Hi! Tell me about Balfor. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Hi! We were looking for the name that would describes best our musical and lyrical ideas as well as be short and memorable. At that time, I was reading lot of history books and found that word there. Balfor is an ancient ritual of a combustible heap for burning a dead warrior as a funeral rite, which fits very well our lyrical concept and pagan background.
“Black Serpent Rising” album will be released early 2017. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you will put album into masses without any wishes to change something after?
Well, this definitely our best album to date and I feel happy to present it to audience. Of course, as creative thinker I am already would want change some parts to make it better, but actually, it could be a never-ending process, you know. Therefore, I love to think that this record is beautiful in its being true to the moment.
Tell me more about “Black Serpent Rising”? Album conception etc…
The ‘Black Serpent Rising’ is pretty concept album and it covers theme of the end of the world that you know as Ragnarok. I know that many bands already has covered this theme for a many times before and we also had a few songs based on this myth. But this topic was always impressing me a lot and I wanted to realize it to the full extent. Especially when I am looking on the modern world I feel the breath of Ragnarok stronger and stronger and this topic affect me a lot for now.
Album will be released by Drakkar prods from France… A bit strange, as far as I know, you had the deal with Pulverised records for your previous album “Barbaric Blood”, who is much bigger than Drakkar, what happened that you won’t cooperate anymore? And, what are you waiting for from this deal with Drakkar prods, who is mostly underground label?
Ok, from the very beginning was dealing with Candlelight Records to release this record, but label changed the owners and album’s release was on the hold for a long time. So after a while we decided to release the record with other company as fast as we can and Drakkar Produtions was the best option to unleash it and move forward. They have a good name within black metal scene and released many of cult records such as Watain’s Casus Luciferi, etc.. We are free of big obligations and able to promote us ourselves, so for us that’s nice option to date. Speaking of Pulverised Records we were not happy with how they promoted the band, they were not supporting any of our tours and so on, and we decided to try with another label.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Actually hard to say, as I think nobody has a recipe of inspiration. This is more about what comes from what surrounding you, from your thoughts and inner turmoil and this is also comes from relentless playing and experiments with something new that makes you feel inspired.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Balfor’s sound?
In my opinion Balfor’s sound has a huge amount of dark and dramatic melodies as well as deep atmosphere that dips you to the music. On the other hand the sound is heavy and brutal, we are using wide range of tempos from fast and blasting to slow and groovy.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album release date, feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
I feel pretty creative at the moment, we have already a couple of new songs ready for the next record and I’m working with many new ideas which makes me happy.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
There are many influences, I listen to the wide range of metal music from classical stuff like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest up to some extreme black and death metal genres. Also I love to listen some folk, neo-folk, world and soundtrack music. And it certainly influence on me as on composer.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
I am not a big fan of working with well-known musicians just to grab some attention on the band, but if so I would love to work with Einar Selvik of Wardruna to add some tribal elements to our music. Or if I might choose from more metal musicians, would be great to have Tom G. Warrior to make guest vocals.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
We made a couple of video works for this album and guess worthy of mention is music video work for the ‘Serpents Of The Black Sun’. I’m really happy with this video, it perfectly fits the band. This video will be released very soon and I hope fans will like it.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
No, as our ordinary jobs, families and the music takes up most of our time.
What does your pseudonyms means for you personally?
Actually nothing special to mention.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Yes, we are fortunately have a relatives who are really support what we are doing. And it’s very good for us, as usually many people are simply not understand why you are making that.
How’s the metal scene in Ukraine right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
Cannot say it very well, but actually not very bad. We still have a many gigs and venues where bands are able to play and you still can find some record stores. We got a big problems in our country recently, you know, but most of the territories are safe.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Thanks for interview! All the best!