1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
With Old Growth i wanted to create music honoring Nature, wilderness and all non-human lifeforms we share the earth with. For me black metal is the most spiritual music genre out there and I think it has some sort of raw energy and a primal wildness to it, so it was clear to me, that a band, which tries to connect with ancient landscapes, feral creatures and natural surroundings should be a black metal band. Nevertheless it was important for me to include acoustic guitars and melancholic melodies to create a special atmosphere that sounds more organic, than the distorted guitars and blast beats. The outcome was the album „Mossweaver“.
2. Recently you have released a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?
It is an atmospheric black metal record with harsh blast beats parts, frantic guitar riffs as well as quite some atmospheric clean parts. At times it has a folk or neo folk sort of vibe, while all in all it is a black metal record. The most important thing for me was to take the listener on a journey away from modern civilization and towards ancient landscapes and primal wilderness.
3. You refer to your music as being 'woodland black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
I live in a place which is surrounded by woodland area and so i spend a lot of time walking through forests, tracking animals and learning more about the creatures living there. It is a process of rewilding myself, which means, that I try to reconnect with the land and the natural phenomenon's that can be found there. I am working towards a perspective that sees the natural world as my home. I don't want to be a visitor, when i go to the woods. Learning more about edible wild plants, bushcraft, animal behaviour and the way of life of our ancestors thousands of years ago can be a key to a whole new world.
Black metal is unbeaten in creating grim, mystical and melancholic, yet powerful atmospheres. That fits perfectly to what i experience in Nature and to what i wanted to communicate with these songs, so it was only logical for me to call this music woodland black metal.
4. A lot of your lyrics cover Shamanism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
Edward Abbey once wrote: „The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need — if only we had the eyes to see.“ I think, that this is absolutely true. Humans lived for almost 200.000 years as hunters and gatherers on this planet. It was a life in harmony with the natural world, a life as animals among animals. The two destroyers of this world - agriculture and civilization - exist since around 10.000 years. Since their beginning they domesticed men, dominated Nature and led to the artificial world we see today.
I think it is of utter importance to rewild ourselves, to reconnect with the land we live on and to learn how to sustain ourselves with what nature has to offer. Modern man is a slave of its culture, a slave of progress and all in all a slave of wage labour and the supermarket. If we want to break free from these chains and want to live our lives self-determined and proud, we have to be able to provide for ourselves without artificial support systems or states, that domesticate and subdue us.
Shamanism and ancient rituals can help to focus on a world that is not dominated by humans. There is still wildness out there – and also within ourselves. Shamanism in general and the philosophies of Animism in particular can help to understand who we really are and what our place on this earth should really be.
5. What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?
This band is all about Nature, primitivism and the sort of change in perspective that needs to happen, if we want to perceive ourselves more as animals and less as humans, more as a part of the natural world and less as a domesticated creature existing in a completely artificial world.