Marduk Guitarist On New Album ‘Serpent Sermon’

Morgan ‘Evil’ Steinmeyer Håkansson of Swedish black metal heavyweights Marduk recently caught up with Noisecreep to discuss the bands upcoming album ‘Serpent Sermon.’ A couple of excerpts from the chat can be found below.


Håkansson says that Marduk took the same approach to writing ‘Serpent Sermon’ as they have with every record since their ’92 debut ‘Dark Endless.’ “It’s hard for me to say since I’ve put so much into each of them, but I consider every single one of the 12 full-length albums we’ve done to be killer,”he said. “We’re not the kind of band that sits down before we start writing a new album to discuss what direction we’re going to go in. It’s more natural for us. The new album has a lot of variety on it. It’s fast, it’s brutal, it’s evil – it’s everything a black metal album should be. It’s vicious in every single way.”
After more than two decades in the business, Håkansson admits he is well past the point of trying to please anyone else. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” he explains, adding that with maturity comes a sense of self. “I think it might be the difference between being 17 and 39-years-old – which is what I am now. I know what Marduk should sound like and don’t care what anyone thinks.”
While the revered axeman continues to write some of the most dark and brutal riffs ever conjured, he possesses no real need to take his playing ability any further. “Marduk has always gotten better at what we do, but I don’t always think progression is a necessarily good thing either. For me, it’s never been that important to develop and become a better musician just for the sake of it. I’d rather be the Motörhead or Slayer of black metal than be experimental. I don’t want to just try and be different because critics think I should.”
With a new album from one of the most influential black metal bands of all time just a couple of weeks away from release, it’s safe to assume that thousands of black souls around the world are rubbing their hands in anticipation. However, Håkansson believes that thanks to the modern age, the magic of buying a new album is gone. “I remember being a kid and waiting for the new Iron Maiden album to come out. You couldn’t wait to go to the record store and have the vinyl in your hands. These days, people download songs off the album way before they are official released. The power of the release date is gone now. You would look at these full page magazine ads for an album and you couldn’t wait to hear what it sounded like. There was a mystery and excitement to it all. That’s gone now. I think it’s sad for the younger generation of metalheads that they have missed out on that.”

Click here to read the full interview.
‘Serpent Sermon’ is set for release on June 5. Marduk will be hitting the road in support of the new album at the end of this month. Dates are listed below.

Marduk tour dates w/ 1349, Withered and Weapon:

May 31 – Santiago, Chile @ Club 334 **MARDUK only**
June 1 – Puerto Rico, PR @ La Respuesta **MARDUK only**
June 2 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
June 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Music Hall
June 4 – Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
June 5 – Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
June 6 – Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s
June 7 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
June 8 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
June 9 – St Paul, MN @ Station 4
June 10 – Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre
June 11 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
June 12 – Calgary, AB @ Distillery
June 14 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue
June 15 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
June 16 – Portland, OR @ Bossanova
June 17 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
June 18 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar **MARDUK only**
June 19 – Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
June 20 – San Diego, CA @ Ruby Room

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