I understand you are basically finished recording your new album tentatively titled “The Cult is Alive” which seems pretty straightforward for an album title from you guys. Can you tell us a little about it and how it compares to the rest of your albums? Also what are some of the song titles?
Yeah, you’re right, we’re almost finished. 2 songs left to record. The title will of the album will tell you lots more once you’ve heard the album. The album was supposed to have 11 tracks, but that is now reduced to 10. The 11th song will appear exclusively for our single alongside a coversong (won’t tell you the name of the band yet). Those two tracks are only for the single, but it will also contain one song from the album, only slightly different. Fenriz also does some vocals for the album and single, and, guitar solos are also the new agenda. Things are for sure happening. Oh, did I mention a music video? We’ll make a LOW BUDGET video, no fancy glitter and glamour here. We must make sure the necro and cold music parade through an otherwise fancy and plastic scene. All this single and video stuff is only meant for this time only. We must set our mark. Some titles for the album: “Too Old Too Cold”, “Graveyard Slut” and….hmmm “The Cult of Goliath”.It seems that with each new album you guys are releasing the expectations are increasing. I think this has several reasons which include the increased focus and artistic strength of your recent albums setting the bar higher and higher. What do you think about this observation?
Well, we actually feel some of that as well. I remember after the recording of “Sardonic Wrath”, we thought “how the hell are we going to top this one?”, and we usually don’t think like that, but fuck yeah, we topped it big time (only our opinion). So now the big question is raised, “will we top this one?” My answer is a resounding yes, ‘cause we have lots more to offer, and we will be even better.You recently made a trip to Japan for the Norwegian Black metal exhibition by photographer Peter Beste. How did this go? What was your impression of Japan and Peter Beste? His popularity seems to have grown quite a bit.
That was a hell of a cool trip. I’m just fascinated by Japan, the people, the mad modern culture combined with ancient culture and behaviour. Peter is a very good photographer, and I have known him for quite a while now. Guess I’ll meet up with him later, maybe in Poland.Also to go along with the Norwegian Black metal exhibition you also released the Under Beskyt’telse av Morke Boxed set limited to 666 copies(which is one of the best boxed sets I have ever seen). How did this come about? I know Makoto said he designed it. Can you tell us a little more about what it contains and the rehearsal session that is featured in it?
Well, it’s 3 rehearsal songs from Under A Funeral Moon, some postcards and a little figure with Darkthrone logo on it. Mad stuff, but I really have not seen much of it. I don’t even own a boxset myself. Makoto was bragging about sending me two sets when I got home….yeah right. I heard from Satoshi, but when I was to return my answer, the address did not work. Great guys, Satoshi looked completely mad with scooter and crash-helmet.How is Tyrant Syndicate going? What will be your next release/signing? Also do you have any words regarding Agressor’s(Aura Noir) injury? I was thinking you guys should try and steal Audiopain away from Vendlus records. They seem like a perfect fit.
The syndicate is going fine indeed. We have just signed OLD from Germany, and you’ll definitely gonna be in awe after they release their debut early next year. They know what they want, they don’t mess around trying to be great, but they are a fantastic band which we are really looking forward to release. Abscess is also in talks with us, and it’s no denying we’re huge fans. And that band has a great story, ever since Reifert drummed his way through “Scream Bloody Gore”, the first Death album. We’re not able to sign much more for now, lots of work to be done, and since Aura Noir also is up to something these days, it’ll be enough for now. Aggressor is doing really fine, and we are all very optimistic for him. He’s a fighter. I’ve visit as often as I can, and he seems to recover each time I “pop” by.
The full interview is at NocturnalCult.com