I have only fond memories of Dutch death metal. GRIM FATE being my latest endeavor into that realm. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
We live in a world where there are literally millions of bands to check out. What do you have that sets you apart?
-We do what we like. It’s up to our listeners if that sets us apart. We like to play this slow, dark and brutal death metal and that’s what we do. When people like that, it’s awesome and we hope that they spread the word.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-When picking names the first 34 names that came to mind were already taken. All of a sudden Pier came up with Grim Fate and I think it totally fits the music and the lyrics.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-I think from the first time I heard death metal I was totally into this music. It must have been around 89/90, so we had had the luxury to be around when all the classics came out and that made a big impact. Not really just one thing that inspires us today. We wanted to play slower death metal and the bands like Incantation, Disma, Funebrarum and of course the Finnish scene are obvious, but it’s not limited to that.
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-I dunno, we make music and it’s easy to out something on facebook, but there is not much thought behind it from our side.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I don’t use Spotify or Deezer, I want to hold the record in my hands. And when you see how much is coming out these days I’m not worried about the end of physical copies. For the mainstream bands it might be different. I see it this way, as long as there is demand for stuff it will be released.
What part does art work and lay-out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-It’s the first thing people see, even before they hear anything. So to us it is an important part of the product and should go hand in hand with the tunes. The artwork was done by Grasenstyle and it turned out amazing. It really suits the concept and lyrics.
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-We like to let the music do the talking! On the other hand, we always try to keep in mind what our next step will be. If it’s something we can share on social media, then sure we can share it with the rest of the world. But no need to share every move, we care about music as well as our listeners do.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-It’s not really that important. We make music and its great other people like it, whether it’s a local guy or from the other side of the world. I do get the whole scene idea, but it’s always something that puts you in a box. Obviously it helps do describe the music and people are probably attracted to this namedropping. We personal feel that the style or the place where you come from doesn’t say that much about whether you like our music or not.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-No shows until now. It’s not that we don’t want to play, but it’s not the biggest priority right now. We have other bands that keep us busy although 2018 is an import year for Grim Fate with more awesome music coming up. When the right opportunity is there, we might climb on stage and spread the brutality.
What will the future bring?
-You’ll never know hahahah. Right now we are writing songs for a full length and we are up to do some split 7”es. A few bands and labels are interested in doing some but nothing is certain at this point. That’s actually how for it goes. One step at a time is the way to go for us. Some goods song are already taking form and we are dying to give you guys a preview. First we have the Emerging The Crypt EP, then probably a split and/or a full length. But who knows…Hahaha!