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15. 8. 2014  Intervju: Nightbringer 
''The entire body of Nightbringer is based upon our personal spiritual beliefs.''

Morda je videti, kot da mi prihaja v navado objavljati stvari v tujih jezikih. No, tudi tokrat obljubljam, da imam za to tehten razlog. Četudi se imam v prihodnosti namen držati slovenščine, je intervju z Nightbringer vseeno ena izmed tistih stvari, ki jih ni najbolj pametno prevajati. Pogovor z Naasom Alcamethom je namreč nekaj takega, kot bi bral besedila njegovega v prozi. Zato vam ponujam izvorno različico intervjuja, ki sem ga opravil s severnoameriškimi ezoteriki Nightbringer - odgovori so tu za vse, ki se želijo poglobiti.

First things first, I would like to ask you what the significance of the name Nightbringer is.

The name was conceived in a very straight forward fashion really. One who brings forth darkness, simply put. I was eighteen years old when I chose the name and there was no additional significance to the title at the time outside of what this implies. We found appeal in all things dark and mysterious and shared an innate love for the night. Our aim was to reflect these things within our sound so the name seemed appropriate. Since then it has become a bit prophetic in a way. Our discovery of certain currents and traditions over the years has lead us to form deep and personal relationships with certain sacred symbols and god-forms, central to which is the nightside aspect of Lucifer, engendering our band moniker with even deeper significance.

Secondly, how does the topic of Nightbringer tie in with your personal beliefs? Would you care to describe them, if this question is not too personal? What are the main influences on the lyrical/thematic side of Nightbringer?

The entire body of Nightbringer is based upon our personal spiritual beliefs. The inspiration that gives rise to what we create is a direct consequence of our faith and philosophies. It is our form of ecstatic praise. The “themes” vary and belong to several cultures, times and currents yet all find their source in the singular perennial truth, as does anything that is born of truth. We draw heavily from Pre-Socratic, Orphic/Platonic traditions, Western hermeticism, Qabalah, and traditional English witchcraft to name a few of the specific spiritual currents. The lyrical voice and aesthetic is influenced by all of the above.

Is your music influenced by non-musical elements, or do other bands have an effect on you?

Yes, as was mentioned above. As far as influences drawn from other bands, certainly. Bands such as Emperor, Arcturus, Abigor and Thorns left a deep impression on us as teens in the 90’s. We still hold the early releases of these bands with high regard. We were also all very impressed with the “orthodox” scene of early 2000.

Line-ups; Nightbringer is known to perform live as a sort of amalgamated band with members from Acherontas. To what degree is the line-up of Nightbringer important?

We played two shows only with the Acherontas lineup two years back. Since that time we have used various live session members to make gigs possible. Organizing the live end of Nightbringer has always proved challenging and we have had constant changes. We are once again reforming the live line up and in the most ideal way possible. The lineup of the actual Nightbringer members proper, not including live session members, is of course vital. There has to be a true kinship and brotherhood based upon similar spiritual foundations and beliefs. This is absolutely essential.

You are known for your split releases. Let me compliment you on this by saying that the two with Acherontas and Dödsengel, respectively, are both fantastic releases. What truly sets them apart from other splits that are merely collections of songs is that Nightbringer seems to work together with the other band to actually have two bands recording a single album and thus augmenting each other instead of haphazardly recording random songs. Do you agree with this idea? If so, how did you achieve this in your last two splits? Can you elucidate on the theme of each of your two recent split releases? How do you select a band to work with?

Yes, I agree. Both splits were conceptual with cohesion on themes from both bands. We did this through thorough discussions between both parties during the creative process. The Ruins of Edom's predominant theme was based upon the mysteries of Lilith and symbols closely associated with her divinity, touching upon, from our end, the mandragora root, the crossroads, initiatic death, and the mare/succubus among other related topics. Circumambulations of the Solar Inferno was based upon the 'ceasless sun' that knows no rest and its journey though the four quadrants as it passes from night/underworld to day/celestial heights and the associated stages of trial and initiation associated to these cardinal points. We drew heavily from the Amduat to relay these concepts. Nightbringer has a great amount of respect for both bands involved and we felt a kinship through our shared love for the traditional mysteries, albeit our specific views and approaches may differ some. This kinship is what lead to the realization of the collaborations.

Your new song, featured at Metalhammer.de, demonstrates the use of a language other than English in Nightbringer's music, specifically Latin. Roughly translated, it would mean "Night, my illumination in my pleasures/delights" - what is the significance behind this? Why Latin?

That would be the approximate transliteration. A more clear translation would read something like ''The night shall be my light in my pleasure''. This is a line from Psalm 139. The lyrics are influenced from this psalm, which we feel, via a perhaps more heretical approach, elucidates symbols relevant to the ‘midnight sun’ and the ‘night of light’, symbols central to our work. Furthermore, we touch upon the Greek melancholia and the sovereignty of Saturn over those of us who are born with his mark and our relation to the former concepts as well as the significance of the ‘black light’ of our Lord. It speaks much of the ecstatic furor one may enter in which wisdom is imparted both from above, below and within, via a state of ‘divine madness’. The original source that we drew this from was a Latin translation. Furthermore, we take much from Greek and Latin spiritual systems and often feel it is appropriate to relay some of these concepts using the language of the culture these traditions were received, nourished and adapted in.

You have struck up a partnership with Season of Mist for your last record and now you're debuting a song for the German Metal Hammer. How did that come about? Are those steps in turning Nightbringer into a full-fledged regularly touring band? Is this your aim with Nightbringer?

Dave Otero, the individual who runs Flatline audio, the studio we have used for all Nightbringer recordings is to thank for that deal. He turned one of his contacts at Season of Mist onto us. It turned out that they had previously contacted us with interest in signing but I managed to overlook the email. We are indeed making steps that would allow us to tour more. Time will tell.

How would you describe the evolution of the band between "Hierophany..." and the upcoming record? Its title is a bit of a departure from previous Nightbringer song/record titles; "Ego Dominus Tuus" has a type of brutal, almost vulgar strength the others do not. Would you care to explain the significance behind this?

I believe we have, overall, become much more cohesive and focused. With the departure of Nox, we also lost a certain element that he added (and I must note that he was an absolutely brilliant song writer and musician and we owe him much regarding the foundation of the initial Nightbringer sound), but also at the same time, gained the cohesion I am speaking of. It likely is a matter of less ''hands in the pot'' and more solidarity in regards to a singular vision of what Nightbringer should be. The title is very direct. It is an utterance of pure power and command and strikes at the heart like a sword. It translates to ''I am your Lord'', and relates directly to a certain mode of divinity ciphered within the very name of the Lord to which we are referring. This cipher forms a hierarchy based upon three parts of the divine name, each representing stages of the great work, approached from the path of the left hand. To those with the eyes to see and the ears to hear, who care to examine our work more closely, will no doubt understand the significance of it all.

 

Nightbringer never struck me as a band to deal with Christian/Abrahamic topics directly, however your new song titles seem to echo Milton's Paradise Lost to a certain degree. Does this hold any water? What is the importance of the Abrahamic religions to Nightbringer?

Actually we have drawn upon biblical and apocryphal sources since Death and the Black Work, which contains references to figures such as Qayin, Aza(z)el and other less direct references for example. Paradise Lost is an appropriate comparison I would say as the significance of Lucifer and the Fall are of great importance to our work, although this is not unique to Ego, but perhaps is more apparent than ever given the directness of some of the titles and lyrics. I would say that there is little importance to Abrahamic religion in and of itself as the original gnosis contained within this spiritual body does not belong to it, but was co-opted, adapted and largely corrupted, from traditions far older than itself. Regardless, gnosis shines, even in unclean and trembling hands or the upturned palms of the blind. It inevitably burns like a flaming heart through the corpus of all. Truth is truth and it is not divisible but is eternal. Concerning the Abrahamic traditions specifically, via a heretical approach such truths can be revealed to shine again with brilliance like stars in an unobstructed sky.

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