Former EMPEROR drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun has answered a number of fan questions via his official web site. Several excerpts follow:
On the passing of BATHORY frontman Quorthon:
Faust: "Anyone who have had a relationship to extreme music in one form or another will have come across the death of Quorthon, the mastermind of Swedish forefathers BATHORY. After his death, the hailing texts have been many. I will not be one of those who glorifies Quorthon and say how much he has meant to me. I never liked idolizing people. I happened to love the music of BATHORY and the creepy and eerie aura that surrounded the band, but to idolize is not for me. Anyway, there is no doubt that one of the originators of the true black metal movement has died. As a result of this I will appear in an all-star (!) cover band on the Bergen Hole in the Sky festival in August. Featuring people like Samoth, Apollyon, Grutle, Satyr, Abbath, Gaahl, Nocturno Culto and Ivar it is clear that it will be an honourable moment to perform the old BATHORY classic tracks."
On upcoming projects:
Faust: "I am still striving to get myself occupied musicwise. I am tired of people announcing different projects and name dropping the biggest stars just to get a 15 minutes of attention themselves. I don’t care about 'stars' as long as I know I cooperate with a bunch of good guys. The era of rock- and metal stars ended with the 80ties."
On the possibility of a reunited EMPEROR with him in it:
Faust: "I don`t think so. Firstly, a reunion in itself is unlikely to happen. Secondly, if a reunion should happen by any chance it would be more right that it would be Trym because he can after all play the entire set of EMPEROR classics. Me, I can just do the tracks I participated on. Sometimes it`s better to let sleeping dogs still sleep. Why concentrate on the past when there is so much happening now?"
On whether he will become a full-time member of any other black metal projects:
Faust: "It's unlikely I will take part in a 100% black metal project, since the music and lifestyle doesn`t excite me as it once did. However, I like dark music with a twisted approach so something in the similar lines would be likely."
Read the rest of Faust's responses at this location.