Interview by HERR
Hail !!! FURZE is for some people a new entry in the Black Metal field,
but I know the band has existed since the first 90s
released several demos but your project has always been totally out
of the classic norwegian BM scene
is It a choice or you simply
havent received the right attention from fans and media before
Existing as FURZE since Autumn 1998. As WOE J. REAPER Spring 96/98,
as failures as CURSED, NATTEN & SORCERY Autumn 92/96.
Unstable line-ups + other things in general I wont talk of now.
The demos Necromanzee and Zaredoo came March
and May 98, then, as FURZE, Trident Black Metal Feast
September 99 and more or less a non-spreaded one-track demo entitled
Leizla in February 2000. So, you see, the releases came
rather lately. We concern with the present and future.
The first thing I noticed in your interesting concept is the quite strange
Why did you choose FURZE? The furze term
in english language is a kind of flower, but I think your interpretation
is something really different
I read in other interviews about
a process called furzement, would you like to explain in
depth this very peculiar concept ?
Furzement for you is most interesting as FURZE records,
I guess. Its not a bound concept, except for the sweet torment
that occurs to enfurze. Because
This plant may be my scythe, The
Scythe. Furze means Gold(en) Thorn, hopefully quality then. - At least,
auto evil pictures, thus total
Every letter and note is result
of Direct Ray(zè)-impulse, with other words, a sharp constructive
possession (furze) in a destructive orgasm. This is Furzement.
Your musical style is quite particular, in fact in your music we can
find some strong old-school Black Metal influences, but also Doom riffs
and for instance I think several riffs in Avail the autocrat of
Evil are clearly Black Sabbath-oriented and really groovy
I suppose you have a really various musical background (in the booklet
you also thanx Prince for the Purple Rain album). Tell us
also your fave bands ever.
Some things that inspired me probably are: Black Sabbath the
first 6 LPs, Hellhammer, Thorns new and old (!), Monumentum,
Destruction, Morbid Angel especially old, King Crimson
certain 70s records/tracks, Possessed, Bathory the first
6 LPs, Slayer, Candlemass first 2, Darkthrone mostly
Peaceville, Vulcano, Celtic Frost, The True Mayhem
necromaniacal Celtic Frost and Hellhammer collector, so anyone: firstname.lastname@example.org
. I need japanese Into the Pandemonium LP with booklet,
Apocalyptic Raids split with Bathory LP (bootleg and I dont
know for sure what the Bathory side includes), Satanic Rites
LP not picture disc, but regular LP, said to be on brown vynil
(?). If anyone know about/got the talked-about unreleased tracks from
the recording-sessions of Hellhammer or Celtic Frost: I must know, thanx!!
FURZE is basically a one man band. I know you had some problems in the
past with other members, so you decided to remain alone. Do you think
the one-man band solution is comfortable and fits your technical and
ideological needs ?
There are negatives and positives with both solo and band playing. I
want control, and it has showed itself very hard to find members earlier.
Except for the Furzement itself, I also play the guitar very different
than others. So then the way of making riffs and the sound (due to my
fingerbased technique) gets different.
Your lyrics are incredibly cryptic and unusual. Sorry for my ignorance,
but I would like to know something more about the figures of Zaredoo
and Devacamo, and in which way they influenced so deeply
your lyrics and ideology. And who is in your vision the Autocrat
of Evil ?
Zaredoo is my own word and its used as sort of calculation
whenever used. Devacamo (is taken from the Rosenkreuzian literature)
is that plain that someone spiritually or consciously exposes, but Devakasha
is a sort of beyond. Then its the spark inspiration
(furze) that is the thing catched within the writing/recording of Devacamo
Possessed Black, so I never use any symbol literary or visually
if it aint sparked the 1-2-3 way (furze). Nothing to say about
Zaredoo today. I would like to say that the lyrics and music create
something, those two factors, so please read while listening with Furze!
It creates the third (furze) so it shouldnt be necessary
to tell of the vision you eventually could/would get. Avail
is a good example of that!
Usually the 90% of the Black Metal bands are involved into Satanic and
demoniac creeds and indeologies. Reading your lyrics I havent
clearly understood your position
Surely they are anti-christian
lyrics, but do you follow some divinities and in which way do you do
I do it the way that I act when Im inspired, its that. Murderlust
or just out of nowhere (Zaredoo
?) a riff or a word. Woe J. Reapers
position in Zaredoo bringing scythe closer. Sometimes I feel Satans
Megalomania. Its not important to me in which way has been symbolized
this or that by others, its interesting sometimes, but not important.
If it is very interesting (or irritating), I might get inspired, in
the name of Satan or just reaping or any Zaredoo at all could be fermed.
Do you consider FURZE as a Black Metal band? I think this definition
doesnt fit completely with your music, in fact FURZE is really
more than a classic True Black Metal band
What do you think about
the new norwegian scene, with all those hystorical bands
trying to do (in a very wrong way) something different from their past?
Do you like electronic stuff into Black Metal ?
We label ourselves Black Metal. Its not really important, but
when the auto-evil pictures arrive, they arrive (often) with the words
Black Metal in soul. That is OUR definition of what Furze
is: Black Metal, just call it a natural stigma the fact that we write
those words repeatedly on albumsleeves of Furze, which probably again
inspire us. The old Norse scene ruled. New things I like are still many
of the same: Carpathian Forest, Thorns, Darkthrone, Satyricon. Electronics
can be used right or wrong. I think the 2 firstmentioned bands used
them in a cool way for instance. The problem is that almost everything
is without a dark soul these days. What is sounding like someones
trying to express wrath, darkness or any other ingredient we want is
instead empty nothingness of twisted emptiness or something in that
The coolest new band must be 1349 from Oslo! Just completely
totally raw! Apocalyptic Raids from Brasil is also supreme. The day
I want something different with Furze, Ill follow it, and actually
it happens with every new Furze-song: its something different
from the last one I made.
Another unusual element in FURZE is the vocal approach, in fact you
often change your way of singing including strange and bizarre litanies-like
vocals. Why did you choose to use this original kind of singing?
I didnt choose it, it just happened this way.
On your debut-7 there was a really mad song called Fresh
Tea!, characterised by very strange music and lyrics. I often
used the term strange in this interview, is it your intention
to be strange ? Maybe Im wrong, but (in particular
on the old 7) I often noticed a soft and evil irony behind the
Sometimes this mad/soft irony can work very well for/in
Furze. Its the same to be said: Furze doesnt try to make
the atmosphere, the atmosphere myself and Furzement it shall be. By
the way, Im proud the way the 7 (First feast for freedom)
came out; it includes all these 4 different recorded tracks (diff. sessions),
but still keeping a certain unity.
Who is Woe J. Reaper in everyday life? Do you study or work? What are
your main interests beside music? Do you consider yourself as a misanthropic
Well, as you know, every second someone dies, so even if we called it
gold-thorn its merely a black humour indicating both
the quality and quantity of the work of our scythe: it initially looks
like gold, but, I admit, its mostly rust what you see. I mean,
when someone handles one every second for so many years with the mankind
It does discolour a bit with all the litres of blood
being penetrated by scythe, not to mention the crusted bloods
colour: its all about this quality-quantity that makes days and
nights go on
You know, Im not concerned about the fact that
the scythe could be broken BEFORE man vanished from Earth! Now, that
could be only result in a contemporary period of less penetration if
they develop mass-DNA changes including the eternal-life
or if they brew Heaven somehow on Earth
By the way, I live in
small house with my equipment, broke, unemployed for Furze, but I need
a work now.
I know that youll release 2 new albums soon, Necromanzee
Cogent and Baphomet Wade. Would you like to talk about
these new releases? I noticed a great improvement from the old 7
to the Trident Autorcrat MCD, so I think that if youll
improve your style once more we must expect a real masterpiece of original
but uncompromising Black Metal
The first one is Necromanzee Cogent full-length. Baphomet
Wade will be recorded (N.C. LP + Zaredoo Knives
MLP are already recorded) under different circumstances than the Beoverlook
Recordings as I have done til now. The possessed evil in the 23
mins.-long track Sathanas Megalomania is mailed out in its
unofficial mixed version as that was the only option, Im alone,
without work and I aint rich. We received a lot of pretty good
reactions for our debut-album, but everyone wanted to hear more new
stuff before signing; so if we got a cheap studio offer I went there
with at least a bit more detailed sound in mind as far as the mix goes,
but anyway its bearable. No real offers yet. N.C.
as a whole should though be mailed out at once, but economy didnt
increase as time went by since recording (September 2000/early 2001)
so I went for this, mailing out the heart, and half the
album, Sathanas Megalomania. N.C. is definitely
darker, and probably crazier to many ears. N.C. is Woe J.
Reapers Necrosaint Black Metal progressoion! If it was just above
your head with Trident Autocrat, the misty eyes seem to
land just in front of your own ones to mesmerize you with N.C.
Your music is quite innovative, on the contrary your image is classically
Black Metal-oriented, with face-paint, blades, etc. This means that
you like evolution but without losing the tradition
I talked about the fact that we label FURZE as Black Metal earlier
Never trying to do anything: only doing the call. This is Furzes
Black Metal evolution.
What do you think about Death ? Do you hope in an Afterlife? Tell us
your vision of a possible world beyond death
This is the 13th question and the answer
is: do you know my name??!
Ok, thanx for the interview, hope you like it and let us know your dark
prophecy for this 2002
Wait for Necromanzee Cogent. Thanx for support!