Former Coroner and Celtic Frost Guitarist Oliver Amberg, talks to Metal Empire about his new project The Boris Karloff Syndrome and his upcoming EP Kopophobia. We caught up with him to find out more about this intriguing new music endeavour.
The Boris Karloff Syndrome (TBKS) is a wicked mixture of industrial, metal, rock, pop and soundtrack music. Founded by Oliver Amberg and brought to life by the vocals of Natalie Pereira Dos Santos (Ex-Envinya, Ex-The Blue Season).
The Boris Karloff Syndrome Interview:
Metal Empire: Hi Oliver, care to introduce yourself for the Metal Empire audience?
Oliver: Some of you may remember me as the guy with the yellow guitar in Celtic Frost. I played on Cold Lake. An album not everybody enjoyed. Nowadays I’m also working as a composer for film music. 2013 I felt that the time was right for a new band.
Metal Empire: Your band is called The Boris Karloff Syndrome. So who’s Boris and what is his syndrome?
Oliver: Boris Karloff is a well known actor. He became famous for his impersonation of the monster of Frankenstein. The Syndrome stands for people who are well known, but not for their real identity. Everybody knows the monster of Frankenstein, but many don’t know the guy behind the mask.
Metal Empire:That’s deep! So, I hear you have a new 7 track EP coming out. Can you tell us a little more about it?
Oliver: It’s gonna be a concept EP about “Kopophobia” (the fear of becoming fatigued or exhausted, either mentally or physically). It will be released as a digi pack with a mini art book with 7 exclusive illustrations by Thomas Ott. We are very proud to have great guest musicians playing on “Kopophobia” such as Tommy Vetterli (Coroner / 69 Chambers), Gianni Pontillo (Ex-Pure Inc.) and Leif Gregory aka Snake Sixx.
Metal Empire: You used to be a member of Celtic Frost and Coroner, what’s the story there?
Oliver: I was a member of the very first Coroner lineup featuring Marky Marquee on drums. Back then Coroner played a different style of metal. 1989 I played with Celtic Frost on Cold Lake and had the pleasure to tour with the band through the USA and UK.
Metal Empire: It can be a difficult task to describe one’s own artistic talents, but how would you describe the music of The Boris Karloff Syndrome?
Oliver: Take a cup of Black Sabbath, a big spoon of Nine Inch Nails, a bit of Gary Numan with a twist of Slipknot and just a touch of Rammstein.
Metal Empire: Can you talk about your production process? How do you go about writing new material?
Oliver: The singer Natalie Pereira Dos Santos lives in Munich, I live in Switzerland. So we are exchanging ideas over the internet. We both have our own recording studios. I program everything (drums, bass, keyboards, orchestral sounds etc.) and play the guitar. Natalie provides all the great vocals. She is really great. She can sing like an angel and scream like a devil.
Metal Empire: What are you hopes for the future? Where do you see The Boris Karloff Syndrome this time next year?
Oliver: First of all I am looking forward to the release of Kopophobia end of 2014. We will start a crowd funding in March and hope that many fans will support this project. What 2015 will bring? I don’t know. A full album? We will see.
Metal Empire: Just a random question for fun, what’s your favourite movie?
Oliver: Easy one. Blade Runner
Metal Empire: Thank you for taking the time to speak to Metal Empire. Do you have any final words, or anything you would like to add?