INTERVIEW: Mika Luttinen

From Wed Jan 4 13:56:51 1995
Here's the interview from Aardschok-mag, I hope my translations are ok.


Black Metal, for some reason or another it's a Scandinavian issue. It's mainly the Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian bands that continue the tradition that was started by Bathory, Possessed, Celtic Frost and Hellhammer.

From that new generation of bands Impaled Nazarene from Finland are well on their way. They released three CD's so far through the French Osmose label, "Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz" ('92), "Ugra-Karma" ('93) and this year "Suomi Finland Perkele". Friend and foe were recently surprised with the Diabolos Rising project of Impaled Nazarene-singer Mika Luttinen and Magus Wampyr Daoloth, keyboardplayer for Necromantia from Greece. Familiar Black Metal is coolly mixed with electronic rhythms on this CD "666". The reactions were extremely divided: the climax of horror according to some, a exciting experiment according to others. Mika Luttinen speaks about Diabolos Rising and Impaled Nazarene.


'I've been in Greece for while this year. I met Magus and it turned out that we liked the same extreme music. We decided to combine our strengths and see what we would end up with. I phoned from Greece to Osmose, to see if they would be interested in such a project. They asked "What type of music is it?". I answered "I have no idea, we still have to write and record everything". (chuckles) I think, it was quiet for a couple of minutes on the other end of the line. After a sigh they said "Ok, how much money do you need?". We could get to work!'

How did the music develope and how would you describe the result?
'Magus wrote all the lyrics, that was all we had when we went into the studio. The music was improvised on the spot. All instruments were played and programmed by Magus. I did all vocals. We call our music "Heretical Industrial Black Metal". Magus told me we had combined the brutal side of Impaled Nazarene and the mystical side of Necromantia.'

Was your goal the musical freedom when you did this project?
'Absolutely! My brother [Kimmo Luttinen] writes all the music for Impaled Nazarene and he is an enormous tiran in that aspect. Now I had the chance to do what I wanted.'

Without the pressure or expectations of Impaled Nazarene fans?

Aren't you afraid for furious reactions from your old fans?
'No, 'cause I make music for myself in the first place. What the public thinks of it is secondary. The reactions are very diverse. You love it or hate it.'


'I don't consider Impaled Nazarene to be a black metal band and I don't even listen to bands in that genre. I particularly like good old thrash metal the way Sodom and Angent Steel played it. Those are my roots! That's why I'm totally blown away by the new Slayer CD. That's the kind of music I grew up with.
Especially with our latest CD we tried to break free from the black metal movement. The whole way of making music is different... for instance there's much more melody on the album. We used to be in that style, but when in 1992 all that shit started in Norway, I think you know what I mean, I had enough of it. We didn't want to have anything to do with it anymore.'

Nevertheless, your lyrics contain quite a lot of references to occult matters.
'I write those lyrics mainly for myself. It's certainly not my intention to spread a message. Recently I had a nightmare, through writing lyrics I managed to get it off my chest. I also use events from the history of Finland. On this third album the lyrics have been printed for the first time. That's why I felt kind of obligated to come up with a bit more serious subjects.'

How did you write the lyrics before?
'That happened in the rehearsal room. I emptied a bottle of vodka and shouted a bit, hahaha! This time I worked a bit more seriously.'

How will the band develop from now on?
'Our debut album was actually a collection of old material.
The second CD continued on that theme. "Suomi Finland Perkele" is a lot more melodic. We will continue this way on our future albums. When my brother Kimmo was working on the new album, he constantly played Mercyful Fate, Bjoerk and Danzig albums. That gives an idea what went on in his head. Who knows, maybe we'll use some old rock-n-roll in our music.'

'Yes, I've always been a big fan of Matchbox and I still am. I will certainly used that someday.'

Do you consider yourself to be a follower of the occult?
'No, definitely not. I know there are some themes in our repertoire, but those are my thoughts that I'm toying with. I'm not the type of person that will burn down churches. It's rather a way to blow off steam through the lyrics. I need this music to get rid of my frustrations.'

What is frustrating you?
'The whole world. There are too many dickheads on this planet. There are no specific situations, I'm almost always pissed off.'

Why does Scandinavia in particular have so many of these extreme bands? 'Hard to tell. The countries have high suicide rates among youths. Maybe it has to do with that. There's a lot of depression among youths, that's for sure. Especially in the north of Finland, where many of these bands come from. Why? Maybe because it often is so terribly cold up there and a large part of the year so dark... Then you have a choice: either you start a band or cut your wrists.'

[interview by Robert Haagsma]