The plague is here.
Before you jump to conclusions, no, I don’t mean the virus that’s currently upending the entire world (although that does also tie in with it all). This particular plague to which I refer has been here all along, seething and spreading and withering all that it touches with its fetid, quivering tendrils.
The plague is us.
Humanity. Destroying itself and the planet. That was the theme behind Plague of Plagues, the debut album of Norwegian annihilators ENEPSIGOS. We are filth, the worst of all life and we deserve all that is coming our way. And now, premiered in exclusive partnership between Black Metal Daily and the esteemed Black Metal Promotion YouTube channel, our inevitable penance has finally arrived… the Wrath of Wraths is here.
The second album of these demonic beings (V.I.T.H.R. aka Doedsadmiral of Nordjevel, Doedsvangr & Svartelder on throat, Thorns of Blut aus Nord, Chaos Invocation, Frostmoon Eclipse & more on the skins, plus fresh acolyte Rituul on guitars/bass) exists only to vomit anger, disgust, hatred and loathing upon a humanity dying by its own hand. You may listen to a lot of black metal and consider yourself something of a connoisseur, but Wrath of Wraths does not fit neatly into any of the typical, safe boxes that are unfortunately all too prevalent in the current scene – not least reason for this is its immense structures built upon cataclysmic, dismal riffage and tones that could crush the world, as incoming guitarist Rituul provides an astonishing array of weaponry with which to rend all human life asunder through sheer heaviness and discordant, horrifying evil. His contributions alone elevate the album far above others of similar intent, and that’s not even counting the eschatologically horrifying performance delivered by V.I.T.H.R. as he roars and proselytizes death, or the utterly omnipresent percussive barrage of the prodigious Thorns.
There are operatic sections. Hellish, tortured screams. Spoken word samples that hammer home exactly how fucked as a species we really are. It’s a frantic, apocalyptic, almost religious experience of searing fury and the purest loathing… which you can listen to in full today via the link below, and then partake of our interview with V.I.T.H.R. himself as we discuss the record and all things Enepsigos.
Releasing on digital and physical formats March 27th under the banner of Osmose Productions, prepare thyself… for the great day of Wrath is here, and we have brought it upon ourselves.
Greetings V.I.T.H.R., it’s an honour to be speaking to you today for the release and exclusive full stream of your second full-length album, Wrath Of Wraths. So, three years have passed since the release of your great debut Plague Of Plagues – what’s been going on with the band since then?
– Not that much really. After Plague Of Plagues it was standing still for a while until me and Thorns decided to start working on it. Straff did a fantastic job on Plague Of Plagues, but we just naturally came to the point where we didn’t really want the same things. So, we continued with Rituul, who is a very great friend of mine. And we just started writing the second album.
It’s been said that you felt your debut album didn’t go far enough, but with Plague Of Plagues you feel you have achieved the manifestation of what Enepsigos really is. Is this true? If so, with that in mind, how did you approach Plague Of Plagues differently to the debut? Did you have certain goals and ideals you focused on achieving this time?
– Yes, that is true. Plague Of Plagues is still a great album by all means. But it didn’t really capture all the way that essence Enepsigos should have. We found our way on Plague Of Plagues, and carved the right path for Wrath Of Wraths. Yes, this time we knew exactly what needed to happen, the feeling was clear.
If I may say – the album is fucking intense; muscular, writhing, filthy and rabid… pure evil. In my opinion, a step up in every aspect from the already great debut. What was the creative process like? Was it difficult to draw these songs out of yourselves and give them life?
– The creative process was quite easy, as we knew the direction of both music and lyrics early on. So, the album just kind of wrote itself, and took us further and further. We went along with its wild ride.
It’s immediately noticeable that the overall sound is more powerful, even heavier; the production has really filled out on those massive HM-2 riffs. The album was once again mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio; was this sonic evolution something you were also aiming for before entering the studio?
– We were very happy with the sound on Plague Of Plagues, and set the basic sound for Enepsigos there. We wanted to add a darker feel to that sound. So, first of all, we changed to 7 string guitars to get even deeper down, and Tore also made magic by testing things to that darker atmosphere. He nailed it on the first mix.
Plague Of Plagues, now Wrath Of Wraths… do these titles indicate that this album is a direct continuation of the themes of the debut? If so, for those unaware of the details despite the clear anti-religious and satanic slant: what are these themes of which the records speak? Will the concept stretch to further albums?
– Yes, there is a 3 album concept. They follow an evolution. But they each deal with their own consequence. Plague Of Plagues was an all-out attack on the plague that is humanity. Wrath Of Wraths is us really pissed off about the plague that humanity has created. That is both ourselves, and all religion! And on the next one it will be progressed further. So, when the next one is out, the 3 albums will make total sense. This is only chapter 2.
Following on from that – satanism and anti-religious themes also flow freely throughout your other projects Doedsvangr, Nordjevel and Svartelder. I assume these subjects are very important to you – why is this so, and how do they manifest themselves in your everyday life?
– Yes, true. I’m totally antireligious, without doubt. I want it all removed. It haunts me and plagues me alot in my daily life. Through judgement, jealousy, stupidity and total narrow-mindness. It’s seriously scary to see how fucking pathetic we have become. I’m often furious at home as a consequence of all of this. So, the bands are my salvation to staying somehow semi-sane.
As we know, you have welcomed a new member into the fold, Rituul – where did he come from, and what has he brought to the darkened order of Enepsigos? Did this affect your writing processes at all?
– Yes, it affected a lot. I’ve worked with him a lot in my life, and we have this deep understanding both ways for the arts. He always relates to my stuff, and I to him. When we first discussed the new album, he just sat down… started writing… and hit spot on.
He’s one of Norway’s best guitarists, and you will all soon know who he is. Or understand it. He brought the darker, and more possibilities into the music. We suddenly had a lot more options musically.
I have to ask about the album art, because it’s fucking great. Who is the artist, and did you give then any guidance to create this masterpiece?
– The artist is Benjamin A. Vierling. No, I didn’t really give him any instructions. But he read all the lyrics, heard the full album, and I gave him my feel of the album. Then before he started drawing he told me his visual concept. And yes, as you see…. one of the most stunning artworks I’ve ever seen.
For Wrath Of Wraths you’ve made the jump from the great Drakkar Productions to the mighty Osmose Productions, which you must be pleased with. What was the reason behind this switch?
– We only made a 1 album deal with Drakkar productions. So the contract was anyway over. Yes, to come back to Osmose was a huge step, as there are more possibilities. As for example vinyl is very important for me personally, I was quite disappointed to see Plague Of Plagues not come into vinyl. And also from the promotional side, it’s a big step up. But, I’ve heard some rumours lately that Plague Of Plagues also might come on vinyl now…
In excellent news, I believe you’re ready to take Enepsigos to the live stage in 2020! What can we expect to experience, and when will your first shows be?
– First show planned is Thronefest, and all we can do is hope it can happen, due to this fucking virus. Pros and cons with that. Live Enepsigos will be very dark and violent. More primitive than for example Nordjevel, but also much more disgusting and perverse.
Enepsigos plays True Norwegian Black Metal. Norway is, to many, the birthplace of black metal as we know it today by means of being ground zero for the second wave. What are your thoughts on that, and how do you view the Norwegian scene these days?
– Yes, some people say that. For me Enepsigos doesn’t really sound TNBM, as that was also never the intention. Norway’s scene today flourishes in both good and bad ways. Many new great bands, and many not so good. I don’t really pay attention to the scene nowadays as it is a scene of jealousy, fakeness, shit talk and unsecurity. The scene in earlier years was more strong and supportive, which made Norwegian Black Metal great. I stay with the people I work with, that’s it.
Seeing as we are premiering the entire album for us all to hear today, I will ask: do you have any particular favourite moments or songs on the album, and can you share with us the story behind them?
– Puh… difficult. For me the album as a whole is a violent story. They all somehow are there, to build the album as a whole. For me, the whole album is one long song, in 6 parts. One doesn’t work without the others.
And finally – where to now for Enepsigos? You’ve already made immense leaps forward and honed your attack between albums… what do you think future releases will have in store for us? Have you been working on any new material already?
– Well, now hopefully we will hit the stage at one point. No idea when that can happen, so we’ll see. No, we haven’t directly written any new songs yet. But the idea and plan for Part III is there. New releases will be, if not even more, violent and wild.
Sincerest thanks for your time, V.I.T.H.R… all hail Enepsigos. Any parting words or wisdom for us all?
– Check out the album. And support the bands worldwide in this situation, as we all suffer. And, see you on the other side…
Wrath Of Wraths releases 27th March via Osmose Productions.
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