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Morgan Håkansson of Marduk Interviewed at MDF; Video Available

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One of the most prolific black metal bands in the land just headlined Day 2 of Maryland Death Fest. Marduk has been rocking the corpsepaint for decades now. Having released and E.P. called "Iron Dawn" the day they played the fest and with all of their loyal minions in complete frenzy at the show, Marduk proves they are the true kings of black metal. A transcription follows the video.

Buick McKane: How are you doing today?

Morgan Håkansson: I’m doing fine. Fine, fine.

Buick: You just released an EP yesterday for the fest, I guess called “Iron Dawn.” Did it sell very well, do you know?

Morgan: Yeah, it did. It’s coming out officially, more or less, within a week, but we printed a special edition to have with us for the show and the tour we’re doing over here, like, seven dates. So, yeah, it’s working out well.

Buick: That’s great. Did you play any songs from it last night?

Morgan: Yeah, we got the option. We played one new song, but we could have played more. But of delay, we had to cut down our set twenty-five minutes, so we didn’t get to play everything we had prepared.

Buick: That’s awful.

Morgan: Yeah it is.

Buick: I mean, everybody’s been starting so early, actually, like five to ten minutes early, it seems like you would have more time.

Morgan: Yeah, but some bands go over time and they don’t have a stage manager and it ends up this way.

Buick: That’s true. Do you have plans for a full album yet?

Morgan: Yeah, for sure we have. I mean, since we did the last album, we’ve been doing a bit over two hundred shows and just to have something new out , we released this E.P. before we went back out on the road. And we’re doing this seven day tour over here, then we go back to Europe for festivals. We’re taking our time and working on completing everything the way we want it for the new album, so we hope to enter the studio by the end of this year.

Buick: That’s great. And have it released some time next year?

Morgan: Yeah. That’s the plan.

Buick: Great. So how is it playing those big, huge festivals?

Morgan: Yeah, we play small festivals, this is not…kind of big festival….

Buick: Right, this is like a block party.

Morgan: Yeah, yeah. It’s cool. You don’t have that many festivals over here, so for us it’s great to play the festival you have over here. So it’s a great pleasure, it’s a good combination of bands, it’s great to be here, you know. And we get to hang out some extra days so it’s perfect.

Buick: Awesome. And do you prefer the big festivals to playing really small clubs or is it different things?

Morgan: I mean, I think that everything has its charm. It can be great to play if everything is working well, like a big festival. But I don’t mind playing a small, sweaty club. As long as you get the feeling working, that’s the most important thing.

Buick: And are there any bands you wanted to see at this festival specifically?

Morgan: Yeah, someone that I would really appreciate seeing is Voivod. They’re a great band that I’ve seen many times. And wouldn’t mind seeing them again.

Buick: Is there anything else you would like to say?

Morgan: Nah, I don’t know. Nothing special.

Buick: Alright, just wait for that full album when it comes out, and until then “Iron Dawn.”

Morgan: And we’ll be back.

Buick: Great, thank you so much.

Morgan: Thank you.

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Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.

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