Let's travel back in the end of 80's, early 90's years : the place is located in Finland, few demons were popping and created was one of the most extreme form of Metal the world ever experienced. Bands like Beherit, Impaled Nazarene, Belial were establishing the root of the future Northern Black/Death Metal scene. ARCHOGAT was part of these combos delivering cruel, satanic and untamed Metal. These lads seem coming from Hell and were unleashing some terrible hymns covered with blood, leather and spikes. Now we're in 2007 and ARCHGOAT delivered one hell of album that can't be missed "Whore Of Bethlehem". Read short answers from Ritual Butcher (guitar). 06/02/07
! How are you today ? Excepted the new album what's the news from ARCHGOAT
How does it come that you
wanted to release a full-length 13 years after the band split ? Furthermore,
back in the 90's you only released demos, so why didn't you record a full-length
during the early days ?
I'd like to congratulate
you for the "Whore Of Bethlehem" CD, it's one of the most amazing
Black/Death release in this Metal genre. You really captured the old and
ugly feeling from the early Finish extreme Metal scene. I felt like his
album was a kind of lost release you found in a chest. How is your view
on this full-length and was it hard to come back with crushing tunes ?
and Ritual Butcher you're brothers, how does it come that you were interested
in Metal and its blackest side, and who came up first into Metal land
? By the way isn't it a bit difficult to play with his brother ?
was wondering either all tunes on the new release are new compositions
or either some of them back from the demos' era ?
started back in '89 in Finland and was one of the first band to play row
Black/Death Metal. If I'm not wrong Beherit released their first demo
in '90,while Impaled Nazarene had their first demo tape in '91. So, the
scene was just starting, how was your view in the early day on the Finish
extreme Metal scene ? And were you aware that something special was rising
in Finland ?
after the Scandinavian B.M scene got attention with the underground scene
and bands such as Darkthrne, Mayhem, Burzum, Emperor, Fimbulwinter, Satyricon,
how did you see this new scene ? I remember there was a kind of competition
and even animosity between Norway/Sweden and Finland, Mika Luttinen was
always spiting on Norwegian bands….
While the Norwegian
and Swedish 90's scene turned famous because of satanic activities, Finland
was rather quiet when it comes to grave desecrations, church burning,
at least from abroad the Finland seemed exempted from brutality. Was that
Back in the 60's there
was a strong Satanic revival through Anton Lavey, Charles Manson and so
on. There were lot of activities around the occult theories and even well
known bands such as Led Zeppelin, Beatles, or Rolling Stones used the
Satanic elements in their lyrics. Have you even taken care of that and
are you into early bands such as Coven, Led Zeppelin ?
Satanist ideas' from the 60's were a kind of rebellion against the established
government and rules, against the Hippy trend, and Flower Power ideology.
They wanted to break all the rules, and it was more a kind of "do
what you will" than anything else. Is your philosophy too ?
do you see Black Metal music ? According to you is it a mean of war against
religious ideologies, a way of enforce private thoughts or an aggressive
like to know your views on the actual scene, are there still some bands
that impressed you in the extreme Metal scene ? By the way, don't you think
that bands such as Bathory, Slayer, Metallica, Venom, Possessed were much
more aggressive in their early days than any bands that are playing now
? I mean there was something unique in their shows and/or albums, they came
with a huge fury and bestiality in their compositions without playing tunes
full of blast beasts. Furthermore most of their debut releases had a poor
productions but still kick ass…
I agree with you about the fury of the old bands except Metallica. Music was much harder to release back then and this situation prevented the large scale of crappy releases unlike today.
Those bands concentrated of creating their own music instead of copying somebody else's music and this gave them their unique sound and style.
to you, how would you define an extreme Metal band ? Through Metal forums
I sometime read reviews of B.M release done by fans then if fans tell
bad words about production or originality of the CD, all of a sudden a
member of the review band needs to give explanations as if he was trying
to say "hey how come that everybody can't love my music ?" I
think that behaviour is fucking ridiculous, if you really play in an extreme
band then why should you care about others views, extreme music needn't
to be consensual, don't you agree….
get back with your band, "Angelcunt" '93 EP was released by Necorpolis
Rec back then, why did you choose this label and how were your relations
with them ? This label also released the first Nifelheim debut album in
1995 that is a hell fucking masterpiece, do you agree with me and what were
the bands on that labels that attracted you ?
I do not know much about which bands released material via NR. The deal we made with them was suitable for us and served the cause.
was responsible of the 93 EP cover ? I thought it was Chris Moyen but
I didn't find hat cover on his web site…Furthermore that kind of
black and white drawings were very much linked with the extreme Black/Death
Metal scene of the early 90's don't you think so ?
there been any plan to create a video clip of a ARCHGOAT tune ? Do you
think that your band could fit to that media ?
a lot for your answers, is there any plan to come and play in France in
the future ?