A cool interview with Jón Geir Jóhannson, drummer of the Icelandic band Skálmöld, about various topics.
Hi guys, welcome on Folk-metal.nl. Can you introduce yourselves to the readers? How do you describe your music to the people who don’t know you? “I’m Jón Geir Jóhannsonand I play the drums in the Icelandic heavy metal band Skálmöld. Some people want to pigeonhole us as viking metal but I don’t really know what that means. I would say that we just play heavy metal with rather classic metal influences but with a lyrical theme based on north mythology and Icelandic folklore.”
Rating: 8.5/10 Release: 18 August 2023 Label: Napalm Records The Icelanders Skálmöld are back with “Ýdalir“, released after five years. In this album the sextet was inspired by old Icelanders, such as the poem “Grímnismál“, adapting them in a way never heard before. In “Ýdalir“, moreover, they manage to sound …Continue reading →
In these strange times we all long for nice concerts and festivals, to ease this hunger Skálmöld released a live album. There isn’t a lot we haven’t asked this guys over the past years, but to be sure they’re all OK we had a little chat with Baldur.
Rating: 9.1/10 Release: 16 October 2020 Label: Napalm Records Skalmöld’s 10th anniversary effort Live in Reykjavik not only checks all the boxes for a great live album, with excellent fidelity to the studio releases, a good audience, and minimal filler but due to the wide range of Skalmöld material can also …Continue reading →
After much eager anticipation I have gotten a few of my questions answered about Skälmold’s latest album, Sorgir. We heard back from Þráinn Árni Baldvinsson, the band’s lead guitarist. It turned out they were more then willing to answer a few questions. The conclusion of this interview, which has been in the works since the release of the album can be read below.
Rating: 8.8/10 Release: 12 October 2018 Label: Napalm Records One thing that has always been true about Skálmöld is that their previous albums had a fairly distinctive sound that always hides underneath whatever direction they decide to take their albums in. Whether one discusses their debut album, Baldur, or even …Continue reading →
11 November 2016 Venue: De Boerderij, Zoetermeer; The Netherlands Quite a nice package of folk and pagan metal from Scandinavia. On a Friday night in Holland this package was rewarded with quite a big turnout, right from the beginning. Skálmold One of the things I like about folk metal and …Continue reading →
Skálmöld delivered another killer album with Vögguvísur Yggdrasils. The sound on this album is slightly changed without losing the typical Skálmöld sound. Let’s say it’s more accessible. Was this on purpose? How did this happen? Folk-metal.nl talked about this with the guys from Skálmöld about this and other things.
Rating: 9/10 Release: 30 September 2016 Label: Napalm Records Iceland’s native sons Skálmöld have returned in 2016 with their 4th full length entitled “Vögguvisur Yggdrasils” (which I will translate as “Yggdrasil Songs”) Based on title alone you could probably guess this might be a continuation in their concept album phase …Continue reading →
Skálmöld is getting more and more popular outside of Iceland. The band started in 2009, but already released 2 successful albums and album number 3, called “Með vættum”, is out now! Eline had the awesome opportunity to talk to Björgvin, Snæbjörn and Jón before their show in Eindhoven.