Thursday, November 23, 2023

Schreigarm Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the album?

Styrr: “Hi! First of all, thank you for inviting us to the interview. Yes, we just recently released an album “The Mysteries of Fate” on the label Werewolf Promotion. The album sounds very powerful and atmospheric. We are very pleased with the final product.”

Ingvarr: “The moderately raw sound of 'The Mysteries of Fate', combined with epic keyboards and a magical symbiosis of clean and extreme vocals, create an incredible atmosphere, immersing the listener in the enchanting world of this conceptual epic.”

2.Recently you have released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

Styrr: “It's a little difficult... On our album you can hear influences and classical elements of various styles such as Black Metal, Post Metal, Viking Metal, MDM and others…”

Ingvarr: “From the very beginning, we didn't want to stick to any specific style, we were and we are very open to experiments and didn't want to focus on something specific…”

3.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the story that you covered with this release?

Styrr: “ “The Mysteries of Fate” is a conceptual metal saga about the thorny path of a warrior in pre-Christian times, from birth and formation, through the bitterness of farewells and first bloody battles, to death and rebirth…”

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Schreigarm'?

Ingvarr: “Schreigarm literally means the scream(from German) of Garm. The howl of Garm is one of the signs of the beginning of Ragnarök. In other words - harbinger of the Apocalypse! We believe it's a very powerful name for the band.”

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

Styrr: “On the cover depicts pagan ritual objects against the background of yellowed oak leaves. The bones symbolize our attitude towards death, our pagan perception of the surrounding world, our worldview. Autumn leaves symbolize, on the one hand, the withering of the life cycle, but on the other, instead of fallen leaves, new ones always grow... This is the main concept of our album "Secrets of Fate" - the beginning born from the end. Everything in our universe is cyclical, everything goes in a circle, rejuvenates. Well, and the leaves are specifically from an oak, as the oak has always been a symbol of wisdom and knowledge. (All pagan ritual attributes are handmade by me, the photo and concept are also my).”

6. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Styrr: “We are absolutely planning to expand our band. At least we need a drummer for live performances.”

Ingvarr: “We are more than open to expand, we are actively searching for band members drummer and bass. And it would be a great time when we can invite the whole orchestra to make an awesome show.”

7.Both of the band members are from Ukraine but now reside in Germany, can you tell us a little bit more about the move?

Styrr: “Ingvarr and I moved to Germany in 2018 and 2016 respectively, for new opportunities. We learned about each other in 2019 through a mutual friend in the metal music scene of Ukraine. Remarkably, we both settled near the same city, Neuss. This is where the story of the band begins.“

8.Are there any plans for tours or live shows in the future?

Ingvarr: “Absolutely, concerts and festivals are the best places where you can convey emotions, immerse yourself in the atmosphere, and experience it all together with the audience. Currently, there are no specific plans, as finding band members is our first priority, but we will make every effort to play as many live concerts as possible.”

9. On a worldwide level, how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?

Styrr: ”The reaction is very positive. And we are very pleased with this!”

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Ingvarr: “At the moment, we have already written material for the second album and are in the pre production stage. And despite having just released our debut album, we can't wait to share the new material with everyone.”

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?

Ingvarr: "Well, musical influences could be listed extensively, but the main ones are probably: Khors, Drudkh, Austere, Harakiri For the Sky, Alcest, Ellende, Insomnium and many other bands, ranging from classic rock to various kinds of metal.”

12.How would you describe your views on Paganism?

Ingvarr: “Paganism for us is not a religion but a worldview.”

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 

Styrr: “Listen to Shreigarm! Stay Metal! Stay True!”

Ingvarr: “Thanks for the invitation and see you on the live shows!”

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