Turisas’ violinist Olli Vänskä took some time to talk to me during the busy Paganfest tour. It was a very nice conversation where he told me a little bit more about himself as a violinist and of course about what Turisas has in store for us this year.
Hi Olli, how are you and what have you been up to lately?
“This will sound cliché, but I do have a hangover! But it will be all right. The tour has been very nice so far. Tonight we will play, I think, the fourth show. Everything is getting a little bit more smoother now. It’s been a while since we were on stage, so that’s always a little bit scary.”
This year Thyrfing released already their seventh album called De Odeslosa. During Paganfest I had a talk with Patrik Lingren, guitarist of Thyrfing. In this interview you read why it is not frustrating that Alestorm was headliner of Paganfest, 18 years of Thyrfing and the remarkable line-up change, Joakim moved from drum to bass.
Folkstone released two very nice items last year. Whatching their DVD we see a very nice, skilled and popular band at work playing medieval folk rock and metal. It’s about time Folk-metal.nl has a chat with these Italian folk.
In 1998 you released your first EP, next year that will be 15 years ago. How do you look back to those 15 years? What is the absolute highlight and what the worst moment? Mr V: Oh..it’s been quite a journey with so many different side paths to follow and new angles to investigate in our music. We’ve never had a steady course with a straight path to wander, instead we’ve made a task in not follow any other course than the one that constantly change. It change because of our eagerness to evolve and explore as musicians and as humans. So, it hasn’t been a logical journey from base A to base B to base C….more like A to F to K to B….Just to figure out one highlight is hard and I can’t just pick a single event. The last two albums are among the highlights from our perspective but still we love all the albums as they’re all a part of where we are today. The worse moment: I don’t think that we’ve had any really bad moments..of course it have happened travel-wise…you’re sitting in this mountain village in a country you don’t really know wanything about and the bus/taxi/flight dosen’t arrive on time etc…but that’s not really bad in the real sense of the word.
There’s much going on with Finsterforst. A new label, and of course the amazing album ‘Rastlos’ they released a while ago. Reason enough to get in touch with Olli (vocals) and Simon (guitar) for an interview. A personal and open-hearted conversation.
Recently Grai signed a deal with Vic records enabling them to spread their latest album worldwide. This wasn’t only a good opportunity for Folk-metal.nl to do a review on this album, but also a very good reason to interview this interesting band from Russia. Grai is a six-piece band form …Continue reading →
Viter is one of the bands which surprised me a lot this year. It’s not folk-metal like we used to, I have to say, I find it difficult to describe what they do. But it sure sounds nice and it’s very refreshing. So, I was glad I could manage to have a nice interview with Sviatoslav Adept, guitarist, backing vocalist and player of folk instruments with Viter.
During Heidenfest, we had the chance to talk to vocalist Vreth of Finntroll. He proved to be in a good and chatty mood, immediately after we met he started to talk about how nice it was to be back in Holland. Since it wouldd probably be snowing back home in Finland, he was glad he could enjoy the (relatively) nice weather in Holland. When we finally found a quiet spot where we could sit, we had of course a lot to talk about! You can read everything, from the previous album to the upcoming album, from social media to performing.
Dalriada isn’t that well known outside the borders of their home country Hungary. However, they’ve been playing for many years, and they just released the album ‘Napistan Hava’. After following the band for many years, I had a lot of questions to ask them, and this was the perfect opportunity to get the answer to all these questions. I spoke with Riekmann – Tad – Dadeusz, drummer of the band.