VANIR might be Denmark’s largest Viking metal band but this time around they seem to have changed a bit. In order to find out more I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
From what I can tell you have gone for a more “extreme” metal sound this time and maybe not so much the viking metal of yore. What is your opinion on the sound of this new album?
-We are really satisfied with the result. We are already in the process of writing more material, and I can promise you it’s going to be as dark, grim and yet melodic as Aldar Rök.
Do you feel that you as an artist grow with each new record? Does it feel like it isn’t a total waste of time trying to compete with all the other metal bands out there?
-We have all grown as musicians and as persons, so yeah, I guess you can say that. And for some od us the folky past of Vanir is just that, the past. We want to focus on what Vanir is an will be from here on out. That being said, to answer your question regarding the competition, we don’t really see it that way. We play, write and preform our music because we find it entertaining and really don’t like to consider it a competition. There is so much music being created every day in the industry, to talk about competition is to make music about dogs fighting over a bone, instead of art.
What is your definition of the metal you play today?
-We usually call it a mixture of melodic death metal and black metal with a Viking twist. I’ve have read that some call us melodic blackened death. 4. How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record? We don’t really have a system it’s more or less a feeling. When you know you know.
Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-We are blessed with a lot of songwriters in the band with a wide musical background. The lyric and song universe resides in the history books.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-That depends from album to album. On Aldar Rök the symbol of the two headed raven has a lot of symbolism for us. It’s a twist of Roman and Viking mythology and lore, and it’s a symbol of the many paths Vanir has taken in our sound.
Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working with digital than working with physical?
-In the song writing process there’s no change, but the recording and release of the songs it gives some freedom.
Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
-Yeah more or less.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-I guess there is a rather thriving scene for bands like ours in northern Europe. In Denmark it’s not that big though.
What does the future hold?
-We are working on the next record and planning gigs… so there is a plan more or less.