Interview with Goatkraft done by Patrick posted on 2-16-18
Interview with Goatkraft done by Patrick
1.Hails please introduce yourself to the readers?
We are GOATKRAFT from Norway. We are Bestial Black Metal horde. So far Iron Bonehead Productions have released GOATKRAFT’S “War Metal – Promo 2017” and in march They will release “Angel Slaughter” mini album.
2.When did you first start listening to black metal and who were the first bands you listened to?
Beginning of 90’s. Bathory “The Return” and Beherit ”The Oath of the Black Blood” were the my first BM tapes.
3.You all formed Goatkraft in 2017 what gave you the idea to start this band? And who would you say are Goatkraft's biggest influences?
We had a plan to start this band long time a go, but there was always something else more important. Blasphemy, Beherit, Black Witchery, Bestial Warlust, Conqueror... had the biggest influence on Goatkraft music I think.
4.Angel Slaughter is the bands debut Mlp which is being released through the mighty Iron Bonehead Rec. how did you and the come in contact with this label?
We have send emails with request and link to our bandcamp to five labels and got possitive respond from three of them. One of them was Iron Bonehead, and since nowadays it’s one of the best labels in Europe, if not the best, we decided that this will be the best option for us.
5.Does the whole band work on the music or does one member usually write everything?
I am ( G. ) responsible for all the music and lyrics.
6.Goatkraft even did a cover of Black Witchery's Unholy Vengeance Of War why did you decide to do a cover of this song? Are their plans to do more covers on future recordings?
We did Black Witchery cause their music had a huge impact on me. Specially “Hellstorm of Evil Vengeance” split, when it was released. We also did other Black Witchery song - “Darkness Attack”. Apart from BW covers, our interpretations of Blasphemy’s “Ritual” , “Demoniac” and Bestial Warlust’s “Left for Voltures” were also recorded. There will be more. Maybe one day we will release album with covers only. We are on the beginning of the path...
7.Besides the upcoming Angel Slaughter release does the band have any other merchandise coming out soon in support of the debut?
“War Metal – Promo 2017” tape is still available. There will be maybe some t shirts.
8.What does black metal mean to you?
It’s my life.
9.Besides working in Goatkraft do you or any of the members play in any other bands or solo projects?If yes please tell the readers a little about them?
Other projects are not so important at the moment. We concentrate ourselves now only on Goatkraft. We have just finished recordings of Goatkraft’s debut album but it is too early to talk about it. This is the most important band for us right now.
10. Goatkraft comes out of the Norways black metal scene what are your thoughts of Norways black metal scene over the decades?
This topic is complex and has many aspects. We would have to discus all of them to get the whole picture. Basicly, It has changed, evolued. Divided self to a smaller genres. It is certainly not as the same as it was. Back in the 90’s it was the best and strongest scene in the whole world. Most of Black Metal bands from the other countries were looking up on a Norwegian bands. Later on, when “Big Boom” have passed, it wasn’t going so well, but hordes like 1349, Urgehal, Tsjuder or Aura Noir, just to mention few, were still keeping very high level. Nowadays there are others like Tortorum or Dødsverk, among the others. They are fantastic bands so I guess it is not that bad. Of course if we would focus on the whole scene, there are also other things, but they are not related to Goatkraft in any way, so there is no point to talk about them.
11.Who are some of your all-time favorite Norweigan bands and are their any new bands you feel the readers should watch out for?
Mayhem will be my favorite, I guess. For everything that this band brought into Norwegian Black Metal. Apart from albums which were not as good as “De Mysteriis...”, this is the best Norwegian Black Metal band in my opinion. Like I said I don’t have so much time to follow every new band, like I did in the past , but surely bands like Dark Sonority, Cobolt 60, Daudur or Dødsverk that I have mentioned earlier are very good.
12.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
Support GOATKRAFT buying ”Angel Slaughter” mini album which will be released by Iron Bonehead Productions 09.03.2018 on Cd and LP formats. Death and destruction.
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