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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Katechon Interview

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

Yes, for sure. To be honest, not much has been going on other than getting everything ready for the release. Other than that, I guess we have been resting on our laurels, so to speak.

2.In March you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the material you have released in the past?

Our material is constantly evolving as our sources of inspiration change. Earlier material had a pinch more of death metal and a sprinkling of crust. The new material might be more technical perhaps. We have a new drummer who has a “stricter” style than our last drummer, that has influenced the songs for sure. Some people say its more black metal. Moog synthesizers will do that.

3.The lyrics on the new album are inspired by the writings of Paul Celan, T.S Elliot and beat poetry, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these works and also how do their writings fit in with the musical style you bring out on the new recording?

This question should really be answered by our singer. Personally, I only read sci-fi and comics. However, I can say that the lyrics, or at least the concept was ready before we even had our guitars plugged in and we worked from there. We were trying to make the songs as oppressive and uncomfortable as the lyrical theme demanded.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Katechon'?

It’s a biblical concept. It has been subject to much interpretation. It impedes the coming of the antichrist and the end of days, and so also the redemption that follows.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

It’s by a Norwegian artist called Martin Schreiner. Looks amazing. Really dark and disturbing.

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

This one is really hard. We really haven’t had much focus on playing live, and we really haven’t done any tours with Katechon. We have done a handful of concerts, some pretty good ones, but also some we would like to have back. Our live performances are stripped down affairs and you should not expect a show in the vein of Cult of Fire with robes and incense.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

We have nothing planned as of now. I guess we might have to play some shows, but I can’t really give anything solid right now.

8.Most of the band members also have experience playing in other metal or punk bands around Norway, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Katechon', that you are not or where not allowed to bring into your other bands?

I don’t know. We try not to limit ourselves in Katechon, but it’s not like it is some sort of crazy musical freakshow either. We listen to basically any musical genre between us, but we only integrate what we see as fitting. We like progressive elements like synths and mellotrons and odd time signatures these days. Odd time signatures are rare in punk bands.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?

It’s been really great. When we released the tape, we didn’t expect anything. We were basically making it for ourselves and our friends. Had a few drinks too.

10.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?

Our guitar player is a member of Gjendød and our drummer also works with Sarke. Other than that, I don’t think there is too much activity right now.

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

Difficult to say. We probably won’t know until we start the process of recording the next album. We will probably not change too radically.

12.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?

Guitar based music from the 70’s up to now, I would presume. As earlier mentioned, we listen to all kinds of different music between us.

13.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

It is a fascinating subject, but not a part of our daily lives in any meaningful way.

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

Nothing comes to mind. Thanks!

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