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Urgehal – Aeons in Sodom

Urgehal - Aeons in Sodom

Urgehal [Norway]
Aeons in Sodom
Full Length
Season of Mist
Black Metal

After the unfortunate demise of Trondr Nefas, I thought that Endezzma‘s Erotik Nekrosis would be the last that I hear of his works. But Urgehal and Season of Mist this year surprised me with a brand new Urgehal record. Despite having lost much touch with the extreme metal genres, I decided to just have a listen to Aeons in Sodom without putting much thought into the background of the album.

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Interview with Desecrator from Krypt

With the breakup of Tsjuder spawned 2 new bands, Tyrann and Krypt. We got the privilege to talk to Desecrator, ex-Tsjuder and currently working with Nag together in Krypt to continue the spreading of their brand of blasphemy to the masses out there…

HMT: Infernal hails, Desecrator! Thank you for granting us this interview. It was posted last September that Krypt is currently composing the next album. How has the writing process been so far?

Hello! Not a problem at all.

The process has been very slow. A lot of minor incidents occurring from time to time that has slowed us down. But we are getting there. Title, cover and some songs are ready as of now.

Preludes to Death was released to much good response from the black metal crowd, was it expected on the part of the band?

Not exactly. The responce was very surprising I must say. We knew we made a good album, at least for our part. We make what we wanna hear ourselves. The unexpected part was that it pleased so many others.

I have to say that while the music is similar to what Tsjuder sounded like, there are quite a number of fresh elements in the music in Preludes to Death. What was the songwriting process like while recording Preludes to Death?

That we have elements that is similar to Tsjuder is not so strange. Keep in mind that both me and Nag was in that band.

The writing of Preludes.. went very smoothly. The riffs just came naturally. We had no pre-plans of how we wanted it to be or anything. We sat down and started playing on our guitars and a few weeks later we had 9 finished tracks. The lyrics and the recording took a while longer. But that was because of some illness, death and other occurrances.

Paal, who used to be in Tsjuder, was also credited for providing guitar solos in Krypt. What was it that made the band decide to have him guest on Preludes to Death, as well as live guitars? Will Krypt remain forever a 2-man band?

Well, I had been a drummer all my life, and Nag a bass player. We more or less started to play guitar when we formed Krypt. We were/are not good enough yet to play complicated solos, hehe…So we called Paal who is a good friend of ours, and also a great guitar player. For now, Krypt is only me and Nag. But because of Nag being very busy these days, me and Paal will take care of all guitars on the next album. So Paal will be on the album , but the composing is only me and Nag.

The lyrics in Preludes to Death reeks of evil and hatred, certainly befitting of the music of Krypt. Who is the Krypt’s principal lyricist, and where and how is inspiration drawn when writing the hateful and blasphemous lyrics?

Lyric-wise it is 50/50. We wrote some lyrics separately and a few we wrote together. The inspiration in principal comes from me and Nag`s views on life. Our opinions and thoughts on different matters. Urbanized religions , and especially people who practice them and how they are practised are huge sources to much of that hate and anger we unleash through our lyrics.

In the album booklet, the lyrics are printed in such a faded manner that it is hard to read unless one takes the effort to see what is printed. Was it an intended effect on the part of the band, and was there any particular reason for this?

That is my fault! I didn´t want the lyrics printed at the time. Nag wanted them printed. So it was a compromise between the two of us. We just couldn´t agree , so to not slow the release of album down any further , we did it like that.

On to other topics, Krypt was given the True Norwegian Black Metal label. What does it take for a Norwegian band to be considered TNBM? What are the requirements?

First of all , the band must be Norwegian (obviously). And second of all, the band must be of a certain quality and authenticity. I think so at least. You have to ask the people behind it to get the full explanation. I will not have that emblem on the next record. I am currently creating my own «stamp of origin and quality» to use on our albums.

Listening to Norwegian black metal bands such as Krypt, made me realise how different the music is compared to black metal bands from, say, Sweden or America. What is it about Norwegians that give them the ability to write such unique music in a scene that is getting more saturated by the day?

It is something in the air and water up here in the old country….I am not actually sure. I can´t quite explain it. But I feel it inside me. And I bet most other Norwegian «black metallers» have that same sensation , that same state of mind and «soul». And also , it is deeply rooted in Norwegian fairytales(trolls and so forth) which is a huge part of our upbringing, Norwegian folk-music , our nature. Norwegian traditions of old times. They affect us , and they affect our music.

It was stated in an old interview that you and Nag share similar views on certain topics, including anti-religious views, therefore forming the band when Tsjuder split. Nag also mentioned that you two have the same passion and beliefs in demons. What are your personal spiritual beliefs?

Beliefs in demons..well, that might have been misunderstood. You see , we are very individualistic persons. We don´t believe in any god or similar creatures. At least , we don´t bow down to any. There may be some other dimension, a life after death, whatever…we will find out when we die. Right now what we experience is our reality. We like to think of ourselves as both god & devil in our own world.

We control it (as far as it can be controlled). We are our own leaders. We are not followers.

What are your personal views on Satanism? With so many black metal bands nowadays spawning and just writing lyrics about Satanism, do you think it has affected the impact of the music of black metal bands such as Krypt?

They can write about what they want. I don´t care. And I don´t really care for satanism as it is defined by the masses. It is of no interest to me. The only reason we use words a Satan etc in our lyrics is purely metaphorical. According to the christians , Lucifer broke free from gods little fascistic reign , he opposed god. We kind did the same. Refused christianity, which is the main religion here , and which some tried to force upon us, or lure us into embracing. The term satanism for me (as I define it) means free will , individualism , constant developing , no given patterns and NO GOD. Total freedom. Defined like that , I am a satanist. But it has no religious meaning for me. Quite the opposite. Many confuse satanism with devil-worshipping. But I have to say , I´d take the side of a devil worshipper instead of a christian or similar.

How about politics? Do you think that politics should be dragged into black metal, and what do you think about NSBM bands?

Politics are systems. Politics are control. Not so different from religions. I think it has nothing to with black metal.

What are some of the non-metal stuff that are in constant rotation in your record player? Do you draw influences from these bands when playing with Krypt?

Old Lynyrd Skynyrd (f.ex.) is good, but no inspiration to Krypt in that way. Some old punk, Misfits , Dead Kennedys etc..I guess punk affects us in a way. That rebellious «fuck off»-attitude it had , the dirty sound , the energy. Jimi Hendrix and later Beatles-material also spins alot. The Doors. Some 70´s prog like King Crimson. Also crazy shit like Mr. Bungle. And from time to time old Norwegian classical music and folk music. There is more, I am sure , but I can´t think of it at the moment.

What about the Norwegian metal scene? When the Norwegian metal scene is brought up, often big names like Mayhem and Burzum are brought up. What is the underground scene like?

I hate the term «scene». It gives me associations to social clubs. I keep away from «the scene» on purpose. I always did. Of course , I know some black metal bands and people , and we are linked to it because of our music. But I try my best to keep out of it.

It seems that Krypt does not perform live very often. Are there any particular reasons behind this? If fans want to catch Krypt live, when will be the upcoming dates and venues?

I can´t give any dates or venues at this moment. I think it will be quite a while before we play live again. Nag has something on the side , I have a new thrash metal band on the way. Amongst other things. And the Krypt – line up is for some reason very difficult to synchronize. We are infested by chaos, hehe…

We have come to the end of the interview, the last words of desecration are yours!

Thanks for the interest! Much obliged! Watch out for more sonic tornadoes from Norway. They will come soon enough!! The Witch of the north is stirring her cauldron!

Nag, Desecrator

Thank you once again, Desecrator! We wish you and Krypt all the best in upcoming endeavours!

Thanks and cheers!

Krypt on the internet:
Official website

©2010 Heavy Metal Tribune | Hong Rui

What’s Spinning? (July 2010, Week 1)

Every week we will have our editors and some of our guest writers tell us about what they have been listening to and recommend it to our readers.

Band: Wongraven
Album: Fjelltronen
Genre: Folk/Ambient with Black Metal influences
Year: 1995

My proclivity towards one man bands has been once again proven by suggesting this which is spearheaded by the famous Satyricon’s helmsman – Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven. This album provided Satyr with an outlet to compose more folk-driven tracks in deep reminiscent of a Satyricon’s earlier studio efforts – Dark Medieval Times and The Shadowthrone. Offering unhealthy quantities of bleak cacophony consisting of synth, grand piano, haunting chanted vocals and timpani, one can conjure up images of misty mountains, unbearable isolation and the extreme stoicism amidst the unforgiving nature. Listen to this as you wade through another daily flood here in Singapore. – LingNemesis

Band: Esoteric
Album: Esoteric Emotions – The Death of Ignorance
Genre: Funeral Doom
Year: 1993

Esoteric is a breath of fresh air in the plodding genre known as Funeral Doom. A little heavy on the experimental side, they incorporate spoken dialogue snippets with faster pacing on some of the songs as well as some decent guitar solos, giving a nice mash-up that will keep the listener riveted even though some songs clock in at more than 8 minutes apiece. In a genre that is so, well, esoteric (pun fully intended), Esoteric will not drive away listeners, who are more accustomed to metal being plain fast. Funeral doom fans will also experience music that breaks the mold of conventional funeral dirges. – JJ Yeo

Band: Kyrpt
Album: Preludes to Death
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2008

After the breakup of black metal band Tsjuder, Nag formed this band with ex-drummer of Tsjuder, Desecrator. If pure black metal is what you are looking for, Krypt is the solution. Nag’s vocals really shine, more brutal and abrasive than on the releases on Tsjuder. While it is nowhere near the cult of Tsjuder (their ex-band), Krypt is definitely one band to look out for in the realm of black metal. – Hong Rui

©2010 Heavy Metal Tribune