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NEVER SAY DIE!

ARMED WITH A NEW ALBUM AND A NEW DEAL, BLOOD RED THRONE ARE BACK WITH THEIR STRONGEST MATERIAL TO DATE. TERRORIZER TALKS TO GUITARIST DANIEL ‘DØD’ OLAISEN ABOUT THE CREATION OF ‘UNION OF FLESH AND MACHINE’

BLOOD RED THRONE

Eighteen years and eight albums on, Daniel ‘Død’ Olaisen still has to face the same two misconceptions about his band Blood Red Throne. So to remain polite, let’s say he’s, well, a tad upset about it.

“First of all, since we’re from Norway and some of us have had experiences in that scene, some still believe we’re playing black metal whereas it’s never been further from the truth,” he says. “And two, although he formed the band with me back 1998 and remains a good friend of mine, can I remind everybody that our former guitar player Tchort left over six years ago? He was originally probably the most famous musician of us all when we started due to his involvement with Green Carnation, Carpathian Forest and his appearance on Emperor’s ‘In the Nightside Eclipse’ album but Blood Red Throne was never his band! I don’t want to brag but today I’m the sole original member left and it’s my passion for this kind of music that has kept us afloat through thick and thin throughout those two decades. See, we didn’t take the easy road in the late ’90s. Back then, if you were from Norway, all you had to do was to play black metal, even in its lamest form, and you would get signed instantly! We have some blackish elements in our sound but to us, death metal always has been where we stand and we didn’t care. We still don’t.”

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I know I am not alone when I say I’m a sucker for being nostalgic. The thing about loving music is that because it plays such a massive part in my life, when I listen to things, it invokes so many memories. I always find myself taking myself back to when I first heard said record, who I was with, what I was doing and so on. Right now as I write this, I’m listening to Prong’s ‘Force Fed’ album, recounting all the shows I saw Tommy and co in at the now defunct Birmingham Edwards No.8 club during my teens. Those shows were immense, even if the number of punters wasn’t! I’ve seen them in more recent years and still enjoy their musical output, but those early days to me, personally, were special. What has this got to do with anything, I hear you say? Well really, it’s the same reason as why I wanted to put Mastodon on the cover of this month’s issue ahead of their headline performance at Bloodstock. You see, Mastodon are one of those seriously special bands, who have not only etched themselves in my own nostalgia bank (hey, anyone who witnessed their debut capital gig at London’s Underworld supporting High On Fire will always remember that show) but more importantly, into the wider scheme of metal’s rich history. Never once have they repeated themselves musically and consequently they have successfully created a stunning discography that continues to remain vital as the years go by. Mastodon were a game changer and their Bloodstock show allows us a chance to remind ourselves just why we love them so much. In their own words, our cover feature allows the quartet look back at their career to date and look forward to the future too. Crack open a bottle, stick any of their albums on the stereo, flip to the interview and enjoy some nostalgia yourselves! Darren Sadler, Editor
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