Mark Gølder – Melted Messiah & Hordes X (interview)

Melted Messiah are the last survivors of a distant world which was devoured by the Trimensional Overlord.” declares the presumed human known to us as Mark Gølder; “We know only pain, sadness, and revenge. We have traveled a long way, through time and space, to get here.

It’s a strong opening to our seemingly pan-astral interrogation, and the character certainly makes it hard not to want to know more.

MG: Along the way, we have been inspired by many of your song-smiths, and have adopted elements of their style into our own, so that we may deliver our tales in a way that makes people notice, and never forget. Black metal and it’s misanthropic themes sit well with the lyrical content of the tales we tell, all of which are tragedies. Atonal and abrasive is quite a common theme. However, if we were to rely on diminished fifths, and tremelo alone, we wouldn’t speak to your consciousness. To do that, we get a little psychedelic in parts, too. In musical terms, if you can imagine Darkthrone fucked Kyuss, we are their bastard sons.


This back-story may go someway to explaining the two-piece’s strange attire, which evolves from one sighting to the next.

MG: We can no longer dwell on our tragic past and must move forward. Our tales must be told. What we wear is nothing but a collection of trophies from previous conquests. But we also have to move with the times. Our ceremonial robes from our home-world, whilst elegant,are not practical under the hot lights of the stage, which is where we spend most of our time now.

Having only two remaining members to tell their tales must be somewhat restrictive. There are, however, always ways and means for the scientifically advanced.

MG: Initially there were three warriors, sadly Miss Smith is no longer with us. We speak not of other, previous warriors. However, some might say less is more, and because we have a bigger space to fill, we also have freedom to move within that space . We use the technology available to us to appear much larger than we are. Nonetheless, we are the last two members of our civilisation, so we must ultimately face oblivion alone.

Perhaps such feelings of loneliness are what have inspired the active involvement in the underground. Taking command of the Dunfermline Noise Nights, like many other endeavours, is an important command responsibility.

MG: It’s very important! All of these bands are the future of music! Any one of them could be the next big thing, and indeed, some of them have gone on to much bigger things. There needs to be a platform for new original talent, and there also need to be gigs for the local metal scene here to enjoy, without having to constantly travel to bigger citadels. Noise Night fills both these voids. If you are heavy, we can put you on in Dunfermline. We put something on bi-monthly. All of our shows are free entry, and well attended, We try to pay what we can towards travel expenses. Gig-goers can help bands by buying their merch, too, though. We’re very excited to be bringing our allies, Bloodyard , down here the day after Hordes, too!


Integration is not the only way in which this alien anomaly has adapted to Earth’s oxygen rich atmosphere, though. The band has built and expanded in their own fashion, and it seems they have no intention of stopping.

MG: First and foremost, we have Jon on drums, without whom we simply would not function. Secondly, I have added to my amplifier collection, and now play through two vintage Ampegs… At the same time! Our set is well rehearsed, loud, and obnoxious. THE TALES MUST BE TOLD!

We have a number of shows coming up over September and October. Once those are done, we figured winter would be a suitably bleak time to finally record our tales for all time. Initial demos are sounding good, so we will be recording our first album in a suitably low fidelity way, over November and December. As yet though, the only way to truly experience Melted Messiah is live, so we are very much looking forward to the gathering of Hordes X! From there, we are looking to expand our reach, and tell our tales further afield. You will hear a lot more from us next year.

Thank goodness this hasn’t been a hostile visitation. So far…

Venue: Beat Generator Live, North Lindsay St., Dundee
Artists: Krysthla, Bloodyard, Dog Tired, Ramage Inc., Threshold Sicks, Seed Of Sorrow, Dominicide, The Starry Wisdom Cult, Evil Blood, Catalysis,Volcano X, Darkness Divine, Melted Messiah
Promoter: Slow Dragon Music
Doors: 3:20pm
Entry: £10 (no booking fee)
Ages: 14+
Tickets available from wegottickets
Tee shirts by pre-order only! For pick up at event! Email 

See also the Hordes X Outreach programme:

Venue: Nice ‘N’ Sleazy, Sauchiehall St., Glasgow
Artists: Krysthla, Dominicide, Centrilia, Burning The Dream
Promoter: Goddamned Promotions
Doors: 7pm
Entry: £8 (STBF)
Ages: 18+
Tickets available from Tickets Scotland

Venue: Monty’s Bar, Guildhall St., Dunfermline
Artists: Bloodyard, Melted Messiah, Nadé
Promoter: Noise Night
Doors: 8pm
Entry: Free
Ages: 18+

Venue: The Market Bar, Church St., Inverness
Artists: Krysthla, Seed Of Sorrow
Promoter: N/A
Doors: 10pm
Entry: Free
Ages: 18+


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