1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have
never heard of you before?
Hails. First, we are called Ogdru Jahad, not Jihad, hahaha, a lot of
other people get that wrong too, I guess the origin of the name is not that well
known after all and it would seem a common mistake to think we would have a name
dealing with holy war! Anyway, we were formed in 2011 or so, the idea had been
there much longer, but we started rehearsing with this line-up in 2011. All band
members have been part of the Danish underground for many years, playing in
various other bands and such.
2. How would you describe your musical sound?
We aim to play some old school black metal of death, based more on
evil and primitive memorable riffs than on a wall of ambience and noise. The
sound is still raw and to the point, but I think it is no problem to hear all
intruments, riffs and solos etc. We keep most of the songs pretty short and
fast, but at the same time we are not afraid to include slow and heavy parts
from time to time. Now get me right, it is not blast beats from start to end, so
compared to many super fast bands in the black metal or death metal genre, then
we are probably a bit more midpaced at most of the time.
3. The song lyrics cover a lot of blasphemous themes, can you tell
us a little bit more about your hatred towards christianity and the white
Yeah, well speaking for myself personally, to be honest I don't care
too much about Christianity as it exist in Denmark right now. Aside from a few
hypocrite who like to speak out in social medias and tv, when possible, I don't
really get any problems here. The state and church is well seperated and I was
never baptized because most of my family don't care about Christianity at all.
What I do have against Christianity (and other religions) is when it comes
down to the extremeties and it begins to force rules upon you or work against
progress of life and science. I find it concerning when people begin to take the
words of the bible as the truth and not just one possible truth, but the only
one and ask no questions.
Actually I do like the myth and mysticism concerning many religions
and while our lyrics on the first album don't deal too much with the occult
origins of Christianity, that is one subject I hope we will go further into in
the future and have some lyrics which will deal more with subjects which could
relate to lot of the symbolism we had incorporated in our cover and less common
4.The bands name comes from the power and evil dieties of the
Hellboy comics, which in turn was inspired by the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can
you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the comics and the writings
Yes, that was also something I was writing more about in
Sadogoat/Sadomator. I have been very fond of Lovecraft since I was very young
and back when I founded Sadogoat (1998 or so) it felt natural to include lyrics
with Cthulhu mythos themes in them. As it turned out Sadogoat/mator ended up
having a lot of different lyrical subject, which was no problem for me at all,
but with Ogdru Jahad we aim to keep a bit more general theme in the lyrics. So I
doubt there will be any lyrics about Hellboy universe or completely inspired by
Lovecraft. But fear not, since Lovecraft too was inspired by reality (or took
his truth from the truth) we might very well be writing stuff with hints to the
Cthulhu mythos with themes from Babylonian and Sumerian origins of some of the
darker sides of early Christianity and the different proto Christian sects and
And about comic books and such, I have no idea if any of the other band
members have any interest in such stuff. Well Sod Corpse is a HUGE fan of Prince
Valiant and I know he likes Beetle Bailey too and Undiety had some Prince
Valiant comics lying around too, but besides that I don't know. Me, I have grown
up with a dad who collected comics and his collection was larger than our local
library's, so I have been reading and buying comics since I was a kid. For me it
has always come second to collecting music and probably also after a few other
bad habits, so I don't have a huge collection, but it is growing. Mostly I
borrow comics from my dad or loan at the library and such though.
5. I have read that the band was originally supposed to only be a
temporary project, what was the decision behind going full time?
Previously I was busy with Sadomator and the other members were busy
with Ligfaerd and Blodfest. But since I had recorded the "Scourging the Son of
God" EP with Sadogoat back in the days I had many times thought about
re-recording the songs, since I was not completely satisfied with how it turned
out back then and I also had been working on a couple of similar songs, which
never had been recorded. It seemed like Sadomator had taken a path were these
old songs would not really fit in anymore, so I was thinking of just
re-recording the old songs and record a few new songs in the same style, do an
underground tape release, play a few gigs and then carry on with Sadomator. But
as things turned out Sadomator was becoming more and more stagnant and I decided
to take a break for a while and it seemed like the right time to start up Ogdru
Jahad, at the same time Blodfest went on hold and Ligfaerd seems to be in a less
active period too. In the end we decided to make more songs and record a full
album and see where it would take us. Right now we concentrate on promoting the
album, play some gigs and I guess in the near future we will start composing
some new tracks for upcoming releases. I don't really think Ogdru Jahad is the
main band of any of the members, but at the same time I don't really feel that
it has a status of side project, at least not for me.
6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far
and how would you describe your stage performance?
So far we have only played two gigs, the first was supporting
Vulcano and Blodfest in Copenhagen, it was pretty good, but we only had few
songs and they had not really all been fully developed yet. We had the gig
recorded on tape and was spreading 200-300 tapes in the underground previous to
our the LP release. Our second gig was at last years Metal Magic Festival
(Denmark), the gig was good and the audience seemed to love it, but we had some
problems with the sound and we didn't really feel that the sound technician was
listening to the same music as us or listening to what we said. I think he was
really tired, but it was still too bad that it should have negative influence on
our sound and all. Our next gig is Kill Town Death Fest (Denmark) here on friday
30th August, I really think this will be our best gig so
far, since we are much better prepared, we have more tracks finished and the
album have been out some time, so hopefully some of the audience will know our
songs by now. If you want I can write you back about it afterwards?
stage performance, we don't have any great image, costumes, probs or such, so
our performance is mostly just the band playing the songs, banging our heads and
hoping the audience enjoy it as much as we do. We might wear some spikes,
reversed crucifix's, bulletbelts, leather, corpse paint, hoods or whatever we
feel like on the day, there is not really any continuing theme in our looks and
performance. We try to keep everything dark and obscure when we take band photos
and such, but on the stage it is a bit different, since the music comes first
when we perform.
7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Not besides Kill Town, which I just told about. We would like to
play more gigs, but life is in the way for any major touring. We are mainly
interested to play in and around Denmark. Hopefully we will have some gigs in
Germany at the end of the year or in 2014. There is many things which is
becoming problematic about travelling too far or for many days, some have jobs
and family which is hard to work with a touring life and I deal with some mental
problems which is making me less and less happy to leave home and be around
people for longer periods. Also there is always the money issue, we have all
been in music for a long time and non of us really want to play for nothing and
get half assed treatment anymore. Not that we are looking for big money or
anything, buy paid transport, food and a real bed would do it, but lot of times
that is not an option, especially for smaller bands like us.
8.Recently both Ancient Darkness and Iron Bonehead released your
recording, how would you describe the support both labels have given you so
Great support. Both labels have been supporting our music for years.
Iron Bonehead have been releasing Sadomator, Sadogoat, Blodfest, Wolfslair and
such stuff which Ogdru Jahad members have been involved in. Ancient Darkness
have always supported Sadogoat, Ligfaerd, Wolfslair and Blodfest. So it has been
pretty easy to work with both labels.
When we decided to do a full album it
felt natural to ask Iron Bonehead to do the vinyl and Ancient Darkness to do the
CD version and without hesitation both labels agreed, since then it has been
going pretty smooth and we have had all wishes for cover art, merchandise and
such fullfilled. So I can only say we are pretty pleased by the support from
both labels and if they want to work with us in the future we don't feel no need
to search for other labels.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by
fans of black/death metal?
I think the feedback from fans of the genre have been great! Many
people have contacted us and told us how much they like it and more than one has
been so bold to call it album of the year (so far), which has surprised me a
bit! So I think we must have done something right. Although the album is not
selling as fast as expected, but it seems like the sales have not stagnated yet,
so I believe the music is spreading more and more day by day.
We have had a
lot of not so good raning to terrible reviews too, but that has mainly been by
people who are not into this genre in the beginning, so we don't really care
about that. After all, already before we released the album, we knew it would
not be considered a general masterpiece in the history of metal and the album
was always mainly aimed for the true lovers of black/death underground! People
like ourselves and the other bands and fans we have been in contact with for
years through our underground activities.
10.What is going on with the other musical projects these
I mainly concentrate on Ogdru Jahad right now and my tape label
Silver Key Records. Sadomator is still active, but it is very slowly coming
along and I think I have made 1 or 2 useable riffs since our last album in 2009.
Sod is planning upcoming releases with Ligfaerd and hopefully there will be an
album and EP in 2014. Undeity and Necronuntius is busy with Phlegm Productions
and have been recording a great demo with their new band Deiquisitor, which is
still unreleased, but might be out later this year if things go as it
11.What direction do you see your music heading into on future
Mainly the same direction as we are going right now, but maybe not
100%, since I made most of the stuff on the first album, lot of it was old and
already made before the band formed. So hopefully the other band members will be
more active in the song making process. Don't get me wrong, all band members
have been active in making our debut album what it is, but most of the basic
work was laid out by me and the other members added a bit, edited some, changed
this and that and in the end I feel like the final product is a combined band
effort. Also we will not aim to make another album which will be a copy of this
one, we will try to improve things, go new ways and since the recording process
often is a mess it really is hard to know what the final product, of an upcoming
album will be, before it is finished.
12. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your
music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I think it would be pretty hard to deny that the main influence to
begin with have been stuff like Profanatica, but over the years and along the way
I think al lot of different stuff has been picked up and become a part of our
musical bagage. I think it would be hard for me to mention everything that has
sent me on the path to were I am now musically and since all the members really
have been going in lot of different directions and even though we share lot of
our musical taste, there is also lot of differences. So it would be impossible
to be 100% certain to pick out everything and say it is influenced and inspired
by this or that. In the end I really think I had these old songs lying around
and when I started composing I was actually listening more to the old songs and
as such getting insired by myself and the combining it with my musical evolution
over the last many years and so it maybe became different while still being the
same. The stuff I listened to mostly while writing the old tracks have not been
the same stuff as I mainly listen to now.
People like to compare us to stuff
like Beherit, Blasphemy and Black Witchery and I won't deny that it is some of
my all time favourites of the genre, but I was honestly not thinking much about
these bands when I composed for Ogdru Jahad, for me they are much different then
what I was aiming for, but maybe I have had it blasted into my skull for too
long and this stuff just shines through. I don't know.
When we mixed the
album we aimed to have a more old American underground death/black metal sound,
there was always some parts of the American black/death metal scene that seemed
to never really reach to Europe and lot of the old underground stuff was really
great and interesting in a whole different way than the Norwegian black metal
scene or the Swedish death metal scene which was most prevalent in Europe back
then, or at least Scandinavia. Not that there wasn't good music in Europe, there
have been tons of great bands and there is still loads of brilliant stuff from
the 90s and such, which never really got out there.
Ehm, this ended up
becoming a longer tale I guess, but to end this question, we tried to fill out a
whole in Europe, which we think not so many other bands have been venturing near
in these parts. Time will tell if we will be forgotten or remember in 10
13.How would you describe your views on Satanism and
It is very interesting subjects and I have been studying the themes
for many years, sometimes more active than others. I personally don't call
myself satanist, since I don't believe in God or a personified Satan and as such
I think Satanism is a product of Christianity. But I do share lot of the
believes and such which is generally associated with Satanists and I would say
my everyday life is lived according to that. I put myself, my family and friends
in the center of importance and don't give a fuck about most of the rest of the
world, but generally don't make any trouble as I know it will end up becoming
trouble for me. So I don't have any active religion or occult view which I live
after and my views on my personal beliefs of religion and society constantly
change as I learn and evolve throughout life. I am always interested to learn
more hidden secrets and I find them in surprising places.
14.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Cats, easter and christmas related chocolate, brewing perfect
coffee, clogs, collecting Hamtaro figurines, watching Prince Valiant movies, tv
series and cartoons, Dick Turpin, making sauce so think that it can stand on its
own, researching the history of Næstved Havn, and playing tabble tennis.
15.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this
Thanks for the support. Cthulhu Fthagn!