Hello Mikael! I hope you and all the things are ok over there since our
Hi Mystis! Yeah im doing pretty ok, still busy recording and putting bits and
pieces together for our 10:th anniversary comeback album "Harmagedo" and just
struggling with the normal everyday miseries about life.
Well,firstly I must say that I was very suprised when you told me about "returning
after 10 years" of Midvinter,and happy to hear it!So,how did that happen?What
made you to think of coming with a release after whole years?
Shortly after Midvinter recorded the ATSOTAD album i ran into some personal
problems whick forced me to leave the country on undetermined time, during this
time due to several reasons i did not have any contact at all with any family,
relatives, friends or the band. This is just a chapter in my past that was the
fruit of something that went terribly wrong during a visit to Stockholm and i
could at that time see no alternative but to leave the country. Its not music
related and not really something i feel compelled to speak in detail about since
i would be shooting myself in the foot if i did. I dont really fancy
speculations on a grander scale but that is what i will leave for the people to
do regarding this. Shortly after the "ATSOTAD" album was released our current
label (Black Diamond Production / Invasion Records) made several contract
breaches to the current signed deal which included selling licenses of the album
for Metal Blade USA and some Polish and other eastern tape labels (yeah cd´s
were still scarce in that part of the world back then hehe). Our deal with
Invasion clearly stated they were not allowed to take such actions without
consulting with the band. In this case we knew nothing, and Kheeroth was
surprised to find our cd in a shop with slightly different layout and Metal
Blade stamped on it. Ofcourse Metal Blade had no guilt in this at all as they
had only pursued this deal in good faith. Midvinter would probably had agreed to
these licenses if BDP/Invasion had atleast presented them. But their neglective
shady way of doing business, and disrespectfullness towards their bands (we
heard more stories from BDP and Invasion signed bands at that time). To make a
long story short, Midvinter cancelled the contracts with BDP/Invasion and
demanded all copyrights for the ATSOTAD album material. The owner of BDP ran
away to Germany to his shady business partner who ran Invasion Records and we
received some hilarious Fax messages from Invasion threatening us they had
"Berlin Kickers" on their side. Ofcourse, all we could do was laugh. Shortly
after this we received and offer from Century Media Records which ofcourse was
very very tempting knowing CM was a very serious and professional business.
However, the current situation and with me out of the country we had no choice
but to skip the offer. In 2001 situation changed and i was back in Sweden i then
contacted Kheeroth and we decided to reform the band. However the reunion that
time didnt go through all the way, we started on new material but then we all
became seriously engaged with other stuff and to busy to complete anything. In
2006 we made the final decision to revive the band for sure and here we are
today finally making it happen.
Midvinter is back now and you are still working on a new material called "Harmagedo"
and will be released in 2007.How is recording now?Also artwork?New logo looks so
The recording is coming along pretty good, and better then anticipated at first.
This time im also doing much of the production myself instead of rushing into a
studio with limited time just to make the recording as was the case with "ATSOTAD".
This gives us alot more time to listen to the material, change and better the
parts we are unhappy with. The great contrast to Harmagedo compared to ATSOTAD
is that the songs are more well thought through and we have alot more time to do
the recordings. The cover artwork for ATSOTAD was a joke, the BDP owner screwed
up everything with it and receiving the album with the logo printed in babyblue
was a disgrace, however to late to change as the press were already done. The
cover art for Harmagedo is very pro and the cover art is
exclusively drawn by a very talented girl from Belgium and we are very satisfied
with the outcome which also suits the music and lyrical theme rather well. The
new logo is actually an old one that has been slightly remade. It was made for
us by Cristophe Szpajdel many years ago but it was never used. We felt the "new"
Midvinter needed a new logo and that the old one was not representative for us
I really wonder how the line-up will be.There is a picture still in my head
that Kheeroth is taking on vocals and you are taking on guitars and keyboards.But
what about drums?Any other musicians officially joined?
Kheeroth is still doing vocals. Me and Kheeroth are the only original members
remaining from the ATSOTAD album, and im the only one who remains since the
creation of Midvinter in 1993. Its important for people to understand that
Midvinter never was a live band and much so, may never be. However, we currently
have several musicians connected with Midvinter. But if they will be used as
permanent members or session/Live members is still to early to say, whatever
happens they will be unveiled and represented on the Harmagedo cd. For now we
are keeping it unsaid. Im still doing the guitars and the keyboards, sequencing
and programming. We also have some very talented and professional guest artists
appearing on the Harmagedo cd, but we are keeping that as a secret aswell for
the time being.
About the new release "Harmagedo",whats the story of that?And the lyrics,whats
the main theme of them?
"Harmagedo" itself is just a physical geographical location outside modern
Israel and is a sight for archeological exploration. The sight is called Magedo,
and Harmagedo means the mountain of Magedo. What makes it an interesting
location is that no other place on earth in mankinds history has seen so much
bloodshed and wars as Harmagedo has.Beneath Harmagedo is the Jezrael valley
which over the last past 4000 years have seen 34 large scale battles, The
Egyptians, The Persians, Napoleon, Mammelucks etc, all fought in this small
piece of land. Another interesting fact is that John of Patmos (Now Turkey)
contributed to the book of revelation in the bible regarding the apocalypse to
this very specific place as being the site where the final battle between good
and evil will take place. It is therefore that the commonly known word "Armageddon"
for the end of the world as we know it originates from "Harmageddon" which in
turn comes from "Harmagedo". The lyrical theme of Harmagedo might differ
slightly from ATSOTAD but for those who understand, not really that much. "At
the sight of the apocalypse dragon" was a message of the end to come in the
shape of an apocalypse dragon ( entities are just symbolical, only religious
fanatics cannot see this). We did have "The arrival of the apocalypse dragon" in
mind for this album, however "Harmagedo" became the ultimate choice. The lyrical
concept is more reality reflected this time however, in a dark and cruel aspect.
We all live in a time with minimal room for future survival of mankind.
Believing the world is about to change for the better or that any situation (
Oilpeak, Effects of inertia, Natural disasters, Wars, Economic collapse,
Political tensions, Pollution, Over consumption of natural resources and so on)
will see drastic changes in a positive direction in teh coming 10 years.... well..
Its very optimistic but not likely very realistic. Midvinter is NOT a religious
band in any way, Midvinter is a realistic band with individuals who shape their
own beliefs of good and evil and we dont need a manual to tell us how to live.
But we take much of the symbolism used in many forms of religion to use as tools
for creating a lyrical concept or to deliver a message.
What are the differences between your first full-lenght album "At The Sight
Of The Apocalypse Dragon" and the new "Harmageddo" release?How will be the sound
after "ATSOTD" Cd?
The main difference for sure is that alot more time has been spent on the tracks
on Harmagedo compared to "ATSOTAD". The sound is still brutal, after all its
metal. But we kept the melodic and athmospheric old touch of Midvinter to the
concept and blended it with some new and refreshing elements which should boost
for a more original and unique sound. Also the running lenght of the songs on
ATSOTAD are to long in our opinion, making some of them sound monotonous after a
while. The new tracks are more vivid and have a shorter running lenght but with
a decent amount of variations in them.
Well,after 10 years,how will be the distribution?Is the deal with labels
lasting or just looking for new?
We are still not 100% about this. The recording and production of Harmagedo is
self financed, and we have not yet decided for sure wether the release will be
self financed as well or if we will look for a label to release the album. What
is sure however, is that it will be out in Early 2007 no matter what. We havent
contacted any labels yet, because we feel that without a finnished product all
we can use as promotion is 10 years old material that doesnt do fully justice to
what we are today. Once the recording is finalized we will take all the
necessary considerations in mind and work from there.
The cd will be released and its distribution is ok,well what will be next?Whats
you futural plans?
Tour and gigs? We dont know yet.... time will tell. We have plenty of new
rawmaterial to work on for a followup to Harmagedo as well so i guess we wont
have any problems keeping ourselves busy
You told me that new website was going to be ready soon,whats new with it?
We kept the layout fairly clean and easy to navigate. We will add the usual band
info and news stuff, as well as a download area. We will also add the "Moments"
section again which was a very popular section on the last Midvinter page. The "Moments"
section are short stories of impossible and hilarious events that took place
during the Midvinter and our surrounding friends during the years 93-97. Last
but not least, the real true biography which in detail will explain the
hilarious and impossible creation of Midvinter will finally be posted to rectify
all the speculations and half true / half lie versions that are spread on the
internet now. Its a very long story with some truly funny reading. Just wait til
we launch the new site.
Midvinter have lots of fans all over the world but still not many people knows
that Midvinter is back.I feel lucky that you told me all before these,but how is
the reaction when they hear that?
First of all, we are quite amazed that so many people still remember us and
support our music after 10 years. The reactions so far has been surprisingly
good and people seem very anticipated over the comeback and the forthcoming "Harmagedo"
album. We will do our very best to not let our devoted fans down.
Also you have some other projects,whats new with them?Will we see any new
project in the future?
Well, as far as it goes with my prior bands. Apollgon for sure is dead. Apollgon
however recorded a full lenght cd that was never released, the recording is
still at the studio i think. I might consider contacting the studio and make
something out of that old recording. I also recall that a French label called
Impure Creations wanted to release the last Apollgon Promo on cd some years ago
but nothing really happened with that either. The Noctiluca project was
disbanded during the recording of the album "The shadows are the past" due to
some complications. There are still studio material already recorded but i doubt
it will ever be finalized and released. De infernali was a project that
immediately disbanded after the recording of the album and there were never any
plans to do anything more with it. Sure.. i actually do have some sideprojects
going alongside Midvinter as well right now, and one of them i will probably do
something serious with which is a sideproject called Saturn XVII. Moreover there
has been a will or suggestion from some "unnamed" people to revive Apollgon and
make a professional re-recording of the 95 promo. But its still unsure if it
Some time ago,I got some news about Jon Nödtveidt and really shocked.It was
telling me he commited suicide.As a close friend and room-mate of him,I am sorry
to ask but how do you feel about Jon and his suicide?
Well, i used to live together with Jon and we were very close at that time.
However, due to several reasons i dont want to go into detail about we parted
ways. I dont think anyone that didnt know Jon personally can fully understand
and/or respect his choice to take his life. For me, it is obvious that this
decision was made with strong determination and was a planned course of action
due to his own beliefs. Anyone believeing he commited suicide because he was
sucicidal in a weak way, or that he was depressed are very much wrong. Even
though our ideologies have parted ways i still respect this individual and will
respect the choice he made even though it may sound crazy to many people.
For sure that nothing is the same after 10 years.Well what changed in whole
10 years time?I mean,musically and in ordinary life..Personally how do you feel
about the past?
Yeah, alot of things change with time. Musically i had a long break lasting
about 3 1/2 years almost without even touching an instrument and my life has
been very much up and down after the ATSOTAD album. Looking at the past its an
experience richer in the luggage of this carnal life. I live by the principle to
not regret any actions taken because they happen for a reason even though i may
not be happy with all the choices i made in life thus far. My ordinary life
right now is basically quite ordinary however. Musically... i guess my mind and
emotive state have changed abit which will be heard on the Harmagedo cd. The old
touch is still there however. But naturally, some sort of progression and
development should be expected 10 years later.
About world black metal scene.Still there are some good bands around but as
it seems everything is releated with earning good money..What do you think about
it?Do you still follow new materials?
I actually dont really listen that much to the new wave of black / death metal.
For me the market is kind of overflowed with stuff thats pointless today.
probably 80% of the quality many bands today produce would never had land them a
record deal back in the early nineties when the labels were actually more
careful in their selection. There are good bands today also ofcourse, but i
guess i mostly listen to old stuff these days. Music for me has to meddle
something that will trigger some form of emotions, if it doesnt then the
musicians have failed to deliver something on their own. This is oftenly
something i feel with "produced" music, meaning music that were made to sell not
with soul and dedication behind it. For me making music is not about money.
Actually. i dont think its very easy to make any respectable profit even today
on this type of music. If you happen to do .... take it as a bonus but dont
forget the money shouldnt be the priority. I sincerely believe for me it never
will be, but i wont complain if i could land a dollar or two on what i do.
As "Real" Midvinter and Swedish one hehe,how do you feel about some other
bands that they call theirselves as "Midvinter"?
Well, i believe there are both Midwinter from germany and Crimson Midwinter from
Finland formed after us. Crimson Midwinter is disbanded i think- As for the
German Midwinter, they took our name but used the english spelling for Midwinter
instead of the Swedish Midvinter in the hope no band would ever come close to
use that name again, and to their great dismay we return ;). Anyways, i had a
few words with one of their members. It doesnt really disturb us, i think most
people will know the difference anyway and i dont think we have to change name
to "The True Midvinter" a´la Mayhem to preserve our identity.
And last words for your fans...
Hell yeah! Thanks for staying with us and supporting our music. Were back in
business for good. Keep your eyes out for Harmagedo to do some permanent damage
to the psyche in early 2007 and stay metal!
Thank you my friend for this nice talking,I am sure you will keep your art at
the top as in the past!Good luck!
Same to you Mystis! Thanks for the interview and keep up the good work.