It is so cool to get to know new bands that I will never stop looking for them. Like ORYMUS who’s guitarists Beni Zahno answered my questions.©2016 Anders Ekdahl
‘How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-“Orymus” actually doesn’t mean anything in particular but stays in the ear, simply because it’s not common. We don’t care much what the people interpret out of it as long as it stays in their heads.
What was it that made you want to do the band?
-At the age of seven, I started to play the acoustic guitar. I played it for seven years, then went to electric guitar lessons and I was confronted to join with Orymus. Because the electric guitar pleased me well and I like to play with other people, decision was quickly taken. And last but not least, I knew two of the band members from my early childhood. The good friendship between all the members is the core of Orymus.
What is your definition of the metal you play?
-The point is that we don’t see our music as a specific kind of metal. For us it’s rather a basic rock tune, influenced by sounds of the 70’s and mixed with modern rock sounds. But for sure, we also have metal sounding riffs and parts of some songs. All members have a big range of favourite sounds and bands and I think you can hear that when you’re listening to our music.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-First thought is what we want to tell people out there with a track/album, what’s the meaning we want to represent. This meaning is combined with the mood of the tracks. Stories turn around humanity, good and bad emotions, win or loss. So in arranging tracks in the right sequence, we try to introduce the meaning in the best way.
When we’re recording songs, first we often record them ourselves by playing the guitars, bass and the singing. In studio, first we record the drums, followed by guitars and bass, and after all the singing and the soli. For upcoming albums we’re also strongly thinking about
Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-In “every-day-situations”, by doing a walk, partying at weekends, in quiet and in loud moments. And for sure also by listening to good bands out there.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-It is certainly important to us. We want to offer people a high quality product in every point, so the graphic side is essential. After all, before one listens to an album for example, one sees the artwork. And we all know that first impression counts a lot. This is also right the connection to your next question ;-).
Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working wúith digital than working with physical?
-We all grew up with physical. So personally I like physicals like CD’s and vinyls still more than digitals. But business has definitely turned digital nowadays. And it offers advantages, for sure. I mean, your sound can be listened in almost every possible place on earth – always ready, always accessible. So for doing promotion and increasing your network it’s very useful. But we miss the times when it was necessary to talk to people. You know, the mouth-to-mouth thing.
Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
-Actually there are no limits, no. But the problem is that everybody can do whatever he wants to do and this causes a huge overload of material, and for sure it contains a lot of crap. This makes it so difficult to find the good stuff. So it is a curse and a blessing.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-A specific scene for our sound doesn’t exist. The advantage of our music is that everybody, metalheads and people listening to classic rock, find their satisfaction in it. So dependant where and with whom we play, we arrange our songs the best way to satisfy the crowd.
What does the future hold?
-We’ll play some shows on our remaining miracles-tour in 2015 and first half of 2016. In the same time, we already are looking forward to the next studio-album by collecting ideas and doing songwriting.
What the distant future will bring to us is obscure but the important thing is that we are convinced in what we’re doing and that fun predominates! But for sure we want to show people what good music sounds like by rocking many stages and by showing that good old rock n’ roll is not dead!