BLACK MAGIC

As dif­fer­ent as they each are, it turns out that there’s one black metal band in par­tic­u­lar that have in­spired and cast a heavy shadow over both AMALIE and MANUEL…

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AMALIE

“I love Bathory. There’s a re­ally di­verse cat­a­logue to ex­plore there. Like when [late front­man] Quorthon goes from that early ex­per­i­men­tal black metal vo­cal, that we would call grave-rob­ber vo­cals, then all of a sud­den he does these epic weird Nordic pieces – metal bal­lads, al­most. There’s def­i­nitely some folk roots in there, too, that I can recog­nise and love. If you’re mad at me for ex­ist­ing, you’ll have to be mad at Bathory, too.”

MANUEL

“When I was young it was all about Bathory’s [1988 al­bum] Blood Fire Death. It was only later in life that I dis­cov­ered that it was re­leased the same year I was born. It was them and Celtic Frost who laid the ground­work for what I recog­nise as black metal. There was some­thing spe­cial about the un­re­lent­ing and un­com­pro­mis­ing ag­gres­sion that stuck with me in a way that noth­ing else re­ally ever has. That harsh­ness struck a chord with me.”

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