After much delay Danish death metal band Crucifix finally released their debut Threnody of the Crucifix via the small French label Aural Offerings. It's an album that I've been looking forward to and the Danes don't disappoint. A while ago I got a brief talk with guitarist Rune Gnagelhof about the delay, the inspiration and many other things as well.

Rune Gnagelhof interviewed by PSL

How come it took so long to get Threnody of the Crucifix released?
Good question. We had the album recorded, mixed and mastered sometime back in August 2007, but we had some problems with finding the right person to do the cover artwork. So we didn't have the cover artwork done 'till sometime late last year after we were introduced to Chioreanu Costin's artwork. He did a killer artwork for us! Unfortunately we had a few misunderstandings and other technical problems during the spring this year, so the album wasn't ready for release 'till August. But we are very happy with the result - it's a killer album!

You inked a deal with the French label Aural Offerings. What made you go with them and how's the corporation been so far?
We chose to go with Aural Offerings Records because it seemed to be a good idea at the time. By now we have come to the agreement that we will not be working with Aural Offerings on the next Crucifix album due to the fact that they will only be releasing tapes and not CDs from now on.

The inspiration and style on Threnody of the Crucifix seem a little different than earlier on. Could you say something about which bands inspire you nowadays?
The inspiration and style has changed a little due to the line-up changes we have made the last few years. Some of the bands that inspire us are Belphegor, Morbid Angel, Vader, Angel Corpse, Hate Eternal, Nile and many others as well.

Do you think songs like the titletrack, "World of Sin" and "Behind the Veil of Illusion" is a good indication of how the Crucifix style will be from now on?
The title track and "World of Sin" are closely related to the new stuff we are working on. "Behind the Veil of Illusion" is not a very typical Crucifix song, so we can't say whether or not the next album will contain any material sounding like that. Time will tell.

As far as I could tell you've reused almost all songs from your latest two demos. These songs have they been rewritten or changed in any way?
We didn't think that the songs needed to be changed, so the only thing different about those songs are the guitar leads that I wrote for them.

You recorded at All Sound Studio and had the effort mastered at Necromorbus Studios. What made you decide to do so and are you happy with the outcome?
We recorded the Endless Infernum demo at All Sound Studios back in 2006 and were very happy with the result so we decided to do Threnody of the Crucifix there as well. We had heard some of Necromorbus' work and thought that it would fit nicely with the sound we wanted Threnody of the Crucifix to have. We are very happy with the work that both All Sound Studio and Necromorbus did on this album. It turned out great.

You had JBP from Church Bizarre and Kristoffer from Spectral Mortuary guest the CD. How did this come around?
They are both very good friends of Crucifix. JBP was the vocalist of Crucifix for quite some time a few years back and Kristoffer is used to having me occupy Spectral Mortuary's sofa during their rehearsals. So it seems like a very natural thing to do.

Since you reformed in 2004 you've had to make some changes in the line-up. Do you feel you have a stable line-up by now?
Yeah, we now have the strongest line-up ever! Our teamwork is great and the new songs we are working on are killer so people really have something to look forward to!

The lyrics mostly seem to be about anti-religion and I'm aware that your hometown Skjern and the part of Denmark where it's located are known to be religious. Is this something that has played a role in your hate towards Christianity?
Yeah, growing up in a religious environment did play an important role. At one point Crucifix was asked to play a show, but the venue wanted to see the lyrics before letting us play there, so we had to give them fake lyrics in order to play the show. Religion is just another way to oppress people. As Richard Dawkins says so beautifully in The God Delusion: "The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic malevolent bully." Or as Richard M. Pirsig once said: "When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion." Or put in other words - Adults with imaginary friends are stupid.

It's safe to say that you don't sound anything like the common Danish metal band. What do you think of the state of Danish metal?
No, there are not really any other Danish metal bands like Crucifix. There are very few Danish bands that play something that isn't "common Danish" and we can't stand the "common Danish" bands. We simply find them boring.

Apart from the show you did with Die and Gorefest in March it's not much you've played live. Do you hope this will be different in 2009?
No, unfortunately we haven't done a lot of shows in 2008, but we hope to change that in 2009!

What next is planned for Crucifix?
Hopefully we will play a lot of show in 2009 while we finish working on the song for the next album!

Anything you'd like to add to conclude this interview?
Thanks for reading! And if you haven't got Threnody of the Crucifix yet - go fucking buy it!

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