Wednesday, March 30, 2011

EMERALD INTERVIEW !!!



HELLO TO EVERYONE! THIS IS A SHORT INTERVIEW WITH EMERALD AND ESPECIALY WITH THOMAS WINKLER( vocals ) .




"Emerald" are : 


Michael Vaucher - Guitars
Adriano Troiano - Bass
Thomas Winkler - Vocals
Manuel Werro - Guitars
Al Spicher - Drums
Thomas Vaucher - Keyboards

Region : Düdingen " CH"

Record : Pure Steel Records
Genre : Heavy Metal








Interview :
1) Hello Thomas! It's an honour for me to talk with you! What are you doing right now? How is the band?

Thank you Paul, I appreciate to do this interview for your blog. I actually was attending your website and can say that it’s great to see such a place on the web as it is a place where things come from the heart – it is true, and so is Metal!

And thanks for asking: EMERALD is doing fine and composing new amazing material for the next album.

2) Tell me about the band's history!

The history of EMERALD starts in the year 1995, when the two local bands DARK CRYSTAL and OPPRESS broke up.
After several line-up changes, the band started the recording sessions for their first album in March 1999. They recorded a full lenght CD entitled "Rebels of our time". The CD contained powerful and melodic metal songs as well as two ballads. The aim was to present the band EMERALD to the metal crowd and to get as many gigs as possible. Very good reviews in international magazines like Rock Hard, Heavy oder was, Metal Heart or Break Out confirmed that EMERALD were on the right track.

After this success EMERALD continued with the song writing for their next album “Calling The Knights" and at this point, the band wouldn’t even dream of the fact that there were two more albums and many tributes to follow until the year of the big break.

In 2009 the band parted ways with Jvo Julmy who was replaced by the new guitarist Manuel Werro and me as the new voice of EMERALD. After only one year, EMERALD then entered the studio to produce their fifth full-length album until today, called “Re-Forged”.

3) Tell me about your influences/inspiration of the lyrics /

The first efforts in writing lyrics by early EMERALD often resulted in true and epic fantasy issues. As time went by, it had come that the sense of EMERALD’s lyrics grow deeper and deeper into more relevant and realistic topics.
By now every band member is involved in writing lyrics that deal with important themes such as the becoming of life, the certainty and facing of death, secular powers and the abuse of religion. Still we got some battle and war centred lyrics too;-)

My personal influences often come from human interest stories. I have a sympathetic ear for a wide diversity of things. I see our world as a treasure with many interesting but yet untold stories inside.

4) What about your record (RE-FORGED) and your record label? Everything goes fine with it?

Yeah, the whole band was really astonished at the fact that EMERALD received outstanding press reactions to the new album and managed to reach the hearts of thousands of metal fans worldwide. Also we’re very pleased that we could feature some great guest musicians as Sean Peck of CAGE and Mike Sifringer of DESTRUCTION. So we’re very motivated to fuel the fire with another album next year, hopefully under the flag of our label Pure Steel Records as they do a great job. But first we want to release the double gate-fold vinyl of Re-Forged next month. At Keep it True you will be able to buy this new gem!

5) Tell me about your live show at the "Up the hammers festival 2011" . What do you believe about the greek epicheads? :-)

Hehe, Athens was a fantastic experience for us as we never played there before. We knew we had some fans there as we received some mails from greek brothers in Metal but we were really wowed by the crowd awaiting us at Up the Hammers. Besides we enjoyed the city as there were many cool metal shops and bars !

6) Are you on tour right now?

In March we had some other great gigs as support of ex Iron Maiden front man Blaze Bayley and White Cross as well as Sacred Warrior. We had the chance to go on tour with Nevermore, Symphony X and Psychotic Waltz this year but had to cancel it due to financial reasons. But still there are some gigs we’re looking forward to this year in Germany and Switzerland. On our website www.emerald.ch you will find out more!

7) Ok Thomas, where can people find your record and information about "Emerald".

You can get all the information you want about EMERALD on our website mentioned above and you can join us on Facebook, Myspace and many other communities.

You can buy the new album on Amazon or just send a Mail to info@emerald.ch to order your copy.


8) Thanks for your time brother! Anything last that you want to say to the fans/readers?

Don’t waste your time with shallow music, so keep your hands off everything that isn’t true and from the heart. But have a sympathetic ear for your brothers and sisters as we are all bound by our music that is a gift from God.


Thanks a lot :-) Have a great day!







EMERALD INTERVIEW CONFIRMED!


COMING SOON! STAY EPIC!

Friday, March 25, 2011

SUIDAKRA INTERVIEW CONFIRMED!

Stay tuned for a sort interview with Arkadius Antonik from the band SuidAkrA!
FOLK ON!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

TERSIVEL INTERVIEW!


1) Hello Tersivel! Pleasure to talk with you! Tell me some news of the band!

Lian Gerbino: Hi Paul, thanks!
Well, as you know, we have released our new album, For One Pagan Brotherhood and we started to promote it. We are playing live in our country, we'll have a very cool gig opening for your country-mates Finntroll on 7th May here in Buenos Aires, also we are finishing details for shooting a video for our song Pagan Nation.

Nicolas Närgrath: We were working a lot on our live shows 'cause we wanted to do something fresh and aggressive but keeping our folk side intact, so we are very happy with the result. Also we are aiming to our first Euro-tour, so more details about it will follow. 

2)Well, tell me about the history of the band!

Lian Gerbino: we formed the band back in 2006. After many member changes, finally Tersivel is Lian Gerbino on Vocals/Guitars/Bass, Nicolas Närgrath on Vocals/Guitars, Franco Robert on Keyboards and Hernan Martiarena on Drums.
From the very beginning we aimed to play live, to take our music and play it in every corner of the world. Sadly, this is not the goal for the most of the musicians of our country, so it was very difficult to take our songs and make a big tour in the past. Well, that's history, and we have now the best formation ever! So we are so happy and very exited about the future.   

Nicolas Närgrath:
Musically,  we went from Power Metal to Black Metal trying to find our sound. The real change came when we started to learn more about our European heritage. Lian & Franco came from Italian families and I came from a German family. So once we agreed on work together in something about our families culture, we felt so happy, and after 2 years of hard work, we released the EP Far Away In The Distant Skies, and 1 year after, we are presenting a whole new album, For One Pagan Brotherhood.

3) Tell about the main influences and the inspirations of the lyrics!

Lian Gerbino:  Well, Basically, lyrics are about paganism, heroic wars and ancient history. This album (For One Pagan Brotherhood) is about a history-fantasy time, so there are many historical facts like the world invasion by the Christians over the Pagan world, from 300 AD to 1000 AD, many quotes from pre-Christian times about science lost, astrological dates, and so on. And also, many fantasy sections to make the story more attractive,  to focus on specific stuff like ancient valour, bravery and wisdom.


4) what "Tersivel" actually means?

Lian Gerbino:  Tersivel is the word for Gathering. The word Tersivel was created in the context of the book I'm writing. Is the name used for "the gathering of different pagan civilizations united against Christianity"


5) Have you organized a concert or something like that in the future?

Hernan Martiarena:  Now we are playing a lot and also we are planning our first Euro-tour, and here's the hot new, I will share with you the name of our tour: EUROPAGAN BROTHERHOOD TOUR 2011, we are so exited about it, it will be awesome to play in front of such audience, very experimented about metal, specially, folk metal music. We are so happy for having a chance to show our strength on stage!


6) Tell me a few things about "For one pagan brotherhood"

Lian Gerbino:  This is a great album for us, we composed exactly what we like to listen to. From my point of view, it's not a boring album 'cause it was composed to keep you listening, like a good movie or a good book. We learnt a lot about folk music and tried to came up with something new and fresh to the style. You will find not only extreme songs but folkish stuff, ballads and more.

Nicolas Närgrath: From my point of view, FOPB is a very intense album but here and there you have time to sitting back and breathe. Extreme and melodic, aggressive but sweet at the same time, just like a shot of Jägermeister!

7) Where people can find your music?

Tersivel: These are our official links at the moment:
www.tersivel.com (from 1º April)
www.myspace.com/tersivel
www.facebook.com/tersivel
www.youtube.com/tersivel
www.reverbnation.com/tersivel


8)
8) Anything last you want to say to the fans / readers ? :-):-)

Tersivel: Thanks you Paul, for making this interview and also thanks to all fans in every corner of this world.
Hope to see you all on the road soon or later!
HAIL!


@Lian:
How many years you play guitar? (Steve's question)

Hi Steve,
I've been playing guitar since 1998, but I did not take it serious until 2000-2001.
when I really decided to play guitar, I spent between 6-8 hours a day, practising and learning new stuff.
to be honest with you, there's no secret about guitar playing. everybody can play, everybody who takes study and practising seriously.
Are you playing? please, feel free to add me on facebook if you need any help or feedback.
wish the best of luck, take care,
Lian!





Wednesday, March 23, 2011

TERSIVEL - FOR ONE PAGAN BROTHERHOOD REVIEW!


Ok, first of all I want to thanks Lian for sending me a copy of this album! I really appreciate this gift and by the way I had to "take a taste" of this new album! 
So, I was listening the new album of Tersivel and I have to say that those Argentian guys , really folks! The ambient of the music is extemely glorious and it makes you the "sense of the battlefield". They have also put and some really folk instruments in their music! From the first song you will understand the folk spirit of the album as the swords are being raised in the sky and the shields are shined! About the ambient, I have to say that the instrumental part of the songs and of course the (And Fires Also Died Away) , makes to you a sense of a european battle (in the middle of Germany perhaps!) . This is a new masterpiece from this land which is famous about the football , traditional music and unfortunately for the corruption of the politics during 2000. I suggest you to take a listen to these guys 'cause they  really deserve it ! Also don't forget about the interview of Tersivel! 
Tracklist : 01 - For One Pagan Brotherhood
02 - As Brothers we Shall Fight
03 - The Heathen Sun of Revenge
04 - Far Away in the Distant Skies
05 - High Germany - The Erin's Jig
06 - And Fires also Die Away
07 - Those Days Are Gone
08 - Tarantella Siciliana
09 - We are the Fading Sun
10 - Aeolian Islands
11 - Cosa Nostra
12 - Pagan Nation

Rate :  9/10
Favourite Tracks : Everything but mostly the (Those Days Are Gone).

Communicate with Tersivel : 
Myspace : http://www.myspace.com/tersivel
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"Three things from which never to be moved : one's oath; one's Gods; and the truth..."



Look forward for the interview with Lian Gerbino !

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