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Interview & Pics by Lee Fitzsimmons



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Furtively our brave hero stalked the dark and oppressive atmosphere of a place unknown to him. He twisted and turned through the maze of pathways trying to reach his goal. A feeling of paranoia and panic washed over him as his quest continued unabated towards his ultimate goal. Then, down a lonely side street, he realised that his journey had reached its end and he was here!

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Okay, so maybe not an intro worthy of Tolkien, but a scouser's journey through Manchester is no less fraught with peril as the journey through the mines of Moria that inspired the name choice of this Swedish dark Metal band!


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Inmoria, for those who don't know, are a fantastically accomplished dark Metal band who delight in providing their fans with an experience that will not easily be forgotten. We can dismiss Sweden for their role of providing us with cheap, easy-to-assemble furniture. This, however, would be a huge tragedy as these guys are extremely talented and always give their utmost to ensure that a fan leaves a gig satisfied, happy and, above all, feeling like they matter to the band as much as Inmoria matters to them.

I managed to catch up with two of our erstwhile heroes - new vocalist Ronny and keyboard-player Danne - before they graced the stage to find out what makes them tick and how their current tour has been going.

First mini-quest: find space to interview! Cue a fantastically echoey setting in the form of a fire escape which lent an oppressive atmosphere, having the desired effect of conveying an image of being deep underground - aside from the fluorescent lighting, of course! Loved it! So now to the saga. How's it been going?

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"So far it's been going great," replies Danne. "Well I think it's been going great!

"People told me that, basically, unknown bands coming over to England, it's hard to get crowds coming to the shows, but it's been small places and it's been really cool."

So it's safe to say you guys prefer the smaller, more intimate gigs then? Ronny chips in:

"Yeah, coz at the gigs, you can go mingle and talk to the audience and stuff."

Danne continues:

"It's perfect! We are really happy about it. Ronny, our guitar player and bass player are wireless, so they have been out running through the crowd every night. I think it's funny!"

I have to say, fair play to the guys. It's nice to see them adding to the gig experience for the fans by getting out and having a good old mingle with them, plus the added bonus of them checking out the support acts and really getting into the spirit of the gig! So, guys, what's the response been like from the fans? Danne smiles:

"Surprisingly, they have been awesome! I mean, in Portsmouth, they were crazy! And yesterday in Burton, they were really cool, so I think it's been going just perfect!

"Hopefully, we can come back as soon as possible. In Sweden, the fans are more, like, standing there, arms folded waiting for some faults that we make."

Ronny laughs:

"Music Police!"

Danne continues:

"But here they are in front of the stage screaming!"

Ronny:

"They are also fans of beer!"

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A more accurate statement has never been made. We do, indeed, love our beer and will gladly indulge any chance we get! Any excuse to lower our inhibitions to have an aggressive mosh right in front of the stage!

Poor Ronny was worried at this point about curbing his language and behaving himself. Fuck that! Anything goes! (Oops, sorry Mum! Wow, Lee, does your mum read MetalTalk.net?! - Dep Ed)

So now on to one of my favourite questions, as I'm truly curious about the answer. Which living artist would you sacrifice to bring a dead one back?

Ronny:

"Danzig for Dio!"

Danne:

"Oh that's a tough question; there are so many people who I hate I can't remember them! But Justin Bieber? That's one of them, so get rid of Justin Bieber and bring back Elvis!"

So which song would you guys as Inmoria loved to have written?

Danne:

"'The Final Countdown', I think."

Ronny:

"That's just because you wanna earn money!"

Danne:

"Yeah exactly, hahaha! Ah, it's another tough question... 'Imagine', of course, John Lennon."

I think that's a nice balanced choice between the financial and the creative. It's a quality song choice, I think, and not just because I am from Liverpool.

So, the last question flows rather neatly into my next one about time travel! So which gig would you guys love to head back to?

Danne:

"Woodstock!"

Ronny:

"Inmoria gig in Portsmouth 2011! Nah, Woodstock would be cool too!"

DID YOU KNOW...?

Trivia time!

Fast food or home-cooked meals?

Both: "Home cooked."

CD or Digital download?

Ronny: "CD."

Danne: "Digital download."

Planes, trains or automobiles?

Danne: "Automobiles."

Ronny: "Automobiles, I hate flying."

Intimate gigs or large arenas?

Danne: "Intimate gigs."

Ronny: "Intimate gigs but preferably on large stages."

Beer, wine or spirits?

Ronny: "Beer...beer...beer."

Danne: "Wine...wine."

Horror, adventure or comedy?

Danne: "Horror all the way."

Ronny "Adventure."

So that's the interview heading to its very own mountain of doom, but before we go I ask two last questions of the guys. What's the stupidest question you have ever been asked?

Danne:

"I remember one time a journalist asked me if I was going to commit suicide because I had written lyrics which were quite depressing."

Your answer to that?

"I said he will have to come to the show! Maybe I'll do it onstage, you know, just to increase the CD sales! Hahahaha! I think that's the most stupid question I have ever been asked!"

Right. Packed out, huge stadium and you have to play one song from your backcatalogue to grab the audience and get them baying more Inmoria. Which one do you choose? Danne and Ronny reply together:

"'COME INSANITY'! That's the one that makes the audiences go crazy!"

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Questions over, pencils down! That's your lot but I'll do another whenever these guys are back to get the trilogy going.

As for Inmoria? The future is very bright in the darkness of that dwarven city. These guys bring music that will engage, invoke and astound, all in their own style of delivery. I have to thank everyone involved in arranging this interview, as I count it one of the absolute highlights of not just my journalistic career but also my life so far! Top quality guys!

Back into the blackness I delved, heart steeled against the elements, spirits lifted by the camaraderie I had just been a part of. A fellowship of five on their own personal quest to bring their own sound and style to the masses of the Metal market.

I, for one, am happy to have aided that quest and, like a bit-part player of old, shrink back into the shadows whilst these guys go on to become the heroes they are.

Bring Inmoria back to the UK and let's make this a tale worthy of being told!

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Our boy Lee gettin' in the pic again!

06.11.11



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The band move into the fast lane for sixth studio album, '1000hp', set for international release via Spinefarm Records on September 1st 2014...

karmaflow 'KARMAFLOW: THE ROCK OPERA VIDEOGAME' IS UNVEILED WITH AN ALL-STAR CAST
This multidisciplinary art project is a must for lovers of gaming and Metal...

hellyeah HELLYEAH TAKES BLOOD FOR BLOOD TO THE TOP OF THE HARD ROCK CHARTS IN NORTH AMERICA
The band will tour Europe in July and August 2014 with six dates in the UK...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES DVD 'GENESIS REVISITED: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL', WORLD TOUR PLUS EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW
Re-live a seminal chapter of prog rock history live on stage. "It's a feast for eyes, ears and all the senses..."

cannibal corpse CANNIBAL CORPSE TO RELEASE 'A SKELETAL DOMAIN'
The 13th full-length album from the American Death Metal icons is released in September. The extensive tour reaches the UK in October...

electric wizard ELECTRIC WIZARD UNVEIL 'TIME TO DIE' AS TITLE OF FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM
"We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger"...

motorhead aftershock MOTÖRHEAD POSTPONE RELEASE OF 'AFTERSHOCK - TOUR EDITION' NOW 4th AUGUST
A production error has put back the release for a month, but it will be worth waiting for...

suicide silence tour SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER 2014 UK TOUR
An unmissable opportunity to see the titans of modern Metal. "Come throw your horns up, bang your heads, or mosh your knickers off!! "...

hordes of belial LIPID AND BURNING THE DREAM ADDED TO HORDES OF BELIAL V BILL
The yearly Dundee Metal event continues to strengthen the line up...

snakecharmer SNAKECHARMER ANNOUNCE THREE UK DATES
Six of the UK's most highly-esteemed and experienced rock musicians have joined forces to create Snakecharmer...

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE NEW U.S. TOUR DATES FOR NOVEMBER 2014
Manowarriors have demanded more and further dates have been added. "We can't wait to be back and play for more of our U.S. fans!"...

tygertailz TIGERTAILZ RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'PUNCHED IN THE GUTZ'
The 'Knives' EP is out now and there is an upcoming release of unheard demos for September...

progstravaganza PROG SPHERE INVITES BANDS TO SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR 20TH EDITION OF PROGSTRAVAGANZA COMPILATION SERIES
The call goes out for bands around the world to submit songs for the jubilee edition of the sampler album ...

accept ACCEPT PREMIERE BREATHTAKING VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK 'STAMPEDE'
The stunning locations perfectly showcase the track which is from the band's album 'Blind Rage' out August 18th ..

mr big MR BIG ANNOUNCE ONLY BRITISH ISLES SHOW OF 2014
LA Rockers Mr Big have announced a one off show at London's Koko on Friday 17th October 2014 - their only show on these shores this year...

spike frankie miller SPIKE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF '100% PURE FRANKIE MILLER' FEATURING RONNIE WOOD, ANDY FRASER, SIMON KIRKE, IAN HUNTER AND MORE
Call it a labour of love. A life's ambition. Or the chance to keep a precious legacy alive. Call it 100% Pure Frankie Miller....

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR BRAND NEW SINGLE 'SOLDIER'
Explosive hard rockers Kobra And The Lotus have revealed a warsome (get it?!) official video for 'Soldier'...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND UK TOUR
Two years and it's finally here, the brand new album - 'Fight The System'...

temperance movement THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
The headlining dates will take place in November 2014...

overkill OVERKILL REVEAL NEW TRACK 'ARMORIST' ONLINE
"Our confidence is high for this shoot. From the director's eye to yours/ours, should be a killer!"...

avenged sevenfold AVENGED SEVENFOLD ANNOUNCE 'WAKING THE FALLEN: RESURRECTED' - OUT AUGUST 25TH
The restored breakthrough album includes a DVD & never before heard tracks, demos, and more...

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOW WITH EPICA
Grab your tickets quickly as demand for this double bill will be high...

devildriver DEVILDRIVER PREMIERE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'GUTTED'
Check out the band's latest offering from sixth studio album 'Winter Kills'...

down n outz DOWN 'N' OUTZ ANNOUNCE UK & EIRE TOUR DATES
"It's like Joe and the boys have taken some vintage films and slapped them onto a big, bright Technicolor screen. A great, in-your-face new way to experience some of Mott's finest songs!"...

nuclear assault NUCLEAR ASSAULT TO RELEASE 'LIVE AT CBGB'S'
There will be a limited release of 500 picture discs capturing the old school thrashers back in 1986...

seether SEETHER REVEAL NEW TRACK, 'SUFFER IT ALL' AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD WITH 'ISOLATE AND MEDICATE' PRE-ORDER
The band have also announced UK Headline Shows for November...

gravedigger GRAVE DIGGER PREMIERE 'HELL FUNERAL' VIDEO
The track is from 'Return Of The Reaper', out July 14th...

voodoo six VOODOO SIX SET TO GUEST WITH THE WINERY DOGS ON TWO UK DATES IN JULY
These performances follow their Sonisphere appearance on Saturday July 5th...

orphaned land METAL MUSIC IS BIGGER THAN WHAT POLITICS CAN OFFER: ORPHANED LAND BRING ISRAEL AND PALESTINE TOGETHER
"We are the ambassadors of peace, more than our foreign ministry, or prime minister, or authors..."

madball MADBALL REVEAL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'BORN STRONG' FEATURING CANDACE PUOPOLO FROM WALLS OF JERICHO
The track is taken from the album 'Hardcore Lives', released June 30th...

metallica METALLICA RELEASE NEW SONG
'Lords of Summer - First Pass Version' gets official release after being premiered on the first night of the current tour...

ted nugent kamp "TED NUGENT KAMP FOR KIDS" CELEBRATES 25TH ANNUAL SUMMER "KAMP"
When he's not being a guitar icon, Ted Nugent is on a mission to improve young lives. New album 'Shutup&Jam!' is out July 8...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS RELEASE SINGLE AND NEW VIDEO 'RED DRESS'
The video incudes circus performances from the girls at Monster Cirque in the first release from the album 'Fight The System'...

black state highway THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM BLACK STATE HIGHWAY IS OUT ON 18TH AUGUST
The highly anticipated release is packed full of heavy riff-based rock...

helmet HELMET ANNOUNCE 'BETTY' 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF EUROPE FOR AUTUMN 2014
UK dates in Glasgow, Manchester, London now added due to popular demand ...

wacken LIVE AT WACKEN 2013 TO BE RELEASED AS DVD/ BluRay / 2 CD
Experience the world's biggest Metal Festival at home and be in with a chance to win a Lifetime Membership...

uncle rust UNCLE RUST ANNOUNCE AUGUST UK TOUR
The recently formed London based rock/Metal band will undertake a set of UK dates in August 2014...

blitzkreig BLITZKRIEG ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER 2014
The band will visit five countries on their only tour this year...

sonisphere LATE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT AT SONISPHERE ANNOUNCED
Only two weeks away - get ready to continue the party after the headliners leave the stage...

finntroll FINNTROLL REVEAL LIVE FOOTAGE OF SEMINAL TRACK 'TROLLHAMMAREN', FILMED AT THEIR LIVE ALBUM RECORDING SHOW IN AMSTERDAM
"Lock up your daughters, kegs of rum and men of God, for The Trolls from Up North are coming for you...live!..."

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE REVEAL NEW VIDEO 'THE GAME' (FEAT. MATT HEAFY OF TRIVIUM)
The track is taken from the album 'Maximum Overload', which will be released in August...

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