|Interview by Burt Wolf with Perra, drummer for NOMINON!
Interview done May 9th, 2007.
NOMINON STARTED BACK IN 1993. CAN YOU PLEASE GIVE A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BAND
NOMINON released a few demo tapes during the early/mid 90's & after that a couple of labels have released
some albums & Ep's through out the years.
WHY WAS THE NAME NOMINON CHOSEN AS THE BANDS NAME?
It was the original vocalist Peter Nilsson who came up with the name NOMINON. It's a demon & it has a dark
sound to it & we all still think it suits the band very well.
WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD SOME IMPACT ON YOUR MUSIC & YOUR LIFE?
Hard Rock & Heavy Metal in general. Also dark art movies & grotesque happenings in the world is a huge
inspiration for us.
HOW WOULD YOU BEST
DESCRIBE THE STYLE &
SOUND OF NOMINON?
made with a lot of dedication
of all that is dark, evil &
YOUR LATEST RELEASE
WHICH CAME OUT A
WHILE AGO. HOW WELL
HAS IT BEEN DOING IN
"RECREMATION" is our
latest full length album that
was released in 2005 & a year
later in USA via DEATH
GASM/NECROHARMONIC. We have also released a collection CD of some hard to get tracks such as covers
by REPULSION, WHIPLASH & VOIVOD as well as unreleased demo recordings & such last year 2006.
"RECREMATION" is by far the most popular album NOMINON have released so far, but to be honest, we are
looking forward for the release of the brand new album "TERRA NECROSIS". This album will make people gasp
for air literally. I am pretty sure that people will notice that we have managed to do an album that will last as long
as this world will continue to spin.
THE CD WAS PUT OUT BY DEATHGASM HERE IN THE U.S. HOW DID YOU GET HOOKED UP
WITH THEM & HOW HAS IT BEEN WORKING WITH THEM?
We actually signed to NECROHARMONIC PRODUCTIONS that is owned by an old friend named Roy. When
he was telling DEATHGASM RECORDS that he was about to put out the new album by NOMINON, they said
directly that they wanted to be part of the release as well. So that was how we ended up working together with
DEATHGASM RECORDS. For the new album "TERRA NECROSIS" it is actually DEATHGASM RECORDS
in co-operation with IBEXMOON RECORDS (owned by John McEntee of INCANTATION) that will release
the CD together. We are eager to see how this release will work out over there in the USA, as we do have pretty
good distribution via RED DISTRIBUTION this time around. We are pleased with what DEATHGASM
RECORDS has managed to do for NOMINON so far, no doubts about that.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE COVER ARTWORK A BIT & WHO DID IT?
The "RECREMATION" artwork was made by the classic undergroundish artist Chris Moyen from France. We
chose Chris because it's easy to work with him & he is a big fan of NOMINON, plus that he is definitely one of
the best underground artists there is. The design for the new album "TERRA NECROSIS" is made by a pretty
young Swedish girl named Lena VH Morker.
WHAT IS SOME OF THE SUBJECT MATTER IN YOUR LYRICS? WHO WRITES THE LYRICS?
Most of the lyrics are written by our vocalist Daniel Gartoft. He is a damn good story teller from Hell. I
personally think that his lyrics are among some of the best Death Metal lyrics around these days. Daniel also got a
huge passion for a lot of horror movies & macabre happenings, which I am sure helps him a lot in his work.
YOUR WEBSITE SAYS YOUR NEW RELEASE "TERRA NECROSIS" IS IN THE WORKS. CAN YOU
GIVE SOME INFORMATION ON THIS RELEASE?
DEATHGASM RECORDS together with IBEXMOON RECORDS will release this masterpiece in the USA &
our so to speak main label called KONQUEROR RECORDS will release it in the rest of the world. The vinyl
version will be released by BLOOD HARVEST RECORDS, which is a Swedish label with lots of cool Death
Metal releases out already & lots of stuff coming up. They will also put out the LP version of the debut
NOMINON album entitled "DIABOLICAL BLOODSHED" that was originally released on CD in 1999.
HOW DO YOU FEEL THE BAND HAS
CHANGED OR IMPROVED OVER
ALL THESE YEARS?
The main thing I would say is that we
have become a bit better musicians in
general. Also, we know what we want to
accomplish with our music & we don't
have too high expectations from
magazines & the commercial side of the
business. NOMINON are a Death Metal
band & the genre of Death Metal is meant
to stay underground. If you want to make
money you should choose to play
something else. We do this because of our
love & dedication to brutal & interesting
WHY DO YOU THINK THE BAND
HAS HAD SUCH A REVOLVING
DOOR FOR BAND MEMBERS?
If people get tired of playing or if they are
not interested in continuing with playing
with NOMINON, then there's nothing to
do about it. Our guitarist Juha Sulasaimi is
the only one of us, out of two original
members, that has been a member of
NOMINON since 1993, when he & Peter
started the whole thing. Now we have had
the same line up the last six months & it
feels really good right now to be honest
with you. But the truth is that you will
never know about tomorrow, anything
can happen! At last, I've personally been a
member now for 6 years & I really feel
that NOMINON are the best band I have
ever been part of, so I do intend to stay as
long as I breathe!
HOW DO YOU FEEL THE UNDERGROUND HAS CHANGED IN ALL THESE YEARS?
From cassettes to CD-R's, that sucks. I love tapes. And also, I am a big fan of paper fanzines, I wished there
could be more of them around. Nowadays people start their own internet based webzines just to get stuff for
free. I hate that!
SWEDEN IS KNOW FOR PRODUCING SOME OF THE BETTER BANDS IN THE UNDERGROUND
SCENE. WHO DO YOU FEEL ARE SOME OF THE BETTER BANDS FROM SWEDEN. HOW WOULD
YOU COMPARE THE SWEDISH SCENE TO THE REST OF THE SCENE?
I will not go into the difference between bands from Sweden & the rest of the world, that's not of interest I
would say. Yet I wish to praise some good bands that are still around doing what they know the best, to play
good Death Metal with lots of energy. They are TRIBULATION, SWORN, INCANTATION, VITAL
REMAINS, NECROPHOBIC, OBITUARY, UNLEASHED & a few more. It's pretty easy to see who are doing
it by heart & who are doing it for the money.
DO YOU GUYS PLAY OUT A LOT? WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR SHOWS THAT STICK OUT THE
NOMINON have done a few European tours through out the last couple of years. It took the band 11 years to
finally do a proper European tour, but it was worth the wait, I can assure you that. The shows that stick out
would probably be Sarajevo (former Yugoslavia) in 2004. It was a big hall with only one light in the whole hall. It
was definitely one of the best audiences we have been playing for. Also Barcelona, Spain in 2005 & Trnava in
Slovakia was awesome. As well as the Fuck The Commerce Festival in Germany May 2005. We really like to
play the eastern parts of Europe. They really do enjoy some old school classic shit.
WHAT DO THE MEMBERS OF THE BAND DO WHEN NOT DOING ANY WORK FOR THE BAND?
I am a bus driver. Daniel is working at a brewery. Juha is working at the Swedish post. Christian is unemployed
at the moment & Anders is a janitor.
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES OF MUSIC BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY? WHO ARE SOME
OF THE BANDS YOU HAVE CURRENTLY BEEN LISTENING TO?
I listen to a lot of different music. I adore music that speaks directly to my soul. It does not necessarily have to
be all dark or gloomy stuff, yet that is mainly the music I do listen to the most of all. Some classic stuff I enjoy
at the moment besides are own material is WATAIN's "SWORN TO THE DARK", VAN HALEN - anything,
INVOCATOR's "ALTERATIONS" demo, DEAD HEAD's "THE FESTERING" demo, MORBID ANGEL -
anything, ZZ TOP "MESCALERO", "TRES HOMBRES", "ELIMINATOR"...etc.
WHAT IS ONE THING
PEOPLE WOULD BE
SURPRISED TO FIND OUT
That I went through a kidney
transplant 4 years ago.
WHAT CAN WE LOOK
FORWARD TO NEXT FROM
The release of the brand new
album "TERRA NECROSIS" is
up next. We will also be touring
in Europe for a couple of weeks
with American pioneers
NUNSLAUGHTER during July.
We really look forward to that.
We are negotiating about a USA
tour during the autumn as well,
hopefully that will work out.
There's always something
happening in the world of
NOMINON. Make sure to check
our website every now & then
for the latest crap!
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE THIS INTERVIEW? WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW THAT IT'S
I have been working today as a bus driver. After that I watched a hockey game on TV. Sweden beat Denmark 5
to 2 in the World Championship, so I am happy about that. Haha! Now I have spent some time answering this
interview as well as having a beer as my only companion. Soon I will go to sleep, but first I will shave & just
relax a little bit with a cup of tea or something like that.
THANX A LOT FOR ANSWERING THIS INTERVIEW. IF YOU'D LIKE TO ADD ANYTHING ELSE
FEEL FREE TO DO SO.
All of you MUST check out the coming album 'TERRA NECROSIS". It'll surprise you for sure. This is REAL
Death Metal from Sweden. Hope to see you all on the road, later in 2007. We'll have new merchandise out soon
too. Make sure to visit the NOMINON website for all the latest news & further information about the band & the
band members. Also thanks Burt for the interview & support of NOMINON. Stay true to the sounds of the
grotesque...Hail Death! 666.