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Morgul for many years now has been a strange but good exception in the black metal scene. Recently the new album ' All Dead Here...' saw the light of day through Season of Mist. A quality record which, although alienating and original, was very easy to digest. Reason enough to e-mail mainman Jack D. Ripper some questions. Too bad his capslock key got stuck while answering them…

By: Roel de Haan | Archive under black metal

band imageFor the people who don't know Morgul could you give them a brief introduction to who you are and what Morgul is about?

WELL MORGUL WAS STARTED BACK IN '91 I THINK OR THEREABOUT, AND WE MADE TWO DEMOS BEFORE WE SIGNED WITH NAPALM RECORDS ON WHICH WE RELEASED TWO ALBUMS "LOST IN SHADOWS GREY" AND "PARODY OF THE MASS" THEN IT BECAME A ONE MAN PROJECT AND TWO MORE RELEASES FOLLOWED ON CENTURY MEDIA " THE HORROR GRANDEUR" AND "SKETCH OF SUPPOSED MURDERER" AFTER THAT THINGS WERE SILENT FOR A WHILE BUT NOW THERE'S A NEW RELEASE OUT ON SEASON OF MIST CALLED " ALL DEAD HERE". AS FAR AS DESCRIBING THE MUSIC GOES I ALWAYS SAY THAT MORGUL IS A METAL BAND. PURE AND SIMPLE. I RECOMMEND THAT PEOPLE CHECK IT OUT AND JUDGE FOR THEMSELVES.

With 'All Dead Here…' out, are you satisfied with the result? Is there anything you would change in retrospect?

THERE'S ALWAYS THINGS YOU WANNA CHANGE, BUT ALL IN ALL IM SATISFIED. I WASN'T REALLY PREPARED TO RECORD THE ALBUM WHEN THE OPPURTUNITY FOR SOME STUDIO TIME CAME ALONG AND IN RETROSPECT I'VE COULD HAVE DONE THINGS DIFFERENT BUT THAT'S THE WAY YOU'LL ALWAYS FEEL NO MATTER WHAT. THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A PERFECT ALBUM. IF YOU MADE THE PERFECT ALBUM THEN WHAT WOULD YOU DO NEXT? NO POINT IN MAKING ANOTHER ONE IF YOU ALLREADY MADE ONE THAT'S PERFECT, RIGHT?

I've read on the Season Of Mist site that you were tired of the music business, but what made you decide to go ahead with SoM then?

THEY WANTED TO RELEASE IT AND SO DID I. THAT WAS BASICALLY THE CRITERIA I WANTED. I WASN'T TOO CONCERNED ABOUT IT. I JUST FIGURED IF I FIRST RECORDED THIS THING MIGHT AS WELL GET IT OUT THERE. AND YES I WAS TIRED WITH THE WHOLE MUSIC BUSINESS. BUT IT WAS JUST AS MUCH A PERSONAL THING AS IT WAS ANYTHING ELSE.

The new album seems very focused, while 'Sketçh Of Supposed Murderer' was very diverse in it's approach. Did you consciously deviate from 'SoSM' or was it just a mere natural step?

THANK YOU FOR NOTICING. I DID MAKE A CONSCIOUS EFFORT TO MAKE THIS ALBUM MORE CONSISTENT THAN THE PREVIOUS TWO, WHICH LIKE YOU SAY ARE VERY DIVERSE AND A BIT ALL OVER THE PLACE. BUT IT'S ALSO A NATURAL STEP FOR ME TO GO IN THAT DIRECTION, I WANTED TO MAKE AN ALBUM THAT COULD BE SEEN MORE AS A WHOLE IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, AND NOT JUST A BUNCH OF SONGS PUT TOGETHER ON A DISC. NOT THAT I DON'T LIKE MY OTHER ALBUMS, FAR FROM IT, IT'S JUST THAT I FELT THEY COULD BE A BIT CONFUSING AT TIMES AND HARD TO LISTEN TO.

band imageThe material of Morgul has always been very original or different. Why do you think that contrary to you many bands are trying to sound as true as they can be?

I DON'T KNOW. LACK OF IMAGINATION? IF YOU FIND A RECIPE THAT WORKS OK IT'S VERY TEMPTING TO STICK TO THAT AND NOT TAKE ANY CHANCES. I ALWAYS LIKED TO INCORPORATE MANY DIFFERENT ELEMENTS IN MY MUSIC AND NEVER TO HAVE ANY LIMITS, BUT THIS TIME I'VE TRIED TO DO THAT WHILE STILL TRYING TO KEEP SOME KIND OF FOCUS AND NOT GOING COMPLETELY OVERBOARD WITH ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT THEMES.

As a one man project how does the writing process develops? Isn't hard to have nobody else to give you feedback?

IT'S NOT HARD. I LIKE WORKING ALONE LIKE THAT. IF YOU HAVE THREE OR FOUR GUYS MAKING A PIECE OF MUSIC AND EVERYONE WANTS TO GET THEIR POINT ACROSS, YOU'RE GONNA HAVE A MESS. AND WHERE THERE IS DIFFERENT OPINIONS THERE IS ALWAYS COMPROMISE AND I HATE MAKING COMPROMISES. A COMPROMISE IS JUST A WEAKER VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL IDEA. SO IT'S VERY HARD TO HAVE A COMPLETE BAND WHERE EVERYONE CONTRIBUTES. BUT THERE ARE MANY GOOD BANDS OUT THERE SO I GUESS THEY HAVE FOUND A SYSTEM THAT WORKS.

Was it on purpose that the tracklisting was not entirely correct, and that there is a long silence between tracks 7 and 8?

YEAH THAT WAS ON PURPOSE... I DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT THOUGH. I ASSUME YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE PROMO. I'M NOT SURE IF IT'S GONNA BE LIKE THAT ON THE CD ITSELF. I CAN'T EVEN REMEMBER WHY IT TURNED OUT TO BE LIKE THAT.

Ever since 'The Horror Grandeur' you've have been using a drum-computer. Didn't you ever feel the need to use a real drummer?

NO. WHAT'S THE POINT? MOST DRUMMERS OUT THERE SOUND LIKE COMPUTERS ANYWAY. THEIR DRUMS ARE ALL CLICKS AND DIGITAL SOUNDS, AND INDIVIDUAL HITS ARE CORRECTED AND REPLACED AND DUPLICATED AND WHAT NOT. ALMOST ANY METAL CD YOU PUT ON JUST LISTEN TO THE DRUMS. YOU THINK AN ACTUAL DRUM SET SOUNDS LIKE THAT? OF COURSE SOME BANDS HAVE A MORE AUTHENTIC SOUND, BUT THEY ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN. THAT BEING SAID, I MIGHT GO FOR AN ACTUAL PERSON PLAYING DRUMS IN THE FUTURE, AND HAVE THAT AUTHENTIC SOUND. BUT IT DEPENDS ON THE STYLE OF THE MUSIC.

Are you planning to perform live one way or another?

IS THERE MORE THAN ONE WAY TO PERFORM LIVE? HEHE.. I DON'T THINK SO, AT LEAST THERE ARE NO SPECIFIC PLANS. BUT I ALWAYS SAY NEVER SAY NEVER.I'VE SAID SHIT LIKE "OH IM NEVER EVER DOING THAT" BEFORE AND THEN ENDED UP CHANGING MY MIND AND DOING IT ANYWAY. OF COURSE I'D HAVE TO GET A FULL BAND TOGETHER AND THAT CAN BE DIFFICULT. BUT WE'LL SEE.

To conclude this interview, thank you very much for your time, and I leave you with the final words to our readers…

YOU'RE WELCOME AND THANK YOU. CHECK OUT THE NEW MORGUL ALBUM ALL DEAD HERE. CHEERS!

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