First of all, what can you tell about Mhorgl for the ones who havenít
heard your name? Who met whom initially etc.. ?
Mhorgl is a Black metal band hailing from Perth, the capital city of Western
Australia. Weíve been in this current lineup for about 2 years now, although the
band has been in existence for 5 years. The members are Myself (Louis Rando-
Drums), James Campbell (Bass), Sam Moretta (Vocals) and Robert Thorpe (Guitars)
Your last album is very successful, an album giving no concession in the name
of black metal. How are the reactions towards the album? Can we say that youíve
succeeded in what you wanted to do by Antinomian?
To be honest, we didnít have a specific goal for this album. Undoubtedly it
was going to be fast and intense as possible, thatís what comes naturally, but
we didnít let any preconceived ideas get in the way of our exploration as a band.
We just released all the material we had written within a certain period. We are
definitely happy with the final result of the album, it superbly showcases
everything that Mhorgl is up until this point.
If we compare Antinomian with your previous album, are there any differences
musically or something else?
Antinomian is far more Ďliveí and Ďintenseí than The Sacrificial Flame album
because the process of writing was far different, and now Mhorgl is a full band.
The first album is entirely the work of James Campbell and Sam Moretta, and was
a studio based project with little aspiration to be taken to the stage. Hence
the more epic song structures, more doomy midpaced material, use of symphonics
etc. I think itís still a great album in itís own right and we still play many
songs from that album live. In fact, the track ĎThe Paean of Hangtyrí on
Antinomian is a re-recording of the original, taken from The Sacrificial Flame.
We thought it was a great song that stood the test of time and deserved an Ďupgradeí.
Is there any ideology you want to spread with your music?
No not really. I think ideologies are a hindrance to expression and growth
to the individual. As soon as your subscribe to a particular ideology, you limit
yourself to its parameters. The members of Mhorgl advise you to think for
yourself and draw your own conclusions on issues. Donít subscribe to ícommoní or
The most striking song in Antinomian is Ozzy Osbourneís Mr. Crowley. Whatís
the mentality of covering this song?
On our previous album, The Sacrificial Flame, we covered the Venom song
Countess Bathory, taking the basic essence of the track and completely
reinterpreting it and making it more extreme to fit Mhorgl's sound and style. Mr
Crowley is a continuation of this idea, taking a song we like but is far from
our sound in it's original form and reworking it to fit Mhorgl's style.
Hopefully in doing so we are adding something to the original, updating it and
keeping it relevant in the modern age.
Between your first demo and first album, there is a year break. Well, why are
there three years between your first and second album? Why did you wait so long
for a second work?
A lot of things changed in this time, namely the introduction of two new
members, Robert Thorpe and myself. Mhorgl also took off as a live band after the
first album, playing many shows across our town. Once we began writing again,
the material flowed quite quickly.
I want to ask your Darkthrone admiration. Do you take them as a model?
Not so much a model, but every member of Mhorgl has a great appreciation for
Darkthrone. They epitomise a classic era in Black metal history, and have some
tremendous albums in their catalogue. Their songs are somewhat timeless.
Our guitarist thought it would be unique to make a Darkthrone Ďmedleyí of sorts.
That is Necrohatred. Check it out!
You havenít experienced any member changing since youíd been formed. This
means that you hit the road with right members, doesnít it?
We just added two more members to the founding two members. Weíre stable as
a band now and look forward to many years of spreading our pestilence!!!!
Your drummer is playing in death metal band Nervecell from Dubai. We can also
see that other members of Mhorgl are taking part in Tyrant. How is the feeling
that playing in other bands and in other locations?
Being afforded the opportunity to perform in places like Dubai, Turkey and
Europe has been amazing! Itís a great character building exercise to sample
different cultures and meet so many new people. I hope to travel far more in the
Playing with a different band in a different country is interesting. You
suddenly become anonymous again when you leave you hometown. It means you can
get away with a lot more! HeheÖ.
Itís great to see how different metal scenes compare to the one you grew up in.
In your opinion if the members of a black metal band just listen to black
metal, will they achieve something important musically? Do you agree that
musical diversity distorts black metalís magic and purity?
It all depends on the mindset and motive of the individual. If youíre merely
recycling your influences, itís boring and pointless, but if your creativity
stems from a deeper source within you own nature, the results will be more
individuated and creative, and no one will be able to duplicate you. I think the
spirit of black metal is found beyond black metal music itself. The music that
you hear is only our human reflection of a lager sentiment.
If we have a look at the latest albums and bands, do you think that black
metal has changed and lost its purity? Where itíll head to?
I donít really stay up to date on what new bands are doing so much, but I
think sometimes the black metal idea is distorted and sold as a gimmick for the
sake of profiting from naÔve youth, and sometimes it is done straight from the
heart with no commercial intent. In the expanding metal world, everythingís
available, even Black Metal to suit any listener, young, old, true, false, etc,
so every sound will find an audience. I know what I like, and to tell you the
truth, a lot of recent Black Metal releases havenít inspired me very much. Not
like the old days. I canít be entertained by the same ideas over and over again
How do you find the music area and underground area in Australia? There are
well known bands we know it but what about local bands, concerts, bars..? How
often the well known bands tour there? What can you tell us about this issue?
The Australian scene has always been quite healthy. Among our five major
cities, we have many talented bands playing various genres of metal, some to
international acclaim. Some great bands to check out include, Portal, Astriaal,
Cemetary Urn, Dungeon, Bloodduster, Psycroptic, Abominator, Damaged, Alarum,
Gospel of the Horns, Alchemist, Grotesque, Wardaemonic, Darklord, Beyond Mortal
dreams, Shackles, Nazxul, The Dead, Sadistik Exekution, Impact Winter,
Ignivomous, Denouncement Pyre, Pestilential Shadows. There are frequent shows
and a healthy live scene down here. The average crowd turnout for a local show
is about 100-200 people, which is quite a healthy figure considering our small
There are a few good touring companies bringing International acts to Australia,
the most prolific being Soundworks. This has really boosted the scene as itís
given local bands source of inspiration to play metal at a higher level.
Australia is very isolated but the efforts of promoters, labels and bands keep
the scene in quite a healthy condition.
If you have the chance of touring, what bands do you want to tour with? Or,
do you have any absurd experiences during your concerts?
I canít speak for the whole of Mhorgl, but bands Iíd like to tour with would
be Sadistik Execution, Deicide, Mayhem, Motley Crue, GG Allin (rip) and Matchbox
20. Ha! Just to blast some unsuspecting humans with our rapturous inferno!
Weíve never really had any absurd live tales worth telling. The odd blood nose
here and there but nothing too savage!
I want to ask questions about the world. What can you tell us about global
economic crises or rising terorism? Do you experience them in your country?
Itís hard to have a stable opinion on exactly what is going on in the world
as most sources of information are corrupt and biased to some degree. I
understand the economic crises has not been as bad for Australia as in some
other parts of the world, and terrorismÖ.well, it seems to be the voice of the
ignored and downtrodden. Terrorism is what happens when normal lines of civil
communication no longer work, but terrorism fails, when did terrorism implement
some lasting ideal of any value?! I think itís sickening and absurd. Musical
terrorism is the way forward!!!!!!!!
When almost half of the world experience winter, how it feels that swimming
Ha! Itís great! Christmas in Australia marks the beginning of Summer, my
favourite season. I like to get outdoors as much as possible! I live next to a
great beach so a lot of swimming is done at Xmas time. Fuck Christ!
Last questions.., hope we donít bore you. Can you tell us about your music
system in home personally?Do you listen to music by grammophone by being old
school, by tapes, by CDs or by mp3 players? What is your choice?
I listen to CDís mainly. I also use You tube for the sheer convenience of
it. Itís a great way to find new bands and stream material at the flick of a
button. Having said that, the future of the music business relies on individuals
buying CDís so get out there and CONSUME!!!! Our livelihoods depend on it! Itís
hard to make plans when the band doesnít pay for itself.
Is there any name the band takes as an idol obsessively?
No, not obsessively at least. We have many influences and favourites, but we
try to be individuals instead of followers and contribute our own art to the
world. Great influences would be Bathory, Darkthrone and Venom.
The questions are over. Thanks for your answers. Do you want to say anything
to Extreminal and listeners who have just met you?
Thanks for taking the time to find out what Mhorgl is all about.
Be sure to check out
www.myspace.com/mhorgl for purchase info and news of further developments in
the Mhorgl camp.
Hail torment and fire!