To start things of, perhaps you could shed some light on the following. You have been around since 1992, but you are still very much in the underground. Is this a conscious choice or more due to circumstances in the past?
Wetter it's a conscious choice or not, I'm not sure. But what I know that how we do things musically isn't particularly appealing to the masses, so I think it has been, and continue to be underground. There are a lot of big bands doing great, and I somehow think we would not be really good at being a big band. We are in the process of writing for a new album, so we'll see what will happen after that is released. I have a good feeling about that release
From what I have seen, you don`t play live very often. Is there a special reason behind this?
I really don't think we are that well known, and we do not attract many people to our shows so we get booked where other bands draw more people. We have some 20-30 concerts in two years, and that is really not that much. There are some countries we haven't played that I hope to do, like Italy, Great Britain, Spain and more eastern Europe countries. And Asia and South America of course!
'Daumyra' is a very consistent album. It sounds like it almost wrote itself. How was the writing and recording process for you? And what does Daumyra mean?
We fell into a trap when recording ‘Daumyra’. Time. We did not have all the material finished when we booked the studio, so there are definitely short-cuts all over the album that makes Daumyra not as good as it should have been in my opinion. Like the opening track, that was actually made after we had recorded three songs already. It was another lesson learned for us that we will take into consideration when recording the next album. Daumyra is actually not translatable, but it's a twist of "sea" "marsh" with "Dead" before it, so like Deadsea or Deadmarsh or somewhere in that area. Not to be mistaken for the Dead Marshes that J.R.R Tolkien wrote about.
As far as your lyrics are readable for me, as I don't speak Norwegian, they seem to deal mostly with death and dark beings. Could you give us a little more insight on them? Do you follow a certain ideology like Satanism, Asatru or other forms of occultism?
There is no ideology. The lyrics on this album all are about the terror and panic at sea when the earth has been burned and inhabitable. We call it Nautical Nihilism. Like all other lyricists, I tend to mean one thing, and write another thing to handle experiences in my life, good or bad.
What is your view on the current scene? And by that I mean both the Norwegian one, with the rise of the Nidrosian scene, but also the global scene which seems to become either more mainstream every day or take a more occult and "orthodox religious" approach.
I am flying solo. I have always been flying solo. I have some contact with a few bands, and there are good things happening still. One thing I feel I hear more of these days is the similarities in productions, there seems to be a template on mixes that I am not a big fan of. It's easy on the ears, for sure, but it lacks soul and personality. The same goes for "demo-sound". There is no need for that these days, yet some seem to want that, and many great riffs are lost there, and it really demands more of the musicians playing, as there is no room for error. I think most the established bands in the scene are really serious about their music, and that shines through on recordings.
What do you think the future holds for black metal ?
I'm pretty sure Black Metal will be here long after we're gone in one form or another. We will see kids coming with new music, laugh at them for how talentless they are, and be amazed five years later with their third album.
My final question is a bit of a standard one, but relevant nonetheless. What will Isvind be doing in the foreseeable future? Any gigs coming up?
We are trying to hide in our studio and stay low for a while without interruptions. We will most likely do some festivals around, and for sure see you guys there for some beers and cheers. There are no bookings now, but they tend to show up along the way. We still have momentum from the Intet Lever period, and we are quite productive so hopefully it won't be too long before we have some concrete news.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these few questions. If you have any last words, speak them now!
Thank you for having us, see you around!