TARTAREAN DESIRE WEBZINE
This interview with the guitarist Kristian "Kride" Ranta and the vocalist / guitarist Petri Lindroos of the Finnish melodic death metal band Norther was done through an internet chat in May 2003.
How are you then?
I guess we are fine.
Guess? You normally know those things :-)
Well normally but I guess we are not that normal always :)
Me neither :-) First of all, congratulations on the new album! What has the response been so far from fans and reviewers?
We have gotten really good reviews here in
finland, mostly like 9/10 and 4/5. The fans have
also liked the album really much. so basically we
have gotten fucking good response and we are
really happy for that.
That sounds great. Are you fully satisfied with
the new album yourselves as well or are there
things you think you could have done better?
Well I must say that we are really satisfied with
MoM, everything went really good with the
recordings and mixing so we are happy. We also
like the songs a lot.
How would you say that "Mirror Of Madness"
differs from your debut album?
It's a lot more versatile than doew and I think
that we have developed as song writers and
players. We paid a lot more attention on the
sounds than on doew. When we composed the songs
we paid a lot more attention to the structures
of the songs.
The Japanese version of the album features a
cover of Offspring's "Smash", are you big fans
of the band?
At least used to be, now they have gone too
commercial.... Offspring used to be really good
and they really had something to.... not anymore
I agree with you on that, I liked them when I was
younger but their newer songs are just mtv
Some fans obviously wanted to hear some more
harmony solos from you, will they be left
Oh yes, harmony solos are here to stay.
The lyrics are yet again filled with hate,
frustration and death. Where do you find
inspiration for these words and who writes them?
In finland the winter is fucking long and we are
all so depressed and fustrated.... We just find
it easy to write about these kind of
thoughts.... It's good to let the steam out
Jukka, Kride, Petri and Tuomas write the lyrics.
What would you like to say to the parents who
think that metal is all about hatred towards
society, established values and authorities in
general? Is metal music only for violent,
depressed and suicidal kids who are innocent
victims of a cold and harsh world?
Well I would like to say that we find it better
to express these negative feelings through music
and lyrics rather than beating up people in the
I think that anyone can listen to metal, and not
all the lyrics are that suicidal or so... In
quite many songs we have these kind of imaginary
lyrics so not all of them are based in real life
I know that you will be doing mostly Finnish
shows during the summer, there are no other
touring plans being worked on?
Nothing certain yet, hopefully a european tour in
You have now released two albums through
Spikefarm / Spinefarm, are you happy with the
work they have put into the band?
Sorry, we are playing in gates of metal in sweden
2.8.2003. Yes, we are really satisfied, they have worked
Kride: Norther was formed already in 1996 but
then by the name Requiem. Did you know the band
before joining them in the year 2000?
No, i did not.
How did they find you?
They had put announcements in some web pages and
on some magazines, I happened to read one and
went for it.
You brought with you two friends, Sebastian and
Joakim Ekroos. Why did they leave the band so
Their playing abilities didn't quite match the
need... So we thought that the band would work
better with some other guys.
Do you know what the Ekroos brothers or the other
former members Tuomas and Roni have been doing
since they left the band?
I don't know that much about them, neither does
Petri... I guess they still drink bear.
Why did you change the name from Requiem to
Norther after you had joined the band? Does
Norther have a meaning to you or did you just
pick it out of the blue?
Requiem was already used so we had to figure out
an other name... Norther just came out from a
dictionary and it seemed to suit our needs really
well.... you know that it is windy as hell here
in the winter :)
I know what it's like :-)
No matter how much you hate it people continue to
compare you to Children Of Bodom, how do you
feel about this? What do you think makes you
different from them?
We don't care... We have been discussing this
thing with the bodom guys many times and neither
one of us thinks that we sound like each other so
people can think what they want.
And what's different? Well I guess that our
music is straightforward and so... You have
figure it out yourself.
Did you have any other band experiences before
joining the band? I know that some of the
current members are working on small projects
outside the band, could you tell us something
There has been nothing official. Well I play
sometimes with one funk band, some old friends
from school, just for fun :)
Ok, sounds like fun :-)
The Finnish metal scene is very rich in bands and
is growing rapidly all the time. Does all
musicians know each other well or is it a lot of
hard feelings and jealousy going on?
well at least we know a lot of guys from
different bands and in general the feeling in the
scene is good, no jealousy.
Do you have any message to the fans who want to
hear your old demo material? What does it sound
Sounds like shit.... :)
What music do you listen to yourself? What are
your favorite bands at the moment?
Petri: slayer, ozzy, tarot
Kride: soilwork, arch enemy, in flames
What do the band members do except for music, do
you still go to school or work?
Well, Petri and Toni work, I and Jukkis go to
school, Tuomas just is, he also works sometimes
but quite seldom.
Spikefarm / Spinefarm is as most people probably
know by now a label located in your home country
of Finland. What are the advantages of signing
with a native label instead of for example
Nuclear Blast or Metal Blade? Are there any
There are many advantages, we get free tickets for
all kinds of gigs in Helsinki, we get free CDs
and so... It's a lot easier to deal with things
when you can speak finnish and when the office is
near your home. No disadvantages come to mind...
Then you have obviously made the right choice :-)
Did you have any other label offers to choose
Spinefarm was the quickest, they offered us a
deal just after we had finished the recordings of
our first demo.... Wo we took their offer because
it was quite good.
Ok, any final words to close the interview with?
Stay Heavy Sweden!!!
Are you still pissed of because you lost the
hockey final? :)
Just kidding, greetings to all fans out there and
hope to see you in gates of metal.... Metal!!!!
Then we're done :-), thanks a lot for the
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