Interview with Horrifier

Interview with Horrifier

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Hi! Can you share some insight into the creative process behind “Horrid Resurrection”? How did the band approach crafting this debut album?
Well, it is either Sander or Adrian who came up with the songs for the album. Either Adrian has a whole song ready for band rehearsal or Adrian and Sander have some ideas that we work on together. Then Andreas programs drums for us to get an idea of how he thinks the drums can sound like and then Erik makes up the basslines.

“Horrid Resurrection” has been described as paying homage to classic death metal while adding your own unique twist. What specific elements did you intentionally incorporate to distinguish your sound?
We have the benefit of listening to all the music that is out there today. and that affects how we write because then we have a different perspective on music. Different than they did on the 80 / 90.

How do you feel your upbringinthento death metal compared to bands from other regions?
Not many years ago, there were not many well-known death metal bands other than Obliteration and Blood Red Throne. That is one of the reasons we started with death metal; to play something that was not very popular here in Norway at the time.

What concepts or themes were you exploring lyrically throughout the album?
Horror, zombies, death, gore. Ugh!

In what ways do you think “Horrid Resurrection” represents a progression from your earlier work, such as “Howls From the Grave” and “Cave of Death – Vol.1”?
We did not plan to release Howl from the Grave as a demo rather we planned to make an album out of it. But realised that we were a bit ambitious. So almost all the songs were written within the same year. So yeah a continuation of the demo Howl From The Grave.

The album has been described as having a certain “joie de vivre” despite its dark themes. How do you inject personality and energy into your music while still maintaining its brutal edge?
We are homicidal maniacs, so our group therapist said that we needed an outlet. So instead of beating up people on the street, we play fast and dark death metal. 😉

Can you share any memorable experiences or challenges you faced while recording “Horrid Resurrection”?
The most challenging thing we faced while recording was that our studio technician was smoking a lot of marijuana. However, this is probably the reason it sounds so good.

What do you hope listeners take away from their experience with “Horrid Resurrection”?
We feel that our music is best in the live format and we want people who listen to the album to come to our shows.

How important is the visual aesthetic and artwork associated with your music, and how does it contribute to the overall experience of the album?
The visuals are very important. As most of the lyrics are inspired by horror movies we gave the artist behind the artwork, Ingrid Helland, a lot of horror movie posters like Zombie Flesh Eaters and The Evil Dead as reference art. The horror themes are also reflected in our logo.

Norway has a rich history in extreme metal. How do you see Horrifier contributing to and building upon that legacy?
Yes, Norway is known for its notorious black metal scene however we now see a trend of death metal becoming more relevant, especially in Oslo and nearby areas. We now have a festival for only Death Metal in Oslo (Oslo Death Fest) where we played the kick-off in 2023 which was the first year that was hosted. Regarding this, we feel that we are contributing to the new and rising death metal scene in Oslo.

What role do you think nostalgia plays in the appreciation of death metal, and how do you balance honoring the past with staying relevant in the present?
We prefer old-school metal and that’s the reason that we play the way we do. We see that nostalgia plays a part in who likes our music and comes to our shows. It’s a lot of people that grew up on the 80 / 90.

Are there any particular bands or albums that had a significant influence on the sound and direction of “Horrid Resurrection”?
Autopsy, Repulsion, Obituary and Death.

How do you approach live performances, and how does the energy of the crowd impact your performance?
If there are 1000 people or 3 people we deliver the show nevertheless. When people come to our show we want them to get a good experience.

How do you navigate the underground metal scene, both in Norway and internationally, and what opportunities and challenges does it present for a band like Horrifier?
We find it hard to look further than the Norwegian borders. It is hard for a small band like us to stand out in for example in a booking mail. However, we are getting a lot of opportunities here in Norway but it’s hard to reach out further.

Finally, what does the future hold for Horrifier, and what goals do you hope to achieve as a band in the coming years? Thank you for your time!
The future is looking nice for us. We have planned for a small release already in 2024 and a few gigs booked for this year. We are especially looking forward to doing the Inferno Festival as well as Hellboten Festival. We are also looking for opportunities that bring us outside of Norway hoping we will play our first international gig during 2024.

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