1 – Who is Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus? Tell us about the band.
Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus (Finnish for Nihilistic Barbarism) was formed outside of Philadelphia in 2012 by me (Mika Mage) and Manuel Rodriguez, as an outlet for atmospheric black metal songs we were coming up with. We developed an LP entitled ‘Synkkä Tuuli’ (“Grim Wind” in English), which ultimately saw a CD release on Mike Juliano’s Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, as well as a cassette release on Infernal Kommando Records in France. Manuel left the band soon after (although he would return a few years later to contribute bass), rendering NB essentially a one man band; so it has remained to this day. Although the music is now entirely composed by me alone, I do enlist the help of session/studio musicians to provide a little more dynamic and fill roles I cannot myself perform (for instance drums and vocals). Over the course of 5 years Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus has put out 7 physical releases (not including an initial self-titled demo) – 3 CDs (2 LPs and an EP) & 4 cassettes – on labels including HPGD, IK Records, Depressive Illusions Records, Black Lion Productions, and Symbol of Domination Productions (a sub-label of Satanath Records).
2 – Who are Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus` influences, Which artists, which bands and which albums?
The sound of Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus has evolved over time, particularly as the band changed from a duo to single person act. To begin with Manuel was into many traditional black metal (Graveland, Hate Forest, Ulver) and atmospheric (Paysage D’Hiver, Velvet Cacoon, Darkspace) bands, and I think these influences are pretty obvious in the first album. My personal influences were always more progressive, both with regard to black metal (Old Man’s Child, Enslaved, Naglfar, Windir) and other melodic genres such as power metal (Sonata Arctica, Ensiferum, Bal-Sagoth) and melodic death metal (Dismember, Dimension Zero, Darkane). Thus, as I took over the reins creatively the music started to develop more along those lines. My current scheme for Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus is to attempt and meld progressive melodic ideas with traditional black metal aesthetics, for instance playing in major keys while tremolo picking chords or introducing Gothenburg style riffs.