Hey Nil… Introduce us to the band.
N: Hello! We are Homoferus! My name is Nil and I play the guitar and sing.
What were those bands and those influences that motivated you in order to form Homoferus?
N: Well, in general musical tastes are different but very similar (black, death metal) at the same time. What I hate is metal core! Initially, we wanted to play using metal screaming vocals and melodic music by using the keys… and we were immediately drawn to atmospheric melodic black metal. I can’t find a specific group that served as a role model, to give an example of exactly what we were influenced by.
Who thought of the name and what does it symbolize? Maybe, it has some misanthropy along with isolation from the people in general…
N: Homoferus - is the name of the group which we had long been thinking of! We liked its meaning and sound. As you can see the word comes from the Latin language. Homo Ferus - the legend of the werewolf is associated with children, brought up among wolves. It’s representative of a person deprived of many of the inherent traits of love, emotion, and especially ordinary laughter; he is silent, except for those moments when he roars, snorts and howls.
Homoferus are: Nil Dilian - vocals, guitar, Dan - drums, Neon Noem - keys, vocals… but as you have told me, there’s also a session guitarist and a bassist. Were those persons only for the studio work or will they join you in any future live shows? Are you looking for some full-time members as well… or not?
N: Yes, we needed some help to record the bass & the second guitar (sessions). We have musicians ready to help us for future shows. Of course, we are looking for permanent musicians in the group with whom we could work by composing music and songs in general!
You’re coming from a country where Black Metal music is kind of a “national music”… and of course Norwegian black metal is famous all over the world. What more do you believe you can offer black metal scene… which is especially fraught nowadays?
N: Norwegian black metal has a large and rich history of development, I like it! As we are new in true Norwegian black metal, we can’t do many things, because it is perfect already!
Some people will find our music similar to other famous groups, and others will hear something new. In such a huge number of bands and musicians, it is hard to stand out, but it does not frighten us. We think that our music will not leave listeners indifferent. In Norway, there’s competition in the metal music, particularly among the young groups.
The album has 8 songs… you told me that you’ve chosen them among other songs… and you decided to keep the best, in your opinion. Are there any hard mixed or demo songs that didn’t make it to the album?
N: We chose the eight best of all the material that was made and started working on the bugs, bringing the songs to the ideal result. New ideas and music will be in the second album. We have done and will only do our best.
You’ve recorded the album somewhere at Bergen right? How did you decide to work with the famous Dan Swano afterwards?
N: We recorded the album in a home studio in Bergen. We had been looking for a professional who would bring the matter to an end. We think we found him. Dan Swano did it. I’m a fan of some of the groups which he worked with (dark funeral, marduk, in flames, etc.)
The production is excellent; of course … Dan has done a great job once again… Are you totally satisfied with the final result?
N: We contacted Dan Swano and he agreed to take on our album. It is very easy to work with him, he is a professional at this. As a result, we are completely satisfied.
Why did you name the album “Herocly”?
N: It was decided at a rehearsal, when we talked about the album. It was proposed to be named after a song title, so we all supported the idea. Before we chose, there were a lot of names on the table.
Who made the artwork and why there is also that red artwork on the web? Is it official?
N: We have done the cover design and decoration of the disk ourselves. The red cover was a draft, that accidentally found its way into the Internet. What happened was stupid. (i.n.: unfortunately the whole net is full of that cover.)
What happened and the album was leaked even though it hasn’t been officially released?
N: The official release date will be at the 1st of April 2012. You buy the CD at:
What are your further plans? Are you still looking for a label to release the album? Have they contacted you so far?
N: Unfortunately we have not found any label yet. We are still looking for. It is not like 1990, when there were 100 bands in the world… now there are thousands of them. The plans include: a concert in Norway in the near future, writing new material, perhaps shooting a video clip… (i.n.: I think it’s matter of time to get signed by a label… the CD is very good.)
Will you go on releasing it on your own if nothing good comes up from any label? When will it happen? When will the actual CD be released? What do you have in mind?
N: We have already released a limited edition of 500 pieces. They can be purchased by us. You can see the photos on our website.
What are the lyrics talking about?
N: Mysticism exists in our texts. They are stories that always talk about something, they have their own reasoning. We do not write about religion and mythology. Most of them are about reality.
I know that’s hard for any new band out there… but I think if you believe in yourselves then you’re ready to take the long road, right?
N: Absolutely! We believe in ourselves and it helps us to believe in a successful future development, and gives us more creative imagination! We are confident about our abilities!
And some weird Questions now!! Do you believe that all those incidents in the early 90s… in the Norwegian black metal scene have caused any kind of problems or helped the scene to become more known all over the world?
N: I think that the events in the 90’s played an important role. Possibly, they helped in some way. But for me the creation of bands, rather than history is more important, though history is not of little importance… I hope you understand me…
Is Satanism the only thematology for black metal bands… or there’s more than this?
N: We don’t write lyrics about Satan and the devil. Is this a rule in black metal? I don't think so. Satanism is not the only thematology in black metal; there are many death metal (black-death) bands that use Satanism as a theme in their lyrics. If Iron Maiden sing about Satan, it is not black metal… hehe (i.n.: not of course any band can sing about Satan… but black metal started out with this kind of thematology back in the late 80s)
Demonology vs Satanism? What are the similarities and the differences?
N: I can’t say anything about it. Demons are something mythical… while Satan is a creature from the religion. For me, they’re different things…
Who is your favorite philosopher and why?
N: I don’t have any favorite philosophers. I am a philosopher myself J
If you were the opposite sex for one day, what would you look like and what would you do?
N: (hehe) Excellent question. You always ask such odd questions… if I were a girl, then I would look myself in the mirror for half the day, then put on tights and go to a club… hehe J
What would you to say to all those that claim that black metal music is sound pollution and has no meaning at all?
N: A balanced person would not tell such a thing! As for the rest, I would scream in their ears saying: Hail Black Metal! When I listen to black metal, I don’t understand how someone might not like it! I just do not believe it.
That’s it for now Nil! Thx for the interview dude. Wish you the best with Homoferus for the future… if there’s anything you would like to add then just do it…
N: Thank you! I think we will soon delight our listeners with Homoferus’ new songs... Skål