Mathrien D. of Himinbjörg - Back
1. How did the band get started? How did you meet and how long have you been together?

Mathrien D.: We've been together since the beginnng of 96. The new drummer entered the band last year.

2. How would you describe your music?

Mathrien D.: Our music is a mix of emotions and feelings deeply engraved in our minds and hearts. We play what we feel and do not take care of the way we choose to express ourselves. We do not feel linked to any scene. But more precisely, let's say metal with a lot of atmospheric tunes and acoustic parts...

3. What are your biggest influences?

Mathrien D.: We are all influenced by so many people or bands: From Iron Maiden to old Obituary records but also deeper music such as Burzum, Immortal, Enslaved, Ulver or Arcturus...

4. What influence do you think your bands has in music and metal today?

Mathrien D.: Can't give you any answer. I don't believe that we can influence anybody. We are too much of a small band. What could people take from us except wrong influences?

5. What made you want to be in the band? And if you weren’t in the band what would you be doing now?

Mathrien D.: To be in this band wasn't a question. It just was. If I wasn't playin' with these guys I would definitely have been lost or too much of a different person that I would not be able to stand. For me, Himinbjörg is more important than anything...

6. Are any band members in side projects? If so what are they, and explain a little about them.

Mathrien D.: I am in a special project called Laïndalaäh but I don't want to tell more about that. Zahaah works on Koan which is a side project which released 1 CD for Red Stream.

7. How would you feel if a band took their sound from yours and became very well known?

Mathrien D.: Funny. We never had a lot of chance in music and this would be the logic continuation. But I don't know which band could use such a sound... I also think that our clean vocal style is so personnal that it can hardly be copied. So, let's wait and see...

8. What current bands do you like or respect?

Mathrien D.: Alot. too many to tell all the names here but here are a few: Immortal, Burzum, Enslaved, Ulver, Amorphis, Iron Maiden, Anorexia Nervosa, Crystalium, Lycosia, Dead Can Dance, etc...

9. How many demos/albums do you have? Tell me about them!!

Mathrien D.: I. HEDNING : 1st demo tape -accoustic pagan hymns-
II. WHERE RAVENS' FLY : 2nd demo tape -pagan metal-
III. WHERE RAVENS' FLY : 1st CD (Red Stream)-pagan metal-
IV. IN THE RAVENS' SHADOW : 2nd CD (Red Stream)-pagan metal-
V. THIRD : 3rd MCD (Red Stream)-metal with pagan roots-

10. What demo/album do you like the best?

Mathrien D.: In The Ravens' Shadow, I think. A great record for me...

11. What is the meaning behind the songs?

Mathrien D.: A different meaning behind each song. But always linked with our personnal quest towards nature and its meanings...A kind of personnal accomplishment.

12. What are the bands favorite songs?

Mathrien D.: I think that the band's favorite song will be recorded soon for the next record so I can't give you the title caus' we still don't have it.

13. What does the future hold for the band?

Mathrien D.: A new record in April. A tour soon but especially a more intense and pure but also mature way to play...

14. If you could play with any band who would it be and why?

Mathrien D.: Maybe to support Iron Maiden or Slayer for a tour would be a great thing ! But I have to stop dreaming.

15. Who writes the majority of the music?

Mathrien D.: In the past it was Elvan and Zahaah. But now, both Zahaah and I but also Mickaël, our new drummer...

16. Who has been the favorite band you've played with and why?


17. Where did you get the band name from?

Mathrien D.: From Scandinavian mythology.

18. Describe what the band is like live?

Mathrien D.: It depends on our shape and our state of mind before getting onstage. But when we are onstage, we try to do our best to enter the world that our music creates and leap into the fury of the audience. (If there is an audience, of course !!!)

19. If you are gonna do any kind of video what would be in it?

Mathrien D.: In nature for sure. We have so many cute places in our area. A video wouldn't be a problem. The problem would be to film all the places we love...

20. Are there any touring plans made; if so tell me about them?

Mathrien D.: There are some touring plans but it's too early to tell you more. Sorry.

21. Where do you think the band will be 20 years from now?

Mathrien D.: Still playin' together I hope. But maybe with some hair less and slowly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are real friends and we won't separate. We're not a band like the others. True friendship between us.