I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-Hello! Our Lyrics on the first EP “Helfärd” was about taking the first step away from this life and into the unknown, the space between life and death is a massive grey zone, so we came up with our own interpretation and had a mix of Swedish “grå” and Icelandic “Grar” in which simply means grey.
There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-Both me and Heljarmadr were raised with old school death and black metal and we have always felt that there was a special glow and passion from the 90th and we are still stuck in the past with many things so when we started to jam back in 2009 it just came by itself and made a stand and we decided we wanted to do a tribute to the old heroes of the past and because of that we kept the sound very raw and unpolished with simplified structure (no fat studio or triggs etc)
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-Well back to what I just said, great old bands from the past which we grow up with is a natural influence still when we dig in each others records we find mostly old dusty goats that still holds up stronger than many new bands that comes and goes.
The single greatest influence is hard to point at there are many several things in life that you pick up on your way to the grave impacts you but to mention a few, Nature, Scandinavian winter and it´s darkness that follows, the hate..
How important is it to have a message as a band?
-I think to have a message it´s what it´s all about, I see the music and instruments as an extra tool to deliver the message you want people to hear and fear!
Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-Yes I see it very important, It´s an extension of what you want to deliver as a band. There are many bands that just walks up on stage and don’t really care of having an image but that often reflects in their music as well (easy in easy out) What I have notice is a lack of creativity in the scene, today some bands are just copying each other, it’s ridiculous!
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-That´s also an important thing to have. The cover should say a lot of what you’re going to experience and must fit the music, image and the message you give.
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-So far we have always gained great feedback from fans, promoters etc. They really appreciate that we deliver our shit and always put up a great show. We came back kind of recently from our “A Coin For Charon Tour” and every single night the venues were full of crazy fantastic fans that did our tour a blast! (A big salute to all of you guys and girls)!!
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-I feel honored and it´s great that our work reaches further out for sure. Quality deserves to be spread like the plague.
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-I will say it´s the absolute best way to promote yourself and of course the most fun way. Sometimes when I go directly to our merch stand after the concert people come to talk and some says “I haven’t heard you guys before but this shit was amazing and you have one new solid fan here” and that is fucking great to hear. To play live and doing your thing professionally on stage is a fast way to new fans and rumors travels fast.
What will the future bring?
-There is a lot in motion right now. We just released a lot of new merch, we are in the making of recording a brand new 2 track single and we are planning a release party for it in Stockholm when time comes and it´s out and planning a new tour for 2017. The wheel is always turning we never rest!