- To you, what’s the key to great black metal?
Tobias: Dissonans and fast drumming, haha!
Christian: What Tobias said, in a way. The most important part for me though, will always be the atmosphere. Always!
- What do you think about the french black-metal bands (Spektr, Blut Aus Nord, Deathspell Omega, Arkhon Infaustus, Glorior Belli, etc.)?
Christian: Deathspell Omega is one of my all-time favourite bands. I've lost count of how many bajillion times I've heard "FAS Ite..." and the rest of the trilogy and nearly shat myself in terrified, weeping adoration. To me, their Trilogy (and Kenose... And the EP's) are some of the strongest artistic statements in all of metal, ever. I absolutely love Blut Aus Nord too. The other bands I don't know well enough to say yet, but they're definitely on the list of bands I need to check out properly.
- We can hardly deny the influence of Celeste on your music ... can you tell us what this band represents for you? I think you've toured with them...
Filip: Yes, Celeste is my all time favorite band, so of course they really inspire me. This band really did something new and totally unique, they have really taken music to a new level, before I heard this band, I didn't even think it was possibly that music could sound that evil - and yes, already a few months after we started to play shows they took us with them on tour. The singer Johan also took care of the mixing on our latest recordings. So they really helped us out a lot.
Christian: Well, yeah.. Probably nice dudes, and they can definitely play their instruments really well, but the band doesn't really do anything for me, at least from what I've heard. Maybe I'll "get" them someday. That said, I've always felt kind of ambivalent about them. For instance, when I first tried out for the guitar spot in this band, Filip said the word "Celeste" around 5 times pr. minute for a couple of hours, so there was no doubt in my mind that this weird kid wasn't just a fanboy, he was (and still is) genuinely obsessed to a degree that's almost kinda creepy. I'm worried someday he'll sneak into Johan's apartment, kill him and make a "Johan-suit" out of his skin, Silence Of The Lambs-style. Joking aside, I sort of made a conscious decision to NOT listen to them, simply because I wanted to avoid becoming a complete ripoff band. One obsessed fanboy steering the band in that direction is sort of risky, two obsessed fanboys would be disastrous. Especially considering I'm the one writing the riffs. I'll stick to ripping off Deathspell Omega and Portal instead, and hoping I'll come up with something worthwhile and original by accident, a few years down the way.
- According to you, what are the ideal conditions for listening to your music?
Tobias: That is, of course, really subjective - I find that I can connect more with angry music, such as Hexis, when I am pissed off about something.
- The source of your pain comes from the extreme cold or from our civilization?
Tobias: Again, that's hard to say something about in general. I mean, I can't speak for the whole band, but for me it's injustice on different levels of our society... I guess you could say that it comes from our civilisation.
Christian: Okay, I'm gonna have to disappoint you here. We're actually pretty well-adjusted, healthy, happy people. Simon is a real mellow, friendly-hippie type guy, Tobias is that adorable, huggy-bear type dude, Søren is like the cool hardcore kid that never gets angry and Filip is just a goofy, cheerful kid from the suburbs who just wants to party. I'm the only one who's a bit of a cranky old asshole, and even I'm not that bad. So all in all we're just like everyone else. Just normal dudes. If our music made you think we were these manic-depressive, drug-addled psychos incapable of feeling anything but hate and rage, then good. That's what we're going for.
- You seem to criticize religions.. but don't you think that in 2012 there are threats / harmful forces more important?
Filip: Of course there are way more harmful things going on than religion, and if we played another genre I would probably have written lyrics about something totally different. But when I hear our music the first thing I think about is this kind of lyrics. I know it's pretty typical to write this kind of stuff when you play dark/blackened music, but I think this is what fits our sound and for me it's okay not to be totally new and different all the time.
Christian: Yeah, what Filip said. We're not gonna be a sloganeering, political band anytime soon, simply because it would feel out of context. Out of step with the sort of atmosphere we're trying to create. We'll leave the "capitalism is bad"-stuff to the crusties, since they're a lot better at that stuff than us anyway. We'd rather be like watching a really good horror movie, than watching a documentary. That's more us.
Tobias: It depends on how you choose to look at religion. When you think about it, religious practices, and ways of reasoning, have become part of our way of thinking and of our normativity. You could say that religion penetrates everything in our society in some way. Actually, I often find atheism more harmful than pronounced religious opinions; especially when atheists claim to hold the truth simply because the are atheists - to me that might as well be a religion. My point is, beware of stupidity in all guises, whether or not it's characterized as religious.
- You are going to do a lot of dates in Europe this year... This is an important element for you to make a tour? Meeting new people? There is a chance for you to play in France?
Filip: Yes we love to be on tour and meet new people. Since I started to play music 7 years ago, this has been one of my biggest wishes, so to tour as much as we have planned now is perfect! - Yes we will come to France in September/October. The cities we're going to be visiting have yet to be decided, but we're working on getting gigs in Lille, Rouen, Lyon, Toulouse and Strasbourg.
- How was your last tour with This Gift is A Curse?
Filip: Amazing! We had so much fun with these guys and most of the shows were really really great
Tobias: Yes, definitely!
Christian: Oh holy shit yes. It was so much fun, despite us all nearly freezing to death 90% of the time. The route was also really well planned, so we actually didn't have to stress over anything, and we even had time to be tourists in the wonderful city of Ljubljana, which was great. Also, the amount of stupid jokes made and farts farted on that bus was staggering.
- You shared a split with As we draw and Euglena: how is born this idea of plit? How did your collaboration with our friends of Throatruiner Records?
Filip: Euglena contacted us about doing a split with them and As We Draw. We then started to search for labels for the release and since Throatruiner already have released some stuff with AWD, he was up for helping out.
- You're working with a lot of differents labels... is it difficult to release a cd/lp currently? With which label you would like to collaborate?
Filip: It wasn't too hard. The reason why we have worked with that many labels is because we think it's a better way to promote our band - One of our big dreams is to work with Southern Lord, but I don't think we are the only band hoping for that! Haha...
Christian: Yeah, Southern Lord or Profound Lore would be awesome, but that's a tough spot to attain. Those labels are busy enough already. Greg from Southern Lord did give us a shout-out on Twitter some time ago though. We were pretty ecstatic about that, of course.
- What are your plans in the coming months?
Filip: We have like one and a half month without shows, so we will spend that time writting new songs. After that we're doing some small tours in Russia, Iceland and probably Sweden.
Christian: To try and write some riffs that don't suck.
- I guess Denmark is a beautiful country ... for a traveler, what places would you recommend?
Christian: Who told you that?! This place is a shit-hole, seriously. Avoid everything except Copenhagen. Copenhagen is a beautiful city, no doubt. Lots of really cool stuff going on here, with museums, concerts, theater, etc. etc... The cultural life is really, really vibrant in Copenhagen and I absolutely love living here, it's one of my favourite places in the world, even after visiting so many great cities with Hexis. The problem is just, that as soon as you get out of Copenhagen, even just 5-10km, it's boring as fuck. The rest of the country is just horribly dull, provincial and full of shitty people. I grew up in one of these small towns, and I can honestly say there is NOTHING worth visiting in those parts of Denmark. NOTHING. So if you're going to Denmark, stay in Copenhagen, and enjoy this beautiful city for all it has, and maybe visit some of the bigger cities like Århus, Aalborg or Odense, but don't expect the rest of the country to be interesting, at all.
Tobias: No, Denmark sucks - go someplace else! Haha! The home is where the hate is!