Dark Funeral: Guided by the inner demon

guest author: John Wisniewski

Swedish Black Metal kings Dark Funeral are currently in studio working on their new album, to be released in 2016 via Century Media – and we got hold of guitarero Lord Ahriman to give us a quick update!

What are you currently working on, Lord?
We’re currently in the final stages of demoing and fine-tuning songs for a new, yet untitled, full-length album. We will enter Dug-Out Studios in February together with producer Daniel Bergstrand to record. And the plan is to get the album released by the time we hit the summer festivals in 2016. Other than that we’re planning a new video, tours and basically to come back big & conquer the Metal scene once and for all!

What was the first metal band that you were in?
My first “real” band was called “Satan’s Disciples” (1989-1992). This was when I were still living up north, in a town called Lulea, where I grew up. In 1992 I decided to move to Stockholm, where I eventually ended up forming DARK FUNERAL together with Blackmoon (RIP). There were also a pre-Dark Funeral time between 1992-1993, where we were called after me, “Ahriman”. Beside a drummer change, it featured the same lineup as on our debut MCD (1994).

What may inspire the music of Dark Funeral?
I always let my own inner demons guide me. And in whatever dark place and/or mood they are, the music will go.

Were you friend with Dead of Mayhem?

No, I never knew him personally, only his musical works with Morbid & Mayhem.

What attracts listeners to black metal?

I guess it’s like with any type of music. If the listeners can relate to a certain feeling or a mood, they are drawn into the music. Within Black Metal you also have the extremity, lyrical and spiritual side too that may attract people as well.

Did you expect black metal to become as huge as it has, attracting many followers?

No. When we started in the early 90´s it was purely an underground movement. And at that time Black Metal was too extreme for most people. There were a sort of border between Death and Black Metal. And when you had crossed that you were basically an outcast, but after all the media attention in the mid 90´s the scene grew and has now become major.

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