Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?
Herem was formed during the summer of 2005 by Tommi, Jani and Juho after their previous band broke up.Valedis joined to do vocals and I (Patrick) joined soon after to complete the roster.
What does the name Herem represent?
It’s just something our bass player Tommi thought up to use as a name for the band.I think he found it from a bible he had lying around. As of why he was reading the bible frankly I don’t know, I guess he was just looking for weird stuff in there. It’s not a statement of any kind. I think Herem was one of two options on the table and we chose to go with it. It was easy to remember and different.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Mainly from jamming with each other. We usually start our practice session with a long jam where Jani, Juho and Tommistart by making up a massive crushing riff and I then start soloing and playing harmonies on top of that. It’s a great way to loosen up and clear your head from all distractions. Sometimes that and up as a base to a new song that we start working on later but more often it’s just a ritualistic mind cleanser. When working on songs someone usually has an initial part to start with and then we play it over and over to see if evolves naturally into a full song. Sometimes it works like that and sometimes it’s required to go through practice tapes and individually think of compositions and arrangements for new parts. But I think the songs usually work out better if it all comes together as a happy accident while just jamming for a while. After we have a semi-complete version of a new song then usually Valendis comes up with the lyrics and starts to work with her vocal arrangements.
Can you tell us about your main influences?
One major inspiration in the beginning was to take a deep wiff of the esthetics present in Autopsy’s slower tunes like “Dead” from Mental Funeral and use that as a base to create sludgy doom. Of course Reverend Bizarre was very big in Finland at the time so they were also strong influence. Naturally Black Sabbath and their use of the devil’s interval can be heard all over in this genre were a part of.
Last October you released your latest album ‘’III’’. How has the reception been so far?
I think it’s been very good for us. Generally the reviews have been very favorable. As a whole we are very happy and proud of how the album turned out and how well it has been received.
Is there a concept behind this album you’d like to talk about?
Lyrically there’s not really a single themed arch or concept across the whole album. The songs are mostly about occultism, horror fantasies and sheer desperation.For example Scars to summon is about summoning stories and secrets of the dead by using the markings of another persons skin, Snakes of the third moon tells the story of sex, death and rebirth involved an occult ceremonyand Slumber is a nod to H.P.Lovecraft featuring the horrors of ancient nameless monsters and pure madness . Dark songs for the dark times we live in.
Do you have any live shows planned for the second half of this year?
We’re taking a bit time off with each of us working on different projects right now. However, as lazy as we are arranging shows, we are happy to consider any offers for a few one offs. It’s always a pleasure to play live and I think thats where we are at our best.
What are you listening to these days?
I’ve been visiting Roadburn festival for many years now and usually crawling through the playlist while trying to decide which bands to see is one of my major sources of new music for the year. It’s a truly fantastic festival and I’d recommend it to anyone. Lately I’ve been listening to the new Elder album which I think is much better than the previous one. The Slomatics album from last year is very good, I just got into it. I also just got the new Monkey 3 live album, also good stuff. I guess I tend to go for heavy music leaning towards psychedelics and progressive elements. I must give a special mention to a relatively new Finnish punk band named Huora. Their debut album came out a couple of months ago and it’s awesome! You must check it out.
What does the future hold for Herem?
As I previously mentioned we are taking some inspirational time off from Herem right now. We may play some shows if the opportunity comes, though.