Interview with vocalist Jens March 2013…

This is a new band from Denmark's underground metal scene but one I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot about in the coming months. Heavy slow to mid-paced guitars that have a old-school death/doomish feel and sound to them. J.P's vocals are a mix of deeper  death growls, screams and some gruff spoken type of vocal patterns.Cerekloth have done a great job of mixing in old-school death gods like Autopsy, Cianide etc and mixed in their own warped, disturbed creative ideas. Cerekloth are a band you need to hear, read on more about this band and check out their debut album on the almighty Hells Headbangers Records!



Metal hails how is your week starting out? Please introduce yourself to the readers of Canadian Assault?

Hey there, my name is Jens Bendtsen Pedersen; I am 35 years old and the lead vocalist in Danish death metal entity Cerekloth. So far it has been a mellow week, been catching up on interviews, listening to records, reading, watching movies and hanging out with my fiancé and little boy. Currently I am gearing up for a Cerekloth rehearsal this coming weekend, the first one in a long long time.

At what age did you first discover metal? Who were some of the first bands you listened to?

I bought my first metal album in 88 I guess and it was Iron Maidens classic “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” on original tape. I listened mainly to Maiden, Metallica and Danish hard rockers Disneyland After Dark until the early 90es where a older local metal head from my small hick town started hooking me up with dubbed tapes containing Morbid Angel, Death, Rigor Mortis, Obituary, Sepultura etc. In the late 80es / early 90es I was also heavily into skateboarding and also listened to some punk rock as well as a lot other music like Sonic Youth, The Doors etc. At first metal was just music that I listened to, later on it became much more than that. Since 1999 I have been involved in many metal bands along with a couple of dark experimental projects as well.

When did you and the other members of Cerekloth meet? When did you all form the band? What is the "current" band line-up? For the readers who have never heard Cerekloth's music how would you best describe it?

Cerekloth was formed in 2008 by a different line up then the one we have now. Only Allan (guitars) and I remain from the first constellation of the band. The line – up now consists of Allan Larsen (guitars), Morten Adsersen (guitars), Martin Leth Andersen (bass/ additional vocals), Nis Larsen (drums) and of course myself (lead vocals). Allan and I have been close friends since the mid 90es and we have previously played together in other bands, I really like working with him. Morten and I know each other from when we used to play together in a faster style death metal band 5-6 years ago, we always stayed in contact and he was the first choice to fill in the vacant guitar spot when we kicked out our previous guitar player and he turned out to be a great addition. Nis and Martin are guys that I have met at gigs etc many times during the last decade or so, I really like what they do in their other band Strychnos and they seemed perfect for Cerekloth hence we decided to ask them to join our ranks and they accepted. Cerekloths sound could be described as a wall of pitch black death worship, our focus lie in dark atmosphere and good song writing. We do not care about being old school, true, cult or whatever stupid bullshit that seems to come with playing in a metal band these days.

Cerekloth recently released their debut full length "In The Midst of Life We Are In Death". How long did it take the band to write, and record the songs for this release? Did the the whole band work on the music together or did 1-2 members handle the music writing?

The album is coming out April 19th on LP/CD. We wrote the album material during 3 years. A lot of material was thrown out along the way and we tested 95% of the material live several times before it made the album. The actual recording was done during 10 days and then there was the mixing and mastering process afterwards. Allan and Morten has so far written all music and I write most of the lyrics although Martin wrote two lyrics for the album and an old friend wrote a lyric for us as well. Usually we send demos back and forth to each other via email and when we finally do meet at rehearsals; we go through the songs and work on the arrangements until we are satisfied. We all take part in arranging the material.

When it comes to a creating a new Cerekloth song which usually comes first the music or the lyrics? Where do you all draw inspiration for your lyrics?

Usually the music but the lyrics for “Halo of Syringes” were actually written a long time before the music. My lyrics revolve around death, a topic that I have had close encounter with for most of my life in various shapes and sizes. There is for sure inspiration to be found in the occult , but also in urban decay , spiritual death , mental disease , drug abuse etc. Inspiration can come from anything really, dreams, painting, thoughts, and the subconscious. I like to keep the lyrics open for interpretation

How has the response been from the press and the fans?

So far the response has been pretty good, the reaction of others is not something I dwell on to much though. Not too much response yet since the album is not officially released. The most important thing is that we are close to 100 % satisfied ourselves.

Does the band play "live" very often or do you prefer to work more in the studio? Where are some places/countries you all have toured/played?

We live scattered around the country, so rehearsals are not that common. We have played around 10 gigs so far and the majority of them went really well. So far we have only played in Denmark at various clubs as well as major festivals such as Copenhell (shitty experience) and the Roskilde festival (best gig so far) which is one of the biggest music festivals in Europe , pretty special for a band who had only released a couple of EPs at the time. We also had the pleasure of playing the most Awesome Kill-Town death fest in 2011. Personally I prefer recording sessions and the creative process. Sometimes I am really into playing gigs and then there can be long periods with no urge to perform live, I guess that is due to my sort of anti social nature. After a lengthy break from concerts, Cerekloth will play our next gig alongside the Old Danish doom band Saturnus in the Copenhagen area. We are really interested in playing a few gigs abroad once the album is released, so organizers should get in touch with us.

Who are some bands you all have toured with over the years? Anything insane or crazy ever happen at one of your shows? If you could set-up a "dream" show/tour who are some bands you would love to tour with?

I have never done a tour in my life except for a mini European tour with the Swedish black metal band Kill (I was a vocalist in the band for a while). We have no desire for a long tour as we have too many obligations in our daily lives and personally I would go crazy having to be around people for a long period of time.  Loads of crazy shit has happened during gigs but nothing that shall be revealed here. There are many bands past and present that would be cool to play with, too many to mention. Cerekloth has performed at festivals with some great bands such as Necros Christos , Necrovation , Sonne Adam , Grave Miasma etc.

In your opinon what is the best and the worst thing about the underground? And what does the term underground metal mean to you?

I am not very active in the underground scene anymore although I try to remain updated on interesting bands and still have a few close contacts. Some good things would be that the underground has spawned some great honest music throughout the years. Worst things would be all the ûber kult / trueness bullshit as well as the stupid self proclaimed underground rules. I am not too worried if things are underground or not, there is good music and bad music, it IS as simple as that. Besides that, the internet was the death of the real underground; everything is easy to obtain now.

Cerekloth is a part of Denmark's metal underground scene, there seems to be a growing metal scene in Denmark would you agree? What is your opinion of Denmark's metal scene?

Ah the Danish scene is about as worthless as an old aids ridden whore in a brothel. The scene here is nothing that I consider myself a part of anymore. There is of course some really cool , dedicated and honest people , but the majority of metal heads here are mindless followers worrying mostly about being true, Wearing the right shirts / patches , obeying the underground rules, drinking beer and kissing ass on all the right people. A gig here is often like an alternative disco to be honest.

Who are your all-time favorite bands from Denmark? Are their new metal bands you feel the readers should check out soon?

The very best stuff ever spawned from Denmark is without a doubt the first couple of Mercyful Fate releases which are absolutely stunning. Apart from that I will never grow tired of Disneyland after Darks classic “No Fuel Left for the Pilgrims” LP. There is some great current bands here as well such as Altar of Oblivion ,Strychnos, Ligfaerd, Nortt , Sulphurous, Undergang, The Vein and perhaps a couple more that I might have forgotten.

Coming back to the band you handle the vocals for the band, when did you start singing? Who are some of your favorite singers?

I started doing vocals seriously around 99 I guess and have since then been in quite a lot of bands and projects. My favorite vocalists would be :Ozzy (early Sabbath stuff) , David Vincent (Morbid Angel) , Arioch (Funeral Mist) , Jon Nödtveidt (Dissection), Chris bailey (Infernal Majesty debut) , Attila Csihar (Mayhem / Tormentor) , Craig Pillard (Incantation), Chuck Schuldiner (early Death),Tom G. Warrior (Hellhammer /Celtic Frost / Triptykon) ,Quorthon (Bathory) ,Bruce Corbitt (first Rigor Mortis LP) , Mors Dalos Ras (Necros Christos) , Glenn Danzig (The Misfits / Samhain / early Danzig), Jim Morrison (The Doors) , Ian Curtis (Joy Division) , Carl Mccoy (Fields of the Nephilim) , Alice Cooper , Nick Cave and many more

Is their anything special you do to keep your throat/voice healthy when your recording or preparing for a show? Do you play any other instruments?

Not really, I guess I have a naturally good technique for doing extreme vocals. Before gigs I usually just have a few shots and get into the right mood before we hit stage. I wish I could play an instrument - but no. I try to keep my voice versatile so that it can be used as an actual instrument though.

Are you or any of the other members of the band currently playing in other side-bands?

Everyone except Morten has other bands on the side. Allan has Altar of Oblivion and Church Bizarre, Nis and Martin both play in Strychnos and martin also plays in The Cleansing. I also have The Vein and Church Bizarre on the side although the latter will be put on ice once we finalize the upcoming mini album.

Well JBP.  We have reached the end of the interview thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview. Do you have any final comments for the readers?

Not much to add here, keep an eye out for our debut album ”In The Midst Of Life We Are In Death” to be out in April via Hells Headbangers! 




The Cerekloth Discography 

Pandemonium Prayers 7" EP, 2008

From Morphing Dust To Festering Slime Demo, 2009

Halo Of Syringes MCD + 7" EP, 2011

In The Midst Of Life We Are In Death Full-length, 2013




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