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(interview)FOLK METAL JACKET:”The memories and the feeling of being home when you go on stage are the best achievement a musician will ever need.”

Folk Metal Jacket are hailing from mighty Italian underground scene, the area of the town called Modena. When I first heard the music that they play I immediately fell in love with their art. So, it was about time to interview them for this webzine.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE FOLK METAL JACKET TO THE READERS OF THIS ZINE THAT DID NOT HEAR YOU GUYS YET?

Folk Metal has been all about the past for too many years, we need bands to research the sound of future folk. That’s what FMJ does.

THE NEW MATERIAL IS OUT. IS THERE ANY DIFFERENCE OR SOMETHING THAT YOU TRIED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEW SONGS COMPARED TO THE OLD MATERIAL?

First of all we conceded ourselves more record time, which allows for more variations. These variations include more clean vocals and choir and a more atmospheric music overall. The result might sound less extreme, but it is definitely more inspiring.

WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FROM FOR YOUR SONGS? DESCRIBE A PROCESS OF THE SONGWRITING FROM THE IDEA TO THE FINISHED SONG?

Inspiration comes in a wide variety of ways, sometimes you just sit down and decide what kind of song you want, sometimes music just explodes from within. Once the early-alpha version of a song is shared by the author, we have a lot of talks and write different versions then decide which one works best.

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HOW IS LIFE IN MODENA AND IN ITALY IN GENERAL? DO YOU HAVE A SCENE IN YOUR HOMETOWN, CONCERT VENUES, BANDS, PEOPLE WHO ORGANISE GIGS ETC?

Modena is a very industrial city, it doesn’t have any private venues and most of live music is played in pubs or restaurants. Since you don’t want a loud metal band in these contexts, we almost never play in our hometown. It’s great for jazz and acoustic pop, but definitely not metal-friendly.

HOW DID YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH THE UNDERGROUND SCENE? WHO WERE YOUR FIRST BANDS THAT YOU LISTENED TO, YOUR FIRST GIGS THAT YOU SAW ETC?

The first reason for starting the band was to play with our friends in pubs, we had a
couple places to go and all the bands in this “crew” had 3-4 concerts per year in every pub.
Then our demo was recorded by the guitarist of an awesome death metal band called Ever-Frost, we are still big fans of them. Another band we had a lot of gigs with are Kalevala HMS, their performances have been a great source of inspiration.
We have never been huge fans of the underground scene, but we really enjoyed some less known bands like Metsatöll, Tracedawn, Dornenreich…
WHAT HAS UNTIL NOW BEEN THE BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT FOR FOLK METAL JACKET?
We had some very cool gigs, but the biggest achievement is the family feeling you get after playing together for almost 10 years. The memories and the feeling of being home when you go on stage are the best achievement a musician will ever need.
DO YOU HAVE A LABEL OR DO YOU WORK EVERYTHING TOTALY DIY?
We had a label in the past but with digital distribution a band can find good deals without sharing the incomes with anyone else.
TELL US SOME FUNNY ANEGDOTE FROM YOUR GIGS, OR SOMETHING THAT MADE YOU ANGRY, SAD AND IT HAPPENED DURING YOUR GIG OR TOUR?
In 2014 we played at the Pollege Fest in Carrara, it’s a huge fest with lots of different bands and one of our fans was working there so he had us scheduled to play.
We were told to arrive at 3pm, but since the service was late we didn’t get to soundcheck. We spent 8 hours on the beach or in the backstage, then we got to play 3 songs before they cut the volumes off and told us to leave because the show was too late.
Our singer had to say goodbye to the fans without the mic.
After, we got drunk with our fans and “slept” in sleeping bags on the beach.
The morning after, a garbage collector tried to throw our drummer in the bin because he thought he was a trash bag!
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TYPICAL FANZINE QUESTION:NAME THE FIVE ALBUMS THAT YOU WOULD TAKE WITH YOU ON A DESERTED ISLAND?
We have very different tastes, but the whole band would agree on:
Voice of Wilderness by Korpiklaani;
Iron by Ensiferum;
Are you Kidding me? No by Destrage;
Fragile by Yes;
Selling England by the Pound by Genesis.
THIS IS FINAL QUESTION. THANKS FOR THE INTERVIEW-NOW, DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY AND I DID NOT ASK?
Thank you Davor for your clever questions, webzines are a fundamental way to let everyone know the real perspective of a band.
Plus, if an interviewer manages entertaining questions it’s guaranteed fun to read. We have definitely become your fans as well, keep up the good work!

 

(news)Norrsinnt announce “Skogsmakt” release details

Norrsinnt, a solo folk metal artist from Sweden, has joined forces with other scandinavian folk metal artists such as Utmarken, Fejd, Myrkgrav and Byrdi to record “Skogsmakt”, a 9 minute long powerful epos celebrating the power of nature, mainly focusing on the forest covered lands of the northern hemisphere.

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This track takes you through the vast scandinavian forest, displaying its might and power as well as the beauty and stillness, by combining elements of a broad spectrum based on folk music and metal. It can be described as a miniature folk metal symphony, or the final encore of a scandinavian folk metal musical!

The release consists of a digital single and a video and is set to be released on May 18th, 2018.

Preview: https://www.facebook.com/norrsinnt/videos/2030788057162141/

 

(album review)Silent Kingdom-“Where Secrets Meet”(Darknagar Records)

The local scene is where your true love to the underground scene begins and where you start to build your underground network of bands, people, label, promoters, zines… This time I will review the new Silent Kingdom record. This band comes from Sarajevo, the capitol of Bosnia.

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“Where Secrets Meet” was released on independent Russian label Darknagar Records and contains 8 songs. This band was founded in 1999.combining the history of Bosnia, the native music called sevdalinka or sevdah and black metal. That was the case with earlier releases, at least I think because I did not hear this band until this album. This is no black metal, this is atmospheric folk metal with sevdalinka and other traditional melodies that this band is influenced by. The lyrics are partly in native language, partly in English. This music is not for the fans of folk black metal and harder side of things. This is more atmospheric music with the clever use of dual male/female vocals and keyboards and other additional instruments which fit into picture nicely. I must admit that I was not impressed upon the first listening of the album. But, the night has fallen and as I write this article, the music of Silent Kingdom feels great.

8/10

Follow the band on FB: https://www.facebook.com/SilentKingdomOfficial/

Follow the label: https://www.facebook.com/darknagar/