NORNIR is black metal from Germany. Nothing more and nothing less, ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
You have one of these names that tells me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-It was like everything concerning music. There are creative and inspiring times when you have lots of ideas. Thus the choice “Nornír” was pretty spontaneous.
Could you give us a short introduction to the latest album?
-Our latest EP is named “Urd” and contains four songs. It comes up with philosophic aspects about freedom, eudaimonia, nostalgia, aspiration and existence in general. It is the first of three conceptional EPs and will be released in winter/spring 2016.
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-We cannot name one specific band or album-sound that influenced us. Our sound shall match the themes covered in our music.
What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-We´ve got a great underground metal-scene in Saxony. There are many good bands and it´s worth supporting them.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-For us playing in a band is not just composing and performing music – it´s a passion, a message and a philosophy. In the end we are all lone warriors, but we ally due to similarities and express a greater truth.
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-A great album cover shall have a message behind the picture. It shall fit the music and the themes and let space for further and individual interpretations.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Well, we think there is no “versus”. Physical and digital are two different things and everything´s got positive and negative sides.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Playing live is very important because people are not so much into buying CDs and stuff anymore. It´s always hard to get gigs because there are lots of bands wanting to perform and there are too less locations.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Performing on stage is the greatest thing – it´s the “direct” contact to the music (for both sides).
What would you like to see the future bring?
-We wish to finish our EPs successfully and play lots of gigs. And we hope that people stop wasting their lives to the stupidity of nowadays existence and find their way (back) to the essential truths.