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Darkthrone’s Fenriz becomes accidental politician

By | Published on Monday 12 September 2016

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Anyone who shows any eagerness to become a politician should probably be stopped from doing so. Forcing people reluctantly into public service sounds like a much more conducive way of getting things done. And we can now test that theory, as Darkthrone drummer Fenriz has been voted into the role of local councillor in his hometown of Kolbotn against his will, thanks to the slightly strange way Norwegian politics works.

“Basically, they called and asked if I wanted to be on the list [of backup representatives]”, he tells CLRVYNT. “I said yeah, thinking I would be like eighteenth on the list and I wouldn’t really have to do anything. They just need a list to be able to – well, it’s hard to talk local politics in another language”.

Fair enough. But how did he actually win the election? “My campaign was a picture of me holding my cat saying, ‘Please don’t vote for me’. But people just went nuts. After the election, the boss called me and told me I was a representative. I wasn’t too pleased, and I’m not too pleased about it. It’s boring. There’s not a lot of money in that, either, I can tell you!”

As for the actual responsibilities of his new role, he explains: “I have to step in when the usual people who go to the big meetings are sick or something. Then I have to go sit there and feel stupid among the straight people”.

Still, to take his mind off all this, there’s the more pressing matter of the new Darkthrone album ‘Arctic Thunder’, their seventeenth, which is out on 14 Oct. Here, along with commentary from Fenriz, is opening track ‘Tundra Leech’:



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