the ones who stayed loyal and true in a sense to the original root of the genre. Founder guitarist Velnias answered my questions revealed some yet unknown information about the band and their philosophy. Please feel yourselves just as fortunate as I do when you read these lines.

Greetings Velnias. Thadnslogonk you for accepting my request for this interview. First of all can you tell me a little bit about the band’s formation circumstances? How did it all start and what ideology did it evolve from?

After the sun set on the glorious days of early old school black metal it was the intention of D. N. Slaughtercult to uphold the traditional vein. We felt the need to do so as the music we cherished had been betrayed by several of the very Scandinavian forefathers. Thus D. N. Slaughtercult was called into its existence during the cold wintery months of 1997.

Can you reveal the origin of the band’s name and also your artistic names? What is Slaughtercult and what does it mean to you?

The band name should not be understood as a single point of origin. It is to be seen as a trinity. Three keywords put together to form something greater. A union of three entities namely „Darkened”, „Nocturn” and „Slaughtercult”. Each term symbolizes a deeper meaning. Their nature can’t be expressed in a few words. On the other hand, wisdom is never served on a silver plate. As we’ve always propagated find your own truth by creating a definition that works best for you as an individual. Same applies to the band members names. Some are based on neologisms, some borrowed from man made mythology. Unless these names are filled with life they won’t be more than empty meaningless vessels. Speaking for solely myself, I regard D. N. Slaughtercult as a possible way to channel the very essence of a self crowned I in a positive and creative way. A channel to thrust spiritual ascendance forward. Slaughtercult is a dialect of the silver tongue, therefore it speaks to those willing to listen. It is an upheaval, a process of unearthing all that is buried by the otherwise shallow, forced upon everyday life.

How does your personal, musical and ideological perspectives changed since you are in the band, basically since the band exists?

D. N. Slaughtercult mirrors our personal and private life. We as individuals are the creator of the music. It is not the music that creates us. The prime mover has always been the individual itself. No matter how many husks you put around the core, shed them off and you shall still have the very core. Thus the very core is solidified. It doesn’t change. The fundamentals can be shaken, they may shiver and creak, yet they can’t not be shattered. This means although we’re all suspect to change as we’re underlying a cyclic process of existence, we won’t undergo drastic changes once our center has been formed. It should be the primary goal of every single human being to purify itself, to live up to its fullest capacity. In other words, to become a complete man. The higher one ascends during the refining process, the lonelier one will be.

The next question is a bit abstract so to say, but I think you’ll know what I mean. In your opinion what is the aim of the band? Does it serve a higher purpose or it is simply for the pleasure of making music?

It doesn’t really matter as long as there is a purpose. Speaking for D. N. Slaughtercult, it is not meant to be a guiding shepherd or an entertainment. What we do is executed with utmost sincerity. Justification has to be made to no one but ourselves. To some extend it is a pleasure to create music, but we’re not creating music for the sake of creating music. There is so much more to music. Music has the power to alter the state of mind. Anything that is capable of arousing our mind is literally a key to unlock spheres. That should be the intention of every single piece of art. That is the higher purpose that every artist should be enslaved to.

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The band’s performances are usually extreme to its limits and this is one of the most arrant trademark of yours among many others. I heard that one of your recent gig was cancelled due to some restrictions. Would you tell me what the reason was behind the cancellation?

Fortunate enough there have been merely two concerts that we had to cancel after confirmation during all those years. The first time we refused to perform was at an open air festival. Everything we do on stage had previously been assured by contract. About an hour prior to our performance we were informed that we aren’t allowed to use blood on stage. Despite the contract the officials said „you can play, but without blood”. So we said „keep your money and fuck off, we aren’t playing”, turned around and walked off. Well, apparently there were several bands at this festival complaining about their own treatment but no one had the balls to call it off. There’s a simple rule for ourselves. We can perform live, but we don’t have to. If we perform live it is to our demands. Either you book the band as is or not at all. The second time, and probably the one you’re referring to, is similar. However our participation had been called off already weeks in advance. The reason had been the same „no blood”.

Obviously you all have an ordinary life beside the band membership. How can you separate your everyday and stage personas? Is it necessary at all in your cases?

Separation in this case is an awful term. It inclines more towards a multiple personality disorder, rather than justifying a healthy dose of sticking to privacy by simply not blatantly informing everyone about one’s life. A daily full time job adds equally to who and what we are, just like being a member of an extreme black metal band. Generalized a person is formed by experiences, no matter if they are wanted or unwanted, explicit or implicit. Whatever our mind has to deal with will be absorbed. All that we absorb has its share on our personality. Our personality is a singularity – it is the prime mover. This prime mover might have different faces, yet it is based absolutely on one true will.

It seems to me spiritualism, occultism and esoteric subjects have always had significant impact on the path of DNS. How important are these factors for the creative process of each albums and how does it affect the lyrical subjects?

The general term Occultism is an adequate and suitable word to define our roots. From an abstract point of view creativity is not more than a clandestine thought being birthed. The process of impregnation all the way to the final step of giving birth and shedding the husks is somewhat mysterious. At times it simply happens so to speak. Yet, it has been our intention to willingly bring forth these outbursts. Not by coincidence, not by force, but free of all burdensome fetters. Every outburst of creativity emanates, even if it is not more than a faint light, it is enough to be traced back to the „womb”. Exploring the source awakens the originator thus calling forth vivid and illustrious depictions. From these depictions lyrical subjects are drawn.

What are your main lyrical inspiration forces?

There is a sole inspirational force – the reflection of a self crowned I.

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Your latest album titled Necrovision comprised some unusual musical and technical elements that aren’t specific for your previous releases. Can you tell me something about the concept of Necrovision?

We’re certainly not living up to the most of our own technical skills. That’s not what the music of D. N. Slaughtercult is about. On the other hand that doesn’t mean that every now and then we won’t leave our own self set boundaries. As long as the purpose and the result add to the desired intention of the song some rather unusual elements are fine. The music on Necrovision is still without a doubt D. N. Slaughtercult. There are many possible interpretations of the albums concept. The title could have been Necrocosmos instead of Necrovision, or a combination of both like Necrocosmic Vision. Each track is a piece of the whole greater. Multiverses so to speak being merged into a sole universe. They are sights, wishes, prophecies and horrors … they all come as one. It is a mirror blank ocean. The surface symbolizes the equilibrium of the fundamental law of as above so below. It reflects and therefore nourishes the two sides of everything. Starring into the abyss will solely proof that the abyss is starring back at you. Henceforth ask yourself on which side the abyss truly lies. Is the border between life and death not immediately reversible? Changing one condition to the opposite will also invert the entirety.

Are you working on any new material recently? What does the future have in store for DNS? Are you optimistic in terms of the band’s existence?

We’re in no hurry concerning new releases, however, we’re constantly writing new material. Thanks to modern technology it is no longer a problem to record ideas and arrange whole songs all by yourself. So even if the band itself takes a break for whatever reasons, new material is created in the meantime. Of course we don’t know what the future holds in store for us. We’ll handle it just like we did in all those years. One step at a time.

Have you ever wished to be successful and famous by playing with DNS or is it absolutely against your personal visions?

When we started out in 1997 we had one simple aim for the band. This aim has not changed until today. We stand for our own beliefs, we shall stay loyal to ourselves no matter what. If fame and fortune is along the road – so be it. If there is refusal – well, so be it. Whatever is released under our banner has to be 100% D. N. Slaughtercult. If 100% DNS means selling a million album copies – great, we won’t say no. If 100% DNS means selling a hundred copies – Ok, no problem. Our personal vision is expressed within the music. This vision simply exists with or without someone else opinion.

Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult will perform in Glasgow, 13th February 2016 alongside with Satanic Warmaster. This is the only confirmed live ritual from within the borders of the United Kingdom. Details about the event can be found here.

All pictures were taken from Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult official website by the permission of the band.

An interview by LGH – MMXV.

“My Art is aimed at specific audiences” – Interview with Darchon

Since the beginning of mankind human souls are instinctively amazed by staring onto the night sky, where infinite darkness and lifeless environment dwell. Just set your mind free from the terrestrial fetters and let it drift away into the galactic emptiness. This imaginary experience can serve as an inspiration for anyone. In the 21st century, musicians turned these experiences into a very unique and raw concept. Darchon is a typical example where the extreme musical evolution is heading nowadays.

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First of all please give us a short introduction about yourself. How long have you been working under the name Darchon? How came the idea and the conception of your music? What is the meaning of Darchon?

Darchon created in 2008, and I am the only member. I write the music and I play all instruments. I describe my art as dark cosmic black metal, influenced by the vastness of the dark universe and the insignificant presence of humanity into it. Darchon means The Lord of Darkness, from the ancient greek word “ἄρχων” and the darkness which is Satan, the supreme force of nature itself, the cosmos. Darchon represents the ultimate void, the death, the endless solitude and wilderness of the majestic cosmic ocean. Thy infinite darkness and the destructive force of cosmic elements.

Is Darchon entirely your own work or is there any other musician you contribute with?

Yes, it’s entirely my own work.

There are several tracks on Youtube tagged as a Darchon composition but those particular tracks cannot be found on any of your official releases. I think you know which ones I’m talking about. Can you create a brief “discography” about your releases and reveal the origin of the above mentioned unidentified tracks?

The official releases are the Split with Battle Dagorath (USA) and Lorn (ITA) “Enshroudment of Astral Destiny” which released in 2012 by Kunsthauch and the EP “From Unknown Vastlands of Isolation and Death”, a self digital release of 2014 and will be re-released soon by Self Mutilation Services in cd, which I made all the artwork. All the songs you describe, were uploaded first by me, and will be included in my upcoming full-length album.

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When will your first full album be released? Is it gonna be available in physical format or just in digital version? Which label will take care of it?

It will be released this month by Kunsthauch in cd digipack, and also in a special edition. The title of the album is “The Stygian Black Beyond” and the track list is:

Apeiron, Outer Darkness, Caldwell 77 (NGC 5128) Centaurus A, Selene, Crossing the Celestial Path to Infinities and Beyond, Auslander Hostility, Into A Cosmic Solitude, Unseen Kingdoms.

and will contain two extra songs in a Special Edition. All this material was written between 2009-2013. I also made the cover and the artwork of the cd. Its an album mostly inspired by the works of H.P.Lovecraft. An Opus about the Great Unknown Abyss from the most ancient dark corners of the Universe. Cold, unearthly landscapes and vast mysteries of the unexplored and macabre darkness of existence upon the ignorance of humanity.

Would you describe your song creating process? Is there any special method or gear that is absolutely indispensable for your work?

I need always to have an “image”, an inspiration when I’m starting the creation of a song or album. I’m inspired by darkness…the nature, the winter, the moon, the night sky. By thoughts and ideas that I always had, about Apeiron, time and space and death. I have my gear and my own home studio, important tools for my work and creation.

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The sound of your music sounds a bit unnatural so to say. Which instruments are played by you and which ones are programmed and/or performed by a synthesizer?

The sound is raw and always will be. Cold and unnatural as ambient and ethereal at the same time. I play all the instruments (guitars,bass and synths) and I do the programming of the drum machine. I make also the vocals and all the mixing, production and mastering.

It is pretty much impossible to figure out anything from the screams and shrieks that mixed with the industrial riff flood. Would you mind talking about your lyrics? What kind of theoretical subjects did you cover with your songs?

The screams and howls are the inner strength that comes out, expressing the darkness and the fear of the unknown. In some of my songs there are only these screams while in the most of them I use lyrics or even some important words and expressions to me. I like also to use samples from films and nature. I want the vocals to be icy, demonic and unpleasant. About my theoretical subjects and themes for example Outer Darkness it’s a song about the macrocosmic obscure blackness that is inside me and out there.We are part of this hostile Universe which is so unexplored and unknown to us as our souls. The Outer Darkness is the true Hell, the abyss, the true form of Satan. The song Oceanus is a hymn about the astral sea, the magnificent and majestic cosmic ocean. In Greek mythology Oceanus was a Titan, a son of Uranus and Gaea, the divine personification of the sea, an enormous river encircling the world and the title of the song has a double symbolism. The ocean covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and contains 97% of the planet’s water, yet more than 95% of the underwater world remains unexplored as the Cosmic Ocean that the human knowledge and exploration is below 5%. Almost zero. I wonder, what kind of horrors and overwhelming knowledge exist in the most ancients dark corners of cosmos…

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The Greek Mediterranean climate and the cold and inhuman nature of Darchon are nearly incompatible with each other.  What are your main inspiration forces that help you to create this unique atmosphere within your music despite the environment you live in?

The environment in which we live certainly contributes greatly to the perception and to the expression through the art, this is absolutely sure . And my country, Hellas, has decisively contributed to shaping my thinking and my expression through the Art of Music. I am fortunate to live in the land of the greatest ancient civilization, the Hellenic, the most important in the history of the planet. The cold and inhuman nature of my music, as described, has to do mainly with my study and understanding of the ancients Greek philosophers, occultists, astronomers, mathematicians and others which laid the foundation and essentially discovered and invented sciences such as astronomy, astrology and philosophy from which I gather inspiration for the dark cosmic themes of Darchon. The climate of my country was, is and always will be temperate, and in winter if you visit places as Mt. Olympus and the whole area around the mountain, or mountainous areas of Epirus for example, you will feel for sure the frost and you can taste a real Winter.

How do you see the future of Darchon? Can you imagine that it ever becomes a live performance?

I am in the process of the creation of a new album. I compose new songs,and i made some recordings. I’m very pleased as now with the result and the new Darchon album will be cold, dark, obscure and majestic more than ever. Darchon is one man’s band and always will be. Darchon will never play live.

Bearing in mind Darchon not an easily listenable musical creation. In what situation can you imagine it to be played the most?

The easy and digestible music, intended for masses. My art is aimed at thinking and serious people, and those who have a developed aesthetic and crisis. However some of my creations like Apeiron,The Pleiades, or Breath of Typhoeus, may make an impact in the general public, but this is not my concern. My Art is aimed at specific audiences. Just close your biological eyes and open the spiritual one, listen to the music and travel beyond the narrow limits of consciousness into the cosmos, reaching the Stygian black beyond. This is a lonely journey.

If you will ever have a chance to create you ultimate ensemble line-up with living or either dead musicians, who would be in it?

Varg Vikernes (Burzum) – Everything

Thank you very much to provide answers for this short interview. I hope it was fuel on fire and will boost your reputation.

Thanks for your support and for this interview.

Hails.

Darchon’s first full-length album will be available through Kunsthauch.
All pictures were taken from Darchon’s official Facebook site.

An interview by LGH – MMXV

“I’m fed up with classical BM stuff…” – Interview with Dagoth from Otargos

I’ve been following the band for many years. The first song I ever heard from Otargos was the M87 from the album Kinetic Zero. The sound and the atmosphere of that particular song already suggested that the band would move from the traditional black metal approach to a more, let`s say futuristic trend. Now it’s time to reveal the secret of this incredible musical evolution. Dagoth answered my questions and took a part of this friendly dialogue.

If we have a look on the entire discography in terms of musical approach of each albums the technical development is quite distinct. From the first EP till the latest full album every release of Otargos became more and more complex and diverse. What influences caused these radical changes?

I think it’s just a matter of evolution. I, and te rest of the band, evolved through the years and so the music follows. I always searched for to personalize OTARGOS’ universe lyrically and musically, each album is a step forward. Concerning the major change, with APEX TERROR, I wanted to show it was time for OTARGOS to enter a new era, I’m fed up with classical BM stuff…

Do you still consider Otargos as a black metal band or would you prefer to use an other genre to describe your music now?

OTARGOS isn’t a BM band anymore. Even if few people continues considering we still. For me, I prefer talk about Dark extreme Metal. I feel now closer to death metal genre, and the upcoming album will gonna confirm it soon.

As far as I’m aware you are the only founding member who`s still in the band. What’s happened to the others? How stable is the current line-up?

I am the only one remaining from the beginning of the band, of course cause I created it! Most of the time members left the band cause of personal problems without any link with OTARGOS, and stopped playing music after their departure. Anyway I keep good relationship with most of them. Unfortunately such as many bands it occurred we decided to fire a guy…. cause of the lack of motivation or professionalism. I can announce you in advance we will soon welcome a new Guitarist !!

I don’t think that many listeners have a clear idea what dwells behind the name of the band. What is the meaning of Otargos?

It comes from old Greek language, from a word meaning „the goat” … I was young when I found this name ! Hahahaha!


The latest album titled Apex Terror contains more electronic parts than any other previous Otargos release. Why did you decide to make your music more colorful with these electronic effects? Who is responsible for these so to say „extras”?

As main composer I proposed to include these „effects”. You know, the „new” OTARGOS is really focuses on futuristic novel and landscape… so it was appropriate! I don’t want to put boundaries anymore when I’m composing, I do just what is best for my ears! I love this kind of subtle arrangements, it gives the music some interesting relief and originality. For APEX TERROR I wanted something more modern. But don’t worry OTARGOS will never change to a „new wave” or „dark electro goth” band !

You have always been part of the video production as well. You also released two short films (Cloning the Divine, Worship Industrialized from the album No God, No Satan) and a video clip for the track titled Fleshless-Deathless. All these videos are more than professional works. Have you ever thought about working out something like a full movie, art film or any longer video material, obviously linked to your music?

Thanx for the compliment! Yes we wanted to realize it once… but the lack of budget makes us give it up… we have to make choices.

Not long ago you wore „corpse paint” or if you like, war paint on stage. Why did you leave that outfit behind? Is it also part of Otargos’ evolution?

As I say it was a logical evolution, but also to keep more distances from the BM scene. The band, since the beginning, always took care of its general aestheticism and image, not only on stage. I wanted to prove that OTARGOS is not just interesting cause of its visual aspect. But, we decided not so long ago to use again some kind of subtle war paints for the future in due to darkenize more our live show, it will perfectly fit with the new album !! But don’t expect a BM way corpse paint !


You are currently working on the new album. Is it going to follow the path of Apex Terror or are you planning to come up with something completely new and unusual?

The new album will be the fierce successor of APEX TERROR. With more Death metal influences but also with some kind of old school thrash/BM riffs. It will be darker, more somber and blasting…This time all lyrics are based on Extraterrestrial bestial onslaught inspired by W40K, I always been inspired and fan of this universe since I was young. It’s now my principal inspiration. If you enjoyed „APEX TERROR”… you will adore „XENO-KAOS”…
Notice that you are the first one to know the title of this new release !

In what format will it be released and when? Are you planning to release any vinyl formats? If I’m correct you haven`t released anything on vinyl before.

It will be released next September, in CD format first (digipack?). Maybe vinyl later… in fact it depends of the Label… You’re right at this time none of OTARGOS album exists on vinyl format… we are disappointed of that cause we really would like.

No question Otargos is a technical and high level band, obvious headliner on any international festival. How could it be you just rarely play live?

I know it … we often have bad luck concerning booking and booking agency… past 2 years we worked with unprofessional ones and lost a lot of opportunities (and time) for instance 2 European tours had to be canceled during 2013-2014… hope 2015 shall be better!

The last question is a bit off-topic but somehow can be linked to Otargos I guess. Do you think the life on Earth (let’s say intelligent life form) were planned by some higher entity or our existence is simply the result of a sequence of countless random coincidences?

Good question.. I love it … I am passionate about Cosmology and Ancient astronaut theory … In fact I give some answers and possibilities in XENO-KAOS… My opinion… both answers could be possible and one of them is certainly the good one. As on „Prometheus” movie we could be here cause of ancient extraterrestrial higher entities… or just from random coincidences …. of course I prefer the first option! One thing is certain WE are made of star dust elements … from extraterrestrial origins.

Thank you so much for your time to dignified us with your honest and meaningful answers. Now I would like to leave the last word for you as your message to your fans. It will be forwarded to them with this interview.

I would like to thank all our fans and followers whose are supporting us since the beginning.
The new album XENO-KAOS is on the way… prepare yourself for something massive and obscure.
Never forget WE ARE NOTHING, WE KNOW NOTHING.
Ulrich Dagoth Wegrich

An interview by LGH – MMXV
All pictures are taken from the band’s Official Facebook site.

Interview with Blakk Old Blood – The last words of 2014.

After a copy of Blakk Old Blood’s first demo titled Pride was handed to me as a gift the idea of a short interview ran through my mind instantly. This is the proof of my gratitude.

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What brought the Blakk Old Blood to life? What is your goal with this band if there’s any or you just formed the band for the pleasure to play together?

We formed the band because we all miss the old days, when black metal was pure and the old spirit was really alive in the music. So we decided to resurrect the old blood again… At first we wanted to release just one Demo or EP. Nothing else. But the harmony in the band was as perfect as the joy of writing new blasphemous songs, that after the recording of “Pride” we just couldn’t stop. And thus, the Idea to release at least all seven Sins was born.
There is no specific goal for this demon called Blakk Old Blood but to spread sin and blasphemy upon all of you.

When I listened to your demo my first thought was simplicity. Are you against the complex and over-polished black metal? Is there anyone in the band who is mostly responsible to form the sound and music of Blakk Old Blood?

We all don’t like over polished black metal…As already mentioned, we wanted to go back to the roots, to summon the kind of Black Metal we grew up with. And that’s why it ended in less complex songs. There are bands out there which play complex but still honest black metal, we don’t have a problem with that…but Blakk Old Blood shall continue the old fashioned ways…with lots of energy and blood! The main songwriter is Korvus, our bassist together with Goathammer.

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Can you explain what’s the meaning behind the number 154? Why did you release exactly 154 copies of Pride?

There is a special formula behind this number, including the amount of band members and further unholy digits. Find it out by yourself…

The concept behind Blakk Old Blood is the topic of the seven deadly sins. (Will all the chapters released as demos? Can you imagine a full-length album to be released by Blakk Old Blood?) How do you see the future of the band after the topic of the sins burnt out?

We titled only “Pride” as Demo, all other sins will be EP’s. And – Indeed – there’s the possibility that one of the remaining cardinal sins will be released as full length album.
We’re not yet sure, what evil we will worship after our sinful chants but the nature of mankind has lot of wickedness to offer aside his sins, thus we won’t have any problems finding new topics. But let us first focus on the seven deadly sins..

The stunning cover-layout includes the lyrics as well but for those who don’t own a copy of Pride, could you please talk about it? What lyrical subjects did you cover with the songs?

“The stunning(…)” -> Thank you…

-Sin and it’s joy as well as It’s demise
-Rituals summoning the Lords of Sin
-Chaos and blasphemy

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The old school audio formats such as tape and vinyl live their renaissance these years. Pride was released on tape and as far as I know your next release Wrath will be released on tape again. Why did you decide to use this type of audio format as the carrier of your first demo? Was it merely financial decision or this is also your way to stay loyal for the roots and the old days?

Exactly, “Pride” was released on tape, but for “Wrath” we made not only tapes but also a limited to 18 (6+6+6) copies CD-Version. The next sin, which is already recorded, “Greed” will be released on a 7″. But even thought, there is a CD Version of “wrath”, we just believe that that, what always has been there (tape/vinyl) are the best mediums to reflect our music.

The black metal scene nowadays obviously is not the same anymore than it was for example back in the 90s. Bands are appearing and disappearing and most of them don’t even leave any remarkable work after they`ve gone. In your opinion which band is worth to be mentioned from the active Swiss underground black metal scene?

Surly the bands out of our heretic circle – focusing not only on black metal but also old school death and black/death metal as well – are worth mentioning: Deathcult, Goatfukk, Bölzer, Antiversum, Freitod, Asag and Temple of Perversion.
Also some bands of the french part of Switzerland, for example our total-death worshiping maniac friends Eggs of Gomorrh!

Would you like to add any other important information about the band, your views and philosophy?

I think you find the answer to our philosophy and views in between all other answers…

Thanks a lot. I hope this short dialogue will give you more publicity.

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An interview by LGH – MMXV
Live pictures were taken by Eisa – Digitale Fotokunst