From Below: What does "Aarni" mean and what attracts you in this project?
Master Warjomaa: First I'd like to state that Aarni isn't just a "project" for me, its my main band and full-time work. So that's also its attraction for me. Aarni means a number of things in Finnish, for example "griffin" and "a treasure-guarding spirit". Also used as a prefix it has the meanings of "ancient virgin forest" and will-o-the-wisp. For me it has the additional senses of being the Shadow of Jungian psychoanalytical theory and the demon Chorozon of magickal parlance. I think the name fits the concept of the band well, as the music/themes are multi-faceted.
From Below: How would you describe the music of Aarni?
MW: A difficult question...perhaps as being avantgarde or chthonic hybrid musick. It means having elements of (doom) metal, folk, progressive rock, ambient and occasionally other genres too...at times heavy, slow and oppressing in a sense - but balanced often by more uplifting elements such as flowing melodies, acoustic and other "non-metal" parts. Sometimes I also try to break the traditions and conventions of Western music, such as diatony & ideas about sonance and rhythm.
From Below: What do you like in these sometimes very childish drawings that you use to decorate the booklet of your CD and your website?
MW: I think they aren't really naivistic, even though they seem simple. They are woodcuts by an anonymous 16th century artist and originally appeared in an edition of Rabelais' famous work "Gargantua & Pantagruel". I like most surrealistic, absurd and psychedelic things - I guess that's why I like those woodcuts too. Those elements seem also present in Aarni's music, so in my opinion the images fit well as decorations on the website and album covers.
From Below: What are the themes that interest you and that you talk about on this album?
MW: I'm interested in a number of themes. I guess the main ones on "Bathos" are about magick = brain-change, consciousness expansion, exploration of the psyche, mythologies, being anti-religion, anti-state, anti-authority, anti-ideology, anti-dualism and anti-anti. I think these things are stated more or less obscurely on the album...