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I am ready to kill / NRG nr. 3, primo / 1996
« on: May 01, 2019, 05:16:22 pm »
"Unlike the Christians who displace the dark side in their interior, we accept our dark sides, "claimed Dissections Jon Nödtveidt in 1995. The story showed that he was speaking the truth."

Interview: Peter Béliath (Published i NRG nr. 3, primo 1996)

[Background: The interview below was made at a metal festival in Aalborg in 1995. The interview gave the impression that Nödtveidt & Co. were very serious - both about their music and their religion. A few of Nödtveid's statements get an extra shadow of dark seriousness when reading them in the light of the tragic events that followed in respectively 1997 and 2006. People who are interested in the tragedies can read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_N%C3%B6dtveidt. The interview published in NRG and can be read beneath this intro.]


Dissection: Perhaps Europe's most accomplished death metal band.

In 1993, an album was created that created a great resurgence in the black metal scene. The album was called "The Somberlain", and the band behind the album were Swedish Dissection. The style was a cryptic cross between death metal and black metal, and Dissection even called their melodic and technically proficient music for a "Metallic Black Symphony of Death".

All members of Dissection are skilled musicians, and technically, Dissection is one of Scandinavia's - perhaps also Europe's - most accomplished death metal bands.

"We are very dedicated to the music," says band leader and lead guitarist / vocalist Jon Nödtveidt.

"Death metal is a way of life for us. The music is the creative side, and the lyrics are the philosophical side. And we take it very seriously, it's our destiny to play death metal. ”

That this fate is not just empty bravado, you can hear on Dissection's current album, "Storm of The Light's Path", which is both a grandiose and dark death metal record, where the songs are played with t'ai chi-like precision.

The inspiration for Dissection's debut album, but also "Thorns of Crimson Death" and the title-track from "Storm of the Light's Track" can be traced back to the Danish band Mercyful Fate.

“Yes, it's a band that has meant a lot to us. But we also have roots in early heavy metal such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Manowar and old thrash metal. However, we are not only inspired by metal, but by everything that we think is good. It can be anything from obscure synth music, industrial and ambient to horror movie soundtracks and classical music, " reveals Nödtveidt, who also thinks that Celtic Frost, Slayer and very old bands like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Rainbow are "**** great.”

For Dissection, the darkness stood for strength.


The title of Dissection's debut album is encircled by some mystery.

Nödtveidt explains:

“It is difficult to describe briefly in an interview because there is so much behind that title. But "The Somberlain" is the name attributed to the person whom the title-track is about. The song is a vision of death and what happens after death. He comes to a dimension over which he rules - one can call it a dimension of hell. Our texts are more or less thoughts, thoughts and visions about death. Death is an inexhaustible source of inspiration."

Inside the cover booklet for "The Somberlain" there is a beautiful and very Gothic photograph of a castle that towers on a background of heavy, threatening clouds.

“It's Castle Bran in Transylvania. We liked the picture a lot, it's very dark. Transylvania has been surrounded by so much mystery over the years because of all the stories of Dracula and vampires. There was a real Dracula, Vlad Tepes, and Elisabeth Bathory - but she did not live in Transylvania, but in the Carpathians. I have read a lot about it and find it rather interesting. These are things that are not so well known here in the Nordic countries. People like Vlad Tepe's [bloodthirsty prince of Walachia in the 15th century, was nicknamed "the impaler" because he loved to impale his victims on large stakes] and Elisabeth Bathory [Countess, who in 1611 was walled up inside her castle's tower room after she had murdered and tortured 650 virgins, in whose blood she had bathed to preserve her beauty] is' **** 'bizarre,' says Nödtveidt.


In Dissection's lyrics, there is talk of darkness against the light. The light symbolises Christ while Satan is symbolised by darkness. It is also Satan who is hailed as the murderer of the light in the title of Dissection's new album.

“How to perceive light and darkness is a question of definition. For me, Christianity means weakness, and darkness strength," explains Dissection's anchor man, who is declared a satanist, who draws inspiration from various occult exercises such as astral meditation. As an occultist, Nödtveidt is, however, modest:

"I must point out that I don't see myself as a great magician. It's just an interest that I spend a lot of time on, and right now I'm probably more or less a novice. It's a lifelong learning process."

"It is a personal view of life," says Nödtveidt about satanism. "We do not use satanism as an image for the band like many other black metal bands do. Satanism, of course, permeates the texts, and the music is very dark, but as a band it is the music that comes first."

"Contrary to the Christians who displace the dark side in their interior, we accept our dark sides," declares Nödtveidt. "I believe much more in a vicious attitude with clarity instead of blinded love and a belief that the whole world can become a kind of paradise. It is absolutely crazy to have such a view, it is just a foolish dream."

Dissection's warfare against Christianity is spiritual. But: "Of course I am ready to kill. Personally, I am prepared to fight for what I stand for, instead of accepting submission," claims Nödtveidt, who - although he is a notability in black metal circles - does not attach great importance to the Norwegian black metal mafia's church arsons in the fight against Christianity.

"Burning a church or twenty does not remove Christianity. But I also don't get particularly sad when they burn churches in Norway. The question is whether you want to risk a prison sentence just to burn a church. People who burn churches should not be demeaned in any way, but it does not have a great effect. Well, a band like Burzum gets a lot of 14-year-old fans who think it's "****". But if you are serious, then you do not put your freedom at risk with small things."

Link to the original article in Danish: http://peterbeliath.blogspot.com/search/label/Dissection

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Re: I am ready to kill / NRG nr. 3, primo / 1996
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2019, 05:53:26 pm »
'you do not put your freedom at risk with small things' - wow...