A few months ago, I contacted Chaos of Gebrechlichkeit and discussed his band. Unfortunately, due to illness and other commitments, I haven't found the time to release the interview until now. Enjoy.
Andras: What first inspired you to play black metal?
Chaos: Black Metal is not just music, it´s a attitude towards life and that´s the fact making it easy for me, playing Black Metal and writing songs for it. It´s because for doing this there is no need for me playing a role or pretend myself, I can just be me. Living the life I´ve devoted to Black Metal.
Andras: You released your first two albums independently, but recently signed to Asatru Klangwerke for the release of your 2012 album "Glanz und Elend". What was the reason for moving to this label, and will you stay with them?
Chaos: Asatru is a good label, recognizing my qualities. It don´t have to be a major deal for me, but it should be a label which has manifested itself in his position and which has good experiences; that’s what Asatru can offer me. The work with a label is good for better structures, so that I can focus more on making music and less on promotion and something like this. For the future I go on working with Asatru, what the next years will happen, no one knows, but from my side I would stick out beyond at the label.
Andras: Pestengel is listed as a past member, and has credits on the first album, but no longer seems to be active in the band. What was his role in Gebrechlichkeit, and why is he no longer a member?
Chaos: A question ask in every interview, the past with him will probably stick me forever. There were a lot of disagreements responsible for the separation. For the first on the human hand, because of knowing each other still not long. But this fact changes during the intensive joint working for the album and I noticed that he don´t understand the music of black metal like I do and he has not the respect which belongs to the genre and I would expect from a musician of the band Gebrechlichkeit. Build on this, his interests in music were not only the black metal adhered. In principle this is okay, but he often had no time for the samples, because of attending on other projects far away from black metal and this is the fact I begin to think there were worlds between Gebrechlichkeit and his interests.
So I decided after the album, it´s time for a divorce.
I won´t tell I was pleased or saddened about the divorce, but it was an essential step for the today sound of Gebrechlichkeit. I had used the time for learning much about me and the music, growing and develop myself and my black metal.
Listening to my first black metal solo album – “Gebrechlechkeit” – I aptly named so in order to lay the foundations of the real Gebrechlichkeit sound, you will quick feel that something has changed. Writing and producing alone makes the music different, becoming more pure, it comes all out from within.
It´s quite clear an advantage for me working alone, because of not making compromises with anyone, only running my ideas free. But on the other side, it also means for me to work harder, because of the long way from the idea of a song till the ready song.
Andras: Do you have any albums in the works for the future?
Chaos: Since the beginning of this week I´ve started recording the first songs for the fifth album. There is still a lot of work in front of me, because not all songs are written yet and I´m still searching for the right kind of sound I imagine for this album.
Andras: How did you get into black metal?
Chaos: I discover the black metal for me in the age of 13 years. This kind of music addresses deep rooted needs in me. I could immediately identify with the music.
Andras: Which artists do you listen to/like? Do you listen to only black metal, or other genre as well?
Chaos: I like listen to other bm bands, but there are differences between listen and listen. How I´ve explained, the truthfulness of the artist is important for me, but you can´t often find it.
Further the bm is undergoing a change, there are sub genres of sub genres and so on, the bm had lost it´s black shine, so this is the reason why you have to filter the truthful bands out.
For me in front of all these bands stands Gorgoroth with their initiator Infernus.
Of course I also listen to other kinds of music like gabba, hakke and so on, but not in the same way I listen to bm, however I see other genres just like music, but bm is a lifestyle, a feeling for me. And music like hakke (techno, electro) or gabba, I sometimes listen to it, for getting my mind free.
Andras: Will Gebrechlichkeit ever become a live band?
Chaos: Gebrechlichkeit will always consist of one fixed member. I don´t want someone to talk into my music and that's why I prefer to write it alone.
I´m very interested in presenting my music life in public, but it´s very hard to find live musicians. Currently I have contact to somebody who would provide his band for me, but I won´t – as we say here in germany - make the horses shy.
Andras: Finally, can you tell our readers what your message is? The ideologies behind the band?
Antichrist, sadist, misanthrope
Black Metal is a way of life.
Gebrechlichekit is Black Metal.
Life and die, misanthrope, sadism, anti, morbid things
Thanks for your time,