There seem to be a whole new black metal movement going that celebrate mother earth instead of Satan. Where does this love for nature come from?
-I think that people are finally waking up and realising what is important, there will always be an ‘elitist’ group in black metal thinking that Satanism is the only way to go but personally I get more fulfillment from celebrating nature in all its aspects both dark and light. I have always loved and respected nature and turned away from organised religion at an early age because it could not match the feeling I got from nature and the primeval earth gods. I give what I can back to nature because let’s face it without it we are fucked!
What significance does the name Black Crow King carry? There’s a mythological ring to it.
-On the surface it is a tribute to Nick Cave because it bears the same name as one of my favourite Nick Cave songs, but you are correct there is a deeper meaning; I love crows and view them as messengers to the other world and also as the servants of death so therefore the Black Crow King is death personified.
Listening to your music I get a meditative feeling. What pictures is it that you are trying to paint with your music?
-I am glad to hear that you picked up on that, within the brutality and chaos of each song I have woven subtle more gentle sounds in the attempt to draw the listener into the song and thereby into my world. I want to give people a multifaceted experience when they listen to the music, at first hearing the brutality and harshness and then on repeated listens picking up on the subtle beauty running through most of the tracks.
When you write music how do you avoid being repetitive? Where does inspiration come from?
-It can be hard avoiding being repetitive but as you may have noticed I don’t use the verse / chorus / verse method of writing, the only song on the album that has a chorus to speak of is Crowbait but to keep that interesting over it’s 11 minutes I kept on changing the structure of the song and adding in new sounds and elements. That is true for all my music, I keep changing it as the song goes on to avoid the repetition. As for inspiration that is harder to say, lyrics wise inspiration comes from personal experiences and problems, my interest in crows and the primal gods and my misanthropic feelings – once I have written the lyrics I start creating the song and it just seems to take shape around the lyrics, ideas form in my head around the lyrics and the task is to get it down and recorded.
When your write songs that are longer than the standard 3 minutes how do you get them to flow and not stagnate?
-As I mentioned in my previous answer I avoid verse / chorus style writing and keep on changing the basics of the song, be it by adding in new instruments or sounds or by letting the song disintegrate into chaos or turning into a chant as in Excarnation Ritual at the end.
In being alone does that bring with a greater freedom to be creative? What limitations are there to being alone?
-The advantage of being alone is that you don’t have to argue with anybody about the direction of the music and I am naturally reclusive and misanthropic by nature so it suits me better, Black Crow King is very personal to me. I do admit though that I am limited in some respects, I would like to be a better guitarist hence I have 2 guest guitarists on the album who worked strictly to my wishes. Also you can become completely lost in your creations and at times they become very self serving without thought as to how they will be taken by listeners, to this end I have some people that I rely on to send completed songs to for outside opinions, Dave from badGod Music being 1 of them.
What use is a label in releasing your music? What can they do for you that you can’t do on your own?
-Personally I have found badGod Music to be brilliant in the support that they have given me, they have been tireless in promoting the band and trying to get me as much exposure as possible. For me due to my personality I would not be able to do what badGod have done, not only that but it is also easier for a label to get you reviewed as a serious artist as opposed to trying to do it without a label.
I sometime get a feeling that exclusivity takes precedent over exposure of your music when it comes to especially black metal. Can there ever be anything positive to being exclusive?
-I didn’t really set out to be ‘exclusive’ I just wanted to create something new to bring to the musical world. This is my way of communicating with the world for those who want to hear and listen. I find it very hard to relate to the world on a day to day basis so perhaps this has come across in my music but I can ensure you that it has nothing to do with being elitist or egotistical.
How do you expose yourself without losing your integrity? How important is that your music finds an audience?
-Due to my reclusive nature I let the label do the exposure for me and I stay in the shadows as much as possible and I will never go against anything in my nature so will not lose my integrity. It is hard to say, I have been silent for most of my life so this is my scream to the world to be heard but at the same time another part of me wants to just stay in the shadows and never be heard. Sorry but that is the best way that I can answer that question.
Will there be a future for Black Crow King?
-I sincerely hope that there will be, musically I have already completed a split album with The Earth King which is due for release on badGod Music later this year and I have started work on my follow up album as well.
Thank you for your interest in Black Crow King Anders, much appreciated.