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Friday, May 3, 2019

Forgjord Interview

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

- Ilmestykset was actually recorder between 2015-2017 so we had time to do something else while waiting it to get released. We recorded and released Mors Fennico More after it, was it last year (2018)? Now we've been composing new material for next assaults. Only time will tell what comes from them and when.

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

- Dont know. I dont compare our records to our previous ones. All songs are written at certain point of my life and they present that certain moment. So if there are songs or melodies or moods that reminds of older songs, they're just done in same kind of feeling that I had back then. Weve been doing our thing for couple decades so think that we have found our "own style" . Even if I try to make song that is very different from others, it still sounds like Förgjord when its done.

3.The lyrics on the new album are based upon the revelations of 'Maria Akerblom', can you tell us a little bit more about the interest you have in her work and movement?

I'm obsessed of finnish crime history. We have plenty of tragic happenings that have shocked whole nation. I could count Maria's cult as that one. Maria's story reminds me of Charles Manson or even Jim Jones. Of course not so big, but its interesting to see how one person can influence others so much that they even would do murder if their leader commands so.

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

Its a cabin where three people were stabbed to death in 1932. Same ol' finnish story; familyman drink booze, gets angry, grabs a knife and so on. For no reason there is someone dead and in morning no ones remember why or what happened. On the backside you can see this old woman standing next to its front door. Its just few hours after tragic happenings and mother of that same family is posing to reporters. "What a tragic accident..." was written on newspapers. Because in those days it was labeled as "accident" when someone did something uncontrolled while being drunk.

5.To my knowledge the band has not done any live shows even after being around for a long time, do you feel that the style of black metal that you play is not meant for a live setting?

- Förgjord is not meant to play live shows. We had our other (or previous  bands) which played live. Dont have anything against it, but Förgjord isnt live band.

6.The last few albums have been released on 'Werewolf Records', how would you compare working with them to your older label 'Hammer Of Hate'?

- Have to remember that Hammer of Hate are not the same label that it was back then when we start doing co-operation with them. There was a time when Förgjord was fading and we didn't get any support, until Molestor Kadotus from Hammer of Hate contacted us and offered us a deal. He gave us everything we ever needed (although we didn't ask much) and kept our flame burning. We did many records for them and they supported us totally. After a while Molestor realized that he didn't have time anymore for label and Hammer of Hate was given away. We were loyal to Molestor and not to label he was once running. So soon we started to release things through Werewolf Records. No need to compare these labels because they're complete different things and run by different individuals. Werewolf Records been supporting us totally.

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

- Finnish black metal is quite popular worldwide, so its easy to get some visibility. To say it straight, many bands from here don't need the praise they're getting. Just because you're from Finland doesn't automatically mean youre good. Dont know how we succeeded, is it because our musick or just because we are finnish. We have supporters from all over the world but our thing is full of small finnish things and references - not just finnish lyrics - that one have to be finn to really understand every small detail. Fex check our booklets, they might seem like a mess but there is not single element that isn't there for a purpose. But if our works fascinate people all over the world and they check what finnish really culture is, then I think our work is done. Finnish culture is more than just sauna and beautiful paintings of Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Its also a sorrow, its drunken people stabbing their loved ones, its hanging yourself and none even noticed that you're gone. Its unhappy childhood and being scarred for life. Its repeating those very same mistakes that you're father did before you. Its about having alcohol problem and knife. This is what perkele in finnish culture is really about.

8.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?

BLK is doing things with his main band, Phlegein. They released their latest one, "Devotion", just last year. Fucking great and cold release. No compromises nor gimmicks.

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

Nowhere. We dont want to evolve. Simpler the better.

10.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?

When I first heard Morgal I remembered what it was being a young. That furious rage and energy is so overwhelming that I started to see some of the Förgjords songs too lame and old and stuff like that. So I started to do songs that are more energetic, I woke that same pure flame I had when I was in my twenties. So its like we are heading back to basics again. Also Gorgoroths "Under a sign of hell" has always been a great influence. Be it in technically or be it musically

11.How would you describe your views on Satanism?

Be strong, be brave and dont dishonour yourself. I believe a satan/god inside a man. And besides it there is that bigger power that runs this whole world. But its above good or evil. So it depends individual is something good or evil/bad. Everything happens for a purpose.

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

Thanks for questions. Sorry that had to made them short. After "Ilmestykset" got released I've been so busy. Cd's been moving well and you're not only one that have asked interview.  So didn't have many hours to spend . Thanks for your support!


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