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They’re a Harambe-themed black
metal band claiming to hail from Norway.
Complete with tremolo-picked
guitars, blast beats and crappy production, their sound is traditional ‘tru
kvlt’ black metal. Shrieked and buried deep in the mix, the band’s lyrics are
almost impossible to decipher, but if I had to take I guess, I’d say they were
most likely gorilla-based.
The band have only a
Bandcamp page to their name containing one three track EP titled Under the Sign of Harambe. ‘I Am The
Harambe’ kicks off the EP, a menacing fuzz assault set to apeshit snare
banging. Second track ‘Dicks Out’ is a slower dirge that gradually swells, less
ballsy but still chillingly penetrative, a grow-er
as opposed to a show-er. Spooky synth
instrumental ‘Den Gratende Primat’ then closes the record, a reflective piece
that gives the listener time to contemplate life, the universe and Harambe.
Eager to understand why this
fallen gorilla from Cincinatti zoo had so much importance to a black metal band
from Norway I took the decision to interview the group. Lead member Ygg Huur
was happy to oblige.
Your black metal band is themed around Harambe the
Gorilla. Did you know Harambe personally?
Ygg Huur (YH): We did not,
though we did follow him for many years.ForestofHarambe comprisesof radical eco-terrorists and we were extremely
hurt by his senseless murder. We feel that our album is an appropriate tribute.
Under the sign of Harambe is some menacing shit. Explain the meaning
behind the track Den Gratende Primat?
YH: The title means "The Crying Ape." It
encapsulates the horrorsof animal enslavement in a dungeon synth piece that
harkens back to the ambient worksof Burzum, Depressive Silence, etc.
Who are your
YH: In termsof black metal, we enjoy artists from the Norwegian
(Darkthrone etc.), Russian (Forest etc.), Ukrainian (Drudkh etc.), French (Blut Aus
Nord etc.), and American (Yellow Eyes, Rhinocervs, etc.) scenes. There are too
many to name.
As far as non-black metal music goes, we have
varied tastes in music. Our members enjoy anything from post-punk to hip hop to
Politically, we are all influenced by many figures
in the radical left. Marx, etc.
Are you really from Hordaland in
YH: Yes, we are from Bergen.
If Forest of Harambe was
a pizza what toppings would it have?
YH: We would most likely be a spinach and feta
cheese pizza. The cheese would have to be responsibly sourced.
How do you feel
about all the Americans that voted for Harambe in the last election?
YH: We feel that it was foolish and irresponsible.
However, we in Norway have a saying that goes like this: "...And even in
the next day, the monkfish swims."
What music have you
been listening to recently? Anything fans wouldn’t expect?
YH: In general, we have mostly been listening to
field recordingsof various mammals (and birds to a much lesser
extent). During our last tourof southeastern Europe, we listened to a lotof Kate Bush, Deathspell Omega, and
What does the
future hold for Forest of Harambe?
YH: Our drummer was jailed for burning down a Church's
Chicken when we were on tour in Bulgaria. We are on a temporary hiatus until he