Why do you feel it is important for Satyricon to
come to America to tour?
Well, Iím arrogant enough to say that this Black Metal album we have done now
is so very good it not only deserves to be recognized as a good Black Metal
album, it deserves to be recognized as a milestone. Those things donít happen
on their own. You have to promote the album and make sure people know about
it. America is such a huge country, so it is even more important to do the
touring part there. Obviously, it is a growing market with a growing interest
in this kind of music. We want to be a part of it as it is starting. On the
other hand, Iím a bit skeptical. I know the whole story about the standard of
the clubs in America. From what I understand, they are a bit disgraceful, and
that is unfortunate. However, we will see. I hope we can support a band that
is very established in America. That way we could perform under slightly
If you had to make a choice, what band would that be?
We were in the discussions for Mercyful Fate, the tour they are doing right
now. We could not do it unfortunately. Of course when you tour with a bigger
band you risk the fact that they are going to fuck up the sound-check, and
they are going to make sure you suck in order for them to shine. Oh the other
hand, you get better traveling conditions, and get to play in better clubs
with better sound systems. If you travel with a band that is confident of
their own qualities and strengths, they donít try to fuck up the support
Is the "Mother North" video available in North American format?
I donít think so. We
are not planning to release it that way either. We are going to start working
on a new video in a few weeks. I am hoping we can release that one on both
European and North American formats. It is going to be a longer video. Looks
like itís going to be more of a Satyricon documentary kind of thing. With
some music videos, some new stuff, and behind the scenes kind of stuff.
What has inspired you in the last couple of years that has caused you to
create this album, "Rebel Extravaganza", which you feel so strongly
Inspiration is not really a subject, it is just what I really wanted to do in
the end. I wanted to do the kind of things Iíve done because I felt strongly
for them. I do not think anything inspired me, itís just the way it became.
What I felt strongly for was breaking down the barriers and moving the whole
thing into new extremities. That has always been the policy of Satyricon, to
be one step ahead of the pack. To bring into it new dimensions. To go where
other bands have not been before. That is what we have done with "Rebel
Extravaganza". I understand you have not seen the booklet, because you
have a promo. That is very unfortunate, because you would understand it very
well, what I am talking about. You would get to see the total package. The
booklet is not your ordinary CD booklet. Itís more like a small piece of art.
I hope that you can see it when it is out.
Well, just from the new photos Iíve seen, it seems your image have moved away
from a standard corpse-painted Black Metal one to a cosmic otherworldly type
one. Therefore, I was trying to get into your head as to what has influenced
you to move into this direction.
What we tried to do is be a little bit more aggressive and grim. More extreme
and in your face than anything done before. We wanted to do it in a Satyricon
fashion, which means different from what you usually see with other bands. I
spoke to this other American guy, and he said that he enjoyed the stuff a
lot, and he interpreted it in the way that I was talking about. He said that
people would probably say ďOh, this is weird, I donít understand itĒ. That is
exactly what I thought myself, but it is turning out to be the opposite.
Weíve done many interviews, and it seems that everybody is totally stoked by
the whole thing, the music, the photography, and the booklet art. They
understand this is the new thing. You need to renew yourself, and make it
more extreme. That is what Black Metal is about. It is about extremity. If
you take the extremity out of Black Metal, then it is just something ordinary
I donít see it as weird. I see it as you taking steps to really find
yourselves, and move away from the ordinary, to the extraordinary. I also see
it as a growth or maturation.
I would have to say maturation into something that is more extreme.
Unfortunately, there is something that happens to bands that move on. They
just become more normal. That is so boring. If you take the edge out of Black
Metal, is just becomes regular Metal. Then it is not interesting for me. We
tried instead of going normal, to do something more extreme then we have ever
done before. In a way, that nobody else has done before. That was kind of the
intention to have it come out like that. Very extreme, but very different.
Individual, with character.
As for the lyrics on "Rebel Extravaganza", is there anything that
people should take an extra look at? Anything that is profound, or has a special
meaning for you, that you would like to share?
The most important thing is that people read them. Most of the lyrics raise a
lot of questions. The main point there is, is to not give the answers, but to
raise the questions. Then to challenge people to come up with the answers
themselves. The lyrics are done in a way that they are supposed to cause
movement in people. I think that is one of the most interesting things about
written words, whether it is poetry, books or whatever. That it be informative,
but also raise questions, to make you start thinking. One time a guy came up
with an interpretation to the song ďA Moment of ClarityĒ which is on the EP.
His interpretations were completely wrong, and he asked me, ďwhy do you say
that?Ē I said, ďthatís not what Iím saying.Ē He asked me, ďWell, what are you
saying?Ē So then, I explained it to him. In a case like that, where someone
is so wrong, I will explain it to him or her, if they ask me. However,
usually I like people to think for themselves.