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A Dirty Dozen with (0) – March 2020

| 27 March 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “(0) have to be one of the best-kept secrets of the Danish underground – very few bits of information can be gathered online, but still, the musicians choose to remain nameless – choosing to have their harsh and extreme soundscapes speak for them. Their self-titled debut EP was initially released in 2017 and tested the boundaries of black metal, progressive metal, drone and post metal on four long tracks – a demanding and multi-faceted affair reveling in cascades of blackened rage and bleak melancholy.” We get the band to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

Photo Credit: Gaia Micatovich Photography

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

The lyrics on the album are in Danish and based on poems written separately from the music. We spend a lot of time on the lyrics, which include play with words and the Danish language in general. That’s also why we choose to write in danish, as we would not be able to express us self the same way in English (or in any other language for that matter). The album does not have a theme as such, but it revolves around the darker sides of life, such as guilt, shame, hate and death. Things that affects us and our surroundings. The coming single “Skarntyder” is  about people who already as children are branded as difficult and weak, and thus scorned by society. We make music that fits the emotions and moods we want to express, and we are not bound by genre or themes. Some tracks are simple and raw, like feelings of hate and envy. Other tracks are complex and varied, like feelings of shame or guilt. Either way, we try to take the listener on a journey, and sometimes it’s short and concise and sometimes it’s long and dualistic.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Some of us have been playing together for at long time, and it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what made us want to play music. Of cause our big interest in music in general influenced us, but being rich and famous has never been an motivation. Rather it’s the ability to express emotions and feelings through the music, that draws us.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

We are influenced by a lot of music, spanning from pop, through jazz and folk music and on to all kinds of metal and progressive music in general.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

It could be anyone, depending on what we would be working on.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

We have a hard time putting a label on the music (which you’ve probably heard about a million times before), mainly because we really don’t care what genre we are playing. Progressive black or progressive extreme metal is probably what comes closest to describing our music. Listening to music is very subjective, so we don’t really judge how people sees the music, or what they think it resembles. If the music makes people react (positively or negatively), we know that we’re on to something.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Spending a lot of time doing what you love.

7. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

We recorded our album in Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, and it’s fair to say that we we’re pretty star struck the first time we met Flemming Rasmussen.

8. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

We do have a thing or two, but it’s private band matters, and not something we share in public.

9. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Musically, Tool is one thing all members of the band agrees on, so being a part of a Tool recording session would be pretty interesting.

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