Interview with Antestor
September 10 - 2003 I had the great honour to interview Ronny Hanson, the vocalist of Antestor and ex-vocalist of Vaakevandring. Antestor had just finished recording 2 cd's before this interview.
JesusMetal: How do you get in the mood for writing songs?
Ronny: I can only give you an answer for the lyrics, and my way of getting the lyrics
done is quite simple...
JesusMetal: You told me you recorded an EP and a full-length, is one of these releases the long expected final Vaakevandring release?
Ronny: Well... No.. But Vaakevandring has a goal to reunite soon, with its original
members to produce a full-lenght. But per now, it's just little more than a
wish, since we're not playing together yet.
JesusMetal: Why did you choose to record 2 Antestor releases at one time?
Ronny: Economical issues, and the fact that we had Jan Axel doing the drums for us... Also that Antestor has a lot of unreleased tracks which cannot be fed into just one cd.
JesusMetal: About the new releases. What will the releases sound like? In the vein of Martyrium, The Return of the Black Death or completely different?
Ronny: Somewhat completely different... Martyrium was a release that was almost pure
underground both in style and in music. The Return of the Black Death is more of
an old school original "Black metal" with more folklore traditional songs.
JesusMetal: Tell me more about both the releases, when will they be released, what will be the titles, tracktitles and so on?
Ronny: We have not come as far as discussing the dates yet, nor the titles... Hopefully we'll have one release before the end of this year. That is as far as I can go... You'll have to wait for further information on those questions.
JesusMetal: Only one original Antestor member is still in Antestor, Lars. Why didn't you change the name?
Ronny: That's not true... Gard (Vegard) is still with us... Bjørn Leren has also come back, and the essence of Antestor has always been Lars. The sound and feeling on this new one, will still be felt like Antestor as you know it... We have just grew musically....
JesusMetal: Before you recorded the new songs, the line-up was: Morten - synths, Ronny - vocals (both ex-Vaakevandring) and Lars - guitars. Who are the other members on the records?
Ronny: Me - vocals
JesusMetal: Even though Antestor is one of the most popular and influental metalbands in the Christian metalscene, Antestor never had some killer label like Mortification or Extol. How come?
Ronny: (Are we really popular??? I have always seen Antestor as the most hated band in
the Christian scene) he he..
JesusMetal: Well, in the Christian Black metal scene Antestor is quite popular. Some bands believe that you shouldn't have too bold lyrics, so you can tell non-christians indirect about Christ. What are your thoughts on this??
Ronny: We're far more indirect on this album... Both because the "Too boldness thing" and to invite more people to listen to us...
JesusMetal: The 2 Antestor demos, The Defeat of Satan and Despair were re-released this year. What are your thoughts on it? Will the Vaakevandring demo also be re-released someday?
Ronny: We are pleased by the release of the Antestor demos. We're also pleased with its sound. It's old stuff, but you can hear that we're the same band somehow I think. About the Vaakevandring demo... It will not be re-released, I can't see why it should either... It's still available, I think, through Nordic Mission. (Isn't it???)
JesusMetal: No, the demo has gone out of print and since most of the owners like it and don't want to sell it, it's very hard to get.
Ronny: I don't know about a re-print anyway... Ask Nordic Mission...