This interview with Sarke from the Norwegian black metal band Khold was done through e-mail in August 2002.

Hello, how are you doing?
I guess it's ok.

You released your second album "Phantom" earlier this year, what has the response been like so far?
It's been very good. Played some gigs with good response and very good album reviews.

All of your lyrics are written in Norwegian, is this important to you?
It fits our music better and we want Norwegian lyrics. It gives us more inspiration to make dark music.

I know that a lady called Hildr writes the lyrics, how come you don't write them yourselves?
She writes better than us and why not get some inspiration from outside.

Your lyrics are somewhat macabre, why this fascination with death?
We play very cold and dark music so it feels wrong to have happy lyrics. I also like very sick morbid things when it comes to music.

Do you think that an "upbeat version of Darkthrone" would be a good description of the Khold sound?
Not quite. Maybe more modern darkthrone. But I don't think we sound that much like Darkthrone. You can hear our inspiration, but thats it.

When you formed the band what plans and goals did you have? Do you feel that you have reached those goals today?
Yes,to get a good record deal and be able to tour and now we have both. We have played this music since 1991 without changing the style, my goal back then was to sell a 1000 copies and now we sell much much more.

The band was formed in late 2000 but you didn't use the name Khold until the next year, did you have another name at first?
Yes we had a band called Tulus. Tulus was more a project with Me (Sarke) and Gard. We wanted a band and got two new members and formed Khold. Check out our web at Where soon you can be able to order our first stuff from 1991 to 1996 + some x-tra stuff.

Where does the name Khold come from and what does it mean?
Just something I came up with. Just another word for cold.

What other bands have you been involved with? What was your first band experience?
I got the Mayhem lp in 1987. So we started with this kind of music since day one.

What bands or musicians inspired you to start playing yourself and what was the first album your bought?
First album was kiss, but when I got Mayhems deathcrush in 1987 we start playing and formed a band. So we started with this kind of music since day one. we also went to see Mayhem, Darkthrone and cadaver around 1990 when they did a lot of shows around Oslo.

Do you feel that you have the support you want from Satyr and Moonfog?
Yes Moonfog is a great label. Satyr takes very good care of Khold. Good to have a professional man in the black metal scene.

I know that a former member of the band is also in Winds, was that Eikind who left last year?
Yes. We are friends but he does not fit into Khold the way we want.

Both Gard and Sarke are names that most fans of Norwegian black metal know of but your other two members Rinn and Brandr are not that well known. Who are they? Have they been playing with any other bands before joining Khold?
Brandr plays in Red Harvest. Rinn is more unknown but we have known him for 10 years and is a very good guitar player for Khold.

What does a normal day in your life look like?
Behind a guitar trying to come up with good songs and riffs.

What kind of music do you listen to these days? Do you have any favorite bands?
Last weeks I have been listening to David Bowie and Satyricon and red hot. Favorites are Slayer.

What will you be occupying yourselves with for the rest of 2002?
We will go on a long tour from october and to the second week of december. And in august we are doing some festivals.

Now to my very own right or wrong section. You are just going to tell us whether you think the following acts would be right or wrong:

a) If someone killed Hitler prior to his mass murder campaigns.

b) To burn down a church because it's "evil".

c) To burn down a church because it represents oppression.

d) Sado-masochism.

e) Death penalty.

f) To lie if it will be of benefit to yourself.

g) Censorship.

h) Religion.

i) Communism.

Any final words of wisdom for the fans?
If you haven't checked Khold out yet, do it! [Editor's comment: If that's not wise than what is?]

Links of interest:

Moonfog Productions