TARTAREAN DESIRE WEBZINE
This interview with Christoph Ziegler of the German ambient band Vinterriket was done through e-mail in January 2001.
Could you please tell us a little about yourself and the history of
Answer: Hail Vincent! At the moment I try to get rid of my hangover from
drinking party, he,he,... This is not good
at the moment due to my exams wih my studies I'll have soon. But what
fuck! There are more important things in life...
Okay, here we go: The VINTERRIKET- project was started around
wanted to do something different
and original. I am a very big fan of all this atmospheric- ambient-
and I had many ideas way back then
(today too, of course,...). I started to
compose a few songs, but the whole thing was not that serious. The old
was only heard by a few close friends and it
seemed that they liked it, though the very very bad sound. I had no
recording- equipment. I lent the synthie and
the recording-stuff from our local school, ha,ha,! Some of the old
can hear in the first song of the demotape'2000
called "...Gjennom Tåkete Skogen", but of course a little bit different
arranged. I even do not have these old recordings
anymore. I lost them or erased them... I don't know. The whole thing
more serious in 1998/1999 when I got better
equipment. It is a little bit more professional... The songs for the
demotape have been finnished in late 1999. I recorded
it during the cold months on the turn of the year 1999/2000. I released
stuff in a very limited edition (100 copies) to
check the reactions from my friends and contacts around the world. The
was published through my own little label NEODAWN
PRODUCTIONS. I released the tape by my own, because the band was
unknown at this time in the underground. The first
edition was just for spreading the name of VINTERRIKET a little bit.
Unbelievable but true, the tape was sold out within 2 or 3 weeks.
the same time when the tape was sold
out I got an offer from my heathen brother Juris /BEVERINA PRODUCTIONS
Latvija to release the tape in a professional way
in 500 copies. This was a co-operation of BEVERINA & NEODAWN
The tape was also sold out within 2 months I think.
Everybody who is still interested in the demo can obtain it as a Demo
version now... In February/March 2001 there will
be a brand new EP called "Det Svake Lys". It'll be a split release of
NEODAWN PRODUCTIONS and NOISE, FILTH AND FURY
PRODUCTIONS (Sweden). Also limited to 500 copies only! People who like
demotape will love the EP I think, because it
is much more better, at least in my opinion. True- neo-classical,
atmospheric, melancholic, depressive and dark synth-
soundscapes (ambient). The EP will feature 3 new tracks. Also in
February/March I'll have the re-release of the demotape
out. This will be a split release with LEBZUL from Panama (great
act!), limited to 200 copies and intended for
collectors only. Both bands will contribute some bonus- songs. On the
VINTERRIKET-side there will be a cover song of the
mighty BURZUM ("Der Tod Wuotans") from Varg's famous "Hlidskjalf"
other bonus song will be a never before released
song called "Endzeit". This song is something special, because this
use more drums/ e-guitars/ vocals! Besides this
nothing is planned at the moment. We'll see what the future brings...
Could you describe the Vinterriket sound and the atmosphere you want
music to create?
Answer: It is not easy to describe the VINTERRIKET- sound... Some compare it
MORTIIS, others to new BURZUM, etc.
I prefer to call the VINTERRIKET-sound as atmospheric, melancholic,
neo-folkish, depressive and dark synth- soundscapes!
I think the only parallel between BURZUM/MORTIIS and VINTERRIKET is
all use synthies. But this is all! My sound
is totally different I think. I am very influenced by the power and
mother nature! VINTERRIKET- atmospheres vary
a lot: From melancholy, misanthropy, fear, folk, etc.! Everything is
diverse I think... I want that the listener
can drift into a dream-world, on a journey through the darkest and
mysterious dimensions possible. Tadas from LEDO TAKAS
Magazine/ Lithuania got the point: He wrote in a review the following:
one point the music might seem warm and sunny,
but then it turns cold and severe. Just like nature itself." This
description fits very good I think.
You live in Germany but all your songs bear Norwegian titles. How
Answer: Oh, this is just because of my love to the norwegian nature and the
language. I felt in love with the norwegian nature,
so to speak, ha,ha,..during my trips through the cold north! Some of
titles/ lyrics are entirely in german language.
Maybe some lyrics will be in English or Latin or whatever in the
don't know. It depends on my mood. I thought the
Norwegian titles would fit best to the atmosphere on the demotape. Why
BURZUM using German titles???? He's Norwegian.
Just because he loves Germania and our language I think... I am of pure
German blood and NOT Norwegian as some might think.
Norway has a great nature, with majestic fjords, foggy valleys,
mountains and endless vast mysterious woods. As soon
as my studies are over I'll probabyl move up in the north permanently.
the money is here, of course, he,he,...
Have you been playing live or is Vinterriket purely a studio
Answer: Nope, I have never played live, at least not with VINTERRIKET.
is only a studio- project, because the music
is not good to be performed live in front of many people with crappy
in crappy concert-halls with many drunken Metal-
Heads in it. VINTERRIKET should be listened to at home individually in
to catch the moods and haunting atmospheres.
But maybe I'll play live some time, because on some of the new songs
many drums/ guitars/ vocals/ etc. But this depends
if I'll manage it to find adequate session- musicians. But I think this
not happen soon. In my opinion live-music should
be aggressive, straight-in-your-face and hateful. There is no place for
moody, silent and calm VINTERRIKET-sounds...
Your favorite five bands ever?
Answer: Oh, this is a very difficult question and not easy to anwer. I have
many fave- bands, mostly in the Black Metal scene.
But I cannot tell you 5 absolute-fave bands. I'd break my head the
You are also the man behind the new label Neodawn Productions. Could
tell us a little about it?
Answer: Yes I am the man behind it! NEODAWN PRODUCTIONS was formed early 2000
I released the VINTERRIKET demotape. My second
release was the Demo "Love Letter" of CROWHEAD from Norge. This band is
follow-up of the SHADOW DANCERS and features
Rym of the Norwegian Black Metal Horde RAGNAROK. They play a very
and diverse kind of "Gothic"- Metal.
It is hardly to describe their sound. The Demo is still available in
form of a Demo CD-R.
One should listen to it. I can say, it is very melancholic, sad and
with great clean vocals. NDP 003 is the Demo/Promo
of the swedish band LEGION (ex- TYRANT) called "Bloodaeons". They play
MARDUK/DARK FUNERAL/ SETHERIAL- like Black Metal but
much more better than the mentioned bands I think: Hellish, furious,
hateful, apocalyptic Black Metal Art exclusively
with top-sound and great booklet artwork incl. lyrics! But
tape is sold out! All 735 copies are away!
As I told you before, NDP 004 will be the 7"EP of VINTERRIKET called
Svake Lys", NDP 005 the split release with LEBZUL/
VINTERRIKET. This tape is the re-release if the demos of both bands
bonus songs. It'll be released by INFERNAL WORLD
PRODUCTIONS (Panama) and NEODAWN PRODUCTIONS. Besides this I have a few
other plans/ offers for the future, but nothing is
sure yet. It depends on my financial situation. There will be new
Logo-Shirts soon, too. Limited to 50 copies.
The VINTERRIKET Logo- Shirt is completely sold out too! People should
ask for my free distributionlist or check it out
on the link below. There are lot of great underground- items to be
What do you think about the following:
a) Black metal?
Too many bands around these days, too much shit circulating in the
underground! Mainly I like the old Black Metal bands,
but there are also a few newer great bands, like f.ex. SOLEFALD or
could write a book about this topic, actually.
Too many stupid followers with only shit in their brains, too many
satanists and too many little kids running
around with CRADLE OF FILTH shirts.
b) Power metal?
When I was young I listened to the old HELLOWEEN/ BLIND GUARDIAN-
grew up with all the great german
bands like HELLOWEEN, SODOM, KREATOR, DESTRUCTION, BLIND GUARDIAN, etc.
list is long.
Nowadays there are a lot of bands around copying
all the old stuff, like for example HAMMERFALL. Recently I saw an Anti-
HAMMERFALL shirt from a swedish record company
with the erased HAMMERFALL Logo + "Fuck Poser Metal" on the back!
cool, ha,ha, ;-)
c) Gothic metal?
I hate this kind of music, really! When I see all these Gothic- clowns
looking like vampires... So stupid!
d) Death metal?
I lost my interest in this genre ages ago, though there are many good
around today, but I've never been a real fan of
it. Music must transform atmospheres and moods, but Death Metal is
and with no atmospheres. The technical abilities
of some current Death Metal bands are amazing, I think! Besides this I
not into this horror- cannibal- slaughter-
massacre thing at all.... The vocals are too emotionless and lack of
expression. But this is just my personal vie. I know
many people here who are only into this kind of music. In Germany Death
Metal is very popular. We have many good bands,
like for example FLESHCRAWL (hail!), PROFANITY, PURGATORY, etc.
e) Darkwave/ambient music?
Darkwave is nothing for me, but Ambient is very good. I like for
ARTHAME from Finland very much! In general I like
all innovative, original and non-standard bands. F.ex. the new ULVER
new DODHEIMSGARD, new COVENANT, new IN THE WOODS,
What are your thoughts on mp3, Napster and the Internet as a way of
Answer: I think the Internet is a quite good "tool" to promote bands. I see
argument not to use it. I mean, it is here, and let's
use it! Oh, maybe it is "untrue", ha,ha,... This is NO joke, I know
narrow- minded people in the Black Metal- scene
who think so. I can say nothing about mp3.com and napster, because I
dealt with it, sorry! Maybe I should in the
future? We'll see... Of course the internet offers great possibilities
band- promotion. Just look at all these homepages.
Puh, too much...
Do you have some musical training or are you completely self-taught?
Answer: I learnt all the instruments of my own! I never had musical lession.
thought about it, in order to widen my musical
horizon. But this is all a question of money these days... I learnt all
stuff from books and hard- training. My main
instrument is the guitar by the way...
What do you do in your ordinary life when not composing music or
on your label?
Answer: Not much, ha,ha,... I am studying informatics, but this is quite
Most of my time I spend on composing new stuff,
NEODAWN and VINTERRIKET. I listen to a lot of music and I am reading
different books here and there. So you see, nothing special.
I also like to walk around in the nature and drink a few beers. I think
a very misanthropic person and I hate all these
big parties with lots of people and noise. Arrgh! It's okay to drink a
beers and discuss several topics with close
friends, but most of the time I am at home.
What are your plans and goals for the future?
Answers: I have no special plans as I told you before. I'll see what comes. I
the music I like in order to express myself
through this dark art. If people like it: okay. If not, I don't care! I
the music only for MYSELF, regardless of
good or bad reviews. I hope to put out the debut CD soon, but that's
away at the moment. Maybe early 2001 or something
like that. If there's no record-company interested in doing this, I'll
probably release it through NEODAWN PRODUCTIONS
myself. Maybe there will be another demotape or 7" EP first? I don't
yet. I am busy arranging new songs right now.
I also do not know whether the future- stuff will be in the same vein
old VINTERRIKET-stuff or if I'll do something
new and different.
Any final words you would like to tell the world?
Answer: Thanx Vincent for giving me the opportunity to tell your readers all
stuff! All readers should
check out www.go.to/neodawnproductions for all the infos and news
NEODAWN & VINTERRIKET! Good luck for your magazine
and all hail! Consume great swedish snus and drink german power
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