2020. július 27., hétfő

Runemagick, Nicklas Terror Rudolfsson

English version of the Runemagick interview, 11.VI.2020.
Interview with Nicklas Terror Rudolfsson committed by Alister. 
Originally published in Atmosfear magazine 
in Russian language

Hello Nicklas! A new album, “Into Desolate Realms”, was released last year. As it is known, the most severe critic of the artist is himself. Tell me, are you satisfied with the result?
- Now it's been almost a year since we recorded it. It was a while ago that I listened to the recording but I can say that I am happy with the end result. Feels like it became a strong album with a suitable soundscape. This also applies to the cover art by Paolo Girardi and the label's work.

How positively did the fans and the press take the album, what was the feedback? Was the reaction different from the previous album? 
- In general, I feel that it has been really good reception. I can't keep up with reading reviews and feedback, but what I've read and sent to me has been overall good. And when it comes to comparison with previous album, I don't know if the reception differs so much. Perhaps more "hype" over the “comeback” album was because it was the first one released in many years. But I don't really know.

In one of our previous interviews, you said that there was unrealized stuff from the sessions for “Evoked from Abysmal Sleep” album. Was this stuff used for the new record?
- Some riffs have been included in songs on the new album. Possibly some whole song too.

It seems to me that comparing with the previous album “Into Desolate Realms” sounds more doomy and closer to the later Runemagick albums. Is that your intention?
- There was no such plan but in my opinion there is a relatively large variation on the new album. At least within the framework of Runemagick.

I can also mention very thoughtful guitar solos. Can we say that this is the influence of the second guitarist Jonas Blom?
- Yes Jonas has added a lot with his solos and melodies. I myself have also tried to work with a bit more "epic" melodies.

Given that Runemagick has existed in a trio format for a long time, what was it like working in a studio with a second guitarist? Has the approach to making music changed? How long did it take to get used to each other? 
- The new album is a bit more written to be two guitarists. Jonas and I have played together before so we knew each other. So the step from trio to quartet was “nothing more” dramatic than adding more dimensions to the songs.

The band was silent for 10 years before returning in 2018. Over the past two years, you have released two studio albums - a very prolific job! Where did the inspiration come from?
- I often get that question. It's hard to answer. I've always been very creative. Sure I have had short dips on and off but usually it is a constant flow. If time allows. Then I can't say that everything I create or write is good. That's another thing. I like to write fast and move on to new challenges and projects so sometimes you probably release things too quickly. But there is a delight in not overworking things, letting the spontaneous direct flow and becoming what it becomes.

Are there any plans to continue Runemagick? Can we hope for new records?
- In 2019 we released an MPL, LP and split vinyl. Almost a little too much hahaha (and some reissues). So right now I or we have no pressure to write and record new. Can promise that a new album will not be released in 2020. But what will happen to the band 2021 we will see. We have not said that we will end the band. 

What about the concerts now? How active do you promote Runemagick through live shows?
- For various reasons, we have difficulty rehearsing and performing many gigs. But as it looks now, we will be doing three festivals in Europe this year. Not sure if we will do more than that.

The first two albums, as well as the "Darkness Death Doom", given the number of reissues, remain the most popular Runemagick albums. What do you think, why did they become cult among fans? Has your own attitude towards them changed over the years?
- Hard to say but I think "Darkness Death Doom" and "Enter The Realm of Death" are kind of classics for us as well. I guess we managed to get some so-called "hit songs" on these albums or a good overall atmosphere in the albums.

Judging by the concerts, how many youngsters discover Runemagick? Or are you mostly known and listened to by old-school fans? 
- I think it is a pretty good spread in ages but guess that most are between 30-50 years old.

Often there is a situation when the children of legendary metal musicians do not understand and do not respect the music of their fathers. It’s sad to see it! How do your children feel about Runemagick? 
- My daughter is proud that both her mom and dad play in bands and release albums. She also wants to wear our merch. She may not listen to the music so much, but she respects it. Our youngest son is not into that music at all. He is more of a rebel and likes to listen to things we don't like - at all.
Then I have an older adult son too and he doesn't care much about this, it has always been included during his upbringing so it is nothing special, not right now anyway.

Do you think that the modern extreme Swedish scene is a living active organism, or a museum filled with legendary but exhibits?
- I guess it's a combination of the two. We are full of old nostalgia but there is also innovative and vibrant creativity.

Looking back at Runemagick’s history and today's activities, what are you most proud of? What do you think is the main achievement of your band?
- Then I'll probably choose the latest album "Into Desolate Realms" and "Darkness Death Doom". Both in terms of the song material and as a whole. I'm not looking for more praise or reward than that. The important thing for me is creativity. Then it is an honor and bonus that there are people who like what I and we do. And that despite some interruptions we continue on old paths but are open to new nuances in what we create.

“Det var tur i oturen” – how do you comment on this proverb in the context of Runemagick history? Was such a situation in the biography of the band?
- That was a different question. There are certainly situations or events surrounding this. But I'm having trouble coming up with something right now.

What is happening with Sacramentum now? The group resurrected in the original lineup last year? Can we hope for a new album, and what are your plans for the future?
- Yes, I was asked if I wanted to join one or two gigs and play drums again. Actually, I was not at all craving to play drums. But the answer was yes. So you can probably say that the band has resurfaced again and we will be doing some gigs this year. There are actually plans to write and record a new album as well, but nothing will be stressed out. It may take the time it takes.
As for other plans, we are just about to complete the recording of a new album with The Funeral Orchestra - “Negative Evocation Rites” to be released by NWN! Productions later in 2020.

Well, at the end of the interview, how would you summarize all of the above on behalf of Runemagick?
- “Åren går men döden består.” - The years pass but death persists.

2020. január 2., csütörtök

Mickael Broberg

Interview with Mickael Broberg 
(Unanimated, Born For Burning, 
Daemonium Regni, 
The 13th Passenger, The Demon's Way)
Hail brother Micke it has been a while and I’m so honoured to talk with you again on my small blog. Let’s start our conversation with Unanimated show, Scandinavia Deathfest, last week. Tell the readers your experiences please. 
I’ve noticed that Set Teitan played with you in a few tracks as a guest. He would be invited to your live performances later then as well?
- Yeah, we had a blast at Scandinavian Deathfest in Stockholm, our hometown. Great crowd! And we had Set come up at the stage and play the last three songs, I think, with us. He did some gigs with us back in 2010 as well. We thought it would be cool to have three guitars at those last songs, so he did a guest appearance this time and we had a great time. We have nothing planned for the future with him for now, but who knows. I did have a terrible cold and was a little sick, and my voice was not at the best it usually is, but I pulled through.

I’m a big fan of Unanimated and Dismember also since early 90s. I saw some Dismember videos from Scandinavia Deathfest, the guys played a great old school set. What is your opinion about their 2 shows? 
- Well, it was like traveling back to the 90’s to see those guys again. And they delivered more than anyone had expected I think, they put up a great show, and was the best at that festival for sure! And I hope they will keep on delivering Death!

How it happened Unanimated re-union a few years ago? I watched a video about your first live show after Unanimated re-united, it has been awesome for me to see you together again, Share some thoughts about it.
- We actually reunited 2007/2008, and then we recorded "In The Light Of Darkness". After that we just weren’t able to be as active as we wanted to. And still we are not as active as we want to; it’s just life that comes between, several of things that makes it hard for us to be out and touring for example. But we are working in the quiet, and writing material for the new album.

You released an awesome EP called “Annihilation” last year. How were the responses from fans and metal media? Do you have some plans to record a new Unanimated full length?
Yes, the plan has always been to release a full length after that MLP-release. Also with re-releases with our three first albums. But things have been time consuming with legal rights and so on. But we are getting closer to our goals, and I believe that this year we will record our full length and hopefully re-release our first three. I thought the response after the "Annihilation" was great; it was just a pre-taste of what’s to come. It was not meant to take this long though, but we are working on it. You’ll see..
With your awesome horde Born For Burning you will release debut album “The Ritual” on the 25th of October through Swedish Critical Mass Recordings this year. I’ve listened to a lot of times those two tracks what your label put to YouTube namely “The Ritual” and “Master”, both of them awesome tracks. What should we know about Born For Burning line-up and recording process? Who is the main song-writer in Born For Burning? 
- Yeah, the response for ”The Ritual” has been awesome all the way, much more than I ever have expected. But I am happy with it, and I am currently working on some new songs. 
Well, the line-up is nor other than me actually. There has been some misunderstanding about the line-up. I had some live-session members back in 2014, for a gig with Primordial at Club Deströyer in Sweden. But that was it! 
It has never been a ”band” in that sense. 
It was and still is a one-man’s band, and I am the only member and songwriter. At least for now. 
Maybe I will do shows later in the future, nothing is written in stone. But if I do, there will be other live-session members for sure. And if that will be the case, there will be more than just one gig. 
I like a lot your another amazing band The 13th Passenger/The Demon’s Way and what I’ve written to you in our private conversations, your voice is very similar to old Ozzy Osbourne. Tell us more about your new tracks, “Black Miracle” and “The Way of Lucifer”.  It would be official changing the name from The 13th Passenger to The Demon’s Way? 
- Well, it’s another solo-project where the music is not very metal, but still there are the occult and dark features involved, as in everything I do. I guess it is more Black Sabbath influenced music, and the challenge is of course with the vocals, where I really push myself to another level as a singer. The new songs are very different from the old ”The 13th Passenger” songs, so that is why I have changed the name of the project to ”The Demon’s Way”. I felt the changes, both as musically and as personally, had developed to something deeper than before. And felt natural to move on with a name more suitable to the music.

You are a multitalented musician and I’m a big follower of your brilliant Death/Black metal project, Daemonium Regni. Enlighten us about all the important details of that Infernal horde. 
What I’ve listened to from you yet, all of them are just total awesomeness. It will be a full length in the near future? 
- I would love to release a full length with Daemonium Regni, but labels today are hard to get to release albums as a solo-artist, on my behalf anyway. Someone said to me that my ”fan-base” isn’t big enough, so I don’t know. But I love to write music even if I never release it, and will keep doing it anyway, regardless. And everyone who has heard my songs enjoys them. But my new songs are much more deeper than before, I have better equipment these days, and a lot of possibilities have opened up my writing. The new songs have more purpose, and are more well-written, there is a thought behind it all, and that thought is not a nice warm thought. But it still sounds like Daemonium Regni. At this point, there are 6 new songs ready for vocals. And then we’ll see, I think I will start to release a 6-track demo official, maybe cassette.
What is situation with Celestial Pain nowadays? 
- Well, the band is down. It has not been active since 2003/2004, and will never be active again. We have three unreleased songs though, and were to release them at Iron Fist Productions, the songs were sent, the cover was done. Everything was set. But then we never heard from Iron Fist again, answering no mail, no explanation. So I guess we were fucked. I am looking for a label to release those three killer thrash combatmetal songs, but there has just not been time to do that, yet.

Enlighten the readers about your guest activity with Necrophobic, Thyrfing.  
- Yeah, I did some guest-vocals with Necrophobic back in..A lot of years ago!  
Can’t even remember what song it was, but it was on their first album with Atte ”The Nocturnal Silence”. ( Iam googling) Yes, the song was of course ”Father Of Creation”. 
This is embarrassing, I know I did some guest-vocals with Thyrfing, but the memories are all just a blur. But I know I did. Have no idea which song or even what album. I have done some guest-vocals through the years, the latest was at The Pete Flesh Deathtrip ”Mortui Vivos Docent” album. 

How did you remember Unanimated/Dissection common live show in 90s?
- Not much at all, the 90’s are all just a big memory loss basically! Haha
Much alcohol, drugs and violence. But we had a blast back in the day! 
But I do remember when we played together at a small place called Kafé 44 in the early 90’s. I remember Jon as a nice guy and an awesome guitar-player, don’t really remember the gig though, and not even my own gig with Unanimated, too much free booze!

What are your current favourite bands from Swedish and Worldwide scene? 
- My all-time favourite bands are all from the 80’s and 90’s. But, new and new (new for me that is, or for anyone that still are somehow still in the 90’s), one band that surprised me, was the Swedish Voodus and I like Mephorash very much as well. Not so very NEW bands, but great ones.
Tack själv brother it was awesome to talk with you again, wish you all the best with all of your brilliant bands. Send your message to the readers of Archangel’s Lantern in the end.
- Hail The Hordes! 

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