THRYM

Viking metal is to me Bathory. That is where it starts and where it ends. Period. But there is a whole genre of metal devoted to it that in which THRYM fits. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-A name is always hard to come up with, but this one had been on the back of my mind for a while. Thrym is a giant in norse mythology who stole Thor’s hammer and tried to extort him.

Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
-I think it’s a mix of everything that I listen to. I don’t really think about it too much. But Candlemass is of course one of the biggest inspirations along with bands like Moonsorrow and Falkenbach. People seem to think Bathory, but it’s really not something I listen to.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster snd vice versa?
-It takes a bit more thought when you play music slow,the individual notes become more important. But it’s always a challenge not to make it boring at the same time. I like the slow pace because it makes it easier to build the atmoshpere I like, and then mix in some faster parts at times.

Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-It should work well in a live enviroment, I can’t really see why not. Although it’s not something I think about when writing since it is more of a studio one-man project. I currently don’t have any live plans, but it would be fun some day.
When I go to shows I really prefer the smaller venues, it gets more intimate and you feel more like a part of the show. My music isn’t really the fast, intense kind that fit smaller clubs though, so a medium stage would probably be better.

Everybody seem to be disappointed with something once they have released a record. What would you have liked done differently?
-Being a perfectionist I hear things I would like to change every time I listen to the music, but in particular I would mix the vocals a bit better, and perhaps layer some more guitars. But I try to focus on doing it differently and improve it next time instead.

Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-I haven’t really been active enough in promoting it, probably because I do it more as a creative outlet for myself. Bandcamp has been a great site though and I didn’t know it worked so well until I tried it.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-It somehow has to fit the music. Some of my favourite covers are really simple, like the one Candlemass used for Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, while others are more intricate. I do think it is vital that the cover reflects the content of the record so the feel like one unit.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
Here in Sweden metal is really big and we have a great metal culture with tons of really great bands. The problem here is more that there aren’t really that many fans. Alot of the people here who are into metal are also musicians one way or another and the scene is really crowded with good bands and not enough people who just listen to music. I don’t really think of myself as part of the scene, but I probably am in some ways.

How do one promote oneself the best possible way?
-You have to make yourself noticed somehow. It’s not all about how good you think the music is, you have to get people to listen to it as well. I’ve always thought that if I produce music that I love and listen to, then it is possible to hear that in the music and find that something that hopefully separates it a bit from the rest.

What does the future hold?
-I’m currently writing and recording some new stuff, but it is a really slow process. I’m not in a hurry either but hopefully I can have a full lenght album done sometime next year. The music will probably sound a little different as well, incorporating some more of my influences, a touch of black metal in some parts perhaps.

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