ANIMUS MORTIS is a black metal band with a very distinct Norwegian 90s sound mixed with a Deathspell Omega vibe. Answers by N.Onfray Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-The main thing is that each individual manages to make a proper interpretation of what he is receiving, can take him to his spiritual terrain. The concept of our work goes immersed into the transcendental and abstract. Experiences of profound meditation and the way we travel around several levels of conscience, through different vibrating states; such as REM or psychedelic ecstasies. Centered on the vibration, where we can see reality as a simple manifestation of it.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Animus Mortis is a Latin term assoctiated to “the will of perish”, the focus we give the name is not related with death itself, we go beyond, pointing cycles, stages & immaterial plans,those we have been going or definetely burning. For that reason,` Animus Mortis` was the most suitable name to give a proper scene for the develop of this path , an intermixing of spiritual and metaphysical knowledge.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Lot of influences from early 90`s BM bands, we also listen to 80’s post punk , from classic Mayhem albums to the first complex works of Dead Can Dance.
Mainly my inspiration comes from my introspection ,also seeking a repeated pattern in many bands, independent of their music style, perhaps this inspire me in a way ,this pattern works fine for me, a same escence represented in different forms, inspiration just comes ,is ethereal, is not subject to deadlines or any premeditated thing.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-The construction of Animus Mortis began by the middle of 2004, it was realised carrying out ideas and concepts that i wanted to integrate long time before in a band, so structuring was very clear and defined , both dense and hypnotic sonority and lyrical precepts i installed in the fand from the beginning, have been kept like the main bass till today,in any case, please note after the release of our 1st album “Atrabilis (Residues from Verb & Flesh)”, we, gradually began to introduce different elements to our musical composition , with the intention to define even more the sound identity of the band.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-Adverse or favorable , i don’t know, with Animus Mortis we’ve been released albums with no previous tracks releases and we published only singles too, as is the case of our most recent work “The Pilgrimage”, a recentely edited single in vinyl by an Usa label. Personally i think is better to publish a preview (single) of the album and then show the complete work.
Single releases are a tendency today in many music genres , even in the most extreme metal, due to this ‘digital era ‘as you say and how immediate everything goes in today’s life.
Some time ago you could be listening an album by months, extracting it’s core. Today instead, is very strange that someone listen an album for more than a week, as if it were disposable, all in addition to what fashion imposes and passes in a blink of an eye .

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Artwork ,obviously ,must be a conceptual projection of the work, has a fundamental role for us, to the point that in many occasions we’ve worked both things in parallel (artwork & music) ,with no intention of capture in an effective way the visual attention of the audience, but for integral coherence of the whole work.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-To be honest, is something i can handle better now, for many years i left that responsability to the labels we used to work with, moreover, i just found out that even the more underground music labels work with booking agencies, promoters, producers,etc. That was my ignorance of those things. We were only focused in music composition and make a great job in our productions, . However, is not a matter that bothers me, labels or companies which arevresponsible to edit our music must be on charge of that matters properly .

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-When i perform in a live show , i don’t think in scenes, or be part of something external of our circle, my rejoicing is the pleasure of taking off all i carry inside and feel how others vibrate with what is projected in that precise moment.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We’re a band with a big debt in tourings,in fact is a debt we just started to pay after almost 15 years of our career. We toured Brazil between the last January & February ,it was very succesful,we toured some cities getting a great response and support from the audience .
We are prepearing our 1st European tour (for July 2017 ) including dates in Ukraine, Russia, Czech Republic, including shows in big festivals, medium and small venues.

What will the future bring?
As i told you before , the next step is our European tour, for further details follow our official information channels.

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