WITH NEBELHEXE (italian version)
by Giancarlo Bolther
new record is very dark with a lot of eighties referencies, what kind
of music do you want to create with your new project?
With Hagalaz' Runedance I tried to create a specific folk
music sound with medieval instruments to create an old and earthly
atmosphere that fits to the concept of ancient northern spirituality.
But since I am also very inspired by gothic, wave and other alternative
music, bands like Depeche Mode, Killing Joke, Bauhaus, Kate Bush,
Dead Can Dance, Skinny Puppy etc, etc to name examples, I had many
ideas to experiment with music. I felt the urge to explore the many
possibilities of creating musical sounds and I wanted to focus more
generally on my feelings, dreams, obscure experiences, parallel worlds
and the magic that is surrounding me. Now I just want to create, express
what is inside of me, being true to myself, without restricting and
limiting myself to a specific genre anymore. Being an artist (and
a pagan) I always seek to grow, to explore and to challenge. I also
began working within other artistic areas; creating visual art and
video concepts for example.
I'm not sure how I would describe my new songs. I feel a lot of Hagalaz'
Runedance is kept in the new songs, but I also think there are a lot
of gothic influences, since 80's gothic, industrial and synth pop
inspired me very much.
Can you tell us more about the songs and the making of the
new album and what does it mean the title of the new album for you?
The songs are very inspired by my childhood memories, bizarr
occult experiences, wet dark streets of London, strange dreams, feelings
of sadness, melancholy and lost love. I think I am the typical person
who uses music and art as therapy. When I open myself to the emotions
and visions of the past I can communicate with my inner self, work
on myself and grow as a person. My music has always been personal
and honest, yet with Hagalaz I focused entirely on the forgotten pagan
mysteries and thus the songs had a message to the listener. The new
songs have less a message and more a feeling I want to bring across.
Except the song 'Reverse', which is a bittersweet humoristic message:
A dark goddess rises from the ground to remind abused women, of their
forgotten preditor instinct, getting them to reverse and strike back...
I think my dearest songs are Totems, My Visual World and Touch Of
Morpheus. Totems is a vision of wolves disguised as dark men wandering,
following me, seeking me... an image of other worlds and the decaying
city. This is also a comic idea I am working on. Kind of in the same
manner as the old black and white movie 'Carnival of Souls'. My Visual
World is about myself...walking
through endless streets...seeing and searching... Touch Of Morpheus
is about a vision of decadence, opium, absinth, the sleeper god Morpheus..
and a gothic experience of my own...
Laguz is a rune which symbolises deep emotions, intuition, the deep
water, the lake. It can be used to influence and speak to a person's
subconscious. In this song I describe a personal experience, a spell
trying to influence someone. Symbolically I describe the deep lake,
yet the song is about a special someone I had met... we sit in a cafe
in deep conversation, time goes by...and he 'floats away' from me...and
I drown in the lake of love... yes also witches can fall unhappily
Where have you found the ispiration to write this album?
My life, my visions, thoughts strange dreams and feelings...
myths, mysteries, other worlds...
This album marks a new step into your career, will you record
again with this new project in future?
Yes I plan to release my new artistic adventures under my
Which are your fave bands/artists, the ones that inspires
Music that inspired me are no doubt Kate Bush, Dead Can Dance,
Death In June, Coil, Current 93, New Model Army, Sisters, Killing
Joke, Toyah, the Cure, Siouxie, Lene Lovich, Depeche Mode.and many
Gothic music is very popular nowadays, how do you feel about
the new artists?
I think Gothic music in general today has lost its touch...I
am not so up to date with new gothic bands really...From todays scene
I like for example Hoccico (if one can call them goth?), London After
In my opinion nowadays there are a lot of bands in the goth
scene, but very few are good as the artists of the eighties, i believe
that dark wave bands (Bauhaus, Joy Division, Killing Joke, Christian
Death, Virgin Prunes.) were much more experimental and searched than
today bands, what is your point of view?
Yes I think they had their own style, todays bands often
tend to try to copy Sisters, thus loosing a personal touch. I think
it is important to try to experiment with new sounds, and interpretate
them personally even if one is inspired by the old bands...
You play also Celtic music, but you choose to play a very
darkest tipe, why do you are so gloomy?
I just am a gloomy person... hehe... well I am very inspired
by dark atmospheres and am a very melancholic person deep inside.
But I also am a very humerous person with a lot of self-irony, I love
to have fun, make people laugh and my friends usually have a really
funny time with me...
How is born your musical carreer?
I think it started in '93 when I took singing lessons and
violin lessons.... I started to make music and tried to play in a
band as well. Then I was asked by Cradle of Filth to do some guest
vocals, because they were very interested in La Vey's satanism and
I was at that time a priestess of a left hand path magic order. After
that I started with my own projects and released a cd with Aghast...
Which were the happiest years of your life?
Can't answer this one...life always has its ups and downs...
but I surely had a quite interested life and experienced a lot of
weird things, happy things, but also many sad ones...
And the most difficult ones?
What does it mean for you Paganism and to be a pagan and do
you consider yourself as pagan?
To me being a pagan means to be free and natural, without
being restricted by the boundries of dogmatic patriarchal religions.
To be a magician or witch means to explore life, to communicate with
the cosmos, to influence ones fate to the better and most of all to
grow as a person. I see life as a journey, with always new possibilities
and also many obstacles... there are always new beginnings in life...
In your website i've read that you are interested in Anton
LaVey scripts, can you tell me more about, please? Are you involved
No I am not involved in Satanism, cause the figure of Satan
is still an invention of Christianity and I like to ignore every aspect
of this religion. But nevertheless I have been very inspired by LaVeys
books. I agree a lot with what he sais and I do know a lot people
from the Church of Satan...
In your opinion there are some links between satanism and
Like I said, the figure of Satan is still an invention of
Christianity and I like to ignore every aspect of this religion. But
the link might be that both are interested in living a natural life
without dogmatic patriarchal religion...
Do you have a philosophy? Your vision of the world is...
something I cannot say in a few words. I have written a lot
about my world views, also in my book 'The Ancient Fires of Midgard'.
Chapters of it can also be found in my websites... doing a little
Which are your ambitions and expectations about the future?
What is the greatest challenge for your future?
The greatest challenge is of course to get very famous, inspire
many people with my ideas and finally earn a lot of money from my
music and art...hehe... well I guess that will remain a fantasy...
Is there something special that you would like to say to your
I very much hope to come and play life soon in Italy...see
you there... :)
Reviews (in italian): Lagutz Within the Lake
Related Artists: Hagalaz' Runedance