RIMFROST come from the frozen land of Sweden, they deliver a cold and blizzard Black/Death Metal that is the vein of Megiddo melted with Immortal. Yet, their first MCD was a great piece of extreme Metal, but this band really got me with their "A Forest World Unknown" album. Even though this band is rather young and their members are only 20 years old, RIMFROST's
|come with a mature Metal, so let's discover a bit this Swedish combo. Most answers were given by all members as a single voice, while Throllv, Hravn, Beuwolf needed to add private comments. Note how views of these new B.M bands are drastically different from what early B.M combos such as Burzum or Mayhem had in the early '90's|
to Thy, what records will you pick while answering this interview ?
Zyklon B, Mayhem "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas", DarkThrone "Sardonic Wrath" and King Diamond "Them".
First of all, let's introduce your
band to Franang zine. Your first connection to a large audience was through
the "A Journey To A Greater End" MCD that yet established your
musical direction, is that right ?
Where does the band name come from
and what does it mean exactly ? I found on the web that it means "Hoar
Frost" in English, is that right ? Thence how is your connection
with cold temperature and winter excepted that you live in Sweden
"A Journey To A Great End"
was the first official production released through No Colours Records.
It's about excellent blackened Death/Black Metal in the vein of "Blizzard
Beast" from Immortal. You success in recording something both technical
and straight in the head, but how important is the mentioned Immortal
album to you ? And was it a long process to play in this vein ?
|What is your journey
to a greater end to you ? Is that a journey through endless pain caused
by frost and blizzard, or is that a travel in the inner soul of human ?
Would you explain the meaning of the cover : that statue with the pentagram
on her/his back, and the light red colour ?
Hravn: Life is a journey and the end is death. What if there is a life after death without pain, sorrow and misery ? Wouldn't that be a greater life to live ? A greater end ? I don't mean that the real life is nothing but shit because I love my life and I enjoy living it ! But I'm not afraid of death. Nobody should be that. It's a path we all have to walk.
The statue is an angel frozen in stone, all the actions we do in life suddenly disappears and goes forgotten in eternity. The red colour can symbolize the blood humans spill under the life, even death. The brushy forest symbolizes the rough and painful ways we have to take in life even though we don't want to. The pentagram is the sign of evil, the real force ruling this sick world.
year you recorded your first full-length "A Frozen World Unknown"
through No Colours Records, how was the recording process and wasn't it
too difficult to write new materials for a full-length only one year after
releasing the MCD ?
We were in the studio for six days. So we work fast ! We always record vocals last so we actually wrote lyrics to the new three songs in the studio ! Our producer Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry) is a really good producer and he knows how we want everything to sound. We wrote the three new songs during this year and then we re-recorded two songs from the MCD. “Hordes Of Rime” and “Ride The Storm” was done just a few weeks before we entered the studio.
When it comes to that new album, I
noticed that you re-recorded "At The Mighty Halls They'll Walk"
and "A Frozen World Unknown" from the previous MCD, why did
you choose to use these songs again in studio and why didn't you come
with only fresh materials for the debut CD ?
I'd describe the full-length as a mix
between Megiddo for the vocals parts and "Blizzard beast" again
for the way of arranging tunes and even Hades for the technical guitars.
The vocals sound nocturnal and merciless. Would you agree with that way
of describing your materials ?
was the feed back to that new record ? Did you receive any strange reactions
and what were you expecting from reviews ?
The feedback is good so far. We have got some mails from Americans, Germans and Belgians and they absolutely like what we have created. Actually we have expected good reactions from the reviews.
again the cover is pretty symbolic : purple colour with an high snowing
mountain and a raven at the background yet announced the aim and the musical
range of RIMFROST, isn't it ?
|I'd like to you
speak about the lyrics in detail, where does your inspiration come from
? Obviously I know that you're dealing with darkness, winter and anger but
are there specific books, movies or private experiences used in your lyrics
? Does the second album title refer to "Valkyrias", and dead Vikings
Hravn : I use to walk around alone very much and then I think of things that really make me pissed off, but also about deep subjects like death. I guess you could call me a life philosopher. I use fantasy but also private experiences in my lyrics. Actually the lyrics to "At the Mighty Halls They'll Walk" is dedicated to a close relative who past away a while ago. I really think that lyric is something special and it's my way to honour him ! I can reveal that the next album will have some Viking theme in it.
Beuwolf: When I write lyrics I like to get in the right mood first. I imagine that I stand alone watching the dark and cold land of RIMFROST. Then I can write really good. I'm really fascinated by occult forces and evil. It's an honour to be the first bass player in RIMFROST to write lyrics with Hravn. I think he likes the way I think and when we write together we accomplish to create what we are looking for!
I noticed that many B.M bands deal
with winter, nature and cold forest but the fact is that very few members
really hang in forest and most of them hardly want to walk for hours in
nature, which is rather stupid when you're preaching such topics in your
lyrics. What about you ?
Let's keep on this topic, do
you think that Mother Nature may exist in this world ? I mean do you believe
that elements have a common force lead by any primal
Black Metal combos deal with Satanism, I'd like to know your views on
that matter ? Do you think that Satan/Lucifer may exist ? How is your
view of religions ?
Back in the 60's
there was a strong Satanic revival through Anton Lavey, Charles Manson
and so on. There was lot of activities around the occult theories and
even well known bands such as Led Zeppelin, Beatles, or Rolling Stones
used the Satanic elements in their lyrics. Have you even taken care of
that and are you into early bands such as Coven, Led Zeppelin ?
ideas' from the 60's were a kind of rebellion against the established
government and rules, against the Hippy trend, and Flower Power ideology.
They wanted to break all the rules, and it was more a kind of "do
what you will" than anything else. Is your philosophy too ?
The 90's Scandinavian
Black Metal scene turns the dark ideologies toward something much more
extreme, it wasn't about self-accomplishment anymore but about fighting
against Christianity. Obviously Lavey doctrines and Satanic Bible were
always mentioned in interviews as influences. Where you active during
these years and what is your regard now on the 90's B.M era and early
bands such as Beherit, Archgoat or Impaled Nazarene, Profanatica who really
came with a strong images ?
like to know if you've any interest in early let's say dark bands such as
Piledriver, Exorcist, Stormwitch, Running Wild that were all dealing with
the occult topics in Heavy Metal ? Is there any favourite band of you in
that range of Metal ?
We always loved Wasp and King Diamond !
Ok, let's get back to your band, what
are the future plans with RIMFROST and is there any hope you see you playing
live in France ?
Let's close that chapter here, end
the interview by giving your views on France and the Metal scene here.
How do you see us from your land ?
Franang zine 27/12/06