One of the bands that stood out at this years Eistnaflug festival, in my opinion, was Hindurvættir. A very young band from Akureyri. I had heard very little of them until then and, although they played a bit afterwards in their hometown, very little afterwards. Therefore I decided to send the band a couple of questions to see what was up.
Currentzz: The band has been very quiet these last few months. Perhaps that doesn’t sound like a long time in the minds of the members but for the fans these times go by like ages. What’s happening in the Hindurvættir camp?
Hindurvættir: We are currently in the preparation stages of starting the recording of our first full-length album. A lot of time and effort has already gone into it and couple of the songs we played at Eistnaflug festival last summer. The release of this album is going to be quiet unconventional and we are extremely excited to see how that works out.
The soundstage is for us much bigger in these songs and we had an extra guitarist/singer (Bjarni Jóhannes) join us to make live appearance possible. The record will be more influenced by the classic progressive rock movement of the seventies, something that is sometimes forgotten in today’s explosion of genres.
Currentzz: What’s up with the interest in Post (Black) Metal? What bands influence you the most? Of course you have mentioned bands like Alcest, Agalloch and Urfaust as inspirations but their music is worlds apart. What do you consider to be the main difference between Black Metal and Post Black Metal?
Hindurvættir: To call the music Post (Black) Metal was maybe at the time more of an experiment to decide where the band should go. We had (and have) very clear concepts behind the songs, where the influences are coming from and what to call it. The aim was to play music that reflects the nature of Iceland, the seasons, the people and everyday life; from the winter-melancholy to the suffocating summer mania and everything in between. At first it seemed right to relate it to Black Metal because the atmosphere produced is similar. But as the band has progressed we feel this does not express in full what we are aiming to say.
In fact I would not put ‘Hindurvættir’ in a related genre to Black Metal, there are certain elements we try to use but they are more connected to the atmosphere created than to the music itself and the ‘rules’ many feel apply in Black Metal.
I think almost everyone agrees that the atmosphere created by Black Metal is something special and probably the most important part of the music. Hindurvættir tries to create an atmosphere of a similar kind, but from a whole different place.
Black Metal has been relatively well defined for the last two decades and today there are infinite side-genres to be found and sometimes they are hard to categorize. In my mind ‘’Post-Black-Metal’’ is not a very good naming, but it’s the best we have at the moment for some of these bastard-offspring’s. You can talk through infinity about what the difference is between ‘’trve’’ Black Metal and the different variations of it, but one thing is clear in my mind; the atmosphere created is the single most important thing.
At the moment our biggest influences, as already stated, come from the golden era of classic progressive rock. There is more than enough still to be learned from bands such as Pink Floyd, Wishbone Ash and Black Sabbath. Of course some influences come from Black Metal and the most important to me are the American-made Wolves In The Throne Room. Also the Post-Metal titans from Neurosis and similar acts have certain affects on the songwriting. Although, all of us have very different musical backgrounds and each bring our own to the music; One thing is certain, we can‘t wait to let people here the new record!