Obsidian C. - Keep Of Kalessin
I was first introduced to Keep Of Kalessin when they opened for Dimmu Borgir on the Invaluable Darkness tour. Something about them live really caught my attention. Once I realized band has been around for over a decade, I immediately requested a copy of the talented quartet's new release Kolossus and an interview with founding member Obsidian C. Join us as we discuss their first US tour, opinions on downloading, and a basic history of the band.
MettleMaiden: Hello Obsidian, thank you for your time. First I want to say that my first experience for Keep Of Kalessin was at the Dimmu Borgir show at Bogarts in Cincinnati. There was something about your music that caught my attention, which is why I asked for an interview. I usually do not like Black Metal, but your live set was very entertaining.
MettleMaiden: So how has the US tour been so far?
So this is your first US tour, that was going to be my next question.
Wow, your first US tour and you are with Dimmu Borgir, it doesn't get
any better than that!
MettleMaiden: Yes, that was quite a package; a really good show. I actually saw Dimmu twice on the Invaluable Darkness tour, the second time we saw two religious characters walk on stage for the first Dimmu song, I understand that that was actually you guys.
MettleMaiden: Was that you?
MettleMaiden: I thought so, those characters carrying incense in their miters really added to the prologue of the show, on the second half of the Invaluable Darkness tour. Concerning your new album, Kolossus; how have the reviews for it been? Personally, I just received it two days ago, but I love it.
MettleMaiden: I noticed that it has been compared to Immortal, but I think it is way better than anything they have done!
MettleMaiden: I agree that there's a lot more to the new album than what a traditional Black Metal would have. I am curious though, what is your opinion of downloading? You know people do it, like it or not, it's going to happen. I know people tell me that they will download an album, before it is released, but still buy it when it comes out.
MettleMaiden: Yes, I know. I've met some people who brag about how they pay their rent by selling promos, it really aggravates me to hear that they abuse the privilege of receiving promos in that manner.
MettleMaiden: People need to understand all the work that goes into a successful band. We certainly don't upload CDs just for that reason, it takes away from the artist. We do what we can to support the bands. We are always going to shows, but unfortunately we do not get a lot of metal tours here in Cincinnati. You're right, though, if the album isn't selling there why would the band tour there. Thankfully, when your CD comes out, it will include a DVD to make the purchase more mandatory.
MettleMaiden: Yes, I can imagine with the work visas and everything else you have to go through just to get into this country!
MettleMaiden: I've been told stories by some American bands being held up coming back into the country from Canada by customs!
MettleMaiden: I wonder if there is a band that hasn't had an issue with customs! Moving on I wanted to ask about the name Keep Of Kalessin, I know it is from the Earthsea books, I was just curious why you chose it?
MettleMaiden: Well, I really love sci-fi fantasy so now I have to read this. Let's go a little into the bands history, you formed the original band in 1994 which became Keep Of Kalessin in 1997? Correct?
MettleMaiden: But you kept it going, even during the five year break-up, you played with Satyricon.
MettleMaiden: So do you think this is the best line-up you've had?
MettleMaiden: Well, I glad everything is working out. Thank you for taking your time with a new fan. I look forward to your future releases and hopefully seeing you live again soon!