BLUTMOND might have started out as just another black metal band but with time they have changed into something more. Sounds confusing. Read the interview to find out more. Anders Ekdahl ©2012
Has having a German name for the band ever gotten you into any sort of trouble?
John: Why should it? Not all bands with German names are nazis, haha. No, we haven’t but some german zines mocked us because the band name is… let’s say… not the coolest one.
Jerry: Maybe we should change our name in “Blutmond Kampf 88”, that could elicit more pull in sales!
You are not alone in having made that kind of journey from black metal to something else. I immediately think of Dödheimsgard. What is it with black metal that started to feel too small a suit for you guys
John: A musician should always search for a way to improve himself and do more than one step forward. We just felt that Black Metal has to many boundaries for us to express our full creativity. We searched challenge; not stagnation.
When you change direction how easy is it to get lost along the way and end up with something that neither part of the band is satisfied with?
Jerry: To be honest, that’s the reason why we’ve finished with the evil-kneevil-thing. Must be our glutton for punishment, haha.
John: Haha, that happens twice every song. If you wanna try out every possible way, you’ll end up being lost in a huge mess of sounds. The hardest part of it is to find a good way out of it whithout loosing what you’ve tried to tell.
I notice that you have a saxophone player in the line-up. What does that add to the music and when does a sax become too much jazz to feel comfortable?
John: A common rock band consists of guitars, keys and perhaps bass as melody instruments. The sax gives us another one with a brand new attitude. Especially for our «we sit in a bar and look very angry» style. Fits perfect! Also, it’s a very good add to the songwriting process!
When does metal stop being metal? How much different instrument and ideas can you bring to the music before it stops being metal?
John: It was not metal if metal stops being metal. Wait… What ?
Jerry: What gives a shit to what being metal or not cannot decide what metal has to be… or not! Metal stops being metal just when some fans or… let’s call artists starts to wear nothing apart sox on their retarded genitals.
You have some guest appearances on the album too. What does it bring to the album to have guests on it? How will I as a listener notice the difference if they had not been there?
John: A guest musician means another individual view of what we’ve, the band, created. They see paths which we haven’t even thought about. We wanted to catch those viewpoints as much as possible to give «The Revolution Is Dead!» A full spectrum of feelings.
How conscious have you been about the art work, press release etc. this time around? What do you think a concept like the one you’ve gone for will bring to the album?
John: We’ll see.
Jerry: Too much calculus makes you predictable.
John: I’ll say.
John: Yeah, yeah!
How do you even come up with an idea for a concept like this? How do you get everybody to agree to it?
John: We don’t want everybody to agree with it, we wan’t to argue with people. Not agree with them.
When you play live how will the new songs fit in with the older repertoire?
John: There is no older repertoire, since all old songs are modified so they can fit in our current live set.
What future is there for Blutmond?
John: We’ll see. Hope to play lots of gigs in nice places and meet people who’d like to share their views of what we tell’em. And booze.
Jerry: And babes. Without self esteem. And no sox on whose genitals.