i je vous demandais de nommer des groupes suédois de Black Metal, il y a fort à parier que Patronymicon ne ferait pas partie de votre énumération. La recherche de la célébrité n’appartient pas - en effet – aux objectifs de cette formation originaire de Sandviken. Celle-ci propose une musique brute et sauvage qui puise son inspiration dans les grands classiques des origines. Je vous propose donc un court entretien avec N. Sadist (basse et chant) portant particulièrement sur le nouvel album et les projets du groupe.
If I asked you to name Swedish Black Metal bands, Patronymicon would probably not be mentioned. Quest for fame is not – at all – an objective for this Sandviken native band, which offers a raw and wild music adapted from the well-known and admired late 80s’ classics. I propose you today a short interview with N. Sadist (bass and vocals), focusing particularly on the new album and band projects.
Métal Obscur. First, I would like to thank you for accepting this interview. You founded Patronymicon five years ago to «create straightforward cold and hateful Black Metal» as you mentioned in your Web bio. What motivated you to do so? What were your prior experiences as a musician?
N. Sadist. Thank you! Yes the web bio says that but that was written 5 years ago so i guess that was exactly the plan i had back then. I played in other bands and wrote a lot of music that somehow never was put to use, that combined with my will to learn more about recording made me start up Patronymicon.
MO. Could you explain to us the meaning of your band’s name?
N. Sadist. The name is sacred and has an apocryphal meaning for the members involved. We deny the father of creation and refuse to accept him as God. In a sence Patronymicon represents our battle to become deities of our own through the dark arts.
MO. The band was first a solo project. Why have you finally decided to recruit permanent members? Was it for creative inputs or live performances?
N. Sadist. It’s a little bit of both. By obvious reasons I need to recruit members in order to be able to perform live. It sounds easier than it actually is because I need people who respect and honour the path that is chosen for Patronymicon. I have found people that I can trust and also learn from which is the reason I have made them full members of the band. We act as one entity through our work.
MO. You released earlier this year your second full-length called All Daggers Towards the Sky, an uncompromising and brutal Black Metal manifest. Could you describe for us its creation process? Are other band members involved in it, or do you prefer to work alone?
N. Sadist. We wrote some material for ADTTS even before we wrote our first album. The plan was to release an EP to follow up the debut album but after we recorded all drums there was enough material to release a full album so we decided to do so. I prefer to work alone but there where other people and members involved. P. Locust handles all drums and our new guitarist J.Malice plays all leads on the second album.
MO. How would you compare this album to its predecessor (Prime Omega, released in 2011)?
N. Sadist. I have no interest in comparing my own art, I leave that for others.
MO. I’ve noticed an info stating that the recording was done in September 2011. Is it accurate? Why did it take eighteen months for the album to be released?
N. Sadist. The record took that long to make. I need to be totally satisfied in everything i do or can control. That combined with my limited experience in some aspects of the recording process when we started to record the album forced me to search for information and to learn whatever I needed to reach my own expectations.
MO. Recording of this album was made at Stålångest Studio, while mastering for this record was done at famous Necromorbus. Why did you select these particular studios?
N. Sadist. Stålångest is my own studio so that was a obvious choice for me, I knew it would take a long time to do this and I assure you that no label in the world would want to pay the studio bill for me if I would use another studio. Necromorbus, I like a lot of albums that Necromorbus was involved in and after the time I spent recording and mixing the album I gladly handed over the final mastering to them with full confidence.
MO. Cover art was done by Chadwick Saint John, an artist who also worked with Svartsyn and Arckanum. Why did you select him for this task? Did you give him specifications, or was he given carte blanche?
N. Sadist. I had seen his previous work and liked his style. Carnal records had used his skills before to do artwork for Arckanum and Svartsyn so that made it easy to get in contact with him. I gave him some guidelines how I wanted him to portray this opus but I still gave him artistic all freedom to make the actual art.
MO. Satanism seems to be a common cultural trait for Sweden’s bands. Is this religion/philosophy an important aspect of your art and life? How would you define it?
N. Sadist. It’s a cultural trait that very few truly understand. For us it is not a gimmick but a way of life. Of course we have mundane elements in our existence but it’s our goal to rid our self from the uselessness of society. A snake sheds its skin many times in its life cycle and that is how I like to compare my developing to reach beyond the human kind and ultimately to reach the other side. So the answer to your question is yes, it is a very important aspect of our art and lives.
MO. Your first album was released by the Mexican-based label Blackcrowned Records, but your second is distributed by Carnal Records, a Swedish label. Was geographical proximity your main concern when you changed label?
N. Sadist. Yes.
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MO. Swedish Black Metal is known for its ferocity and heavy production, characteristics perfectly illustrated by your band. How would you explain this phenomenon?
N. Sadist. That is a very hard question. I think many Swedes carries a lot of bitterness inside that might contribute. Some elements I think can also be traced to our folk lore. Maybe the depressive climate to, but honestly I don’t give a shit. I just do what feels right when I do it.
MO. Your brand of music roots itself in Swedish Black Metal traditions, but what do you think of some newer trends, often derisively called «hipster»?
N. Sadist. Trends are something I truly despise and only show the shallowness, insecurity and weakness of mankind. I have nothing against progression as long as it is not done to impress the masses. You can always hear if the musician truly believes in his or her work or if it is just a cry for attention.
MO. I have seen several live pictures of Patronymicon where band members were dressed in full gear, covered with blood. Is this kind of visuals important for you? What does it represent?
N. Sadist. It’s a crucial part of Patronymicon. The few times we do live shows it is important to activate all senses of the people there. It is an expression of our worship of death and that is something you have to see, smell and hear!
MO. Are you planning to record and release new material soon? You do not seem to perform live often, but do you have gigs scheduled? Any other information you wish to share with us?
N. Sadist. We are always working to develop the band and with the new line up it is more inspiring than it has been before but I can’t say that we are planning to release anything soon.
No we don’t do a lot of gigs and he main thing is that not many promoters lets us do our thing as we want it to be. At the moment our scheduled is open and we spend most of the time working on new material.
MO. Thank you very much for your time.