After when Vit Legion chose to put the band on ice, so was born the idea from their lead singer JH to create something on his own, and when it turned out that PW in Västerås wanted that JH to create an album in national romantic style, began Ymer slowly but surely emerge and during that time, steered PW course from music to clothes and at this point Midgård stepped in and bought the rights of this new project. The album was almost ready to go to press, it was just a little mixing left that the studio guy wanted to fix. And, when it was fixed there was something else, and time went on for a while and this resulted in that the album lost its character and earlier versions was gone which lead to that we said; “fuck it” and thought no more of it until by chance we found one of the earlier versions, just like that, the interest for the album was back.
Why the band name Ymer/Ymir? I chose the name Ymir based on that that I'm very interested in Norse mythology. The name itself carries a strong impression. Ymir was the biggest giant of them all, the so-called world giant. Ymir was born through the fire from Muspelheim and the frost from Niflheim. And it was also from the parts of Ymir's body that Odin, together with his brothers fashioned the Earth. So, I thought that the name itself was a fitting name for a Viking rock band.
You say that Ymer is a bit more personal. Ymer was in the beginning more personal when it was supposed to be my solo project. The lyrics were more personal from the start. It was supposed to be a new Swedish Viking rock band with national romantic lyrics. But after that I received help from other musicians, I can’t say that it is a solo project anymore. And I have re-written the lyrics a bit. And in retrospect, I can say it was a really good choice.
Why did Vit Legion split up? Since our last album “Rock Against Zionism” was released in 2009 with Vit Legion, has the band more or less been on ice, I usually say. The last record company we cooperated with in at that time (Nordvind Records) went to the grave, we stood for many years without any label. We also had fewer gigs than previous years. Generally speaking, gigs overall has slowed down in Sweden for the past few years. Which I personally think is very sad. But there seems to be new winds blowing now. It is anyway the feeling I have.
Then we had members who have not really pulled in the same direction. Vit Legion has always had problems with dropouts during our 14 years as a band. It became just too much. Which takes an incredible amount of energy. We always tried to found new ways to carry on, but the strong glow that previously existed within the band had slowly begun to cool down at the end of its existence. Simply too much negative energy. The joy in creating of music in Vit Legion was not there anymore. Sad but true. Therefore, Vit Legion went to the grave.
What do you think about using music as a propaganda tool? Obviously, I think that music is a powerful propaganda tool. I would probably say that it is the strongest tool we humans have. Because when it comes to music you stimulate more of your senses, both by listening and reading! I think people embrace a message more easier through music, because music can be very emotional. A flyer would be read once, and then goes in the trashcan, unfortunately. More music to the people!
Ultima Frontiera is a closed chapter. But, as as a true patron of the fascist art in musical form, has the former members founded KMVII, and promise that they will continue serving you with quality music.
Hello Alessandro. Nice to get in touch with you. Would you like to start with introducing yourself?
Hello Andreas, I'm glad to be here with you. I'm not here to talk about me, I'm here to talk about us and who we are: friends, fathers, brothers, politic soldiers, there's not one who is better in the band.
So, you guys have made the decision to put up a new band. Would you like to tell us about your band KMVII?
After a long time and lot of gigs with Ultima Frontiera, we decided to split up but our love for fun and music leaded us to create a new band called KMVII. KMVII in italian means Kilometer 7 and it's where we decided to start again with a new band, the Kilometer number 7 of the ancient Rome street who pass around our towns.
The members are a mix of Ultima Frontiera's members in his history, Alessandro always at the voice, Francon and Ilario on bass and drums (they played in the first 2 albums “Non ci sono più eroi” and “Non Conforme”), and Mattia on the guitar, the last one who joined Ultima Frontiera in the last years.
How will KMVII sound compared to Ultima Frontiera?
The sound is heavier, because of the influences are changed, we always play as Ultima Frontiera did, but we think sometimes you have to play what really comes out from your heart and mind. We love what we always played but we want to play it louder and faster!!
Have you been working on a debut album yet? And when do you think it will be finished for a release?
For this year we decide to stop and we confirmed only a gig in Poland on july, the rest of the year will be spent to write new music and maybe during the next year we will release our new ideas.
What is the main influence in when you create music?
The influences are two kind of, the music we use to listen which most is metal music and punk; the second one are the lyrics, we talk about stories of our country about what our fathers did for our land on the past century, and our love for fun and partying with everyone who come to see us.
What was the reason to put an end to Ultima Frontiera?
There are lot of reasons, lot of stories telled from envious people, and lot of crazy impossible stories, but what we can say is that: “everything must come to an end, you just need to be wise to know when the right time have to come”, and 23 March 2013 was the perfect day to say goodbye. 23 march is the day Fascism was born.
Thank you and good luck. Hope to hear some new stuff from you very soon. Any last words?
Thanks to you and all our friends around the streets, we'll meet you again, we swear! Up the Pints and let's party together.
An interview with Nico from the long-lived French Oi! / RAC band Lemovice.
Can you start with an introduction of your band to Sweden?
Greetings, I am Nico from the band Lemovice. The band have been in exist since 1999, and we come from Limoges, an average city in the center of France. At the time "Gros Mike" (his nickname) who was to become the first singer of the group, he held a shop of English clothes called "Sprit of London" largely frequented by local skins. At that time, I was playing the guitar in a punk rock band called Dernier Combat and I became friends with Mike and the rest of the band. The idea soon came to us as a band and since I was interested in politics and oriented towards nationalism, we became a band of RAC, the first in our city. We recruited a bassist from the band of the Spirit of London and a drummer who had nothing to do with the Skinhead movement but was in the same high school as me. We started the rehearsals and the wheels where set in motion.
In early 2000, we returned to the studio to record 2 tracks for a French compilation "France Explosion 3". In 2001, a title for the tribute of Bunker 84, and in 2002, we attacked the concerts. The first of course in our city Limoges, and after that we continued to play all over France, Paris, Lyon, Brittany, Pau, Lille and a long list etc.... In 2003, David and John, respectively bassist and drummer, left the band to be replaced by Goglhead and Waf, who were also part of the team called "Lemovice crew" since the Spirit of London shop closed in 2001. In 2005 we were invited to play in London for B&H, but at that time Mike had some concerns with the court and preferred to quit the band. I then took over the vocals while continuing on the guitar. So, I became Lemovice's only original member.
The concerts continued, then we released our first album in 2006 "Lemovice". From 2008, we started playing more often abroad. Our second production "Skinhead Living Dead" was released in 2009 at Patriote Production. In 2011, the band again changed completely with the arrival of Flo on drums, Björn on guitar, Snorr on second guitar and Marc Crapüd on bass. This was done little by little. The training was not done in one year. I put down the guitar to focus myself on to singing on stage. Also in 2011, the release of "Oi le Tribute", album in tribute to the French Oi / RAC bands of the 80s. In 2012, a split with Nessuna Resa. Then, in 2013, the release of our last album "Le Front des Patriotes", produced by our friend Maly from Poland that I greet. Here is a short presentation of the band Lemovice.
What is the source of inspiration for the music, lyrics and activity of Lemovice?
Like any political group, we draw inspiration from daily life and it is not difficult to find themes. Uncontrolled immigration, globalization, extreme left, Americanization of the spirit, the end of our society as we have known, survival. But also of our city, friendship, camaraderie, festivals etc. Musically, for my part, I draw my inspiration from all these Punk and Oi! bands that I listened to as a teenager: Exploited, Decibelios, GBH, Silens Camera, Brutal Combat, Demented are go, No Remorse, Fortress... Members of the band coming from the Metal scene, they have given wide that hard rock touch that is present on our last album. Concerning our next album, I know that I will return to a sound more Rock'n'Roll because it is really what I like to play and compose. Finally, regarding the words, Lemovice never poured into useless provocation. Wanting to cling to the reality of our time, we speak freely of street fighting or political struggle, but we do not shed nostalgia for the Third Reich. Trying to write posed realistic texts has always been important to us.
What do you think about the situation in France with the terrorist attacks?
The situation is clearly catastrophic in France. In recent years, the attacks have not stopped since 2015 and there are hundreds of victims. France continues to welcome all these floods of ultra-Islamized immigrants. There are now also illegal immigrants in small French towns. There is clearly no work for youth, not enough housing. Radical Islam now dominates in many areas of lawlessness. The Government has set up a system of systematic check-in and checking of persons qualified as extreme. This device is basically against the Islamists, but it more often serves to pose problems for nationalists like me. Our country has a strong history over a millennium. Indeed, it has its identity thanks to characters like Clovis, Charles Martel, Jeanne D'Arc, Napoleon and so many others. Also by Christianity, dogma that has welded our people for so many centuries. We will not submit to this government or to Islamic laws, we do not intend to give up. In France, however, we have the chance to have the National Front, which I hope will take power. We also have strong nationalist media that are beginning to weigh in the representation of our anti-system struggle and more and more people are getting aware of it. Many small local groups are organizing to raise awareness of the invasion. All is not lost.
You have done some music videos. Was it a fun thing to implement?
First of all, if we made clips it was to reach more people. And we are quite satisfied with the result! These videos have allowed us to become better known around the world. The shooting of the clip “Casus Belli” was actually funny enough to shoot. We filmed part of the clip in a huge abandoned factory. That day, it was raining so much that we had to tinker with a bridge to get to the site because the current had taken everything away. The rest of the clip was filmed in a squat, later in our rehearsal room and finally in the center of Limoges where, to the surprise of the passers-by, we sing the chorus of the chorus to make sequences. This clip was produced with few means but I hope to produce a professional clip for the next album.
You have also been on stage several of times. Which one has been the most memorable?
I always quote the same concert, that one in London 2005. It was our first overseas concert, the first one I sang. I had a huge fright. We were playing in the bar of the singer of the ex-Ovaltinees, when, arriving in the zone near the concert, we fell on a group of English skins, completely tattooed in the face, we thought we had arrived in the country of the Skinheads :-). In the evening, we started playing after the German band Faustrecht. The English audience reacted well to our songs and we had a good atmosphere. I must confess that we were proud to play and to be able to represent ourselves elsewhere than in France. The singer of Avalon even came to interpret a song of No Remorse on our side. Great moment for Lemovice.
And how is it to get on stage outside France where the audience do not understand your lyrics because of the language?
This is not a problem. Those who invite us like the French sound and in countries like Poland, or recently in Brazil, the audience even knows our words and chants the choruses with us. I think it's huge and we're proud when it happens. And then in concerts we often make covers of old English bands, which helps to get closer to people and motivate them. And we try to translate the lyrics of Lemovice into our CD booklets for a broader understanding.
What is the situation in France in the music scene right now?
Bad. I would not have said that a few months ago, but the government attacked the "Blood and Honour Hexagone" which organized the biggest concerts and put them several of these members in trial. I know that they are irreproachable, reliable source, but given that they organized concerts in France with always more people. For that, the French government decided to put them out of harm. Since that there are far fewer concerts, and other organizations do not attract as many people. We had already had the case Méric (an antifa killed in 2013 by a skin from Paris) and the State had banned several nationalist organizations and prevented all our gatherings on the streets. In France, there has always been an enormous nationalist potential, but successive governments have always ensured that our freedom of expression is nil. It is thus and it is necessary to do with, as long as there are not patriots at the Elysium we will always be gagged.
Against what, and in support of what, does Lemovice fight and exist?
Against what... Hahaha it could be a long list! The miscegenation, the loss of our culture, our identity, against the extreme left-wing that is truly a cancer for humanity, against anti-Christian acts, against Europe as it has been done, against the interference of the American government and I could still write many. Lemovice exists for friendship, already it must be known that this group is not only a band but a band of friends, a concert organization and a political group. We exist because we still want to continue the nationalist musical struggle that begun with Ian Stuart. Because culture must not belong to the left, we are capable and we have proved that we can create an autonomous scene of counter-culture despite all repression.
What is the next plans for you now?
The year 2017 will not be very prolific for Lemovice, I decided to stop the concerts to write a new album that should be released in 2018, I think to seek a label for a co-production of a CD, if anyone is interested? The album will be called "Barricade" and I think it will be the last one from the band, it's going to be 20 years of the group existence. I think I have made the rounds of what was possible to do in our scene. However, this year "Le Front des Patriotes" will be released on LP.
Thank you. Last words and wishes to Sweden are all yours...
As a friend of the Swedish comrades and people, I know that like the French people you live in difficult times with the invasion coming from African countries and Islamism. Nothing is lost yet, I think that with a handful of determined men we can always change things! And I also wish Lemovice could play one day in your country!