Horned Almighty's Goal with New Album, Tour: "Desecrate the World"
Danish black metal band Horned Almighty have just released their fourth full-length and much-anticipated Candlelight Records debut, "Necro Spirituals," a blasphemous cacophony that embraces the raw side of the genre's earliest purveyors.
Originally formed in 2002 as a side project, the band deliver an unflinching blitz of pure black metal, with pummeling drums, skull shattering bass, frantic riffage and evil vocals of death, destruction and hell on earth. Shunning keyboards, strings or any hint of melody, they're a throwback that stands in stark contrast to the incredibly intricate, massive productions flowing from the Scandinavian and European symphonic metal scene.
Vocalist S took a few minutes to chat with Metalunderground this week about the new album, tour, hooking up with Candlelight and their disdain for organized religion. Here's what transpired:
Driftski: Hey man, thanks for taking the time to do this interview with Metalunderground.com. Who's answering these questions and where are you right now?
S: I’m S, master of plague propaganda and the unholy preachings of the Lord! I am currently surrounded by desolate masses of snow, where I reside.
Driftski: What's been going on with Horned Almighty in the past few weeks and what do you have planned for the next few weeks?
S: We are rehearsing a set for our coming European tour as we speak. We’re hitting the road with Glorior Belli late February/early March and are finishing the final details now. We have dusted off some old shit, which combined with the new shit, will create a lethal dose of blasphemous hellfucking!
Driftski: Talk to us about the new album "Necro Spirituals"- when and where was it recorded? What was the process like making this record?
S.: It was recorded in the spring of Anno MMX in our own studio over a few weeks. Then we went to Dead Rat Studios nearby to mix the album, with the same guy who did “Contaminating the Divine” – and with same excellent result as well. The recording went smooth, but the writing process was much more intense than earlier. In our progress, we have developed a clear definition of what works and what doesn’t, thus setting the bar higher each time. This resulted in longer hours creating our hellish hymns and a lot more exchange of opinions, to say the least . . . but in the end, we created a new anthem to the end of the world as we know it and we are already working on the next!
Driftski: What are some of the themes on the new album?
S: Liberation through total death, the glory of sickness, endtime prayers and devil worship in general.
Driftski: The new album is very raw, tight and heavy as hell. How did your sound come together on this record?
S: We duplicated the mixture of our sound in the rehearsal room and mixed it with our live sound and thus created what we would call our own distinctive sound style. We aim for being heard loud and this is easier done sounding like a truck from hell, rather than a humming and noisy kiddie bedroom production.
Driftski: How has your style evolved from your early demos to "Necro Spirituals?"
S: Our approach on black metal has changed from earlier being very Darkthrone inspired, to nowadays being a lot more in-your-face, bonecrunching black fucking metal, with hints of rock and early black metal, like Celtic Frost . . . but done in our own unique and humble praise of course.
Driftski: What role does religion play in your writing?
S: The detest and loathing of all organized religion is always a neverending source of inspiration, but also a deep fascination of the glorification and celebration of the divine is present in our creation of our requiems of mockery and torment. This divinity is of course also the magnificent splendor of all dark matters, represented by the mighty Abyss.
Driftski: What is the black/death metal scene in Denmark like these days?
S: There has never been much of a black metal scene in Denmark. A few old names remain, but none that we have any collaborations with. We all have had interactions with the death metal scene in the past and are still in contact with a lot of them. This country has had and still has many excellent death metal acts and will remain a death metal country further on. We are the black sheep – or goat if you will!
Driftski: How did you guys land on Candlelight?
S: When we began the composing of "Necro Spirituals," we contacted some labels. They were already aware of our religious terror and gave us the best offer. The choice was obvious, considering their long standing dedication to the black arts.
Driftski: Lastly, what can fans expect from Horned Almighty in 2011?
S: The European tour of course and hopefully some more live gigs. We have started writing new songs for the next manifest of unholy worship, but it’s too early to say anything about recordings or releases. Desecrate the world!
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