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Realized at: 13th, April 2017
 

There are many bands in Germany playing melodic death metal, but there are not many German bands dealing with Northern and Germanic Mythology. Niflhel from the West of Germany are a young band which released a cool self-financed album on CD entitled “A Warrior Comes Home”. It was funny to discover this band by writing a review for THE PAIN FUCKTORY from South America because the Niflhel guys live in my direct neighbor town Hamm, only 16 km from my home, haha! I guess, you won´t know them either. So I talked to Niflhel singer Micha Gruen to get an introduction to the band. 

Hi Micha! Please tell us about the foundation of Niflhel first! How did it all happen? 

The band developed out of an unfinished thrash metal band. Simon was the first one who entered this band before they asked me to join as a vocalist. Although it was thrash metal again, I told them to do it and tried a little bit. After some line-up changes and additions, Niflhel was created out of this.  

Your band name is taken from the Northern Mythology. What´s the meaning of it exactly? 

Niflhel is the word for Hell in the Germanic Mythology for all those who won´t enter Valhalla. Above it reigns the Goddess of Death, Hel. 

Which bands are your main influences? 

Amon Amarth, In Flames in the 90´s, and Scandinavian melodic death metal in general. 

Do your lyrics also deal with Northern Mythology? Or do you have different topics as well? 

Mainly about Northern Mythology, yes. But on the new album we also have 2 songs about “The Game Of Thrones”.  

Which books and movies can you recommend dealing with those topics? 

The TV series “Vikings” and the book “The Edda” are our main influences. 

Your only album “A Warrior Comes Home” was released 4 years after the foundation of the band. How much time did it take to write and record the songs? 

Songwriting went by very quickly, but finishing the album took lots of time due to several line-up changes. But we were in the studio for only a few days. Together with Dennis and Stefan, and after the album release with Nils, we finally found our stable line-up which fits perfectly. You will hear that on the songs for the next album for sure! 

Your album was self-released on CD, without a label in the back. Wasn´t that expensive? How many copies were made? And where did you do it? 

We were not sure about the final costs because we paid per hour! So we had a lot of pressure to not waste too much time! It´s better to keep the whole price as a secret, but I can tell you that it was really expensive! That´s why we try to make some money with gigs. We will have more money for the next album and we will have more time for it. But a good album does not need to be expensive! It must fit to the songs!  

The album cover looks great! Who painted it? And how did you get in contact with the artist? 

The guy is called Maxim Kostim. He does great work and his cooperation was awesome. When we asked to use one of his pictures, he agreed at once.  

If someone is interested to order CD´s and shirts from you now, how can he get in contact with you?  

The easiest way would by via Facebook, but also via our official website www.niflhel.info. You can order shirts directly from our partners at www.effect-shop.de. Our songs are available in digital format as well. 

Before Niflhel, you sang in a death-/thrash metal band called Deathstruction. Was it important for you that both Deathstruction and Niflhel sounded totally different? Or did that happen accidently, more or less?  

At first, I didn´t really care about that. But when we founded Niflhel, we knew that it had to sound differently. I didn´t really want to sing thrash metal anymore.   

What are your future plans with Niflhel? 

Well, like I said: We work intensively on new songs and we hope to enter the studio in September 2017. We will play many shows this year. You can check the dates on our homepage.           

Okay, Micha! The last words are yours! Is there anything you want to tell the readers? 

Be prepared for our next album and join our gigs! We are heavily motivated to give our best. Every new fan is a pleasure for us! Visit us on our concerts or on Facebook! In the end it´s YOU we want to reach! 

https://www.niflhel.info/ 

https://www.facebook.com/Niflhel-170595379702046/?fref=ts  

Author: Daniel Müller 

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