1.) Hails brother, you have been doing Thornspawn a long time now, in the
beginning year's you had a lot more members, how do you feel about the band
changing and evolving over the years?
Hails Namtar and thank you for the support and brotherhood all these years
of both Thornspawn & my own musical endeavors. I think that change and
evolution is a part of not only life but of art. One must evolve and change
its perspective as one grows and matures. One has to reinvent its self to
interpret what one wishes to transmit in to its music. Yes band members have
came and went throughout the years and there has not been a steady “line up”
for over a decade now. But in a sense that is a great thing, as the changes
and inspiration that I find, metamorphizes in to something greater than
my art. So naturally there is no room or interest for established members
2.) What was your vision of Thornspawn in the beginning and is the vision
still the same for you or has it changed over the years?
The vision has always remained the same, Barbaric & Bestial Black Metal
filled with ravage hatred and a proclamation of War against all. I am not
here to reinvent the wheel per say, but to give my interpretation of what
true Black Metal madness should be. I actually am semi quoting a comment
given to me by a long time friend and fan I ran in to after some years. And
his words were these above, that he was very selective with the bands of
today, but enjoyed very much my steadfast approach to the continuation of
the band all these years. Not trying to change what the purity and darkest
essence of what Thornspawn introduced all those years ago.
3.) Has your lyrical content stayed the same from the early years or do you
feel it has grown or evolved from your original lyrical content?
Lyrical manifestations remain the same. Death, hatred, vengeance,
antireligious sentiment and the abolishment of all false white light and
disgusting goodness. Perhaps it has grown in the “poetic” form and
interpretation but the message is clear, Death to Mankind.
4.) Do you have any plans to tour in the upcoming months or years, if you
have anything planned where would your fans be able to see you? What do we
have to look forward to if anything?
There are talks about a few shows in California (Los Angeles/San Francisco)
in August 2023 as well as a few shows in Canada (Montreal, Quebec, Toronto)
sometime in July 2023. A tour of Central America (Costa Rica, Guatemala, El
Salvador) are being arranged for end of year or early 2024 by organizers in
that region where we shall have the assistance of a few session guitar
players. And lastly 2024 will finally see Thornspawn storming East Asia
(Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan) as well as China and Japan. This is something I
have waited for over 20yrs!! More info shall be given on all our social
media platforms soon…Beware!
5.) You and I have been friends a long time now as you invited us to play (
when I was in Blood Storm) down to San Antonio many times to your Sacrifice
Of The Nazarene Child Festivals, do you see yourself putting any other
festivals together in the future?
is correct we met at my then Fest and have remained friends since. Even
though we lost touch for some years, it is great to see you continuing with
your label, your band Namtaru, and now conducting interviews. I hail you for
your tenacity and commitment to this art known as Black Metal!! I have
through the years been asked IF and when I will bring back Sacrifice of the
Nazarene Child Black Fest but I think that the underground is not in need of
such a festival since there are so many these days. The exclusivity and
special feeling of such a fest is not something that can be duplicated in
this day and age. I think when that fest was created it was created for “US”
and not for the masses.
6.) I think this era of Thornspawn is amazing! You are lucky enough to have
Hella your amazingly talented wife with you in the band, that must be a
great addition to the band and a great feeling for you personally, can you
tell us your feelings on this matter and what Hella adds to Thornspawn in
Yes I think that Thornspawn has gone through a transformation and this exact
moment has become its greatest point. Since Hella has joined the band it has
given its final and strongest deathblow. What I refer to is that with her
hunger, passion and commitment to this band and the vision that I have had
all these years. Combining both forces has given back that infernal fire
within, that I had created that summer in 1993. Her presence in the
forefront truly commands respect and above all BM fury and it can be seen in
her eyes creating a fire breathing spectacle that everyone that has seen it
live truly engages with her and her BM possession.
7.) I know you were using a session guitarist live for a good while
there,have you found a steady member yet? If not do you plan on finding a
Thornspawn shall always have session guitarists. I don’t think I shall ever
find or honestly care to find a permanent member, ever. I have set my ways,
and I refuse compromises. Things work better with less people trying to
dictate or manipulate what is one’s vision or art. I think that IF I would
ever find someone of this capacity they would have to bleed themselves for
years and prove their allegiance to me and this band before I would ever
consider giving them a say so or voice.
8.) Do you care to share the title of your newest release and do you have
anything else in the works right now for your fans to look forward to?
“Coronation of the Supreme Beast” shall be the next full length and released
through Werewolf Records (Finland) on CD, Tape, Vinyl, and Pic Disc. We had
created a rough mix recently to introduce a few songs to our fans. But now
it is time to get to work with the final mix, which shall be done at Temple
of the Beast Studios by myself and my son Absu. The final mastering shall be
conducted by Mikko Aspa of Deathspell Omega / Clandestine Blaze at his
studio. Death is imminent.
9.) If you have a favorite song of your own which one would it be and why?
One of my latest tracks is dedicated to the memory of David “Blackmoon”
Parland, titled “Blackmoon Arise!” Which is a tribute and respect to the man
who inspired me to pick up the guitar 6yrs ago.
10.) Can you tell us the main musical influences for your writings?
Many years ago I could tell you that this band or that band has influenced
my writing. Now, I can honestly say that I have detached myself from being
“influenced’ or inspired when it comes to my efforts in composing or
brainstorming ideas for a song. And these efforts have worked out perfectly
to construct my own path without imitating ancient godz.
11.) Do you have anything else you would like to share? Any words of
wisdom for other up and coming bands, or any thanks you would like to give
to anyone in particular?
I hail you for this interesting and well thought out interrogation. I think
that advice these days fall on deaf ears. Besides I think that bands of
today should battle, suffer, and learn from victories and defeats in order
to truly embrace and know the true “wisdom” that this music brings. In those
times neither you nor I had any sound advice given to us by bands or anyone
for that matter. And we built our empire upon a throne of bones, of those
that fell in battle not being strong or able enough to withstand the
hellstorm. I invite those that wish to contact me or hear my bands for the
first time may do so at the following locations: