metal talk
facebook
Type band name, album name, artists name etc here...
Search all our articles by typing band name, album name, artists name etc here...
news now
metal talk




  INTERVIEW WITH FINNTROLL
Epic Studios, Norwich


Xander

Xander

Pin It
Share |

skalmold

Xander: HI Mathias, how's it going?

Mathias: Oh it's going good, having a good day it's a nice venue, everything's going smoothly.

X: It is a nice venue, it's an actual TV studio!

T: Yeah it was really weird when we came in in the morning because the room doesn't have any echo or anything, it's dry, so our sound guy said "yes, finally I can use all the sound effect and it's going to sound cool tonight!"

X: So your lyrics are in Swedish, but you are Finnish, what's going on there?

M: Well, actually Finland has two official languages and the second one is Swedish. So we are sort of remnants from when we belonged to Sweden, from the people that wanted to stay in Finland.

X: Ohh so it's not that you and the lyricist are Swedish then!?

M: No, we belong to this small culture, 300,000 left speaking Swedish, Fino-Swedes we are called.

Article continues below...

   


X: So do most Finnish and Swedes understand each other?

M: Well it depends on the area, where I come from it is really hard to understand us because we talk really fast and have this weird dialect, but in Helsinki it's pretty close to the Sweden Swedish so it's no so bad. It's more about how you pronounce the words.

X: How does the writing process work for you then - does the music come first and then the lyrics?

M: Well of course the lyrics are very important in Finntroll, but yes the music comes first but me and the first singer we work together with the lyrics and it's really important for me belonging to this Fino-Swedish culture, it's nice to get it out there. For me it's really important because I can travel the world and sing in my own language.

X: So you also get to sing about what you like and no one will know what you're singing about!

M: Exactly! But I have my name under it and there's people that will translate it, but there's some really good stories in there, some really good stuff.

finntroll

X: You're now on your 6th studio album now, Blodsvept, released earlier this year, how has it been received so far?

M: Oh really good actually. You know, before it was released we got all good stuff from the press and people calling me for interviews saying "I never really liked Finntroll but this is something so different, something that I will like". It's sold well, the reviews have been great, the gigs have been cool because people actually know these songs better than the old stuff.

X: And you're going state-side in November! Excited? Have you been before?

M: Yeah! This will be tour no.7 I think.

X: Wow, how do they like the folk metal over there?

M: It's actually starting to catch on, you can feel it starting to go down a little bit in Europe, I think the boom is sort of over and you can really feel it rising in the states. They're really into Scandinavian bands and they're getting bigger and bigger. It's a little bit different to tour there and for us it's far away.

X: How about in the rest of the world, say Asia and Australia?

M: Well we were in China just before this tour and it was really cool gigs, like 400 people a night, and China is not a metal country! Australia was cool we did that a couple of years ago, there was not that much people but still fun gigs.

X: Tell us about the album, is there a concept or just the general Finntroll theme?

M: It's not a concept album, no. They're all different stories, but Blodsvept is about being covered in blood or something like that, so stories of war and stories of blood. Blood and violence, so that's sort of a concept.

X: So there are a couple of things that go hand in hand with with folk metal. The first is drinking, so what is your drink of choice?

M: Well today it's Thatchers, apple cider from the tap, it's... brilliant! Because in Europe and Germany it's beer beer beer, after a while you really don't want to have it, so a nice ice cold cider is really cool.

finntroll

X: Jager or JD?

M: Jager, definitely!

X: Have you had bad experiences with JD?

M: …yes. Plenty of them!

X: What is a must have drink if you visit Finland?

M: Oh. The Salmiakki vodka. It's a black vodka, a sort of salty liquorice.

X: Ugh sounds horrible! In Denmark they have a lot of those kind of flavoured drinks, there's one called Fisk (Fish - liquid equivalent to fisherman's Friend with alcohol)

M: Yeah we love it! That's one of the big ones in Finland. The Icelanders on this tour, Skålmöld, they know this so they brought this really really really extra salty liquorice that we love. And we asked them, 'can you bring a bottle or two?' - they brought 18 bottles! And we ran out already three days ago! But their girlfriends are coming to London to see the show and they're bringing more! So we have to make do with four days now until we get more!

X: Wow, well sounds like you should be putting that on your rider!

M: Yes! But it needs to be imported though, you can't find it any where else other than Iceland.

X: Have you played in Iceland?

M: We played two shoes in 2007. We're talking to the guys actually because they're organising some festivals, maybe do a summer festival or something. And it's a cool place, it's a harsh climate but they're hospitable, I really like the Icelandic hospitality.

X: The second thing about folk metal is battles! If you were in battle what would be your weapon of choice?

M: Invisibility, yeah! (laughs)

X: I feel food is an underrated subject for songs, so what food would you sing about if you did a song about one?

M: Well we have songs in the old days about food but it's more mentioning these old drinks that we make with mushrooms and beer to make you go crazy. Mushrooms in Finland have been used for different purposes and there is mentioning of them because there are old tales for rituals with shamans and stuff like that, they use them as hallucinogenic and stuff like that, so it would definitely be that!

X: Tonight will be my first time seeing Finntroll live, what can I and others who haven't seen Finntroll expect?

M: Oh! Well now we've actually changed a little bit. We had the same show for many years you know, the same clothes. Now we have stepped up a little bit, a little bit more dramatic and theatrical and songs from every album and I like the new songs too.

X: You've been together now for over a decade, what stands out for from over the years, what highlights?

M: Australia is one of my favourite so far, although it was winter and we couldn't go surf. We actually had our day off in Perth but we couldn't go to the beach because a guy had actually been eaten the day before by a shark. There was a white shark hunting the beaches in Perth so we couldn't go, we couldn't even go swimming.

X: Gutted! Is it true that in Finland all there is to do is drink and watch metal bands?

M: Yea sort of. You know, it used to be more heavy metal, every bar was a metal bar at some point, especially in Helsinki. At some point some people started getting a little bit fed up and some are happy that they are taking away some of the metal bars, and the people who want to go can go to the special clubs. But there's lots of drinking, especially in the winter when it's dark. Yeah you work and drink, that's all you do in Finland!

X: A potential myth I've heard, is that because you have national service that there is a shortage of young men, so the girls are quite lonely in the towns. So it's a good place to go metal bars and meet girls!?

M: Umm... yeah, I think the girls of Finland... (laughs) girls of Finland, don't take the the wrong way; they're probably the easiest girls in the whole world

X: Haha, so there is some truth to that?

M: Yea, but I don't think it's because of the army because it's only six months. But Finnish girls, they like foreign boys and the British accent is a big thing!

X: Really? Excellent, I'm sure the readers will be pleased to hear that, as am I! So if I were to visit Finland, what would be the best place to go visit for beauty, good bars and a good place to rock out?

M: Well, it's not got good bars, but a good place to go is Lapland. It's beautiful, I'm from sort of close to it and we used to go there every autumn and it's amazing. The mountains and everything are covered in red, you get the northern lights, it's really nice. There is of course a little bar in the local village.

X: Do you prefer that to the city?

M: No I'm actually a city boy nowadays, I'm from a small town myself but now when I go back there it's a little too small and everybody knows about everything. I used to live in a village of one bar, it had 60 people!

X: Wowsa! Thanks for the tips!


7.10.13



Pin It
Share |








 

hawkwind HAWKWIND RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'THE MACHINE STOPS' IN APRIL 2016
A concept studio album and a live stage show, 'The Machine Stops' is based on E.M. Forster's sci-fi classic...

broken witt rebels BROKEN WITT REBELS ANNOUNCE 'GEORGIA PINE' EP FEATURING THE NEW SINGLE 'LOW'
The band will also head out on live UK dates in April and May...

struts THE STRUTS UNVEIL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE 'KISS THIS'
The clip features candid footage highlighting the frenzied response from fans and the band's celebrated and explosive live show...

sabaton SABATON RELEASE THE OFFICIAL LIVE VIDEO FOR 'CAROLUS REX'
Sabaton hit the UK shores in a co-headline tour with Alestorm in February and March...

cairo son CAIRO SON RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'DEVILS TONGUE' ON FEB 22nd
The single is taken from the album 'Storm Clouds', released on March 14th...

rebelles THE REBELLES RELEASE 'ALL THE YOUNG DUDES' SINGLE ON MARCH 18TH FEATURING IAN HUNTER
The track is taken from the forthcoming debut album. "Expect to hear a punk attitude draped in silk with a few sharp edges..."

donovan DONOVAN TO PLAY 70TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT AT LONDON PALLADIUM
The flag bearer for all things psychedelic will celebrate his early bohemian roots...

kiss KISS EUROPEAN TOUR CANCELLED?
German and Italian dates have been removed from the official website...

stone free STONE FREE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LATEST LINE-UP ADDITIONS
Additions include Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here Symphonic Live, Michael Monroe, Jackaman, Therapy, Jared James Nicols and more...

last great dreamers LAST GREAT DREAMERS TO PLAY UK SHOWS IN FEBRUARY
Last Great Dreamers jumped at the chance to take a break from writing their third album to get back on the road for a few dates...

motorhead DOWNLOAD TO RENAME 2016 MAIN STAGE AFTER LEMMY PLUS LOTS MORE MOTÖRHEAD NEWS
Where the band's name previously appeared on the billing, there is now a graphic of Lemmy's hat...

zakk wylde ZAKK WYLDE TO RELEASE 'BOOK OF SHADOWS II' ON APRIL 8 2016
Wylde's first solo release for 20 years will be followed by a wave of tour dates to be announced soon...

status quo STATUS QUO TO RELEASE ANOTHER TRIO OF DELUXE EDITION ALBUMS
These carefully curated special releases are to be issued by Universal Music on Friday 25th March...

hrh doom stoner HRH DOOM vs HRH STONER ANNOUNCE MORE BANDS
Angel Witch, Electric Citizen and Black Spiders head up another batch to be added for this October...

the defiled THE DEFILED ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED UK HEADLINE TOUR FOR MAY
The Defiled will play as support to In This Moment, also in May...

rich robinson RICH ROBINSON RELEASES REISSUES AND NEW ALBUM
The four re-imagined albums include previously unreleased tracks and penned essays from Robinson himself...

crowbar CROWBAR ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
The run of twenty dates includes a UK appearance at Desertfest...

ben poole BEN POOLE CONFIRMS NEW ALBUM 'TIME HAS COME' AND UK TOUR
"I hope it'll please the blues-rock guitar fans, but also have the depth and maturity to appeal to an audience beyond that..."

desertfest DESERTFEST BERLIN 2016'S LINE-UP IS ALMOST COMPLETE
The first running order has been released, along with a limited number of day passes...

anneke van giersbergen DUTCH LEGEND ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN BRINGS HER ACOUSTIC SHOW TO THE UK
Six solo dates in April have been arranged before Anneke returns to the studio...

hard rock hell HARD ROCK HELL X ANNOUNCE FIRST 15 BANDS
Ugly Kid Joe, Ratt, Glenn Hughes and Living Colour head the vanguard for this year's 10th anniversary...

space elevator SPACE ELEVATOR LAUNCH PLEDGE CAMPAIGN FOR SECOND ALBUM
There are a number of exclusive offers for Pledgers, including the chance to perform on the album...

valerian VALERIAN TO RELEASE 'STARDUST REVELATION' ALBUM
With a burgeoning Metal scene in Indonesia, the band have been working hard on their first full length album...

terry horbury vardis A MEMORIAL CONCERT AND BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR TERRY HORBURY OF VARDIS WILL TAKE PLACE ON 6TH FEBRUARY 2016
The unmissable event features a host of very special guests and all proceeds will go to Terry's chosen charity...

status quo STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE THE END OF ELECTRIC SHOWS
"There's more to come from us in the years ahead, but we won't tour the electric set ever again..."

toseland TOSELAND ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'CRADLE THE RAGE' & MARCH TOUR
Support for the ten date UK tour comes from Colour Of Noise...

bonfire BONFIRE CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW DOUBLE ALBUM 'PEARLS'
The classics are being re-recorded in Italy, with completely new arrangements...

hostile HOSTILE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM PRODUCED BY KK DOWNING PLUS EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
'The New World Disorder' is set for release via Gasworks Music and will be available on March 1st 2016...

rambliin man GINGER BAKER'S AIRFORCE 3, SEBASTIAN BACH AND THE CADILLAC THREE AMONG THE LATEST BATCH OF NAMES TO BE ANNOUNCED FOR RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR
Purson, Inglorious and The Zombies will also join the Kent festival this coming July...

the enid THE ENID RELEASE DUST ON 1ST APRIL
'Dust' is the final part of the stunning trilogy following 'Journey's End' and 'Invicta' and will be performed around the UK over the coming months...

sanguine EXCLUSIVE: SANGUINE PREMIERE VIDEO FOR 'SAVE ME' PRIOR TO RELEASE OF SECOND ALBUM 'BLACK SHEEP'
The sci-fi spectacular is directed by Tyson Wade Johnston and its premiere can be seen exclusively on MetalTalk right here...

steelhouse festival STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MORE BANDS
Hey! Hello! featuring Ginger Wildheart, Blues Pills and Vega have been added to the line-up of this year's Steelhouse Festival in Hafod-y-Dafal in Wales...

jeff healey PROVOGUE RELEASE LOST JEFF HEALEY ALBUM TO COMMEMORATE HIS 50TH BIRTHDAY
These tracks were painstakingly restored and brought to life bringing into focus Jeff's unique and special gifts as an artist...

heretic order THE HERETIC ORDER UNLEASH VIDEO FOR 'THE DEATH RIDE BLUES'
The Heretic Order have announced a co-headlining UK tour in February with I.C.O.N...

mortiis MORTIIS ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE TOUR
"It's about time we came back to the UK for some shows. See you in May, you bastards..."

zoax ZOAX ANNOUNCE SPECIAL ONE OFF LONDON SHOW
Catch Zoax in Camden on February 23rd where they will premiere some new songs...

antimatter ANTIMATTER ANNOUNCE RARE UK DATES
Antimatter will play two further dates on 'The Judas Tour' in Bristol and Manchester in March...

jimmy bain JIMMY BAIN PASSES AWAY AGED 68
Ex-Dio and Rainbow and current Last In Line bass player Jimmy Bain has sadly passed away aged 68...

rhapsody of fire RHAPSODY OF FIRE WILL COME TO INDONESIA FOR THE FIRST TIME
On the 'In To The Legend Asian Tour 2016', Rhapsody of Fire will stop in Jakarta on March 8th 2016...

steven tyler AEROSMITH'S STEVEN TYLER ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE 'RED, WHITE & YOU'
Steven Tyler continues his foray into country music and reveals his latest track...

the treatment THE TREATMENT ANNOUNCE APRIL /MAY UK TOUR
The Amorettes will be special guests on all fourteen UK dates...

soto SOTO TO RELEASE SECOND ALBUM ON 1ST APRIL 2016
Soto will debut live during Feb 2016 with a string of East Coast US dates and a European debut in April with a short run through selected cities and countries...

temperance movement HEAR THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT LIVE AND ACOUSTIC AT DEEZER, PARIS
The band dropped into Deezer headquarters during a stop on their current tour promoting new album 'White Bear'...

jezabels CANCER TREATMENT FORCES THE JEZABELS TO CANCEL WORLD TOUR
"The band means so much to me, and cancelling the tour has been a very sad decision. I am hopeful that in the near future we will be back on the road again playing music we love..."

thunder THUNDER ANNOUNCE INTIMATE SHOW AT LONDON'S 100 CLUB
All ticket-sale profits will be going to Childline/NSPCC. Tickets for the special one-off show go on sale on 22nd January...

freddy lim HEAVY METAL STAR ELECTED TO PARLIAMENT IN HISTORIC VICTORY
Freddy Lim, the long-haired, tattooed front man of Taiwanese Black Metal band Chthonic wins a seat in parliament...

hrh doom stoner HRH ANNOUNCE NEW DOOM & STONER SHEFFIELD TRIP
Candlemass, Orange Goblin, Torche and Raging Speedhorn lead the vanguard for HRH's new event...

the mission THE MISSION ANNOUNCE 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
The tour starts in Dublin on October 1st and includes O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London on October 8th...

cop uk NEW ALBUM FROM C.O.P. UK 'NO PLACE FOR HEAVEN' IS OUT ON 29TH JANUARY
C.O.P. UK will immediately follow the release by hitting the road for a European tour with Helloween...

thin lizzy THIN LIZZY ANNOUNCE 2016 ANNIVERSARY SHOWS: MOTÖRHEAD DRUMMER MIKKEY DEE JOINS BAND
2016 is a year that includes a couple of important anniversaries in the history of Thin Lizzy...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA RELEASES NEW ALBUM 'BLUES OF DESPERATION' IN MARCH 2016
"You'll hear the proverbial trains, mountains, valleys and other blues references about heartbreak and loneliness, but there are also some poignant moments..."

cairo son CAIRO SON 'STORM CLOUDS' ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW CONFIRMED
The launch party will be held at Nambucca on March 18th...

stormbringer STORMBRINGER ADD NEW DATES TO FEBRUARY SHOWS SUPPORTING THEIR NEW ALBUM 'BLOOD AND RUST'
Check out the dates plus the videos for 'Bad Blood' and 'Rust' right here...

sanguine SANGUINE UNLEASH THEIR VEGAS SPECTACULAR WITH NEW VIDEO FOR 'PRETTY GIRL'
"The lyrics reflect my frustration that women are not meant to be both pretty and strong...but it's more of a 'fuck you' than a complaint..."

glenn frey GLENN FREY OF THE EAGLES PASSES AWAY AGED 67
Glenn Frey, the founder member and guitarist of The Eagles has sadly checked out...

dale griffin MOTT THE HOOPLE DRUMMER DALE GRIFFIN PASSES AWAY AGED 67
Dale "Buffin" Griffin was a founder member of Mott The Hoople and prolific session producer...

stiff little fingers STIFF LITTLE FINGERS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES FOR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2016
Support will come from Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts ...

inglorious INGLORIOUS CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN'S STOCKHOLM ROCKS FESTIVAL 2016
Inglorious and Grand Magus are the first bands to be announced for 2016...

wishing well WISHING WELL FEATURING GRAHAM BONNET RELEASE 'HIPPIE HEART GYPSY SOUL'
"We wanted something extra to boost the album and when we wrote 'Hippie' we instantly realized that Graham would be a perfect vocalist for the song in many ways..."

sabaton SABATON REVEAL THE OFFICIAL LIVE VIDEO FOR 'RESIST AND BITE' TAKEN FROM FORTHCOMING LIVE RELEASE
"We recorded two shows in case one is not enough for you..."

babymetal BABYMETAL ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM TITLE
'Metal Resistance' is released worldwide on April 1st before their headline Wembley show the next day...

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD: THE TRAIN KEEPS A-ROLLIN'
We hope to see Phil and Mikkey back in full-time action as soon as possible, as well as Fast Eddie...

evil scarecrow EVIL SCARECROW RELEASE THEIR BRILLIANTLY BONKERS LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'END LEVEL BOSS'
The fan favourite will finally appear in the live show for the remaining shows of the 'Boldly Going Anywhere!' tour...

life of agony LIFE OF AGONY SIGN WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NAPALM RECORDS
'A Place Where There's No More Pain' will be released later in 2016...

metal church METAL CHURCH ANNOUNCE TRACK LISTING AND COVER ARTWORK FOR NEW ALBUM 'XI'
The band's 11th studio release marks the return of legendary vocalist and front man Mike Howe...

twisted sister NEW EUROPEAN RELEASE DATE AND NEW COVER ARTWORK REVEALED FOR THE MOVIE 'WE ARE TWISTED F*CKING SISTER!'
The documentary is a mesmerizing and wickedly funny story of a 10 year odyssey to overnight success...

saxon SAXON TO RELEASE 9 ALBUM VINYL BOX SET
This spectacular package is a must have for Saxon fans and collectors and will be released in March...

wildfire festival WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2016 ANNOUNCE DAY SPLITS
Saturday night headliners, running order and set times for Scotland's premier rock and Metal festival will be announced in February...

black stone cherry BLACK STONE CHERRY TO PLAY CHARITY GIG AT THE BORDERLINE ON JANUARY 24th
All proceeds of this special appearance will go to The Teenage Cancer Trust...

trivium TRIVIUM ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH SOME SURPRISING CHOICES OF VENUE
None of the regular main cities like London, Birmingham, Manchester or Glasgow are included on this jaunt...

yes YES TO TOUR UK AND EUROPE IN APRIL
The set will include 1971's 'Fragile' and 1980's 'Drama' in their entirety...

blind guardian BLIND GUARDIAN ANNOUNCE UK AND IRELAND TOUR IN MAY
Blind Guardian will be playing a spellbinding 150 minute long set every night – these shows are not to be missed...

fish farewell FISH ANNOUNCES APRIL HEADLINE TOUR DUE TO PHENOMENAL DEMAND
Another final chance to see 'Misplaced Childhood' in full following the recent sold out run and including the rescheduled European shows...

morgoth MORGOTH ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR WITH INCANTATION
Be sure not to miss this killer package of total Death Metal sovereignty...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN TO TOUR CHINA FOR FIRST TIME IN THEIR CAREER
Iron Maiden will visit China in April 2016, once their set list has been submitted for approval from the Ministry Of Culture...

3 doors down 3 DOORS DOWN ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'US AND THE NIGHT' OUT MARCH 11th
"It's truly been a labour of love and we can't wait to get these songs out to our fans around the world..."

prong PRONG RELEASE NEW ALBUM ON FEBRUARY 5th
'X – No Absolutes' is packed with the band's trademark driving riffs and pinpoint-precise grooves...

skarlett riot SKARLETT RIOT HEAD OUT ON TOUR WITH DEVILSKIN
Skarlett Riot will be main support to Devilskin for six UK dates in February...

metal talk
© All written site content is copyright MetalTalk.net 2008-2015, unless otherwise stated, and is not to be used without prior permission.
Ads raid data recovery