We are a black pagan band coming from the lands included between Bassano del Grappa and the highlands of Asiago, North-eastern Italy. Gathered since 2010, the band owes its name to the ancient Germanic definition of the river Brenta, which runs aside the highland and breaks through Bassano.
Originally conceived by Markus as a one-man band, Brünndl finally became real and complete only after Myrk and later Stephan joined the project.
Our first aim is to enjoy the music we play, drinking a couple of "grappe" and spend some good time together. Our friendship is still the foundation of our band. However, since we definitely hate haughty or shallow people, we try to give some sense of everything we do, thus lyrics or concepts behind songs are iconic.
It doesn't mean that we must be considered extremely serious or wiser or something else, not at all. We just care our sound and our tradition, without any interest in creating new waves of extreme sound.
Humility and coherence are supposed to be representing words for our band.
Anyway, we play black metal, we like folk sounds and many other music genres, we are influenced by many old-school bands, we love our homeland as well as our heritage or mithology, which are of course the main topics in Brünndl.
Nothing in our sound is revolutionary, but the sound itself is just ours, born from our interpretation and passion.
Most important, we do play what we like without following any unstable mode.
2.How would you describe your musical sound?
In the beginning, it was raw and cold, rather sharp, very old-school, for it had to be realistic and extremely direct: we wanted the guitars to be compared to a blizzard, like a natural violent effect, and the voice like whipping mournful winds.
But also the presence of clean voices and some folk cadences were part of our concept, necessary to express those feelings/descriptions according to the lyrics.
Now, with the new album, we have changed the quality of recordings, keeping the old-school imprint alive but giving more details to the sound, to all the instruments. Still Brünndl, still raw and realistic, but more complete.
3.Your lyrics do go in detail with Paganism and Folklore, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
It would be easy to understand if you knew our lands. On the mountains and hills where we live, everywhere you may find memories of ancient times, from the toponymy to the legends, and the landscape is always summoning and evocative. This land is always calling, you just need to listen to its voice to gather whispered stories.
Moreover, we are very bound to our ancestors, our heritage and culture, we believe their praises must be sung.
It is quite clear that we will never talk about annoying, silly and abused topics - leave them to the very true ones.
We have something precious and real, we defend it instead of loosing time with useless ideas: nowadays we should all remember where we come from and avoid to hide ourselves in weak masks. That's why we prefer singing about our woods or villages.
Paganism? Easy: we can't suffer Catholic attitude and ignorance. It ruined our places and people...as well as all the other monotheistic frauds around the world.
4.The lyrics are written in 'Cimbiran', what was the decision behind writing songs in this language?
This was the language spoken in our land. Our decision is linked directly to our will of remember traditions with their true meanings and words.
We should confess that it also sounds better than italian for extreme music, the choice sometime is related to the sound; even if, as you could hear from the songs, we use both our native languages and it is not absolutely a matter of being "more pagan" or "more germanic". We try to keep it alive.
5.I know that the bands is named after an ancient Germanic name for the river 'Brenta', how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
Brenta is a beautiful and magical river, could bewitch the one who's staring at its shape, above all in the valley called Valsugana. Markus has always loved this river and its waters reflecting the mountains, so decided to use its old germanic name for the band. Brun- is the germanic root for "source,spring"...no wonder that everything came from this inspiring river. So, the name enshrines all the meanings told before in the other answers.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We played only in Italy, underground concerts with good bands. Astrophos, Dodsferd, Enisum, Atavicus, Exterminas and our friends Marbas are the most remarkable ones. About the stage performance, usually they tell us we are captivating, but actually you should ask the audience how we are.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Now we have no plans for touring neither having live gigs, however in the future it may be that we will start doing it with much intensity. It depends also on our jobs and personal business.
8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have signed with 'Grom Records'?
Grom Records has decided to bet on us, they gave us the chance to reach many more ears and spread our music.
We will always be thankful to this label, in particular to Milan, who follows our release with seriousness and professionalism. We couldn't meet better people and hope our collaboration will long last.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of pagan and black metal?
It's early to say, let our new disc reach these fans. Those who already listened to our music gave us a satisfying feedback, but it is also difficult to answer since a judgement is always too personal to be referred to a complete category of audience. The livings will see!
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Playing together our music, as we have always done, without thinking much to fame or appearance. We go on and the future will show us what we deserve.
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
No doubt: Windir, Storm, Kampfar, old Helheim, old Enslaved first; then also Taake, Summoning, Satyricon, Falkenbach, Moonsorrow and probably many other bands. Figure out that we get impressed even by underground bands we play with. Every song and every band we listened to may have left a trace, might influence our composition.
After all, we are just dwarves standing on the shoulders of giants.
Inside the band, each member has a different taste and various musical influences, from classical to punk, brutal or traditional songs, and so on. We don't close our perspectives at all, we still listen to everything could move either thrill us.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for your interest and keep on defending your local tradition.