Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
H. Heiinghund is straightforward raw black metal. Making this type of music is a very honest thing to do, because there are no intricate guitarsolos or technical riffraff to hide behind. You either make it or your not.
Where other bands choose a more polished production. Heiinghund goes for the unpolished, raw, necro prodictions. It is a concious artistic choice because it ads to the coldness of the music, it brings a certain mood that reflects the “soul” of Heiinghunds music. Shure my music isnt at first glance compelling, it isnt meant to be. It doesnt reveal its secrets until you really dive into it. It really demands of the listener to dedicate him or herself.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
H. I grew up in Notodden together with many other blackmetal artists, allthough I was never a part of the bm community. That changed when I teamed up with Nidhogg and through him Ildjarn. We were kind of outsiders both to the general community and the musical community in Notodden, we kept to our self. At the time I was playing punk and EBM and was influenced by electronic music. I was working in a soundstudio in Skien and we decided together with Tvigygre to record the now legendary Folkloric necrometal. I was given a ok by the owner to do so. Not long after I moved to Oslo so our ways parted. Fast forwarding to 2012 I started missing raw blackmetal, I couldnt find the music I wanted so I started scethching some songs that are now the Necro Mancer Demo. Somehow they were were left until 2017 when I remixed them and put them out. During remixing there was this urge to make more music so I decided to make one more. It was magical, it was as if Heiinghund was an entity of itself and he had some musical statements to make. Heiinghund was never meant to be an continuation of Sort Vokter but I guess that it is unanevitable that it will be compared to it. Sort Vokter was a one of project and was never meant to be anything else. I guess I never really understood the impact Sort Vokter had on the scene. It came as a surprice to many, even myself that I started releasing music again after so many years. Lets see If there are some more surprises down the road.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
H. I am first and foremost inspired/possessed by heritage. I dont know if you can say that I am inspired by any other band and if so Sort Vokter and Nidhoggs approach to music. Nidhoggs approach to production and composing has learnt me a lot, so in a way you can say that he was a mentor into black metal.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
H. Heiinghund has not any other goals than to make music and put it out there an let it be known it is there. It is not important to land any big record deal or to get famous or anything like that. Infact I have rejected som offers already. Just to make the music I like and luckily there are some who agrees with me in that. But when fans tells me “ This is the best Norwegian album in years” about Vargmaane it really gives me the inspiration to make more music. After Vargmaane I hadnt originally thought on releasing anything more, but seems like the entity Heiinghund has other plans.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
H. I do write some of the lyrics myself, but a lot of my lyrics are historical texts from the norse folklore and mythology concerning the anger and hate towards humanity and their misdeeds against nature. Like in Vargmaane where a lot of the texts are from the Norwegian poet Per Sivle (1857-1904), I cannot understand why other bands hasnt discovered his work before. As for the music I cannot claim to compose that myself. When I record I go into a sort of trance and the music that comes out is not from me, or so I perceive it.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
H. Im not big at promoting, but I use social media to communicate with fans and share my music. Heiinghund is a studioband and as far as I see will never perform live
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
H. My music can only be found online (so far) so digital platforms is ok. I am not to happy by the rippers though, because they make money from others work. If they would put an effort to it and review it or in other ways make an exchange of efforts I would be more ok with it. Using platforms like spotify doesnt even cover expences with putting it out there, so why bother with the rippers.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
H. I dont have any such wishes.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
H. Technology that doesnt work. I have a habit of throwing them into a wall. Once at my work I called tech support to have them fix a printer for the nth time. I told them I was so tired of it that I was about to chrush it. The techsupport then told me that if I did that I had to buy a new one. I replied ok, then I crushed it. I never got the bill for a new one though.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
H. Folkloric Necromaetal
PD. So what are you working on at the moment?
H. Those who wait will see.
Band location – Norway
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