Sunday, December 8, 2013

Morktar Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band these days?
Sinmara: We have had to let go of Gates Bloodfire as our singer, but found E. for the time being doing the vocals for the live gigs. We may also have an album in store, which will be released next year. Thrym: Yes we have been playing some gigs and rehearsing with some new tracks for future releases.
2.How would you describe the musical sound of the newer material and also how does it differ from the stuff you have done in the past? T: If you listen to it you can make your own decision about it, but personally it’s not something that I really given a thought to.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the name explores with the music? T: Misanthropy, paranoia, self harm and suicide.
4.I have read that the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up? T: To be able to project my hatred for the human race on a live stage.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Morktar? T: The meaning is the inspiration, Mørktår means dark years, so dark times ahead and in the past for us and everyone who listens.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance? S: I would say the one at the Black Heart – which we released as our demo Dead In London – was so far our best gig. It is raw and angry. We put all our anger at humanity into our performance.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future? S: Yes, there are several shows planned for 2014 – only one confirmed, the 19th of January in London at the Purple Turtle.
8.Over the years the band has put out splits with Blackspell, Folkstorm and Dark Debauchary, what are your thoughts on the other bands that participated in these split albums? T: The reason why I chose to put out split albums with these bands is because they are good, they play good music and bring in a different vibe to the E.P.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal? S: We had feedback from Norway, the US, Germany, Austria, Greece – not all of them good, but then we don't aim to please everyone.
10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases? T: We are not going to change the way we play, we are Mørktår and that is it.
11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays? S: The influences that go into the drumming I'm doing for Mørktår are Darkthrone, Falkenbach, Bathory and the likes. Nowadays I have a very broad music taste – from Falkenbach, Summoning, Caladan Brood and Lustre to Acherontas, In Solitude, Cultes Des Ghoules, Heimdalls Wacht, but also a lot of neofolk like Spiritual Front, Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio, shamanic music like Penjaga Insaf and Halo Manash. There is usually always some kind of act of a music style that is good. The only ones that my ears simply refuse to listen to are experimental Jazz, Goa/Psytrance and the likes. T: There are a number of different bands that have helped guide me to play the way I do and I won’t stop listening to them because there are some egos out there who think they are IT.
12.Does Satanism or Occultism, play any role in your music? S: I can only speak for myself, in as that drumming for me has a cathartic effect, the shamanistic trance state I can get from playing. This does influence the drumming for Mørktår. I have nothing to do with Satanism, I am more into shamanism with a strong chaos magic influence.
13.Outside of music what are some of your interests? S: Nature. Forests. Working with natural materials like horn, wood. Hiking. Books. Making mead. Baking. I'm not averse to drinking whiskey, rum, vodka and cider in good company.
14.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview? S: Fuck the system.

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