Witchery / The Haunted – Jensen

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Witchery / The Haunted – Jensen
Interviewed April 24, 1999 by Noel
 

 

Metal Rules!!
So far, how has reaction been to the Haunted?

Jensen:
Great, We never thought so many people would enjoy that kind of old school thrash nowadays. The band is a product out of us just jamming trash riffs and other songs that we like… I guess people were tired of all these bands trying to make you cry or worship Satan or Kali or whatever.. We want people to break out the beer when they hear our album. We enjoy a good time and hope people have a good time listening to the album.

 

Metal Rules!!
Do you or Micke still play or interact with Seance? Where you a member of the band “Total Death” who featured the other Seance members?

Jensen:
Ok, I better clarify a few details here. Johan, the Seance singer, was in Orchriste with me. He and I joined up with three Total Death guys, Tony, Micke and Bino. The Witchery line-up is: Toxine (Tony), Mique (Micke), Richard Corpse (Rille, my replacement in Seance) Sharlee D’Angelo (of Mercyful Fate) and myself. Seance are around. I’ve heard some of their new songs and they kick ass like in the old days. Johan (singer of Seance) contributes to this whole Witchery thing by doing backing vocals on every recording.

 

Metal Rules!!
What was the deal with your departure with SEANCE considering you wrote 99% of the music with the brutal lyrics as well on “Salt Rubbed Eyes” & “Fornever Laid to Rest”? Do they still play the music you wrote, do you mind?

Jensen:
I left the band, because I felt that I couldn’t contribute anymore. I wasn’t into that technical stuff when it came to writing a third Seance album. The reason for this was mainly the writing process of the first Satanic Slaughter album. I realized that it was much fun (are harder) to actually write a song that people would remember, that to stack 101 riffs on top of each other like I had done in Seance. I felt I was holding them back, being that I had written 99% of the material. As long as I was in the band they would be waiting for me to write the third album. That’s why I left… There were no personal differences at all and clear evidence of that is the fact that we play together in Witchery today. I don’t know if they play stuff that I wrote. I wouldn’t mind at all, because it was written for the band. They haven’t done any gigs for the past years. Instead they have concentrated on getting the band going again and getting new material written. They WILL release a killer album when they feel ready enough.

 

Metal Rules!!
Being highly influenced by Dark Angel what do you think of their recent reformation of the “Darkness Descends” line-up? Are you a big fan of the later Dark Angel “Leave Scars” & “Time does not heal” or Gene Hoglan in general?

Jensen:
I’m a great fan of their album “Darkness descends” I really, really love that album. If it wasn’t for that album I would never be where I am today. I enjoy their other albums too, especially when they go for the heavier riffs, not so much the fast parts…where I feel they kind of lose control over things and make the song harder to take in. I think Gene is one of the better drummers around, but still it’s the band Dark Angel that made that album, and I cry with joy, knowing that The Haunted has a big chance of getting to open for them on one or two European dates!!!

 

Metal Rules!!
Did you hear of “Dreams of Damnation” Jim Durkin’s newer band or the other after-math Dark angel band called Hunger featuring Eric Meyer & Ron Rhinehart?

Jensen:
No, I’m afraid not. I was never a fan of Ron’s vocals (and I think Gene wrote far too long lyrics and the later D.A. albums). I’m sure Ron’s a great guy, but compared to Don I’d have to vote for the latter.

 

Metal Rules!!
How has the new Slayer hit you? Is it something that interests you or are you mainly into the Hell Awaits/Reign in Blood Slayer era?

Jensen:
I didn’t like the new Slayer album all that much. There’s some good riffs and arrangement. I do not want to seem as if I’m lecturing the Slayer guys, but the new albums sounds like it was written on routine and without the “Give ‘em Hell” attitude. They should get back to being passionate about thrashing open the listeners heads again. Everybody knows that they are the best at doing just that.

 

Metal Rules!!
Will The Haunted be featured on the Dwell records new Slayer tribute album or would you consider it? What did you think of The Slatanic Tribute Vol.1 & 2? And finally did you appear on Seance’s version of “Post Mortem”?

Jensen:
No, I think we’re done with interpreting Slayer songs, haha. I think actually that the aforementioned albums a pretty lame. The only track I think is cool is Grope’s version of “Spill the blood”…and yes, I did appear on the Seance version of “Post Mortem” In fact that was my last appearance on any Seance material, plus it was the same recording session we first cut a Satanic Slaughter song (“Forever I burn”)

 

Metal Rules!!
Any heavier influences besides the given Judas Priest/Wasp/Black Sabbath/Accept. Perhaps Forbidden / Possessed / Viking / Death / Venom / Celtic Frost / Protector / Sodom / Destruction / Kreator / Helloween?

Jensen:
Haha, you pretty much got them all there, but there still are a few that you haven’t mentioned: Mercyful Fate, Piledriver, Exodus and Motorhead are all big influences on me. I was never into Protector, Viking nor Helloween though.

 

Metal Rules!!
What do you think of the current Swedish Death metal scene? Are there any noteworthy bands?

Jensen:
There are (a lot of) cool bands, but the best band ever to rise out of Sweden is DEFLESHED. Oh my God, have you heard their album “Under the Blade”? Man, If that album doesn’t spark new life into the death metal scene on its own, then death metal is dead and gone forever. Check it out!!!!

 

Metal Rules!!
How would you describe the Haunted – as a Death metal band or band influenced by Death metal or just Metal?

Jensen:
Just Metal, I guess. We don’t want to limit us to any category. Far too many bands do that anyway. We play what we like and don’t care about anything else.

 

Metal Rules!!
Will you appear or have anything to do with any Seance Current works?

Jensen:
No.

 

Metal Rules!!
Getting to your other band Witchery, how are people taking to the fusing of the old school metal sound? I love Restless Dead & Witchburner!

Jensen:
That’s what people seem to do. They love it…and no one could be happier than I. We have a lot of fun playing and writing stuff for Witchery and I’m glad that people enjoy it. I mean, you can actually hear how much fun we are having when we record the songs…You just know that we love every riff.

 

Metal Rules!!
How would describe Witchery versus the Haunted?

Jensen:
The Haunted is a lot more heavier music-wise and serious lyric-wise than Witchery. We can fool around with a lot of strange topics and shit with Witchery but with The Haunted….I guess we have more intelligent things to say with that band., haha

 

Metal Rules!!
What about the power metal scene, are you interested in this type of music?

Jensen:
No, can’t say that I am. These guys know how to play.. I don’t. I play because I love to sweat it out on stage and play heavy riffs really loud. These guys know what notes to play and they probably discuss alternative techniques etc. I don’t care much for that side of metal, but I think that’s it’s cool that there are bands like them around. Anything that can keep the publics interest in Metal alive is good for the scene.

 

Metal Rules!!
What is your involvement with Satanic Slaughter? What albums do you play on? Did Micke play on this as well?!

Jensen:
I joined SS because they couldn’t get their original guitar player to rejoin the band. Remember, SS were formed back in -85. I got the job if I promised not to take over the band. Hell, I was happy to finally be in a band without having to sweat out the riffs, haha. Anyway, nothing happened, so I couldn’t help myself from writing almost the entire first album…! Members of SS at that point were: Toxine (guitar), Mique (Drums) Richard Corpse (Bass), Ztephan Dark (founder of the band, ex-guitar player, now vocalist) and myself on guitar. Well, to make a long story short…Ztephan couldn’t pull of the vocals, so Toxine took them and laid down the vox in a matter of hours (that’s how we learned that he could sing). Now that the album was recorded and ready to go, Ztephan wasn’t at all happy. It was his band and he wasn’t even on the first album.. (which makes the first SS album, containing: Toxine, Mique, Richard and myself, to be the first Witchery recording, haha). Ztephan fired all four of us and we decided to carry on under the name of Witchery, a name we were thinking of using back when we were looking for a name for Seance. That’s the story as it once happened.

 

Metal Rules!!
What made you decide to play in a band like Witchery?

Jensen:
Because of the “We don’t give a shit” mentality. We play exactly what we want; Black/Thrash/Heavy or even Death metal songs. Another reason is avoiding writers block. Everything I sit down to write on the guitar I write for Witchery. Less pressure, more creative freedom makes writing for them easier that writing for The Haunted. Nevertheless, every now and then there’s a couple of riffs that sound more like The Haunted than Witchery, so I save it for them. Eventually, I have enough material to complete a new The Haunted track ( and in the process I’ve written 3 or 4 Witchery songs, which explains the speedrate of Witchery putting out albums).

 

Metal Rules!!
Are you influenced yourself musically by anything else outside of metal?

Jensen:
Everything I hear can become something I get influenced by. It’s important not to shut out all the activity going on outside of metal, because then you might miss the best source inspiration you’ll ever find.

 

Metal Rules!!
Do you still keep track of Death metal outside of Sweden like Morbid Angel, Immolation, Deicide, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, Death, Suffocation, Vader?

Jensen:
No, I have to say that those bands don’t have as much influence on me today as they had a few years ago. I actually thought that I didn’t like death metal anymore until I discovered the aforementioned Defleshed album. Then I realized that what was missing was the excitement and sheer enthusiasm that all the bands had when Death metal surfaced back in the late 80′s. I really hope that the scene will take a good listen to that album (Defleshed “Under the band”) and get a few clues to how it should be done.

 

Metal Rules!!
Any future plans for the Haunted or Witchery?

Jensen:
The Haunted will begin to record the 2nd album in September and it  will hopefully be out before the end of this year. The Haunted will play at this years Dynamo festival in Holland, alongside of Metallica, Manowar, Cradle of Filth etc. Witchery will release a full-length album in September entitled: “Dead, hot and ready” and we’re hoping to be able to start recording the next two albums (both recorded in the same session to save time and money) in October. Witchery will also perform at this years Milwaukee metal fest and will do a couple of dates in northeastern USA and surrounding parts of Canada. After that we will fly straight to Hamburg, Germany and do the Wacken open air festival.

 

Metal Rules!!
The Skeleton on The Restless & Dead…can you give us some incite on who this is and what he represents?

Jensen:
He is the bands mascot and companion. He will be featured on every Witchery album cover. He symbolizes the metal spirit of the 80′s…haha “Thrash ‘em all and let the Devil sort ‘em out” haha!!

 

Metal Rules!!
What type of Guitar equipment do you use?

Jensen:
I have several guitars: Fender strats, Gibson Les Paul, Fernandes, Charvels etc. The only thing they have in common (apart from being black, haha) is that they are all equipped with the EMG-81 guitar pickup. Furthermore, I use a Marshall Valvestate 100W head and a 4×12 cabinet… No effects, no homosexual racks etc… if you haven’t got it in your wrist and fingers, then getting a bunch of technical devices to disguise it will only make it sound lame. Practice and practice again…and stay true to what you really want to play. That’s the simple secret of becoming a good musician.

 

Metal Rules!!
Thank you very much for your time and patience Jensen, Stay brutal and keep on writing where Slayer/Dark Angel left off and the great alike! 

Jensen:
Thank you for your time and support. We are very much looking forward to playing in Canada, so keep your eye out for us on the road. I promise that no one will be disappointed after seeing us live. Do the “W” and break out a few beers from the fridge, haha You know you deserve it!!!!

Metal Rules!!
Any closing comments?

Jensen:
Defleshed rules!!!!

 

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