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Interview with Frost by Roadrunner Records UK (September 2006)
In addition to Satyricon you feature in 1349, despite both bands being under the same genre your drumming technique differs between them. Why is this? And do you find one band more rewarding then the other?
Satyricon and 1349 have different musical expressions, which require different drumming styles. In warfare, Satyricon would be the unit destined to take out strategically important structures with surgical precision, while 1349 would be doing the carpet-bombing. In Satyricon I need to find optimal and smooth yet powerful drumming solutions that must always be adjusted to maintain a sense of totality as the other musical elements are brought in. In 1349 I get to cultivate and develop my really extreme abilities as a drummer, we all go in there with maximum brutality and force and build around that. Both approaches are fine M.O.'S in their own respective ways and compliment each other perfectly.
You recently shot the video for "The Pentagram Burns", can you tell us a bit about the meaning behind the video?
"The Pentagram Burns" is a song that has a very dark, ceremonial feel, at times quite mystical and creepy, at other times firm and aggressive. The video is meant to visually enhance and amplify these atmospheres, which indeed it does.
You have been in the band since the demos for the "Forest is My Throne" 14 years ago. What do you feel Satyricon has as a band that has given them so much longevity over other bands?
Passion, will, understanding and certain talent. But above all, creativity.
Can you tell us a bit about the writing process for the current album "Now, Diabolical"?
We set out to do good, powerful Black Metal songs in a traditional sense (But Satyricon Style). In other words, we wanted the atmosphere and the musical energy flow to do the talking, not the musicality or techniques. When Satyr and I worked in the rehearsal room, we needed to constantly monitor the effects that every element had on the wholeness and take actions if the energy flow was in anyway effected negatively. Now, that's the art of composing, anyway.
What has been the highlight of the tour so far?
I guess we've had a couple of outstanding shows so far, but this is still pretty early on the tour, so I don?t want to start summing things up already.
As a Black Metal coinsurer, what bands are you currently listening to?
Excellent B.M albums like "Under A Funeral Moon" and "Bathory" but also some non-metal music like Klanus Schulze, Anglagard and Bohren und der Club of Gore.
Why do you choose to wear makeup on stage? Is it part of a ritual, or perhaps to distance you from the audience?
Partly because it's a look that fits well with our musical expression, partly because applying the make up functions as a ritual that stimulates or enhances concentration.
What's next for Satyricon?
A tour in the Nordic counties plus Russia will follow the European tour we're currently on. Then more tours will follow that again. No rest for the wicked, you know. And we're in a good flow anyway.
Taken from: Roadrunner Records UK
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