With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to INGRIMM. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-I think our answer lies inbetween. There are many many active bands in the medieval scene but our combination of medieval elements with heavy metal makes us stand out a little bit. We always stick our heads together for new songs and ideas to bring our sound even further, which makes for a natural progression.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-We definitely want to stick to epic melodic metal with medieval instruments. On our new album we took the bagpipes and violin arrangement to the foreground to create a more epic sound.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know that you have the right lyrics?
-Our lyrics are mostly written by our singer Rene. Our new album adresses light topics like embracing sin, drinking mead, what it means to be a man but also deeper topics – “Klang Von Leder” for example is about domestic violence. The lyrics hit us all pretty hard but as soon as the song came together there were goosebumps and we knew right away that they make for an incredible song.
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-We love a good artwork! Maybe some smaller artists tend to not go overboard on the cover due to their resources but i’m sure if they could, they would totally go for it. Artwork is a big part of what makes an album or a single memorable, or just to influence your expectations of what you’re about to hear. On that note, physical records are a big thing at concerts for example. Having something to take home with you is still important to fans.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
-Not really, the medieval music scene tends to stick together. There is a big community within the bands and their fans so we haven’t had instances where people didn’t understand our music the way we intended it to because they know where we come from. People outside this scene usually enjoy our lyrics and intention, especially with dance-able songs like “Skudrinka” and “Ich Bin Ein Mann”.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-Many fans have stuck around over the years and we gained more through the wide spread of social media. Sure we live in a time of “fast music” but I think if you truly enjoy a band or an artist, you’ll make an efford to keep up with them online and support them by buying their music.
Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know itZ
It could, but it also makes for great opportunity for smaller bands to reach potential listeners right away and knowing where to find them. Getting your tapes to a record label and becoming famous can also mean to overcome obstacles like a change of style to appeal to an audience, in order to sell the band. Being independent means to work even harder but it is quite liberating.
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-Indeed. The music industry has gone through quite the change over the last few years and eventhough the metal scene wasn’t as affected by it for while, it is now. Lots of small locations and clubs had to close down here in Germany, which of course had a huge impact on smaller and local bands who now have to dwell on playing at remaining locations and big festivals to play at all. The pressure to book is immensely, especially for those smaller bands. Our band is lucky to have passed the ‘critical line’ already so we’re not suffering from this as much and we’re able to perform live under reasonable circumstances.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-If we could choose anything of course the would be a grand fire show, lots of smoke and a giant throne in the middle! Jokes aside – our stage show has a coherent choreography, medieval themed costumes in our colour scheme and interaction with the crowd to make them an active part of our show. It makes for an incredible ambience to see the people enjoying themselves and being part of the songs.
What does the future hold?
-As of now, we want to reach as many people as possible with our new album “Auf Gedeih Und Verderb”. There might be a best of or a compilation of new interpretations of older songs in the next couple of years.