FRESH MEAT

For­mer May­hem mem­bers bur­row into an al­ter­na­tive his­tory

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Contents - WORDS: DOM LAW­SON

The new sounds of the un­der­ground, with or­der, Al­tarage and Big | Brave.

hen peo­ple speak of old-school black metal, what they gen­er­ally mean is the scene that emerged from Oslo in the wake of May­hem’s ear­li­est ef­forts. Be­fore that, of course, the tag was used widely and broadly, en­com­pass­ing ev­ery­thing from Slayer and Celtic Frost to Devastation and Nun­slaugh­ter. And it is that trans­for­ma­tive era in un­der­ground metal his­tory that in­forms the mon­strous mu­sic of Or­der. Formed by ex-Ca­daver mas­ter­mind An­ders Odden in 2013, what be­gan as an ex­er­cise in nos­tal­gia mu­tated into some­thing far more de­struc­tive.

“The mas­ter­plan was to cre­ate a band con­sist­ing of the orig­i­nal dudes who played ex­treme metal in Nor­way be­fore the whole ‘Nor­we­gian black metal’ era took place,” An­ders ex­plains. “I’d writ­ten a syn­op­sis for a fic­tion movie about the early days of the Nor­we­gian scene and sold it to a film pro­duc­tion com­pany. To make gen­uine new mu­sic for the movie, I wanted to com­bine my old friends from the first May­hem line-up, Man­heim and Mes­siah, with my old pal Rene who played bass on the first Ca­daver LP in 1990 [and who sadly passed away in 2014]. I thought, ‘What if we had started this band in 1987 when Man­heim and Mes­siah left May­hem? What would our own ma­te­rial sound like at that point in time?’”

The an­swer to that ques­tion is bru­tally ham­mered home on Or­der’s long-awaited de­but al­bum, Lex Amen­tiae. A fu­ri­ous, grotesque erup­tion of old-school riff­ing, it re­ally does sound like some great, lost al­bum from 1987, al­beit with enough con­tem­po­rary heft to al­lay fears that this is a purely wist­ful ex­er­cise. That said, An­ders and his com­rades plainly hold the glory days of metal’s mid-to-late 80s in the high­est es­teem.

“I think our gen­er­a­tion was the last to truly iden­tify our whole ex­is­tence through mu­sic,” he says. “We were so into it noth­ing else mat­tered to us at all. Back then, all the bands sounded dif­fer­ent from each other and new ways of do­ing things took peo­ple to new, in­ter­est­ing places all the time. I re­mem­ber a com­pi­la­tion called Speed Kills I, which had a pro­found im­pact on me. I got into Ex­o­dus, Me­tal­lica, Slayer, Venom, Voivod, Celtic Frost, De­struc­tion and Pos­sessed at the same time! From that mo­ment I knew this was my mu­sic and that it would be my life com­pan­ion. It’s where all my in­spi­ra­tion comes from. It’s in our DNA.”

Despite sig­nif­i­cant com­mit­ments as live bassist with Satyri­con, An­ders in­sists that Or­der have grand plans to hit the road in the near fu­ture. A sec­ond al­bum may emerge be­fore tour­ing starts in earnest, but hav­ing re­con­nected with the mu­sic that changed his life, this diehard pur­veyor of arcane ex­trem­ity has no in­ten­tion of stop­ping.

“This band is sa­cred to us. We are all vet­er­ans, but when we play it’s like noth­ing has changed. We an­swer to no one. We get in­spi­ra­tion from the idea of mak­ing mu­sic to­gether – not other bands or cur­rent mu­sic trends. It’s kind of the same thing we did back in the day, but there is not much com­ing out now that we re­ally like in metal. I guess that’s why we feel more free.”

“This band is sa­cred to us”

AN­DERS ODDEN

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