Parasite of God
Welcome to Brutal Resonance! I've been waiting a long time for your album "Outcasts and Freaks". Before we get into that, I would like to talk about the band. Give us a small introduction. Who is in the band?
Norrsken - "The band is a duo and it's myself and Warg, we both live in Sweden and have been playing together for many years in different projects though and not many have been released. For us music is a way of hanging out and we spend a lot of time in our own studio. We also have a lot of guest appearance on our songs with both female vocals and guitars."
You have a bunch of different influences in your music. From metal, to harsh electronics, to trance. It is all there. I would like to know when each of you began playing music. Which genre did you first find yourselves diving into? And when did you branch out into the electronic field?
Norrsken - "Both me and Warg started at the same time but in different bands, this was in early 1990. The band Warg was in was more regular metal and the band I was in was quite early in the doom/black metal scene. This was the time when we started a band with a couple of friends. We argued which instrument we would get because no one had any earlier experience of instruments. I was sick the day we picked up the instruments so the only thing left was a microphone, so that became my weapon of choice from that day! Warg has always been a drummer.
Both me and Warg listen to electronic music, but I think you can say that it was with Parasite of God that we really started to play with the idea to make a mix between metal and dance music! You can say it just happened, nothing we planned for."
Did any other musicians inspire your music and career? If so, who are they?
Warg - "Not career wise, we make music for ourselves, and if other people enjoy it that’s just great. Maybe that sounds strange but we didn’t start Parasite of God to release a album, we did it purely to make music. Kinda hard to say a single band who inspire our music because its such a blend of different styles."
What year did you guys officially form Parasite of God? And why did you choose Parasite of God as your name?
Norrsken - "I think it was in 2011 that we made the first song that started Parasite of God. We really liked the sound and kept on experimenting with growling and synths in a dance mode. I remember that I came up with the name while driving my car. Parasite of God is a name with many sides depending on how you look at it. Depending on your religious views you can make a lot out of the name. I won't deliver a truth here what Parasite of God stands for for me, that’s up to yourself."
Looking back, when did you first put out music for the public to hear? And how was the response?
Warg - "We made a cover to draw some attention to Parasite of God in 2013. We wanted to take a song that was far from our own taste and try to make it PoG! After trying some songs we decided to make a cover on Miley Cyrus' 'Wreckingball'. It was a fun project and we made our first video to that cover as well. I think we got good response! Even some Miley Cyrus fans wrote that we destroyed the original song and that was a warm bonus."
How did you attract the attention of the Xperiment XIII label? Did they approach you or did you approach them?
Norrsken - "Xperiment XIII contacted us after we released the 'Breaking the Girl' video on YouTube. They wanted to hear some more of our music so we sent down a couple of songs and the rest is history! We are very pleased with the work Xperiment XIII have done with the album and the end product looks amazing."
Your debut album, "Outcasts and Freaks", has been in the making for a long time. How long have you been working on the album? Would you consider yourselves perfectionists when it comes to making songs?
Norrsken: - "We have been working on the album since 2013. It has been a very long time mainly because we never stressed about it. As I said earlier we have never created music with a deadline or such but simply because we love it. One month we can sit a lot in the studio and the next month not a single time. Hard to say if we are perfectionists but we have been making music for such a long time that we really know how a good end product should sound and we won't compromise with that."
How did you go about making the music for the album? Were you looking for a particular sound, or did you just write the album on a song by song basis?
Warg - "It's kinda special when songs on the same album have been made almost 2 years apart. I can easily see the difference between our earlier songs and the one that we made the closest to release. Still I think all songs on the album have their strong and weak sides and we just make'em as we go."
Do the lyrics of each song connect with one another? Or do they all deal with different themes?
Norrsken - "I write the lyrics and I would say that they have quite different themes; they don’t connect with one another. I write a lot about the pride of being yourself. I'm not very excited about the world today and all the 'normal' standards that society forces down young people throats. I also write a lot about darkness in general, religion and other things that inspire me. Writing lyrics is something that I have done my whole life and if I wasn’t into music I would probably write poetry or books! They would probably suck but I just have to do it!"
When you finally saw and heard "Outcasts and Freaks" fully mastered, were you floored by what you accomplished?
Norrsken - "We recorded the songs in our own studio and after that we went to a bigger studio to mix the songs. It was a lot of work with mixing but we had great studio engineers that were easy to work with and we are really happy with the result. Mastering was made by X-Fusion and that really brought forth the last elements on the album and It turned out great. It's so hard to say something about your own songs. I have listened to the songs about five to six hundred times each through making and mixing and mastering and so on. So I'm pretty glad that the album is finished so I can get a break from the songs. Now I truly hope that other people like the songs and that we can give something to others through our music!"
Are there any areas on the album that you believe could have been better?
Warg - "Ha ha ha! Yes, of course, when we sit in the studio and change things and add things and lay vocals again and again we are never satisfied. We are pretty scared on saying it's finished! I truly think that we could work on the same song for a very long time but in the end you have to say stop…It's finished now! New ideas come all the time when I listen to the songs but I am very satisfied with the end result!"
On top of the first disc, there is a second disc complete with remixes. How did you go about getting all these artists on board to remix your songs? And, which remix is your favorite?
Norrsken - "We didn’t do much at all really! We made remix kits on a couple of songs that we agreed on with Xperiment XIII. After that we sent down remix kits to Xperiment XIII and they are the ones to take credit for putting it all together with the bands that made remixes of the songs. I actually listened to all the remixes before this interview with focus on finding a favourite but I failed miserably! Xperiment XIII has done a great job with finding bands that bring something different to every song, even though it’s the same songs being remixed it all sounds like completely different songs. They are very diverse and I listen to them a lot!"
Do you have any plans to play live at any point?
Norrsken - "Don’t know! If we get an offer well think about it. It hasn’t been in our plans to play live but you never know! We have talked about it a bit and I mostly fear how I can cope with the vocals. Lots of the vocals on the album are laid in several layers that go into each other. And usually when I'm in the song booth I scream so hard I get bloodtaste in my mouth. I probably wont be able to talk for a week if we play ten songs live, hahaha."
And, what is next for Parasite of God? Do you have anymore music videos that will be coming out? Do you plan on releasing any EPs?
Norrsken - "For now we will focus on this release and try to spread the album and our music as much as we can. What the future holds I don’t know! We will make more music that’s one thing that is certain but in which shapes I don’t know. We don’t have any plans on a new music video at the moment It's A LOT of work with the videos and we are lucky to have Brandell Media to do our videos. We will keep you all updated on our Facebook page which is our main platform that we communicate through! So all you readers get over there and say hi!"
Lastly, I would like to wish you good luck with Parasite of God!
Norrsken - "Thank you Steven! And thank you for giving us feedback and letting us be a brief part of Brutal Resonance. For that we are honored. Stand up proud, never bow!"
We will never be the state's poster child band, nor do we want to be, but after a decade of hard work we have a solid following and I am very grateful for that. It seems like every gig we play we make new fans who actually stick around and that is a rare thing anymore. We have reached across genres locally and have built ourselves a dedicated and very diverse crowd here.
Pittersplatter, Jan 07 2014
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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