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to me music has always been a hobby, and it still is kinda. I have just always gone with the flow, and it has always taken me places I didn’t foresee. It all started when I did guitar teching in Gorgoroth as a favor to Tormentor, I really didn’t want to do it, but I thought, fuck it, let’s see what happens. Soon after that, I played guitars in Gorgoroth, and 1349 followed a couple of years later, then back to Gorgoroth, God Seed and then finally Mayhem, plus of course the odd side projects I fell into on the way, and still do.”

“Esoteric” Songwriting Naturally, the songwriting process for “Esoteric Warfare” assumed a different dynamic within the band, as Blasphemer had previously written most of Mayhem’s music. “The thing that

happened this time is that we were open for anybody to write music.” as Necrobutcher explained. However, after months of going back and forth with several ideas being developed by the majority of its members, Mayhem eventually settled upon Teloch as the main songwriter for “Esoteric Warfare”, on what seemed to be a natural process for the band’s bassist: “Charles wrote a couple of songs, even I wrote a song for this album, when Teloch managed to present ten good songs, and it was more natural to just go with that, because maybe it would be too much different directions in one album.” When developing on this subject, Necrobutcher also opened the possibility that one of other current members of Mayhem could be writing the music in the future: “maybe there’s a time for that in the new album, who knows… maybe Charles [Hedger] will write the new album,

who knows? Teloch has been in this band for four years now. [It was] two, three years before he could come up with anything good. We actually were in the studio the last year to record the album, we recorded six, seven songs and we threw everything in the garbage because it wasn’t good enough. Then he got really inspired to write new material this time [and] it was good, good enough. It was more like what Mayhem should sound like. That’s how Teloch came to write this album now. It’s not like everybody was given roles, this is what happened this time.” The first take of what would become “Esoteric Warfare” was to be inspired in one of Mayhem’s past works, as a kind of continuity and revamping of its original sound, but soon afterwards, Teloch would enter a different creative path as the guitarist explained: “First I wanted to go back to the

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Against Magazine #8 (April 2014)  

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Against Magazine #8 (April 2014)  

DOWNLOAD PDF HERE: https://www.dropbox.com/s/f99yfqzhxgr81l4/against_08_interactive.pdf

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