Friday 25th november the big moment had come, the guys of Baldrs Draumar released their first full-length album. At the release-party in Sneek, Netherlands Folk-metal.nl spoke with Dondervuyscht, Zuypschuyt, Vuurschpuwer, Wildgeraesch and Schaduwlied. Their names are beautiful at least, but their album turned out to be fantastic as well. What a début!Continue reading →
The Icelandic band Skálmöld is what you can call a rising star. Well rising, it’s more fired like a cannonball. Folk-metal.nl spoke with Þráinn, Jón and Baldur at Heidenfest 2011 about their success.
At first I congratulate them with their album. And I’m wondering how it’s possible they’ve joined a tour like Heidenfest while they have just released their first album.
The guys admit they were surprised by this as well. Their album was launched in Iceland and Faeroe islands, but before that they were already confirmed for Wacken. maar daarvoor waren ze bevestigd voor Wacken. ‘It was a bit odd, we didn’t have and album and did only three shows.’ Things are happening fast with Skálmöld, that’s for sure.
Our interview during Heidenfest couldn’t take place the last time, this time I got a chance to talk to Jari of Wintersun. And Jari answered all my questions very thorough. And he revealed a little bit on the upcoming Time album.
With Heidenfest Wintersun was back at the stage after a long time. For them it was a shot tour (6 concrerts) but they were glad to be back and they did a fabulous performance!
A chance to exchange views with Cris of Svartsot about the new album ‘Maledictus Eris’ and other issues, is an opportunity we won’t waste. If it was only to congratulate him and his companions with the splendid new album. An album which is in the opion of the team of … Continue reading →
A Friend in Mead is a Friend indeed
Folk-metal.nl wants to know everything, but how do you interview a bunch of drunken trolls? We’ll come straight to the poitn at once, with the question which is circulating on the internet for a while now: Are you guys this good because you’re drunk or despite of the fact you’re drunk? The Troll put it another way: Is alcohol to TrollfesT what spinach’s to Popeye? This is a tricky question…. Psychotroll is of the opinion they’re probably good in being drunk in TrllfesT, but if this an advantage to the band of the opposite, can easily be contradicted. ‘With a very heavey heart I have to confess not all ideas we had when we were completely drunk were of thehigh quality we’re after at this point. But on the other hand I notice that very good ideas to add things or strengthen some aspects in existing material, grow late in the evening… let’s say at ‘less focussed moments’. However it’s not the case soberness is our kryptonite. We have done a lot of good stuff when we were sober, but the funny stuff happens a lot when our sentences have some lubrication.Continue reading →
Saturday 19th March it was finally time, the release-party of the new Kampfar album Mare, pub ‘de Beugel’ in Arnhem. Folk-metal.nl spoke with Kampfar’s bass-player Jon. First of all of course the we ask what the title of this album is about. My Norwegian dictionary tells me a Mare is the same as it is in English. But while I thought this is a rather strange title for a folk/black metal album I had to ask them. But it turned out, I should have googled for this. Mare is a evil creature form the ancient Norse mythology. It’s first mentioned in the Ynglinga saga, but the story is much older. She’s a creature which rides at night on the back of people to bring them scary dreams. Nice chosen title which fits perfectly to the darf feeling their album brings.Continue reading →
Turisas has divided their fans with the last album Stand up and Fight! Some fans like the new style, the other one longs for the days of Battle Metal. Folk-metal.nl spoke Turisas at Heidenfest. Though the interview was planned with Mattias, singer and frontman of Turisas, but with him being ill Jussi, the guitar player had to replace him. Unfortunately Jussi could, because he’s less involved with the creative process of an album, not answer most of our questions. Despite this, we still had an interesting conversation with Jussi.
For a lot of bands Heidenfest is the chance to reach a large audience. It’s cheaper for these bands than it is to be touring on their own. But I’m curious if the same goes for a well-known band like Turisas. Jussi says it’s fun to be on a tour like this, but they rather tour by themselves, or with a support. In that case fans come for you and it’s also less tiresome An tour of your own is often longer, but you don’t have to perform every day. It’s fun to do this with a lot of bands, but after the first show you don’t get to look at each others gigs.
I have to congratulate you with your album first, it has become a real success after a year. It must have opened a lot of doors for you?
It sure has, we have the opportunity now to spread our work through a label with which we can reach a large audience. It opened door to ourselves as well as for the band in a musical sense. We have grown and we’re proud of it. We’re more than ready for the future!
Metalcamp Chat Hi Gur: Nice name :-) Sorry for the delay, there’s too much to answer ;-) Where from Norway are you from?About our origin: PsychoTroll + Per Spelemann: Tønsberg, Mr. Seidel; Kopervik, Trollmannen: Sveio, Trollbank: Lørenskog, Manskow, Oslo, DrekkaDag: Wahahaaaay up North in the cold where the sun don’t … Continue reading →
The Music of Battlelore has evolved during the past few years, from somewhat more danceable songs to much heavier epic Metal. Folk-metal.nl had to learn more about this and spoke to Jyri Vahvanen, guitar player and text writer of this Finnish band.
The Music evolves in a group process, most of the songs develop from a rough plan on guitar. Drums and bass are added to this, and after that keyboards and vocals are added. The song, created in this process, is refined until everyone is happy about it.
The trend towards a more epical approach is something which wasn’t a thoughttrough plan, but something which grew out of this developing system. ‘It’s a natural cause, and we don’t have big plans or a vision to develop our music in a certain direction’. Each and every album is a compact piece of Battlelorian art and to be honest, it’s a mystery to all of us how the final product will sound when where in the studio finally at last.’ ‘Doombound’ is a concept album about J.R.R.Tolkien’s ‘Túrin Turambar’, and the tracks follow up in a logical order. In this way they form a complete story. It came to us the album can be listened to as if you’re watching a movie. The First song ‘Bloodstained’ is an intro to the story and the album ends with the instrumental track ‘Kielo’, when you can almost see the credits scroll down the film screen. According to Jyri this is what was meant with the album and fortunately they seem to have succeeded in this with their first concept album. The band experienced it as very challenging to make a concept album with an ongoing storyline. It appeared to be rather difficult to get the lyrics in a satisfying result, but with the help of the other members this also ended well.
It’s to early to speculate about coming albums, but working on a concept album like this was interesting to do and now we have some experience with this. It’s not unlikely they’ll do it again.
Track like we know them from the ‘past’ like ‘Sons of the Riddermark’ and ‘Buccaneer’s inn’ for instance could not be heard on the last 2 albums. Has the band left the style of more catchy swinging song? Not necessarily, according to Jyri, like said before the songs are a result of a groupprocess and evolve in a natural way. When we would like to try to make a song with the feel of “Sons of the Riddermark” it would probably don’t work out. We don’t have a recipe for hits and that’s why we write from our feelings, and not with the intention it has to sound ‘catchy’.
Finally we were also curious if we could see the band in the near future, so it was time to talk about this subject.
Jyri, why is it, we don’t get to see you guys very much? ‘We all have our daily work and family in Finland en besides that we’re also playing in Battlelore, they why we always have to put things in perspective. From a Financial point of view we don’t benefit from being on tour a lot. These are by al means choices of live we’ve made and our choice was to keep Battlelore a serious hobby, and not make it our employer.’
Fortunately the band can make the announcement they’re going to play at a few festivals in Europe. But, unfortunately to our fans, there’s no confirmed tour at this moment.
About which songs will be on the playlist in upcoming gigs there band has no secret. Gigs and albums are completely different; gigs have to stay energetic and heavy. This leaves not much space for quiet songs or ballads. Some songs like ‘doombound’ can’t be played live because of their massive structure. The band has to think things carefully through when they’re making a playlist for upcoming gigs.
Let’s hope we’ll see them soon.
Photography: Jarmo Katila