INHERENT SORROW INTERVIEW WITH MASTERMIND N



How did Inherent Sorrow come to be? Is the music strictly an over-pouring of yourself, N., or does your drummer, Marco, collaborate on things like lyrics and song structure besides his duty on drums?


Hmm I'm not even sure how it came to be. I just wrote the full length, over a period of a few days, and recorded it. It was just a reflection of how I felt at the time. There's no lyrics in the project, Marco's contribution is just the drums.
 
So how did you get into contact with him, seeing that he’s located in Italy?


From memory, he just sent me a message offering to drum. I asked him to send me some examples of what he was capable of and we went from there. Now I'm working with him on some other projects, which I'm looking forward to seeing the results of.

The artwork you plan to use for your debut release invokes a somber solitude, infinite loneliness and a sense of being trapped by yourself in a dreary forest of rot. Is this the kind of atmosphere your music should piece together when listeners partake of it? Do you feel Kitti of Astur Graphics captures Inherent Sorrow well with this illustration?


Uh Yeah. I'm in regular contact with her, and even moreso over the period which I wrote the album, so she was very aware of what I was trying to portray. I just wanted it to reflect that it was an individual expression, separate from anything else. I feel she achieved that very well, I was quite scrutinous with her about what I wanted, and she gave me exactly what I asked for.

Do you consider Inherent Sorrow to fall under the category of suicidal/depressive black metal? What do you think this sub-genre is about?


Not at all. The vast majority of music within this genre is shit as far as I'm concerned. In the last few years I've seen this genre explode with hundreds of bedroom bands all trying to sound more sad than the next, and frankly I'm sick of it. I like some bands who'd generally be classified under that subgenre, particularly Austere, Trist and Life is pain, and maybe 4-5 others. But I choose not to use the phrase "suicidal/depressive black metal" because it includes all of the rubbish I mentioned before.
 
Do you feel that suicidal/depressive bm has the same type of impact on listeners as does emo/screamo as in, it causes people to commit acts of self-harm that can ultimately lead to suicide? Since this music is harsher and more imposing, do you feel the misanthropic/masochistic vibe flows with a more potent dose of utter hopelessness?


I've seen people thinking it cool to self harm et cetera. I think it is great if they commit suicide. In that sense, it's great that they are encouraged to do it by their music. Sure, there's a misanthropic vibe to the music, but it's a different kind of misanthropy. It's, I suppose, a rebellion against life itself.


There is a large group of black metal musicians/fans that are highly into the occult. Do you or have you ever dabbled in witchcraft, satanic magic… etc? Yes, I notice that format of the question parks up thoughts of a blaming board of Christian judges with the “do you or have you ever dabbled in…”


It's not something to dabble in as far as I'm concerned. Nothing can be achieved in those things without true belief, and therefore to dabble in it would bring only failure. I keep my beliefs to myself. As far as I'm concerned, they are not for other people to practice, so nor are they for other people to hear about. I understand I haven't answered this question as you may have intended, but I suppose also I've given a good hint as to the answer you were looking for anyway.
 
How did you decide to become a part of this sub-genre of music? Perhaps the miasmal features and mysterious air of black metal drew up to it? What aspects of your thoughts and life fit in with what many assume black metal is about or what you think it’s about?


Frankly, to begin with I was drawn to the music. In the years since then, I've realised it's far more about the message. As far as becoming part of it, I don't consider myself part of it. I make music that I want to make, when I want to make it, if it can be considered black metal, fine. As far as what aspects or thoughts of mine "fit in" with what black metal is about it's hard to answer. For me, black metal is about uncovering and revealing your true self. Not comparing yourself to a typical black metal stereotype or idol, and trying your best to achieve something similar. I've never thought about what aspects of my thoughts and life fit in with black metal, because that in its self goes against what I believe black metal is about. However, if you were interested in my perspectives on things, I can say a few words on that I suppose. Basically, I've got a deep hatred for the mechanical nature of todays society. I strive to overcome any obstacles or boundaries put in my way, through systems which I chose not to discuss in the last question.

What are your opinions on what black metal is today versus how it was when it first started?


Black metal to begin with I wasn't around then. I'm sure it wouldn't have been so accepting and easy to feel a part of as it does now though. Today, anybody, anywhere can start a black metal band and achieve some form of success. The music has become more important than the message, and in my opinion has tainted what should be. Things like myspace, though I admit, have used for networking purposes just make it too easy. People are all about getting new tracks online, getting plays, views, whatever, and as soon as they get a reasonable number they consider themselves successful. As far as I'm concerned, if the creator of the music likes the music, it's a success. Obviously there are bands around today which I listen to though. Some examples would be. Watain, Arckanum, Behexen, Blasphemophagher and Inquisition.
 
What are your thoughts on the following:
 
Abyssic Hate


Don't listen to it.
 
Dauði Baldrs”


I've always liked Burzum very much. I think the album is great, it's a bit more rigid sounding than Hliðskjálf, but I still find myself listening to it from time to time.
 
Assisted suicide


Apart from when it's some old person who's too decrepit to physically commit the action of taking their life, I don't support it. If you want to die enough, stop whining about it, just do it. 

 
Kim Carllson


I don't know him personally, so I can't really say. Musically, as I said above, I like Life is Pain, Kyla is listenable, if I've got nothing else. Hypothermia bores me to death (not sure whether that was intended as a new take on "suicidal" metal) and Lifelover is some of the worst music I've ever heard. One thing I've noticed though, is many of the groups I mentioned above as "bedroom bands all trying to sound more sad than the next" look up to Kim as a hero worthy of worshipping, so for that, I'll say I don't like him.
 
What lies in the future of Inherent Sorrow? Thank you for the interview. Is there anything else you’d like to leave with Tanin’iver?


Who knows, I might come back to the project in future. I certainly won't be stagnating, I have several more projects in the works. Thank YOU, for conducting the interview.
The full length is now on sale through Beneath the Fog Productions, if you want to buy it, you can do so at http://www.beneath-the-fog.com/inherent-sorrow
If anyone bothered to read this far walk your own path, not the path trodden for you.