WATAIN’s ERIK DANIELSSON On ‘Lords Of Chaos’ Film: ‘It’s Not A Gateway Into Black Metal Knowledge At All’

Erik Danielsson

WATAIN frontman Erik Danielsson was recently interviewed by Metal Wani.

WHen asked if he is worried about the way that the upcoming “Lords Of Chaos” film, which is based on true events in the Norwegian black metal music scene in the early 1990s, might paint black metal to a broader audience.

“No, I’m not,” Erik responded (hear audio below). “I’ve seen the film, and it’s not a gateway into black metal knowledge at all. It’s a movie about juveniles that do a lot of really extreme things, and I don’t think that people are gonna walk away from that movie thinking that they know a lot about black metal.

“I don’t think that they’re gonna feel educated on the history of [the pioneering Norwegian black metal band] MAYHEM and what went down.

“I think they’re gonna walk away thinking that they’ve seen a pretty intense f*cking movie. So, no, I’m not worried in the slightest. I mean, that damage, as far as I’m concerned, with black metal getting too much attention from mainstream media, that happened 15 years ago already.

“So, to me, that’s a lost battle, if you wanna call it that. I’m not too concerned myself. Black metal will always live on in the spirit of those that keep on performing it with dignity and with reverence, and I’m proud to call myself one of them.”

“Lords Of Chaos” will be premiered on February 8 and on demand on February 22.