Greetings. Let us start off with the traditional question. For most of us The Deathtrip came out of nowhere, only some people have heard the demo’s. Can you please enlighten us as to how The Deathtrip started and where your cooperation with Aldrahn and Snorre came from?
HOST: Around 2003 I was tired of the black metal I was hearing (and had heard for quite a long time before), so made some tracks in a style I wanted to listen to, just for myself at first. I don’t think there had been too much of note really since the Thorns album a few years before, much of it seemed in pursuit of great sound and convoluted riffs, and personally I think the evolution of black metal had become misguided and disinteresting. I wanted to create something primitive, hypnotic, with a little of the old (black) magic from before. I made some home recordings, eventually Aldrahn got to hear the songs via Kvohst (who was in DHG at the time), was inspired by what he heard, recorded vocals over the demo tracks and that was the start of it. Snorre heard those recordings from Aldrahn early on, was really into the music, has been a big supporter ever since, and so was an ideal person for the mixing job on ‘Deep Drone Master’.
How has your new album 'Deep Drone Master' been received so far?
HOST: Great it seems. Always going to be a few who don’t quite get it, and have their opinions and perceptions, which is how it goes. It’s raw and repetitive, but it has a vital ingredient – feeling. So yes, I have seen perfect score reviews, and seen the odd bad review too. In those cases The Deathtrip is simply not for them – they can move on to the next in their review pile. One must not look so closely at these things, and judge by what they hear for themselves, and whether it ‘speaks’ to them.
I have also noticed that there is a lot of respect for ‘Deep Drone Master’ coming from people who were around back in the day, so perhaps it captures a certain feeling of a time. It’s not a nostalgic album at its core, but it does contain ingredients linking it to a period before, which is an undeniable, if small, part of The Deathtrip’s DNA.
ALDRAHN: I’m overwhelmed to see all the good feedback it gets, really awesome that so many captures it and makes something out of it. And I’m equally glad to see there’s someone here and there that does not, as I think we would have done something horribly wrong if we managed to please all. A lot of time and effort has been placed in this product by everyone involved, especially from Host and myself, and it’s an album I’m truly proud of. Very satisfied and content.
Some tracks on the album were already on the demo. How did you go about writing the album? Was it a slow process?
HOST: The songs actually came together quickly. There was a clear direction from early on, so it went very smoothly, & not too much was changed over time either. The spirit was set with the demos, so the challenge was to maintain that spirit with the album recordings (a process which more often than not can be unsuccessful, as demo versions & original recordings can often turn out better). The actual recording/re-recording/completing process is what has taken a very long time, several years in fact, but at least now it is unleashed…and to be fair, I had added a few bits here and there even after all the recording had been completed, which only improved the atmosphere of the final result, so no regrets or looking back.
Do you already have material for a follow up?
HOST: Yes, there are many songs written, and more than enough for a follow-up. I’m confident there is enough great material there, but we need to see how it goes. If we both agree, then it’ll be recorded in the coming months. Personally, it captures the same magic as I felt before but maybe even better, so hoping we’re on the right path here. Unless it’s guaranteed to be a great and worthy successor though, we won’t do it.
I have described your music as the perfect blend of Darkthrone, Thorns and DHG. How do you feel about that description?
HOST: If that’s what it reminds you of then that’s fine, as they are all classic bands. I don’t see too much DHG in there personally, musically at least (though the band is a very different beast to its earlier days, so depends which era you mean), but the other two I can spot here and there. The primitivism of Darkthrone and some of the unusual chord/note structures of Thorns I can agree with.
ALDRAHN: Sounds ok, but not too much DHG going on in the music though, but I see what you mean if it’s the vocals that makes up for such an impression, but I have to say that the vocals ain’t exactly parallel with any of the DHG albums either. Anyway, it’s an album that makes its point.
Are there any plans to take The Deathtrip to the stage?
HOST – We’ve had a few offers already so it’s all to discuss.
That`s all for now. Thank you for your answers. Any last words for our readers?
HOST: Thanks for the interview, and enjoy the trip beyond!
ALDRAHN - Thanks to everyone for the support. If you like the album, then buy it instead of downloading it.