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  INTERVIEW WITH SKALMOLD
Epic Studios, Norwich


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Xander: OK so first I'm gonna try say the band name right? Is it "Skulmuld"?

Björnvin: mmm nope

X: "Skalmul"?

Björnvin: Close

Baldur: It's "Skawlmuuld"

X: Ah damn, having been in Denmark I thought I might have got that right

Baldur: Yeah there is similarities however your pronunciation was perfect in Danish!

X: Oh thanks! I get some kudos points back then, or were you just making me feel better.

Baldur: Oh well, it was both.

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X: Right so who am I speaking to and what do you do?

Baldur: My name is Baldur I play one fo the three guitars, and I scream when I can.

Björnvin: I am Björnvin, lead vocals and guitarist.

X; So you've come all the way from Iceland, that's great! Is this your first time in the UK?

Baldur: No, we played in the UK two years ago when we did the Heidenfest tour, but this is our first proper UK tour, with six dates here.

X: Enjoying it? And you've also caught a little bit of good weather too!

Björnvin: Yes we love it. And if we see the sun we're happy because we're from Iceland and it's snowing in Iceland at the minute, it's snowing a LOT!

X: Speaking of geological events, the volcano eruption a few years back caused major problems with air travel around the world, was it as bad on the island?

Baldur: Not so much no

Björnvin: It had more of an effect on the international airspace than us, you couldn't fly internationally we could get on a plane and fly internally.

Baldur: And apparently the wind was constantly blowing from the north so all the ash was blown away so we didn't suffer from it. We were the route but no problem for us.

Björnvin: Of course, closer to the volcano there ware a few problems.

Baldur: Yeah some of the towns, which people can't pronounce, were effected for a couple of years because of the ash, and a glacier was holding onto a lot of ash and so with the right weather it some ash clouds came up again.

Björnvin: So although international flights were cancelled, we could still fly, so an accidental big middle finger to Europe!

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X: Another big event that happened in Icelandic was that the people overthrew the government, obviously you have a new one now?

Björnvin: Yup. Yup, which I am very proud of. But also I'm very disappointed because four months after we overthrew the government we had an election, and the people voted for the same government again! I use my right to vote and usually I don't get pissed about the results, but this is the first time in my life I have gotten pissed off about it.

Baldur: Yeah it's sort of history repeating itself, but if that's going to happen then you need to give it some time, give it four years to implement some change and see if it works.

X: But it only took the government like a week to start doing what they did before and walking in the same footsteps.

Baldur: But we are trying to work against it, no worries though we're not going to do the axe again, but this is sad, very sad.

X: Well lets hope it does work out better.

Björnvin: yes. But some nature laws that were set a few years ago are now being undone, so fuck em!

X: Has there been anything effecting the music industry?

Björnvin: Not so much, no.

Baldur: We don't have many limitations at home. With tourism the music industry has been getting bigger and bigger and quite fast but also they are closing down some nature zone to build hotels for the tourists, so we're in a trap, we have to figure this out somehow. Of course we love the tourism and we love that people want to come over and visit and experience. We have to find the balance.

Björnvin: The biggest effect with the music industry is that we don't get as many events with outside artists because the Icelandic Kroner is only worth half as much as it was and international artists want to get paid in Euros.

X: Ah yes because you had the banks collapse

Björnvin: Yes, so we don't get many big foreign artists visiting Iceland. But, historically, people say that when there is a crisis that the whole art world is in blossom.

X: Ah yes I guess there is a lot to write about!

Baldur: The music industry has never been bigger or better and now we have to find this balance of how we can bring it to the world and how can we bring the world to us as well.

Björnvin: And since the Kroner is only worth half as much as before, it's good for artists that go around the world because what they get paid in foreign currency is worth twice as much.

X: Ah so you guys are rich now! you're buying the drinks when you get back home!

Björnvin: Ha I wish, I wish.

X: I know very little about the band apart from that you're a folk metal band and obviously doing very well being signed to Napalm and playing Wacken and the Heidenfest tour, so here's your chance to tell us an interesting fact about the band...

Björnvin:Well, Baldur and the other guitarist, Þráinn, hadn't met before the first practice. it's quite interesting that we only played two shows before we were booked to play Wacken!

X: Two shows ever?

Baldur: Yeah and before we had finished recording our album.

X: Amazing, how did that happen?

Björnvin: Well we sent a demo of our album to the organisers and apparently they liked it!

X: Wow, you make it sound so simple!

Baldur: Yeah we were as surprised as everyone else. But it was an extremely good start.

X: So lets talk about your album, Börn Loka, (many attempts made at trying to get this one right)

Baldur: You have to put your tongue on your teeth with the 'n'. It's ok, it's not your fault!

Björnvin: I know what album you're talking about! (laughs)

X: Well it was released last October, which is actually a year ago now, how has that been received?

Baldur: Extremely well actually, back home we it went Gold, so really good!

Björnvin: Most of the reviews have been good and the feedback from the fans has been really positive.

a: Which is good, second album syndrome and all. We're really glad because we don't allow any compromises and we just do what we like to do and see if people like it.

Björnvin: In Iceland we have promoted the album really well but not so much in Europe.

Baldur: we've done a few festivals but this is the first tour. It has been fantastic and we love being with Tyr and Finntroll, the vibe and all the people are great. We're really lucky and we're going to finish off the album promotion back home in Iceland with a concert in November with the Iceland Symphonic Orchestra!

Björnvin: We're going to record that, and there were two planned shows and they sold out in a few days so we added a third show.

Baldur: So that's going to be fun, I'm looking forward to seeing this guy standing in front of a full orchestra!

X: Wow, that's impressive! Are you going to wear suits?

Björnvin: Nope, but we are going to have a 120 person choir!

X: Wowsa! So how has this come about then?

Baldur: We got a call and asked if we would like to do it and we said of course! Gunnar, our keyboard player, is a choir conductor and he's been working a lot in the classic part of music more than the rest of us, definitely, so it's going to be a fabulous show! X: Fantastic, what is the attendance for each gig?

Björnvin: It's about 1,500 seats so we've got almost 2% of the Icelandic population attending our shows!

Baldur: Oh I hadn't thought of that, fucking hell! (laughs)

X: Is there a concept for the album?

Baldur: Well both albums are stories, the first album is a story of Baldur, this is a viking that lives in some kind of fantasy world, a mixture of Icelandic mythology and Tolkien. And the second album is a story about Hilmar and his sister, so both albums are kind of historical based. Of course, it makes a little more sense if you understand Icelandic but in the international version we have translated the lyrics into English so you can follow the story.

X: I've watched the video to Gleipnir (more useless attempts made at pronunciation), it's a really cool video!

Björnvin: It is! And I can say it is really good because we had nothing to do with it.

Baldur: Well, not Absolutely nothing. We met this terrific guy named Bowen Staines, ad he is just a brilliant guy. He is so good at what he does and he was so enthusiastic to this video. He asked us what we wanted with the video and we spoke back and forth, and he just took the motivation and went all in for the video.

Baldur: We all sat down for the idea of the video and got the basic outlines and he went and shot it and edited it and then gave it to us. And he did this almost all by himself with this tiny little camera, he's that good!

X: Sweet. So for those who have not seen you before, what can they expect from your live show?

Björnvin: A lot of energy

Baldur: And a lot of enjoyment of getting to do this! This is what we love to fucking do and we're not very good at hiding it! X: You do have big smiles on stage!

Baldur: Yeah we do, to begin with people were judging us "You don't smile at a metal show!" but fuck those people, we like this.

Björnvin: When it stops being fun you should stop playing. We're just trying to enjoy this as much as we can whilst it last, cuz you never know!

X: Yeah the volcano could blow the whole island up!

Baldur: (laughs) Yeah and then we'd be stuck

Björnvin: or blown up!

Baldur: We're enjoying every fucking minute of it and hope everyone else does too.

Björnvin: We just give everything, all the energy we have in our bodies each and every show so I hope it shows.

Baldur: It might be a cliché


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mabel greers toyshop MABEL GREER'S TOYSHOP RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOOTAGE FOR 'ELECTRIC FUNERAL'
The band which grew into Yes have reunited and will release a new album in March...

paradise lost PARADISE LOST ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM TITLE AND RELEASE DATE
"We have written a very dark, yet melodic album, but this time many songs definitely have a death Metal edge, which is something we haven't done for a long long time ..."

ensiferum ENSIFERUM ADD MORE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
We're really looking forward to the new Ensiferum album, 'One Man Army', here at MetalTalk...

airbourne AIRBOURNE SIGN WITH SPINEFARM RECORDS
"We're pumped up to have signed on the dotted line to the world's toughest and truest hard rock label..."

vader VADER BRING BLITZ! OVER EUROPE TOUR TO THE UK AND IRELAND IN MARCH
"We come together with our dudes from Hate. We can't wait to bring Hellfire to you soon..."

thy art is murder THY ART IS MURDER ANNOUNCE UK SHOWS SUPPORTING EMMURE
Tickets are on sale now for what promises to be the heaviest tour of the year...

horror holocaust CROSSOVER DEATH SUPERGROUP DENIAL FIEND RE-ISSUE 'HORROR HOLOCAUST' ON VINYL AND IN EUROPE FOR THE FIRST TIME
Ten tales of blood curdling horror that are anvil heavy thrashing death...

wacken EUROPE AND DREAM THEATER ANNOUNCED FOR WACKEN
The sold out legendary German festival announces more details of the mouth-watering bill...

camden rocks CAMDEN ROCKS 2015 ANNOUNCE THE FIRST ACTS
The bands include Trail of Dead, Funeral For a Friend, Heavens Basement, The Dictators, Black Spiders and more...

all that remains ALL THAT REMAINS LAUNCH #thisprobablywontendwell PICTURE COMPETITION
This unique competition marks the release of new studio album 'The Order Of Things' out on Feb 23rd...

titanfest TITANFEST ANNOUNCED FOR MAY IN LONDON - FIRST BANDS REVEALED
Titanfest now sees some of the most respected and time-hardened Metal musicians working side by side with the next generation of the emerging UK Metal scene...

joe lynn turner JOE LYNN TURNER ANNOUNCES UK AND NORTHERN IRELAND DATES THIS SPRING
Legendary rock and roll singer Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow and Deep Purple fame is pleased to confirm details of his intimate acoustic 'An Evening With...' tour...

wildfire festival EXCLUSIVE: WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2015 ANNOUNCES FIFTY BAND LINE-UP
Wildfire is known for bringing the best in Scottish talent to Wiston Lodge, and there is one name everyone at Wildfire HQ agreed should be on the bill...

kiss KISS GET ANIMATED IN COLLABORATION WITH J-POP IDOLS MOMOIRO CLOVER Z!
Just when you thought the Metal world had gone insane enough with Babymetal...

ronnie james dio RONNIE JAMES DIO FIFTH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL EVENTS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will include a public memorial service, a celebrity bowling tournament and the inaugural Ride For Ronnie motorcycle ride and BBQ...

walkway WALKWAY RELEASE SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR 'STREETWISE'
The single is the first release from their second studio album. Walkway will support Status Quo in June 2015...

motley crue MOTLEY CRUE REVEAL DATE OF FINAL SHOW AND FINAL TOUR LAST LEG DETAILS: NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO OUT NOW
Motley Crue are also in the process of putting together the ultimate collector's album package...

art of anarchy PRESENTING ART OF ANARCHY FEATURING SCOTT WEILAND, BUMBLEFOOT, JOHN MOYER OF DISTURBED AND JON AND VINCE VOTTA
Poised to become one of the biggest new bands of 2015, Art Of Anarchy is redefining the rock supergroup...

jettblack JETTBLACK RETURN WITH A BRAND NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO
Jettblack get serious in 2015, kicking things off with a headline tour and new single in February...

dead kennedys DEAD KENNEDYS FANS PERFORM PUBLIC SEX ACT LIVE ON STAGE
"This was something definitely different to see at a punk concert..."

evil scarecrow EVIL SCARECROW'S MISSING TRACK FINALLY RELEASED! A MESSAGE FROM DR HELL!
Evil Scarecrow have just released a new, old version of 'Robototron', which they feel is the definitive version of their most popular track...

eddie and the hot rods BREAKING NEWS: ORIGINAL EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS LINE-UP REFORM FOR 40th ANNIVERSARY
This will be the first time all original members have played a full show together for over thirty years...

carthagods CARTHAGODS TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDING TIM "RIPPER" OWENS, RON THAL AND MARK JANSEN
"It's been a long time that we look for this occasion to finally satisfy our fans..."

paddy goes to holyhead EXCLUSIVE: PADDY GOES TO HOLYHEAD ANNOUNCE FINAL CONCERT FOR ST PATRICK'S NIGHT
Sadly it's the end of an era as Paddy Goes To Holyhead have announced that they are to play their final gig...

grateful dead BREAKING NEWS: GRATEFUL DEAD TO RE-UNITE FOR 50th ANNIVERSARY FAREWELL CONCERTS
The reunion, billed "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead", will feature the band's surviving members...

nazareth BREAKING NEWS: VOCALIST LINTON OSBOURNE LEAVES NAZARETH
"I am no longer a member of Nazareth. It didn't work out, for me, or for the band..."

lordi LORDI ANNOUNCE UK DATES FOR TOUR FORCE ONE
Lordi bring 'Scare Force One' to the UK for ten dates in the Spring...

nightwish NIGHTWISH REVEAL TRACKLIST & FORMATS OF 'ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL'
The new studio album, released on 30th March, is available in several tasty formats...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN LEADER STEVE HARRIS' MANSION BACK ON THE MARKET AT KNOCKDOWN PRICE
The mansion boasts its own pub called the Horse and Cart as well as an indoor swimming pool...

pete way EXCLUSIVE: ALL PARTIES IN BATTLE BETWEEN FIN MUIR AND PETE WAY OF WAYSTED GIVE A RESPONSE
"I can confirm that this appalling defamation is completely without foundation..."

death angel DEATH ANGEL ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE SHOW AND DATES WITH QUEENSRYCHE AND ARMORED SAINT
Los Angeles Heavy Metal legends Armored Saint will join both acts for a special London show at the Electric Ballroom...

udo dirkschneider U.D.O. TO PLAY ENGLAND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DONKEY'S YEARS
Germany's favourite rock god Udo Dirkschneider has announced three exclusive shows for the UK...

california breed CALIFORNIA BREED HAS GONE THE WAY OF BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION
After a great first album, the departure of a superstar drummer, and very little touring, California Breed is extinct...

kamelot KAMELOT SIGNS TO NAPALM RECORDS; NEW ALBUM AND TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
In support of this highly anticipated release, Kamelot will hit the road for select UK shows, followed by a massive North America Tour...

the gentle storm ARJEN LUCASSEN AND ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN'S NEW BAND THE GENTLE STORM REVEAL TOUR DATES AND ALBUM DETAILS
"We'll perform some Ayreon classics together and premiere a couple of songs that will be on our upcoming album..."

jimmy page JIMMY PAGE IN FIGHT WITH ROBBIE WILLIAMS OVER HOUSE RENOVATION
The pair are neighbours and have fallen out over Williams' plans to revamp his multi-million pound mansion...

hard rock hell SAXON ANNOUNCED FOR HARD ROCK HELL 9 WITH ROCK GODDESS, PIG IRON AND MORE
Hard Rock Hell, aptly titled 'House of Horrors', are pleased to welcome Heavy Metal Titans Saxon back into their realm...

dark funeral DARK FUNERAL TO RELEASE 7INCH & DIGITAL SINGLE 'NAIL THEM TO THE CROSS' IN FEBRUARY
The single is available as a hand-numbered 7inch limited edition of which 500 copies are on black vinyl and 500 on blue vinyl...

santa cruz SANTA CRUZ TO RELEASE BRAND NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM ON MARCH 9th VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS
Santa Cruz will also play five UK dates as main support to Amaranthe...

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG TO HEADLINE GARAGE DAYZ RE-VISITED ALL DAYER IN LONDON
A mouth watering bill not only from bands that were a huge influence to bands like Metallica and Megadeth....

truffle TRUFFLE TO PLAY SPECIAL SOUTH COAST GIG WITH SIEGE, TOLEDO STEEL AND KODIAK JACK
Tickets are priced at only $7.50 for a night that promises to be full of faces from the area past and present....

ensiferum ENSIFERUM UNLEASH TWO NEW VIDEOS ON EVE OF LAUNCH ON NEW ALBUM
Today Ensiferum unveils the official new video for 'One Man Army''s title track as well as an in-depth "making of" clip...

autograph AUTOGRAPH RELEASE FIRST NEW SONG IN OVER 25 YEARS
Simply put, a reunion was both inevitable and essential...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO STUDIO ALBUM 'WOLFLIGHT' OUT ON 30th MARCH
The ten tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom...

adrian smith IRON MAIDEN'S ADRIAN SMITH ROCKS UP IN CHISWICK WITH DOOGIE WHITE, ANDY BARNETT AND DAVE 'BUCKET' COLWELL
MetalTalk's first Gig Of The Week for 2015 turned up two major surprises as a great night was had by all...

sabaton SABATON ANNOUNCE "SABATON OPEN AIR" WITH POWERWOLF AND CIVIL WAR
Tickets are on sale now for this special event in Germany in July...

pig iron PIG IRON ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM
'Sermons From The Church Of Blues Restitution' will be released worldwide via OYR on 2nd March and will be preceded by a high value four track EP...

sonata arctica SONATA ARCTICA ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE LONDON SHOW FOR 'ECLIPTICA OVER EUROPE TOUR 2015'
"On these shows we'll perform 'Ecliptica' in its entirety as well as assorted hits from our catalog..."

skalmold SKALMOLD UNVEIL NEW SPRING TOUR DATES WITH ELUVEITIE AND WIND ROSE
For those who didn't catch the Viking/Pagan Metallers live on tour, here's another chance...

tony iommi BLACK SABBATH LEGEND TONY IOMMI TELLS ALL ABOUT HIS CANCER BATTLE
"In the good old days there was cocaine everywhere. This time we had tea and coffee and health drinks..."

def con one DEF CON ONE ANNOUNCE CRUSHING HEADS TOUR
British Metallers Def Con One can be seen across the UK in 2015...

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