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Interview: Talvienkeli

Below is an interview I had with Laetitia Bertrand (bass player), Camille Borrelly (vocals) and Pierre Cordier (keys) about the French metal band Talvienkeli, where they are talking about the band’s new album entitled as ‘’Hybris’’ and other stuffs about the band.

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Hi guys, thank you for taking time to answer the questions of this interview. First of all, introduce Talvienkeli.
Hi Carla! Nice to meet you. Talvienkeli is a french symphonic metal band from Lyon. It was created in 2012 and is now composed of 5 members. We released one EP in 2014 and our first album “Hybris” in 2017 in collaboration with the label WormHoleDeath.

Before releasing a full-lenght album, the band had a frontman and later Camille have joined the band as the new frontwoman. How have been these vocals changes for Talvienkeli?
Actually, Camille was here since the beginning. The frontman has joined us later to add some grunts on “Tormented”. We then tried to give him more vocal lines on the other songs. But in the end, our pathways diverged and Sandre had to quit the band. The band decided to build its identity with female vocals.

You debuted with Hybris this year, also yo have signed a deal with the Italian label WormHoleDeath, first, what is this album about?
“Hybris” is a bouquet of songs dealing with different kind of passions which can often lead to madness or deep loss. Each song tells a different story, appart from the 1st and last songs which work together.

Talking a bit about the cover artwork, what this might suggest, making a connection with the album story.
The cover artwork was drawn by our bass player in order to depict this flow of passion streaming out the human brain. It tends to show that a psychological disorder can alter reality. But on the same time, the face of the man drawn on the cover is calm and peaceful because this flow of passion can be full of colours and shades, what is beautiful, don’t you think ?

”Atlas” was the first song online as a preview of the album, what feedback have you gotten both for the song and the whole album from the fans, zines…?
We got really good feedbacks out of this video ! And reviews on many webzines proved to be really enthusiastic and helpful.

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Listening to the album, I have made a comparation of Camille’s voice being bit similar as Epica’s Simome Simons, just what my ears conceived, he he!
Ha Ha. Thanks! I remember a rehearsal when Camille started to sing some Epica song’s during a break. It was just amazing, she sounded like Simone!

How do you describe the sound of Talvienkeli?
Talvienkeli wants to keep a heavy sound but softened by more lyrical, symphonical elements that help us evade. We like an organic and warm sound which plays with different atmospheres and rythms. There is a contrast between the amplified parts and the breaks with orchestral sounds, like there is in life with the cutting reality and the one we create in our dreams in order to apease the outside world.

What are your next plans, any tour plans for the summer or maybe any ideas shooting a video for a song?
We are currently planning to make a video clip for one song of the album. We are working hard on rehearsing our songs to improve them and on composing (maybe for another album)… For now, we try to concentrate on finding more concerts where to play.

Hope one day to see you all. Thank you again for this interview. Bonne chance! 
Thank you for this interview ! It was really nice talking to you. Hope to see you soon !

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Interview: Ida Elena

Ida Elena is a celtic/rock/metal singer from Italy. She have released a few solo projects, the latest one is ‘’Native Spirit’’, she is also the vocalist of the Greek metal band Bare Infinity which the band will release a new album soon this year. Below you can read an interview I had with Ida about her solo albums, the other music contributions she had and other stuffs regarding her.

Hello Ida, nice talking with you! How things are going? 
Hi Carla! Happy to talk to you! So far so good, thank you!

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Before speaking about your solo albums and the band that you are in, I’d like to tell me when your passion for music arose.
My passion for music was born the day I was born, probably, but it only showed up when at 19, with 8 year acting school on my back, I was invited to sing at the Italian TV, Raiuno. Love at first sight! Since then I cannot live without the thrill I have on stage: it’s basically my life.

Last ear you have released an EP, a solo project, under the name of ”Native Spirit”, what can you tell me about the theme of it and what response have you gotten from it from the fans and media?
Well, ’Native Spirit’ represents the bond with your roots and the return to the simple things in life such as enjoying the woods, the wild nature and feeling your spirit animal in you. All of my songs have a very deep bond to the natural elements. The response was incredible considering my label Maquette Records already reprinted the copies! The fans liked it very much, according to what the write on my fb page and they help me a lot sharing pictures or personal thoughts about their favourite songs. A large number of websites, including Mister Folk and Femme Metal made a review of Native Spirit and the ratings are way better than I thought. I could say I’m satisfied but I will never be!

To not be wrong, you have another solo album, right?
Correct, I produced and arranged my first solo album “My World Musicusic” which was completely acoustic, together with my friend and guitarist Gabriele Brisinello. Maybe one day I’ll work on a more “rock” arrangement.

 

You have collaborated and released an album with Cantus Lunaris aswell and you have been active this band in the past, especially in Germany…
Yes I have and thanks to them I performed in a large number of prestigious venues such as the Wave gotik treffen in 2013 and Semper memento historia in 2014. We also recorded the album “Fabula antiqua” together and it was a great experience, but we parted way and I wish them well.

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Interview: Pimea Metsa

Spanish folk/epic metal band Pimea Metsa have released a new album entitled as No Blood, No Glory, out via WormHoleDeath records. About the album and other stuffs related to the band, below you can read an interview I had with Miguel Moron (keys, accordion).

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Welcome Miguel and thank you for the interview. How are you? Can you make a small intro about Pimeä Metsä?
Hi! Really busy these days but fine. Well, Pimeä Metsä is a heavy metal band coming from Madrid. Our musical style can be defined as Viking/folk metal, but we try to open our musical spectrum by adding elements from other styles like melodic death, epic, thrash, etc. The band was founded on a December 2006 winter’s night by David and me, but the current line‐up began to work together in 2008 and is formed by: Ángel Flores (vocals), David Chas (rhythm guitar), Hugo Pérez (lead guitar), Juanto Viana (bass), myself (keyboard and accordion) and Pablo Carmona (drums). Now we are presenting our second album: NO BLOOD, NO GLORY, which has been released last December 2016 via Wormhole Death Records / Aural Music.

 
Your band name is in Finnish. What does it mean and why did you choose as the band name to be in Finnish?
Pimeä Metsä means “Dark Forest” in Finnish. From the beginning, we decided to orient the band towards Viking/folk metal. I speak Finnish and we thought that a name in this language would fit perfectly with the musical style we wanted to play. Then, name had to be representative of the lyrical themes the band would use in their songs and not too difficult to pronounce, so Pimeä Metsä made the difference!

You mentioned about the new album ”No Blood, No Glory”, out with Worm HoleDeath records. Where did the recordings took place and how these went?
The album has been recorded, mixed and mastered at The Metal Factory Studios (Madrid) by Alex Cappa, who has worked with the most important heavy metal bands of Spain like Hamlet, Vita Imana, 037/Leo and many more. Alex rules! We have chosen him because we loved the sound of his previous works with other bands and I think the results on NO BLOOD, NO GLORY speak by themselves. The recording seasons went very, very well. Hard, serious and productive working, but full of jokes and anecdotes.

What is the theme of the album?
NO BLOOD, NO GLORY is not a conceptual album. Its thematic is mostly the same that we’ve been singing about from the very beginning: Viking mythology or foundations and epic battles or echoes in defense of nature, that nowadays men are wasting out, day by day.
We have also included lyrics about worldwide literature and historical events, like Beowulf (song “GRENDEL: THE CHANT OF BEOWULF PART I”) or William Wallace’s struggle for freedom (song “CRY FOR FREEDOM”). We try to write attractive lyrics that shows the values of loyalty, brotherhood, solidarity, courage and no fear about life or death from the Viking culture, lyrics that can teach something about these times, myths and costumes to our listeners and fans.

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