Italian folkmetallers Elvenking
are soon to release their long awaited second album"Wyrd", a
followup of the highly acclaimed debut "Heathenreel" that was
released in July 2001. We decided to ask guitarist Aydan
a few question regarding the new album. The following is what he reveals....
Tommy: Could you please share the thoughts
and happenings during the recording of the new and upcoming album "Wyrd"
with us: has the work been without too much friction, or has there been
obstacles to override along the way, and in that case what kind of troubles?
What is your spontanous opinion about the new material?
from the release of Heathenreel we had a lot of problems in the band
began to work on the new album directly after the recordings of our
debut, in 2001. Think about we were there with more or less 5 or 6
songs ready, but we felt they hadn't the right spirit for Elvenking,
we weren't satisfied at all. So we threw them all and restarted all
the songwriting process. This burned completely 5 or 6 months. Then
we had the split with our former singer and this delayed all the process
for some other months. Finally we found the right mood to complete
the album and the recordings process was great.
The fact is that we recorded all the basic tracks (drums, guitars,
bass, vocals, violin,
) in Germany between March and April. Then
we have lost some time to complete the work with the recordings of
additional voices, choirs, keys, because of some technical problems,
and now the album is yet to be mixed. We will enter soon House of
Music studio with producer Achim Kolher to finally complete "Wyrd"!
We are really satisfied of the new material and in our ears sounds
great! It is an evolution of Elvenking's style, keeping all our characteristics
but bringing them to a new level.
it been hard to keep the main influences and style of songwriting since
Damnagoras left to form his new project Leprechaun? Do you feel that the
classical Elvenking sound and style is still brought forth, or has it
taken a slightly different turn? Is it in fact the same Elvenking sound
we will get to hear on the new album, only a bit straighter as we have
been able to read in your updates?
Aydan: No, because me and Jarpen have "created"
and developed Elvenking's sound before Damnagoras joined the band.
The fact is that we didn't want to create a copy of Heathenreel, so
there will be some new elements in Wyrd. As you said the songs will
be more straight to the point, but for example there is a 12 minutes
long song so this doesn't mean that we are easier, or whatever
is not a copy of Heathenreel but it's clearly an Elvenking album!
Tommy: Former Sabbat and Skyclad vocalist
Martin Walkyier wrote the lyrics for one song on the upcoming album, and
the collaboration is told to "surely not stop there".
Could you for eager readers please shed some light over that statement?
What can we expect to see/hear in the future when it comes to cooperating
with Martin? I believe a lot of metallers along with me sure find this
an extremely exiting combination.....
Aydan: I'm really sorry to tell you that Martin
won't contribute in Wyrd as we and himself wanted. Unfortunately his
father is very ill at the moment and he has to be at his side so he
couldn't come here to do the things we have planned together. He also
wrote a lyric for the album but it would be a non sense using it without
his participation, so we decided to delay all the collaboration to
the next album.
We are really sorry for this, but for sure being with his father is
surely more important! But be sure you will hear more of Elvenking
and Martin Walkyier together in the near future!
Tommy: If we assume that this next album
receive at least as much good critics, or even more, as the debut - where
do you take Elvenking from there? Do those kind of thoughts even exist
in your minds at the moment, or do you just concentrate on the present
times and see where that brings you? Have you ever had any longterm plans
concerning Elvenking, and if you look back on those - have they turned
out to full satisfaction?
Aydan: The only thing that didn't worked has
been all the time lost form our debut till now. This is the bad thing,
we could have been out with our new album one year ago, if everything
was as was planned. But, you know, never make long time plans if you
play in a heavy metal band! With Heathenreel we received so much incredibly
good critics from all over the world. If we're going to receive the
same response also for Wyrd, I think that a lot of people that don't
know us will finally have the chance to remember our name and maybe
give a spin to our albums. I think that there a lot of guys that don't
know us that will surly could appreciate our music.
Tommy: In the regions of Scandinavia you
are sadly not (yet) so much recognized when your name is being mentioned,
but what is the status in your home regions - Italy, South Europe in general,
and Germany? What is the amount of media attention you get nowadays after
you have been working for some years now and released good, competent
Aydan: Well, as I told you we had a debut album
out more than 2 years ago, and not much news from that time, because
we didn't have the possibility to tour
only did some good festival
in Europe. So we are in silence for some time now. I think we will
understand better the situation after the release of Wyrd
Tommy: We thank you for sharing this information
with us, and to put a finish to it - any final words you would like to
round off with - a tip, a recommendation or a thought for the future?
Aydan: Thank you so much for the interview.
I hope Wyrd will be ready soon and that people who likes melodies,
aggressiveness, and magic and romantic atmospheres will give a chance
May the winds blow fair at your back
That was all I had for now, Aydan - the staff at metalcovenant.com
wish you all the very best for the future, and we sincerely want to thank
you for keeping the spirit of Metal alive!