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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:02 am    Post subject: Moonblood Interview! Reply with quote

I figured that this may interest someone out there:

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Dark Moon 'Zine Issue 3, April 1996

Questions Tommi Hakonen / answered by Martin Schmat

DEMONIAC WAS THE PREDECESSOR OF MOONBLOOD BUT CAN YOU TELL ME THE REASON WHY WAS IT FORMED ... AND HAD THAT HUGE BM-BOOM ANYTHING TO WITH THAT?
-I can't answer to this question very well 'coz I'm not a founder member of DEMONIAC! I did join DEMONIAC ca. half a year later! DEMONIAC, in the old times, had played dm (but with black/dark lyrics!) so I knew the guitarist and he took me to rehearsal. The asked me if I want to sing a song for them. I did sing a song and a week later they asked me to join DEMONIAC as a second vocalist. I did tell them that I don't like this sort of dm which they played. I had heard bm to this time and I also wanted to play only in a bm-band. So, we did write some songs with different vocals (deep & screamy) and I liked it, so I became their second vocalist. But then later the same year ('93) me and Occultiis couldn't work together with them, so we kicked them out and began with MOONBLOOD. We have build together with some other bands, the new wave of German black-metal!

YOU'VE MADE 3 DEMOS ALREADY UNDER THE NAME MOONBLOOD ... ISN'T IT TOO MUCH WITHIN ONLY ONE YEAR? DO YOU THINK IT'S JUST TOO EASY TO MAKE BM-TRAX OR WHAT IS THE REASON ... THE MORE THE BETTER, IS IT SO?
-Yes, you are right, it's much for one year but the 2nd demo was not really planned. It was more or less a chance! For us it's easy to write bm-trax 'coz we are 100% for bm! If your heart is happy, you can do everything you want! Also there is still another reason for this. We are only two, and Occultiis plays all instruments, so we can't really rehearse. We make only songs. We hear the guitars (from tape) and then I sing my text & Occultiis plays the drums! We play every song only one time. Only when we go to a studio, we play the songs more, but else we play it one time! We record all songs on a tape and if we want, we can release some reh/demos. We have now ca. 40 MOONBLOOD- trax, all have a playtime between 5- 10 minutes.

HAVE YOU MADE ANY MONEY WITH THESE DEMOS? WHY DIFFERENT LABELS & PRODUCTIONS WANT TO RELEASE YOUR STUFF AND HOW THOSE GUYS EVEN KNOW YOU?
-No, we've made no money with our demos. Ah yet, we've made some money with the 2nd demo. It was ca. 50DM 'coz Unholy Baphomet rex. sent 10 copies of it as a present! With the other demos we made no profit. The new demo was recorded in a studio and we paid ca. 600DM. Also the cover was very expensive. But we sold it for 10DM/$6. I think it's also much money but we want to make only the money for the studio & covers. If we wanted to make profit, we'd have sell it for 15DM/$8. About the different labels I must say the 2nd demo was more a chance. I've known Andreas from U.B.R. since a long time and as I had told him that we had new trax, he asked me if we want to make a split-demo with them. We had thought it was a good idea so we make that. But the other band had not the songs for the split-demo so Andreas asked me if we want to release the songs as our 2nd demo, so we did that! But at this time (when he asked about the split-demo) we had already planned to go in a studio and record a professional demo with Gospel of the witches prod. Pendragon of G.O.T.W. prod. is also a good friend of mine. I meet him every month 'coz he lives not far from me. So, I have known that he doesn't rip us off!

ARE DARK THRONE AND OTHER NORWEGIAN BANDS YOUR MAIN INFLUENCES? YOUR STUFF DOESN'T REALLY DIFFER FROM THE THE MOST OF THE CURRENT BM-BANDS BUT WHY DON'T YOU TRY TO CREATE SOMETHING MUCH MORE ORIGINAL INSTEAD OF BEING JUST ONE OF THE DOZENS OF SIMILAR BANDS?
-DARK THRONE is with HELLHAMMER / FROST & VENOM my main influences. Occultiis' main influences is still BATHORY what you can hear on our 1st demo. Yes, our stuff does not really differ from the most of the bm-bands but we also this! We want to play real bm, not Viking or Pagan metal. We are back to the roots! All new bands use keyboards as their main instrument in their songs, our main instruments are guitars and drums! It's fucking trend now to use keyboards as main instrument! I really hate this! And the those ("trend") bands write to their influences VENOM BATHORY or CELTIC FROST/HELLHAMMER (old songs) but they didn't use many keybords. We want not play original, we want to play black-metal!

YOU HAVE QUITE LONG TRAX AND DEMOS LAST 30-60 MINUTES ... IS THIS YOUR PURPOSE OR WHY SO LONG TRAX?
-Yes, it's our purpose. Or do you like those demos which cost $6 & the playtime are only 10-15 minutes? We are also bm-fans and know how it is! So, we want to give the "fans" or should I say warriors a little bit more for their money than 15 minutes. Ok, the sound on the last two demos were not so good but the playtimes were 40 and 50 minutes and the songs were also ok.

YOU USE STAGE-NAMES ... DOES THEM MAKE YOU MORE EVIL OR WHAT COULD BE THE REASON? IS THIS JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN STUCK IN FOR ALMOST ALL OF THE BM-BANDS 'COZ THE PARAGONS (VENOM/BATHORY ...) USED SUCH TOO?
-No, it have nothing to do with making you more evil etc. I used GAAMALZAGOTH (or earlier times Blacksoul) because I want to be called so! My parents gave me the name Mirko and I hate this name. So, I chose me a new name, my real name. It comes deep from my soul!

DO YOU THINK IT'S IMPORTANT AT ALL WHAT YOU PLAY OR CAN YOUR OTHER ACTS MAKE YOU POPULAR THESE DAYS? SEEMS LIKE NOBODY CARES A SHIT OF THE STUFF BANDS MAKE AND ALL THAT MATTERS IS THEIR MESSAGE AND ACTS ... THE CRAZIER ACTS THE BETTER?
-Yes, I think it's important what bands play (for me). But there are also some idiots, who don't listen to music. Music of ABSURD is very primitive but since they had killed this pig, they are the best German bm-band for the most idiots! The message is also important. It must be the right mix with message & music.

MANY COUNTRIES HAS THEIR OWN (?) BM-MAFIAS AND I'VE SEEN SUCH ACTIVITIES THERE IN GERMANY TOO ... OPINION ABOUT THAT? IS IT REALLY SO IMPORTANT TO GATHER TOGETHER AND BEGIN TO SPREAD "EVIL" MESSAGE BY THREATENING "FALSE" ETC.? HAVE YOU HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH THOSE WHO THINK THEY ARE SAVIORS OF THE BM- SCENE?
-I don't support those children! Yes, it's important to "gather" together and spread the evil message but not by threatening "false" and others! Every band, which they don't like, are "false" for them. Yes, we have some problems here with them. They have made a list of the enemies of bm in Germany. We are on this list and also UNGOD, FULGOR, DAWNFALL, MARTYRIUM, NEMA and others. How can band like MARTYRIUM be fake or false? They are one of the first German bm-bands. It's totally stupid!

WHAT ABOUT PATRIONISM ... IS IT IMPORTANT TO CONNECT DIFFERENT IDEOLOGIES WITH BM OR OTHER STYLES? AS NEO-NAZISM HAS BEEN QUITE LONG ALREADY IN HEADLINES, CAN YOU TELL ME YOUR OWN OPINION OF NAZISM AND/OR OTHER IDEOLOGIES WHICH TRY TO PREVENT "FOREIGN" INFLUENCES AND MAKE "OWN" CULTURE & COUNTRY THE BEST OF ALL?
-I think bm is bm and neo-nazism has nothing to do with bm! I'm not a neo- nazi! I've my own ideology and everybody who have a little intellect has also his/her own ideology! PRAISE YOUR FUCKING SELF!

AS YOU ARE QUITE A YOUNG BAND ... HAVE YOU PLANNED TO "FULFIL" YOUR BAND WITH OTHER MEMBERS AND THEN PLAY LIVE ON STAGE OR IS THIS KIND OF STUFF FOR POSERS WHO JUST TRY TO AMUSE KIDS WITH "EVIL" SYMBOLS AND MASKS ETC.?
-Yes, we have planned to "fulfil" our band with new members but it is very hard to find the right ones. We are looking for people who know what bm is! I don't know if we play some day live on stage. Maybe ...?! I don't think to play live is not a kind of stuff for posers! The band can play, where the right people are. They must not play for all idiots!

IS THIS CURRENT SITUATION MAKING FUN OF BM AS ALMOST EVERY LABEL SIGNS BM-BANDS AND ACTUALLY ONE'S SKILLS DO NOT MATTER A SHIT, ONLY THAT YOU PLAY SOMEKIND OF BM? IS IT TOO FUCKING EASY TO SIGN NOWADAYS ... OR DOES IT EVEN MATTER AS MORE AND MORE BANDS ARE GETTING A CHANCE TO SPREAD THEIR STUFF IN CD- FORMAT?
-I think the labels sign bands which they like. And I think also that the most of the labels sign bands, which play in the same way. Every label has its own style. I do not know if it's so easy to get a deal. Ask CRADLE OF FILTH or ENSLAVED!

WHAT IS THE GOAL WITH YOUR MUSIC? TO SIGN A DEAL WITH SOME GOOD LABEL MAYBE? ARE ALL THE LABELS JUST MAKING HUGE PROFIT WITH BM-BANDS LIKE YOU?
-The goal with our music isn't to get a deal with good label etc. The goal is to be a part of the true bm-underground! All these bands that release CD for CD are not underground! For me they are traitors! I mean the bands which signed a deal with labels like Osmose or Nuclear Blast and some others. I don't think that all labels make huge profit but the most of them.

WHAT ABOUT NEW RELEASES?
-Our split-EP with NEMA should be finally out in April and we already have a plan to release another split-EP with ASAKKU middle'96. Also our first full-length with two versions is coming soon. LP has playing time of 40 minutes & cassette playing time of 60 minutes (with 2 more trax!). This stuff is released by Majestic Union records, watch out!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN UG AND HAVE ANYTHING ESSENTIAL CHANGED SINCE THE FIRST UG-EXPERIENCES? DO 'ZINES HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE FOR TO INTRODUCE NEW BANDS FOR AUDIENCE OR WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET PUBLICITY AMONG UG-PEOPLE?
-I've been in the UG for two years now. Yes, it has changed a lot. Today there are more bands and CDs than the first days. I think 'zines have an important role to introduce new bands 'coz many bands make no or only a few flyers for their demos. Also 'zines and good demos are the best way get publicity among UG-people.

GERMAN SCENE IS FULL OF BANDS WHICH SURELY DESERVE ATTENTION ... TELL ME SOMETHING ABOUT GERMAN SCENE AND TELL ME ALSO IF THERE ARE GOOD BANDS AND 'ZINES WHICH PEOPLE SHOULD CHECK OUT?
-In Germany there is no scene, it is a battlefield! Most bands fight against others. Here are many bands, that is right. I can offer for all who like bm in the nordic vein: MAYHEMIC TRUTH, ASAKKU, DYING FULLMOON, THE NEW AEON, NEBELBURG, DESASTER, HATHOR, HERODEZ, ANTICHRIST & FJELL. For all who like bm in the Greek vein, I can offer: CRYPTIC CARNAGE & ATANATOS (ex-ANUS PRAETER). For dark-metal fans: NEMA and DARK SHADES. And then still a band called TUMULUS, one of the best bands for me. They do not play bm but German doom-metal with great melodies! For 'zines I can offer Tales of the macabre, a very good one!

DO YOU LISTEN TO ANY OTHER STUFF THAN BM AND DO YOU LISTEN SOMETHING BECAUSE IT SOUNDS COOL FOR YOU OR MAYBE 'COZ THE BAND REPRESENTS SOMETHING YOU AGREE WITH? CAN YOU NAME ANY BAND YOU LISTEN TO BUT WHICH DOESN'T HAVE ANY INFLUENCE ON YOU?
-Besides bm I'm also listening to old thrash-metal & real heavy-metal. I listen to this music 'coz I'm growing up with that sort of metal! I like bands like CYCLONE, HOBB'S ANGEL OF DEATH, SLAYER, ONSLAUGHT, old METALLICA, SABBAT (UK), SACRIFICE, RAZOR, etc. No, I can't tell you a band which I'm listening to but which hadn't influenced me.

IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE TO ASK FROM ME, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE?!
... WHAT YOU THINK OF NEO-NAZISM IN THE BM-SCENE AND ARE YOU A RACIST?

-(Tommi): Huh, well ... I begin with the racism. I wouldn't like to call myself a racist and I think the colour of the skin won't make anybody worse. But on the other hand, colour must not be the reason to get better benefits than others do, "refugees" don't have to live without money as they get some better chances than ordinary citizen. I'm open-minded but there is a limit when my tolerance ends. About neo-nazism, I know there are many kind of stuff under that definition and I don't think all of the ideas are so far away from my own ideas but when we talk about nazism as it was in the Hitler-period I think most of the so called reasons were just bullshit and the fact that some people still believe in all that shit makes me wonder certain things. BM + neo-nazism ... well, so many of those who praise different things like racial segregation can't even find a real model for their ideas. Hitler really isn't the best model for so called "Aryan-elite" but still he's a paragon for so many ... pathetic.

OK, TIME FOR FINAL GREETINGS AND MESSAGES FOR THE READERS...
-Thanks for this interview & good luck to you, Tommi! Blood & war!


If anyone has any other moonblood interviews, could you help me out? I'm trying to put a website togeather
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