Whenever I send off an interview, I always hope my questions will cause the proverbial floodgates to open, that the artist will dig deep and spill his guts. As evidenced by the curt exchange below, such was not the case with Satanic Tyrant Werewolf, mastermind behind Finland’s Satanic Warmaster. Hey, at least I tried.
THKD: What did you set out to accomplish with your new album, Nachzehrer? How does it compare to previous Satanic Warmaster albums?
Satanic Tyrant Werewolf: I sought to create an even more morbid, dismal and dark album compared to the previous one. Something that would reflect the european shadow soul in a totally different way and wander deeper into the darkness of forgotten tales, fears and things that are only seen by the light of Satan’s eye.
THKD: Your last full-length, Carellian Satanist Madness, came out in 2005. Why the long wait between albums?
STW: Each time a new era for this creation has been at hand, I have contemplated the reasons to go on, and each time I have rejuvenated the idea and gone through changes that might not be seen superficially, but are crucial to pursue new horizons once more. This time I wanted to take my time to create something I would be satisfied with again, musically, lyrically and also in terms of general presentation and productions.
THKD: The production of Nachzehrer sounds much more raw than Carelian Satanist Madness or other more recent Satanic Warmaster recordings such as the Revelation ep. Was this intentional?
STW: For me the production on “Nachzehrer” is far from raw, and knowing the hours I put into the forging, it is far from “raw” in my perspective. The dismal storm that is the soundscape of “Nachzehrer” turned out very much like I visioned it to be.
THKD: When and where was the album recorded? What was your mindset going into/during the recording sessions?
STW: The album was recorded at the Satanic Metal Temple during one full year between 2009 and 2010. All possible mindsets were present during the recording at one point or another.
THKD: The songs on Nachzehrer are of course rooted in traditional black metal, but they have some very catchy moments that could almost be described as rock or punk. What inspired this?
STW: My music has always had the certain hard-hitting and catchy edge, so I don’t consider it as a new aspect in any way. There weren’t any particular inspirations to do this as this is the way I’ve always wanted it to be.
STW: They reflect traits that are also present in Satanic Warmaster, the wolf in man who takes what he needs driven by unearthly hunger and the vampire who feeds upon the suffering of the weak.
THKD: What are some of the other lyrical themes being explored on Nachzehrer?
STW: Satan, Lycanthropy, Vampirism, Strife, Necromancy and Death.
THKD: What does “Satan” mean to you? Do you think black metal is an inherently Satanic form of music?
STW: Satan is the light I grow towards. Yes, Black Metal is Satanic.
THKD: Aside from occasional session musicians, Satanic Warmaster has always been a solo project. Why do you prefer to work alone? Were any session musicians involves with Nachzehrer?
STW: Satanic Warmaster is my vision, thus I walk alone in that sense. There were session members on the album.
THKD: You’ve released Nachzehrer on your own Werewolf Records. Why put the album out yourself instead of working with an established label?
STW: Werewolf records IS an established label.
THKD: In spite of the 5 years between albums, you’ve put out a string of EPs, splits, etc over the past several years. How do you stay so prolific?
STW: A single song on a split 7” now and then hardly makes anyone prolific.
THKD: You’re involved in numerous projects aside from Satanic Warmaster. Is it difficult to juggle so many different bands? How do you decide when it is time for Satanic Warmaster?
STW: I create on impulse and various impulses require different banners to be presented under.
THKD: Finland has gained a reputation for producing some of the filthiest black metal out there. What (if anything) do you think separates the Finnish black metal scene/sound from the rest of the hordes out there?
STW: One of the most important things might be that many of the finnish bands have paid their dues to the highest and have worked seriously for years, but still without making any compromises whatsoever to gain more “mainstream” attention.
THKD: What’s your take on the current state of black metal? Do you care what’s going on in “the scene” aside from the bands you’re involved with? Is black metal a tradition that should be preserved?
STW: Luckily the “scene” has taught me not to follow so intensely as the only thing to expect is disappointment.
THKD: Are there any final words you’d like to add?
STW: Thanks for the interview. Stay evil! LUX EX TENEBRIS