Interview With Khold
Band Photo: Khold (?)
This interview with the Norwegian Black metal fiends KHOLD was taken via e- mail in July, 2004. Questions were answered by drummer Sarke, one of the founders of the band.
For more information on the band's third album, Mørke Gravers Kammer, visit khold.com. You can also download the video for "Død" from the discography section.
Gothique: Your first two album were released through Satyr's Moonfog label. The last album, "Mørke Gravers Kammer" is out through Candlelight. Was there a particular reason for this change?
Sarke: Candlelight wanted to release our album, so we worked out a deal. For us I feel it was a step up, so we are satisfied.
Gothique: Khold are known to play raw and original Black metal, much in the veins of Darkthrone. Is this a deliberate choice or does it come naturally?
Sarke: We just make the music we want. We are much more into the old stuff, also because we started in that period. We went to concerts with Mayhem, Darkthrone, Cadaver and so on and recorded demos around 89-95 before we decided to release an album. Primitive, raw music is just our thing.
Gothique: One essential characteristic of your music is the entirely Norwegian lyrics. Can you tell me what the main themes are? And who actually writes the lyrics?
Sarke: Our lyrics deal much about death and what surrounds death. Always the old way: sickness, mad people, ancient beliefs and so on. Hildr writes our lyrics and she does it very well. The reason we have Norwegian lyrics is because it fits our music better and gives us more inspiration to make dark, cold music.
Gothique: I'm also very curious about your religion? My Norwegian isn't that great but it seems like you guys play a non- Satanic Black metal, which has almost become an oxymoron.
Sarke: We are not into Jesus or whatever; we write our own stories. We can of course use the name God or Satan in our lyrics. If so, its just a part of a story. I cant understand why people still believe in that shit.
Gothique: How do you feel about the Scandinavian Black metal scene today? Do you think that there are still vast dark horizons to be conquered?
Sarke: I think our scene is very good. It lives 4 million people here and I guess the top 10-15 black metal bands are Norwegian. Of course it can always be bigger.
Gothique: Back to your new album, a listener can't help but notice the combination of old- school sound with the kinda groovy bass, which makes your music quite unique. Does every member write his own parts or is there a single person among you who's responsible for that?
Sarke: I write most of the music, but everyone can do their own thing. The bass-player has made all is bass lines himself. Sometimes I can say "That line doesn't fit my idea of the song". So he just makes a new bass-line. I like when you can hear the bass good. The bass is very powerful, so is our music. I think every instrument is important.
Gothique: A few months ago you shot a video for 'Død'. Whom did you work with on this and are you pleased with the result?
Sarke: Yes, I think the video turned out great, dark and cold. We worked with Marcel Lelienhof. He is famous here in Norway for his work. If you just stop a guy in the street and asked him, he would know who he is. Marcel also did our photos on the album. Great guy and easy to work with.
Gothique: You played at a few European festival this year. How was the crowd response?
Sarke: It has been good. We often get very good reviews on our live shows, both from magazines and crowd. We will do a festival here in Norway tomorrow. We are the only metal act, so we have to see how that will go.
Gothique: Is there any chance for a U.S. tour in the near future?
Sarke: We would like to come. So if people want us to come we would go. Either as a support act or festival or something. I have heard that black metal is growing in the US these days. So hopefully we will sell enough to come or that a promoter likes us so much he just get us over.
Gothique: Thank you very much for your time and hopefully we'll get to see you live soon.
Sarke: I hope so too.
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