Drummer Kjetil-Vidar "Frost" Haraldstad of Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON spoke to Canal Metal about his appreciation for good food and his recent adoption of a mostly vegan diet. He said (see video below): "If you have started to appreciate quality in arts, like music or otherwise, it is not that far fetched that you will look for the same things in other areas of life. So I look for that in foods that I eat. I mean, I don't crave high-quality foods that just blow me away all the time, but whenever there's a special occasion, I find that to be important. But I still don't eat shit — mainly vegan these days, actually. I've come to realize that that is gonna be the future. So my prediction, in 10 years from now, the world will be completely different on the subject of food — and even quality of food, actually."
Frost went on to say that shifting to a vegan-based diet has helped him become more productive with SATYRICON.
"I just realized at some point that it's not about politics — it's about understanding how you work," he said. "If I spend a lot of time trying to make my body work better, whenever I rehearse or record or play live, why the hell shouldn't I focus on health in the food department, because that matters a lot — it has an impact. And then quality, actually, gets another meaning, because high quality then means that it has high nutritional value, for instance, that you don't eat something that brings you away from your goals — it's something that helps you achieve it. I think it does matter, clearly. And as I said, when I realized, I just couldn't pretend that this doesn't carry meaning, and I've also become very convinced that what I and many others have concluded is gonna be the conclusion of the majority of people in the foreseeable future — I'm pretty certain."
The vegan diet means eliminating all animal products from your diet — as in meat, fish, poultry, dairy and eggs.
According to The Atlantic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has estimated that 2018 will be the United States' biggest year for meat consumption yet. A recent Gallup poll found that only 5 percent of Americans identify as vegetarian and 3 percent identify as vegan, signaling little to no growth in the movement from 2012.
SATYRICON's latest album, "Deep Calleth Upon Deep", was released in September 2017 via Napalm Records. The disc was recorded in Oslo, Norway and Vancouver, Canada, during early 2017 and mixed together with revered studio guru Mike Fraser (who previously worked on "Now, Diabolical").