: interview with Memnock
organized by Spine Promotion
e-mail interview by dalia "gryphon_spirit" di giacomo ___
25/05/2004 review Unlimited
|FORGIVE BUT NEVER FORGET!!!|
- New management, new label and (after all) new musical direction. Is
this an evolution or a new beginning?
- This is definitely an evolution for us. We were
stuck with a bad management and label, now we have the best of the best,
we feel this is also a new start for us. But the previous albums are as
much Susperia as the newest one. This is just progress
the line up is very stable...
we feel that it is very important to have the same line up all the time
and not to change. I think the kids need to see we have stability in order
to be able to relate to the band. If you change on each album it will just
become another project or just another unstable band that no one wants to
stay in. It doesnít give a good impression for the future of a band. If
some one makes an album and the makers donít want to relate to it, why
should any one want to buy it.
introduction of so many Thrash elements in your music has surprised some
Death/Black Metal fans here in "Middle Europe"...
seems to be so but we just make the music we like and nothing else. Itís
nothing more than that. If you got a surprise on this album maybe you will
be even more surprised on the next one J
do you think about the numerous comparisons with Pantera and Testament?
We are kind of tired of the comparisons but we do find that once people
have listened to the album a few times, they forget about comparisons.
They are discovering new things in there. This is an album that you have
to explore, you need to go beyond the initial thoughts.
you accept any comparison with Metallica?
I would like to sell as many records !!!
really like the melodic passages in Unlimited, and, like our Boris Witta
pointed out in his review at gryphonmetal.ch, Melodic Death is an
ingredient of your music: could it be that you are actually very Melodic
Death talented? In that case is it Thrash the new more suitable mainstream
- We are very fond of both thrash metal and death metal so this could very
much be true. But we donít only play thrash or death metal. We try to
keep everyone in Susperia happy, so we make a fusion of metal.
to this i find that Chemistry is one of the best tracks in Unlimited.
Would you like to tell us something about the story of this opener?
well me and Cyrus just sat down and wanted to write something aggressive
but with melody. Athera had some very cool lyrics so we just tried it and
the song was born.
was recorded at Subsonic Society Studios in Oslo and Studio Fredman in
Gothenburg, Sweden. Which are the characteristics you prefer concerning
was real good for guitars, bass and vocals. And we love to work with Lars Klokkerhaug.
He is a very cool guy, nothing seemed to bother him.
He was very patient and helpful. Fredman is just so good for the drums and
the mixing. The whole sound is awesome; we had a great time there.
see that your new web site is structured in its functionality as the site
of Dimmu Borgir. But, website apart, which are the still true remaining
connection between Susperia and Dimmu Borgir?
party together and thatís it !!!
do you consider the relationship between Susperia and the English
it is very good. At least thatís the way we feel. Thereís no problems
there. We did a short tour in the UK last year and we had a fantastic
the mythical land of (Black) Metal, is really so mythical concerning
Metal, after all? If yes whyÖand if not, why?
And again, a question Mustis didn't like to answer to when i asked
him, but maybe you do: what would you undertake in the name of Norway?
is the main capital of Black metal Ė what else can you say.
you could clone a famous personality, which one would you choose? Elvis?
Newton? Wagner? Ö?
of the above. I would like to clone Bruce Lee
is told that in North America there is a growing approval towards extreme
music. Have you the same impression?
think if what you say is true then itís cool.
is also told that Susperia is no Satanic band, but the Pentagram is
proudly placed in the middle of your logo.
Yes this is true, but it was not a satanic symbol, until the Antonio guy
made it one. It is originally a peace star from the old days.
don't know why, but the first thought i got, watching Unlimited cover art
from a far range, went back to the movie- trilogy "The Prophecy"
with Cristopher Walken, but, at close range , one can see that Rune Tyvold
I havenít seen that movie. But yes we used Rune again, simply because he
is one of the best cover art makers we know. And he is Norwegian, so it is
much easier to communicate with him. We are very proud to have him in our
you think that to forgive means also to forget?
- why should you forget ?? So
that somebody just makes the same mistakes again !! We have to learn from
history. Forgive but NEVER forget!!!!!!!!
here we are with our last typical gryphonmetal question: The Game. The
Game of the Tower is reserved for the bands we interview for the first
time. There is a very high tower and, on the top of it, three bands are
waiting for you. You have to push down two of them saving only one: for
you the 3 bands are:
I wonít answer that one.
you so much
you for the interest in Susperia. Take care
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