FESTER (Norway) Interview by Agathokakological Webzine

FESTER (Norway) Interview

by Agathokakological Webzine

By agathokakological666

1. Hello and who is this from Fester?

At the moment this is the lineup: Jon Bakker (bass), Thomas Andresen (vox) and Tiger Mathisen (guitars/vox)

2. The band formed in 1989, could you please give us a BRIEF  history?

Released two demos in ’91 and ’92, two albums (’92 and ’94) before we went under the radar to reunite in 2010 with a democompilation and by reissuing our first studioalbums. A new album was recorded and released last year.

3. Tell us about some shows and gigs you guys have done, have you played any festivals worth mentioning?

FESTER has never enjoyed playing live, or better: Tiger doesnt enjoy playing live.. We did some shows in the days with Battle, Cadaver, Taake, Enslaved, Algol to mention some. Jon plays bass in Kamfar as well and tours the world all the time.. Ha ha

4. I see you released a new album last year on Abyss Records, are there any plans for a follow up album?

We are all set two record a new album, and Even material for yet another…Propably record in in the autumn. It will be a hell of a ride!! A consept record evolving Norwegian executions in the 16th century..

5. What are your lyrical concepts, do you stick to kind of the same themes?

The new stuff evolve the mentioned theme. As for the previous albums themes like witches, ancient rites, norse belives, nature, frustration and darkness are themes that seems to come back as themes. Often written as stories in 1. Person.

6. Tell us about the recording of your latest album.

We recorded everything but the drums in a local studio in Askim. We used old amps and guitars to create a dark atmospheric sound. Our producer aimed for a cold and eerie aproach as well, and I feel he nailed it:) . As for the use of an unexperiensed to metal drummer (Grammy nominated jazzdrummer Audun Kleive) he did the drums on first take in his own studio-Audiopol- to create a “in one with the music” kinda feel.

We started the Recordings in January and recorded on and off for 6 months…

7. I also noticed that Abyss Records and Iron Bonehead re-released your first 2 albums, are these much different from the original pressings?

The album had never been given a vinyl treatment and we surrelly felt it was about time!! Different layout as well.

The cd reissues came as digies. Winter of Sin kept it’s original cover, but different lay out. Silence was all new. Both releases came with 16 page booklets with stories from the early Norwegian Scene, linernotes about every song and a live bonus from 91.

8. Who is in the line up now?


9. What can people expect from Fester in the future, do you expect to be more active then you have been over the past decade or so?

As mentioned we are currently working on a consept release. It will be a mind alterning release both for the buyers ears, eyes and mind….

10. Thank you for the interview, any closing words thoughts, information on contacting the band or where to get your merchandise.

Thanx to you too. Buy physical formats and keep the scene alive!!!

Contact: festernorway@hotmail.no Zites: www.myspace.com/festernorway or find us https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fester/204292849614033?ref=tn_tnmn

Interview link: http://agathokakologicalwebzine.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/fester-interview/

Fester links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/festernorway

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Fester/204292849614033

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/festernorwaybm

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Fester

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

Other links:

To Order FESTER “A Celebration of Death” CD, “Silence” DIGI CD, “Winter of Sin” DIGI CD and other official FESTER merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=fester

To preview a song from FESTER “Silence” DIGI CD go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hiTvtM5hoY  or www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkSQoaAzGpQ

And to preview a song from FESTER “Winter of Sin” DIGI CD go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKH4_MK_6DI


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