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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Wormlight Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Wormlight is a melodic black metal band from Sweden formed in 2014. By King Antichrist and Deafeathered.Soon Lator Mortis joined them and they recorded and released their first demo/Ep "An Ancient Enemy" that same year. Shortly after the release Arktos joined the band. After some major changes in the band I joined in time for the recording of the "Bloodfields" Ep. After the recording of the Ep Nordlyst left the band and I took up the vocals as well.

2.So far you have released 2 ep's, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?

The first Ep ”An Ancient Enemy”  was a “no-budget” recording that served its purpose to give form to shapeless ideas and to give the band an identity.
“The Bloodfields” was recorded in a studio, which gives the Ep a different sound quality and character compared to the first. The re-recording of “The Bloodfields” was a result of big changes within the band, yet it serves as a transition. The tracks “Pitch black hatred” and “Towards Impious Domination” can be seen as the death of Unhallowed , as the “Wormlight” and “The Bloodfields” can be seen as the birth of Wormlight. And with this rebirth the lyrical themes and visions for the band has seen some changes.

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

On “An Ancient Enemy” the lyrical theme was more centered on Anti Christianity and Devil worship. On “Bloodfields” the transition to the themes surrounding death and the anti-cosmic begun. An essence that will permeate the coming albums, even when the lyrical theme itself may take the focus elsewhere. The next album will primarily focus on some of the creatures of the old Norse mythology and folklore.

4.Originally the band was called 'Unhallowed', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wormlight'?

In 2015 when I joined the band after Deafeathered's departure, there were already plans for the recording of the Bloodfields Ep. And we entered the studio shortly after. Some time later Nordlyst chose to depart, and i took the role of vocalist as well as guitar. This left us with a new band structure, influences and sound. A name change came natural to represent this rebirth.
The name itself symbolises the death, eating away the blind eye of man, so that you may once again see far beyond the false light and stare into the void.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

The best show we have had so far is the most reason one. The show we played to celebrate the re-release of our EP and its physical release on the third of December together with some other acts at "Klubb:Fördärv" with sold out tickets.
The performance acts as a threshold. It is best experienced at the shows.

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

We have some shows planned for next year. But since we are in the middle of recording our full length album, and just finished the work with the bloodfields, we try to put all our energy into the album.

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

I have gotten positive feedback from those attending the shows, especially on the new  material. And the reviews for the “Bloodfields” Ep that we just released worldwide has been great so far.

8.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

As I stated earlier, we are recording the album at the moment and it will be released in 2017, that much I know. We have performed some of the material live, so a taste of the album can be heard online.
The upcoming album has been written by me from the start to the end, which gives it a consistent sound all the way throughout the record. The album will contain heavier and faster tracks,  As well as slower, more melodic parts than before. My voice will change the atmosphere of the vocals, which will affect the interpretation of the sound, yet the essence of the sound remains. We are working on new material for the future and are always planning ahead. But for now all our focus are on the completion of the full lenght album set for release in 2017.

9.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Dissection and Behemoth have been the biggest influences for me of all the bands out there. I have always been drawn to black metal and bands like Ofermod, Watain, Fides Invesa,Funeral Mist, and so on. Lately I've been listening a lot to Summoning.

10.How would you describe your views on Paganism and Anti Christianity?

Paganism has always been an interesting subject to me. Especially the Norse and Hellenistic religions with its gods,creatures and magic of old. The Chaos-Gnosticism being the foundation of my studies together with the anti-cosmic Satanism, the doorway to the mysteries of the creation of the true Norse gods is open. The occult studies takes you to the most far out corners of all that is known and unknown. So the defiance towards the sole creator that the word "pagan" represents, is indeed important to me.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Most of my spare time evolves around music in some way, either i play,compose or listens to music. Or I am reading a lot of books to find inspiration for lyrics. Since I also write music and lyrics for my other band Sons Ov Omega, music is given most of my time.

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

We will play a show in Umeå on the 18th of February as support for the release of Sons Ov Omega's debut album. Keep a lookout for the next Wormlight album. The title of the album




will be revealed in the beginning of next year.

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