Songs as black as the night, texts from bitter cold reality, steely guitars, sublime fanfare and whipping drum grooves, which maltreat as metal anvil-blows the Skull: The German Quintet NACHTBLUT hit the road in their mission to denounce abuses and excesses by the indomitable in this world.
Nachtblut was mainly brought as a black metal band, still the sound has changed a bit through the years, how would you describe it right now?
Askeroth: We never saw ourselves as a black metal band, we produce our own sound. Normal black is for me English, that’s how I see it, keyboard are not typical black metal as well. The performance as well as the text are basically the only typical Black metal things we do and therefore we don’t see ourselves as a black metal band. We are between extreme gothic metal, extreme black metal or anything in between. We’re a metal band for sure but as black metal I wouldn’t say so.
Greif: We are usually recognized a dark metal band.
Askeroth: Bethlehem brought a song or an album called ‘Dark Metal’ and basically created since then the new genre so to say. But other bands were categorized as dark metal because they also were a mixture of gothic, death and black metal. If I now ignore Bethlehem, I would say we’re a mixture of all of the three.
Greif: this whole genre thing, is mostly given by journalists to give things names, then to categorize them.
Askeroth: but from a musical aspect, if you study deeply their lyrics, they are not black metal either; they are a mixture of Rammstein, Cradle Of Filth and Black Metal. We don’t do that, so how should we name ourselves, we add dark metal to it? I mean we don’t really care what genre they give us at the end. Some songs are fast, others are slow.
What are your thought on the cultural and environmental effects on your music?
Askeroth: Of course it affects us. Some songs were not written just by sitting down and trying to write a new song but through the experience that one goes through, through communicating with other people about different themes in which they shared a different opinion. I don’t just sit somewhere and say I have to write a new song now. If I work this way, I wouldn’t be able to touch so many matters then and we would release two albums each year. (laughs)
So what personally inspire you?
Askeroth: Things that piss me off, mostly. There are these other songs where we say this is a good idea, let’s make a song about it, for example when it comes to fantasy or necrophilia. From time to time, we also make a motivation song, or a song just to piss people off.
Nachtblut has been attracting fans on an international level, have you thought of also writing some lyrics in English?
Askeroth: Sometimes, I find that few things sound cooler in English, but we play mainly for the German fans. I think if someone plays for the German fans, he should sing in German. The only reason to use English lyrics is commerce. There is no other reason. Why should I as a german, who sings for the german fans, sing songs in English, except that I want to reach more people with it? Why should I try to reach the English-speaking fans with no other reason than trying to sell more records?
Greif: It is also about Identity. We all speak German and we all think in German!
Askeroth: In the same sense, should we also make Japanese songs so we could sell more albums in japan? I wouldn’t have done that as well. One should find his own way and become independent of the circumstances, and when the Japanese gladly buy our albums, they’re also doing like me and not because we made music in their style.
Greif: It is momently a trend that every artist say this song or this album should hit this and I should sing in their or this language, and mostly, the fans wouldn’t like it as well and they require the original product.
You are now signed with Napalm Records, how is going with them so far?
Greif: Really good, they hear us with open ears so our next album will also be released through Napalm Records. They give us so much freedom and support us in what we do, they’re no like a dictator but rather a support.
Askeroth: This is now how one thinks, not because we signed a contract with them, we sold our souls with it! The best proof for me is that on the album that we released in 2012, there were so many songs in it that I wrote back in 2007, 2008 and 2009 before we even signed with them and they still released them. Napalm Records has no influence on the music. They musically let us do what we want. The only thing they do is what a record label does; promote the CDs, make sure they’re available for the fans and provide us with a budget.