Here follows a short summary of 6 BEASTCRAFT interviews from ‘05-06, mainly answered by Sorath. Some answers have been merged, as the repeatable questions is a returning evil in far too many fanzines.
pure, primitive, harsh Norsk Black Metal as it really meant to be. Introduce
It was formed in the dawn of 2003. The core of Beastcraft consists of Sorath and Alastor, and the black circle around this fundament is what we like to call the Legion. The Legion is dark souls from the underground, which either contributes with material or are participating in the actual recording process.
Why is this mysteriousness concerning its members, so important for Beastcraft?
We wanted to Beastcraft to raise independent from our contacts and other bands. None of these are credited, as Beastcraft shall create their own throne in the underground, and not end up as “the band with members from this and that…”! This secrecy is not that important now, as we have offers for at least 6 albums, but the core will still be the same.
How would you describe Beastcraft music?
Beastcraft is the true essence of black metal, both when it comes to sound, music, lyrics and appearance. The sound is important, and we deliberately make the production dirty and grim.
Your attitude towards Black Metal is pretty radical, you say Beastcraft is not created to bring anything new to it, can you elaborate on philosophy behind that and also, does that mean you give up on originality and creativity?
I hate “original” Black Metal bands and their “creative musicians”! If we don’t set limits and rules to our sound, it will water out the blackness, twisting it into another genre. I’ve always hated crossovers. We use elements from the first and second wave, but we have nothing to do with the third. There are more than enough to explore within the borders of so-called primitive Black Metal. Fuck the pioneers of the third wave, their progressive new-thinking bullshit destroyed the scene. Fortunately, the primitive ways have risen once again. Despite this, far too many of today’s bands are only a gathering of musicians, without any real ideology, and they are only into it for the music. This is a global phenomenon, both in the underground and above. If a band is anti-Christian, pagan, warmongers, melancholic or misanthropic, that’s fine by me, but it’s not black metal. In my eyes true black metal is total underground and Satanic, nothing else is accepted!
So, the debut CD "Into the burning Pit of Hell" was unleashed by the U.S. raw Black Metal label Desastrious. How did you enter in contact with the boss Demonlord? Where you already co-operating with him?
Desastrious were one of the 10 labels that received our first demo, “Pentagram Sacrifice”, and they were the first to offer a deal. We’d never heard about him or his label before, but we soon learned about his true dedication to the scene.
The sound of your debut reminds the old glorious days of Norwegian Black metal. Easily someone could say that this album could’ve been recorded back to the early days. Please tell a few things about it and where the recordings took place?
It was recorded and mixed in the Necrochamber of LeviaSathanas Studios in Norway, during April/May of 2005, for then to be released on the 6th hour of the 6th day of the 6th month. It consists of tracks mainly written in 2004. On this production, we were accompanied by 5 other souls as well. Although the base is Alastor and myself, the Legion are many…
I’ve listened to your debut album several times, and one of the aspects which jumped to my ears was the bunch of so many songs in nearly 35 min. of total playing time. How do you usually start to compose new stuff with this horde? Who are the main writer & composer of the Beastcraft’s tracks?
We have certain laws and guidelines to go by. We don’t like long songs, and try to keep away from “filler-riffs”. A 3 minutes-track, need no more than 3 riffs. All of the lyrics and mostly all sound are written separately, and needless to say, we use the best combination once we’ve tried several out together. The main writer is Sorath, the main composer is Alastor.
With Beastcraft, we’re turning to the Darkthrone’s old albums vein, for style & attitude. Which are your greatest influences? Do you feel these affinities when comparing "Into the burning pit of Hell" with opuses such as "Under a Funeral Moon", "Panzerfaust" and "Transylvanian Hunger"? Would you label your own sound as "Orthodox Necro-Black Metal"? I think the attitude is Necro, too…
Beastcraft are necro black metal, both is style, sound and approach. We are influenced by the first and second wave of black metal, as that’s been with us since the very beginning, and it’s what true black metal is all about. The early Darkthrone releases have a distinctive necro-sound, like Beastcraft, but we don’t believe the actual songs reminds much of the before mentioned albums, though…
Beastcraft is labelled as "True Norwegian Black Metal". Would you share with us about the lyrics enclosed on "Into the Burning Pit of Hell"? Which are the greatest texts’ subjects?
The lyrics are written in a primitive way, but with a very serious fundament. Short and straight to the point. The lyrics in general, are based upon ancient rites and black masses, misanthropy and devil worship.
What are your views and ideas on Satanism and how important are the attitude of the band?
Satanism is so much more than C.O.S., which preach humanism! Satan is a god, not only a force within yourself. Man is no god, just numbers in the hordes of wolves and sheep. Our views consist of only black and white, and it’s easy to choose side. We believe in another outcome of “Armageddon”…. The bible is filled with lies, created to mislead the fools into oblivion, just twisting the ancient texts and prophecies into lies to suit their own religion and “god”.
We write the lyrics the old traditional way, but the fundament, which I talked about earlier, is very important! I study the dark arts, the ancient rites, ceremonies and black masses, and base many of our lyrics upon my readings. I believe in manifestations of demons and spirits through sacrifices and rituals, although not as entities in the physical forms, “the comic-book occultism”. It appears in the human mind, like self inflicted possession. It can strengthen your own spirit and destroy others.
The physical approach of the band and the album sleeves are of course also very important. It reflects the views, sound and the infernal souls of the band itself.
Give me your views upon these topics:
Semitism: Those people declare themselves as “God’s own people”, and claim that they have received their land directly from him… Like ordinary Christians, they must be fought! I know this is a “hot” topic around the scene, and that many are labelled Nazis because they are against them, but that’s just pure, fucking bullshit!
Humanity: Bound to fall by its own hands; its own stupidity.
Death: I praise death! Suicides…accidents…murder…everything plays important parts in our existence. I have no plans of leaving this pestering earth for many years, but I do not fear the day!
Tyranny: The only good thing about Christian sects, is the tyranny of it’s leaders upon their own herd!
How is the current situation in the black metal scene of Norway? I think only few bands still remains dedicated to the roots. What's your thoughts about the bands that have changed so much from the early days?
Media and money have changed the scene. There’s very few of the old bands that are still around, which have stayed true to the essence of black metal. Too many seeks fame, and automatically becomes sell-outs. This goes for the younger generation, as well. The downfall started in mid-nineties, but a decade later, the underground is growing stronger again, also in Norway. There are still dedicated souls around; unfortunately, too few are aware of the fact that black metal is much more than music…
Ok, but who is the one that we need to blame for the destroying your native scene? What do you think? Back then, in the very beginning, the Scandinavian scene was a closed and very unique story, but then it became very popular, labels all around the world signed bands separately from their music, it was just important that the band was from Norway and you immediately got the deal etc. etc…
There are 3 important factors that led to the downfall. The murder of Euronymous led to extreme media exposure which again led to a new generation of “black metallers”. The murder left a scene in chaos. The two main ideologists were gone. One in prison. One dead. No one trusted anyone, traitors backstabbed each other in court, the scene went in all directions. The media exposure brought a lot of kids into the scene, replacing the originators which either where in prison for murder or church fires or had left the underground permanently. They had no clue of what it was all about, they knew nothing about the ideology, spirit and soul of true black metal, and they created the third wave of bleak metal. There wasn’t any leaders left which could lead the scene, the black circle was gone.
Yes, it was unique, but there are still elite black metal bands of the Norwegian black metal underground! Anyway, if labels signed…or still signs…bands just because they’re Norwegian, then I guess it’s not the Norwegian scene which has a problem…
Was that spirit that we speak about, so weak that bands, individuals…forgot everything once they got signed deals, offers and spreading their names outside of your country? In my opinion 95% of them just waited for success and that’s all; I mean, look at what happened. Dimmu Borgir aren’t the only example, at least they stayed extreme and provocative if nothing. Right?
No, it’s not as simple as that, maybe for the third wave, but not the second. Something happened in ‘94/’95, the scene before that were too extreme! I don’t know how aware you are about the fact that a lot of bands were threatened and forced to leave the scene in the early nineties. I won’t go into details, but there were a lot of plans…way beyond just threats…against trendbands and individuals. Unfortunately they went into oblivion due to the premature death of the scene.
Marilyn Manson is “extreme and provocative” as well, so what? I fucking hate it!
Speaking about these old days etc. Why didn’t you start with Beastcraft back then when everything was much closer to your path? I know that you were involved into the scene back then, too. Can you please make deeper comparison of these early days and today’s Norwegian scene.
I didn’t play with Alastor then, I didn’t even know him, ergo no Beastcraft. I’ve been playing in bands and releasing stuff in the Norwegian underground since ’90, Beastcraft is my latest, 16 years after it all begun… Back then it was dark, dangerous and too extreme and unapproachable for common people. Nowadays, everyone knows about the scene; it’s even festivals for fucks sake!
What’s your opinion about the actual Norwegian B.M. Panorama? Which are really the Hordes we should watch out for? Quote some other names…
True Norwegian black metal is still strictly underground, and that’s the only scene we can relate to. The commercial bands are a non topic for us, as we do not consider them black metal despite what they or the media label them as. The scene is very much alive, and new dedicated souls are following the dark path we began in the early nineties. The Norwegian scene is rising again, delivering true, elite underground black metal through the darkness of bands like Tsjuder, Urgehal and Koldbrann.
Black metal is everywhere now and we witness various scenes all around the world. What is your opinion of this worldwide BM scene? Do you have any favourites?
I find the global scene very interesting at the moment, although I still prefer the Scandinavian one, there are extreme acts from both the US and elsewhere in Europe. Favourites from the present scene… Apart from the Norwegians I mentioned before, I’m really into our neighbours’ scenes. Horned Almighty, Craft, Watain, Pest and Kill are some of the bands I prefer to listen to at the moment.
Black Metal obviously should never be only about tunes, music. So, if it is a lifestyle, in what point is that particular lifestyle most obvious, most different from other lifestyles? Or, how does a day of dedicated Black Metal person should look like?
Black Metallers are individuals, therefore it’s really up to each soul to walk their path. If one decides to use ones nights cutting their skin while staring into black candles, that’s fine by me, but the bottom line is that we are not normal, ordinary human beings compared to the sheep. We are not afraid to attack our enemies with fire or weapons, we have no remorse!