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 →
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.
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.
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.
After a fantastic show, we meet all ‘ugly people’ (see review concert) of Chain of Dogs in the dressing room. That is, I get Olaf, Arne, Tom, Jelle and Willem. Rafke a treat to the eye on stage, but who’s giving the band a lot of extra dimension with her fine voice, had to keep the merchandise-stand open.
The people from Willemeen are good caretakers of their special guests, we were confronted with this when a employee of Willemeen was a little bit suspicious about our intentions. After an explanation we soon could enjoy a nice cold drink, which was very welcome due the very high temperatures today.
We were very curious about CODs experiences regarding their latest CD. The band told me they were very happy with it. It was fun to make another CD. And the band is very content with their label ‘Witches Brew’, which gives the band total freedom to make whatever they like. The band took care of the recordings to lower the costs. The mastering of the album was done by member Willem himself. Besides the fact it lower the costs tremendously, it gives freedom to the band to create something they like. Something that gives them the feeling they created something of their own. The band is planning to record something with others, the label gives the band the freedom to do something like this.
Remarkable with Chain of Dogs is the fact they have a mix of English and Limburgish songs. We were curious why they choose to do this. We think Limburgish fits seamless to the happy willful songs. Olaf: ‘I like English a lot and I studied it also. I love to read English books en watch English movies. A lot of lyrics are based on stories I read in all kind of English literature. It’s for me quite difficult to translate this into Limburgish. My thinking pattern is in English when I’ve read this.’ Arne adds to this, he as a pagan metal and folk-metal fan likes it to express yourself in your own language. The roots of this guys go deep into the Limburgish soil. Singing in Limburgish is a fine way to express their pride of their ‘being a Limburger’, it’s a way tot act against the feeling they’re are somewhat less civilians in the eyes of the people of the western part of the Netherlands. This is a feeling well known with the people form the eastern half of the Netherlands. But with folk-metal, bands from the Easter part hit back very hard, Chain of Dogs from Limburg, Heidevolk from Arnhem, and Baldrs Draumar from Friesland dominate the folk-metal in the Netherlands.
High on their list of wishes are partners for two band-members, some others note they should probably be coughed then. We won’t reveal the members who regard this, we think in the end everything will work out fine them too.
Another one the valid wish to become big with their own Music. A nice tour of a few nice gigs throughout the country should of course be very helpful with this. In the Netherlands the bands star is rising, recently the band had a couple of gigs in Friesland. But their still parts of the Netherlands which were never exposed to the contagious music of Chain of Dogs. The band thinks Germany limits their lust to expand, because it’s very difficult to get some gigs on the other side of the so near border. Germany is together with Finland the cradle of folk-metal and it’s much easier for a German or Finnish band to reach the venues than it is for a Dutch band. Up-till now only Heidevolk has made it to Germany. This is why the band pulls together with the Finsterforst. In this way it’s somewhat easier to get gigs in Germany. But on the other hand is simply very nice to operate next to these guys. A nice thing about Finsterforst is their in complete control of their own gigs. The Dogs learned form other bands who have signed with a ‘nice label’ or booking-agency, they have sometimes less gigs, because of the higher pricetag they have. A band like Gernotshagen attracts not many more people than a band like Finsterforst, but they cost a lot more. Together with Finsterforst they can give venues a nice deal and make it attractive for the smaller venues to book them.
Some other good news, is the fact the band is busy with the first preparations for another EP. There should be 3 of 4 tracks on it, and it should be released in 2012. They’re very busy writing and refining songs for this, there are meant to be new songs on this album.
Before we say goodbye to enjoy some Finsterforst, I’ll ask the guys if there’s anything they want to say to us. Finally they made a clean breast “Viking-metal from Italië can’t be taken seriously”. With a statement like this I grab my seat again: What do you mean by that?
Olaf likes to explain this statement. Folk-metal and related music, also because of the internet, become a genre which draws attention all over the world. In the wake of this everywhere in the World band bands are born which are involved is this music. But instead of being busy with their own roots and mixing their own folk with metal, you see more and more bands form exotic places playing Viking-metal. That is without rhyme or reason. Viking-metal from Italy…
Create something of your own. And with their true ‘Limburgish’ sound the band has a say in this matter. You can’t speak of Chain of Dogs as a band that goes along with the stream, they’re obviously doing something of their own….
And we’re proud of them!