Henrik, for the start please tell our readers a little bit about yourself as a musician and artist. As stated on your webpage you've been creating music since 1988 and are involved in numerous other projects besides NORDVARGR, right?
Yes, I have been recording music for many years now... over the years my activities has broadend and diversified, here are a few of the most memorable ones:
Pouppée Fabrikk - EBM/metal band during the nineties, still alive but without me.
MZ. 412 - Active since 1988, still going strong.
Folkstorm - semi-active, currently digging deep in my old archives to discover forgotten recordings.
Toroidh - Martial/ambient/nostalgic music.
Vargr - Black metal-ish noise.
Naer Mataron - Greek/Norwegian/Swedish metal of the highest standard.
Then we have countless collabs and releases in my own name...
Then how did you come to creating NORDVARGR and performing this very special style of ambient music/ atmosphere? Did it evolve from another style of music or was it a spontaneous idea?
I think it grew out of the MZ. 412 sound... I released the first Nordvargr
album 2002 (Awaken), and from then on the sound has evolved even further.
What is the basic idea behind NORDVARGR and the music created under this flag?
There is no basic idea behind it. What I am recording is a reflection of
my current mood. Sometimes many years can pass without me recording
anything in the "Nordvargr style", then I get in that special mood and it
just flows out of me. Of course some albums are influenced by some concept
or idea, but it is nothing constant.
Let's talk a little bit about "Pyrrhula". According to the booklet some of the record is based upon "Swedish Doomlord Mythology". Can you tell us some more about this mythology? Is it some real Swedish folklore or is this mythology your own creation?
A bit of both. There exists old legends that the Pyrrhula, the bullfinch in English, is a bearer of bad news and carries death in its beak. This is not common knowledge as this is very old tales. I came across the story some years ago, and the concept grew out of that.
The "Doomlord" is just a fitting play on words - Bullfinch in Swedish is Domherre. Domherre roughly translates Doomlord to English...
Are there any other influences you were inspired by? In my opinion there is a lot of occult atmosphere and also horror included on "Pyrrhula" or am I totally wrong?
Any occult atmospheres are purely coincidences. Horror, yes. This is not happy feelgood music.
As there are (or seem to be) no lyrics in the songs or explanations given in the booklet, do you think that the listeners will understand your "theme" of the record?
I dont care. The message is in the atmosphere of the album. It does not need language to be understood.
What instruments did you work with to create the eerie and horrifying soundscapes of "Pyrrhula"? You don't work with electronic equipment only, do you?
I never reveal my arsenal, that is my own little secret. But most of my composing and recording takes place in my homestudio, I occasionally use a laptop if I am not at home. Some of my guitarworks are recorded in my garage, which brings a nice gritty atmosphere...
Are you interested in other musical projects that create similar styles of soundscapes? If yes, are there any you are especially fond of? If not, why aren't you interested in them?
Not that much.. I have a few friends who make similar music, but I prefer
to listen to metal (black mostly) and Severed Heads instead.
As your intention with NORDVARGR seems (to me) to create more than music but mainly atmosphere I'd finally like to know what gives you the creeps or impresses you. Is there anything (music, film, book, whatever) you would recommend due to its fantastic atmosphere or its enormous effect on the recipient?
I love movies, but there is so much shit you need to endure in order to find the good ones... the last thing I saw that relly impressed me was "Ex drummer". Extreme cinema in every way!
I have also been listening a lot to the new Necrofrost album, wunderbar.
So, that's it already. Thank you for the patience and time answering my questions! All the best to you and NORDVARGR. If you would like to add anything, the last words are yours!
As always, keep music evil.