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Melanie speaks to Asa Rosenberg, Jan. 2000

MR: What is your present lineup?

AR: We have the Thorsin brothers (Holger and Hugo) on guitar and drums, me on bass and also we have just brought in a new guitarist, a replacement for Pasi who had to leave the band this summer. Holger and I do the screaming.

MR: Can you give me a brief history of the band?

AR: The band was started up by Holger and our ex vocalist Johan in 1992. Back then Johan also played bass, and when he got sick of that, I joined the band. That was 1996. Noctes members have come and gone and the only person today that remains from the original lineup is Holger. Noctes music in 1992 was raw death metal and has evolved into the death/black chaos that is is today.

MR: What are your musical and lyrical influences?

AR: Musical influences are rather broad. Holger and Hugo listens to anything from Mayhem to Judas Priest. I prefer blackmetal only. Good old evil or the somewhat more commercial that govern the scene today. People have tried to associate our music with several other Swedish bands, but it´s never consistent. Johan wrote all lyrics for our two releases “Vexilla Regis Prodeunt INFERNI” and “Pandemonic Requiem”. I would say his writings are related to history and religion and philosophy and influenced by his own fantasies and imagination.

MR: What music styles and genres do you listen to, outside of the style you play with the band? Do these creep into the music at all as influences?

AR: Holger writes all of our material now, and I think he is definitely influenced by what he listens to. As I said before though, I don’t think there are any obvious similarities in our music and influences.

MR: Describe two of your favorite songs and their composition; key elements fans should listen for, etc…

AR: “Metamorphosis – within chrysalid sleep. Slumbering in dreamlands of the deep. Her broken wings of innocence, now raven-fethered. From grace to black, the plague divine. Her holiness succumb to dark.” Extract from “Demonica” on “Vexilla Regis”. One of my other favourites is Carnifex from Vexilla Regis, because it has all the elements a favourite song should have. Speed, weight and feel, and its entertaining to play.

MR: What do you think of the underground metal scene? How do you think it has changed during your involvement? What’s the scene like in Sweden nowadays?

AR: I don´t think of it much. I have noticed a significant decrease of decent blackmetal releases and gigs the last years though. Back in 95-96, there was at least 1 underground metal show every or every other month here in Stockholm.

MR: What are your current goals and aspirations for the band?

AR: We are working on our third full-length album right now and hoping to record it this year.

MR: When can your next release be expected?

AR: I would guess early 2001, but that also depends on No Fashion of course. It tends to take quite a while from recording to release on our label.

Vexilla Regis was recorded during the fall of 98 and released June 99. We are planning to enter a studio (which one we are not sure of yet) the coming fall or winter.

MR: What do you think of the Internet as a band and marketing tool?

AR: We receive a lot of feedback through e-mail. And I know that some people would never have known of us if we wouldn’t have had our website.

I think our site is also a good alternative for fans that cant have direct connection to us. And of course, its so much faster and more simple to send us an e-mail than to write a letter. Also the internet gives unsigned bands a great place to promote themselves. I have seen quite a lot of good unsigned bands websites, though I have yet to see a professional website for a record label.

MR: What can fans look forward to seeing live?

AR: Unfortunately we will not be doing any live performances for a while. Since we lost our singer and one guitarist last year, we are not quite ready for that yet. As soon as we get our new guitarist up to speed and Holger and I have become more comfortable with the new lyrics, we might do a show here in Stockholm.

MR: Is song or lyric writing collaborative, or do certain members do certain things?

AR: Holger does all of the music, but its all assembled in the rehearsal room, by all of us. Johan used to write all lyrics.

MR: Where and how did you get your band name? Who came up with the idea?

AR: In ’92, when Noctes started up, the band was called Concealed. The name change came in when Pasi joined the band partly because of all the lineup changes during the years and partly because of what the music had evolved in to. The name Concealed. did not really fit the music anymore. Johan came up with the name Noctes, which means “night” in latin.

MR: Is anyone in Noctes involved in any other bands or projects?

AR: Holger and Hugo also have a power-metal band called Fist First. Noctes is still their main priority though. I create some music of my own at home, but nothing that is ready for the public yet.

MR: What is the funniest thing you have seen lately?

AR: Americans For Purity states that: “Medical science proves that chronic Masturbation causes weakness, depression, forgetfulness and nearsightedness.”

MR: If you could tour with with any 4 other bands, who would they be?

AR: I would not mind touring with any band as long as their music is related to ours though I seriously doubt that NoFashion is going to send us on a tour anytime this century.

MR: What do you feel Noctes brings to the scene?

AR: Our music is a chaotic mixture of many well-known elements. I think Noctes somewhat brings all the scattered pieces together. We are not creating something new to the ear, but providing it with a merge of all the good parts.

MR: What kind of musical direction can we expect from you guys in the future, now that extreme metal is trying to make a comeback?

AR: I do not forsee any drastic changes in our music. We will keep on playing in the same genre. Of course with time and changes of the lineup you might notice some refinements to the material but the basic concept will always stay the same.

MR: What are you guys looking for in a label (such as No Fashion)?

AR: Our experiences with the label we are on right now are not all too great. We have had problems with delays, artwork screwups and also just getting a hold of them can be a pain in the ass. The only merchandise they have financed for us so far is a shirt for Pandemonic Requiem and some black and white flyers. I think all labels probably are more or less annoying. The reason why you have to be on one though is quite obvious. We do not have time to do it ourselves.

MR: Any parting words of wisdom to the masses, fans, bands, etc… ??

AR: Check out our website, and don’t hesitate to contact us … and did you know that “Surveys have repeatedly shown that up to 5% of Americans don’t Masturbate”.