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   ANCIENT
Grom Grom
Juni 2004

http://www.ancientband.com

Legendary black metallers Ancient have just released their new album "Night Visit". I did an e-mail interview with Ancient in which drummer Grom answered my questions. I asked him about their new cd, touring etc.

Hell-o, what's the latest Ancient news?

Hi! Well the latest and most important news obviously is the release of our brand new album "Night Visit", which we consider to be the best work we've done. We are really satisfied and excited about the new release and we can't wait to get some feedback!

You guys just completed the recordings and mixing of "Night Visit", any comments on this record?

Well, as I said we feel the result has turned out really really great. We are very satisfied with the new album. We feel that not only the production is the best we've had thanks to Fredrik Nordstrom in Studio Fredman who was extremely professional and gave us exactly what we wanted to obtain from this record, a natural organic sounding album but with power and size. I think 'Night Visit' is definitely the most mature and deep album we have done so far and it's receiving great comments from all the press up to now. It's really hard to describe it since it has a lot of variety and there is something in it for everyone, black metallers and non-black metallers. We felt that 'Proxima Centauri' was a great album but less representative of this line-up than "Night Visit", mainly due to the fact that "Proxima..." was written mainly by Aphazel and myself. This time it was a really exciting full band effort and we wrote the album completely together incorporating all the various different influences and inspirations we all have, which are very different from one another. This is exactly what makes "Night Visit" such a rich album, the fact it has so many different influences. We've been touring a lot in the past two years and we have grown very tight as musicians which shows on this new album and we have been so excited about getting a new album out after these years of playing live that we really totally put in a lot of effort to make the best album we could. I truly feel "Night Visit" is exactly a proof of where Ancient stands in 2004. Some say it's more aggressive, some have said it's more mature, others that it's more atmospheric and emotional, some magazines have considered it very innovative for Ancient and others a return to the older style. The feedback is extremely diverse but all positive! It's great because it means the album has a lot to say to many different people. Metal Blade has been great with us for this album, they've released it on a silver printed digipack with the uncut version of the video, the artwork is the best we've had...so everything is moving in the right direction! Hopefully the fans and listeners will enjoy it as well!

How would you compare this album to the previous ones?

I think I've pretty much answered this in the previous question. Mainly I think it's a richer album and definitely innovative for Ancient. We feel it represents this line-up better than "Proxima Centauri" did, although we still feel "Proxima..." is a great album as well.

Deadly Kristin is no longer part of Ancient, how will this affect the future of Ancient?

Ancient It was mainly due to practical reasons. She lives in Sweden and it was very hard for her to find the time to follow the band always on tour, in the studio and at rehearsals. We got to a point where we thought that it was simply better to part ways. We still remain on friendly terms and wish her all the luck she can have.

Are you guys going to look for another female vocalist, hire a session vocalist or just use male vocals from now on?

At the moment we feel this line-up is working great so we prefer continuing like this for now. For live shows we will probably hire sessions or use a sequencer which is what we are doing for the next tours.

Is Ancient planning on doing a (huge) tour to promote the new album?

We definitely want to tour as much as we did for "Proxima..." and we totally want to play the new songs live. We want to give the fans a really cool show and we will be taking the summer to organize this and rehearse hard for the new gigs. We will have a new set-list with stage props and dancers…something cool for the people who come to the show. We have nothing confirmed at the moment except a festival in Slovenia in August, but we will start touring around October more or less.

Is there a particular band you guys would like to go on tour with?

Hmmm, I think probably Stormlord again since it was really cool back in 2001.

Is there a particular country where you guys would like to play?

I think probably the USA. We have not had the chance with this line-up to play in America and we would really like to go there and tour for the numerous fans we have over there.

Does Ancient get "heat" or threads from the Catholic Church or other organizations?

No not at all. We don't really dwell much into that side of things, we're more about the music really.

What's the worst experience you guys have ever been through?

Wouldn't know really. I think probably some of the various technical problems we have had on tour,...it's always something like that.

What's it like being in Ancient, and how has it influenced you?

It's been great. So far it has really been a full time effort and I am always trying to put more and more in. I really live for music and it has helped me a lot for my career and for experiences. It has definitely helped to create my own personal style on my instrument. It has also given me the vision of what the reality of being in a band is, and how hard it can be many times.

What are your thoughts about the current black metal scene?

Ancient I feel it is unfortunately at its worst moment. Many great bands are splitting up and all kinds of underground genres of music are dying because of the really low sales in the music market nowadays. It's one of the worst moments I've ever seen. We talk to all the Italian companies and they are all complaining. In the last months a couple of big companies went bust (White'n'Black, Harmony and we got the official bankrupt of Virgin) and that's also happening in Germany and UK. I don't know the reason, there must be more than just one, I could write for ages, but it seems nobody is buying cds like they used too, even die-hard metal fans, and shops are so paranoid they are buying fast sellers only and totally forget about other acts. I think too many people are irresponsible and download or copy albums instead of buying them. This is really killing the music scene and they don't realize. I don't believe in people that say that CDs cost too much because many of these people I know spend 3 times as much in beer when they go out or in cellular phones or clothes…so it's a matter of mentality. I hope it will recover soon otherwise there will only be mass market music in 5-6 years time.

Finally, any last words for all your fans?

Thanks for all the support and interest in the past years and I truly invite everyone to check out "Night Visit" and make up their mind on it! You won't be disappointed! See you on tour!

Ok, thanx a lot for your time and input!!!


submitted by Brian 17.06.2004

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