Passive/Aggressive

Korpsånd – Black metal-heresy should be praised! (interview)

English November 22 2018 korpsaan

By Simon Christensen

In February this year the American tape label Fallow Field sent out a double cassette tape with a collection of new Danish black metal under the name Korpsånd, “an introduction to new wave of raw DKBM”. Korpsånd (en: corpse+spirit) that connotates both a brotherhood and rising from the dead, is a term coined by Jesper Bagger Hviid, musician, sound engineer and caretaker at the venue/rehearsing space Mayhem, and Emil Toft, musician and half of the label Hævngær.

Later “Korpsånd” was released on CD by Tour de Garde and it is now finally seeing a double-LP release in the winter as a conclusion of a great year, that also saw Korpsånd represented at the Festival of Endless Gratitude, touring abroad and playing several concerts at Mayhem in Ragnhildsgade.

However, despite the connotations to a brotherhood Korpsånd is neither the end nor the only means of this group of people who have also seen a number of international releases and individual paths through other genres than black metal. Rather it could be viewed as a banner for a series of black metal-bands who share a recording studio, a set of aesthetics and belong to the noise/experimental scene of Mayhem. Although they don’t see themselves as part of a greater metal scene in Copenhagen, Korpsånd have connections to other diy-establishments like Kill Town Death Fest, Extremely Rotten Store, Night Shroud Records, fellow Mayhem-band Slægt and the new label Nattetale.

How and where did you actually meet and when did you form this group?

Emil: “Before our bands started to affiliate there was a sort of void in the Copenhagen BM scene. I think we all shared a dissatisfaction with the contemporary metal and punk scene in Copenhagen, and of course a shared interest in wide variety of music. I believe the idea for the compilation spawned out of a show Lesion, Afkald, Blot & Bod, and Vaabnet played at Mayhem. The compilation was a good opportunity to start new projects, most of which have continued to make music since.”

Can you explain in more practical terms, what the core of Korpsånd is? Is it 12 people in a rehearsal space, or what is it exactly?

Jesper: “Not exactly. Korpsånd is merely the banner under which we move for now. Our studio at Mayhem, which is also the rehearsal space for every band that Erik, Jølle and I are in, has become the center of the group. This is where I record everything we release, but people are connected to different rehearsal spaces all over the city. Our group is tightly knit and rather few people make up a lot of different projects. For now, the Korpsånd banner still makes sense.”

In terms of artistic output and sound production, what is your common ethos and what is different among the members of the group? Listening to the compilation itself shows a variation within that black metal idiom. How do you see that? And some individuals even plays in other non-dkbm bands and projects, is that not considered heresy anymore?

Jesper: “I don’t even think we have a common ethos. We are all very different, yet very good friends. Every project has its own distinct life. This of course derives from the specific constellation of members and the common ground they establish.
The black metal idiom is extremely elastic. As are the agents within. Amongst the people of Korpsånd, there are people active in death metal, techno, power electronics, noise, abstract electronics and experimental music in general. Heresy should be praised!”

Listen to the compilation in full here: Læs resten

Disformation – Liberating music from all kinds of context (interview)

English August 18 2018 DisformLogo

By Wieland Rambke

How do you create a space without a context? This question lies at the heart of new-founded experimental music label Disformation, conceived by Casper Gottlieb and Jesper Bagger Hviid of Copenhagen-based noise act GOHV. In its output, the label seeks to release music that pits itself against the very notion of context: Disformation rejects the creation of narratives as a whole.

For the listener, every attempt at being able to personally relate to the label’s output is denied in favour of releases that seek to isolate music as much as possible from any associative frame. What remains is music that is as blatant as it is abject. Music that is simultaneously cloaked and in-your-face.

But how do you create a space with no boundaries, without any points of reference? What remains when the backgrounds disappear? Læs resten

Mayhem – Alt er som før (interview)

Feature December 3 2017

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Af Emil Grarup

Mayhem, en hjørnesten i den københavnske undergrund og et spillested med ét efterhånden veletableret internationalt renommé, er otte år efter sin grundlæggelse blevet overtaget af en ny flok ildsjæle. Johannes Lund, Maria Bertel, Tobias Kirstein og Sune TB Nielsen, som etablerede Mayhem i 2009, har valgt at give teten videre til tre, der hver især er særdeles aktive på den københavnske scene: Martin Schacke fra noiseselskabet Moral Defeat og musiker i bl.a. Body Stress, Haraam og som Schacke, der udkommer på Ectotherm; Jesper Bagger Hviid, producer og musiker, som driver pladeselskabet It Was Gnarled og som har udgivet musik med bl.a. Broder, Blot & Bod, Tropisk Klima m.fl og sidst, men ikke mindst, Bjarke Rasmussen, som udover projektet Grøn er ansvarlig for det eksperimenterende pladeselskab Infinite Waves. Vi har valgt i anledning af overtagelsen at bringe et interview med de tre nye forpagtere.
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Gullo Gullo – Kakofonier af orden og kaos

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Af Emil Grarup

Anders Jørgen Mogensen (KLoAK, Nikolas, Alle med balloner), Jesper Bagger Hviid (Broder, Himmelschiff Excelsior, GOHV m.fl.), Anders M. Jørgensen (Værket, Slægt, KAMP) og Axel Green (Argot, KAMP) har dannet et nyt band. Bandet er blevet døbt Gullo Gullo – også en titel fra Mogensens seneste band, den elektroniske improgruppe Nikolas – og har indtil videre udsendt to numre: “Another Dead Astronaut” og “Amazing Data”, som ligger tilgængelige på bandets Soundcloud. Indspilningerne er de hidtil eneste offentliggjorte, men der skulle angiveligt være en udgivelse på vej på pladeselskabet Escho i løbet af sommeren. Læs resten