Hi there. Congratulations to your great new album. Please describe the reactions to the CD so far.
Hravn: Thank you so much!
Throllv: Thank you! The reactions have been very different so far. Some say they like it and some say it is crap.
Hravn: Yeah, but you know, everyone can’t like it. As long as the real metal heads supports us, I am pleased.
Do you care for the opinion of your fans, the press and people in general? Or is it just you and your music?
Throllv: I care to a certain point. As long as we can sell enough records to maintain our record label so we don’t have to pay the studio costs ourselves I’m pleased. When that point is reached i don’t care if the masses likes it. The most important is that we make music that I and Hravn can enjoy. But as I said before, of course we have to sell some records to keep this up.
Hravn: First of all I care only for myself and Throllv. Then I can listen to what friends have to say about it. And I can reflect their thoughts, but we will never change something completely after what others think is right or wrong if we can’t agree with what they have said. It is our music, we control it, we are in charge of it. But of course I care about fans, otherwise I wouldn’t do this interview.
I would never think of myself higher than our fans, I hate artists who do that.
Some of our readers may never have heard about you. Please give us a short briefing in the band's biography.
Throllv: The band was started in Hagfors, Sweden, in the summer of 2002. I and Hravn went to the same school together and we shared the same interests, heavy metal. First we played primitive black metal and our lyrics was originally in Swedish, but we changed that when we recorded our demo Unredeemed Demons.
Hravn: With that demo we changed our playing style to the more technical. We was influenced by bands like Immortal and Hypocrisy. Later, in 2005, we got our first record deal and released our debut album A Frozen World Unknown. Throllv moved to Boras in 2006 and the band was resting in almost three years. During that time we got a deal with our current label Season Of Mist and here we are now.
Was there a moment when you realized that „Veraldar Nagli” would become something special?
Throllv: Already when we are in the writing process of an album we are very accurate about the material. We never bring something we think is bad to a record. On this album we have taken a specific turn in the sound and the lyrics. We have taken a lot of guitar parts in focus which we did not do as much before. Our entire album is special in some way to us.
Let's talk about your new CD. What are the differences between "Veraldar Nagli" and your last record?
Hravn: We have taken a more thrash-death sound to our new record. We have developed as musicians and songwriters and our musical influences grow as time goes by. On A Frozen World Unknown you can hear some of Mayhem inspired stuff for example. So who knows what it will sound like on our next album.
What are the reasons for these differences?
Throllv: We just felt at the time we wrote the material for Veraldar Nagli that this was what we wanted to do, next album will probably not sound like this. Our musical influences changes as our sound also changes.
My favourite is "The Raventhrone". Can you tell us something about this song and its history?
Hravn: It is really the "follow-up" for the song At The Mighty Halls They’ll Walk on our debut album. And with that I mean the lyrical theme. It’s heavy song with great epic atmosphere in it!
And what about "Void Of Time"?
Throllv: Yeah what about it? Its an epic song with really great atmospheric lyrics.
Which one is your favourite song from the album and why?
Throllv: I don’t know it depends on my mood and other things, i have had all of the songs on the album as my favourite at some time.
Right now I would say Scandinavium.
Hravn: Yeah, it is a difficult question. It really depends on my mood. I would say Raventhrone and The Black Death! I cant make up my mind!
How and why did you choose the album cover? Is there a further meaning behind it?
Hravn: The river is a river from the landscapes up in Varmland, Sweden were we come from. The light beyond the mountains can symbolize either life or death. The dragon ship is about to make a journey... where will that journey end? We want the cover get your mind spinning. What does everything symbolize?
On the other side of the coin it can also mean nothing at all. It can just be a mental picture we had before writing the music to the album. You decide what you want to see in it. Anyway, the artwork designer is a close friend to us and he did a great work creating our mental picture, he understands us well.
Are there some lyrics that are special to you? Tell us something about them.
Hravn: Hmm... yeah. Legacy Through Blood is special for me... I have reflected a lot in my private life and some is written down in that lyrics. I wont tell you exactly what, but there is some there, if it is more or less doesn’t matter now.
I have read somewhere that they thought LTB is inspired from Bathory’s Hammerheart and that is a great honour! My personal favourite song with Bathory is Twilight Of The Gods, man that song is not human! I would say LTB is a dedication to Bathory, but in our own creation.
Throllv: And as Hravn said before The raventhrone is a follow up to At the mighty halls they’ll walk which tells a story about a brutal warrior in a forlorn time that fights for revenge of his kinsman. He and his men fights well in a great battle and they slay every single one of their enemies. They are on a rampage but eventually in a battle all of his men is getting slayed and he is the only one left when he also gets killed. Then the songs tells you about his lonely journey to Valhalla. When you die you die alone and its your journey alone.
In the song The Raventhrone he is resurrected and leaves Valhalla for his not yet for filled revenge. He seeks his enemies one by one and fulfils his ultimate revenge.
Where do you get your inspirations from?
Throllv: A lot of things is an inspiration. Like other bands and their music, books and movies or a landscape with a great nature. Anything in life or death really.
What about the recording process of your new album? Any stories or curiosities to report?
Throllv: Well at the recording session I accidentally drove into Andy’s wall. I thought i had the reverse in position but I was wrong, and the car was hitting straight forward into the wall. It was pretty awkward.
Hravn: Yeah! Haha! I was lying in the couch within that very wall and talking in the phone when he fucking rams the wall! Luckily it didn’t break...
How would you describe your own music?
Throllv: We have a template that we are trying to follow when we write music and it says - Drive over it, reverse and drive over it again.
How do you create your sound? Which equipment do you use?
Hravn: German amplifiers! Hehe... and Gibson guitars. Then you are set to give hell! Throllv uses Tama drums. And the studio, mixing and mastering is important to, and what producer you use. And of course it is your own playing style that gives the "sound".
Please tell us something about the process of songwriting.
Throllv: Either I or Hravn comes up with a riff or a whole song and then we play it. We rehearse it many times and very often the song changes as we arranged it during the rehearsals. The lyrics always come after the music.
What are your musical influences in your opinion?
Hravn: Well, mostly 80s heavy metal actually! Then of course 80s thrash death and black. But never new bands. You can rarely find something interesting there.
We'd like to know something about your background in making music. How did you learn to play, what are your experiences and which musicians are your main technical influences?
Throllv: I started to play drums when I was 5. It was my cousin that introduced me to the instrument. He taught me the basics so he could play guitar with me. Later on i learned how to play guitar as well and i have been making music ever since.
Hravn: I had Throllv as my guitar teacher in about 6-7 years ago when we met and started the band. I still admire his techniques, even if his main instrument is drums. My biggest influence is Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth), Wolf Hoffmann (Accept) and Abbath (Immortal).
Please name some lately released CDs that you like to listen to at home.
Throllv: Immortal- All shall fall, Helloween- Gambling with the devil.
Hravn: Immortals new. Well, I can’t think of another new cd. I listen to Staying A Life with Accept. One of the best albums ever. My first actually.
Do you still watch other bands play? Have there been some shows lately that impressed you?
Hravn: No, I don’t visit concerts that much, unfortunately. There are rarely good bands. WASP was great when I saw them two years ago. And Hypocrisy delivers! I’m thinking of go see U.D.O in January.
What makes the difference between RIMFROST and other Black Metal bands?
Harvn: We really don’t play inside the frames as other bands. They keep the standard in the music and I don’t see a problem with that, because I love the "standard" black metal, but we want to explore in the music. We play technical music with death/heavy/thrash influences.
We'd like to know something about the underground in your hometown. Are you still in touch? And if so: Where do you hang out? Are there some yet unknown bands that you like?
Hravn: No, nothing. Not what I know of actually.
How important is it for you to play live on stage?
Throllv: Its always fun to play live.
Are there still some bands that you would die to play with?
Throllv: NO absolutely not. I would not die for another band, I don’t like other bands :)
Those bands I like I don’t want to tour with because I believe that would be the end of me loving that band if you see what I mean.
Please tell us something about further live activities.
Throllv: Give us some serious deals and we will come and play for you.
Still three questions to go. What do you think of Metal web magazines?
Hravn: I think it is a great and fast opportunity to check out music and interviews. But still I prefer a magazine.
Is there something that you have never been asked but always have been eager to say?
Hravn: Hmm...Can’t think of anything right now. Okay, I can tell you what my favourite song is; Princess Of The Dawn (Accept-Staying A Life), it is a killer and it has been the greatest in over ten years for me now. My first metal song ever; Son Of A Bitch (Accept-Staying A Life)!
We are looking forward seeing you in Germany. Best wishes to you all. Any last words?
Throllv: Thank you very much and I’m definitely looking forward to see you to.
Hravn: Thank you so much! See you down in Germany later on!