Interview Fenriz – Darkthrone
DarkThrone once started out as a a death/thrash metal band, switched to black and nowadays makes a dark kind a heavy metal! They don’t perform. They don’t want fame. They make and do what they want. Thank Lucifer , Fenriz was up for an interview. Below you can read what he has to say about Underground Resistance and more!
Hi, how are you doing?
Fenriz: Just home from work in the postal industry, checked out the new Arkham Witch and Virus albums today
The Underground Resistance embarks another great Darkthrone classic, how do you look at the album now it’s almost among us?
Fenriz: You know, for us it was finished in summer 2012 and we have like 3 songs to be recorded for the new album, but when the LEAVE NO CROSS UNTURNED song was posted online, I never in my life got so much feedback COMBINED as with that song, so while also considering the great fat organic bass punch sound that Jack from World Burns To Death gave us via his mastering, I’m pleased as punch
Fenriz: Growing up in the 70s and 80s digging all kinds of styles was not only natural but DAMN IMPORTANT. I guess what style our songs are reflect what kind of metal we are mainly into at that moment in time, but that never mean that we aren’t always into all kinds of metal (80s styles), we always are and always will be
I love the new direction the album took! Are you not afraid that some of the fans will dislike the new path?
Fenriz: Hello, that always happens to every band J the alternative would have been to just release an old album under another name, really. Change is change and life is changing and you win some and lose some – in musicians case that would be fans.
Brutal seems to be gone out the Darkthrone music but for me the same vibe is still in it. Where do you find the inspiration to making this dark vibe?
Fenriz: I think when Ted sings his own lyrics on his songs on this album, it doesn’t get more brutal and HONEST than that. When people try to do brutal stuff in music and with vocals, some succeed and some don’t, often you don’t really know why but often it’s because someone is portraying something they are actually tired of, they just repeat what they “can do”. We did that sometimes too, I guess, but it was always an eyeopener to move on (backwards) and make the style you burn for in that moment in time.
Fenriz: Anyway, we were actually never into making brutal stuff, I think we never even used the word while talking about our stuff. Dark, yes, epic yes, hard yes, soft even (that would be my vocals are softening up haha). but BRUTATL? Sounds like we are the extreme noise terror peel session or something. Which is awesome, but that vibe just ain’t us. We’re not Krisiun either.
Almost every piece of art you guys make got a different approach and direction. Is this the way for you to keep it fresh?
Fenriz: Good question, but we never plan, we just move on, making our songs on our own and then meet up to record them. I mean two of the songs for this album was already made and recorded in February 2010, months before Circle The Wagons (our previous album) came out, so we just continue where we left off and when it’s enough songtime for an album, then that’s it. maybe someone WANTS it all to be a masterplan..and is disappointed that it’s not, but I am really proud that we evolve very naturally, sound naturally (we come from the 70s where the instruments sounded like the actual instruments) and act…TOTALLY ALIEN ahahahaha no but really.
Fenriz: What is fresh is that we usually listened AND LISTEN to the stuff that will be bigger in future years, and it’s all old styles but even the old styles come back in cycles. When we started playing more death metal it was like one other death metal band here. And when we went black metal it was 2-3 others. And now with my speed metal stuff, that I’ve done for years, well there’s NO other bands here that do that. I also got my youth time in the global international underground in ’87 and ’88 and ’89 and I am used to that the world is like that. You listen a lot so you are also the first one to get tired and find a fresh angle.
Fenriz: Everyone says “yes AND no” here, I guess. But we are recording in a way that would still be considered primitive in the late 60’s. like we can only have reverb on two of the channels on our ministudio NECROHELL 2!!! So it is more like …. In 1988 we would love to have that studio but we didn’t have money or time or space for it, it was a lack of resources and lack of steady playing abilities. When we got the studio now in 2005 it was like we could continue our visions from 1988!!!
How do you look back at the time the second wave kicked in?
Fenriz: We never used that term or phrase, it was kind of weak to see it being used in around..the mid 90s? and when that term came, it was already over for us, as I explained before by being quickly tired, but this wasn’t the only reason, we had removed ourselves from thrash which suddenly got worse and worse production (3rd Deathrow album etc) so we played death cuz that had only organic sound until the Morrisound/Sunlight stuff, and we even had to record in Sunlight cuz of lack of money and experienced first hand what the future for metal sound would hold: I wasn’t allowed to bring my bass drums, I HAD to use d-drums. So fuck that, we moved on to the only style that so far in 1990 and 91 didn’t have any modern plastic shit sound yet: BLACK METAL. But then the idiots soon came and started to water that style out too. We tried to keep it going with myself adding some Motorhead to the Hellhammer influences and making blacknroll more visible in the scene, but soon we started to freestyle a bit with hate them in 2002/3 and sardonic wrath in 2004 and then we went wild and free with our ministudio since 2005
If you look back at the past, do you regret some things musical wise, or are you happy with every record that came out?
Fenriz: No, because after Ted and Zeph moved far away in 1992 it was hard to do ANYTHING, so that’s why our changes was so slow in ’96-2001, it couldn’t be helped. I often think within myself we never change soon enough, but then again we don’t discuss it between us, we just shut up and let the other one work the way he wants. And so changes come when they do. We had no choice to record “Soulside Journey“ with what I would call modern sound, and we learned a valuable lesson seeing the enemy sound from within. Now we could fight it with all our hearts cuz we KNEW. I had a different mix I liked for total death but we went for another. I’d like my mix of it to be there in the future, but it’s lost.
What can we expect from Darkthrone in the near future?
Fenriz: Easter holiday? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Can we expect some liveshows from Dark Throne?
Fenriz: We are setting up a tour inKazakhstanbut only if Richard Clayderman joins on bass and James Last as stagediver
This is about it, is there anything you wish to share?
Fenriz: We play OLD METAL WITH OLD SOUND! Don’t forget to listen to HOUR OF 13!!!!
Interviewer Ronald van de Baan