Embarking on an ethereal odyssey, our music blog is thrilled to bring you an exclusive interview with Infirmum, a melodic death/doom metal band whose sonic tapestry weaves a narrative of melancholy, darkness, and raw emotion
Can you tell us about the origins of your band and how you all came together?
we were in the middle of recording demos for The Great Unknown EP and wanted to find an
excellent keyboard player. Our session cellist told us about Erna, she liked our music and
decided to join. Eliel contacted us in the middle of a recording session and we decided he should record vocals instead of our session vocalist. Eliel noticed our ad in muusikoiden.net and sent us demos. He joined soon enough so we met at the first time in video shootings. I found Hanska’s video on YouTube and I was impressed and decided to contact her because we really needed an excellent drummer for the band. Joonas joined as bassist at the first place but then picked up his guitar and replaced our former guitarist. He was recommended for the band and we are happy he had time to join us. Session musicians aren’t long term choice so we thought about a celloist. We heard Elya’s playing and wanted to know if she would be interested to make a demo for us. Her playing impressed us and we asked if she wanted to join our band. After Anna told us she wanted to leave the band I began to search for anew vocalist as soon as possible and luckily found Sabine’s ad at muusikoiden.net. We chatted for some time and then she sent us a demo of Mask and we loved her performance. It did not take long time to ask her to join. [Timo]
What's the story behind your band's name?
Infirmum can mean "the sick" in latin which is a pretty cool band name if you ask me and as
you know everyone is sick in one way or another. But it does not mean we can’t live our lives
the best we can. It was also the ep title of my last project Kuolonkoura. I changed the name
because the language was finnish in Kuolonkoura, which name was a reference to a dead hand looking plant that grows here and was a precursor to what I wanted to make with Infirmum, and I simply wanted to make an album in english. Maybe my own dead hands can make some good music.[Timo]
How would you describe your music and style in a few words?
-gothic doom metal [eliel]
-Before our new album I would describe it more like, classic doom metal music.
After the female vocal change, a part of the new vocalist musical personality was
added turning Infirmum in a more melodic/symphonic doom metal atm.[sabine]
What are some of your musical influences and inspirations?
-for my bass I'm heavily influenced by Peter Steele, vocals I was guided into actually singing
from Ernas old band lordi at first and that just developed from there. [Eliel]
-For me: As a classical formation singer I have Montserrat Caballé, Maria Callas
and Jessye Norman. In the metal world Tarja Turunen for sure, Lory Lewis,
Sabine Dunser and Vibeke Stene. For bands I would say Therion, Tristania,
Sirenia and old times Nightwish with Tarja on vocals.[sabine]
Can you share some memorable moments or stories from your journey as a band?
-recording the great unknown music video was a mission, that forest was flush with flies and
ticks that got everywhere. But it was a lot of fun to bond with the other members as I think that was the first time I met almost everyone.[eliel]
What's your songwriting process like?
-Something like Timo sends us a demo, then one by one we go through them and add our own ideas to it and then there's a somewhat functional demo there.[eliel]
-Me and Eliel are discovering each other as a duo since this is the first time we
are composing together. I personally am used to composing lyrics and melody
listening to the instrumental idea. For this album, Eliel brought firstly his ideas for
his voice and than I analyzed how I could add and create a musical journey
between our two different visions, in a way that we complete each others parts as a
whole story that makes sense with the instrumental creation.[sabine]
Do you collaborate on lyrics and music, or does one member take the lead?
-everybody plays their role better than the others could so music and vocals are very
collaborative, no point in me telling hanska how to play the drums when, I can't play drums.
-In my opinion we are very open to everyone's ideas. In this first album with me, I
was responsible for my vocal melodies, backings and choirs, Eliel with his parts
and the instrumental part was given almost ready to us. I guess the idea of the
instrumental comes first from Timo and than the others add to it.[sabine]
Tell us about your latest album or project. What can listeners expect from it?
-Our upcoming full length name TBA is Infirmums first full ensemble effort. Expect melancholic themes, and a doomy atmosphere all-around. [Eliel]
-They are going to hear a completely new side of Infirmum, but what still remains the same is
that the listeners are led through a journey of a full range of emotions[hanska]
- I would describe it as a journey to the human mind, our fears, the madness, the
choices and consequences, our feelings and demons. Musically, beautiful
instrumental and vocal harmonies, deep heavy sound and thoughtful
Are there any specific themes or messages you aim to convey through your music?
-Theme? Not too sure, on my side of some of these songs range from heartbroken love stories to sick fantasies. As for a message I don't make music for such reasons, it's all personal to me.[eliel]
How do you approach live performances and engaging with your audience?
-I guess we'll find out! Haven't played live yet we're a pandemic band so opportunities have
been sparse up until recently and we've been focusing on getting this album out. I'd like to just put on a great show musically for the audience, I love when the band sounds better live.[eliel]
Any upcoming tours or gigs fans should look out for?
-Not yet, there are whispers and rumors but that's about it, but! If anyone does like the album
and our earlier work bug your local promoter or venue enough and we'll make something
happen I'm sure.[eliel]
What do you hope people take away from your music?
-Hopefully a sense of relief, that's what i get listening to metal and I want to share that with
Are there any artists or bands you'd love to collaborate with in the future?
-Swallow the sun, hint hint, I think we could warm up one of their crowds pretty nicely, saturnus is a band I'd love to do a show with, unto others is also another gothic troop that waxes my whistle if you know what I'm sayin'[eliel]
-Many bands but Therion is something I really would love too as a big fan.[sabine]
Can you share your thoughts on the current state of the music industry and any challenges
you've faced as a band?
-I don't think of such things like the state of the industry, the only purpose that serves me is to make excuses for why I'm not making music, not touring, or not practicing. I do music for myself and I love it. Challenges faced as a band well, everyone needs money to make things run and the income to spending ratio is like those giant buckets at water parks that very very slowly fill up then pour out like 100kg of water on a 15kg child. Took you that long to save it, now all it's gone and you're all wet, yay.[eliel]
What's the most important piece of advice you'd give to aspiring musicians or bands?
-what so advice I'd give myself? Buy that sports car, you CAN fit your family in it.[eliel]
-Do not give up, aim your objectives and work hard for it, study, make time,
compromise with your goals.[sabine]
Share a fun fact or an interesting tidbit about each band member.
-Eliels legal name is Ulysses, he's also .8% burrito
- I am a big nerd! I love games, anime, technology, fantasy/sci-fi and game music, dubbing. Also have a twitch channel where I used to do live.[sabine]
-I like kittens[timo paraphrased] If you would like to keep up with Infirmum you can find all of their links HERE