Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Interview: Erik Danielsson of Watain

Currently on the Behemoth headlined  Decibel Tour with fellow Swedes the Devils Blood and In Soltiude, Where I caught up with Erik on their stop at the Masquerade, Watain is also gearing up for the release of a dvd box set called "Opus Diaboli " . After the current tour they are following it up with headlining gigs as a four piece with Erik doubling on guitar duties in place of Salim  Lemouchi of The Devil's Blood.

WC: "Lawless darkness"  was my favorite album of 2010 and goes down as a classic in my book, so where are you at in your head in regards to following that up ?  are those thoughts  in fruition yet?

Erik : We are at where we have always have been living in the world of Watain. It is where we have existed since the beginning and will continue to be. Within that world there is inner development and new ingredients but it is something we live not think about.

WC:  I know you are a big fan of Fields of the Nephilim, and they  have reunited  and are back on tour, what are your thoughts about possibly going on tour with them?

Erik: I will be going to a lot of the shows , but it would be like opening for the Doors or Pink Floyd. They are an enigma, something unto themselves. Would their crowd even appreciate a black metal band ?

WC: Well i would think  Fields would love to have some one like you guys to expose a younger audience to them.

Erik: Maybe so. I would not turn down the opportunity, but their are a lot of politics involved that I would like to stay out of.

WC: They were often lumped in with bands that are now called "goth" . Bands like the Cure, Swans , Joy Division and Death in June. Are you into any of  that sort of stuff as well?

Erik: Swans and Death in June. The Cure was always to poppy. But music with the darkness like Current 93.

WC: One of the similar traits of all the bands on this tour is connection to the occult. Recently as least in the states there seems to be a resurgence of interest in the occult , like in the late 60's when LaVey founded the Church of Satan and people were seeking out alternate methods of spirituality . Do you see this on tour and are audiences more receptive of your message?

Erik: It's easier to talk about it and people are more willing to listen.It's a natural reaction to the plastic form society has taken on in the digital age.The occult is more about a greater search within ones self.

WC: With all the coverage about the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world in 2012 and a shift in the collective consciousness towards that do you feel their is more urgency to your mission statement of bringing the darkness to this plane?

Erik: We have always been urgent with what we are creating. Rock n roll is just very fitting for the times. I think it even goes back all the way to Elvis. Things that would have gotten you burned at the stake at one  time are now being brought to the surface. We are living in very critical times no matter what doctrine.

WC: How's the energy been on this tour since Behemoth is based in Thelema a gnosis of more traditional kabbalah, while the work of the  Misanthropic  Order is kliffotic and the reverse or the anti-kabbalistic tree of life?

Erik: There's enough points in common. The bond is .the dark and sinister. This is after all a music tour and about entertainment.There have been some moments of deeply inspired communion.

WC-How does the vibrational frequency of metal music  inspire the ritual nature of what you do ?

Erik: Very much, we did a Bathory tribute show that felt great. Bathory has been important and inspirational . As well as the time the time I spent playing with Dissection.

WC-You and Dissection are in spiritual agreement I see you as kind of carrying that torch so to speak.

Erik: nods head...Yes, though a different current.

WC- What other present  mediums of art do find inspiration in be it literature or cinema?

Erik: Glad you said present. I read quite a bit I'm currently reading an American book that's collection from the eighties of various aspects of the occult. Some Luciferian,  some Nazi occultism, it's very eclectic and subversive.

WC- Stuff like Boyd Rice ?

Erik: Yes, he is in there  

WC: You need to check out this documentary about  him called "Ikonoclast" .

Erik: You are not the first person who's told me that . So guess it's a sign that I need to do that

WC: It show his flirtations with pop culture through out the years going back to the 50's , and NON , as well his friendships with Anton Lavey and Charles Manson.

Erik: Sound interesting ,I'd like that very much.

WC:  Well, I have to say this Decibel tour, is the tour in a long time where all four of the bands are in heavy rotation in my I-pod.

Erik: yes it has been a good experience , as you are right there are not a lot of tours like this nor will there be for some time.

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