T: Hi Mika, Why did you
choose the band name Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus?
Barbaarisuus is Finnish for “nihilistic barbarism”, a philosophical concept I
read about in “The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality” by French philosopher
André Comte-Sponville (our newest release – the ‘Madness Incarnate’ EP – has a
track called “Comte-Sponville” in his honor).The other band founder (Manuel Rodriguez) and I decided to go with
Finnish instead of English or Swedish because it suggested a strong connection
to Finnish/Nordic culture, as well as just sounded better.
T: (is) the style you
play ambient black metal?
M: I still consider the
band ambient black metal generally, but if you compare the first LP ‘Synkkä
Tuuli’ to ‘Madness Incarnate’ I think it’s clear the band has developed with
regard to both production and musical style.The first few releases were straightforward raw atmospheric black metal,
similar to Paysage D’Hiver and Velvet Cacoon, whereas the last LP ‘The Child
Must Die’ took the first big steps toward elevating production quality while
becoming more progressive.With ‘Madness
Incarnate’ I decided to experiment with doom and death metal riffing, a
direction I plan to continue upon.
T: Your last production
(album) is called “the child must die”. How has the feedback been from
magazines, reviewers and your fans.
M: TCMD came out in April
of 2015 on Infernal Kommando Records, and the reviews were mainly
positive.Prior to TCMD the releases
were routinely criticized for being lofi, something I felt was unfair as it was
essentially criticizing raw music for being raw.However, having better access to studio
equipment alleviated much of this with TCMD, and now with the release of
‘Madness Incarnate’ I can confidently state the critical response has become
overwhelmingly positive, much more so than anticipated even.
T: “The Kalevala or The
Kalewala Finnish: is a 19th-century work of epic poetry by Elias Lonnrot from
Karelian and Finish oral folklore and mythology. It is regarded as the national
epic of Karelia and Finland and is one of the most significant works of Finnish
literature. The Kalevala played an instrumental role in the development of the
Finnish national identity, the intensification of Finland's language strife and
the growing sense of nationality that ultimately led to Finland's independence
from Russia in 1917.”
Is “the child must die”
CD based on this subject? Our followers would like to know, why this subject
was chosen for this album.
M: TCMD is conceptually
based entirely on The Kalevala, to the extent that all the song lyrics (with
the exception of the title-track) were taken verbatim from an English-language
intended to write all original songs, but since The Kalevala is a poem to begin
with I ultimately felt silly writing poetry about a poem, and since nothing I
could come up with would ever surpass the legendary prose of The Kalevala, I
decided rather to adapt the existing text instead.As to my reason for selecting The Kalevala to
begin with, my aim was to utilize my musical ability to contribute to the
culture of my ancestral homeland while strengthening my own ties in the
T: How has it been
working with Infernal Komando Records, you guys used to work with Horror Gore
Death Productions. What happened?
M: I’ve never been
contracted with a label to make multiple albums, always just one at a
time.This is good in a sense because it
leaves open the possibility to network with other companies, but is also bad
because there is no consistency and “shopping” for labels can be very stressful.When it came to TCMD, I had already developed
a relationship with Infernal Kommando Records since they previously released
‘Synkkä Tuuli’ & the follow-up EP ‘Väinämöinen’ on cassette.For ‘Madness Incarnate’, I was aided by great
friend of the band Miloš Anić (NB’s unofficial manager at the time) who put me
in contact with Satanath Records in Ukraine.Satanath offered to release the EP on their sub-label, Symbol of
Domination Productions, as a co-production with Black Lion Productions in
Sweden.Between the two labels they were
able to cover all production costs, a major benefit I am very thankful for.
T: The Album art for
“The Child Must Die” was created by Luciana Nedelea.What is the concept and meaning of the CD's
M: All the art is based
on The Kalevala.For instance, one panel
is the battle with Pohyola for the Sampo (a magical item which brings good
fortune), whereas another is either Kullervo’s sister or Aino drowning
themselves.Luciana is an amazing artist
and I strongly recommend anyone looking for album art or logo design to visit
T: You also have another
band called Lawrence's Creation that released a CD called “Drop Zone” . It's
very different from Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus. What can you tell us about this
M: Lawrence’s Creation
was a band I joined as bassist for one album; it was begun by Lawrence Wallace
(ex-Serpent ov Old, ex-Shadows in the Crypt) – a talented multi-instrumentalist
(he was guest keys on some NB releases) – to showcase his virtuosity on guitar,
and I joined basically to help structure some songs and manage the project so
as to get the material released.Ultimately we put out an album, ‘Drop Zone’, on Horror Pain Gore Death
Productions, after which I left to focus on NB.
T: What bands have
influenced the sound of the band? Can you name a few bands?
M: When Manuel and I
first began playing our general influences were other raw atmospheric acts like
Paysage d’Hiver, Velvet Cacoon, and Dark Space.Manuel also had personal influences he put into his riffing such as
Graveland, Hate Forest, and Horna (on ‘Synkkä Tuuli’ I wrote my riffs to
complement his, so my personal influences weren’t so much in play).Once Manuel left (following the release of
ST) my influences became more prominent in the music as I’m much more into
progressive bands like Enslaved, Naglfar, Old Man’s Child, and Rotting Christ.
T: What else would you
like to say to the readers and followers of The Legion Of TchorT Zine?
M: I’d just like to say
thank you for all the support thus far, and please listen to our most recent EP
‘Madness Incarnate’ anyway you can!It
is available from Satanath Records/Symbol of Domination Productions, Black Lion
Productions, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp!
T: Where can you get
Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus y Lawrence´s Creation merch?
Swedish extreme symphonic metallers ZORNHEYM have inked a deal with the Dutch label Non Serviam Records. The debut single, entitled "The Opposed" , will be released on the 19th of August through all digital platforms.
The single and the forth-coming album have been recorded and mastered by
Sverker Widgren, a renowned veteran of sound engineering on the Scandinavian
extreme metal scene (October Tide,
Demonical, IXXI, Diabolical) with cover art created by the wildly talented
photographer and designer Jens Rydén
The single is part of Zornheym’s concept that revolves around the horrors of a
mental institution and its inmates. Each song also has its own comic strip
drawn by the amazing artist Anu Bring
(Märvel, Evil-lÿn, Satan’s fall).
Symphonic Extreme Metal band based in Stockholm - founded and
led by multi-instrumental mastermind and songwriter Zorn.
After parting ways with his former band Dark
Funeral, he was determined to shake up the traditional Metal meets
Symphony approach with his new band Zornheym. Zornheym quickly grew from
an ambitious idea into a dramatic musical and cinematic narrative revolving
around the horrors of a mental institution and its prisoners.
Inspiration drawn from icons such as Dissection,
DimmuBorgir and King Diamond is paired with real
string orchestration and a powerful full choir. Every song on the debut album
will have a visual accompaniment in the form of short graphic stories with
further exploration of the themes as short films in place of the standard
approach to music videos.
The line-up is completed by Facebreaker'sBendler on vocals, guitarist and
musical arranger Scucca, and Diabolical drummer Angst. The debut album has been
recorded at Wing Studios by SverkerWidgren, renowned veteran of
sound engineering on the Scandinavian extreme metal scene (October Tide, Demonical, IXXI, Diabolical)
Zornheym- Where Hatred Dwells And Darkness Reigns Vocals: Bendler(Facebreaker,
tour/session vocalist for Scar Symmetry) Leadguitars: Zorn (ex-Devian, ex-Dark Funeral, AktivDödshjälp) Guitars: Scucca Drums: Angst (Diabolical) Bass: TBA
Why the name of Eternal Wisdom? Any special meaning?
As I formed the Band I wrote the book “The Little Book of Eternal Wisdom” by
the mystic Heinrich Suso. At this point I must make mention that I will chance
the name to “Buried in a Womb” for the next album coming in 2017. There are
some style changes, so I think it´s the best to work under a new banner.
Eternal Wisdom is a band from a single person (Johannes Tullner)
complicated what do everything in a band?
It´s absolutely great to run a one-man-band because it´s pure self-realization.
Sure, the studio work is longer than in normal bands but for me it works and it
is worth it.
The lyrics of your songs try to themes of cabbalism, hermeticism and theosophy.
In the past I was very into the whole occult and theosophical stuff but in the
meantime my interests have changed. The next album is more about existentialism
and nihilism and this was the reason for the name change as well.The lyrics of the next album are a story
about a child which is living into an existential vacuum and suffer by
Have been part of the band Thrash Metal Blooddawn burning even CD.
the band disintegrated?
We disbanded at the wrong time. We released the debut album and signed a deal
with the polish label Mad Lion Records. After that, we split up. But at this
time the most members, me included, had no more pleasure to still running the
The debut of Eternal Wisdom was "... "Of Eternity". That such
were the comments?
come his second CD". Meditation of the cleansing fire"as you did with
can you tell us?
The first two records were very melodious and strongly influenced by Naglfar,
Sacramentum or Dissection. I think that both albums are cool records but it´s
definitely not the best stuff I wrote.
Why do decide to change to a third CD with more death thrash metal influences?
Primarily I´m a big fan of 80´s Thrash and 90´s Death Metal. As I said, the
first two albums was solid records but the harsh aggression was missing. That
was the reason to combine the Swedish melodic metal with Thrash and Death
Metal. But I´m open minded for more different Influences. The next Album is
influenced by crust core music for example. It sounds like Dissection meets
The third CD. Does 'Pathei Mathos' influences that bands?
I would say old Sepultura, old Pestilence and stuff like that.
That you can tell us about the issues of the CD. 'Pathei Mathos'?
There are some copies left but the whole album is available as free download
from the bandcamp page as well.
I read that they have released a new CD. Titled "In Infinitum" not
what is heard, but I can say that style have?
“In Infinitum” was the first album I wrote for Eternal Wisdom in 2006. I
recorded a demo of “In Infinitum” but I never released it because the sound was
terrible. I edited the recordings and re-recorded some parts. I released it in
April this year. You could say it´s like the Goatlord album of Darkthrone. It
was important for me to release that Album because it represents my beginnings.
Which are your favoritebands from
Germany olds and news?
This is hard. I would say my favorite old German bands are Protector, S.D.I. or
Bands? Nothing! I´m stuck in the past.
Some final words for the readers of The Legion of TchorT Zine and Where our
readers can buy their merchandise?
Be prepared for Buried in a Womb (EX-ETERNAL WISDOM) and the new album which
coming in 2017. For merch and free downloads visit www.otow.bandcamp.com