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September 26, 2018

Interview MYRHOLT


Good day MYRHOLT! How are you guys doing these days?

Good day! I’m doing fine. Since Myrholt is a one man band I won’t speak for anyone else 😀

First of all, please introduce your band and band members to our readers.

Myrholt is Black Metal. Plain and simple. It’s a continuation of stuff I’ve been doing on and off since I began making riffs around 92”. There’s been several names changes through the years. Too many to mention. Some material has been spread or released under different monikers.

I’d like to know about the formation of the band. How did you guys meet and all. Also, is there any special story behind the band title?

I had been beating drums for a couple of years and I began making riffs up this alley around 1992. It all began when Darkthrone released the album ”A Blaze in the Northern Sky”. I actually heard ”In the Shadow of the Horns” on national radio. From that moment on I was possessed. I was introduced to Burzum around the same time by my stepbrother. We are the same age but he lived with my father in Trondheim while I lived in Mosjøen, a pretty small town way north in Norway. The Trondheim scene was starting to develop at that point I guess while Mosjøen was all about Bryan Adams and jazz and shit. Pardon the digression. The insanity and coldness of this raw metal mesmerized me and I guess Myrholt is a reflection of that. Myrholt is also my surename. I grew tired of all the pseudonyms and such. It’s me. It’s honest. That’s it.

I expect a long reply for this one. Can you please tell us about the concept and lyrical themes of all your previous releases?

Past releases under other monikers often dealt with organized religion and my despise towards it. That despise is still there but the more recent lyrics are more personal I guess. They mostly deal with the search for a better life and a better way to live it. There are many references to ancient scandinavian lifecodes and I guess one could suggest it romanticizes being self-sufficient in both mind and material. It’s all about that farm life.

Is there any special reason for choosing your music conception?

I’m not sure I understood that question. There’s no other reason for me doing this than creativity.

How do you guys manage to create music at all? What challenges do you face while writing and recording an album?

I just create and record. Not many challenges really. I guess the most challenging part is mixing it. Mainly because you’ve become so deaf from being a part of every brick in the puzzle.

Your latest album “Med Samme Naal, Under Samme Maane” was released on December 2017. How was the experience working on the studio? Any funny or even sad happenings during the studio work?

I recorded and mixed everything myself in my own facilities. Not much sadness, nor fun really. Some minor user based technical setbacks perhaps but nothing of major concern.

You guys are still underground/underrated in spite of many years of existence, although your music has been appreciated by the critics worldwide. What, according to you, is the reason behind it?

I never took the time to promote it thoroughly. There were always other bands or projects stealing time and energy.

Can you throw some light on your past as musicians?

Well. As mentioned I began playing drums around 1990. A friend and I recorded some pretty insane stuff at that time. Mostly grind related stuff. We couldn’t really play. I can’t remember much of it and I don’t know if those recordings still exist. I played in some local bands due to the lack of a metal scene. Had a pretty severe thrash and death metal period. Then came ”A Blaze in the Northern Sky” followed by some other prominent releases in the early 90’s. I started making riffs around 92”. Recorded some stuff on tape and some of it was spread. There was a new moniker for every recording session. The first names was among others, Tyrant, Eternal Eclipse, Acron and Celestial Evil. Then there was I Was Flesh Once which was the original name intended for what was released as Tremor. I formed Enslavement of Beauty with a friend from school. I did drums for a band called Diabolical Breed, drums for Gaia Epicus, I sang and wrote lyrics for Archon and Hellhaven. Released some electronica. Formed Those Left Behind as a tribute to some of my old heroes like Autopsy, Immolation, Napalm Death, Sepultura etc.and, well. Here we are. Many years later and still embracing the underground.

Tell us about your favorite bands, from whom you gain inspiration. Are you having any favorite artist/band that has emerged frommetal/rock soil?

Burzum, Darkthrone and Gehenna are among favourites from the early 90’s. Especially when linked to the Myrholt stuff. In general I’m a big WASP fan. THE band that made me want to play music. Otherwise I just listen to music in general. I try to keep an open mind. Inspiration can be found in such remote areas of art.

How is the metal scene going in your country?

Well. It’s leading isn’t it? At least when it comes to Black Metal. I’m not really that updated on the current situation. I guess it’s ok. I notice metal related festivals popping up all over. I guess that must be a sign of vitality.

Tell us, if you have played abroad.

Not with Myrholt. I’ve played at some weird corners of the world with Gaia Epicus, Hellhaven and Those Left Behind. And I stepped in playing drums for Mork at a festival in 2016.

Are you working on any music videos, might it be videoclip or lyric video?

Not at the moment.

Rapid fire section. Just for fun. So just chill, and just type the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear:

* Religion – Despise
* Death – Inevitable
Fjord – Peace
Bathory – Inspiration
Kilmister – God

Thanks a lot for your time! It’s really nice to know more about you. Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers?

Thanks for the support! Choose hiking over gaming!

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