After being involved with quite a few different projects over the years, Nero and Maestus formed melodic black metal act Sinnrs in Denmark in 2017. The duo has recently launched their debut full-length release ‘Profound,’ and in an interview for Prog Sphere they talk about the creative process behind it, and more.
Define the mission of Sinnrs.
Our main mission is simply to introduce our music to the world. We believe we have put an edge to the extreme metal genre with this album. Compared to other bands we have played in before, we work in extreme detail with every instrument in Sinnrs. We want to make music, that people can listen to several times, and still find new aspects very time.
Tell me about the creative process that informed your debut album Profound and the themes it captures.
We actually had an album prepared and ready for studio. But our musical direction was radically turned to a more dark and orchestral niche. A sound that would define us. Thus Profound was created under our own self titled genre naming: “dark matter,” taking the name from cosmology. Inspired by renowned composers we changed the setup in our music. And with this, our own self titled genre, we have only touched the surface.
What is the message you are trying to give with Profound?
It is the state we’re in now. It’s profound. And a homage to spirits of all past and presence which has inspired us to make this album.
How did you document the music while it was being formulated?
We always record our stuff when we have new ideas. We then listen to the ideas seperately and meet up again to exchange thoughts and try out ideas.
Also we filmed some of the sessions in the studio for our own amusement.
Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?
Yes, very carefully. This album is all about dynamics. If you listen to the album thoroughly, you will discover the link between our orchestral sessions contra the metal music. If you put these two things together purposely in a orderly Chaos fashion, which we believe we have done on this album, it becomes transcendent to you…
Describe the approach to recording the album.
At first the plan was to record everything by ourselves at home, and then send it off to a studio for mix/mastering. We actually had most of the recordings done when we then decided to enter a studio instead and do the recordings there.
We wanted a solid sound on the album. Still clean to let the orchestral parts breathe… We were in contact with a couple of studios, but in the end we decided to work with Hertz in Poland. And they were available at the time. Very cool guys and very professional. Together we decided how the sound should be overall and we’re extremely satisfied with the outcome of that!
How long Profound was in the making?
Started working on the first track around July 2017, and by February 2018 we entered the studio to record everything. Final mix and master was finished end of May. Around 7 months.. There was a lot of time used on the string sessions. But it was very different how time consuming it could be.. Somtimes we made the basic guitars/drums in a number in a few hours. And on the other hand we sometime discarded a song 5 times, and started over. But the process was immensely filled with fun, frustration and a touch of anger..
Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?
Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone. Enough can’t be said about these two composers.. Each one of them has a deep corner firmly represented in our hearts…
What is your view on technology in music?
We believe that there is no reason to limit yourself when creating music. If some technology can assist in creating a better end product, then people should use it. Music today is relative, so be creative and be happy with your result no matter what anyone else says.
Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?
Any individual listens to music differently, so we leave that up to the listeners.
What are your plans for the future?
For now this album needs to be heard, and we are actively looking for a label to support us. We definitely wanna get out and play shows as well. We are working on 7 new songs which are showing very “profound” potential. many great ideas regarding live performances.