From Edged Circle: “Perennial Void Traverse indeed draws the listener into a void of ghastly contours that continually shapeshift. Lumbering ‘n’ lurking down-tempos instill an atmosphere of dread and impending doom, all before explosions of filth-banging thrash burst forth and hammer onward, only for the momentum to be up-ended by further lurking and creeping death, and a whole host of maneuvers that defy easy comprehension: the tools at Reptilian‘s disposal are many, and with an enviously fluid sense of mastery, they weave together a rich, red-eyed tapestry of hysteria and unease.”
You can order the album here. And, trust me, you’re going to want to do that. This album absolutely rules.
How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
We come from a place where there are not much to do, and parents with a record collection with bands like Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix and Iron Maiden. None of us where interested in sports or any form of activity what so ever, so picking up an instrument was a pretty easy choice. We all gathered at the barn over at my place in the weekend. At first we only did old Metallica and Slayer covers, but eventually we started to make our own songs.
If we have achieved the success we hoped to achieve, hm.. In the making of the album we have been really quiet on the live front, only done one concert i think. So i hope we get the opportunity to play more live shows in the future.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised?
First we tried to make good music, did not work. So we tried to make super long songs, we thought that if the listener listen to us for a very long time, they had to like the music. You know, quantity before quality. But that did not work either. So now we mostly just sleep with the people who book bands for concerts and festivals. Maybe that’s why we have so few concerts lately! haha!
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
It is great to see that there are so many new great bands out there just waiting to tear you a new one as soon as they get their chance. Nekrofilth, One tail one head and Deathhammer are just to mention some of them. There are no limites in their music and are not to be fucked with. There are of course a lot of shit bands out there as well, with their polished sound production and computer animated cover arts. That is what makes me sick to the stomach. Metal is not supposed to sound like the new Britney Spears album. Just listen to Hell Awaits and Sentenced of death instead of Repentless and Develution and you get the feeling of what metal should sound like!
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music? (This question is especially appropriate for you since your music is quite an outlet for your physical and emotional pains).
If you mean political causes and stuff like that, we don’t have any really. we just write songs about different stuff we think are cool and want to write about. The album contains mostly lyrics about the Aztec-people, death and space. And i think it fits great with the obscure and twisted riffs as well as on the more basic and simple riffs on the record.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
I was probably 8-9 years old when my dad played “Burn” by Deep Purple in the car. I was just hooked at ones by the loud guitars and drums and the voice of David Coverdale on that track. It was not much later i discovered Iron Maiden and Metallica and it just went on from there. So have never had any problem with the family about the music we play. Had their support from day one!
What’s the stickiest you have ever been?
Wow, the stickiest i have ever been? don’t wanna go into to many details here. So let just say it was a pretty nasty and exhausting rehearsal! haha! To much jam, if you catch my drift!
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Andreas: Just get evil all the time!
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
We all have jobs, but to be able to pay the bills by playing our music would be awesome! Maybe that’s our goal? I do not know. Maybe that is what Reptilian is about, the unknown, the void. Who knows? Get i get any deeper than this? probably not. But invading a continent would be cool, blast some Darkthrone to the monks in Tibet to show them whats up! Haha
Finally, when you’re not listening to, writing or playing metal, what are some of you favorite albums to listen to currently?
“Somewhere in time” by Iron Maiden is maybe my favorite album, so that record is popular on my record-player. But other bands i have been spinning lately are Vorum, Sortilege, Merciless and Hobb’s Angel of Death. I do not listen to much other music that’s not metal. Or wait, that is a lie! Susanne Sunnfør is great! Just went to her concert a few weeks ago in Bergen and she was fuckin’ awesome, and so not metal!
Thanks to A.F.S. for his time. Be sure to check out Reptilian’s upcoming LP Perennial Void Traverse as it’s a scorcher of a good one! You can pre-order it here.