Interview with Anders Pettersson
Interview conducted by Barbara Williams (Crowley)
Date online: January 25, 2003
Hails and how are you guys doing?
Well, first off, the term "you guys" would be incorrect since Ad NoctuM is a one man project, hehe. Iím fine (thanx for asking :)). I just finished my university exams, so I'm basically just getting drunk and trying to write some music over the holidays.
Where are you from?
Iím from a city called Helsingborg in the south of Sweden.
You have quite varied musical styles--some death, grind core and black metal. And it all sounds bad as hell. I'm especially curious about "Blessed are the Wicked." It reminds me a little of an old Pink Floyd song. Was that intentional or did it just come out that way?
Pink Floyd? Haha, bloody hell! No, that was definitely not intentional. "Blessed are the Wicked" was written a long time ago when I went under a different name(AmanojakU), which I am switching back to since too many bands are called Ad NoctuM these days, hehe). I had written around eight songs, which I released as an "Online CD" in 99, I believe. "Blessed are the Wicked" was the outro track and since it was the only song I really liked from that CD I decided to release it "under" Ad NoctuM, if you will.
Who is your vocalist? Love the articulation and vocal style, particularly in "Enchantress of the Night," which is nothing less than a bad-ass song.
Well, that would be me, Anders Pettersson :) Thanks for the compliment. I rarely get any feedback on songs, but it is nice to know that people enjoy what I do. I record and create music using my computer and this allows me to cut & paste vocals and has been a great help when my vocal cords just couldn't hack it; also, I could just record a small part every day. When I did "Enchantress of the Night" I was actually so fed up with it that I just did all the vocals in one go (except for the chorus). It was the first time that I felt I was actually a proper vocalist, hahaha.
How would you describe your style of vocals? Who have been your role models?
Ehhrm, well just from-the-abyss-out-of-my-mouth kind of style :) It's hard to explain. The only reason I started howling was because I couldn't get my voice deep enough for death style vocals. It was much easier to go higher and after that, I guess, it just came naturally. One of my all time favourite vocalists is the guy in Naglfar (Swedish blackmetal). I wish I had his vocal abilities, but, on the other hand, I hardly ever practise my howling. Being a student and living in a flat with 2 other people, I don't think me screaming at the top of my voice would be very popular, haha. This is always a problem when I record vocals since I need a few days to "kick start" the howling and I usually get a sore throat the first few days.
What made you form Ad NoctuM?
I have been making metal music using my guitar and computer for about five years now. Since I started, I called myself AmanojakU which comes from a Japanese anime film, but when I found out about mp3.com, I decided to change it and I also did not want to limit myself to one style of music. I basically wanted to reach more people than the underground sites that I was hanging around back in the day. I see it as a hobby mainly, but I think it is about time that I started spending some more time on my music.
Interesting name for a band and interesting spelling! I know there are a couple of other bands by that name. Is that why you had chosen that particular way to spell Ad NoctuM?
(Hmm) Well, I was aware that there was a song called "Adnoctum" by Borknagar, I believe. I was unaware of any other bands at that time. I have, however, decided to go back to my old name as I think it is,ehrm well, more evil :) and avoid any hassle and confusion, of course.
How would you describe Ad NoctuM to someone who's never heard your music before?
Damn, that's not easy! I think there is nothing really special about my music in terms of originality. I think it is quite basic. I don't take things very seriously, though, and do aim to write amusing lyrics,however sick they may be haha. ("Enchantress" is an exception, though. It is a pile of sappy shit--lyric wise, haha). Description? Well, high pitched black vocals and a mix of black/death/grind/gore perhaps? Hehe, I don't like labels. I don't see the point of them (although it helps not to be in the same category as german epic-powermetal, hahaha).
How do you write your music? Is there a set guideline or do you write what you feel as you go along?
I usually start with drums and some melodies. Basic drums are easy to program, so I usually muck around after they are finished. If I have a riff in my head that I know would make a good verse/chorus, I usually just build on that. Sometimes I hear a cool phrase in a film and just go, "fuck, that would be cool if it was followed by this or that".
How do you get the inspiration for your writing?
By listening to other bands, from films and from getting drunk haha.. I can go months without writing anything and then one day something just pops into my head when I'm in a lecture or on the bus.
Which bands are on your list of favorites? If I were to look through your CD collection, what would I find?
Mostly black, death, and grindcore. Favourites include Hemdale, Naglfar, Exhumed, Impaled, Nile, Dissection and a Swedish hardcore band called Raised Fist.
Any plans to go on tour? If so, where and when and with whom?
Well, I have been trying to find a band so I can actually play live,but so far no luck.The great thing about doing everything myself is that I have total control over what I am doing and no one can slag off a suggestion that I have. It looks bad gig-wise and touring would require some kind of fame status, which I doubt I will ever achieve. Who knows? Maybe after I have finished at the university and I can concentrate on music for a while!
Besides Metal, what other types of music do you listen to?
Hehe, not a lot. A Swedish band called Mindjive and some punk/ska perhaps, but very ralely.
Outside of playing Metal, what kinds of things do you enjoy doing?
Drinking is a major hobby :) Other than that, Ienjoy Taekwondo and, well, sex whenever possible, haha..I don't do a whole lot being the lazy person that I am :)
Do you feel that Death and Black Metal bands have it more difficult to gain recognition compared to those who play other types of metal?
I think it depends on the country. Black seems to be big in astern Europe and, well, I don't need to mention that power metal and such shit is big in Germany, haha. If a band is good, it will be recognized, no matter what the genre. At least I want to believe that!
You have a couple of songs on Mp3. Will you be offering any more to attract new fans?
I released a CD myself in 2001, but I was unable to put the songs on mp3.com since I used samples from various sources and there were some copyright issues, apparently. I intend to remake my entire website and release all material there, but it is a shame that I cannot get the songs on to mp3.com since I would probably reach more people from there.
When will we see the next CD release? Is there any specific label you may be using?
I really have no idea. If anyone wants to sign me, I would be mighty impressed (haha). Like I said, I am doing this for fun and for myself. I have no intention of making any money, so most likely I will keep releasing on the web unless some kind soul wants to print me a CD :)
Could you tell us about new material you are writing? What are you aiming for?
I have been writing on and off for a few months and I think it's pointing towards black metal rather than death/grind. Definitely more melodic and I am hoping to bring some nice keyboard melodies into what I have written. I am aiming to have finished all my new material by Spring 2003, but we will have to see how that goes. I do have new sound equipment, so there will definitely be an improvement in sound quality.
What are your plans for the future?
Release music and hope people will enjoy it.
How is the music and being Ad NoctuM connected with the person you are? Is your band image a reflection of you or completely separate?
Hehe. Lyric wise? I am in no way as fucked up as my lyrics. Music wise--I think I just write songs that I like to listen to myself. The music I write would probably not so much reflect the person I am rather than the mood I am in.
Which element do you think makes Ad NoctuM music different from the rest of the bands?
Not many. I just like to take the piss out of "majestic" and "ooh-so-deep" lyrics. I don't want people to think too much when they listen to my music. I am pleased if they just go "Fuck! That rocks!" or something similar, haha.
What, in your opinion, separates a good metal band from a bad one?
Drummer and vocalist are the most important elements in a band in my opinion. The music does not have to be original or overly complicated with 3000 different riffs and tempo changes. As long as it is heavy as fuck and the vocals are cool. And if there are blast beats, they have to be FAST :)
There has been a rise in pagan/satanic metal over the past few years. What's your opinion about that?
I think most of these bands are just kids who think it's cool. Like trying a cigg for the first time. I like to take the piss out of everything in most of my lyrics, and Satanism is such a good basis for writing music, hahaha. Add some "into the darkness of blablabla" and you're sorted, haha. I like a lot of satanic bands and if they are trying to get a message across, it sure has missed me. I despise religion. In my opinion, it is all a sack of shit, but at least Satanism takes the piss out of christianity or whatever, and I like that. That is probably why there is a pentagram in the Ad NoctuM logo. I am not afraid to offend, and basically, I'm not prejudice. I just hate everything, haha. Evil = Live and all that shit :)
How is the metal scene where you guys are? Is it pretty active or a continuous struggle?
Helsingborg is shit for metal. Edinburgh, where I study, is even worse. I rely completely on the Internet to acquire music since you can't get any proper music in Edinburgh. I think it has always been like that though, and I am not bothered at all. If metal bands were on pop of the tops, I would get worried.
Who is your audience?
Hahaha. well, anyone that has downloaded my music and liked it or bought a CD from me when I was drunk :) VERY underground, I would say.
And your birthday?
4th of February...
Any last words to fans?
If you genuinely like my music, let me know! I am always working on new ideas, and if you have any suggestions or comments, I would be very happy to hear them.
Mail me at email@example.com
Finally, stay off religion, stay underground (if you don't, make heaps of money not being underground haha!!!) and question EVERYTHING!
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