Interview with Azaghal done by Patrick
2.Who were some of the first bands you listened to?And who are some of your current favorite bands?
- Originally started listening to music with stuff like WASP, Mötley Crüe and Hanoi Rocks, then evolved into thrash and stuff like Mercyful Fate and Venom.
I am pretty much stuck in the 90s/early 00s, I still mostly listen to black and death metal from that time period, but some newer killer bands I could mention are Malum, Sarkrista, Gestalte and Sawhill Sacrifice.
3.Azaghal was formed in 1998 when did you first get the idea to start this band?And how did you choose Azaghal as the name of the band?
- We started playing together with V-khaoz around 1995, the earlier stuff was more like chaotic death metal, but quickly turned more towards black metal. Tolkien was a big thing back then, and since Gorgoroth and Burzum got their name from there, so did we.
4.How would you say the bands music has changed over the years?And who are some of the bands biggest influences?
- Not that much has changed, I think we have established our sound pretty much already on the 3rd demo in 1999. We have never tried to reinvent the wheel, just make songs and lyrics that mean something to us personally. The biggest influences are the already mentioned early 90s norweigian/Swedish stuff.
5.What would you say are the bands most memorable shows over the years?And who are some bands you all have shared the stage with?
- Messe Des Morts in Canada was extremely cool, and of course the whole Brazilian tour. Our first gig ever, in Germany 2004 is also something unforgotable.
6.Are their any shows or tours coming up this year?If yes where will the band be playing?
- We will play at a festival in Paris, France in October. Beyond that, nothing is planned for now and we are concentrating on new material
7.Moribund Rec. has re-released the bands second full length Helvetin Yhdeksan Piiria release how did you all come in contact with Moribund Rec for this re-release?
- Been in contact with Moribund pretty much since the 90s. They also released 3 of our albums before. They wanted to reissue the album, and since its hard to find nowadays why not.
8.Are their any plans to re-release any of your other full-lengths or earlier releases through Moribund Rec or are you working on new music for the next full length?
- We hope to get most of the stuff re-issued, since especially in US it hasn’t been that easy to find. Also working a new album, but no release date yet, not until 2018 anyway.
9.Besides playing in Azaghal do you currently work with any other bands or projects?If yes please tell the readers a little about them?
- Currently only active band that I am involved in is Wyrd, “Death of the Sun” album came out on Moribund awhile back, and we are now working on the follow up.
10.Azaghal comes out of Finland's black metal scene what is your opinion of the mighty finnish black metal scene?
- I think it’s among the best nowadays with some killer new bands and a lot of old bands reforming and still kicking ass.
11.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Finland?And are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
- All-time faves from Finland are Archgoat, Beherit, Belial, old Amorphis, old Sentenced to name a few. From newer bands I’d recommend checking out Malum, Sawhill Sacrifice, Kalmankantaja, Grieve and Devouring Star.
12.Besides bands are their any honest and reliable labels and distro's you feel the readers should check out soon?Do you read many fan or web-ziness?Are their any Finnish zines you could recommend?
- I am pretty much completely out of the loop regarding distros and zines nowadays. Northern Heritage and Werwolf Records come to mind first.
13.When did you first become interested in reading and studying occult and Satanism subjects?
- At a very young age, always been fascinated by the subjects, think it all started from Mercyful Fate and Venom lyrics and just their general image.
14.Are their any Satanists or occult writers you like to read and study?
- Pekka Siitoin.