NORNES

In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with NORNES. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

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?
Davy (gtr) : Behind the name of Doom-metal there is the idea of “fate”, “destiny”. So picking the name of divinities responsible of happy or unhappy destinies was obvious for us.

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?
Rom (gtr) : the common passion for music first, that of the doom because we love slowness… the one that takes you to the depths. This saving doom that makes you happy in sadness .

What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
Rom (gtr): novelty, sharing. We have too many influences to name them! Unquestionably, My Dying Bride, Warning, Yob, Pallbearer, Candlemass, SUP, In the Woods…
Davy : Also thoughts about our life experiences.

How important is it to have a message as a band?
Davy : I don’t know if for a band like us it’s that important. We have, as a doom band, themes (fate, life perception…). We have, as band and as people, some values. But we do not share message as for example the HX, or the grind scene.

Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
Davy : We are trying to make something consistent, music, artwork, and our own behaviour.

How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
Rom (gtr) : it remains and will always remain the first thing we will look at in a record store, so the cover that doesn’t translate the music played won’t hold the listener’s attention. Many continue to buy CDs through the cover. And even if the time has come to do what everyone else does, there is still much to offer in terms of research and innovation .

What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
Davy : or drummer, Stéphane, is already well known in the local scene as drummer of Insane Order (grindcore). We were greeted very well fast thanks to a couple of friends who are booking in our city. More the local scene is fulfilled with “Blackened [insert metal genre]” bands. Our old schoolish doom-metal may sound refreshing. Making some new with old stuff.

How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
Davy : It’s very inspiring for sure. A bit frustrating to get in touch with people we can’t meet right now (for the moment).

Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
Davy : That’s still the better way. So far, each time someone book us to complete a line-up, the audience is catched by the atmosphere. And we have great feedback right after.

What does the future have in its womb?
It’s a secret well preserved by the Nornes ! Only the Seer may have fuzzy things to tell.
The Seer : Where are my divination junks ? Ok. I see. I see, a newborn opus, 4 tracks length, lamenting at the heart of a sleeping church.

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