Can you tell us about your band, when it started and
what your goals
were in thebeginning?
The band was formed back in 1994 with the aim to play hellenic black
metal. Our goal was to partake in the revolutionary-back then- underground
black metal scene, something to
which we are still loyal.
2. Do you feel you have accomplished what you wanted over the years, or is
still to come?
From one point of view, maybe we have accomplished more than what we
wanted in the beggining, but then, who knows what the future will bring tour way? Life without End.
3. How would you describe your musical sound?
Brutal black metal. Plain and simple.
4. How has the band progressed over the years?
Naer Mataron have expanded their sound from the purely traditional style
of the first albums to the extreme boundaries of the genre, without losing
anything from their indentical
atmosphere and the original feeling. Unlike most of the bands nowadays, we
become more extreme and more brutal as time goes by.
5. What direction do you see the music going into during the future?
As I just said before our path is one of no return. We do not compromise
when it comes to our sound, so what you can expect from our next album is
for once more, a big step further our
last accomplishment. Extreme speed, unholy riffing and breathtaking
atmospheres. More extreme and more brutal than anything you have heard
from us until now.
6. Were did you come up with the idea for the band name?
It is taken from the Sumerian tradition, "Nar Mataru" is the underworld, a
name that perfectly describes our source of inspiration.
7. What was it that got you interested in black metal?
The black metal ideology-what it stands for: no compromise, no
commercialism, the profound urge to explore the dark depths of the human
soul, the creativity to transform this
experience to music, and the will to release it, either it's going to sellor not.
8. Were do you see black metal heading into in the next couple of years?
I don't know... I can't follow up with the nowadays black metal reality...
I'm still into the old '90s stuff and I can see little in common with
what's going around now. Anyway the majority
of what I can perceive is heading far away from what black metal is all
9. How would you describe your live show and what are some of the best
gigs you have
played so far?Our live show is our manifest of black metal war. Either we can utilize
our inverted crosses, goatheads and burning pentagrams or not, we are
commited to giving a full-on black metal
assault on stage. There are many memorable gigs for me personally like
2003 Thunderroad Festival, 2005 Inferno, 2007 Nacht der Drohenden Schatenor some dates from our european
tour last june... But now we're looking forward to unleash our war in
south America with the "Apocalypse of the Ancient Ones tour". Beware,before we return in the night...
10. I noticed in your logo you utilize runes, how would you compare toNorthernpantheon to the Greek pantheon?
You mean the rune-baphomet. This was done to personalize the baphomet
symbol and bring it a bit closer to our band's concept. The runes do not
spell a word as it happens with the
qabbalistic symbols spelling "Leviathan" in the original baphomet, but
represent concepts and ideas that inspire us. This is no attempt to
compare Northern to our Hellenic tradition. We
are inspired from history and ancient tradition in general, either this is
Hellenic, Northern European, Mesopotamean, Hindu etc.
11. What aproach does the band use to Satanism and Occultism?
Satanism is approached as an expression of the Faustian Spirit inside us.
The Luciferian Revolution, a factor of destruction/creation resulting to
evolution. Traditional occultism
is a subject
that has not concerned us as band.
12. What are some of your main influences music wise or non music wise?
Musicaly I would say mostly the traditional black metal sound. From
BATHORY to norwegian black metal. Lyricaly ancient tradition, history and
the dark side of human nature.
13. What are you listening to nowadays and what would you recommend to
read my zine?
Nowadays... What I always listened to: all the true black metal of the old
times, U.S. death metal, soundtracks and anything dark, satanic and brutalthat comes along. But I'm not really
into the stuff that's going around these days, except for some classic
death metal bands that still shred.
14. What are some good films or books that you would recommend?
I'm afraid we need an extra interview for this subject. I read a lot and
watch a lot of movies. By the way did you hear about big studios shooting
a movie titled "Lords of Chaos", based onMoynichan's book? Actualy it will be about the murders and church burnings
in Norway. Now that's a strange thing... From the early underground to themovies... Maybe that's what
LaVey meant when he wrote, "This is the Age of Satan"?
15. Any final words?
We always shall be true to our original concept: constantly progressing
towards more extreme paths, evolving to an ever-expanding war machine. We
hail those who join us in our
unholy conquest and promise new battles yet to come, forever in the shadow
of the sword. The world is ours.
16. Thanks for the interview?
Thank you too, it's always a pleasure to talk about our band.