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Emancer Discusses Peter Steele Tribute Album And Recording Cover Songs

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Norwegian metal act Emancer made waves throughout the metal scene with the highly praised "Twilight and Randomness" album (reviewed here) back in 2008, which mixed in avant-garde elements to the traditional black metal style. While gearing up to record a new full-length album, Emancer put a black metal spin on the Type O Negative track "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend" for Metalunderground.com's recently released "All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele."

Vocalist Gorbag and guitarist Mithrin discussed their cover song with Metalunderground to explain the band's recording process, and dived into other topics such Emancer's European tour last fall and the upcoming sixth full-length album.

Several Emancer tracks are also available for streaming through the band's MySpace music profile for anyone who would like to become more familiar with the group's style.

xFiruath: How did you first discover Type O Negative?

Gorbag: The first time was on MTV back in the nineties. Probably the video for “Black No. 1.”

xFiruath: Do you have a particular favorite Type O Negative album?

Gorbag: That must be “October Rust” and “Bloody Kisses.” It was the dark atmosphere, the catchy melodies, and Peter's characteristic vocals.

xFiruath: When did you first hear about Peter’s death?

Gorbag: I was at home surfing Facebook when an old friend of mine posted an RIP message on his wall.

xFiruath: How did the recording go for your cover of “My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend?”

Mithrin: We recorded it in our home studio, the same way we have recorded our last four albums. Both me and Gorbag have home studios so it's really comfortable, we can play around with the recording all we like without worrying about studio costs. I think that helps a lot in the creative process.

xFiruath: What approach did you take with your cover version?

Mithrin: The way I see it there's really just two ways to make a cover song. Like you say, sticking closely to the original or using the basics of the track to create a whole "new" song the way we would have made it ourselves. In this case, we took the first option because our sound and vocals are so different from Type O Negative anyway, so that gave the track an Emancer signature without messing too much with the song itself.

xFiruath: What’s been happening with Emancer these days?

Mithrin: We did our first European tour last autumn and now we're working on a new album. It's in the final pre-production phase, but it's too early to say when it's going to be finished.

xFiruath: Have you seen any great live shows recently?

Mithrin: Not really, no. There's not a lot of good shows in my home town Trondheim. I'll be going on tour with Kampfar as a session guitarist later this year, so hopefully there will be some good shows and memorable moments!

xFiruath: Will Emancer be playing live anytime soon?

Mithrin: For now we are focusing on the new album. When that's out we definitely hope to do more touring.

xFiruath: Who do you think will step up to become the new metal icons looked up to by the metal community?

Mithrin: I really believe that the new breed of metal icons are the sort of "down to earth" musicians who focus mainly on progressive and genre-pushing music, like Mikael Akerfeldt.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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