|Not many new Black Metal combos can impress me as most of them sound like a second or third range, copy cat of Darkthrone. But STUTTHOLF successes in attracted me with their debut 7EP which sounded a bit like Emperor's demos, you know this kind of symphonic B.M that is fearful and obscure. Then with the re-release of the "And Cosmos From Ashes To dust" I decided to have a chat with Acherontas who handles all instruments.|
which records will you pick for this interview ?
Hail! Until now we have 2 full albums on CD and LP, 2 7eps which the one is split with Satanic Warmaster,1 split CD with gauntlets sword, 1 tape with French band Nemeton, also all of our releases are out in tape to support the true underground, and our first demo cdr was out in 1998 with the ex name of the band as Worship. (huh ? that wasn't really the question…-ed)
First of all could you explain the
meaning of the band name ? What does it mean exactly, I found some connection
with the Second World War on the net ?
I discovered your band through a pretty
awesome 7EP released through Eclipse Record "An Ode To Thee Ancient
Great Goddess", so could you tell us a bit about the previous releases
how do they sound and were they in the same musical vein ?
According to me STUTTHOLF musical direction
is not that much easy to play, you use the symphonic and majestic touch
in your Black Metal that have most of the time turned really childish
in many other combos while you reached a kind of dark and fearful atmosphere
in your tunes, so I was wondering it's hard for you to compose new songs
and have you used all the tunes you've written yet ?
The cover of your 7ep showed your faces
while the cover of the new release "And Cosmos From Ashes to Dust…"
display skull with 2 kind of phoenix turned into a macabre way, would
you explain us the meaning behind this cover ?
Demogorgon is also involved in Legion
Of Doom, Wintergods and Demogorgon so what was his need to play in another
You always use long sentences for your
release titles and song titles, that was something pretty common in the
95's with bands such as Satyricon, Emperor or even Bal-Sagoth. I found
that the paroxysm of ridiculous long title was reached with Bal-Sagoth,
they used such long sentences that many jokes were done with their titles.
So, why do you use such long sentences don't you think it's a bit outdated
I'd like you to enlighten us about
the text that featured in the inlay card, you stated about the fame and
money that reign in B.M milieu and the trendy bands. Honestly if you consider
yourself as a Satanist why should you give a single fuck about them, a
Satanist lives for himself and praises his own glory. Furthermore, I don't
think that kind of text is useful, why don't you just fuck them as Sad
Ex did for instance ?
politic with Black Metal through your imagery and lyrics, there has been
thousands of chats about that mix, some think that as Black Metal should
be as extreme as possible it can melt any extreme ideas being from sex,
murder, politics, annihilation while others think that politic aims is
to educate a population or at least conduct it that is in total opposition
to primitive Black Metal concept, I'd like to get your philosophy on that
part of Black Metal….
|The music from
2 of your tracks are taken from "The 9th Gate" movie, I guess
you used this movies because it has some kind of mystic feeling, and deal
the search of mighty, inhuman power, is that right ?
This film is one of my favourite and it has a great occult feeling behind it intelligent messages ! Maybe we must give it as a gift with our CD !! haha!
Could you explain the topics of your
lyrics, what kind of lyrics do you write , judging from the song titles
they seem to deal with magic and lycanthropic themes….
In the very early days of 90's Greek
scene was pretty strong with bands such as Varathron, Rotting Christ,
Necromantia, Agatus, Zemial, Thou Art Lord. All these combos came with
new concept, and a really dark, insane sound that later was labelled as
the "typical Greek sound". Where you part of the raising scene
and could you tell us your memories from this era ? By the way, what is
your view on Rotting Christ for instance that completely wimp out ?
I know that the Greek scene is also
rather famous for its Epic Metal scene, what is your regard on that bands
who praised the glorious 80's years and come back with their ideas these
days ? Are you into Heavy Metal by the way and what is your regard on
the 80's NWOBHM ?
Black Metal has been exited since now
nearly 20 years, the aims has always been to fight against religions,
but we can know admit that the music and ideologies hadn't changed anything
and Black Metal is nothing less than another kind of Metal. I mean obviously
some Metalheads have strong ideas and a kind of "live code"
but not that much actually…so what's view on that ?
How strong is christianity in Greece
? Do you suffer from the church in your country and are the government
and religion linked in Hellas ?
What is the future plans with STUTTHOF
? Do you think that you could play gig as you are only 2 members in the
Thanks a lot for your answers, close
this int giving us some name of worthy bands from Hellas to check
Franang zine 25/10/06