From the north
abyss...IMMORTAL! They were one of the first bands that took part at the New
Wave of (Northern) B. M., wich is mainly caused by DARKTHRONE's second album
"A blaze in...". IMMORTAL's debut album "Diabolical fullmoon
mysticism" was also a very important album for the Black Metal scene,
althought for the it was clearly BATHORY like! But with their new recordings
wich are avaible under the title "Pure Holocaust", they finally
entered new dimensions of that music sector due to a new and even more devastating
I caugth IMMORTAL on their "Fuck Christ" Tour last winter and talked (mainly) with Demonaz (guitars). Sadly that only little time was avaible to do this ("in a hurry"-like) interview, but the tour bus had to drive to the next gig wich was some kilometers away from Cologne.
with Blasphemy, Goreguts and Immortal was announced for April '93, but you did
not join those bands....why?
Demonaz: The promoters were afraid to carry us!
Concerning this tour
here, what do you think was greatest gig until now?
Demonaz: In Berlin, we played in front of 260 people and Blasphemy were just standing tall and the busdriver too. It was great there!
What do you think is
the main difference between the Norwegian and the German audience?
Demonaz: In Norway there are many stupid people coming to the gigs. The German crowd is our most important one. In Berlin and Hamburg all the people were great.
What's your opinion about the
German Black Metal scene ans what bands are good?
Demonaz: There are some bands like Goatwinter or Lacerated Gods, because they are extreme.
Abbath: I know very little about the German scene. Great bands were Sodom, Destruction and Celtic Frost. What? Celtic Frost are from Switzerland? I thought part of them were Germans.
How was the response on "Pure Holocaust" until now? It is
avaible for about two weeks (at that time....)
Demonaz: The response was very good, first pressing sold 4000 copies in Germany!!!
What do you think is
the main difference between "Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism" and
Demonaz: The music is better, faster! There were some mistakes on the first album. Our new drummer is increadible (He fucken is!!! -ed.)! The lyrics are better and without any mistakes like there were on the first album, due to Osmose Productions.
Our next album will be called "Battles in the North" is even more faster... (well, I must say that it's beyond my imagination -ed.)
What about Count
Grishnackh? Do you know anything new?
Demonaz: In February Count Grishnackh has to face the court, the police, as they say, have proof that he killed Euronymous. I can't say anything to that, I wasn't there!
What jobs do you have
Abbath: No jobs!
Your new drummer
reminds me a bit at Tom Warrior on the backcover of the "Morbid
Tales" EP! (Just look at promo-pic)
Eric: (laughs) I never heard of that before!
One thing that is
missing on "Pure Holocaust" I think are some acoustic guitar parts...
Why didn't you use some again on your newest release?
Demonaz: I had some written, but I wait until the new album. The opener of "Battles in the North" will probably be a track called "Beneath the Eye of a trunk" (or so), wich will be acoustic and very fast played. We just went into the studio and recorded "Pure Holocaust" in a very aggressive way.
Abbath: We have to sattle our horses. See ya!
Well, this was all I could
ask them in that short time and I have to say that there was a kind of pressure
when we did this interview and I was not prepared with any questions because
Their live performance really killed, pure Black Metal mayhem. Catch them on tour when they return with Swedish Marduk in April.