‘Dark, tangled, shivery’ | Interview with meija

Meija’s latest work, Grim, is a powerful blend of progressive metal and electronic elements that features a larger-than-life riff that is sure to leave listeners in awe. Read our discussion with the band below!

Describe your sound in 3 words

Dark, tangled, shivery

How did the songs from Hades EP evolve into their metal renditions for your new album, Grim?

Dima: Actually, it happened the other way around – the metal versions turned into acoustic ones. They were much less complicated in production, that’s why Hades EP came out earlier. Nevertheless, Hades feels much deeper to me than Grim (because I like it tender, lol). No, it has more complex sound textures. Grim is filled with high-gain guitars all the way and they sometimes take up too much space.

What themes or emotions were you exploring in Grim, and how did they manifest in the music?

Sveta: For me, most often a song starts from a very dark and personal place – a place of frustration, fear, or sadness – but inevitably tries to wind up somewhere where there’s hope and light, find some sort of release. I guess this is what Grim is about – taking something ugly and making it beautiful.
Dima: I like trains!

The riff in Grim is immense. Tell us a riff you wish you had composed yourselves.

Dima: Oh, stop it, you! Led Zeppelin — Whole Lotta Love, but I’d add some dissonances to make it even more awesome. Let me show you! Oh, wait…
Sveta: I can’t write riffs at all, but if I could, I wish I’d composed the riff from Porcupine Tree’s ‘Blackest Eyes.’

Favourite darkest album?

Dima: If only one, then MUCC — Kuchiki no tou.
But also Deftones — White Pony and Norma Jean — Polar Similar.
Sveta: I second the ‘White Pony,’ and also ‘Cruel Melody’ by Black Light Burns.

What is the first name of a band that comes to mind who have successfully incorporated trip hop elements into their metal music?

Dima: Now that’s most definitely Sleep Token.
Sveta: I thought of Igorrr, but is there anything they did NOT incorporate in their music?

If you could be the best in the world at something, what would it be?

Dima: Low comedy!
Sveta: Making burritos.

One thing that not many people know about you is…

We’re big fans of 90-00’s pop bands like Aqua, Five, Spice Girls, and Backstreet Boys.

Thank you!

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