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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Satanic Assault Division Interview

Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

First and foremost we have been playing a lot of concerts and we have been writing new songs for our third album. We actually finished the song writing a while ago and we are already hard at work recording the album. We have also made a music video for the track “Bar Kokhba” and we have been working on making new stage props, t-shirts etc. So things are going well and there is much to do.

In April you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The sound is big, organic and brutal and the drums sounds very real compared to our previous album. You can say that Kill the Cross has a more thrashy feel at times, than March to Victory did. There’s also some rock ’n’ roll in there and some deeper growls. March to victory was more traditional black metal. I still think Kill the Cross is black metal, though. Just with some fresh influences. That’s the cool thing about black metal. You can do so many different things with it.  

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

We have thrown some different stuff in there. We have plenty of the good old antireligious stuff. There’s a lot of social criticism and tales about demonic possession, war and nuclear hazard. We try not to limit ourselves. It’s way too hard to write tons of new, interesting lyrics, if we have to stick to the same old subjects. 

how would you describe your views on Satanism?

I don’t consider myself a Satanist. I’m not a big fan of isms, ideologies and religions. I haven’t got the need to put myself into some kind of box, in order to define myself. A very religious person would probably define us as Satanists, though. But they usually don’t know better. We mainly use the satanic imagery because it’s in opposition to the Abrahamic religions.

What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We played a gig with Mayhem last year. That was definitely a memorable show. We also played some of our first concerts with our new line-up recently, and it has been great. Everybody is giving it 100 %. We are a very energetic live band and we don’t save on corpse paint and leather!     

Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Yes. We have a long line of concerts here in November and December. Mostly in Denmark, but also a couple in Germany. Furthermore we are going to support Horned Almighty on a handful of shows in March. We are also planning on going to Ireland and Bulgaria next year.  

The band has more of a traditional approach to black metal than a lot of the other bands I have heard from Denmark, do you feel that makes you stand out a bit more?

Maybe. We haven’t got many black metal bands like us here in Denmark. I haven’t given this much thought, but I haven’t heard any Danish black metal bands that sound like we do.

On the new album you did a G.G Allin cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of his songs?

It’s actually not GG Allin. It’s from the album Road Killer by The Murder Junkies. They used to play with GG, but this album is from 2011. I think. We just did it because it’s a damn cool song! We are big fans of punk music and we will definitely be doing more covers like this in the future.

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

Generally it has been great. We have received lots of positive reviews from many different countries. We were in Germany recently and the crowd was really pleased with us. Things are going great and we are very happy that people like our music.

What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Most members of Satanic Assault Division play in the Melodic Death/Folk metal band Sylvatica. We have just finished a tour with Heidra and Vanir. It was great! I also play bass in the black metal band Horned Almighty. As I mentioned earlier in the interview, we are going to play a line of shows together in March. It’s going to be tough to play two gigs, with two different bands every night. But I can take it!

Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I haven’t got a clue. It all depends on how we feel in the future and which inspirations we are exposed to. Some of the songs for the third album are longer and a bit more nuanced than stuff we have done in the past, but I have no idea how we’ll evolve in the future. The only thing I can say for sure is that we’ll always be playing black metal. 

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?

Musical styles that’s an inspiration apart from black metal is definitely death metal, thrash metal, rock ‘n’ roll and punk. I listen mostly to black metal at the moment. Behemoth, Immortal, Inquisition, Mayhem, Marduk, Carpathian Forest etc. I enjoy many different musical styles, but this is my thing right now. Can’t speak for the other guys.

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

Thank you for the interest in Satanic Assault Division! Check out March to Victory and Kill the Cross and look forward to our third album. It’ll probably be released sometime in 2016.

Answered by Haxen.


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