1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
ToB is a satanic black metal band/project (from Denmark) that has been around for like 15 years or so.
I am Lord Beezanborgh, main man and grand magus of the Baphomethean
Temple of Old and you may know me as the vocalist from bands such as Rex
Satanachia, Skyggesjæl and Diabolicum Mystica. For those new to my
stuff; what may be noted with ToB is: That "we" are one of the very few
serious satanic bands left on these parts !
So ToB´s primarily function is to act like a medium for diabolical spirits - to manifest there presence through vibrations and
to carry hidden messages out to our kind - scattered as they may be! And
after a too long and involuntary break - I now re-present Temple of
Baphomet to you all. The gates to the temple is open once again !!!
2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new EP and how it differs from the previous recordings?
The sound/style is very ritualistic and has been so since the beginning. But this particular recording has got more
of a "theatrical" feel to it and also going into some serious minimalism to achieve a deep meditative effect.
The biggest difference from this one and previous efforts is the
production. As this EP represents a big step forward production vise and
was a much more professional session. Before there was absolutely no
budget and I just used the gear that was available at the time. Now, I
am so privileged to have a much more professional set up and a lots of
experience to pull from too - Which is very noticeable with the new
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?
The main topic has always been rituals and magic; from a satanic
perspective! But a returning theme is also that of metaphysical journeys
and spiritual progression. This new one is no exception. The overall
topic of "In morbid fascination of Sathan" is Necromancy and loss of
humanity - and it may be either positive or negative - depending much on
the listeners perspective. And of cause the title track, is pretty much
self-explanatory. An ode to the Devil.....
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
I originally formed ToB under a much longer and complicated moniker, something like "The arcane order of the serpent Baphomet"
So I guess "Temple of Baphomet" is short for that. Both names signifies
like a connection to some sort of lodge or secret order and In many ways
ToB is just that: The visible face of something most secret and
obscure. But don´t be confused by the others who has since "borrowed"
that name - There is only one true ToB!
5. You have a history that goes back to 1997 and have remained
underground after all of these years, what is it that motivates you to
keep on creating evil music after all of these years?
Yeah, it has been 15 odd years since the creation of ToB - A lot has
changed - But the song remains the same.... This goes for me too,
I am still after all these years the same guy - just older and wiser.
So like 3 - 5 times a day I find my self playing that cursed guitar of
mine and from there composing just comes naturally. I simply can´t help
my self from writing new songs, its an obsession of mine! and even
during that long "break" with no new ToB releases out, I was still
pretty much active as a composer every day. So now I got material for
like 2-3 albums just waiting for me to get my shit together and record
some more ! Well... The real reason to start releasing ToB again; is to
underline what should be the purpose of all black metal
- Satanism !
6. The new demo came out on cassette which is something alot of younger
bands dont put out anymore and I have noticed that the music sounds way
more darker and underground sounding than these over produced mp3's
what is your opinion of the younger black metal bands that release their
music on the mp3, zip or rar formats?
Only tape is real!!! Despite being declared dead about 10 years ago,
this humble format still lives on in the underground and for me
personally nothing captures the raw essence of underground metal more
that audio cassettes. I chose this format because of its analogue nature
and therefore inaccessibly in these digital times. Not that I am
against digitization, or the wonders of modern technology - But simply
to keep it from being uploaded and distributed online without my
consent. The observant reader will also notice I have not officially
uploaded any new mp3´s to any of my ToB portals. As the new EP is pretty
much just for those who stuck to the "scene", stuck to satanism and
stuck to tape!
So even with this very limited tape release, I don´t feel I have
excluded anyone yet. But the good news for the digital audience is that
there will also be a free promo single CD - One can request this item
in a month or so, keep an eye out for it and write to SDP for more info.
7. The new demo came out on Satnaic Deathcult Productions can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
I am also behind SDP, of which I founded to release the audio cassette version of another project of mine.
Since that I have released 5 high quality titles on tape with various
bands including my own EP. Another SDP release worth mentioning is V/A:
"Satans cure for christianity" - which is a compilation of extremist
Satanic Black metal bands and of cause ToB appears there too with a
different version of "In Morbid Fascination of Sathan"
8. On a worldwide level how has your music been recieved by fans of black metal?
Worldwide ? well ToB always had its own mini-following and after this
long of a "break", I seriously thought there would be none left.
But to my surprise most of them was still there and with the tape
trading scene still going strong there has been good distribution as
Thus far it has been well received by fans and we are almost all sold
out. Also a couple of good reviews show that the zines seem to be
catching up as well. I am a bit surprised to say the least, in a very
positive way... I can´t wait to reveal the next chapter !!!
9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Like I said, the song remains the same.... Still there are some
different schools of riffing within ToB, and I guess the one I presented
on the EP is a bit progressed when it comes to scales and chords -
compared to where I come from musically. But with the coming sessions I
will return to authentic ToB riffing, as next time I will be recording
material composed between 2003 - 2006
(and even older) for an upcoming album. The "In morbid fascination of Sathan" song was written 2007- I think and represents
the latest style of riffs and for the rest on the EP - To tell you the
truth... was just improvised in the studio... not pre-rehearsed at all.
Very different from the 9 conceptual tracks I have lined up, as these
have been rehearsed, arranged and played over and over again!
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
My main influence as a singer was always Kind Diamond, Attilla Chisar, Big Boss, Dead and Qourthon. Musically, for ToB
I can´t deny I have been heavily influenced by the early Scandinavian scene and the important albums from that time.
But also traditional songwriting from old Danish folk music and hard
rock from the 70´s has there influence on me when I sit down to write a
riff. And yeah, I also have a classical background as a pianist...
Nowadays ? I don´t listen that much to music,
I have my old top 10 albums which I cant live without and every now and
then I get recommended some stuff, but I really don´t follow any bands
anymore. I am too caught up in paying rather than listening....
11. How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism, how did
you get into it and what are some of the different forms of the left
hand path that interested you and your practices?
As far as I can remember, I have always been aware of the spiritual side
of life. I recall from my early childhood communicating with a spirit
of which to this day I still consult for guidance. I think I was 5 when
this spirit first spoke to me, but the first real like WOW
revelation sort of experience was at the age of 15 and it was also
around that time I founded ToB. So For the past 15 years I have been
practicing rituals and magick. All in all to benefit my own spiritual
growth and strengthen my knowledge of the occult.
But also for the intent of influencing others and events in the outside
world. But only when I at times hit certain barriers in life
- so just a little magic is utilized to achieve my goals. I have never
followed any ritual teaching from any book or the likes,just what was
revealed to me back then. And founded on this revealed wisdom I have
devised a powerful system of magic.
Complete with rituals, meditations, spells and its own occult philosophy. I call it "Gnostic Baphometheandom"
- A school of magick which may be used by certain high level
devilworshipers to achieve Godhead through reflecting the Baphomet and
its esoteric virtues.
But all that is a far deeper and much complicated subject that we have no time to discuss here... Just for the initiated few...
12. Denmark is not as well known for their black metal scene as compared
to the other Scandivian countries, how would you describe the scene out
True, Denmark has not the biggest nor the most well known scene when it
comes to black metal and ToB is properly the most well kept secret of
But as I have always said.. I am an outsider to the scene - But an
insider to the occult ! I have not much contact with others, let alone
with the Danish scene.
Still a lot has happened nationally here these last 5 years or so, but
if it is negative or positive I can not tell. I just keep to my own
path, as I don´t have a lot in common with your average Danish metal
13. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Music is a passion / obsession and the occult is my life. All outside
this is just "interests" and I have a few - which may include: Painting,
And on a less serious note I can tell you that I am very much into retro
gaming and electronics, cooking and messing about with natural
But not much time for these things on a daily basis... I just keep
returning to that cursed guitar, as not much else can capture me like
14. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Yeah, thanks for the interest and keep up supporting the satanic
underground !!! And for your readers I would like to say; Keep an open
eye and stay critical towards the bullshit we are fed everyday - there
is more to life than this! and for those who are interested in my music:
Be patient - An album is on its way and for the meantime there will be a
compilation of old demo tracks out on SDP and DSR - Also, if interested
in the coming promotional single write to:
[email protected] - to secure a free copy !
“Did the Templars really adore Baphomet? Did they offer a shameful salutation to the buttocks of the goat of Mendes? What was actually this secret and potent association which imperilled Church and State, and was thus destroyed unheard? Judge nothing lightly; they are guilty of a great crime; they have exposed to profane eyes the sanctuary of antique initiation. They have gathered again and have shared the fruits of the tree of knowledge, so that they might become masters of the world. The judgement pronounced against them is higher and far older than the tribunal of pope or king: “On the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die,” said God Himself, as we read in the Book of Genesis.
Yes, in our profound conviction, the Grand Masters of the Order of the Templars worshipped the Baphomet, and caused it to be worshipped by their initiates; yes, there existed in the past, and there may be still in the present, assemblies which are presided over by this figure, seated on a throne and having a flaming torch between the horns. But the adorers of this sign do not consider, as do we, that it is a representation of the devil: on the contrary, for them it is that of the god Pan, the god of our modern schools of philosophy, the god of the Alexandrian theurgic school and of our own mystical Neo-platonists, the god of Lamartine and Victor Cousin, the god of Spinoza and Plato, the god of the primitive Gnostic schools; the Christ also of the dissident priesthood. This last qualification, ascribed to the goat of Black Magic, will not astonish students of religious antiquities who are acquainted with the phases of symbolism and doctrine in their various transformations, whether in India, Egypt or Judea.” 8