HI! HOW ARE YOU? WHERE ARE YOU? Hello! I am fine! I am in Bergen-Norway as a matter of fact! HELLO GUYS! AFTER THREE LONG YEARS „HEXAEON“ IS FINALLY OUT AND VERY IMPRESSIVE. ARE YOU CONTENT WITH EVERYTHING? HOW ARE YOUR FEELINGS NOW AFTER WORK IS DONE? I SEE YOU HAD SOME MASTERING PROBLEMS? Thank you! Yes, it is great to finally have this CD out there! We are very satisfied with it and like I said: It’s great to have it out so we can now look ahead and not at least work with our new drummer and all. Preparing songs for gigs and so forth… We never had a mastering problem; we had a problem that was in the mix actually. It was taken care of though! All good! MAY I ASK WHAT YOU HAVE DONE IN THE MEANTIME? EVER THOUGHT OF GIVING UP? ESPECIALLY REGARDING THE FACT THAT YOUR LONG TIME DRUMMER ERIK PARTED WITH THE BAND. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO THE CHEMISTRY OF AETERNUS? It was tough when Erik left. However, I found the strength to move on and we were lucky to find a new drummer! So like I said, now we look ahead. AETERNUS will sound different without Erik, but not in terms of “bad” or “worse”. Our new drummer S. Winter is highly capable of doing Erik’s existing material/ drumming and I think he’ll do great on future songs as well. He is skilled and highly dedicated. HOW DOES HE ACTUALLY FIT IN THE BAND. HE ALREADY APPEARED IN OTHER EXTREME METAL BANDS LIKE FORLON, I BELIEVE. HOW DID YOU GET IN TOUCH? IS IT A PROBLEM THAT HE LIVES 3-4 HOURS AWAY? I met Mr Winter actually 3 years ago when AETERNUS played outside his City. He likes AETERNUS and I spoke a bit with him back then. His wife had a lot to do with all of this really… to make it all short: He was the drummer of GEHENNA, he quit GEHENNA, we needed a drummer and I asked him as I believed him being the man that could pull it off. I was right! He can and he does! :o) It’ won’t be a problem that he lives in Stavanger because we won’t LET it be a problem! BY THE WAY: DO YOU STILL HAVE CONTACT WITH MORRIGAN? WHAT DOES SHE DO NOWADAYS? I have little contact with her nowadays; it has been a while since I have seen her or met her. I hope she’s doing fine and I choose to believe that she’s doing just fine! AND HOW DID YOUR COLLABORATION WITH DARK ESSENCE START? IS YOU CONTENT WITH THEIR PROMOTIONAL WORK? So far we are happy with them. Well, I knew they were a new Label here in town and I know the folks working there to put it that way. So, we decided to give it all a try! Nice and easy really. YOU HAVE BEEN SIGNED TO HAMMERHEART WHO DIED A RATHER INFAMOUS END. HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF BEING MUCH “BIGGER” TODAY IF YOU HAD MORE AND BETTER BUSINESS SUPPORT? YOU MUSIC HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON PAR WITH THE BEST I BELIEVE AND “SHADOWS OF OLD” IS AN INSTANT CLASSIC… Yeah, one can endlessly think about what “went wrong” or what one can or could have done differently I guess. This is however not a question that burns my mind at all. I look ahead and I make my music and finally again now, we are after all releasing another Dark Metal album. So I choose not to dwell on HHR and all that! It’s in our past and new Era’s lies before us now. REGARDING YOUR DEVELOPMENT AS A BAND EFFORT. YOU WORE CORPSEPAINT ON YOU EARLY RELAESES, THIS CHANGED UNTIL NOWADAYS YOU LOOK LIKE “NORMAL” PERSONS (WHICH IS MEANT WITH ALL RESPECT!). DO YOU THINK THAT AFTER SO MANY YEARS IN THE “SCENE” MUSIC IS ALL WHAT IT’S ABOUT AND NOT STYLE? DID YOU CHANGE YOU MIND REGARDING THIS TOPIC (TRUENESS AND SO ON)? We got too much related to Black Metal with this paint on our faces so we stopped it all. However I wear make-up Live still today as it matters to ME personally. This goes for the use of my artistic name as well. The music alone is what comes first, yes…, BUT: I wouldn’t use make up and so forth if it had no meaning to me. It’s all about atmospheres and a state of mind really. It exists more for me than others really… LET’S GO BACKT TO “HEXAEON”: THE COVER IS VERY INTERESTING AND A LITTLE BIT MORBID. WHICH IS THE MESSAGE? IS IT RELATED WITH THE LYRICS’ CONCEPT AND DID YOU HAVE ANY INFLUENCE ON THE DESIGN? “HeXaeon” is a word that speaks more or less of an eternal curse or whatnot… a lot of fantasy can be put in there really. So I told the designer to think those ways and he did. The result is the cover we all see today! AETERNUS were satisfied with it, he did a good job. WHO IS LURKING BEHIND THAT DOOR? IS IT A DEMON OR MAYBE OUR DEEPEST INNER FEAR? It certainly could be… one can choose really. What you described is more or less what I feel myself so I’ll give you 8 of 10 there. Hehe! WHAT DOES THE TERM “HEXAEON” MEAN (TO YOU) ANYWAY? YOU DO NOT SEEM TO HAVE LOST YOUR INTEREST IN THE OCCULT… I like this title as it relates me to Darkened emotions. That alone is the essence of AETERNUS. COULD YOU TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT THE PRODUCTION PROCESS? HOW WAS WORK LIKE WITH PYTTEN? DOES THE SOUND FIT YOUR EXPECTATIONS? We went to Grieghallen Studios for the 6th time regarding a production of a full length. So, we were satisfied and we KNEW weren’t gonna leave without knowing we did something fucking cool. The recording and mixing and so forth went as planned. Nothing special to tell really. To work with Pytten is inspiring and I enjoy it personally a lot. GRIEGHALLEN/ PYTTEN SEEM TO BE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT COMPANION. WHAT IS THAT SPECIAL CHEMISTRY BEHIND YOUR RELATIONSHIP? DOES HE HAVE SOME INFLUENCE ON THE SONGWRITING, TOO? No, but we simply have gotten things the way we have wanted it there. Ever since we did the first full length there, back in 1996. Pytten really understands AETERNUS in my opinion so he’s a great Producer for AETERNUS in my opinion and I wouldn’t have it any other way! “GODHEAD CHARLATAN” IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE TRACKS AS IT HAS A REALLY MURDEROUS GROOVE. ANY COMMENTS ON THAT TRACK? Hmmm, what to say?!! It was the first song I made for HeXaeon. I tried to put variety in that song, make it real groove and pounding…to have it give away different aspects of AETERNUS as well as new “faces” and I feel I succeeded. REGARDING THE SONGS ON „HEXAEON“ IT SEEMS TO ME AS IF YOU HAVE BECOME MORE VARIABLE. WAS THIS INTENDED OR PURE COINCIDENCE WHEN YOU ENTERED THE STUDIO? I LIKE THE MIX BETWEEN SPEED, VIOLENCE AND GROOVE We wanted to have this album sounding a bit different if not just directly different. We succeeded in that in my opinion. We wanted to take a step away from the Death Metal aspects and feels and so we did. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CURRENT DEATH METAL SCENE IN NORWAY? TOO MANY BANDS? TOO MANY COPYCATS? ANY INTERESTING NEW INFLUENCES OR UNDERGROUND BANDS WHICH HAVE TO BE DISCOVERED? I have no opinion or thoughts about that! I’ll say this: Zyklon KICKS ASS, there’s none above or beneath those guys! AND WHAT DO YOU EXPECT OF THE REUNIONS OF CELTIC FROST AND EMPEROR (MORE OR LESS A LIVE REUNION AS IT IS KNOWN BY NOW)? I hope Emperor will release more fantastic music! WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OUR FREAKIN NEW GERMAN POPE? HAS THINGS BECOME EVEN WORSE? ARE YOU INTERESTED AT ALL? No interest in that! WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER INTERESTS BESIDES MUSIC AND OCCULTISM? DO YOU LIKE BRANN BERGEN? I hate football. If I don’t engage myself into music, I watch films. I like playing pc games and so forth. Chatting with friends on MSN…uhm…drink and shit. Ya know…usual shit! I occupy myself with this and that when I’m not doing music and so forth…oh and btw: I don’t practice occultism, just so you know! ;o) WILL WE SEE YOU LIVE IN GERMANY IN 2006 AND WHAT CAN/ COULD WE EXPECT? PLAYING ANY OF THE LARGE FESTIVALS OVER HERE? We’ll see when we’re ready for gigs. Right now we are in the beginning-phase of working with our new drummer: Mr S. Winter! So we’ll see… What to expect? Hehe! Expect: DARK METAL! IF YOU COULD CHOOSE SOMEONE TO PLAY WITH, GENRE OR NONGENRE. WHO COULD THAT BE? None! I wanna play with my bro’s in AETERNUS. No one else! THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR TIME AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR STRONG EFFORT. Thank YOU very much for your support through this interview. See ya in Europe maybe… Stay true to Extreme Metal; it’s a way of life!