Andrew Epstein of AlanCross.ca conducted an interview with Finnish folk metallers FINNTROLL prior to the band’s August 12 concert in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.
FINNTROLL‘s sixth album, “Blodsvept”, was released on April 2 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2010’s “Nifelvind” was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki and was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios. FINNTROLL‘s Henri “Trollhorn” Sorvali and his bandmates produced the album themselves, while the CD cover artwork was handled by FINNTROLL guitar player Samuli “Skyrmer” Ponsimaa.
“Blodsvept” track listing:
02. Ett Folk Förbannat
03. När Jättar Marschera
05. Rösets Kung
06. Skövlarens Död
09. Tva Ormar
In regards to the new album, FINNTROLL commented on their studio blog: “Combining our trademark sound with even more influences from non- traditional genres in metal music, we have created 11 songs which show you everything we want to offer. And boy, wasn’t that one of the hardest tasks for some time. After all, how do you keep your sound fresh, yet familiar, after 6 albums and 15 years?
“At some point, we were afraid that the songs are not melodic enough. Then we started to fear they became too melodic. Then we let the songs rest for a while and molded them more in a way that the non-melodic stuff got something to hum with, and the cheesy pop songs were arranged more stripped and aggressive. We were confident, yet sometimes scared what will people think of the stuff we’ve been doing so hard. What if they hate it? That would be fine, but if they would hate it because the material was uninspiring, boring and done-to-death, that would be a huge disappointment. So, we kept pushing and tried to keep it fresh all the time, while still having the ‘this has to be FINNTROLL because no other band sounds this insane’ — grinning going on.”