From its 1999 inception as a dark ambient project to 2014’s rejuvenation as a black metal band, Murdryck has been there, done that, and killed it in the realm of dark arts. As a black metal band, debut Antologi MMXV was a sharpened axe of vitriolic hatred but with Födelsen, out today, the band hones their axe and betters their songwriting and atmosphere for a fuller, more robust effect. And the proof is in the pudding, as they say. One listen through Födelsen showcases some of the most streamlined yet ferocious output the band has done to date. In conjunction with release day, we recently had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions so head directly below to see how it all went down.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
I discovered the guitar at the age of 15. At the time, I imagined myself playing in huge stadiums emulating the success of Iron Maiden and Metallica and those kind of large festival bands. My music tastes started taking a turn for the worst when the drummer in my band introduced us to Death Metal. It was a slippery slope downwards. The intention was to get rich playing Death Metal and then have enough money to do what we actually wanted.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
We’ve only played one show and will likely never play live again, so there’s never been a need to humiliate myself to get a gig. We don’t have any funny band stories really and I can’t be bothered making anything up.
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?
Is there a scene? I don’t think so. I think metal has come full circle now. I don’t see any definite trends towards certain styles or happenings. Metal, for good or for bad, is very fragmented. There’s more opportunities to do what you like now, so bands are going back to those eras that please them the most. 80s thrash, 90s death…whatever. At the moment, in Black Metal, everyone seems to be picking up on Icelandic bands or ritualistic style bands. It’s a trend, I guess. We just do our own thing and I think we have a fairly distinct sound and vibe to our music. We are not interested in cloning other bands.
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?
I’m too old to care about anything. The internet gives everyone a voice and if it’s proven anything it’s that people just like to be heard and need attention. I don’t crave attention. I don’t know if it’s progressive or not. I’ve got better things to do then be offended by shit or incessantly bicker with folks about shit that doesn’t matter. Since we play Black Metal we focus on fantasy rather than issues.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
How did my family take the news? lol. It’s music, not a cult. No one died. I guess around age 13 or 14 was when I became seriously interested in music. Nothing unusual, kids that age often want to find their own thing.
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?
I’ve been a reviewer for a magazine so I have experience on both sides of the fence. It’s difficult – everyone’s looking for attention and to be seen. As a reviewer, I always try to remain more objective and try to review fairly from the perspective of an audience that appreciates the style I am listening to. Too many reviewers use a review as an opportunity to pour scorn or critique a band or album they just don’t like and don’t hold back. A lot of time and money, effort and passion goes into most releases, so try to respect that. We get reviewed by many small zines that are often run by a single person. 90% of the time the reviews are positive. The other 10% you wonder why the zine owner is wasting space on us to sling shit.
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.
Extreme music is a hobby. I have a day job, so this is what I do to relax. I have realistic goals and expectations. I am happy to make music and hopefully break even on the expenses. It costs several thousand $/Euros to make an album and if someone listens to it more than once we appreciate people buying it.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
I have a massive music collection on vinyl. I just play whatever takes my fancy. Too much music to be playing anything regularly.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
We release Födelsen on 1st May through Leviaphonic Records on CD and Cassette. At a later date we release a vinyl version on Swedish Growls From The Underground label. I will take some time off probably and then start writing new material at some date.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Murdryck for their time!