1.Hails please introduce yourself to the readers and when did you first start listening to black metal?
Hails and thank you for your interest in Grimtone.
My name is Michael and I play all the instruments in Grimtone.
I discovered black metal in the mid 90's.
2.Who were some of the first bands you listened to and who are some of your current favorites?
The bands that got me into black metal were bands like Darkthrone, Emperor, Enslaved, Mayhem. The classic norwegian scene. I still listen to these bands but a lot of other bands as well; Aenaon, Corpus christii, Ultha, Void Omnia, Leviathan, A forest of stars, Furia etc etc.. The list is endless. Lately I've been going back to the very beginning of black metal, listening a lot to Venom, Bathory and Celtic frost.
3.Grimtone was formed in 2016 when did you get the idea to start this band? And how did you choose Grimtone as the band's name?
I had played various forms of metal in bands for years, but never black metal, so it was simply time for me to create black metal. This music is the music that is closest to my true being, the true me. The name comes from an old Second World War radio station a few miles from where I live. It's called Grimeton (notice the "E" in the middle). I thought that sounded right for a metal band and changed it from Grime to Grim, since I want our approach to our music to be grim.
4.What is the current line up of the band?And who would you say are Grimtone's biggest influences?
We are two in this band. I create all the music and Linus writes the lyrics and sings.
Biggest influences are hard to answer since I listen to a lot of different kinds of black. I also listen a lot to classical music. Not sure if you can hear it in our music though.
Nature, the forest is a very big influence when I create.
5.Memento Mori is the debut release which will be released very soon how long did it take the band to write the music for the debut release?
The embryo to what would become Memento mori dates back to the fall of 2015, however the real writing process began early 2016. The album was complete a about a year later, spring this year 2017. The EP was released this summer.
6.Who usually takes care of writing the lyrics and what are some subjects you all wrote about on Memento Mori?
On this album a good friend - Alex wrote lyrics for two of the songs and Linus wrote the rest.
Both of them write about death. The transitionfrom life to death, The Great Unknown.
7.Besides the debut cd does the band have any other merchandise available or coming soon? If yes where can the readers buy it?
We have no merch at all so far, but we hope to have t-shirts in the near future.
8.What does black metal mean to you?
Black metal means a state of mind. Black metal transports me beyond this life. Black metal is being part of something larger than life. Being part of the Great Unknown.
Black metal isn't only a certain way of playing an instrument, it's more than the sum of it musical details. Certain harmonies are considered black metal, but that's not enough; elements beyond the music must be present.
9. Grimtone comes out of the Swedish black metal scene what is your opinion of the Swedish black metal scene over the last 20-25 years?
Sweden has a large and very vibrant black metal scene. Death metal has always been bigger in Sweden, but we are known for having a very solid black metal scene as well.
Where would modern black metal be without Bathory?
To have some of the biggest names in black come from Sweden says a lot about the evolution of black metal in this country: Dark funeral, Marduk, Watain to name a few.
10.Who are your all-time favorite Swedish bands?And are there any new bands you feel the readers should check soon?
Top three would have to be: Bathory, Dissection and Dawn.
When it comes to slightly newer bands I really like Skogen, Craft and Armagedda.
11.Besides bands bands are there any good and reliable labels or distro's you could recommend to the readers?
There are many, but to name one I'd have to say Vendetta Records. They release some of the best black metal in the world.
12.When not working on new music or band business what do you like to do in your free time?
Most of my free time is devoted to music. I play in several other bands as well. I like to read though; fantasy/horror/sf mostly.
13.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
Thank you for showing an interest in Grimtone. We hope you enjoy our music and feel the presence of the Great Unknown in it.