For those familiar with the Norse folklore you’ll know who GRIMNER is. To the rest of us this is a metal band from Sweden. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-It’s pretty important, to us at least. Grimner is one of Oden’s many names, the name he uses when he wanders among us humans, according to Norse mythology. It’s important to us that the music, the lyrics, the visual side and the band name work in harmony and captures the overall feeling of viking times and so forth.
What was it that made you want to do the band?
-Well, this band rose from the ashes of another band, and Henry and I are the only remaining members from that era. But I’m not sure what made us want to do it. Myself and most of the band have been interested in Norse mythology and folk music for a long time, so we incorporated those elements into our own sound, and after some experimenting and line-up changes, here we are today!
What is your definition of the metal you play?
-We usually describe it as folk/viking metal or folk-influenced metal. That’s the most accurate description we can come up with!
When you work more with “groove” in your songs how do you arrange the tracks?
-It varies, I usually write everything in different orders, depending on the song. Then we all discuss how to optimize everything to give it the most atmosphere or heaviness, be it melodic folk passages or groovier stuff.
Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-Stories about the viking age and anything that can give the feeling of going back in time and experiencing those days, I think. It’s often hard to put your finger on where inspiration comes from.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-It’s very important, we don’t want to half-ass anything that we do. So we put a lot of thought into getting album covers and artworks that connects perfectly with the feeling of the music. For our album “Blodshymner” we hired Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Designs to give life to our vision of the album cover, and it was apparently the correct choice to make, he did an awesome job!
Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working with digital than working with physical?
-I think we all feel that working with digital gives us more freedom when it comes to spreading the music as wide as possible, yes. And it has a lot of other perks, of course, but, and I can only speak for myself here, it is only good as an addition to physical copies. We would never abandon that, especially since the metal community in particular is still very supportive of physical works.
Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
-I don’t think there are. The only limitation I can think of is that it can never give the same feeling of flipping through a booklet and holding a physical copy in your hands. It’s hard to have a digital copy on display in your home or wherever you would like it, hehe. But when it comes to functionality, I can’t think of any particular limitations. Or, well, maybe that it’s so easy to spread music on the internet today that it’s easy for good bands to get lost in the crowd, but other than that, no.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-The “folk metal-community” is pretty small in comparison with, and isn’t as widely embraced as, most other types of metal. We have to work very hard with promoting ourselves since folk metal is still a rather obscure and niched genre. But the folk metal community is very a very devoted crowd, and our fanbase is growing steadily, so there is absolutely a scene, and hopefully a bigger one in the future!
What does the future hold?
-For now we have a little surprise for our fans, soon to come. Hopefully it will be well received! Also, we are almost done with writing all the songs for our next album, so we are preparing everything else concerning it at the moment. But other than that, nobody knows! We’re hoping for more gigs and opportunities so that we can continue to entertain our beloved fans, both old and new!