Blood Red Throne: No Exceptions

Let the world burn!

The term ‘old-school’ is thrown around a lot these days; heavy metal bands cling to the ethos of that traditional sound. What is the term ‘old-school’ anyhow and why is it so important in metal? Psshht, I’ll tell you why – old school refers to a previous generation; a time when many claim metal was at its pinnacle. To capture this period and summon the valour and monstrous strength that in sued is considered a high regard. The term old school and Blood Red Throne go together like sweat and a moshpit; citing influences is one thing however after two decades of creating some of death metal’s highest calibre material, it becomes infused in your blood. Metal As Fuck caught up with Norway’s Blood Red Throne recently to thrash out the band’s latest album Union of Flesh and Machine and examine the ethos that is Blood Red Throne....   

The reviews are flooding in for Union of Flesh and Machine all 100% positive – what does the new album reveal about Blood Red Throne at this point in your career? “Indeed. The reviews have been great this time and it just proves that this album is great [Laughs] Music is subjective and we can't expect everyone to consider this their favourite album but that's what makes it interesting. I think all Blood Red Throne albums are unique and hopefully some will consider the new one as the best so far”.

How does this new album represent the philosophy that makes up Blood Red Throne? “We've always had an anti-religious stance - within the lyrics of the material it is evident and this time around is no exception. The new album adds a more futuristic theme at times. However, it concerns the stupidity of mankind and things moving out of control. The madness has already begun. Let the world burn!”. Among other influences, Blood Red Throne takes a large portion of the American Death Metal movement as weight in your material (the almighty groove) – does the band like to experiment with this style? And how do you make it your own? “We hear a lot that we sound American and all that. To be honest, I don't think about this at all when composing. Sure, I have been listening to US death metal for almost 25 years now. It’s gotta stick with me somehow”.

The band has been churning out some of the highest calibre death metal for almost two decades now – when writing material; when do you see it reaching its full potential? “I always thought that the riffs have been of a great standard since day one, but I am able to arrange the songs better today. It's all about putting the riffs together nicely and having a good flow from the start to the end”. What are three staples that must be included in a Blood Red Throne album? “Good songs, groove and nice production”.

Both Død and IvanMeathookGujic write very differently from one another; adding layers of diversity to each track – how does collaboration work to achieve the end result the band are after? “Død has been the main writer for Blood Red Throne for the last seven years, he is the BRT sound. However, it definitely adds something fresh and Meathook definitely contributes with the heavy”.

The artwork for Blood Red Throne albums are just as important as the material contained within it – what themes do you like to explore in your artwork? “For Union of Flesh and Machine we wanted the front cover to present a clue about the lyrics this time. A bit Terminator-ish and futuristic. Technology vs. man. I would agree that it's not the most original this time, but it fits with the concept well”.

Where in the music of Blood Red Throne do you like to challenge yourselves? “It's in the blood. It all comes natural when writing songs. Of course there can be some riffs that are trickier, but it's never a problem. I guess the biggest challenge is when Meathook writes riffs more than 260 bpm and our old man behind the drum kit is almost passing away”. [Laughs]

The albums vocals were re-recorded as Yngve "Bolt" Christiansen had rejoined with the band as of last year, what can you tell us about that situation? “Bolt needed a break and basically we couldn't wait for that. So we hired Martin [Berger], our producer, to do the vocals. However, things were delayed anyway when Spinefarm Records took over Candlelight Records, and maybe for a reason, because this led to Bolt re-joining the band, and there's no doubt that he's the most fitting singer and frontman of Blood Red Throne. Everything is good now!”.

Where will the album be taking the band in terms of promoting and touring this monster? What are plans? “We will keep travelling around and perform and of course party with all our fans. We hope to visit new territories like your home country Australia, but also Asia and even South Africa. Naturally, we'll do Europe and as we speak we're working on a mini UK tour. We'd like to head back to the US and South America as well. Time will tell. We get offers all the time. We'll definitely be on the road!”.