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SARKE: INTERVIEW WITH NOCTURNO CULTO




Radio Metal
: Hi Nocturno, how’s it going with Sarke? Are you ready for Wacken Festival? I know that you were in a really good mood for the first gig at the Inferno Festival.

Nocturno Culto : Hell yeah, this has turned out really great for us, and it’s an utter pleasure for me to battle it out with the band. Great atmosphere we have. Gonna start rehearsing in June and we very much look forward to Wacken. The metal vibe at Wacken is unrivalled. First show we did in Oslo was a good experience, and from there we can only get better. Good to have the first gig done. We supported Keep Of Kalessin in Trondheim some weeks after Oslo, and the good feeling got better.

How do Norwegian metalheads react to Sarke’s music on stage?

They seem to like it, but I discovered some bad journalism from Norway stating “it was as boring as watching paint dry, even if Nocturno had growed his hair out to a decent length” hahahahaha, WHAT? Well, to put it this way, to see Sarke on stage is like a rock’n’roll experience: no coreography, no sync banging, no naked woman (yet), no party hats, no dead animals, no intrigue, just plain rock’n’roll concert.

What does your old friend Fenriz think about Vorunah, the first album of Sarke? Have you listened to his new project created by Nattefrost and himself? It seems very rock n’ roll!

I don’t know what he thinks really and it doesn’t matter either, I have not heard his new project either, but I know I will soon.

You met Thomas a.k.a Sarke a long time ago, what convinced you to take part in this new band? Did you feel the need to create a 70’s old school feeling? Or did you want to make a new tribute to the Blacks Emperors (I mean metal legends like Venom, Bathory or Sarcofago)?

The fact that I knew him from before was one of the reasons for joining, and the fact that he can make great songs. I did not know what this would sound like before I headed for studio. Only some riffs played on acoustic guitar last summer, but that did not tell me anything about the whole picture. I got straight into the vibe in the studio and recording this vocal was a feast.

We can notice, with this album and the last Darkthrone releases, that some black metal bands turn back to a kind of punk era and play Motörhead-like rock’n’roll. Is there anything you dislike about new school metal? Can you tell us which are the new metal bands that you appreciate?

I’m just 75 years old in my head, sorry, but all the circus has made me sick. All those with just money in mind, jumping on the BM wagon like it was a fucken popularity contest. But metal and rock IN GENERAL has lost touch with reality. When it comes to Darkthrone, journalists did not know what we were doing in the early 90’s, same as now…many have no clue at all. But please, I am a very diplomatic person, and I realise things have moved “forward” in the world, and I truly mean there are a place for all bands and fans, it’s just that I don’t follow what’s happening anymore, just the UNDERGROUND means something to me now as in the 80’s. So incredible many good bands in the underground today, hail to you all!!! There, you see? I only get pissed for a short moment. We must remember that rock/punk is a vital part of blackmetal, no fucken shit. A very good example of that fact is Celtic Frost, the gods, they showed us a lot of great black/punk, but many can’t even spot that.



(Nocturno Culto) : « When it comes to Darkthrone, journalists did not know what we were doing in the early 90’s, same as now…many have no clue at all. But please, I am a very diplomatic person, and I realise things have moved “forward” in the world, and I truly mean there are a place for all bands and fans, it’s just that I don’t follow what’s happening anymore, just the UNDERGROUND means something to me now as in the 80’s. So incredible many good bands in the underground today, hail to you all!!!»

I’ve seen on your myspace page that you like Dan Lilker. What do you think about his work with all his past and present bands (Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, The Ravenous, Brutal Truth and, of course, Crucifist)? He’s writing a biography; would you consider doing the same thing?

Well, I do have slight contact with him, but we have failed to meet yet. I do like his bands and his work in general, the guy has great musical taste. I can’t imagine anyone remotely interested in reading my biography hahahaha, but I’m a very private person and would not give out all the juicy details from the past.

Could you present your movie, The Misanthrope, for our listeners who don’t know it yet? I’ve heard that you plan to direct another one, can you talk about that?

I have to wait with my second effort, because it IS a huge effort. Well, The Misanthrope is a kind of documentary/fiction, all happening natural. The film gives the viewers a hint of what we are in the private and what our interests are maybe….it’s an alternative to all the sensation/drama documentaries that has been made about black metal. Many will find it complete meaningless, but for those who can catch the vibe….they’ll be happy.

I’m a little curious: in the end of the 80’s and beginning of the 90’s, black metal music spread its wings mainly from Northern countries. How is it nowadays? Is there a difference?

I don’t know, probably, well, yes most likely. The world has a BIG metal scene and all of them shape the future of metal. The northern ones are just the northern ones, in all corners of the world, people are swinging axes and hitting barrels, and that is all good. It has been like that always.

Has black metal music become a new institution in Norway? Would you say that black metal bands have now been channelled?

No, hope not.

Varg will soon be released on parole. Are you happy or indifferent about this? Would you consider working on lyrics with him again or even playing with him?

Never met the guy.

To conclude, what’s up with Darkthrone and what are your future plans?

New album should be finished this autumn. This will take another path than it’s predecessor….well, only people that understand what we’re doing will notice that. I’m very fired up about our material now. Darkthrone will always be judged by our music, not any fancy smancy drama. Can ANYONE tell me WHY people WANTS to be “celebrity”????

Interview conducted July 2009 by email
MySpace Sarke : myspace.com/sarkeofficial



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