The tenth anniversary of Elements of Rock coincided with the last
concert of Jayson Sherlock as Horde, the unblack par excellence.
The staff of WhiteMetal.it was present at the appointment and of course
took the opportunity to meet and exchange a few words with this brave
musician who first brought the Gospel message in black metal.
Daniele: What are your first impressions after the show of yesterday? Do
you appreciate the audience reaction?
Yes I’m very very happy with the audience reaction, it’s always great to
play in Europe, people are very complementary, very nice and very
welcoming. Yes I think that the show was very positive and I’m very very
Daniele: You are considered a legend, the pioneer of the unblack. Why
did you chose a black metal sound for a Christian message?
I think that the main reason why is because backing in the early
ninethies there was much negative happenings: burned churches, murders
and all these kind of things. So I felt that was important for many
persons, also in Australia, to have a positive impact with this music,
showing a light and a point of view different from a goth perspective,
with the same sound, the same look and the same power, but with very
different lyrics with positive content. It was a reaction to the
negative things I’ve said before.
Daniele: Why in the beginning did you chose to stay Anonymous?
There are a lot of black metal musicians that don’t use the real names,
they have alter egos to be sorrounded by an halo of mystery. I think
that Anonymous sounds a little bit like Euronymus of Mayhem, but I don’t
want to be known because my identity is not important. The message of
Christ in the music, in the lyrics, is the most important thing. I chose
to don’t go with corpse paint because I look like a clown when I put
corpse paint on, so I just put the hood and don’t wash up face after the
show, it is much better!
Daniele: You also played with Mortification. Why did you leave
the band? Do you continue to stay in contact with Steve Rowe?
Steve and I live a quite distance from each other and sometimes is very
difficult to stay in contact. Yes, we are still very good friends,
sometimes I hear him, but not so often. I think the reason why that I
left the band, in the first place was beacause I needed to concetrate on
graphic studies for full time work because if you play in a Christian
death metal band you can’t put food on the table, pay the rent and all
the other things. I needed to find a job that would me happy. Studying,
I could not find more time for the band, for the touring...
Daniele: There will be another full-length from Horde?
No. Just one live and one studio.
Francesco: And yesterday? Was it the last concert?
Yes! Because my wife is expecting a “bambini” (he tried to say “child”
in Italian, translator’s note)...
Daniele: Oh, congratulations!
Grazie molte! (he tried again to speak Italian, he said “thank you so
much”, translator’s note). So, it’s an end of an era and also I’m
focusing on my death metal band, Revulsed. It’s my new death metal band,
it sounds very brutal and technical, a little bit like Suffocation and
Cannibal Corpse. I really love the brutal death metal style.
Francesco: Is it a Christian band?
Absolutely yes! I have the responsability because I believe and I know
the Truth, so I need to share the Truth with people.
Francesco: How do you see the Christian metal scene of now?
I think that the Christian metal bands of now are more coming in line
with the secular bands. There is no more separation between Christian
and secular scene. It’s so great to have Christian and unchristian guys
that do lives together, drink beer and enjoy each other companies, share
experiences and I think it’s really cool. It’s a good way to preach, not
trough necessary words, but truough actions and it is exactly what Jesus
did for us. It’s really cool that the two currents converge in a great
Francesco: Are you active in a church?
Yes, my wife is a worship pastor of our church with 1500 people. She is
encharged with the music, she works full time and of course I became
part of this. It’s very cool!
Daniele: Ok, it’s the last question. Do you want leave a message fo our
Of course, yes! Thank you so much for all the support over the years,
stay close to God and never get away from Him, He is the reason why we
play music. Stay brutal and stay hard! I hope to see you again soon and
Fuligno, Francesco Romeggini