Tag Archives: folk metal

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).

c1c9f192-f805-4076-9f40-f2f890f62762

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.

Continue reading Interview: Pimea Metsa

Interview: Ithilien

Belgian folk metal band, Ithilien, have released their seconf album, Shaping The Soul via WormHoleDeath recods. Below you can read an interview I had with Jerry, the drummer of the band, who had time to answer the interview regarding the band’s new album and other plans.

d311e280-855f-40d2-bf84-c4e5605d83a6

Hi and thank you for your time. Please introduce yourself and Ithilien.
Hello, I am Jerry, the drummer of Ithilien. We play folk metal, more specificly Folkcore. This is a combination of traditional Belgian (Folk) music, played   with flemish bagpipes, a hurdy gurdy, a violin  and a bouzouki and a more modern metal genre. The band was founded 10 years ago, there weere several line-up changes but the last 4 years we finally had a steady line-up after I entered the band. They already gave me some stress from the beginning because I only had 3 weeks to learn the full set and start our first tour together. By now we already have reached some major highlights with several tours in Europe and Japan. We also signed with Mighty Music for our first album “From Ashes To The Frozen Land” and now with WormHoleDeath for our new album “Shaping The Soul”. Things can only get better.

You just mentioned about the deal with WormHoleDeath records and released your second full-lenght, ”Shaping The Soul”. What is the theme of this album and the musical direction?
About the theme, we decided to write about grief. It’s something that appeals to every single person and is realistic. Basically we wanted more mature lyrics, we then based the album around the Kubler-Ross Model which is, in short, the 5 important stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Every song of the album has its corresponding stage. The first song, ’Blindfolded’’ represents the denial, ‚’Lies After Lies’’ and ”Shaping The Soul’’ are a manifestation of anger while ’If Only’’ obviously represents the bargaining stage, ’’Edelweiss’’ feels depressing while ” The Bear Dance’’ represents acceptance. I encountered a bad moment in my life after the recordings were done with a relationship ending badly. It made me realize how the feelings were equal to what the album reflects. I never knew ’Shaping the Soul’’ would grow so much under my skin.

Continue reading Interview: Ithilien