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Interview with Frost from "Oskorei" magazine by Lars Jamne (# 01)
After the Emperor/Enslaved concert in Bergen earlier this year I suddenly got to talk to Frost as we both were quite drunk we managed to exchange our adresses and he promised to give me an interview for my magazine and some time after this gig I wrote down some questions and after a while I received the answers. I thought it was not easy to get an interview with these guys anymore after what they stated in the booklet of "Nemesis Divina", but I got it and was very pleased with the answers. Frost provided me with as I think very good and well thought before writing them down answers. I will thank Frost for the opportunity and I think there will be another interview with him in one of our later issues. Noticed that the pictures that are used in this magazine has never before seen the light, but they might be used on upcoming stuff! Well, enjoy this...
Hello Frost, I think we can safely skip the past of your band don't you think so? Well, there has been some changes in the line-up of Satyricon what is new there?
Two guys are recruited to Satyricon now and they will help us doing a couple of gigs in the nearest future. It will be decided whether they are to become member of the band or not, but it surely looks promising. We are also looking for synth-player; we manage with a session member for the time being though.
Was there any special situation that occurred in between the band since Kveldulv and Svartalv? What about the guy who handle the synth for you, will he still be a member of Satyricon?
Kveldulv has moved to the forest, hence he has quit. Svartalv decided to concentrate less on playing bass and left the band because of this. He would have had to improve his skills if he were to continue playing with us. As far as the synth-guy is concerned, it is uncertain what will happen in the future. He will under no circumstances become a member of the band.
Not too long ago the MCD entitled "Megiddo" was released and it contained remix, re-recording, a live song and a cover of Motörhead's "Orgasmatron". Why did you release this MCD and how did the idea of a remix of "The Dawn Of A New Age" come up? And are you Motörhead fans since you included one cover of them?
"Megiddo" is a collection of special tracks that turned out good, but don't fit on a regular album. Stephan of Apoptygma Berzerk heard some of our material; found it to be interesting and thought that he could make an asskicking remix of "The Dawn Of A New Age". Satyr liked the idea, and they went to work with it. The result was brilliant I think, even if it was a bit hard to swallow for a narrow-minded person like me the first times. Now, the re-recording then... We saw (or rather heard) that "A Dark Castle In The Deep Forest" had a great potential, that was not delivered properly on "Dark Mediaval Times". Therefore we recorded it again, and it now sounds the way it should be sounding from the beginning. Then, you have the Motörhead cover "Orgasmatron". As a matter of fact it was a situation similar to the one when we decided to record the song from our first album; we saw a potential which we wanted to release. Our cover version really is a lot stronger and more powerful than the original, and the vocals of Satyr beats the most. Neither me nor Satyr are big Motörhead fans, but we are into some of their songs like "Orgasmatron".
After the release of your third full length "Nemesis Divina" you entered the European continent with a European tour, how did you feel that tour went? I heard some rumours that many small problems occured during that period of time, if this is true do you mind telling us what they where?
There were, as one could except, ups and downs on the tour, maybe more downs than ups. Some problems occurred, yes; our tourbus was smaller than the one Metallyssee promised we would get, and there were too few beds in it. The roadcrew we got couldn't speak English properly, and they did not understand us at all. Well, a lot of shit happened because of bad organisation, due to Metallysee's shitty way of doing business. Anyway, the tour had ist brighter moments also, and I did for sure enjoy playing when everything worked on stage, and the audience went crazy.
Satyricon is to be looked upon now as one of the best selling Black Metal bands world-wide and how does it feel to be apart of Satyricon now? How many copies of "Nemesis Divina" has been sold so far?
I am very satisfied being a part of Satyricon now, as we are creating better music than ever, and our musical skills has improved quite a lot lately - still improves. It is undoubtedly positive that the sales are good, but making the best music possible must be the main motivation. About the amount of copies sold of "Nemesis Divina", I don't really know exactly how many are sold, but I know that the sales have been pretty good.
You have been faithful to Moonfog during six releases, have Satyricon ever thought of changing label? And if I'm not mistaken Moonfog is run by Satyr or something...
There are no plans made concerning any change of label, even if I won't say it will never happen. We have got very good distribution deal now, so there should be no reason for us to change from Moonfog to another label for the time being. Moonfog, which is a division of Tatra Records, is as you correctly suggested, run by Satyr.
What do you think in general of the current situation the Black Metal scene is in today, there has been quite many changes since you were recruited I guess, are ther any special changes that you will point out to us?
Today, a lot of bands are playing Black Metal as this is the more popular kind of extreme metal at the time. Many of those could just as well have been playing death metal, heavy metal, thrash metal of something else. In other words, this style of music is no longer that geniune as it used to be, and Black Metal is not played only by people totally dedicated to the music and the ideology which lays behind. The result is that extreme no more, and the somehow dark mysterious feeling that surrounded the scene has almost disappeared (at least for me it has). Some years back in time, there was exactly this dark, evil and mysterious aura that surrounded Black Metal. There was a firmer discipline at all. People without a connection to the darkside and an extreme moral attitude would not feel well within the "inner" Black Metal movement. The price one had to pay for having a real movement based on extreme, dark principles was falsehood and herd-mentality. Individual thoughts and behaviour was hardly welcome if it didn't fit with the moral codes and standards set by the more respected persons in the Black Metal environment. Obviously this led to a lot of people doing and saying things only to get accepted, regardless of what their real attitude were. But even this being the situation back then, I sometimes come to wonder if it wasn't worth the price after all. I wish that there would be a stronger Black Metal movement again, but this is very unlikely to happen as there are none that have the authority nor the will necessary to conduct such a movement. Luckily, there are still some bands that make excellent music.
One thing I am a bit curious about is, what made you interested in the Black Metal scene and when did you first enter it? Was it because of a band you entered it or...? <[>The music was what caught my interest at first; I started to listen to the old Black/Thrash Metal bands quite early, but I didn't care so much for the message or the image/style. I was very fascinated by the darkness and evilness that rested over the music of bands like Bathory, but I did not understand what that music was all about really. I also listened to a lot of death metal for some time, but I got bored of that, and sort of discovered the magnificence of Black Metal. In spring/summer 1991 I got to visit the now so famous "Helvete" shop in Oslo for the first time, and something happened to me then; it immediately struck me that this was the place I had always dreamt about seeing. It was like a kick in the ass. The obscure, dark and evil feeling I got there has never quite left me. From that point on I realised that this was for me, it could not be doubted. Eventually I made Black Metal my lifestyle, which it still is, and it seems to sontinue that way for the future. My career as a musician started in late 1992/early 1993, when I joined Satyricon. I had been playing a little before that, but it never resulted in anything serious. In other words, joining a band was not the reason for my entering the Black Metal scene.
Well, I wish you good luck with the "Megiddo" mini album and the future and if there is anything you would like to add then do it now or else it will be too late.
That will be it... so come darkness.
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