Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Styggelse Interview

> 1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?


Larsson: We just released a 3-way split with Wan and Curse which we were really fucking satisfied with. Not only with our own material but with the whole constellation, a good mix of bands. All original in their own way so you actually get 3 different bands. This split will be interesting for a lot of people i think. New blood.
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> 2.In 2015 you had an an ep and a split, how would you describe the musical sound of your newer material?

L: Always hard putting music into words, but lets see.
We have combined many elements, we're aiming for a straight forward music that is pretty necro in its foundation, but still with small melodic inputs.
You may hear that we are highly influenced by these old & great pioneers within extreme metal, we like it raw and live, but hard and tight!
Lets just say we are influenced by both black, trash and with some parts heavy metal, even extreme-punk. All these are of course very similar.
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> 3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you have explored over the years?
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L: We have been around for like 11 years so the topics have been very varied.
In the beginning it was just a lot of "new beginners" topics, nothing very well thought thru.
But very soon we started digging around, taking our personal thoughts and feelings to another level and putting them on paper.
We have always tried to keep both our feet on the ground with the lyrics, something that people can relate to and maybe understand, not always accept of course, but we're not aiming for acceptance either.
For example, we can take the track "Stay true to satan for eternity", it might sound like a high-school title, but if you read or listen to the lyrics you might understand that this is a song about brother and sisterhood, about not giving up on your principles , not give in to money and fame.
Don't trade your values in life for these shit-things the society is offering.
Money,  security, "Moral duties" as they call it, a collective thinking or whatever. In general its all BULLSHIT.

> 4.I know that the band name means 'Abomination' in Swedish, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

L: The name fits us well. Its just another word for outsider, lawbreaker, destroying traditions and disobeying the masters. Of course, we don't try to do this just because we are a bunch of teenagers, rebelling.
We are grown up guys that just don't give a shit what people think. Its in our nature and we have gladly passed the point of no return a long time ago.
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> 5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

L: Chaotic, but still performing the best we can!
If i think all of our gigs have been crazy at some level, and both carries good and less good memories.
I'll give you some examples;
Cops kicked in the door and razzia the shit out of the club, every paying guest were searched and interviewed, all the bands were put backstage were we got drunk as fuck being filmed by the cops!
Small ones would be, bassplayer making the restroom his stage, guitarist getting his head beaten by falling amplifiers, being on the road in germany and denmark, drunk as fuck of course, playing with another 10 punkbands in one night, our gig being at 7.15 pm with the whole punk audience completely drunk and chaotic.
There are a thousand of memories. But you have to understand that the bonds between the members in STYGGELSE are very tight, we hang out a lot and not only do we have memories about the gigs, but much more in life. Equally or worse chaotic.

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> 6.Do you have any touring plans for 2016?

L: We are right now in contact with several festivals. But a Tour right now, is not on our list. Even though we like to do one.
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> 7.Recently you have been a part of a split with 'Curse" and 'Wan', what are your thoughts on the other bands that had participated on the split?
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L: Great fucking bands and both original in their own way. As i said earlier in the interview.
All three bands all play the same kind of music but all three are very, very different. Which makes this a great split.

> 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

L: Some give us great credits while other think its not enough metal in the music. But we have always done things in our own way, disregarding peoples opinions about it.
But in general the response is great, receiving both mails and comments about when the next full-length is coming.
But right now we're looking for a new label, so we actually don't know exactly when its going to be released.
we are currently working on the new material.
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> 9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects that some of the other band members are involved with?

L: I cant really say whats going on with the bands because i don't really know for sure. But here are some of the names and you can check it out yourself. Snakeskin Angels, Stormdeath, Swedenborg, Blodlust
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> 10.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

L: We’re working on a new full length album as we are currently looking for a label.
I think this full-length is gonna be the best we ever made, its gonna be even more metal, the lyrics are even more worked with as are every single song.
The direction is so much more clear now then it ever has been.
If you like what you heard on the split you will not be disappointed.
Its gonna be fucking hell!
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> 11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
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L: I think every member has its own list of bands and musicians being an influence on each and one of us.
But i think there has always been three bands that has been the general influence on this band, Bathory, Venom and Motörhead.
I can only speak for myself, but music that is playing in my home a lot right now is some metal from the states like Midnight, Poison Idea. Also some Nwobhm, Black metal both 1 and 2 wave. Destroyer 666, Primordial, D-beat music in general (old Swedish) and a lot of other bands.
The list is fucking eternal now when i think about it.

> 12.How would you describe your views on Satanism, Luciferian, and Occultism?
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L: We don't.
If you asked every single member of this band you would get a different answer like you would with any other person in the whole world.
These subjects are one of many things in this world that can not be answered as a collective. Neither should it.


> 13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?


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