Condor since forming in 2010 have proven themselves to be masters of black/thrash with consistent quality material under their belts and a slow but steady growing legion of fans thanks to word of mouth within the underground, so if you have not heard of them by now, then start catching up..........
You are considered part of the Kolbotn thrashers union along with Darkthrone, Infernö, Repellent, Nekromantheon, and Obliteration, to what extent is this a collective scene and do you feel like you are part of something greater than the sum of your parts?
This is really just a phrase used for the bands from this area, it is not a “collective scene” or anything like that. Someone made some patches a few years back, that people who play in bands from Kolbotn got, but that’s basically it.
Do you all get together and hang around or are your daily lives away from the band a complete and separate entity, what I am getting at is do you live and breathe metal 24/7?
This has changed over the years with changes in the line-up, moving around and especially now that I live in Australia. We used to hang out all the time, but not as much anymore. We still see each other when I am visiting Norway, but mostly on weekend and concerts. I guess some of us “live and breathe” metal, while others are more into different kind of music at the moment.
What are the band working on at the moment, your debut came out in 2013 following your Speedwagon Ep and the first demo which came out around 2010, for the fans we feel like we are due a fix of your black thrash, can we expect an album anytime soon?
We recorded a new album back in February 2016, just before I moved to Australia, which is getting released through High Roller Records this summer. A 8 track thrash assault entitled ‘Unstoppable Power’. Not as black thrash as previous releases though, less black, more thrash. Our influences has changed slightly since the last record, which is something you can definitely hear on the new album.
Living in a town which has a population of roughly 6,000 how easy is it to get gigs in your local area and to find likeminded individuals?
As I mentioned above, I currently reside in Australia, and haven’t lived in Kolbotn for almost 7 years. Christoffer still lives there, but Øyvind has never lived in Kolbotn, he’s from a town outside of Oslo called Hønefoss. When we started up the band we played a few “gigs” there, but mostly for kids as we were quite young at the time. Kolbotn is just a 20-minute train ride from Oslo though, so most concerts happen in Oslo.
Ah. I always wanted to ask you about the name of the band, everytime I hear the name in my head I can hear the Aura Noir song Condor did you take the name from them?
That’s correct! Hehe. When we started up, Aura Noir was out main influence, and as there was no other band using that name at the time, we took it for ourselves.
What's is on the agenda for 2017?
In 2017 we’re playing two concerts, releasing a record, and thats it. The first gig is in Cuenca, Spain on the 28th of January along with Balmog and Barbarian. The second one is in Oslo on the 11th of feb along with Rust from Sweden, Rapid from Finland and Evoke from Oslo. After that I don’t think the band will be very active anymore. The record is getting released around May.
Now if we could ask you about your influences,
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THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?
Hard to remember. I initially wanted to play the bass actually, but when I was around 11 or so I got a guitar for Christmas, so I started playing the guitar instead.
THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY BLACK THRASH IS?
For me, I think it has to be the opening riff to Aura Noirs song Hell’s Fire, or the chorus in the song ‘Condor’.
WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?
I don’t really remember, but I guess it was Smoke on the Water or something like that.
YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?
1. Mike Sifringer from Destruction
2. Denner/Shermann from Merciful Fate
3. Elizaveat or Gezol from Sabbat (I don’t know who made the riffs)
WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?
Mike Sifringer. Without a doubt.
THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?
Not a single riff, but I think the song has to be ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Soldiers’ by The New Order.
THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?
The riff starting at 02:47 in Merciful Fate’s ‘Evil’ OR the mid-tempo riff starting at 03:15 in Destruction’s ‘Confused Games’, I can’t decide.
THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?
Every riff from Pantera, especially the one from ‘Respect’.
RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?
What do you mean riff for riff?
1. The Beatles – Rubber Soul
2. Destruction – Infernal Overkill
3. Yes – Close to the Edge
4. Sarcófago - INRI
5. Autopsy – Severed Survival
(Cat Stevens’ ‘Tea for the Tillerman’ should also be up there somewhere)
A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?
The opening riff to ‘A Lesson in Violence’ by Exodus.
THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?
Can’t decide on a specific riff, but I would want the whole first part of Winterhawk’s ‘Free to Live’.
WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?
Hehe, I wouldn’t know where to start. The riff is what makes and defines the song.