IRDORATH is a band that I am familiar with. So it is nice to reacquaint with the band and their brand new album. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
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?
-We often faced that question in the past, and it is quite easy to answer. Twelve years ago, when we started Irdorath, we discussed a lot how to name that project. We did not want to use “words with a simple meaning” and regret it later, so we decided to look for a good sounding name in fantasy-universes. Because Tolkiens Lord of the Rings was and is so much used by (also black) metal bands, we decided to choose it from other sources. So “IRDORATH” was found and it is simply an island where an undead dragon lives in the fantasy world of “Gothic”. No more meaning or reason, but we still are satisfed with this name, and be honest, how much do people really reflect what a name of a band means?
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?
-You are right. Today everyone defines their own sub-genres. But for most bands it is also hard to name one single genre. There are many influences in our music as well. If you will ask a “true” black metal fan, maybe he won`t put us into this genre. We have a lot of thrash metal/death metal riffs in our songs. But this style is what we want to do and makes us unique in some kind of way too. But the discussion, if some music is “pure” black metal or whatever gets exhausting sometimes.
Our style evolved over the past 12 years. We never had the idea of making a true black metal band like band x or y, we always just made the music that feels right to us. And what you hear now is the presence of our evolution.
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-Hard to say by now. Back in our beginnings, it was the urge to be creative and letting out all the temper of a youngster. Meanwhile it become a part of our lives. I cannot tell a “single greatest influence”. But maybe the whole metal and rock scene was the right for me in that time and is it now. It is so satisfying to create music, perform on stage and so on, this is what keeps this band after all this years and changes alive. So maybe all that we experienced in the last 12 years in and also outside of the metal scene is the influence for carrying on.
How important is it to have a message as a band?
-Depends on the band I assume. Some bands live for their musical expression, some to tell the world what they think and believe. And many, where I see us as well, are somewhere in between. We have a message, but it is not the main reason and be honest, to bring a message to people, (black) metal is nit always the best and easiest way.
Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-Image is (not) everything ;-). Of course it is important that the image of a band fits to their music and lyrical topic. But what i hate are bands, that are so focused on creating an image they want or they think that could make them famous or whatever, instead of focusing on music. They often become caricatures of themselves or their heroes. I think when we talk about image, than authenticity is really important.
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-The artwork is also important to us. It should fit to our music and should keep up with our story of the album. The listener should get an idea, when looking on the cover, what he can expect.For the new album “Denial Of Creation” it was the second time we worked with Jan Yrlund (darkgrove) from Finland and he did a great work twice. The artwork is some kind of prosecution to our last album (I Am Risen).
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-I think we get a lot of respect due to our hard work we put in our music. We have good contact to bands from our area and we respect each other a lot.
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-Due to our good contacts to promoters and other bands we are lucky to get invitations to play also in places we have never played before. But sometimes it`s also hard work to get out of our country.Also because of the globalization and the oversupply of bands, it is hard work to cross the borders. But we are working on it.
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-It`s the most important way to get new fans. There is much more energy in live situations than on a CD or mp3.
Playing live is the best way to promote your music. We are also open minded and we like to talk and make party with the people at concerts. It`s always great to get new friends.
What does the future have in its womb?
-In September we will start our releaseshows in Austria to promote out new album. We will start in Linz (01.09.2017), then Vienna (02.09.2017), Graz (08.09.2017), Salzburg (15.09.2017) and St. Pölten at STP Metalweekend festival (29.09.2017). Another festival date this year is scheduled, there will be more information soon. And we will have some festival apperiances next summer – we are really looking forward to it. We are also looking for some concerts and festivals to play in Europe (Slovenia, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, …), which would be great. At the moment we are cutting our second musicvideo, which will be released in September and we will record a playthrough-video in the next weeks.