DIMMU BORGIR frontman Shagrath recently spoke to Metal-Exiles.com about the group's participation in this year's Ozzfest and the departure of drummer Nick Barker, among other topics. Several excerpts from the interview follow:
Metal-Exiles.com: You guys recently had an incident with a radio station. Can you elaborate on what happened?
Shagrath: "Well, we went to this radio station and this guy basically kept on talking, asking us questions and answering them for us."
Metal-Exiles.com: Like how?
Shagrath: "He was kind of negative from the start, he asked a few questions and we barely had time to answer them before he moved on to the next question. Then he started talking about homosexuality and American politics. Then I was asked something else and I said stupid with some other words so he said we couldn’t do this so we were told to leave. As we were walking out he was telling his audience to throw rocks at us while we are onstage playing."
Metal-Exiles.com: What happened with Nick Barker leaving?
Shagrath: "We did not get along for a long time on a personal level, mostly over the way we do things. This was going on for a long time and all we did was push this under the carpet for too long. We needed to split before something else worse happened. He was just a very different person from the rest of us but he is a very professional person, I respect him and I wish him all the best for whatever he continues to do. He just could not continue in DIMMU anymore."
Metal-Exiles.com: Did he leave or was he asked to leave?
Shagrath: "No, he was fired."
Metal-Exiles.com: What is next after Ozzfest?
Shagrath: "We are going home for a long long time. We are going to take time off for a few months, be with family and maybe we will start writing some new material. Nothing will happen for a while, it will be about two years time before we do anymore shows. We feel kind of burned out right now and feel like taking a break."
Metal-Exiles.com: Well, you have been touring for over a year now.
Shagrath: "Yes so basically it is time for us to go home and work on a new album in a more relaxed environment."
Read Shagrath's entire interview with Metal-Exiles.com at this location.