God Seed: Gahl Interview
We chat to God Seed mainman and former Gorgoroth frontman Gaahl in the current issue of Subterranea – out now!
Gaahl may be one of the most iconic figures in black metal, but his return to the scene in the form of God Seed is giving him some pause for thought. In this web-exclusive excerpt, the frontman discusses playing live and his relationship to his new band.
You seem a bit more comfortable in yourself these days, and do you think that some of the creative spark that came from a rift in yourself that maybe doesn’t exist anymore. Do you think you might be too happy in yourself to make metal?
“Ehhh, I don’t know. I don’t think, because I love singing, I love using energy, but metal for me, I love the energy of it, but I might just like it for one minute every 24 hours, and that’s where I am, basically. If you ask me five minutes later I might not be into it at all. I’m not there all the time, I find that more difficult. I know what I do is right, and I would have liked to be able to say that this will continue. I want this to become a band. I don’t know why, but I don’t want this to be a Gorgoroth thing, because it isn’t even though it’s the creative parties that are involved here. But I hope that the rest of the people involved in this album are participants in the next album, if there will be one.
“I think this will be a trilogy, I know where the next two albums have to go if they will be created. I don’t know because at the moment I’m not certain if I want to release this album – because of the process of it. Today I feel rather confident that I want to, but there’s a lot of things I don’t want to reenter. I have to also say that if it hand’t been for Indie, I probably wouldn’t haven entered the studio. I feel obligated to them because they’ve put so much effort into it, but also towards the rest of the band members, who have almost killed themselves trying to make it work. So for me I feel almost obligated to do it and it will almost be disrespectful not to do it.”
Do you have the same trepidations when it comes to singing live with God Seed and being out in the public eye again?
“Normally it comes naturally. When you make a song you put energy into it, so if I picked up one of the Gorgoroth songs right now and presented it, I would become exactly that song, because I am the song when I present it. I hope it will be a situation when I present these songs as well. I feel when I listen to the songs I become them, and it feels right to be that way. It has to be that way. I don’t know any other form. That’s why I don’t join all this hullabaloo, because I don’t understand it. I don’t understand the crowds, I don’t understand this idea of being a group, and that’s also the reason I don’t want to be focused with the band. I don’t want to have band photos. I think it feels just wrong. Hopefully it will be possible to present good music and also good shows without it having to be this group that is saying one thing. I want everyone in the band to have their own say. For me they don’t need to understand what I’m presenting. It might be difficult for some of them because many people think that if you present something as a unit it’s a bigger force, but I actually don’t think it’s a bigger force, you always find a flaw in that force. I need to be alone, I need to present only me. I think the self is way stronger than a unit.”
Do you think the band will become something else when you start playing live?
“Maybe not for me, but I hope for the band. At this point I feel that no one actually feels that they are involved. There is still a feeling that there is only me and King. And me and King are on very opposite sides of this. We are very different characters. I don’t hang around with anyone, I don’t even have their numbers, but I really want the rest of the band to feel that they are important too, because they are. Even though for me, it feels like it’s just me, but that’s the way it has to be for me to be presenting what I’m supposed to be presenting. Everyone else should have the feeling that their involvement is equally important.”