Summon: How did the band get started?
Hodr Vanorden: Lurid Reign was started when I just finished high school. I had to do a cross Canada trip so before leaving, I picked up some Metal Maniacs/Hammer magazines. Became instantly fascinated by the Norwegian’s idealism’s and band histories. I had played guitar for about 2 years before, with no real general direction, but upon hearing Burzum’s self titled and the concept of one man bands really gave me the motivation to be one myself rather then having to depend on anybody else.
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
Hodr Vanorden: Lurid Reign is Black Metal.
Summon: How has the fan response been?
Hodr Vanorden: Generally good. I Have had some good reviews, some mediocre reviews, mall-core retard ignorance but a plethora of support from those in the label (Stillborn Twins Records) that I’m apart of.
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
Hodr Vanorden: When I was 17, Inspired by “DarkThrone” and it’s simple but impactful name, I looked both the former and the latter words in a thesaurus, and then checked that it made sense.
Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.
Hodr Vanorden: Lurid Reign is Hodr Vanorden and I do absolutely everything.
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Hodr Vanorden: I do (Hodr Vanorden).
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Hodr Vanorden: My lyrics are about my own personal issues with life, loss and self harm, fascination of suicide and a love of Norwegian landscapes. I do have a fascination with the Occult, I just don’t feel like I can represent it as truthfully as those other things. I don’t consider myself a follower of any specific path, which is the reason my lyrics are more about my personality.
Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?
Hodr Vanorden: I think it is retarded to not believe there are greater systems and forces in this world that, “Atheists” do not believe in. I don’t really delve into the subject at all other then fascinations with some of the Occult and satanist authors.
Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?
Hodr Vanorden: One 3 track EP and one 7 track LP. Lurid Reign also has some songs on a couple different black metal compilations circulating the web.
Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
Hodr Vanorden: The latest Cd was a compilation which I put the song, “Storms From The North” on. This is a special song to me because it is the very first one I ever wrote in the beginning stages of Lurid Reign. Before that my full length was released which was a culmination of everything I considered myself “proud” of on guitar from 2007-2012. I added the other instruments in, as I have just recently acquired everything to record as of September.
Summon: Do you have any side projects?
Hodr Vanorden: Yes, as of recently I became a session drummer for a Black Metal band named, Deathymn.
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Hodr Vanorden: The short life and suicide of Kurt Cobain is what originally started me playing guitar at 15. I was all about Nirvana until making the Black Metal discovery.
Summon: Which current bands?
Hodr Vanorden: I am listening to a lot of Sargeist, Horna, Judas Iscariot, Absurd and a ton of underground or unsigned stuff plastered around the internet.
Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?
Hodr Vanorden: I can’t really say good or bad about it. I’ve met some elitist fucks, but also some very supportive or nice people. I guess I’m indifferent.
Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?
Hodr Vanorden: I wish to be apart of them. Over here I’m so drowned by Slayer, Megadeath and the fagots with plugs all over their face and people who mosh to Marduk. I don’t believe there is a true scene here other then the few that choose to carry the Black Metal flag and support each other. Then again, I focus on one man band stuff so their scenes may be the exact same too. It just seems that people are able to network across country’s a lot easier because of distance and superior transit platforms between European nations.
Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal/death metal bands?
Hodr Vanorden: Most of my inspiration and personal fascination lies in the early 90’s wave from all different country’s. I can’t say I really listen to “new” black metal other then what I hear from my label mates.
Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?
Hodr Vanorden: Lurid Reign is currently composing/writing material for a 3 band split going to be released in the near future for free.
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
Hodr Vanorden: I just hope to keep playing and releasing stuff for free until I’m forced by a label to charge for it. I don’t know, I don’t really count on becoming famous because this is an already very saturated market.
Thank you for interviewing me, Hails to all downloading my music.
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