BLACK VIPER AND A LITTLE DEATHHAMMER   FROM NORWAY Band Questions answer by CATO STORMOEN    
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? Hello, I`m Cato and I make songs, play drums on the studio recordings and play guitar live. On vocals we have Salvador Armijo, on guitars and songwriting we got Arild M. Torp, and on bass we now got Marcus Boe (our third bassist so far). The live drums are handled by Øyvind Kvam.   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? For me the name symbolizes parts our sound: fast, deadly, venomous.. like the snake black viper. It just came to me and I thought it fitted very well with the music.   Where and how was the band founded? The band started as a solo-project late 2012/early 2013 when I made some riffs which did not fit into Deathhammer. I also recorded some demos and a scrapped EP which is now deleted. Then I moved to Oslo and got a full band together around 2014 or something and then we released our demotape and now finally our first full-lenght "Hellions of fire".   Have you played in other bands before? Yes, and I/we still do. When Black viper was formed I also had Deathhammer, Black magic, Conflagration and Mirage. I don`t play with Black magic anymore and Conflagration is not very active (though people will hear something new from us in the future sometime), but Mirage will soon record our debut album. It was formed around the same time as Black viper but it is not metal, it`s more dark punk rock-based. Deathhammer is always active and I also played live drums for Ghoul cult, Krossburst and Furze. In that order. I`m not playing with those bands anymore though. Arild plays in Nekromantheon and Obliteration who just released their insanely great third album of deadly, ripping death metal. Marcus plays live bass for Magister templi and Øyvind is bashing the live drums for Deathhammer in addition to playing drums in Purple hill witch (their last album rules! 70s doom worship).   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? Not that hard, it just took some time because as I wrote we also had other bands to prioritize + we all work every day. No mercy!   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? I write the lyrics and they are about different subjects ranging from metal, power, might and all that goes with it, the feeling of total metal really - to things like personal freedom, rising above etc. The lyrics are all included in our album so just read for yourself.   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? Subconsciously, I guess I am inspired by bands like Agent steel, savage grace, omen, queensrÿche, crimson glory, iron maiden, fates warning etc. Lots of US metal bands. I really love that mighty, übermetallic but still very melodic style. I would describe our music as a pure metal attack on all senses.   Why should people listen to our music? Because their lives COULD benefit from it.   Hellions of Fire Your debut album is from the year 2018. How long did the work take? The songs have evolved from the beginning of the band so around 4 years or something like that.   Patrick W Engel has mastering over the helm of hellions of fire. How have you come to him since then and how satisfied are you with the work? He had mastered some other records which I dig hard like Coven`s worship new gods among others so that is cool. We are super-satisfied!   Black viper is under contract at high roller how does the cooperation with the label work? They release and distribute our album and we get some cash and physical copies for it. It`s a fair deal and they have been nothing but helpful to us. Hails.   On which of the bands do you put your eye mark deathhammer or black viper in the future? or are both bands treated equally? It goes in periods.. Some months I can make several songs for Viper and then some months I can make Deathhammer songs. Or one day make riff to both bands.. It`s just what comes out of my hands and my amp, I don`t decide anything.   You are active at deathhammer since 2005 and responsible for a lot in the band. Can you call deathhammer your band ? No, Deathhammer is me and Sergeant Salsten and we`re equally important I would say. Before the reaper we are all equal!   With deathhammer you are on the label Hells Headbangers Records from america. How did you get the label and how satisfied are you with the work? Don`t remember if it was us who contacted them or the other day around but we got on very well from the get-go and even played their ultra-cool festival Hells headbash some years ago. They are total metal maniacs just like us and we are very satisfied! Hailzzz.   Chained to Hell The last album of Deathhammer was released in 2018 How long did the work take and how did it work? Too fucking long.. Don`t ask. Lots of voiding around. I hope our new album will be done swifter but probably not, heh.   The logo of deathhammer can be seen on the Darkthrone Foade.Were you surprised or did you know that before? I got a text from Gylve first so we knew about it. It was a nice gesture.   What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? Hmmmmmm...... The first one I remember was seeing some rock bands at the Quart festival in Kristiansand (south of Norway) with my dad when I was I guess around 10-11? I remember Queens of the stone age rocked like hell and I still like them actually (specially Songs for the deaf).   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? Too many to mention.. Wish I remembered some gigs better sometimes but what can you do. Guatemala last year was fucking insane.   Have already resulted in friendship ? Yeah on tour we meet all kinds of sick creeps.   Which band would you like to play live with and why? I would like to play with The wipers just so I could witness them live, hehe. Hm, lots of bands really.. Division speed again would rule. First that came to mind. They kill.   With what do you earn your money except with the music? I am a professional bank robber and kidnapper.   How important are social media for you as a band? Not that important but it`s a nice way to announce gigs and merch..   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? Total sonic death and metal overkill.   What do you think about the Norway Metal scene in general? It`s pretty good! New Obliterations slays forexample.   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Faustcoven, Obliteration, Furze, Flight, Black magic of course, Purple hill witch, Darkthrone, Aura noir etc.   Norway Cold, hard and safe.   Austria Have I been there? Dunno..   Bjørn Dæhlie Übermensch!   Holmenkollbakken Long   Alta Museum Never been there   Elk You mean elg? King of the woods of course!   Rømmegrøt Good shit   Venom or Bathory Bathory but I worship Venom too   Jule-Bier Christmas-beer? Fucking nice. Had tons the two last x-masses   Coffe Not a coffee drinker per sé but gulping down more and more the older i get   Movie or Series Movies for sure, but some series is amazing like twin peaks, fargo, riget, twilight zone, sopranos etc   Family I got it   Your top 10 all time album faves Boring question.. Too many holy ones to mention now. I can name three albums which have had a deep impact on me: Fates warning - Awaken the guardian, Von - Satanic blood demo and Cocteau twins - Head over heels.   your top 5 albums in time   ! Transilvanian hunger, The return......, Fetishism, Pleasure to kill and Infernal overkill.   The closing word is yours? Is it
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