NEW BLODARV INTERVIEW FOR BLUTRACHE MAG. #12

Answered by Hugin of BLODARV October 21 2017 www.facebook.com/blutrachemagazine 

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How are you? And what's new and current at Blodarv?
Well,  beside from a couple of re-releases of some of our old albums, all our focus this year has been put into the upcoming full length album “The Illuminating Darkness” which will unleash in 2018.We have taken a one-year break from all live activities in 2017, both because of the album but also because we are currently in the process of changing to a new drummer, and this break from live shows has made it possible for us to put all our time, soul and effort into the upcoming full length album instead.
So can you reveal anything here about this upcoming album?
Well basically I’ve been brewing on these tracks ever since we finished the recordings of the Flamekeeper 7” vinyl that was released by Self Mutilation Services 2 years ago, but the first studio recordings for this full length began in July 2016 where we spend a week in the Anvil studio in Copenhagen recording drums & guitar tracks, and after getting these recordings down we travelled back to the island of Bornholm were the rest of the album is now being finished at HammerArt & Studio’s . As for deeper details about the theme and concept of the album we are keeping things close at this stage and can’t reveal too much. We have however released a short trailer that might give you some idea about it. You can find this trailer on our website, youtube etc. just search for “The Illuminating Darkness Trailer 1”.   Further details will be revealed on our official websites in the nearest future.
Speaking of “Flamekeeper” ep, the band’s latest work, what is the main lyrical concept behind it?
It’s a salutation to the power of the ancient flame, the fire that feeds us and the fire that eats us. It’s about putting demons into art, protecting the old ways, and sent the listener into the dark demon filled universe of BLODARV. It’s a hail to lust and blasphemy, to powerful energies, to the moon and the beast of the night, and to all the powers we got inside. It’s a hail to the nights where the flame burns bright, where souls and demons and worlds unite, it’s a hail to the power with a thousand names, a hail to the power of the ancient flame..A celebration of the thousands of nights spend in the illuminating darkness
Blodarv have been a dominating force in both the Danish metal scene and the international metal scene. What do you feel has been the key to the band’s long-lasting career?
The key is that there’s still something that burns in on our hearts, a flame that grows higher for each passing year, and constantly feeds the urge to speak the words that needs to be spoken, and to unleash demons that needs to be unleashed. Also we have never kneeled to the main stream circus but instead remained ourselves and been true to our art, keeping completely artistic freedom as a band. Honesty, Dedication, and the will to sacrifice everything else for the art of Blodarv, is some of the keywords.  That being said, I don’t see it as a “career” though. Careers end’s, and Blodarv is constant. It’s my life work, and it will go on until the day I die.  Last but not at least we also owe a lot of it to our incredible loyal fans and followers, of which of many of them has supported the band since the early days and still continue to do so.
What song do you feel defines Blodarv as a whole?
I can’t choose just one song that completely defines Blodarv as a whole. Every song serves a purpose and has a special meaning and reason for being born and unleashed, and at the same time every song is a part of a bigger puzzle -or a painting in progress if you like- that grows more and more complete for each brush added to it, and we are painting a giant picture here, so when I’m gone from this earth, you can take all the albums, and everything crafted by Blodarv, from the beginning till the end, and that will define Blodarv as a whole. Nothing less
When it comes to writing new material, where does the band draw inspiration from? And how does the songwriting process happen in Blodarv?
I’m constantly writing so usually I have the lyrics -or at least the base of it- ready before the actual track is made, and often the songs are crafted around the lyrics. That being said it’s still a give and take relationship and there are many finer adjustments made to both lyrics and riffs along the way in the process of creating the final result. There are also times when it’s the other way around, were all the riffs are made first and then the lyric comes later. The entire song writing process is really a constant one and therefore I usually refer to as “A creative circle” like when one sound or accord, inspire to another accord, that then inspires to a riff that again inspires to a new riff and so on. But inspiration is many things and comes from everything that surrounds us and everything that’s inside us. Life, death, philosophies, nature, visions, powers, energies, forces, souls, demons, muses, destinies, smells, sounds, emotions, dreams.. The list is endless.
If you could replace the soundtrack to any film/movie with your own music, which one would it be and why?
That’s an interesting question but I actually have no idea. I think I would rather prefer to make a soundtrack for a movie that was in progress rather than changing an already existing one.
How would you describe your music to new listeners?
It’s a manifestation of Blodarvs universe where the demons never sleep, where there are thousands of caves to explore, mountains to climb, rivers to sail, and endless fields of dark power and energies. Its the sound of a million stories and countless worlds within worlds.. It’s hard to describe in words, and should rather be heard than explained I think. The music and lyrics speaks for itself, but both has many layers, and how the listener experience this journey and what they take back with them will depend on the individual.
As Blodarv has been around for 23 years, you obviously have a wealth of experience and wisdom. Is there any that you’d like to pass on to the new bands emerging on the scene?
I could tell you a lot about how you as an emerging band will have to go through years of shitty venues , and labels, deal with idiots, fight, fight and fight and get tons of frustrations and stress and all those other experiences every dedicated band goes through in the beginning, but I’ve always said that it’s better to learn from your own experiences so instead, and for the sake of the art, I’d rather say this: Be willing to go through fire and pain and fight with blood sweat and tears for your art, to sacrifice everything else and put all of yourself into your music, dedicate yourself completely and be honest and true to yourself and your art in all ways. Never do anything half hearted and go into this for the right reasons, and remember nothing comes on its own so work fucking intense, give it your all, and never compromise on your art, not for labels, not for fans, not for anyone. The world doesn’t need another mainstream designed product, it needs dedicated original bands that has something strong and important to bring to the table.
Is there anything you’d like to say to our readers here at the end of the interview?
Keep an eye out for the upcoming full length album “The Illuminating Darkness” and if you want more details about this release or our other activities go to the official Blodarv Website at  www.blodarv.net  or visit the official FB-page, youtube etc.
Additional info: “The Illuminating Darkness” trailer  1 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1sQTkiv8ig Website: www.blodarv.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/blodarvofficial Youtube: www.youtube.com/huginofblodarv Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/blodarv Webshop: http://blodarvshop.bigcartel.com/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/blodarv Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/blodarv Myspace: www.myspace.com/blodarv Management: www.patriciathomasmanagement.com Record label: www.selfmutilationservices.com For Interviews & booking, contact BLODARV: stafahugin@hotmail.com

BLODARV INTERVIEW FOR HEAVYMETAL.DK NOV 3 2016

Interview answered by Hugin of Blodarv Blodarv live in the netherlands 2016 bu zoltan acs
Nu har du lavet black metal i over 22 år efterhånden. Kan du sige lidt om den udvikling som genren, har gennemgået gennem tiden?
Sandt at sige har genren ændret sig på så mange måder over de sidste nogen og tyve år at det ville tage uendelig meget plads i dette interview at skulle gå i fulde detaljer, men jeg kan godt nævne nogle enkelte eksempler.Først og fremmest startede hele genren som et rent undergrunds fænomen - ja jeg vil endda bruge ordet en undergrunds bevægelse - der udover at være et angreb på det kristne samfund og dets værdier, også gjorde op med den på det tidspunkt etablerede metal-musik industris udvikling, der var blevet en farce af ensartet poleret lyd, skater attituder og sjælløse tekster der mest af alt mindede om pop sange. Dengang og i årene der fulgte blev noget af det bedste Black Metal der nogensinde er lavet bragt til live efter min mening, men langsomt er genren desværre på mange måder igennem årene der er passeret siden hen, gået fra at være ekstremt intens, kraftfuld og dybtfølt til i mange aspekter at være blevet strøget tynd og ”normaliseret” så alle kunne være med. Efterhånden fandt genren accept selv i pop kulturen, alt imens det hele bevægede sig så langt væk fra udgangspunktet at det nærmest blev en svag skygge af sig selv, med fokus på ligegyldige guitar soloer, at spille så hurtigt som muligt osv, i stedet for at fokusere på selve sjælen i musikken, hvilket resulterede i at meget af magien i musikken gik tabt efter min mening. Der er dog nuancer i alt det her, i og med at der selvfølgelig også var bands der blev og bliver ved med at holde fanen højt, og der findes naturligvis stadig Black Metal bands og lyttere der ikke er hoppet med på vognen af kunstnerisk forfald, og som stadig holder flammen i live. Som en tredje ting kunne jeg nævne den jungle af såkaldte ”Black Metal” hobby bands der pludselig dukkede op overalt og bare spiller ”for sjov” med en overfladisk tilgang til musikken, hvilket desværre også har resulteret i at det hele er blevet ret udvandet og holdningsløst, hvor der i de tidlige år var en lille men koncentreret flok af Black Metal udøvere der rent faktisk havde en seriøs og intens tilgang til deres kunst og havde noget på sinde og hjerte. Med andre ord er genren på mange måder gået fra kvalitet til kvantitet igennem årene der er gået. Dermed ikke sagt at der ikke findes nyere Black Metal bands der har noget at byde på, for det gør der, der er bare langt imellem dem efterhånden syntes jeg.
Fortæl lidt om jeres egen udvikling som band.
Med tiden der passerer udvikler man sig altid som kunstner, og med den rette tilgang bliver man bedre til at skabe det udtryk og endelige resultat i ens sange, albums, tekster og musik som man ønsker at fremmane, men rent kunstnerisk gør vi stadig det vi altid har gjort, nemlig at lave ærlig Black Metal fra hjertet af. Med hensyn til selve bandet har vi været igennem noget af en udvikling, og det har været noget af en rejse fra først at starte som et solo projekt og et rent studio band, for så at gå til at blive et band med en fuld line up, lære at arbejde sammen og ligeledes bringe Blodarv til live scenen. Alle de mange timer i øvelokaler, planligninger, diskussioner, gåen efter mål og at sætte nye når de var nået, rejse til koncerter, dele tanker og ideer, og alt andet vi har oplevet sammen, har selvfølgelig været med til at forme og udvikle bandet til det det er i dag. Specielt med hensyn til vores live koncerter har vi siden vores første show gået igennem en enorm udvikling til det bedre, og generelt har alle vores fælles oplevelser og erfaringer gjort os til et meget stærkere band i alle aspekter.
Hvem vil du pege på som jeres primære inspirationskilder, både musikalsk og lyrisk?
Når det kommer til vores musik og tekster i Blodarv er vi faktisk ikke inspireret af nogen specifikke bands. Da jeg begyndte at indspille Blodarv havde jeg allerede spillet Black Metal i nogle år, været igennem en personlig kunstnerisk rejse og derigennem udviklet ideerne for mit eget personlige udtryk som jeg ønskede at bringe til live igennem Blodarv. Jeg befandt mig allerede i min egen kreative cirkel både når det kom til tekster og musik på det tidspunkt så at sige, og inspirationen kom fra tanker, visioner, følelser, holdninger, personlige filosofier, livet og døden, åndeverdenen, mit eget sind og dets sanser, energier, drømme og dæmoner, og ikke mindst ideer om de landskaber af lyd jeg ville skabe.
Hvad er jeres mening om de forskellige subgenrer black metallen har forgrenet sig ud i de sidste par år? Kunne I forestille jer at inkorporere nogle elementer fra den nye bølge?
Det er ikke noget vi går og tænker over, det må folk selv ligge og rode med. Vi spiller som vi altid har gjort, og det bliver vi ved med uanset hvilke sub genre der måtte dukke op.
Nu er det ikke gået mit falkeblik forbi, at I bærer corpsepaint. Hvor stor en del af black metallen er båret af det visuelle, efter din mening?
Det er ikke noget der bærer genren, men det er med til at understrege udtrykket i musikken og de følelser og energier der ligger i den. Med hensyn til corpse paint er det noget vi altid har brugt og personligt har jeg brugt corpse paint de sidste 22 år. Først inspireret af den norske Black Metal scene i 90erne, men siden da er det blevet en personlig ting for alle medlemmer i bandet, noget ritualistisk så at sige. Det er en maske der passer til vores sjæl, personlighed og indre dæmoner, og fungerer som et portræt af vores sind og indre følelser når vi går på scenen.
Mener du der er noget der er mere black metal end andet, noget der er mere, i mangel af bedre ord, true?
Et ord der kan dække ind for ”true” kunne være ”Ægte” og ja jeg mener der uden tvivl er noget der er mere ægte end andet, det skulle man vist have været både blind, døv, sanseløs og i fornægtelse for ikke at have observeret i årene der er gået.. Der er mange aspekter i det, nogen af dem er at de ægte bands efter min mening er dem der ligger al deres sjæl, personlighed, hjerte og tankekraft i det de laver og dermed skaber den rene og stærke energi som Black Metal kan være når den blive lavet af folk der tager deres kunst seriøst. Dem der giver sig fuldstændig hen i det, og virkelig har noget på hjerte og som er villige til at gå igennem ild og vand, og med blod sved og tårer kæmpe for og med deres kunst fordi det er det vigtigste i deres liv og fordi de har noget at fortælle. I modsætning til de bands der har en overfladisk tilgang til deres kunst, som ikke har noget dybere på sinde, som bare kopierer uden at bringe noget på bordet selv og derfor også ender med at lave tom og overfladisk ligegyldig Black Metal uden sjæl.
Hvad kan vi forvente fra Blodarv i fremtiden?
I kan forvente et brag af et fuldlængde album som udkommer i 2017.. Vi kan ikke afsløre for meget om det endnu, men som jeg også har nævnt i presse meddelelsen kan jeg i hvert fald sige at allerede efter de første optagelser af grundspor er alle i bandet enige om at det her har potentiale til at blive noget af det bedste vi nogensinde har lavet, og vi ser stort frem til at sende lytterne ud på en rejse ind i det oplysende mørke i Blodarvs dæmoniske univers, med et album der kommer til at vække minder om de tidlige 90’ere da Black Metal var Black metal og fyldt med hjerte, sjæl og stærke originale ideer. Det her album kommer til at få hårene i nakken til at rejse sig på dig og vil få dig til at huske hvorfor du overhovedet startede med at lytte til Black Metal til at begynde med.
 

BLODARV INTERVIEW FOR ATMOSFEAR MAGAZINE 2015

BLODARV INTERVIEW FOR ATMOSFEAR MAGAZINE Answered by Hugin 2015  Interview for Atmosfear Magazine
Greetings! We’re very glad you’ve accepted giving us an interview. Introduce yourself to our readers, please.
As for introducing BLODARV to the readers in a few words it is simply not possible as the universe of BLODARV is too huge. In here where the demons never sleep, there are thousands of caves and mountains to climb, hundreds of rivers to sail, everlasting fields of power and energies, demon filled dungeons, countless worlds within worlds and a million stories waiting to be told.. As for myself, I am Hugin , Philosopher, hell-poet and founder of the band..

Blodarv have existed as a band for 20 years already, tell us a bit how everything started and what was a reason for you to create a music project? How did the formation of band’s line-up pass?


It began 21 years ago with my first band MISANTHROPIA which was a four-man band where I did the vocal and lyrics. In 1994 I moved to Sealand from the island of Bornholm (where I grew up), and started this band of what we at that time described as “Satanic metal”. We quickly found out though -as we got our hands on our first Black Metal albums- that we came very close to the sound of that style and the lyrical satanic themes, and very fast we stopped calling our metal for “satanic metal” and took the label “Black Metal” on us. The reason for creating my first band was basically that I wanted to create music and lyrics that I personally wanted to listen to. I wanted to create music that I felled there wasn’t enough of around. I’ve been listening to metal since I was 11 years old, and very fast I wanted it more extreme, darker, more satanic, evil, powerful, mind-twisting and enlightening. I wanted something pure and true and even though there were plenty of so called satanic bands around already then, it was something about a feeling you got about the various bands. Many didn’t seem to mean half of the shit they were singing about and it gave me the urge to create something myself. In MISANTHROPIA our guitarist did the composing and made all the riffs though, so along the side of singing I also made my own riffs and more personal lyrics with the idea of one day using them in a solo project which later on would turn out to be given the name BLODARV. Between 1994 & 1998 I played in different Black Metal bands and started and ended various projects, still continuing putting lyrics and riffs aside for BLODARV, and In 1998/99 I began recording the first BLODARV demo “Murder in the name of Satan”. Then followed the 2nd demo “Mysteriis” and after that Isaz of FEIKN joined the band with female vocals, and soon after on bass also Huul of TÅGEFOLKET. About 10 years ago Pestilens of SEPULCHRAL CRIES joined on guitar and Satinae Ma replaced Isaz on the female vocal. Ynleborgaz of ANGANTYR joined on drums, but was later on replaced by Fjorgynn of FJORSVARTNIR, and that has been the line up ever since.

Aren’t you going to celebrate 20-years-aniversary of your band in some special way? Do we have to wait for a special release or some live performances by Blodarv?


No, there are no plans of such kind, but we do have 2 shows left this month, one will be at OPEN GRAVE Metal festival in Jutland, and the other at BORNHELL festival on Bornholm. We always make our live ceremonies into a special and unique experience, but with that being said it’s never the same when playing at a festival as it is when headlining a BLODARV show because we can’t bring as much stuff on stage at a festival as we can at a BLODARV concert, as there are usually only like 15 minutes at a festival between the bands to set up everything on the stage, make line check and so on, but we always do all we can to make it special. From the bands point of view being on stage is like standing in a doorway between worlds were we become the physical intermediate link between both. We use candles, lanterns, &torches if possible and allowed by the venue. We use banners, symbols, alters, reversed crosses, bones, skulls and more. We smell of blood, sweat and plague, and try to stimulate all your senses at our shows. But it really must be experienced and not explained. The energy we have on stage can really not be explained in words.

What plans do you have for this year? May we wait for another full-length?


There won’t be any full-length out this year but we are releasing a 7” EP with new tracks. The EP is entitled “Flamekeeper” and are released in regular and diehard box edition in October on Self Mutilation Services. We also have a re-release of the old BLODARV/SILVA NIGRA split from 2002 coming out this year. As for the “flamekeeper” EP we are really looking forward to release this vinyl, and specially the box edition which will be a very unique collector’s item released in a wooden box with a piece of ritual candle, bone necklace, embroidered patch, Blodarv pick and other stuff. The vinyl will be a hail to lust and blasphemy, a hail to powerful energies, a hail to the moon and the beast of the night, a hail to the powers we got inside, a hail to the nights where the flame burns bright, where souls and demons and worlds unite, a hail to the power with a thousand names, a hail to the power of the ancient flames..It’s a celebration of the thousands of nights spent in the illuminating darkness.

5. Tell us about your sources of inspiration. What does give an impulse for birth of new music?


Philosophies, death, micro & macro cosmos, the forces of nature, the power of the universe and all the energies that cling to it. Dark visions, possessive muses, and powerful demons, haunted and haunting souls, tragic destinies, stories, smells, sounds, emotions and chilling dreams..My own mind. The island of Bornholm where i grew up and live today also has its Influence. This small and very isolated island and its strong energies, its myths and legends, its rich history, and beautiful, eerily evocative landscapes, is a source of inspiration and manifests in BLODARV’s sound, atmosphere and lyrics.

How much did your worldview at opinion about real black metal change? And can we expect nonstandard decisions and experiments of Blodarv in the future?


We have always done things our own way, when you ask if we will experiment in the future, and make nonstandard decisions I must reply that we don’t stick to a set of rules, but of course there’s a certain red line that runs through the way we work and the music we craft. We always just do what we feel is needed to create the mood and the atmosphere that we want to dominate a track and its lyric, and we always strive to create albums that 100 percent lives up to the ideas and plans we have for it, and will work on it until we are satisfied with the final result. But if you mean experimenting just for the sake of experimenting itself and just add effects, weird instruments that have no purpose, or step over and do extremely technical BM then no. We work as we have always done with our music, it’s a process that is hard to explain to outsiders, but you can be certain that BLODARV will remain BLODARV. As for if my opinion about real Black Metal has changed? Not for REAL black Metal it hasn’t, I Basically still have the same view on Black Metal today as I had over 20 years ago. REAL Black metal bands are the ones that puts all of them self into the music and manage to create the pure and strong energy Black Metal can be when it comes from an honest being and not from a façade build upon what others proclaim to be “true”. The ones who don’t have to prove anything to anyone about how true they are, because they know themselves what they are and what they stand for, the ones who are true to their art and are willing to go through fire and pain and fight with blood sweat and tears for their art because that’s the most important thing in their existence and because they have something important to say.. Those are the bands I consider as REAL Black Metal bands. I don’t care for all the other empty fuckers who just copies stuff from other bands and has opinions and believes after from what they have heard others proclaim to be the true way.
Can you list the events (good and bad), which happened on the creative way of Blodarv? Are there such things in the past you’d like to change, to make them better?
No I wouldn’t change the past, because it is the past with both its good and bad experiences that brought BLODARV to where it is today. Today we are strong unit both music-wise and as a horde. One of the really important events has been finding the real line up that made it possible to bring BLODARV to the stage.  All those many hours of rehearsing, planning, discussing, sharing ideas, reaching goals and setting new, sharing visions, sharing thoughts, travelling under shitty conditions and everything else we do together, naturally has had its affect in forming the band to the strong horde it has become today. -From our first real shows, the band also has evolved enormously when it comes to the art of performing live. We have been through a lot together already, good, great, bad and worse times, we’ve been through it all. And all this has of cause strengthened the band in every possible way.

There is an impression that every full-length of Blodarv tells a certain story to its listener. For example, “Linaria Amlech”, which is dedicated to the queen of witches, who killed herself… Was there a prototype of her image or it’s just a fiction?


There is nothing fictional about the story of Linaria, it’s a true story and she died on a cold January night in 2002. And yes it’s true that each album has a red line going through it. The tracks and lyrics links together in various ways, also between the albums. Each album is a book of its own but it has a connection to the previous albums, and each track is another chapter in the universe of BLODARV.

When you’re making up an album, do you have a clear idea how it must sound or does a final result comes in the process of working with songs?


I have a very clear idea from the beginning but that idea can evolve, I often refer to this as “the creative circle” where one sound, or riff can inspire to another riff, that again brings out a new “tone” in the riff you couldn’t hear before, that again inspires oneself to craft extra layers and so on. How can I explain it, it’s like when you are listening to a song you’ve been listening to many times and all of a sudden you hear a melody or an instrument that actually isn’t there but only exists because your mind creates it between the layers of sound, these subconscious sounds and melodies I often add on top of the original idea and create a stronger sound than attended in the first place, and therefore I would say I have a basic idea on what I want the outcome to be when I start working on the sound of a song or an album, but the creative circle often steps in and makes the final result even stronger than first intended.

You’ve always had your own view on chaos, which has become the sign of Blodarv. Your music is pretty raw and primitive, but it also has certain difficult elements, so there is an ideal balance. Is it what you tried to gain or did it just happen by itself?


I just create music the way I prefer it to be myself, it comes from my mind, heart and soul, but nothing happens on its own, and everything is well thought of to create the power, the energy and musical landscapes I want to craft.  We create honest Black Metal from deep inside and without filters, and then the outcome becomes what it becomes.

 Who makes the cover art for the Blodarv’s albums? What can you say about its design and meaning? Does it matter to you that the art of album must be linked with its content?


We have always been a D.I.Y band, and I do all the cover art and layouts myself. And yes I think it matters that the art of the album is linked with its content, at least it does for me personal and I always try to create a cover that is representative of the title, lyrics and the music on the album itself. I cant imagine it any other way, the shortest path from an idea in my mind to the final physical product goes through my own hands, and I always find it easier to craft things myself in appose to explaining others how I want it to be. I am an creative artist myself, so just like a painter that has never considered asking another painter to paint his/hers personal visions, I have never considered to get another artist to do our coverart or layouts, I have to much to express myself, and I like doing these things. Our covers will always be much more than “pictures and words in a nice layout” it’s a part of the entire experience of the album, and there are links and symbolic features crafted into our covers where you can find an extra layer to the album, even hidden stories if you seek deep enough.

Much time passed and Blodarv changed a great number of labels; in the beginning of your creative way you even released your first demos on your own, so what did finally make you stay on Self Mutilation Services label?


Mainly because they have been very dedicated, and have given us the total freedom we need for our art.

It’s unusual to hear clean female vocals in such a band as yours, if to take into account the raw sound of Blodarv’s music. How did an idea to invite Isaz, and then later Satinae Ma for being a permanent singer occur?


The lyrics of BLODARV is half of the music, and in the lyrics there’s now and then the presence of a female character (like in the songs to Linaria, and songs like “Heksen” and “forseglet forevig” etc) so to make the music authentic to the lyrics I felled I needed a female vocalist to do those parts where a female character appears. I knew Isaz and I loved her vocal in FEIKN so it was natural to ask her first. As you said, she was then later replaced by Satinae Ma who now does the female vocal parts and makes it possible to add an extra layer to the music and the complete experience of the lyrics. Satinae Ma constantly evolves on her vocal, always willing to experiment with it in various directions, and  is fantastic at sinking in to the lyrics, really dig into them to catch the emotions and mood of the lyric, and still add it her own perspective. Without satinae ma we would be a 5-arm candle-holder with only 4 candles in it, and in many ways she completes the circle. Just as Every other member, she fills a certain space in which where there would be silence and emptiness if not.

It’s a known fact that you also have several black metal projects except of Blodarv. Are they active, and, if it's so, when are you going to release albums with them?


No, none of my elder projects is active anymore, it’s a choice I made many years ago where I decided to put all my focus, energies and power into BLODARV

Attributes of black metal have turned into the part of pop-culture long time ago, and maybe it’s a reason why some bands refused their using. But what does a traditional image of black metal musician (corpsepaint, upturned crosses, skulls, etc.) mean to you?


Personally I’ve basically used the same corpse paint the last 19 out of 21 years. It has become like a ritualistic thing, it’s always there when we stand face to face with the demons and the energies of the great beyond. This is the face that fits our souls and who we are, like a portrait of our mind and deepest most inner self. The items we have on stage like reversed crosses, skulls, alters and so on represents the universe of BLODARV, the ripped cloths and spikes we wear represents the journey we have gone through. The long and dark labyrinths with thorns and obstacles that shreds you on the outside, and strengthens you on the inside. It’s just a part of the whole picture that has always been a part of BLODARV and always will be.

What do you think about rising of black metal popularity? How do you think, are there any worthy representatives of this genre among new bands?


I must say that BLODARV take all my time, and has done for many years. It’s where I prefer to put my focus, so I haven’t used much time following all the “new” bands and I have no idea where I should start if I were to follow all the Black Metal bands of today and what is defined as “The Scene”. When this is said, sure there are bands I like, bands I am in contact with, and listen to these days, and now and then I discover a new great band, but as I said almost all my time and effort goes into the universe of BLODARV and has for many years. It gives me very little time for anything else, including discovering new bands & thinking about the rising of Black metal popularity. I’d rather use that time to feed the flames of BLODARV.But I’m aware that Black Metal has gone from being an underground movement to become a part of the so called accepted music industry.. These days every metal store sells Black Metal  back in the early days there were 1 or 2 stores in each country distributing Black Metal and 3 or 4 albums that were added to the list each month at top, simply because there wasn’t more bands playing it. As we all know, more and more started practicing this art form, and it got many followers as the media covered it intensely in Scandinavia. These days we all know how insanely many so called black metal bands there’s around compared to back then and Black Metal has changed in so many ways in all kinds of aspects since those days where BM WAS underground, and most people in the industry didn’t dare to touch or promote it. These days it seems its more and more about image, fast solos and very technical played riffs, but  somewhere along the line the magic becomes harder to find, the chills that makes your hair stand up on the back of your neck has become fewer and fewer, even though there now are more bands than ever. And it’s a funny anecdote that in the beginning there were SO many metal heads that didn’t approve at all of Black Metal, it was mostly met with the opinion that is wasn’t technical enough, and people thought the vocals sounded terrible. The majority of people who listened to metal in the 90’s thought that Black Metal with its high-tuned guitars, high-pitched vocals, thin high distorted sound, and a less is more concept, was a completely fucked up art-form they couldn’t relay to at all. And in general there wasn’t many in the various metal genres, either when it came to the bands or fans that accepted the shadow of church burnings and the satanic message that followed black metal..The funny thing is that the very same metal heads that didn’t give a shit for Black Metal and its essence in the beginning, played it themselves 5 years after when it suddenly became really popular. 

What are personal band members’ preferences in black metal, their own classic? Are there any bands, which are close to you by spirit and conceptions nowadays?


Some of the Black Metal classics to the various members in BLODARV are bands like VENOM, DARKHTHRONE, BATHORY, DISSECTION, HORNA, MAYHEM, BURZUM, MORBID, ISENGARD and many, many others. If there are any bands that are close to us by spirit and conceptions these days is a hard question to answer cause I’m not really sure actually.

How do you imagine Blodarv in 10-15 years from now?


At that time we will still be carrying the banner on, and remain keepers of the ancient flame. I don’t see an ending to this at any point of time.

Thank you for your time once again, and in the end say something to our readers, please. 


Thanks for an interesting interview. Keep up with our activities on our official sites. Hold the black banner high and hails to all who walks with us through the fire!
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BLODARV INTERVIEW FOR SLOWLY WE ROT/PEST ZINE

Answered by Hugin 2014.  Questions by Sónia Fonseca Interview for Slowly We Rot Pest Zine 2014

You have been involved in many projects ever since 1994. Why do you keep on ending projects and starting new ones? Is it because the principles and ideas change?

It’s true that in the earlier days I started and ended quite a few projects, but it’s a really long time ago now since I started any new projects or felled like I had to put some to rest. I haven’t done that the last many years. With that said there were several reasons for doing this though. Some of the projects were never meant to be continuing projects, some of them where unsatisfying to play in, some of them just faded away, and some of them where specific concept bands like SANSÂGER where the lyrics and everything else only focus on the history and myths of the island of Bornholm, or like GWATH and ESSOUPI where there was a strong concept bound to it also

Blodarv’s image is a black feathered bird… why have you chosen this symbol?

The black feathered bird you speak of is a raven. It is used as a symbol of BLODARV for more than one reason, for the symbol of the raven means many things. First of all it represents “Hugin” which again symbolize “Thought/s” wisdom intelligence, over-natural powers and the ability to fly between worlds. It’s the bird of the living and the dead, it brings stories from the land of the dead to the land of the living and from the land of the living to the land of the dead. But we use it in various ways in BLODARV and each way has layers of meaning and symbolism. When (just to give another example) we use it on the “banner/flag”, it refers to the first original Danish flag –and the world oldest. This flag from the past was originally called by 4 names. “Ravnefanen” (meaning:the raven banner) or “Danebroge” (meaning: Mark of the Danes)or “hrafnsmerki” (Meaning:The Raven mark) or finally simply “Ravnen”(Meaning “the raven”). It was once well known and feared throughout the most of the world as a united mark of the Vikings, and a symbol of Denmark going into war. The original” Raven” banner itself was a Blood-red cloth with 2 black ravens embroidered on it (one on each side). It was triangular with a rounded outside edge where there hang a series of black taps// tassels. The raven on each side was representing the 2 ravens of Odin: “Hugin” & “Munin” and the intent of the flag were to strike fear in ones enemies by the invoking of the power of Odin. When speaking about the “Raven” it was said:”when the raven spread its wings, great victory is predicted for the Danes” (and victory was its main purpose, since the original flag was mostly used in war times during battles, and not in times of peace.) Enemies of the Danish Viking’s called it “the raven of doom”.. 

Back in February 2012, you released the DVD "A Doorway Between Worlds Chapter 1" which features eight videos from your official youtube channel and a live recording from the show at Club Brutal, in Aarhus Denmark. How was it accepted by the fans? .Do you have plans of a chapter 2?

Yes it was released in February 2012 mainly because there were a lot of fans asking us if we couldn’t release some of our youtube videos on a DVD/ Video CD. It was never supposed to be seen as a pro “BLODARV DVD” meaning that it just contains videos from our youtube channel, and was particularly made for those fans that are weary of trying to watch our videos on YouTube at the mercy of the vagaries of their internet connections and with poor sound quality. The Video CD contains videos for tracks from ours albums “Soulcollector”, “Linaria Amlech”, “Civitas Diaboli” and the newly released “Gâst”, and as you mentioned a live recording from the show at Club Brutal, in Aarhus Denmark, filmed in December 2012. The response from the fans was really good, but many asked for some more live material, so when we did some video-recordings of our support show to CARPATHIAN FOREST the year after & filmed 7 tracks from the Island LIVE ceremony that took place on the island of Bornholm in 2013 we decided to release a chapter 2 of “A doorway between worlds”. So it’s not something we have plans of, it’s something we have actually already done.

A little over a year ago, on 12th December 2012, you released “Gâst” on Self Mutilation. It contains 8 tracks in a total that overruns 45 min. It’s full of blasphemous poetry in both Danish and English. This release set the bar very high for the upcoming release… how are you planning on surpassing this one?

We never do anything half hearted and never release something we are not satisfied with our self. How high the banner is sat is not something that we think about, as we always strive to create albums that 100 percent lives up to the ideas and plans we have for it, and when we are satisfied the rest doesn’t matter.  Some may think “Gâst” is one of our best albums, others may think it’s one of the worst, and it’s the same with the new tracks, some will see all their splendor, and for them those tracks will be the best we have ever done, while others may feel different and prefer other tracks/albums instead. It all doesn’t matter, the albums are as they are and shouldn’t be any other way. We create honest Black Metal from deep inside and without any filters. The outcome will become what it becomes.

Your label Self Mutilation Services from Mexico was recommended to you by B.G Black Hate. Why are they the right label for you?

Because they are very dedicated to what they do and they give us the total freedom we need for our art.

“Flamekeeper” 7” VINYL & “Flamekeeper” Ceremonial Box Edition will be out in the spring of 2014 on SELF MUTILATION SERVICES. The 7” EP will be limited to 500 units and the Box edition limited to only 50 units! Why do you limit these releases so much? 50 units will fly away on the first day of its release. Do you believe it will help you achieve a cult status?

It has nothing to do with getting cult status or not, the reason for the diehard edition is limited as low as 50 units are because of what is included in the box. The 50 black candles Included (1 in each box) are the 50 candles that was used in the flamekeeper ceremony, during which the goat bones amulets were also crafted. And as I’ve mentioned before, in the official press release It´s about giving the fans something unique and personal together with the album beside the music, like it was done in the early years of the Black Metal Underground. The goat bones comes from “Hammeren” on Bornholm where we recorded the “I blaek og blod” Video. The bones were tied together to an inverted cross and used in the ceremony. This inverted cross also features on the regular cover for “flamekeeper” 7” EP. Later during the end of the ceremony the bones were made into 50 amulets -one for each black candle burning during the ceremony- and therefore 50 became the number of boxes we could release for the fans including 1 piece of each of the original ceremony material. As for the regular edition being limited to 500 copies, it’s simply because that’s what Self Mutilation can afford to release. Vinyl releases are very expensive to produce for the record companies and the profit is close to zero these days, so we are just glad that we have the opportunity to release vinyl as one of the first bands on Self Mutilation Services, and even though 550 vinyl’s doesn’t sound like much, you will be amazed by how few people actually buys vinyl these days. We have had the Flamekeeper EP up for pre-ordering on the official BLODARV store for 2 months now and I can tell you that the copies available for pre-ordering has not been sold out yet, so there is still plenty of opportunity to pre-order it from the shop if you want to be sure to get your hands on it, plus we will of course save some copies that will not go on sale before the actual release day.

To something else. Has the line-up change helped the band in any way?

I believe you refer to our newest joined member Fjorgynn which joined us 3 years ago taking over the drums from Ynleborgaz. And Yes, Fjorgynn fitted right in from the first rehearsal. He definitely gives BLODARV that final touch with his abilities of spanning over both great atmospheric drum play and really evil aggressive drums, and most important of all as I have said before- that flow you can’t explain. With Fjorgynn on the drums we have become an even stronger unit both music-wise and as a horde. We have already had many hours of rehearsing, planning, discussing, sharing ideas, reaching goals and setting new, sharing visions, sharing thoughts, travelled under shitty conditions and much more, which has had its affect in forming the band to the strong unit it has become today. Good, great, bad and worse times, we have been through it all, and all this has of cause strengthened the band in every possible way.

According to you, the lyrics of BLODARV explore death, micro and macro cosmos, the forces of nature, the power of the universe and all the energies that cling to it. It is hateful blasphemous poetry filled with dark visions, possessive muses, and soul-seeking demons. Will it continue to be so? What will be the main topic / message behind the new EP?

Yes, the new EP once again allows the listener to get a glimpse into the dark universe of BLODARV in which we lead the listeners through a world filled with powerful demons, powers and energies. A journey that goes through their own mind into -and through- the dark universe that is BLODARV. As announced in the press release the tracks on “Flamekeeper” salutes the power of the ancient flame, the fire that feeds us and the fire that eats us. It’s about putting demons into art & protecting the old, but that’s all I’ll tell for now, because the lyrics and the music speaks for themselves. Both have many layers, and many stories to tell. How the listeners experience this journey and what they take with them depends on the individual, and is not something we can, or will, control. There isn’t just one “true” way to experience, feel or understand our lyrics because as I said they hold many layers. The tracks and the lyrics have their own life now and what people take with them after hearing it will be for them to answer

You are responsible for all the layouts and covers… why have you decided to do this yourself? Don’t you trust it in the hands of other artists? Will you also do it for future releases?

Yes I think I will always do the layout, cover and artwork designs for Blodarv, I cant imagine it any other way, the shortest path from an idea in my mind to the final physical product goes through my own hands, and I always find it easier to craft things myself in appose to explaining others how I want it to be. It’s really not a trust issue, I am an creative artist myself, so just like a painter that has never considered asking another painter to paint his personal visions, I have never considered to get an artist to do our covers or layouts, I have too much to express myself, and I like doing these things. Our covers will always be much more than “pictures and words in a nice layout” it’s a part of the entire experience of the album, and there are many links and symbolic features crafted into our covers where you can find an extra layer to the album, certain links and even hidden stories if you seek deep enough. There’s a meaning and a thought behind all our layouts.

Satinae Ma is the female witch that sings both live and in the studio. What’s your opinion of women in metal? What does she add to the band?

Satinae Ma who does the female vocal parts makes it possible to add an extra layer to the music and the complete experience of the lyrics. She constantly evolves on her vocal, always willing to experiment with it in various directions, and  is fantastic at sinking in to the lyrics, catch the emotions and mood of the lyric, and still add it her own perspective. in many ways she completes the circle. Just as Every other member she fills a certain space in which where there would be silence and emptiness if not. As for my opinion of woman in Black Metal I believe the same as I do with men in Black Metal. Some belong there, some doesn’t. It all depends on what you have to bring to the table and what you hold in your mind and soul, not what gender you belong to.

Do you believe Facebook can actually help you spread the word/message of Blodarv? You have reached over 15000 likes already. How important are fans for you?

We have an extreme strong connection to many of our fans, a connection that goes way beyond most bands relations to their fans, so they mean a lot. And yes there is no doubt that facebook and the fans in there helps spread the universe of BLODARV. There are so many people, bands, bookers, venues etc on social media’s such as facebook these days. And after having our old website closed and crashed and closed again, we decided to give a fuck about it until we can find a prober host for it, and instead we post all our news on the official BLODARV FB page. And yes we are a growing horde, and we don’t use those “Boosted” post or paid for “get more likes” thing, so everyone in there are actually real fans and followers, and not some fake number with loads of fake profiles as followers as you see many places these days after FB decided to get the terrible idea of letting people buy themselves likes and fans.

In a day and age in which many BM bands are leaving corpsepaint behind, Blodarv still use it. What does corpsepaint represent for the band?

Several things..We have always used it and always will.  Personally I have used basically the same corpse-paint the last 20 years and it has become like a ritualistic thing. It’s always there when we stand face to face with the demons and the energies of the great beyond, this is the face that fits our souls and who we are, like a portrait of our mind and deepest most inner self.

On live shows, apart from corpse paint, all band members use ripped clothes. Does that represent something in particular?

It represents the journey we have gone through, the long and dark labyrinths with thorns and obstacles that shreds you on the outside and strengthens you on the inside. We never clean any of our stage cloth, which we have used since 2007, and it smells of blood, sweat spit vomit sickness flames and energies.

You have some die-hard fans who have tattooed symbols of Blodarv in their skin. How does this make you feel?

Well you don’t get a tattoo of any kind unless it means something really important to you and have given it thoughts before you decided to go through both pain and money-cost to get it because it. So naturally it makes me feel very, very proud and heard. More than I can explain actually because it’s an incredible dedicated thing to do, and when you see another person that has a symbol inked that represents Blodarv -a mark that will follow them forever,- it makes me and everyone else in the circle –as I said- very proud.

Were you educated to believe in any kind of religion or did your upbringing teach you about religion’s ignorance and hypocrisy?

Life, experiences, seeking insight inside, seeking truth of the outside, and using natural intelligence to question all that was laid in front of me taught me about religions ignorance and hypocrisy.. I have never been educated to believe in any kind of religion, never been forced to go to church or stuff like that, but like all in Denmark I grew up in a country where Christianity has become the main religion, and where many believe that “the country is build upon Christian values” So I saw and felled the hypocrisy and started putting question marks to religions, existence and the so called “truth” at a very early age, and as long as I can remember I have philosophized over life, death, existence and everything in between, and never taken the first answer as the one truth, but seeking alternative ways of thinking. The power of the soul and the mind, connecting with, and seeking insight into these powers, into life and death itself, and many other things has played an important role in my path to concluding that I don’t believe in any of the established religions of today, in fact, I despise them. I am a curious soul with a hunger for wisdom; I hail my old ancestors and my Blood-inherited abilities to see beyond life and this world’s borders. To be able to feel, see, and hear things that only a few can. I have my own moral standards and ethics, and my own view upon life, death and existence. I’ve build them on knowledge, insight, visions, and own experiences as I’ve mentioned, plus those of my respected ancestors. I don’t believe in “Gods” in the sense of which Gods are defined by humanity today, but I believe in energies and the powers of the universe. In the creative force of the Nebulas and earth’s nature, the power of the human-mind, the great cosmos, and the dark matter that surrounds us with its all time presence.

You moved on your own at a very early age. What “sacrifices” have you done in order to be where you are today? (Obviously you had bills to pay and had to renounce to some stuff that you wanted because of that!)

You have done your research well. I have always put my art above anything else. You must be willing to sacrifice all if that’s what it takes to be able to reach your goals. And no, the art of BLODARV is not created on polished floors. Since I was 15 and moved on my own I have had to spend all the money I could on equipment, recordings etc being able to create and bring my art to life, and so it has been ever since, because I’ve never wanted to make compromises when it comes to my art, which of course results in lots of compromises on other things, such as having money for food, bills, going to concerts, visiting friends, and all that social stuff. But I am not complaining, it has never been a big problem as I have always been a bit misanthropic and don’t mind not having many friends, as long as I got the right ones. I get by with a few tight friends, my demons and my art, and has done so since I was 15 years old.

Do you believe being independent from such an early age has been highly important in the way you decided to live your life and your beliefs in general?

More the other way around..The way I lived my life and my beliefs, did that I became independent at a very early age.

Denmark is not very famous for its Black metal bands… are there any worth mentioning?

Well I live very isolated with my art here on the island of Bornholm, so there is probably a lot of bands and stuff happening that I am not the first one to hear about, but I enjoy bands like DENIAL OF GOD, the now departed FEIKN, NORTT and old stuff like that, plus my band brothers own projects SEPULCHRAL CRIES (pestilens) & FJORSVARTNIR (Fjorgynn).

Final message to Pest readers please!

If some of the readers got curious about BLODARV and want to know more You can find more info the following places. Official Website : www.blodarv.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/blodarvofficial Youtube: www.youtube.com/huginofblodarv Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/blodarv Webshop: http://blodarvshop.bigcartel.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/blodarv Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/blodarv Myspace: www.myspace.com/blodarv Management: www.patriciathomasmanagement.com Record label: www.selfmutilationservices.com Booking: stafahugin@hotmail.com  

BLODARV INTERVIEW FOR RAW WAR MAGAZINE 2013

Answered by Hugin 2013 interview-raw-war-magazine-2013

HAILS and thanks for doing this interview! First of i just got to ask you how your experience was to be supporting Carpathian Forest at Loppen in Copenhagen? And how did you hook up with them in the first place? Was it the one and only gig with them or was/is there more shows in the pipeline?

To answer your first question first, It was great to play with Carpathian Forest, really cool guys both on and offstage so yeah we had a good time,  And then I got to hear and see “Mask of the slave” “Knokkelman” and other equally great tracks of Carpathian Forest live for the first time which I really enjoyed.  It was a small stage with an intense atmosphere where there are less than a meter between the band and the audience and you can look the fans directly in the eyes, which always is something special and which both Carpathian and we enjoyed. As for how the whole event came to life, it was our manager Patricia Thomas -which manage both Carpathian Forest and Blodarv- that contacted me because there was a chance that CF could come to Denmark on their way to -Kings of black metal festival- in Germany, and I was asked if I could get in contact with Tchort and maybe help arrange it. So I spoke back n forth with Tchort from CF over email, and to make a long story short, I contacted some of the venues that I knew would be able to pull this off, and as you know it ended up with a show at LOPPEN on Christania Copenhagen which was all good. A one-timer so far though, we haven’t planned out any other shows together, but who knows, it’s hard to predict the future right’. Tell a bit about the DVD "A Doorway Between Worlds Chapter 1" you released back in february, 2012 and by the "chapter 1" you seem to have nasty plans for the future as well? Yes it was released because there were a lot of fans asking us if we couldn’t release some of our youtube videos on a DVD/ Video CD. It was never supposed to be seen as a pro “BLODARV DVD” meaning that it just contains videos from our youtube channel, and was made for those fans who are weary of trying to watch our videos on YouTube, at the mercy of the vagaries of their internet connections and with poor sound quality. The Video CD contains videos for tracks from our albums “Soulcollector”, “Linaria Amlech”, “Civitas Diaboli” and the newly released “Gâst” as well as a live recording from the show at Club Brutal, in Aarhus Denmark, filmed in December of last year. In all, eight Video’s from our official youtube channel. Its DVD player and PC compatible and is limited to 666 hand-numbered copies, and is available exclusively through the BLODARV STORE at http://blodarvshop.bigcartel.com for a fair price of 10 euro. And yes, there will be a “Chapter 2” released sometime in the future.

Your last full album "Gâst" that you released last year was a mighty record with a lot of bleak, harsh but grand emotions, very well made through out. By your own words what does that album mean for you & describe its essence.

Thank you, yes Gâst was released on the 12 of December 2012 on Self Mutilation Services. It contains 8 tracks in all, which is a little more than 45 min in total. Every album of BLODARV means something special to me, and Gâst of course also has a personal meaning to me just like all previous releases. It’s the essence of my mind, my most inner demons, thoughts, visions and beliefs. It explores life philosophies and life and death itself, the forces of nature, the power of the universe and all the energies that cling to it. It’s full of blasphemous poetry in both Danish and English. Powerful songs, dark visions, possessive muses, soul-seeking demons, haunted and haunting souls, tragic destinies and chilling dreams. In other words, a glimpse into the dark universe of BLODARV

4. Is there new work in process? Blodarv seem to be in good condition now with this current strong line-up.

Yes indeed we are in the best condition ever, and right now the first seeds for the next spell are being put in the ground. Right now it’s mainly just riffs and ideas about the tracks that are getting sorted in my mind and we haven’t begun writing complete tracks down yet or recording. The next months we will focus a lot on our Live ceremonies, improving the show in every way we can, but we are always in a constant creative circle in BLODARV so there will also be worked a bit on new material for the next album these following months I believe.

5. How would you describe todays BM activity in Denmark?

Not the worst, not the best. I think we are going towards a better period. There are some good bands rising in DK over the last few years. Some seems to have real potential, and Black Metal is beginning -after going through some pretty bad times- to pull crowds again here in Denmark. When this is said I live very isolated with my art here on the island of Bornholm, so there is probably a lot of bands and stuff happening that I am not the first one to hear about.

6. How would you describe todays Denmark with one word?

I wouldn’t, because I can’t. 7. How does Blodarvs plans for the rest of this year look like? It’s hard to predict an entire year, but next show will be a headlining act on June 28 here on the island of Bornholm were we will set up a special show as we´ve done the past years. When we play here on the island we can bring as much stage stuff as we like because we are not limited to what can fit in the van, as we are when we travel, so we will make a very special stage for this show and we have also made a longer set-list than at previous shows, which will be a perfect blend of old and new tracks. We also got some other shows in mind but it’s to early to say more about those.  Beside from that we have a video on the drawing board –if everything goes as planned- at the end of June 2013. And then as I mentioned before we are slowly sinking into the next album. How did you come in contact with your label Self Mutilation Services (Mexico)? Did they have a better contract etc then Northern Silence Productions (Germany) where you were on before? Actually it was a question of not compromising our art, and release through a label that could appreciate the art for what it was, not for what it could be. Yes, we were on NORTHERN SILENCE as you correctly state, where we released the “soulcollector..The thousand years tale” gatefold LP + CD, and also the “Linaria Amlech” CD. But with the new stuff we started to create after that, there suddenly wasn’t the big enthusiasm around from Northern Silence, and in general we had too many different views on to many different things concerning BLODARV, and as I said we never compromise on our artistic freedom which is the most important thing for us when it comes to being signed. Long story short, we broke with Northern Silence, got them to send our master CD and cover-layout back, and paid northern silence the money they had given us to record the album back to them. This way the master and the layout was ours again, and we needed a new company to release it through, so we send out a few mails to various labels that we knew we could work with explaining the situation. We got offers from half of them, some better than other, but ended up with making a deal with Self Mutilation Services, recommended by B.G Black Hate and we have been very satisfied with that. They might not be the biggest label, but they are dedicated to what they do and they give us the freedom we need for our art.

Any last words? 

Thanks for the interview, and a big fucking hail to all those who walks with us through the fire!! Official Website : www.blodarv.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/blodarvofficial Youtube: www.youtube.com/huginofblodarv Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/blodarv Webshop: http://blodarvshop.bigcartel.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/blodarv Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/blodarv Myspace: www.myspace.com/blodarv Management: www.patriciathomasmanagement.com Record label: www.selfmutilationservices.com Booking: stafahugin@hotmail.com