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February 2016

Interview with Aura Noir ( Blasphemer)


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1.Hello Rune, it’s a great chance for me to have an interview with you! Let’s talk about your discography. You have a very rich discography with bands,side projects and live shows. What was the first formal band you were associated with and how did it start?

Hello Miruna. Yes, I do have quite a few records released already, with a wide span in terms of genre too, which I consider fortunate. Well, the first “real” band I was associated with on a bigger scale was Mayhem of course. I mean, I joined Mayhem in 1994 at the age of 19 years old, so prior to this I only had more local/regional things going, a demo-band called Testimony amongst others. This demo-band started out as a project for me and a drummer in a local hard rock band called Fury. The drummer was a huge fan of old school Thrash, Doom and Death Metal so in between the rehearsals he had, we would team up to play cover-songs in their reheasal room. I remember we played old Obituary songs as well as Pestilence and Death covers. This eventually led to our first (and only) demo “Enter Obscurity”, and some occasional touring in Norway before I turned my nose towards what happened in Oslo with the BM scene. Anyways, this band we had ended in 1993 but by the time we threw in the towel we had already done support jobs for Kreator as well as touring with the best and biggest Thrash band from Norway throughout the years, namely Equinox. Check out their “Auf Wiedersehn” and “The Way To Go” albums if you want a piece of old Norwegian Metal history.


2. 22 years by far since Aura Noir exists and 19 years since you are in the band. How it all began? What means Aura Noir for you? What will 2016 bring for this band?

It actually started with Carl Michael and myself meeting up in Elm Street one night after a Mayhem rehearsal. Not completely sure how or by whom we were introduced, but anyways, after a few beers we ended up in the Mayhem rehearsal space to jam. Both drunk as fuck but I still remember the night clearly. This was late 94 perhaps…or very early 95. So yeah, since then we kept going, doing our Black Thrash. Although there is a few albums I didnt get involved in (Deep tracts Of Hell etc) I still feel I have been a part of the band since the first meeting. It was a good “click” so to say, and thats the reason why I am still there. The band for me is my guilty pleasure of old Thrash nostalgia as well as homage to the glory days of proper extreme music, when stuff was exciting. I still prefer 80´s Thrash metal to most extreme things released after 1995, fact. For 2016 we will (finally) record the new album. It has been some years since Out To Die so we feel the time is right to step up and finalize the next chapter, so to speak. Apart from that we will continue doing some shows around, most notably Wacken Open Air in August as well as some other festivals in Scotland and Sweden + one-off shows around Europe. I believce the new album to be out by late autumn this year via Indie Records.

3. What can you tell me about your last album ( Out to die)? What made you decide on the album name? Are there any future projects for the band?

Well, Out To Die was mostly written by myself and Apollyon due to Aggressor´s accident. We wrote the album in Apollyons house in the mountains where he resided during that period. Was a cool period actually, a lot of skiing in between the sessions, hehe. But yeah, I guess the album is a bit more aggressive than the previous offering “Hades Rise”. It was also a bit more “jammed” as we ran out of time in the end, as the label forced us to record earlier than expected due to the release-schedule etc. But yeah, these things happen once in a while. Still feel this album as a massive offering, with some really cool tracks in “Priest Hellish Fiend”, “Trenches,” “Abaddon” and the title track. As for the album title, that we chose from one of the lyrics written for the album. The lyric was written by Dirge Rep (x-Gehenna) and we thought it to be fitting somehow. Very ugly, like the rest of the band´s music and style.


4. Is it hard for you living in Portugal and the bands you are part of are in Norway?
R: Not really. The world is a small place these days with the internet and all. Besides, there is always a flight. Good flight connections from Lisbon to Oslo actually, and the prices are fairly low so no real obstacle. I feel living in Portugal more as an advantage than anything else really. I mean, sure, the music scene around here is not so great perhaps, and to get things done requires a huge dose of patience, but the laid back lifestyle, accompanied by the sunny and pleasant weather is highly regarded in my book. It makes me more at easy, more relaxed and when I am more relaxed I perform better. The inspiration comes easy. Win/win.

5. What influenced you to take up music?
R: I guess it has something to do with the fact that I am a musical spirit, to put it a bit vague. I have always, since my earliest memories been kinda obsessed with music and the universe it brings along. I even clearly remember I told my grandmother before she passed away in the early 80´s that I wanted to be a musician. I was probably 7 years old, but still I knew what I wanted to be. Kinda cool actually. So yeah, from there it has been a long and complicated but somewhat fruitful journey, from attending my first big concert (Motorhead in 1985 with my older sister) to residing here in Portugal, doing music for a living since the mid 90´s. I believe by now I have composed/played on about 15 albums or so, and done guest appearances on 6-8, and many more to come, so yes..I feel blessed being able to do this. It is not only a dream, it is my whole life …the only thing I know how to do 110%. Well, at least I think I know how to do it, hehe. To put a bit more “meat” to the answer to your question: I also had somewhat musical parents, well my father was a guitarplayer anyways, as well as my grandparents. So, that too did help naturally.

6. A little bird told me that you and Carmen are working for a new project. Can you tell me some details or it will be a surprise?
R: Well, yes we are. It has been in the works for a long time actually, and I think it will surprise some people out there. Its quite the opposite of what we did with Ava Inferi and we have also used a long time to finalize the expression for the band, and now I feel we have our (secret) formula. Its more upbeat and “rock” orientated but with a great sense of hooks and melodies. Lots of (free-spirited) riffing and strange, ethereal ambiance. More to come in the next months. But rest assured it has nothing to do with our older efforts, this is a whole new start on a whole new level, with new and exciting musicians in place.

7. Having played for many bands over the years, what are some of the memorable moments ?
R: Oh, there are many. I have great memories from all the bands Ive played with, and they dont nesesarrily need to be of a huge show or anything like that. I mean, sure, playing Wacken in front of 70.000 people is kinda great, but also sometimes its the magic one creates in the rehearsal room or here in my little home studio which elevates me as a being and brings me to gratefulness. It can be a comment from somebody, a new deal we secured, a fun travel to a show where everybody rides the same current, can be anything….I feel blessed to be able to live this dream, and I try to be more and more present in every moment (when possible, hehe) in order to build on it and elevate it.

8. Thank you once again for taking the off to answer the questions! Hope to see u soon in Romania, again.
R: Thanks you for the interview. Much appreciated. Yes, hope to be back in Bucharest later on this year. It always feels like home away from home.




Wormood interview

Hello Nine, I’m glad that you accepted my invitation to answer these questions.
ANSWER: The pleasure is mine.

2 WORMWOOD is a side project of your, besides Withershin . Was entirely your idea or are you a part of it?

I am not sure I would call it a side project because both are different entities. Both require different things. Whilst Wormwood is more active, Withershin is a slumbering giant who awakens from time to time with ferocious vie.

3. What about the gigs? where did your first concert take place? I would like you to tell me full details about the first steps you took with this band, please.
ANSWER: We were asked to play on the same gig as Månegarm the 14th of June 2014. We saw it as a good opportunity to test our sail on home-soil with an audience not knowing what to expect. They were pleasantly surprised.

4. you were in Romania twice. First time with Withershin and then with Wormwood. Do you like our country? Is the Romanian audience different from the Swedish public? Do people have the same kind of enthusiasm everywhere you go, or is your music received differently according to the places you go?

Romania is very different from Sweden in many aspects, but that is a different subject. The reception we got from the audience in Romania with Withershin and Wormwood was overwhelming. One of the best audiences I have had the pleasure to play for. They don’t take the bands for granted and they give everything they have on gigs.
Our state of mind does not change, no matter where we play. Be it Russia, Sweden or Romania. Every ritual is different, yet the same in that sense that we go out to perform as good as humanly possible every time. We do not change. When you see Wormwood or Withershin, you shall except the unexpected and enjoy the ride.

5. Tell me about your EP, The Void: Stories from the Whispering Well . Who wrote the lyrics, and who was responsible for most of the instrumental part?
ANSWER: The concept behind the EP is from my journey through the northern parts of Sweden. I’ve gathered stories and anecdotes whilst reading in books and talking to people. I’ve created the mythos and the mystery. Some are fictitious and some based on true event. It’s up for the reader to fins what’s what.
Rydsheim, the guitarist, is the mastermind behind all of the songs (except for some riffs in A Virgin Smeared on Stone which Jothun created). He created the perfect atmosphere for what the different stories should tell. Let’s not forget Nox who did all of the solos on the album. The beastial blasts from Jothtun and the doom-laden bas from Borka is a big part of the sound as well.

6. What is with this name: WORMWOOD. Was is your idea? Or did something or someone inspire you? What made you chose this rather common word? Does it mean something special to you or the band?
Wormwood is a star from the Bible which crashed down on earth and made the water sour and the people sick that drank from it. It has many more meanings as well. One reason why I did choose the name was from an old anecdote I found whilst being up in the north. They were talking about something called ‘Tomrummet’ (the void). A reference to an evil, ominous force which have haunted different parts up there. This ‘void’ is my reference to Wormwood. The forest void.

7. Where do you see yourself in the near future? Any plans or visions for this band or is it the kind of side project where you let the inspiration and ideas flow and just watch where it takes you?
As we speak we are creating songs for over upcoming full-length album. More information about it will come later.
We might also in a near future have some information about an upcoming European tour.

8.You are doing vocals for Withershin as well as for Wormwood. What band takes most of your time and if it were to choose one as a priority, which one would it be?
As I stated before. Withershin and Wormwood are very different. Both stimulate different parts of my brain. Both require different set amount of time. I cannot choose because both are a part of me.

9. Thank you a lot for the interview! Hope that you will come again in our country. Finally, what would you like to say to your fans and audience in Romania? What is it that they should look forward to experience during your future performance?
12540742_428467777346756_6485076258012152454_n No matter where our fans comes from, you’re an essential part of our inspiration and future. Stay true to yourself and follow the voices from The Void.
Can you hear the hissing in the wind? That might be us coming to Romania soon…

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