Black Metal Madness recently caught up with Bergelmir mastermind Orodreth to ask him about his projects, life and general music shit.
BMM: Could you introduce yourself?
Orodreth: I am Orodreth, founder and solo artist in DSBM project bergelmir.
BMM: Bergelmir seems to work within the boundaries of various sub-genres within Black Metal, could you explain why?
Orodreth: My style is always changing depending on my moods, atmosphere is very important to me and mixing those sounds together make for good atmosphere. Also my goal is to target as many people as possible, and to influence as many people as possible. Other times it just comes out like that depending on what style of black metal I have been listening to and been most influenced by recently. But of course my style and main influence is taken from Depressive Suicidal Black Metal.
BMM: So you intend for your project to be one without limits musically?
Orodreth: Most of those who limit themselves lack the ability to grow to their full potential.
BMM: A black metal band that wishes to grow that is refreshing haha. So is Bergelmir your only project? If not then what are the others?
Orodreth: The other projects I am involved with are many, but going slow. One is simply titled Orodreth, and it is ritualistic music mixed with the sounds of black metal vocals and Satanic folk chanting so to speak. I am working with a good friend from Sweden doing vocals for his project "Meningslöst".
I plan on doing vocals for a couple of other artists aswell, it has been discussed with them but I do not want to talk about it just yet.
BMM: Fair enough, lets talk about your main project then Bergelmir. Are there any upcoming releases or anything being planned?
Orodreth: I am putting together my first song of my upcoming EP called "Tested by Isolation", it will be releases early on the No remorse Records (Gibraltar) compilation CD Vol 2.
I will probably release one more song from it for promotional reasons for the actual release of the full EP. As for a time frame for when the full EP will be finished there is no date, but I would say within the next four months.
BMM: Should we expect any surprises from this upcoming release?
Orodreth: I will be recording with different equipment hopefully. Still going to be raw, but just recorded with an amp that isn't completely busted like the one I am using now. Just incase anyone was wondering , I record with a five dollar karaoke microphone plugged directly into my computer and taped infront of a 10 watt practice amp that all the knobs don't work and the distortion is broken on it. I also record vocals on that same mic. So if everything goes as planned I will have a new mic and a basic recording interface and amp by the time I start really putting together the EP.
BMM: Right then before we go what are your views on the current state of the Black Metal scene?
Orodreth: It pisses me off on a daily basis. Its disgusting, and I hate it, so many people in it for the wrong reason just like with any music scene, people have these distorted ideas of what black metal is and judge music by recording quality. I will listen to black metal played on an acoustic guitar and recorded on a phone. Overall these musicians and labels are fucking selfish and I hate everyone, this is why i try to encourage self-destruction and despair with my music.
BMM: Any last words for our fans and readers?
Orodreth: Jesus said this, Moses said that, Abraham hit me with a wiffle ball bat.