Antestor are back
and their latest album "Omen" is gathering very positive opinions. This
is a perfect moment to interview the legendary frontman Ronny Hansen.
In 2009 you were
at Elements of Rock with Morgenroede and on that occasion you said that
the Antestor project was dead. But two years later you're back with
Antestor on the same stage. What has happened?
We did not
think that we could establish Antestor again, and the motivation for it
was low as well. But about a year after Morgenroedes gig at Elements of
Rock we gathered some musicians to set Antestor alive again. For my part
I had nothing else to do at the time concerning music, since Morgenroede
still is on a long pause and Lars and me considered that we may try once
more. Jo Henning from Morgenroede was enough motivation for me to try to
gather even more great musicians.
What about the
last full-length "Omen" and its sound? In my opinion it's more technical
than "The Forsaken", almost extreme metal.
ARE extreme metal. Our sound and music will not be limited to just black
metal. Since most of us has contributed musically on "Omen", the styles
vary a bit and so does the personality of our songs. I like to bring new
elements of vocals into my work, not just because it fits, but it is
more a challenge for me than just the blackish screams which I can do in
my sleep. I have a lot to learn in other styles, and find it very
interesting to try new things.
As for the lyrics,
what are the sources of inspiration?
inspiration for the lyrics are my own feelings, experiences and of
course the link to my Christian faith, moral and ethic. Mostly dark
thoughts that lingers from my past though. Not all lyrics are made by
me, and not all I write is experienced by me.
How did you get
the collaboration of Hellhammer for the drums in "Det Tapte Liv" and
"The Forsaken"? It 's true that he didn't know about the Christianity of
Axel knew about the fact that we have a christian profile. We had no
drummer at the time, but the songs were finished, so we thought we could
contact the most respectable and well known drummer there is, mostly
just for fun, since we did not know him personally at the time. And
surprisingly he had both the time and motivation to do it. He has said
later that he did get some trouble for it, but most of the black metal
scene is no longer that satanic anymore, so they don't really care. The
fans however got him the most trouble I assume.
A lots of Antestor
fans consider the demo "Vaakevandring" like a masterpiece. What are your
memories of that period?
I have a lot of
memories from that period, but most of the "success" is related to
Morten Magerøy, which wrote almost all of the music, and of course Pål
Dæhlen which spread the word and music outside its boundaries.
musicians that play black metal don't accept the “unblack” term. What do
you think? What is black metal for you?
of all, I consider that there are three variations of black metal. The
first era, which was Bathory and maybe Venom (which at least invented
the term) these bands were negative towards christianity, but in music
they don't have anything to do with black metal. The second wave was
with Burzum, Dark Throne and Mayhem, which is musically a bit primitive,
but with the same anti christian lyrics. This is what i call true black
metal. After a while there became more melody and progression into black
metal, Like Emperor, Dimmu Borgir and now Carach Angren. Although anti
christian lyrics are most common, there are not so many "rules" to
follow. As for the term "unblack", I don't like it. Lets have an
example: if you are not a Christian, why would you buy something that
makes fun of the term? This is something that bands also should
consider, it is like christians make music ONLY for christians, and even
if there is a market for that. What is the point in alienating music.
How do you live
your Christian experiece? Are you active in a church?
members of Antestor have different churches, so we stand united in a
way. There are members who are active in the norwegian church, the
pentacostal church, sub church and the methodist church along with the
ehm...frikirke (have no idea what that is in english). I am not as
active as I maybe should have been in my church (sub church and now
recently the methodist church).
What are the
future plans for Antestor?
We are in the
process of making an Ep, or maybe an album...we do not know yet. There
will be more, but since the economy has only red numbers it will have to
take some time.
Ronny, thanks for this interview. Do you want leave a message to the
everything and do not be a naive follower, think and rethink again.
Daniele Fuligno, ChildrenOfBodomForever