Metal Wani's Jackie Mtz conducted an interview with drummer Kjetil-Vidar "Frost" Haraldstad of Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON at this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 11-14 at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On SATYRICON's previously announced plans to record a new studio album and release a separate album of covers:
Frost: "We have now decided to enter the studio in January to record our own studio album. The original plan was to record a cover album first. But as we started up that process, we got very inspired to write our own material first, and that is more important for a band like us. So when that ball had started to roll, it was the only right thing to do, to continue letting the ball roll and finish work with the album, and then return to the cover album project. Anything else would have been the wrong idea for this band. And it's hard to tell exactly when we're gonna release the cover album. But both the recording and release of a new studio album will happen next year."
On what keeps inspiring SATYRICON to continue making new music:
Frost: "I think, more than anything else, it's that true passion that we have for music in general and black metal in particular. That kind of gives a creative and inspired foundation. And such a fundamental evolution will be perhaps the one constant factor in the band; we will always observe, learn, improve… We'll have constant dynamic process going on. Creativity, basically. And as long as that is there, I think that you can go on for a long time and always experience that you can get better at things and that you can take things further and explore new musical territory. This is really something that we have in our hearts, and SATYRICON is a channel for us to express ourselves musically and to create something unique that couldn't have been done by any other band. When we're working on such a creative and inspired album as we do currently, I can hardly see that there's an end to this very soon. We have a long way to go still, lots of things to discover, many things that we can do better, and I think that we will never lose touch with our roots either."
SATYRICON is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its seminal album "Nemesis Divina" with a never-to-be-repeated series of exclusive European shows, wherein the Norwegian trailblazers are performing the album in its entirety for the first and last time.
To herald the 20th anniversary of this most illustrious piece of dark art, "Nemesis Divina" was re-released in spring 2016, newly remastered by Satyr himself and boasting upgraded and revamped packaging worthy of an album that has had a huge and enduring impact on both the black metal scene and underground heavy music in general.