Entrevue avec Wrath (Dodsferd)
‘intransigeance n’est certainement pas une simple clause de style pour les membres de la formation grecque Dodsferd, dont la carrière est toute entière bâtie autour de ce concept. Depuis maintenant douze ans, ce groupe interprète un Black Metal cru, direct, parfaitement fidèle à l’esprit de cette musique, se tenant résolument à l’écart de toutes les modes qui traversent le genre. Afin de mieux connaître ces Hellènes en colère, j’ai posé quelques questions à Wrath (chant et guitare) qui affiche sans ambiguïté une profonde et agressive misanthropie. Vous êtes prévenus.
Métal Obscur. First, I would like to thank you for accepting this interview. Dodsferd was spawned in 2001 and has so far a remarkable career. But let’s go back in time. What motivated you to create this entity? Was it a first experience for you? What were your ambitions?
Wrath. Hails from Wrath! Nicolas, I would also like to thank you for your interview. I created Dodsferd back in 2001 for the reason that I could no longer stand the parasitical way of living of fucking humans. I had too much hate and pain inside me. I decided to act and don’t let any waste to play with my psychological stability. Weak fucking humans gather every day into political, religious and other forms of masses and try to survive like leeches in the expense of other people. No dignity at all.
I have no Gods, no idols, no animals to pray and follow; I have no fucker above me. I believe in the power of myself. I don’t need anyone else, in order to do something. Dodsferd is not for everyone and especially not for the hypocrites out there that have also entered underground black metal. Dodsferd is not just a band, it’s my whole world. I was reborn through Dodsferd. My ambition was and still is my personal propitiation.
MO. Your band is frequently compared to legendary acts like Judas Iscariot or Darkthrone. Is it reflecting your own musical influences? Which musicians have the biggest influence on your song writing?
Wrath. Darkthrone and Judas Iscariot, along with Burzum (the first period), are three of my greatest influences. Every single album they have released. Whatever the trends wee in black metal, they never changed for none. They did whatever they wanted without having any doubts about it. They never gave a fuck about any stupid motherfucker out there. I have been influenced a lot by US and Finnish underground black metal. But except of black metal, there have been many other bands from other kinds of music, such us punk, thrash, heavy rock, doom, sludge that have been a great influence in my music.
MO. Greece is well-known for its excellent and persistent Black Metal scene. What kind of impacts – if any – this heritage have on your music? What are your favorite Greek Black Metal bands, and why?
Wrath. The old Greek black metal scene (Rotting Christ, Varathron, Necromantia) had never had any kind of impact on my music. Their heritage never affected my music. Even if I like and respect these bands and especially the old scene, I have no influences from them in my music. The bands I listen most from the Greek underground black metal scene are some of the other bands of which the members of Dodsferd are involved with. That’s all. I have no interest in others. I was never attracted by trends and theories.
MO. Your lyrical universe (not to mention album names and song titles) is characterized by aggressive misanthropy and hatred for religions. Do you consider yourself a Satanist? If so, how would describe this philosophy?
Wrath. As I wrote you in my previous answer, I have no fucker above me. I am God, I am Satan! I hate all kinds of religions and everything that the weak fucking masses have entered and support. I believe in my strength and only. You can describe my philosophy as “Dodsferdisism”, as “Wrathism”. I have my own philosophy, my own theory and my own way of thinking.
MO. Throughout your career, you have been labeled as a Depressive Black Metal band. What do you think of that, and what do you more generally think about band categorization?
Wrath. Some of my albums have the depressive element in them. So their judgment was correct in a degree. Now about the band categorization, this is truly out f my concern. Everyone can say whatever they want. New kinds of style have been created in order to attract the audience.
MO. This year, you released two full-lengths in four months, A Breed of Parasites in March and A Cursed Heritage in June. Both records are quite different, the prior being more an EP, while the former is clearly a full-length. What are their creation stories? Why publish them separately and not try to regroup them in a single, longer release?
Wrath. Both albums were more like compilation of songs of different periods of time. ”A Breed of Parasites” contains new songs except of the song, “Burning the symbols of Your God” that was taken from the 7” split ep with Necronoclast, a cover song of one of the greatest bands in black metal, Judas Iscariot and three ambient songs that were written exclusively for this release.
“A Cursed heritage” contains the 4 songs from the split album with Chronaexus, the song from the Blastbeat’s mailmurder lp compilation, Monomaniacs vol 2, “Disposable Human Wastes” combined with two ambient songs, as intro and outro, exclusively written again for this release.
They were put separately into different releases, because of the production of each album (they were recorded in different studios), the period of the deal that was made with each label and the concept of the songs that were included in each release. “A Breed of Parasites” album is more like a suicidal album than “A Cursed heritage album” that is an album of absolute raw black metal.
MO. A Breed of Parasites contains several short instrumental songs that create a very creepy ambiance. Have you ever had (or still have) an ambient musical project to fully express this kind of song writing? Is it something you wish to do more often with Dodsferd?
Wrath. I had always used in my previous albums, as intro or/and outro ambient songs that I had written. This time I added more, in order to create the atmosphere I wanted to be in each album. I had Mortovatis, as an instrumental project. Maybe in the future, I will record a new album with this band, but it will have nothing to do with ambient songs. I don’t need to create a new band to record only ambient songs. If I have the need to add some tracks in my band Dodsferd, I will do it. I do whatever I want with my band. I don’t create music by reading the reviews of my previous albums made by others, or by seriously taking into account others opinions.
MO. A Cursed Heritage has many Thrash, Heavy and Rock influences that distinguish it from your previous releases. Do you agree? Do you consider this record to be a pivotal moment for Dodsferd?
Wrath. All of my previous albums had thrash, heavy and rock influences. Others had them more and others less. This is not something new for me, or the ones that follow my band since its birth. This is a record made by Wrath. This is my heritage for this weak planet!
MO. You have released many split-CDs over the years (notably last July with Happy Days and Pschonaut 4), a distribution format I still don’t find relevant. What do you find interesting in split-CDs? How do you select bands you will work with?
Wrath. I have my own allies in this scene. There is a mutual respect and support from both sides. This mutual respect and support ends up with a split album. Serious bands devoted to underground black metal.
MO. After many years on the Moribund Records’ roster, you’re now working with Funeral Industries, a relatively small German label. What happened? Are you still in good terms with your former American label?
Wrath. I am still working with Moribund Records. Odin from Moribund Records is like a brother to me. He is supporting my vision since the birth of this band. New things will soon be announced. So, I am still on Moribund’s Roster. I had never left. I am also working with labels that respect my band and support my propaganda against this shit hole that is called planet earth. That is Funeral Industries. Total Respect and support to Chris and Funeral Industries. He is doing the best he can in order to spread my propaganda.
MO. While doing my research for this interview, I noticed your virtual absence of the Internet. No accounts on major social networks, or any official websites. Is it a deliberate strategy? What do you think of band’s self-promotion on the Web?
Wrath. As I wrote you before, black metal is not for everyone. It’s not a social event. Dodsferd is not for everyone. The ones that need to contact me, either to book Dodsferd for a live performance, or to arrange an interview, or anything else, can find me on my personal e-mail.
MO. You released a live album in 2011 called Hammering Brutally Your Cross. Is playing live an important aspect for Dodsferd? Are you constantly looking for new gigs, or do you prefer to select more parsimoniously events on which you’re playing?
Wrath. Live performances are also important for me. I have the need to perform my music live. It’s completely different than the studio albums. It’s a way to ease the demons in my head. I prefer spreading my propaganda live, wherever there are people who can understand my vision. As you have already seen from your research, there are not too many Dodsferd live appearances through all these years. Dodsferd is not for everyone!
MO. Since the very beginning of your career, you are faithful to early Black Metal spirit and sound. What do you think of bands who started this way, but slowly change to become more ‘respectable’ and accessible?
Wrath. My band exists for more than a decade. I respect what I do and I am not planning to change it in order to be accessible to the fucking masses! I am not doing this for money.
I have chosen my path, a path that only few will be able to follow it with me. I don’t have any thoughts at all for these bands. I have better things to do.
MO. Let’s finish with the usual “what’s next?” question. Are you already working on new material? Any gigs or fests coming? Planning any murders or mass genocide?
Wrath. There are a lot of new things until the end of 2013. “Razorbleed Productions” will release until November of 2013 my third full length album for this year, “The Parasitic Survival of the Human Race”. A new 7” ep, “The Breath of Chaos” will be released by “Fistbang Records” until the end of September and another 7” split ep with Infernal Hate will be released by “Self Mutilation Services” until the end of the year.
Also, new t-shirts have been released and will be released until the end of the year.
Some gigs in Europe will soon be announced and a possible tour in USA.
Thanks a lot for your great interview.
MO. Thank you very much for your time.
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