Well, I think everybody of you knows Enthroned and their way to play BM. Since the beginning of their career, they have make some really good albums, and, with high and less moments, they are now arrived at the 5th full length album, "Carnage in Worlds Beyond", that I consider the best one since the times of their masterpiece (in my opinion...) "Toward the Skullthrone of Satan". Here's the interview with Nornagest, the long times mate of Sabathan, and guitarist of the band. Many interesting word are spoken about the new album, future projects, the change of label, and some things about past members...
Hails Nornagest! How's going on with Enthroned?
Everything 's fine, thanx!
"Carnage in Worlds Beyond" is out.
This is the 5th album of Enthroned (I mean full length album
and the first one after the deal with Napalm rec.; now, could you tell
us something about this new release and the reasons that made you leave
Blackend rec. after many years?
This new release is really killer: it has a very good production, fast and aggressive sound with cool thrash influences and marks, in my opinion, a step back in the direction of "The Apocalypse Manifesto", leaving some of the "chaotic" solutions of the previous "Armoured Bestial Hell", in favour of a more "atmospheric" mood. Do you agree?
Sorry but you are the first who say that we have an atmospheric sound!!!
Reading the lyrics and the titles of the songs, it doesn't seem that your text-writing has changed so much, anyway, I ask you if you can give us an idea of what this album is about and if it's a sort of "concept " album, being the songs bounded one with the other by an infernal thread
No, "Carnage "is not a concept album, our lyrics have and will always deal with Satanism near or far /occultism. On the new album the songs are different lyrically wise but still remaining into a pure Satanic concept!
Why did you decided to include so many songs
inside the Cd? You know, in the one I handle now, there are 10 songs
plus three bonus tracks. And why did you decided to cover an Impaled
Nazarene song and to re-record "Genocide"?
a difficult one
well, I'm not going to be original but
each albums got it's own identity, it represents a certain period of
our existence good or bad.
Any Enthroned fans can simply understand, listening progressively to you discography, how it's changed the way to make music of the band since the first album, 'till the last one. Having the occasion to talk with you, I can't avoid asking the reasons that made the Enthroned sound change from the obscure atmospheres of the first albums, to the nowadays raw and faster dimension of "Carnage in ". Can you answer my question?
think that for "Carnage
" we managed to have that dark
feeling from "Prophecies
" back but with the brutality
of our guitar skills (me & N.Daemon).
It seems that Enthroned have always line-up changes: this time the previous drummer, Namroth Blackthorn, has been substituted by Alsvid. Can you tell us the reasons that made Namroth leave the band, and how did you found the new drummer?
Namroth Blackthorn was fired because of his rock star attitudes; he poisoned the band for too many years, he was a great drummer live but that's all. When we were looking for a drummer, Alsvid contacted us to try out and he was perfect for the job, and afterwards we took him to a party to see if he would also fit our way of life, how he was personally and it seems that he was like us, so he entered the Blackened Horde.
Why do you think Enthroned have all this line up matters? It seems that you have to change someone of the band, each release you make.
Because it is hard to find good musicians who are into the same convictions/mentality as yours, who share the same ideology and who wants to go in the same directions. We thought it would be the case with the past members but we were too quickly satisfied and we took peoples who didn't deserve to play with us, not that we are big heads or something but in Enthroned ideas are as important as your technical skills. As we have that unity now we hope to stay like we are now, but things happens sometimes that you cannot control and peoples have to leave for acceptable reasons.
We are talking about the new drummer, but you know
that the history of Enthroned has been marked by the tragic death of
the first drummer of the original line-up, Cernunnos (R.I.P.): in this
year it's the 5th
he will always be in my mind and spirit, until the day we'll meet again.
Ok, back to the music, I know that before the album it was planned the realisation of an Ep ("Goatlust"), but it wasn't released do to some problems. What has been of this Ep, and, will it be released in the future?
BUT there are a lot of problems around it, like factories/artwork/lyrics
Enthroned albums have always been strongly bounded to Satanic and antichristian topics. How much do you consider important these topics in a Black Metal band, and how much of them is part of your personal view of life? I'd like to know something of your believes, if you want, tell us
me Satanism/ occultism are the bases of Black metal not that Forest/snow/Viking
Nornagest, now that we are reaching the end, I'd like to know your plannings to support the new album and when the hell you will come back to Italy, 'cause the only time I had the occasion to see you live was in '99 with Marduk, at the Babylonia in Biella !! And I arrived while your show was ending
Ah yes we are planning a tour for January 2003 but nothing is sure yet, we are waiting for more than three years to do a proper tour and I think it is plenty of time for us to take the road again with good conditions, and of course if we are touring, we'll come in Italy to unleashed the apocalypse upon you all!
Well, the last question: I met you and Sabathan in Wacken this year, even if just for a greeting, and I'd like to know your opinion about an eventual participation of Enthroned to this festival. I saw the Immortal performance and, beyond the show itself, I didn't consider that the right dimension for a BM live show stands in these big festivals What do you think?
think that Open air festivals are not really the right atmosphere for
a BM band too, BUT Wacken is different because it is a pure Metal festival
and you play for maniacs only. Some Open air festivals are on the other
hand really good for Black Metal bands like the "Under the Black
Sun", where bands starts to play when it starts to get dark. Enthroned
will normally play in Wacken next year, but nothing is sure; it will
be an honour to play there because, as I said, this is a festival for
for the interview and be therewhen we'll be crushing Italy next time!!!!
We are waiting for your coming. Hails Nornagest !!