ARE ALLFATHER AS BAND MEMBERS? Currently the line up of Allfather consists of:
Jasper van der Veen-guitar
WHEN DID YOU HAVE FOUNDED THE BAND?
Hagberg and I originally founded the band in 1996, but this line up (with
the exception of van der Veen, who became a member in 2004) was formed in
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE VERY FIRST BEGINNING OF BAND...
As I said previously, Hagberg and I started this band in 1996. Originally
I was the vocalist and we had Craig Stewart on drums. We made an independent
recording that was never released called "Render to the Unlight". Back then
the sound was very different, more melodic and traditional. After this recording
I took up drumming and we had a series of member changes and additions.
Gradually as the years past, our sound and lyric became more progressive
and innovative; leading us to what Allfather is today.
ABOUT YOUR PREVIOUS RECORDING-EFFORTS?
We have done a number of recordings over the years. Our first release was
our demo in 1998 called "Wrath of the Bloodthirsty". The next recording
was our "promo" CD (recorded in 1999). This was originally intended just
to be an independent release for promotional uses only, in order to attain
label support. There were 3 different pressings of this CD with different
cover art. This CD has now become an official release, simply entitled "Allfather".
Invictus Productions has recently re-released this CD on 10" vinyl (2003),
with the addition of a live bonus track. After the release of the promo
CD, we did another 5 song recording in 2001. This recording was released
on Realms of Darkness/Dark Horizon Records as a split CD with 3 other bands
(Nebron (Hun), Hordes of the Lunar Eclipse (USA) and Gnostic (USA)). Unfortunately,
Realms of Darkness turned out to be a very problematic label and subsequently
the production and packaging release was substandard and below our expectations.
We soon parted ways with Realms of Darkness and turned to Invictus Productions.
As I mentioned before, they re-released our promotional CD as well as putting
out our latest release "Weapon of Ascension".
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR FOLLOWING?
In terms of a "following", I do not strive to maintain a significant following
nor do I care about amassing a large fan base. In my opinion, Allfather
does want to sell CD and we do appreciate those who listen and enjoy our
music, but we could care less about how popular we are or how big we get.
Our music is a personal expression of each individual in the band and to
me success has already been achieved in the longevity of Allfather and our
consistent progression, both as a band and as individuals.
THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTS IN YOUR HISTORY?
I do no feel that one moment in our history is more important than another.
Each action has a subsequent reaction, therefore each action or achievement
is as significant as the previous.
A QUICK INTRODUCTION TO 'WEAPON TO ASCENSION'?
We feel that our newest release "Weapon of Ascension" is our most progressive
and strongest release to date. Musically, it is an unrelenting assault,
designed to separate the weak from the strong. Lyrically, it delves into
ideologies of self-preservation, self-mastery and ancestral honour as well
as the intrinsic human nature of violence and brutality.
WHAT'S ABOUT THE TERMS OF YOUR DEAL WITH INVICTUS PRODUCTIONS?
The terms of our release are solely the business of Allfather and Invictus
Productions. I do not feel it necessary to disclose any information, other
than our obvious collaboration. Although I will mention that Invictus is
slated to release our LP this year, complete with new art and a bonus track.
WHAT'S ABOUT THE PRODUCTION OF ALBUM?
The production on this album is exactly what we envisioned. We wanted a
raw and powerful recording, yet one that can be technically discerned and
appreciated. The packaging turned out amazingly, to the credit of Darragh
from Invictus for his tireless efforts and commitment and Lindsay Kerr who
did an excellent job on all our artwork and layout design.
ANY PARTICULAR CONCEPT CONCERNING THE ALBUM?
The overall concept of the album in terms of artistic design was to keep
the artwork minimal and subtle, and still maintain appropriate imagery to
convey the musical and ideological authority of the album. I believe in
the old cliché that less is more; therefore I personally wanted to avoid
the generic busy metal cover, and replace it with a simple yet powerful
appearance. The title "Weapon of Ascension" is appropriate due to how we
are figuratively using this album as a means of distinct and collective
ascension, by expressing within it our personal credo and finest physical
efforts. Therefore this album is a "weapon" for us to ascend to a higher
individual and joint echelon.
WHAT'S THE MOOD OF IT?
Musically, the mood is very barbaric and fierce. We wanted the album to
be unrelenting and driven, not giving the listener a chance to catch a breath.
THE SOUND HAS A STRONG DEATH METAL BACKGROUND?
We are all influenced by many different styles of music. In terms of death
metal, I am a huge death metal/grind fan, and incorporate that style into
my drumming. I know all the members are also enthusiasts of these styles
and if it is apparent in the album, then I am sure that it stems from our
enthusiasm for that style of music. It was not our intention to have the
album sound like death metal, we just write what we like and what comes
out is for the listener to interpret. Therefore I am very reluctant to categorize
our sound and call this a death metal album, or any other style of metal
for that matter.
THE MOST SALIENT ASPECTS OF YOUR NEW ALBUM?
I do not feel that there is any particular outstanding aspect of the album.
I am satisfied and contented with the entire thing, from recording to production.
There for I would deem the whole album salient.
WHAT'S ABOUT THE FEEDBACK?
The album was just released a month ago. Therefore we have not had many
reviews to date. The ones I have read have been positive, although it makes
no difference to me. A review is just one persons opinion and bad or good;
it has no true relevance to me because everyone has varying tastes in music.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR SOUND?
Our principles and beliefs are what is communicated though the music. Our
sound is ferocious and merciless, and we anticipate that it will make those
of weak will falter and recoil, leaving only the strong to listen to what
we have to say.
We would very much like to tour. Recently we are just concentrating on rehearsals
and are in the processes of booking a couple prospective local shows. Actual
touring may not surface until later this year, perhaps either in North America
or the Old Continent.
YOUR LIFE'S PHILOSOPHY?
My personal philosophy has always been one of personal advancement. I feel
it is very important to progress, both physically and mentally. When we
stop progressing then we stop truly living. The future is full of opportunity
and it is up to the individual to seize it and forge it as his own. I have
little sympathy for those of weak will, those who are dependant and subjugated
by "inopportunity". There is latent strength in each individual, and only
those who realize this are of true worth. With my respect for the future
comes my respect for the past. I am a firm believer that each human being
has the right to ancestral respect and cultural pride. I am very proud of
my roots and I encourage all those to feel the same way. Lineage and familial
legacy are what are truly important. Any achievements that were accomplished
by family in the past is culminated and reflected in the present and future
of that family, creating an ever progressing, evolutionary chain, improving
the self on a grand scale. This succession must be upheld and grow stronger
with each generation. I want my kin to be strong and that can only be attained
by a fervent example presented by myself and my ancestry.
THE FUTURE OF THE BAND?
The future of the band is as we make it. We intend to keep working towards
touring and promotion of the new album. We are currently writing new material
for future releases and rehearsing regularly.
ANY LAST REMARKS?
We appreciate the interview, allowing us to shed some light on the makings
of Allfather and "Weapon of Ascension".