I don't have a clue, we were not on tour since we
left already more than one week before the problems of eastern countries
happened. Beause the tour was stopped for Enthroned the 31 October at Tilburg
- Holland (last concert for us), and I've heard also differents rumours like
you, but I don't know more than you about what's happened exactly.
Unfortunately you didn’t reach further up north. Do you think you’ll play
Hopefully, I would have liked to play in your country and that since our
early times, but I don't think that we'll play before we have change the
label for a good one, wait and see... Maybe next year??? I don't know!!! We
are in need of a better promotion before to perform in Scandinavia, I don't
think that our albums are well distributed there, when all will change, we'll
arrange with our new records company for an eventual Scandinavian tour. We
just need a better situation in matter of promotion and distribution before
we plan it. But I'm too a bit affraid than we get no one succesful concerts
if we play in Scandinavia, cause I've heard that a lot of people hate us
unfortunately in your country, and is why I'm not sure that it will be
possible to see us live one day in your country, except if the Scandinavian
Black Metal people change their point of view about us. We've never try to
ripp-off any Scandinavian bands because we play Brutal Black Metal. We did it
long before it became popular.
The new album "The Apocalypse Manifesto" was recorded in the Abyss
studio. How was it to record with Tommy Tägtgren and how come a Belgian band
travel all the way to Sweden to record an album?
It was just amazing to travel from Belgium to Sweden with a van, and all our
material, we love this kind of life, we've drove during 27 hours before to
reach Nyhammar from Belgium, and the session recordings were very cool, it's
cool to work with Tommy. We did a great work together all in a friendly mood.
We've good memories of our recording sessions at the Abyss studios. But
unfortunately, we will not record our next album there, but in the future, we
hope to be back again, in your great country to record another album.
"The Apocalypse Manifesto" differ quite much from your previous
albums. Pure violence! The way we want Black Metal! Are you satisfied with
how you have progressed since your earlier albums?
Yes of course, and we will continue in this way, more and more violent but
also aggressive riffs, insane guitar solos and pure screaming hating vocals,
and some growling backing vocals... pure hate... It is unexpected to hear
Enthroned playing industrial techno shit or keyboards overloaded wimp Cradle
shit. The best elite of true Black Metal are the bands which stay pure and
doens't make any compromise. We will progress as musicians, but never
wimp-out, we feel what we play, we live what we play, and it is impossible
for us to play a kind of music who would be opposed of our way of life. Hail
hate, war, aggression, murder and violence...
One thing that kind of surprised me (in a positive way) was that there are no
keyboards present on the album. How come you chose to exclude the use of
We have not totaly excluded the keyboards, we use it again but in a very
small quantity, for intros and samplings on our albums, just to create a dark
atmosphere. But we don't to want use it on stage, we're not a part of those
Black Metal bands who use keyboards more than guitar plans and guitar solos,
we play true Black Metal and true Black Metal have no need of permanent
keyboards, but need of strong and powerfull guitars with killer riffs and
solos, and an infernal pounding brutal drums. Those bands who use tons of
keyboards, it is because their guitarists are not able to compose and play
any guitar solos. Or because they want sound more Gothic than Metal. I don't
like Gothic stuffs, I only like pure Metal stuffs, and Enthroned is a pure
Metal spirit band, only killer guitars is the law of pure Metal... It is true
that on "Prophecies Of agan Fire", our first album, we used much
keyboards. But now we regret it, it would be a much better album without this
abundance of keyboards. I've no need to describe to you what is true Black
Metal... Violence, powerfull, and agressivity... No wimp sweet fuckin' soap
keyboards used like Cradle Of Shit. Only used in a good way like Bathory,
King Diamond, Immortal, Allegiance and tons of others great bands like that
Peter Tägtgren is doing some vocals on the album. How did that happen?
We just asked Peter to do some backing vocals, because is an excellent
singer, a high quality musician and producer, and a very cool guy. And as
we've had Cronos from Venom as guest on our second album "Towards The
Skullthrone Of Satan", we thought that it would be cool to have another
great guest on "The Apocalypse Manifesto" and Hypocrisy is one of
our fave bands too, like Venom. We where on place and just had to ask Peter
as a guest, he did it OK without any problems... It is kind of honour for us
to have guest musicians from our fave bands. It would be also amazing for us
to have King Diamond as guest on one of our next albums... Maybe, we'll try
Speaking of guest musicians... Cronos has actually aslo made some vocals in
Enthroned. How did you get in touch with him?
It is just cause he's the cusin of our guitarist Nornagest, nobody believes
in it, but it's true, Noragest just had to phone him and ask him in as a
guest, and Cronos said it was OK...
What kind of reactions have you gotten around the new album? By the way, any
comment to the review you got in Nordic Vision?
We've got almost only excellent reviews everywhere, but once again I don't
care about what the people think about us and our music. About Nordic Vision,
I don't know, I don't read this stupid magazine because it's only shit, the
editor is a complete brainless asshole whithout any Metal culture. He is just
a trend follower and an idiotic dickhead who think that only the Norwegian
bands are good, and Swedish ones are Gay (Swedish and Foreign bands...). This
kind of magazines is even not good for clean my ass with it, and this kind of
people doesn't interrested me.
If I understod you correct, you have some new material ready. When do you
plan to record this and how do you think this material differs from "The
Yes, we have our fourth album totaly ready, we must record it in January 2000,
but our label have not sent the money for the studio and we've no idea when
they'll send it. Our new album is called "Armoured Bestial Hell",
and it doesn't differ very much from "The Apocalypse Manifesto". It's
always pure brutality, with perhaps a bit more Death Metal riffs. But I can
assure you that is always true Black Metal the way it must be... We've also
already 2 tracks almost complete for our fifth album, which will be recorded
in 2001, and released on another and excellent record company.
There are quite many bands with the same or a similar band name as you. Are
you aware if this ever have caused you any problems with people who think of
another Enthroned as you and vice versa, if you understand what I mean?
No I don't care if other bands have the same or similar band name as us. I
know that another Enthroned exist in USA but it's a totally different kind of
music than us, and they've nothing to compare with us. I will never ask to
those guys to change their band name, maybe they have existed longer than us,
and they've the right to call their band as they want. I've never got any
problems with that.
You re-recorded the old and excellent Morbid Death song "Satan Never
Sleeps" on the MCD you released some time ago. Do you think you’ll
re-record more Morbid Death songs in the future?
No, I don't think so, we've just done it, only one track in memory of
Cernunnos who was the former member of Morbid Death with me, as he was the
former member of Enthroned with me too. Morbid Death will stay with cult demo
material from 1987 til 1990. And re-record all this material with Enthroned
would be a kind of profanation, it's old and must stay in his original
Did you play in any serious band after you splited Morbid Death around 1990
or something untill the day you formed Enthroned around 1992-93?
No, I played in two unprofessional bands called Dying Corpse and Slanesh,
just to kill some time, because I had nothing else to do, and just to keep
the instrument in my hands and never lose the maniability. It's impossible
for me to stay a long time without playing music, it's vital for me to play
in a Metal band. I've release one demo in 1991 with Dying Corpse, a kind of
shitty Death Metal influenced by shitty false Death Metal bands. And the guys
were complete idiots. I left the band directly after we recorded this shit
demo. With Slanesh I've also released one demo and the band was alive only
for 6 months after they've split because a stupid story, the drummer stoled
the girlfriend of the guitarist. Hahahahaha, funny isn't???? Stupid guys
again, I've understood that those guys were not motivated. The first time I
wanted to play true underground Death Metal, influenced by Asphyx,
Hellhammer, delirium (Holland), and bands like that, with Slanesh but the guitarist
wanted to play more in the Obituary style, and I was not sad when the band
have split-up. Because it was not, again a place for me and for my personal
tastes. Blasphereion split sometimes after Slanesh, and it was time for me
and Cernunnos to reunite once again but this time to work seriously and
Enthroned was borned in 1993.
Please tell us something about Nornagest’s and Nebiros’ side project!
The Beast??? It's just a side project for fun and for the pleasure to play
extreme Black/Death Metal influenced by Blasphemy, old Beherit, Archgoat,
Goat penis, Conqueror... to pay homage to those very extremely brutal and
chaotic bands. They've released only one rehearsal/demo called simply
Aren’t you involved in any other bands except for Enthroned as well?
myself yes, I've a side project band too called Pandemonium and it's pure
Heavy/Speed Metal influnced by the best of the genre, Iron Maiden (my gods
of Metal), Running Wild, Blind Guardian, Judas Priest, Icead Earth... Because
I'm also a great fan of pure Heavy and Speed Metal, that's normal, I got
invloved into Metal in 1982 with Hard Rock and Heavy Metal bands, like
everybody I think??? I started Pandemonium only 2 months ago with a friend
on drumms and a guitarist, but we're still searching for an excellent
singer and a second guitar player before we can continue to compose new
tracks. We hope to record our first demo very soon. But it's just a side
project, Enthroned is my total priority.
looking at most Black Metal albums being released today, don’t you think
they contain too much peace, love & understanding attitude?!?!
That depends which bands you mention, if it is pure Cradle Of Shit copies,
yes, or Gothic trend Vampire clowns. If is the elite one, the true Black
Metal hordes like Marduk, Dark Funeral, Immortal, Mayhem, War, Tsjuder,
Gorgoroth, Behemoth... No, I never expect those true bands to release peace
and love shit stuff, only pure aggression. About the new comers it's true
there's is a lot of fakes peace and love shit with their ridiculous global
concept, but there exist again some true Hellish Black Metal hordes who
play pure brutal Black Metal, but you're right that the scene become more
and more poor in matter of true Black Metal, but the elite ones mentioned
here up, will stay true and powerfull, and they keep high the true scene
alive and glorious.
Isn’t it tempting to make something commercial by yourself? You know how
easy it is, just remove the violence and put tons of keyboards and happy
riffs in the music and make yourself cute with vampire make-up!
Hahahahaha!!! I prefer to die than making that, I prefer to stay always
unemployed and always out of money and even be homeless than see Enthroned
one day becoming a wimp Vampiric Gothic Shit fake band. Fuck the commercial
poison business!!! We play for the true feeling and the true Metal feeling
is our way of life, it would be impossible, as I've explained to you before
in the interview, to play a kind of music opposed to our life style, and
the commercial bands of "wanna be" Metal, is our worst ennemy. It
is not because we would like to sign on a very good and honest records
company who respect their engagements completely than we want to
commercialize our music, it is just for having the opportunity to make a
lot of tours and concerts/festivals and play in front of ALL our fans
around the world and spread the message of hate around the world, rather
than stay close in our rehearsal room 365 days a year. It's totaly
impossible for us to be commercial because it's not in our minds to make
weak lyrics and weak music, if somthing change in this way...sure I leave
Enthroned. And with my side-project it is exactly the same, it will be
underground Speed Metal and not something trendy like the biggest part of
the bands nowadays.