Posts Tagged ‘Dimmu Borgir’
Pencea Mihai: I first listened ICS Vortex in Dimmu Borgir, while in a bar, a few years ago. His thundering vocals wailed over the buzz in the pub. I then started searching for more details, finally stumbling upon Borknagar and Arcturus. After the split from Dimmu Borgir I heard some rumors of a solo project and was very interested. This spring I came upon the information that he is recording.
Pencea Mihai: As a vocalist he really shines in “Progenies of the Great Apocalypse” (Dimmu Borgir) and “Üniversal” from Borknagar (from The Archaic Course).
Pencea Mihai: Besides a few local bands, The Big Four would be my idols. I could also mention Sepultura, Death, Pantera, Judas Priest.
Everyone, say Hello to Viki! The first -fan interview is ready and Viki is a Borknagar-fan out of Russia. I sent her a few questions, let’s see how this goes:
Jens; How was your first introduction to Borknagar?
Viki; I liked Dimmu Borgir for a long time . I was reading an article about I.C.S Vortex and Borknagar was mentioned. This interested me. I downloaded several songs and liked it very much. Now Borknagar is the one of my favourite bands. All albums are awesome
Jens; Who are your other favorite bands and artists?
Viki; I also like Susperia, Chrome Division, Behemoth, Dark Funeral ,Heidevolk, Tyr.
Jens; How do you use music in everyday life?
Viki; I like to listen to music when I draw. It’s always inspire me. I usually use my iPod . Especially I like when someone ring me up. And people around me always are frightened because my mobile phone screams by Shagrath’s voice) he he ))
Jens; Is there a metal-scene where you live, do your friends listen to metal?
Viki; Yes, we have some rock clubs I think. But I know only one –“Cotton Club”. Many Russian and foreign groups are playing concerts here. A lot of my friend loves metal music. It’s a part of our lives.
Jens; Is there a concert-venue in your town or city? Do you go to concerts often?
Viki; I go to concerts very seldom, because I like Scandinavian metal bands more then Russian or Uzbek. I’m watching the concerts and videos at the Youtube
Jens; Tell us about your country and what bands are big, Is metal a popular genre in your country?
Viki; There are a lot of different rock and metal groups in Uzbekistan, but they are not very famous like Borknagar or Dimmu Borgir. For example : “Moment of Clarity”, ”Sabbathage”,”Termin Vox”, ”Wings of Origami” and other. Unfortunately, I cant’t say that metal is a popular genre in my country. I hope metal music will be more develop in Uzbekistan in future )\m/
There we go, thank you so much Viki for this little peak into the Uzbek metal-scene! Some exotic bands there to check out for us.
And Viki will get a price from us for her participation, I’ll send her one of these:
This was fun and interesting and I want to see more. So let’s:
Next up; SARKE!
Same as last time, post in the comments if you want to participate. I’ll leave it open a few days to enter and then send a mail to the one we’ve picked.
Artisan – Borknagar – ICS Vortex – Sarke
Today the ICS Vortex album is also released in the North America and in effect this should mean it’s available almost everywhere. The process has been long and winding and it’s a very good feeling to have it out at last.
And as we see now a crescendo for the band it’s only temporary. We have much more coming your way in the future. Already tomorrow it’s the release of the tribute to Metallica- Black Album staged by Metal Hammer Germany where you can hear both ICS Vortex and Borknagar play Metallica. We are also working to confirm the first ever ICS Vortex concert, we’re talking about making a video and more Read the rest of this entry »
The first ICS Vortex album, called Stormseeker is out on Monday. To get you all through the weekend we have released another track in cooperation with Terrorizer. Their own words;
Terrorizer is proud to bring you this EXCLUSIVE premiere of a new ICS Vortex track!
‘Odin’s Tree’ is taken from the former Dimmu Man’s ace new opus ‘Storm Seeker’, and is available to hear for the very first time below!
You can see the link here; ICS Vortex- Odins Tree
The first song released was “The Blackmobile”, this one:
What are you up to today? When will we see a new Susperia album?
– We have been on and off in the studio the last couple of months, recording some new material but mostly done re-recordings of old songs. The release date is not set yet, but you can expect it in the near future. We have, once again, collaborated with Mustis (ex-Dimmu Borgir) on this EP and the result is wicked! Also just finished recording and mixing the debut album for my other band Gromth. The album’s title will be “The Immortal” and it will hopefully be released later this year. The new Black Comedy album is also soon finished.
How was it playing in the Eurovision Song Contest? Did you get a lot of harassment from the die-hard super evil metal fans?
– To be honest, I really don’t give a shit what the evil-in-the-forest people think. This was undiscovered ground for Susperia and we had been talking about making a song for this song contest for several years, so when Keep of Kalessin beat us to it… Well, we just had to get our shit together and write a song to send in. Hahaha… Seriously, we have gotten nothing but positive feedback from fans and friends and it was a great adventure.
You haven’t always been a drummer – and you were not alone changing instruments in Dimmu Borgir’s early career. Who played what and why did you guys swop instruments?
– Cause Shagrath sucked ass playing drums, so I had to step up, showing him how to handle the battery. Hehe… and I couldn’t handle the guitar any better. Shaggy was originally a guitarist and I was originally a drummer, so after the first album “For All Tid” we swopped instruments. On our second album “Stormblåst” Shagrath sang on a couple of songs, and after that we decided that he should do the vocals in Dimmu. The first Dimmu line-up was me on guitar, Shagrath on drums, Silenoz on guitar and vocals, Brynjard Tristan on bass and Stian Aarstad on keys.
Why did you quit Dimmu Borgir in 1999?
– The truth is that I was fired, but it was partly due to the fact that I had told the guys I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue. When I finally had made my mind up to stay in the band giving it all my attention, they had already found Nick Barker as new drummer. I probably would have been kicked out sooner or later anyway, like everyone else. Hahaha!
I want to make this very clear though; I do not, in any way, hold any grudge towards Dimmu Borgir. They do whatever is best for the band, and I understand and respect that. They have been friends of mine for such a long time and will continue being mine and Susperia’s friends in the future. Shagrath and Galder, together with Athera and Grimd (Khold, Gromth) were actually my “best men” when I got married last year.
You rehearsed with Dimmu again in 2004 for maybe playing with them on the Ozzfest-tour? What happened?
– Well, when it came down to it.; My first priority, was and will be, Susperia. A lot of things were happening with the band at that time so it didn’t feel right to start up with Dimmu again, not being able to give them the 100% they deserve.
You came up with the name Old Man’s Child in 1992 or 1993. How did you come up with that name? Is it true that it means “Satan’s son”?
– We started as a death metal band with the name Requiem but changed the name to Old Man’s Child in 1992. When I came up with the name I think that it sounded cool and original, and I could have been thinking of something evil, like Satan’s son
Susperia has had the same line-up since its inception in 1999. That’s pretty incredible in today’s ‘use and throw’ culture…
– For sure we’ve had our ups and downs, but we’ve always made it through somehow. We yell, scream and then eventually talk about whatever the issue might be. You can’t just kick people out of a band just because you are having a difference of opinion. We are all friends and each member contributes their own way to the band. We have grown a lot, both as a band and individually, the last 10 years. We’ve become better musicians and songwriters, and are constantly trying to prove that to our fans.
You’ve played Halo many years and have your own team “Skvadron 666”. I know Thomas “Sarke” Bergli used to play in the team and that you’ve even played competitions. How serious is this? Any other known musicians in this team?
– We’ve been playing for 8-9 years now. It all started out when I was living with Grimd and then more and more people joined in. Susperia was actually sponsored by Microsoft for some time… Oh… Those happy days.. Nowadays we mostly play online, but we try to get together once a week at Grimd’s place. We also usually have the “romjuls-helvete” (“Christmas time-hell”) where we meet up, eat shitloads of food and drink lots of booze and play Halo till we drop! And now when it’s announced that it will be released even more from the Halo series, I believe we will end up in the nursing home still playing
You mentioned your new band Gromth. What kind of music is this and how did this band come about?
– This is a band that plays a style I like to call “Black Orchestral Metal”. I feel that we have made something really special here. Our debut album is a whole symphony containing 66 minutes of music, divided in 16 tracks. Heavy guitars, grim vocals, a lot of orchestration. This is what some journalist here in Norway wrote about the album:
- “…this beast knocked its way into Norwegian history as one of the most massive, brutal, destructive, dynamic, symphonic and progressive albums – ever!” (Nash Rothanburg, Scream Magazine, rating 6/6)
- “Gromth makes Rhapsody’s style of Hollywood-metal seem like a plastic spoon among razor sharp knives!” (Bjørn Nørsterud, Scream Magazine, rating 6/6)
- “A mix between the pomp and bombast of Dimmu Borgir and the insanity of Italy’s Devil Doll” (Paul Kearns, Eternal Terror webzine)
I’m not exactly sure about how the band came about, but we are all friends from earlier, and when Grimd started to make music for this band we just felt the eager to join in one after the other. The band has existed since 2006/2007 and we released our first demo in 2007. Those songs were supposed to be part of our first album, but when we lost all the music in a computer crash, we had to lay everything on ice for a while. Grimd started composing again and after two years, we now have our debut album ready. We are now looking for a record company to release this masterpiece, and hopefully there will be some companies interested out there. Check out a teaser from the album on our Myspace site at http://www.myspace.com/gromth