RIMFROST is a Swedish black metal band that has slipped by me totally unnoticed. But that is about to change with this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
B.C: RIMFROST a swedish band started in the year of 2002 by singer/guitarist Hravn and drummer Throllv.
Has so far released one mini-cd “A Journey To A Greater End…” (2005) and two albums “A Frozen World Unknown” (2006) and “Veraldar Nagli” (2009). And will on the 25th of March 2016 release the third album called “Rimfrost”
Would you say that you play traditional Swedish black metal? What is black metal to you?
-Throllv: Black metal to me is the absolute rawest music you can make, and I only know a few bands that are able to make this kind of raw music, that affects you like that. Black metal is raw and it appeals to your most primitive feelings and thoughts. If its done correct it will awaken a sleeping beast inside of you.
What is traditional black metal? Are we talking about Venom? Or Bathory? Or are we talking about the second wave of black metal with the classical Norwegian bands? Either way, we are not like any of them. We remind of bands like Immortal, Dissection and so forth. But we stand out from them too. We are the new wave of Scandinavian black metal. We take the roots of black metal, but also from heavy metal, and we make it into an epic, raw and fierce controlled chaos, that we call music (of the best kind).
Being black metal might not be about selling truck loads of records but what is it that you want to achieve?
Throllv: True that! Well, I’d like to sell truck loads of records and get really fucking rich (who wouldnt?), but thats of course very hard with this kind of limited music genre. I mean metal in itself is a subgenre of todays music, and black metal is a very little subgenre within the subgenre; metal. So to get rich and famous is just a dream and not the reality. But Id really love to sell millions of records. I would feel very pleased with that achievement.
So why are we not starting to play music like Justin Bieber? Well, first of all, I want to get rich from my music, but ONLY if it’s the music I want to make. Second, I dont think I could make good pop music, I mean its not easy even though it might seem like that. The pop music has melodies and chords that have been used two billion times before, but the hard part is to be so ignorant to use it anyway and hope that no one will notice. Couldn’t do that!
Hravn: For me, it is a pesonal thing. I want to be able to stand on a stage an deliver some really good music to a crowd going wild. It is not about the money. If it were, I would be a criminal instead. Hahaha!
You got a new album out that you are promoting. How would you like to describe this new opus?
Throllv: Since Im not a rich rockstar (yet 😉 I have a day job. And at my day job Ive sold some records to some of my colleagues and they have all been shocked of how much they have liked it. Most of them are not even really into metal. With previous records all Ive heard from them is that we are good musicians but the music is not their cup of tea. So this really proves to me that this record has the potential to reach out to the broad audience.
As long as you like music that has a solid beat that makes it impossible for you to stand still, youll like it!
Hravn: I would say we found our real style with this album. We simply put down what we think will get some heads banging you know. What would we like to hear from a BM band these days? This is the result!
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
Throllv: No not really. It has been in the past, but the sound on this album evolved fairly easy.
Where do you find inspiration for lyrics? Can lyrics alone be enough to not be black metal?
Throllv: I will continue to answer in the context of what black metal is to me personally. Because, of course it differs from people to people. And with that said, yes lyrics can be the cause of not being black metal, as much as it can be the cause of being black metal. Its all about the entirety. Music, lyrics, artwork etc. etc.
Hravn: To me inspiration comes through everything. It can be a movie I`ve seen, a picture, a word or a line. Everything counts and it usually hits me when I am off guard, not searching for it.
I try not to get stuck in thinking “is this BM enough”. It is not the 90´s anymore. Satan and the other fictional characters are way gone. Anti-religion should be the strong point in BM music, why sing about the enemy of Christ? There is none! Hahaha!No fucking religion at all! Period!
I just try to focus my lyrics in telling a story, with some meaning behind it.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
Throllv: Of course it’s a very important part of the product, and we have had long discussions before we came up with the black cover with the logo. We had another cover that was supposed to be the cover artwork from the start, but we decided to make that a surprise you get when you open the jewel case. We decided that the primitive black cover with just the logo was just the right one to represent the music on the album.
Is it fair to say that because of your origin you get more attention than a black metal band from Austria would get? Does being Swedish stand for a certain level of quality?
Throllv: Hard for me to say. I’m Swedish, so my interest in the question should be disqualified. But I guess you have some kind of advantage in being Scandinavian when it comes to black metal. The audience gets interested in bands from these regions, because of our history. But I wouldnt say that all black metal bands from here are doing good. RIMFROST for example, are probably struggling as much as an Austrian, Canadian or a band from the states are. We dont get anything for free!
Hravn: I think so actually. If a band is from Sweden or Norway, you`ll immediately respect and embrace that music, when an “out-Nordic” band needs to proove something. But in a way I understand. We live these lands and breath the air, walk the forest of our ancestors and can therefor create an certain atmosphere in the music.
Where outside of your country have you had success with your previous albums?
Throllv: I have no idea. So far we have not been very successful. We are a band that loves what we are doing, and we believe in our music. I would like to see that our music would get a greater notice. But it’s not like we will stop playing if it doesn’t.
Why is it that we do not see more metal bands from your country making it big internationally?
Throllv: There are many bands from Sweden that makes it big internationally. I think Sweden is the one country that has most successful bands in the world per capita.
What is your local metal scene like? What status does your band have in the national metal scene?
Throllv: We have not been successful locally. So I guess the scene in Sweden is pretty much dead for us. Haha.
What is the general populations opinion on metal? Is being a metal musician a respectable choice?
Throllv: I have no idea. But I can tell you this. If you want to be successful metal is not the best way to go, and if you still would choose metal, black metal is absolutely not the way to go. That’s a very narrow sub-genre of an already small genre, (metal) compared to the music that sells today. But we are not doing this for the money.
What was it that turned you on to black metal in the first place? What was the first black metal band that really turned your head around? Mine was Venom in 1982.
Throllv: It was a Swedish band called Mörk Gryning with the record Tusen år har gått. This was the first record I ever heard that inspired me to start a black metal band. I had listened to cradle of filth for many years, but Mörk Gryning was the first band that really gave me the interest of the whole package of black metal. This was in 2002 (more than a decade after the second wave started), and I was 15 years old. Darkness and the occult seemed to me very appealing, and I just loved the rawness in the music. if it’s not in thy blood, thou will never understand!
Hravn: It was the exact same record for me as for Throllv. And some Dark Funeral then. After listening to the Swedish acts I`d discover the Norwegian ones like Darkthrone and Immortal. That was a life changer. But the band that have my fully respect will always be Bathory.
In being black metal there is a certain aesthetic that follows. How true are you to that aesthetic?
Throllv: Really? And who decides that? Only weak minds need to follow aesthetics.
Hravn: Hrm, this a question that can get me going. All I will say is, there is not a way to be “true”. Anyone who thinks so, I would recommend to get some pussy or cock and stop bother about what is true or not.
What are your opinions on trends? Are they necessary to attract and weed out those not true to the music
Throllv: I dont really care much for trends. It probably affects us in some way, but subconscious. Its nothing I think about. There is no such thing as true to the music. We create the music. We control the music; we dont have to be true to it.
What does the future hold for you?
Throllv: Pizza and candy bars!
B.C: pretty much the same here, I throw in a burger or two also!
Throllv: Yes, if I knew that, I’d be rich by now. If you knew, would you tell me?
Hravn: Some massive live playing and a fun fucking time! See you out there, banging our heads together!
Thank you for the questions! Cheers