Spanish Vikings? Why not? As strange as it might seem PIMEÄ METSÄ could best be described as a very interesting entity that needs to be checked out. Anders Ekdahl
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
– More than the way we expected. When we formed the band, and got a solid formation, nobody told us that, nowadays, we would be playing on big concert halls or festivals of certain prestige. We love the way people come and tell us how our music or stage performing has liked them. It’s an awesome feeling!!
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
– Alex Cappa, the sound engineer, has managed to make us sound like never before. Our songs have get a new dimension of forcefulness and aggressiveness, also with a careful production. This record has surprised us in more than a way and we are really proud of it.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
– One of the best features of our band, from its early formation, has been the way we make and perform our music, always trying not to enclosed ourselves on a certain musical style (like Viking metal or death metal) and adding to our songs different elements seemingly disparate, like unusual rhythms (waltz, polka, etc.) on metal riffs or folk melodies from Nordic, Central Europe or Russian tradition. So, thanks to this, our sound has grown and achieved a very particular and characteristic style that identifies us.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
– The main topic of our lyrics is the Viking mythology and the epic tales that make it up. Is a fascinating culture, full of solid principles of loyalty, brotherhood, solidarity, courage and no fear about life or death. We make all these principles and stories ours and try to bring them to all the people who don’t know about and want to learn a little bit.
Also, we have lyrics about nature, historical events or worldwide literature (like Beowulf, Eaters of Dead from Michael Crichton or William Wallace’s struggle for freedom) and others from our own
How important is the cover artwork for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
– Yes, indeed. If you aren´t a well-known band, your artwork and imagery is very important to get attention on you in an increasingly saturated market. We have tried to take care about this point in all
the ways, from our stage performing or atrezzo to the covers of our albums. So, we think a good cover, even today (the digital era), sells more than a sober or awful cover on the amateur musical scene.
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?
– US, UK or Nordic countries care and love the music as one of the highest expressions of art and they improve it in more than one way: promotion, economic help, musical formation at school. Even Swedish or Danish ministers of foreign affairs must know which kind of music is characteristic from their countries to export it to other places (it’s so funny to see a serious and formal politician listening black or death metal inside his office). If you are unlucky enough to be born in a country that doesn’t bet on music or art, the chances of getting some recognition are considerably reduced.
Success for us is to be listened at every corner of the planet; is to play before different kind of people and receive the warmth of their support; is to live doing what we like most in this life: music. It sounds like a utopia but, if it were possible someday?
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
– It’s a really hard task to achieve any kind of recognition when the potential listener is bombed with tons of music from every different online platforms. What we offer from Pimeä Metsä is a complete
experience: not only in a musical way, but also in imagery (we try to re-enact an ancient time when Vikings were the terror to a whole continent and beyond; we wear accurate costumes on stage according with that age and, if it’s possible, we fight on stage using the traditional Viking techniques of sword or axe and shield) lyrics, artwork, attitude, etc. This is our strongest point that other bands
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?
– As I said before, living in a country as Spain and being a musician is really hard; metal music is tremendously widespread in our society (with hundreds of bands, veterans and emerging) but it’s still seeing as a minor entertainment for a few or a source of conflict and incendiary ideas that makes people have their own opinion regardless of what the “rulers” want to impose. Due to this, metal bands must stay firm and be a strong brotherhood against these people who wants to make us fall.
If we stay together, the local scene grows strong and other countries will begin to take our bands seriously and will offer some opportunities to being recognized.
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?
– Absolutely not, however sad it sounds. Spain is a tremendously backward country in musical culture, despite being the cradle of great geniuses of music. We admire the attitude and the way to embrace and take care of music in northern Europe. Therefore, the struggle to achieve the desired aim is really, really hard.
What does the future hold for you?
– Thanks to the great work done by our manager, Carlos Maestre, and the record label, Wormhole Death, we hope to play on tens of gigs and festivals, not only in our country but also in Europe. We’re very excited about proposals coming every week, some of them really great! By the moment, they’re only proposals but, in a few, they’ll become real. So, stay tuned on our social profile on Facebook for good news to come.
Thank you so very, very much for this interview and for bring us the opportunity to make us known. Salute, comrades from Battlehelm and…
KEEP ON VIKING!!!!!