we met Kobold (vocals & keys) for the second time, it was in a small
pub in Lewes (not only the setting of a song from
their last ep 'Tales of the Sussex Weald ; Part 2', but also home to Harvey's
brewery - which is a band favourite.
As usual, I met Kobold early on a friday afternoon, to avoid the crowds.
This time he was accompanied by guitarist Beleth,
who mainly just sat there getting silently more pissed. All answers are
by band spokes-person Kobold....
( for the first interview, click HERE
You have chosen to release a demo (The Kingdom of Darkness) which
was previously unreleased. Tell us more about it ?
'The Kingdom of Darkness' consists of demo recordings
which when combined with the tracks from our first demo 'Of
Mists & Graves' were re-recorded to make the debut album
'Into the Old Forest', which was released in
2000 on Mordgrimm records.
We thought that people would be interested to hear this demo, which had
not been heard by anyone else, because we originally chose not to release
it, owing to the fact that we had signed to re-record and release the
material anyway. We present it here for posterity and the interest of
anyone who takes interest in our work.
Why did you chose the title 'The Kingdom of Darkness' ?
It should be made clear that "originality" was not
in the interest of Old Forest. However, by staying true
to our beliefs and maintaining our love for early Black Metal, we have
become at odds with the mainstream Black Metal artists, who have sought
the attention of the press, record sales etc. In the process, the majority
of bands have adopted a commercial sound and have strayed far from the
anti-commercial beliefs of Black Metal so much so that it is hard to refer
to them as Black Metal save for the lip-service that they pay to what
they deem as "satanic" beliefs. These are people who thrive
in the limelight and being in a crowd.
We in Old Forest prefer to skulk in the shadows barely registering as
a blip on the radar of the scene-police, self-appointed know-it-alls and
magazines. I personally stopped listening to any new Black Metal some
time ago. We know what we like as a band, and we know what we want to
do. The blueprints are in the recordings of Darkthrone,
Burzum, early Emperor,
Hellhammer, early Bathory,
and early Mayhem.
If it was recorded after 1995, we generally dont listen to it.
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Pt's 1 & 2 OF THE
'TALES OF THE SUSSEX
The sound between your two recent EPs differs somewhat - the second being
a more abrasive affair. Was this intentional ?
The recordings were both engineered and produced by James Fogarty
- the reason being that we know him from many years ago, he is local and
also he is more than apt to record what we want as a band. We had some
input for the first EP, but with the second, we left it to him. Evidentally,
it was probably for the best as the resulty is a better mix. We recorded
the different parts in different locations ;
The drums were recorded at a professional studio in Hove, the bass &
guitars were recorded in Beleth's shed, and the I recorded the vocals
at home. We are experimenting with some ideas for the next EP - but it
is unsure as to how this will turn out.
Why did you specifically request to meet here in Lewes ?
Lewes is a special town that is the historic seat of local governance
for the Sussex area. It has a long history, the most colourfull of which
we documented in our song "The Lewes Martyrs". This is the story
of the protestants who were burnt at the stake during the short reign
of Queen Mary.
Myself and Beleth have just been on a tour of the local brewery which
he found most interesting as you may be able to tell. Also, any town that
annualy burns effigies of the pope in the main street is certainly going
to be an interesting place..
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THE FIRST DEMO
What are Old Forest up to at the moment ? What awaits the listener ?
Apart from my previous answer, we are all busy with our own lives and
projects. We are slowly piecing together an EP of classic Black Metal
cover versions, and working on the next EP in the Sussex Weald trilogy.
Also, we are planning another EP which will be more like our first demo.
Apart from that, we have still to finalise the editing of our music video
for 'The Black Priory', which is taken from Part 2 of the Sussex Weald
The bar slowly became more crowded, but unlike last time Kobold was persuaded
to stay a little longer while Beleth and myself got down to some more
drinking and chatting about whether or not Darkthrone were trendy or not
and whether the new Burzum album will be any good.