What you're about to read is an interview that Nyar, the editor of C.O.T.I.M. zine did with Dead (R.I.P.), back then the vocalist for Mayhem. This interview was conducted in 1990 and printed in the fifth (and final) issue of Battery, a zine that Nyar used to write before starting C.O.T.I.M. zine. As Nyar thinks that Dead's answers were and still are intersting, he decided to reprint it. Let's go...
Not really...well, we've recorded a few rehearsalsings (wich we never released). What we've done is doing new material all the time and dropping them for better songs. We have very diffirent ideas of how we shall sound like and it's hard for us to make songs that we are satisfied with. These shall not sound like anything else and not be bounded to the moment of now. What I mean with that is that we first have to forget of how all the other bands sound like and not to bounded to any time to avoid trends and to find orginality. Yeah, it's now a really long time since "Deathcrush" was released and we've got many requests of a new vinyl but it's hard to make new material that doesn't become ordinary or usual after a year. However, in the latest time we have released two songs for a compilation LP that will be released by Chicken Brain Records in this summer. The songs are The Freezing Moon and Carnage. The Freezing Moon is a new one while Carnage is from the first demo Pure Fucking Armageddon that we did the mistake to limit only to 100 copies and it's not avaible now. But we thought the song Carnage was worth to be picked up again. We haven't signed anything (of course) for CBR and we'll not get anything of the profits for the selling records later. I don't think we'll let any other label give out something with us in the future cause there's no reason to do that and we'll never sign any contract neither sell our band to fat multi- labels that don't give a fuck about the music. Fat deals ain't no investement as some believe, only a bad try to get rid of the job behind everything that's neccery to do but not impossible to do by one self. We got idea of that we have to use the so Darkened Black name De Mysteriis Dom. Sathanas for something a long time ago. That title comes from a story of a book with that name, wich is Latin for "Lord Satan's secret files" and it's thought to exist in only one copy and I won't give up searching for it...we had a finished lyric for that song and the music to it was almost complete also. By then we had to drop all the new songs we were onto making cause of a festival in Poland that was supposed to be then...if fucked up and we later should pick up those songs, more or less finished, we'd forgot about them but we have to use that song "De Mysteriis..." by all means...it'll be the most complicated thing we ever have been involved in. That is also what the LP, that we hope will come out soon, will be entitled.
There's always some fuckheads that do not understand what it's all about and cannot stand others that are there for the music and the problem is at almost every concert not depending of what band is playing I think. If someone's diving or something there's often some asshole who cannot see what that is and then wanna start up a fight of that reason. Idiots that go to concerts only to throw bottles and destroy
for both the band the crowd shouldn't be there. We haven't had many liveshows and that one we could have those "effects" there were many into Speedmetla and glam-fag-rock and they left as soon as the pigheads begun to fly around in there...but something I do hate indeed is mosh! I can't accept it exist children that think of themselves as funny and noisy recording demos after demos after a couple of weeks after on more trendy band has formed. A kid of 11 years or so has listened to CARCASS and the day after he finds out he shall form a band along with pals from school. It's like that these bands got created and they never care or know of, they only fuck with the scene by their hundreds of demos that are teeming everywhere and it sounds all the same! I REFUSE to listen to that! And especially never laugh to their fun- pix, fun-lyrics or fun-noise they make...to all those things that are supposed to be childish and non- seriously funny, it's only themselves that manage to laugh but no one else does! I think it was necesary to tell of that, too.
pigheads, as well as other heads, is what we try to have at all gigs. But also others are kind of planned at the futureshos. It needs sick ideas and also money as well as it gotta suit to the place we're playing at...for example if we use impaled pigheads in an Islamic country we'll surely get killed then.Another thing is that what's the most dusgusting thing to do right here to fuck with the wimps might not be the same effectful somewhere else and if we ever come to for example India, the most evil thing that we can do there that I have in mind will be to sacrifice a "holy cow" on stage. I wanna have stage equipment at our shows of Transsynvanian landscape, instruments of torture that are from the 1th century real trees from a dead forest, spotlights that are used to "paint" dark colos of dusk and later moonshine...diffirent animalheads and human craniums hanging in meat hooks by chains from the dead trees and the heads have huge screws in their eyes...that's what I think would make the perfect mood. But if we can build such things by ourselves pay for the giant expenses it surely will be include and make it portable also, I can't imagine if we will ever be able to make. But to tell of what else we as the show or effects is when I cut myslef up. Something I study is how people react when my blood is steaming everywhere but that's not why I do it. I like to cut, in others preferably, but ti's mostly in myself. That I can't do too often wich makes me a bit mourning...the nearest thing is three gigs in Sweden wich will probably be in the end of May and I think of if I can take a highly tuned kitchen saw machine that's cutting and sawing faster that it's possible to control it...that would be a nice thing to have there I think. Another band here, that's the one of the guy that'll set this whole thing up by the way, will try to get a goat that they shall sacrifice on stage by a fireman's axe but I just can't remember the band name. Another Blackmetal band that'll play there is Grotesque (from gothenburg) + some other death metals. If it shall be "gore" that it gotta be REAL effects and only snuff is real!
Maybe now we have learnded mreo of our instruments since the start...of the present time the only we have to compare with of a new recording are the two tracks that'll be on the Swedish compilation LP, I have no idea of what responses it'll be from it. But yes, we have changed a bit, but nor more that what can be exspected after almost three years since last recording and two new members. And it is a difference between the first P.F.A. deo (Pure Fucking Armageddon - ed) and Deathcrush. I can't tell much more that my own thoughts of how a band shall sound. That is to keep the sound and spirit that once existed in the time of what now is "old fashioned Blackmetal" of VENOM and the earliest bands that came by then like SODOM, POISON (German of course)!, BATHORY, DEATH and so on before they either vanished or wimped out to get big bucks and groupies. What has happened after that is hard to ignore when one got reminded by tolly unserious and senseless deos of noise with either vegetarian or anti-everything lyrics or no lyrics at all - can they never realize they're all fuckheads and should never form those fun-bands thateach such dude is in 30-50 crap bands with thousands of half-second songs? But they can eat their fucking (polluted) salad believing that they do the scene a bg favour while I stick with what I worship and that so many other seem to be indeed scared of - Once there was something illful that ordinary wimps feared and never understtod. Something none had heard anything like of ever before. There were less numbered bands and the scene was new and not big but there was a friednship, so limited but strong. In leather and spikes.
Each place seems to me having an own scene. And mostly it can be noticed if a band is American by their sound. I've never been there, only heard lots of strange comments by friends whi visited it. I I better keep these comments untold...Do you believe me when I say that I don't listen to anything else that Death/black? To me that's what exists and nothing else. I listen to what I find to be evil or black for the evil's sake. That's why I begun listen to it. Satanic sound of pure evil illful brutally that I ouldn't get out of grey matter! I still like it that way and that's why I continue having about the same ideas of it. In lyrichs I try to express various evil thoughts and the same in for example drawings. That's one reason why I think effects on stage show is of much importance.
Why is Quorthon talked of so often? (I don't mean by you but from so many...). I don't think he invented Occultism or the deathway of singing. I an listen to the early stuff by BATHORY only. Like the first LP and the compilation LP's, but later he lost all the abillity to crush and kill. I on't think so many outside of Scandinavia have met him but I can tell you it's not worth the try. Some dudes I know mre or less know that guy, but I've met him only once. He is one of the worst motherfucking wimps I've had the misfortune to meet! Do you by the way know it's his DAD who's "the boss" and he runs his record label and Quorthon goes nowhere without his daddy..."Quorthon" has changed his name rea name now to Ace and he doesn't have the slightest of any Occultism and especially not of the arts his lyrical stuffs ceontent! I just don't understand WHO makes the lyrics...could it be the Boss? The only interest Quorthon has is to fucking around on's rockclubs and the so-called Vvornth, the drummer, he picked up from a GLAMROCK band!!! How strange how everything he says in interviews is changing completely all the time...in the earliest days of BATHORY he explains how important it is with the darkness in songs and he's writing of the satanic influences he has cos that's his greatest possession. He also explained of a gig that fucked up in the earliest line-up of BATHORY before he became a one-man band for two Lps - the reason why that gig wasn't possible to set up was cos of the extreme stage-show they were suppossed to have then. Things for example sacrifice a lamb...that's NOT how he talking now at all. He became for a while so totally against satanism, black magic and so on to change AGAIN to "nothing is wrong with satanism, black art, the evil etc. but what I hate is the satanists"...more amazing than ever I think! He's a fuckhead and he's too much of a superstar and he can't talk to normal people cos he's far too fucking famous for that! Haven't seen any likely case of wimpism before! WOE! And he dind't like the the sacrificed quineapighead impaled on an upside-down cross with nailed eyes that I thought smelled so nice...
"What I prefer in movies is when they're underground produced (like Evil Dead I and Bad Taste...) or the classical HORROR sort - not "gore" but ESPECIALY snuff, thought I haven't seen many snuff movies. It's hard to know what is snuff in those movies cos usually not the whole movie is snuff...have you seen Cannibal Ferox (it's got about 20 other titles and it was banned in 32 countries!), it's got 20 minutes of snuff in it. One of the most STUPID things I've seen on TV, it was a movie review on a Swedish TV (a long time ago), and they talked about how horrible and awful some movies can be to see and later they show the movies they suggested everybody not to see, like for example Canniba Ferox... It's hard to imagine such brainless dudes having something like that, but anyway the movie clips they shown there were great, hehe. I like to research in how one reacts when watching rea deaths, or preferably real corpses (not on video but for real). A friend of mine who works in a morgue has told me that those who use to work with preparing autopsies, after a long day's or night's work have to "return to reality" before they just can wolk out from there to go home or anywhere...the smell of rotting bodies uses the affect really different on people really. I've heard that of when there are new nurses to a hospital they got checked out in if they can stand the smell and the sight of dead humans by calling them down to the morgue floor (but not yet in there) where it's always that smell, even iif it's not so strong, just can be noticed. And those who get pale and look like they'll vomit at any minute are told to leave that, the others may be "qualified" for working in there"
"There was one thing about cencorship that I liked, I was at a friends place, when he actually should be in school (that dude was by the way the bassist in early MORBID and this was mroe than 4 years ago), when some teacher from school rang him and told him they needed pupils to watch some gory cenceored clips cos there was only one guy from that school and we joined that thing, we were 3 guys and 10 girls...what was great was the really gory clips with the most perverted and sadistic things. Sadistic murders, sadistic porno, kinky shit and lesbian stuff, the chicks in there really looked funny..."