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June 18, 2019

Interview Norhod


Next good Symphonic Metal band from Italy!

Hi! Tell me about Norhod. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?

When the project was born the founders members were part of two different projects, Nocran and Arianrhod, so we decided to fuse those projects and keep Arianrhod as the name of the new project but searching on the internet we discovered that the name was already taken by another band. Jev proposed to fuse the names of the two projects in Norhod and thus the name was born.

We have a lot of themes in our songs but but we try to approach every topic trying to explore what we can find behind the appearances, to find the darkness in what seems to be pure and lightfull and vice versa.

“Voices from the Ocean” album was released early of 2016. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?

We are really proud of “Voices From The Ocean”, everyone in the band and outside felt the big step forward compared to our previous record “The Blazing       Lily”. Now we are all focused on our new material therefore we don’t think or wish to change something in the album.

Tell me more about “Voices from the Ocean”? Album conception etc…

In “Voices From The Ocean” we’ve a main theme that crosses the whole album: the Ocean as a sort of metaphor of life where there aren’t prefixed paths or roads as it’s often pictured but we’re everyone lost in the same sea, struggling to stay afloat and to find our own route between a storm and another.

Where do you take all inspiration from?

Inspiration can catch you in every moment, there are not precise things that inspire us, maybe one day you’re simply walking down the street and a melody comes to your mind or sometimes music is the only way to express feelings like pain or joy.

In your opinion, what is the best way to define Norhod’s sound?

This is probably the hardest question, we don’t try to define our own sound because define means put limits and labels and we don’t like it very much, we play the music that we like in our personal style that is a mix of every band member’s influences.

So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?

We don’t take actual breaks from the writing, after the release of an album, to wait for feedbacks. There is of course a period, when the record is done, after you worked really hard on it for 2-3 years in which you feel empty and ideas for new music take some times to come back. Anyway at the moment we started working on new stuff, we are still at an earlyh stage but we are really excited about the ideas that are coming out.

What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?

We are influenced by a lot o metal bands, especially by symphonic metal bands that brought us to love this genre like Epica, Haggard and many more. Also folk and medieval music is a great inspiration for us as you can hear in many our songs.

We are in 7 in the band, each with different tastes and influences and that’s very good because makes our music various.

Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?

It would be very cool to have a famous special guest in our next album but haven’t think about it yet.

What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?

Beside trying to play live us much as we can, as many bands in the underground we try to be as much present as we can on the internet and all the social media because they’re very powerful instruments for unknown bands.

Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?

Yes, we are very lucky because we are really supported by al our relatives and our friends, they like our music and also come to our shows when we play near home.

How’s the metal scene in your part of Italy right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?

In Italy metal in general is not the most popular genre, on the contrary there are still a lot of prejudices against this type of music. For this reason we’re in lack of places where to play and there are very few people to underground concerts.

Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!

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