Teloch from Nidingr has composed music for the play “Mother Courage” by Bertolt Brecht, which will be played at Det Norske Teater (The Norwegian Theatre) in Oslo from February 13 until March 26.

Teloch has solid roots in the Norwegian black metal scene and is known from bands like Nidingr, Mayhem and God Seed, he is also the composer of the latest Mayhem album. Teloch on his behalf has teamed up with Stian “Sir” Kårstad on guitar (God Seed, Djerv), Øyvind Myrvoll on drums (Nidingr) and Peter Michael Kolstad Vegem on bass and vocals (Blood Tsunami, Mongo Ninja).

Bertolt Brecht wrote “Mother Courage” during WW2 and his exile in Sweden. The play is set in the Thirty Years War (1618-48) where we find Mother Courage who is making a profit on the war, but ends up paying the cost of losing her children. This tells us both how meaningless war is, and of the cold mechanisms of capitalism. Mother Courage resembles the capitalistic machine. Brecht illustrates the cold, disengaged, emotionless, immoral aspects of the machine in the worst possible light. Mother Courage needs continuance of war to feed herself and finds herself unemployed without it, and yet it takes the very thing she strive to keep alive from her; her family.

Director of Staatsschauspiel Hannover Lars-Ole Walburg, widely known for questioning our morals and ethics through his productions, has been chosen to direct the play. For this productionWalburg decided to replace the play’s original music and with the Norwegian history of sinister and fierce black metal in mind; Teloch was invited in as a composer.  

After all, what could match Black Metal’s explosive and aggressive musical expression when defining the horrifying acts of war?

Metal and controversy will be combined yet again, make sure you don’t miss out on this chance to watch metal explore new boundaries and conquer new minds yet again!

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