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Date: 05th, November 2013
(Answers by Nargathrond - Guitars/vocals & Morbid - Vocals)

German Black metal, mixing raw and fast parts with some clean vocals and several epic moments! Very unique and varied!   

1. Greetings here. Let´s start with short intro story. Where did you dig out the name? How would you characterize the development of your band during this 3 years?

Nargathrond: Hi, the name HIGURD was a spontaneous idea of our first singer Astaroth and me. I can´t remember the reason why we used that word, because it is a fictional word without any meaning. And so we as a band are the meaning for it. The development was a hard way, the constellation of members in the band changed a few times, but now I think we are a real strong union with good condition.
I don´t wanna talk much about the past, the future will be better!

2. How would you describe HIGURD as a whole? Is there anything that makes the group different compared to most new and upcoming bands?

Nargathrond: I would describe HIGURD as a unique formation. Especially the sound and music style is really new and versatile. That differs us from other bands. We don´t want to play monotonous music like “true black metal” or something like that. There are so many influences of everyone in the band and every band member listens to different music, so we are broad-minded to any music style. We just do what brings us fun and not anything that the mass of people would like.

Morbid: In my opinion HIGURD is a mixture of many different influences. We don't want to sounds like many different bands, which grown up in past. We want to find our own "musically" language and create our own style. If you want to hear "pure" Black Metal it's possible that you don't like our work. There are no borders in music! If you ask me .. We can't explain our thoughts in empty phrases and monotone melodies. Experimental music is a great help to find yourself in my opinon. That's it, for the first ...  

3. - Speaking of your debut album “Gedankensturm”, could you tell us some aspects about the recording process and if you are satisfied with the final results? 

Nargathrond: The album was recorded by a good friend and member of my old band GORGE RAVINE. It was not really professional but this was good, because it was very chilled and funny. This is the best premise for a good result. The guitars were played by me, bass by Kbles, vocals by Astaroth and the drums by Eber. For a non-professional album the quality is really good. That's what our fans told us, too.

4. Do you have serious opportunities for live shows in Germany? What are the most memorable shows that you played?

Nargathrond: Germany has a real big (Underground)Metal scene and there are much clubs where you can play a gig. Our problem is, that we don´t have many connections but we hope that this will change in the future. The greatest gig we played in Erfurt at the scene club From Hell with Forgotten Tomb, Ereb Altor, Isole and Somrak…. a really fine memory. The funniest gig we played was at Auenland Festival on a crooked stage with no light in front of a crowd of  hippies... in the middle of the woods.

5. Can you explain the method of songwriting employed by HIGURD? Is the writing process generally collective or does one member often craft the song on his own?

Nargathrond: I am responsible for the basic structure of the songs and with these ideas we go in our rehearsal room and complete everything.Further we work with guitar pro, because we live in different cities, so everybody can put his ideas on the program file and so everyone can work on his stuff at home. That´s really practical.

Morbid: Yes, the most of our songs wrote Nargathrond together with our old singer. Especially for our new work, we try to collect as much ideas as we can. So Talil, our new guitarist and I help him. Yes, we could say .... everybody of HIGURD is a important part of our songwriting. We can't miss anyone of us. We're all a part of our own work!

6. What are some of your interests, occupations and hobbies outside of composing sick music?

Nargathrond: I work as a retail dealer, Kbles and Chi-Ses as a store man, Morbid and Talil study something. I think we all have principal the same interests like hanging around with friends, drinking beer, go to music festivals and at least have some chicks haha. 

Morbid: I like to be in nature with a few of my friends. Sometimes alone, too. I really like to compose music on my own. Sometimes I visit small concerts on weekends or draw any pictures.

7. Let´s talk about your presence in black metal scene, do you have a strong basis on your local scene? how has been the feedback to your álbum so far?

Nargathrond: We are very experimental, this is good for us, because we get gigs with non-black metal bands and we don´t fall out of line, further combine with the other music styles. Beyond that, some people say that we are not “true” (like it's usual in black metal-vocabulary) but we don´t give a fuck about those. And I think we have a lot of fans in our local area but we would be happy if there are more in other regions. Often we got a really good feedback to our album, because people like the variety and the sound.

8. How would you define black metal? Could you say there is a solid black metal scene in your región? 

Nargathrond: Black Metal is the heaviest and most extreme music which exists. You can put all your feelings, frustration and hate in it. In my region, black metal is not so popular but a few cities wider, there are a lots bands especially in the underground.

Morbid: Hmmmmmm. There is a "BM-scene" here, but we are all not a real part of this. Black Metal is an expression of the feelings, you could'nt talk about in my opinion. A scene which is mainly ruled by drunken idiots, who don't celebrate the real spirits of concerts and by 16-years old-web warriors who wants to destroy everything, what is new I cant call a strong Black Metal Scene. The funny fact .. They can post some garbage the whole day long and comment songs and pictures with their comments. It's funny to read it, because I know that I will never hear to them, when i want to "create myself" in music. It would be the biggest mistake I could make. But I must say, being in a Band without havin enough haters would be really boring, too. And Remember! I don't make music for you in any kind of way. It's only for me, the things and peoples I like.

9. What would you consider the hardest part about playing in an Underground band?

Morbid: Sometimes It's hard to pay everything on your own and don't have any help with album layouts or different things. But I don't want to change, if you ask me. 

10 . What are your thoughts about the underground scene and the German scene in particular?

Morbid: In Germany it is really difficult for underground bands. I can't see a Black Metal scene in the kind of way, it should be. They don't want to destroy the humanity for example. They destroy the "own race" (for example underground bands, fans) and that´s not the truth, I think ....

11. - Well, that would be all for the moment...thanks very much for your time. If you have anything to add in the end to conclude this interview.

Nargathrond: Thank you, too! Yes, I have something to add. Askan, the singer of the Pagan Metal Band GERNOTSHAGEN sang the guest vocals on our Song “Declaration Of Life” and we are really proud of that because GERNOTSHAGEN is one of my favourite bands. Check them out !

Cheers

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