1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
- Nothing. After finishing mixing and mastering, we just revel in its glory.
2.In June you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
- It's a direct continuation from our last release, written right after the Blasphemy EP.
3.This is also your first release in 18 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
- Nefas and myself decided to go back to the primitive roots of Black Metal and created Beastcraft instead. On the side, Nefas and Diabolus still wrote tracks and made demos for a future Vulture album. Individually or together, the four original members have released many albums, with Urgehal, Shining, Carpathian Forest, Sarkom, Endezzma, Svarttjern, Hagl, Ulvehyrde, Den Saakaldte and the beforementioned Beastcraft, just to name a few of the bands. This, together with sessions live and on recordings by bands like Craft and Koldbrann, we've not laid dormat.
4.Most of the music sounds closer to black metal but you refer to yourself as being 'death metal', can you tell us a little bit more about it?
- It was initially not a pure satanic band, just people in opposition to religion and praising death in all its glorious forms. Black metal is satanic ergo Vulture Lord is not a black metal band. We are black deathrashing metal.
5.Some of your lyrics cover satanic and anti Christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
- Since I entered the black metal scene in '91, I have studied all the occult, satanic and dark arts I have come across. I have searched and I have practised for years.
6.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with the music?
- Vulture Lord is a weapon against the white religions. All our lyrics is concentrated around that, written in the "old way/style".
7.In the 90's you also went through a great amount of name changes, what was the cause of the name changes and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vulture Lord'?
- We went back and forth through styles, changing name for each time and also due to many line-up changes. Deformed Corpse was grindcore, Interment was death, Energumen was black, Coffin had a new line-up as well as Faun, the circle was ended with me teaming up with Diabolus again for Vulture Lord returning to our roots of death and thrash metal. It just shows the path I took, but could just as well be individual band.
8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
- I wanted an enormous graveyard with a church, all overthrown and enthroned by the Vulture Lord. One can see the church transformed into the lair or chapel of the Vulture Lord, the lord of death, with the vultures circling the sky. The actual Desecration Rite is the figures emptying the graves, unhallowing the ground and throwing the Christians into the Abyss.
9.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
- We have never played live.
10.The new album is going to be released on 'Odium Records', how would you compare working with this label to other labels you have been a part of in the past?
- Couldn't be more pleased. Total dedication and patience.
11.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black, death and thrash metal?
- Rightfully awesome.
12.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
- Carpathian Forest, Endezzma, Svarttjern, Ulvehyrde and Hagl are still going strong.
13.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
- We will continue our step backwards into our combination of old-school black, thrash and death metal.
14.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
- I have my journey in metal with me from the seventies and up, but what has inspired Vulture Lord is from the decade between 1984-94, with Slayer, Celtic Frost, Napalm Death, Death, Razor, Exodus, Metallica, Darkthrone, Metal Church, Acheron, Bathory, Necrophagia, Venom, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Immortal, Necromantia and Massacre. I still prefer to listen to music from the eighties and nineties.
15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
- Fight religion and seek to the originators of metal.
Hail the fire!
Baron Sorath Northgrove