There’s never a real plan, until there is. What I mean is that the music takes me where it wants to go. Words come to me, and are joined in with feelings, and together they create sounds. From there I try to dive deeper into it, finding what is the essence of the idea, and then I map it out how it would work as a song. That’s why Minneriket rarely have a traditional song structure, and why the songs are more like stories with a beginning and an end rather than th usual verse, chorus and bridge.
When I launched Minneriket I labeled the music as “Romantic black metal”, partly to challenge the orthodox understanding of what constitutes black metal as a genre, and partly to remove the shackles of genre limitations and audience expectations. I defines Romantic black metal as a musical artform that combines and incorporates themes and aesthetics associated with European romanticism with the unique atmosphere of Norwegian black metal.
Black Metal flows in my veins, it is my preferred artform to express myself with. Not by choice, but by nature. There really never was an option, it just became that way.