NORTHWIND WOLVES has a cool name for a black metal band. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-in the early days we originally intended for our music to be heavy . Primarily when our group was called “sinstorm” we always had an appreciation for the second wave of black metal .
We went through a rough patch when we were looking for members toward the end of that project, it can be quite tough to keep a permanent black metal line up in a city like LA where black metal is small and obscure.
So we tried going in a more guitar heavy direction when we released a demo for NorthWind Wolves in 2013 to try and find members using a drum machine on the demo.
Eventually , Astaroth and I were able to find members who wanted to play in our original style which is when we released Dark… Cold… Grim… Our first studio album , through BLACK LION RECORDS.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-I’d say I’m pretty happy with our recording , Dark… Cold… Grim…
It was a joint collaboration between our drummer , Brett and our mixer Christer Krogh from Norway.
We’ve had our album reviewed by dozens of black metal websites and collectively their opinions yield the type of results we really hoped for when recording this album .
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
-yes , we have returned to the music that we always originally intended to play with a solid line up now who all want to release the same type of music and play the same kind of material live .
I’d say fans of Northwind Wolves can expect more of the same type of material as we keep releasing albums .
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-I’d say that painting a conceptual image is the most important part of the lyrics . I really try to place the listener into a certain emotional state in within a unique metaphorical landscape for each track .
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-In the age of digital downloads there still needs to be great artwork for the MP3 image on the media player . But the significance is less to the average listener .
We’re not concerned with the average listener. We’re making music for the die hards , the kvlt fans , the ones who live the black metal lifestyle.
Those who can truly appreciate the beauty within the darkness , love to have a physical copy of their favorite bands . I have friends with huge collections of physical albums and LPs , that take up entire walls of their houses . They have a sanctuary , or it can even be considered a shrine to their black metal , where they can touch and go through their collection in the real world .
This idea might seem foreign to the casual listener , and once again , I don’t really care about them . The sentiment that comes with being the guardian of your black metal collection is one that “normies” in our society will never understand.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-like those who came before us in the 90s and 2000s , we just don’t care about success. We live within the confines of Black metal tradition and culture . We don’t care what you guys think , it’s literally never come up in any of our conversations or thoughts at all . We release this kind of music because it’s what we like , so I consider success to be releasing material that I can be proud of , and doing better and better on each sequential album !
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-yes you’re right the Quantity of Black metal has increased with reduced restrictions between musicians and listeners. However in the same sense that a few oil droplets always separate themselves from a larger body of water , the good material always makes it way to the top .
Skills are undeniable, whether it’s skill at chess , tailoring , gardening , or even rolling spliffs , people notice quality and that creates demand and value . If your material is good , people will like it and there’s nothing to be insecure about when tons of people around you are releasing mediocre albums
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-our local scene is very mixed , most people listen to both death and black metal which is very odd for me , being a black metal elitist .
So it’s actually quite hard for me to meet like minded individuals who appreciate black metal for the same reasons that I do , I don’t relate with all the fair weathered metal fans in LA
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-metal is non existent in LA , everyone here listens to EDM , rappers like suicide boys and ghost mane, and God knows what…
And the people who do listen to metal don’t understand the culture , the philosophy of the bands or their beliefs or even what genres these bands come from or that there are even differences between the genres . So once again , I couldn’t care less about the fans in LA , I’m just here for the Black Metal Wolves .
What does the future hold for you?
– we have an excellent collaboration with BLACK LION RECORDS , we’re planning on releasing multiple albums with them over the next decade , with higher quality and better song writing each time !