Hi! Tell me about Kaldvard. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
We decided on the name Kaldvard after months of searching for a band name. Kaldr was determined that we should have an ancient Norwegian word. But nothing was “good” enough. Finally, a friend of him came up with Kaldvard, just meaning cold or chilly. Done deal!
Kaldvard is exploring tales and legends. We write about history and myths. And when the vocalist, Galge, dug his head into research we learned something as well. So the theme for our songs was set before our first album, and we kept it going on the upcoming album.
“Dømt Til Bål Og Brann” album to be released end of November. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
Yes, finally the release date is approaching! We have worked hard on it and looking forward to finally have it out there. It makes us feel proud as hell actually. But at the same time a bit “empty”, there’s something about having a project over a long period of time, and then you are finally done and there is nothing left to do.
But we are excited about this one! We feel like we put our album out there and that we can stand for it. Absolutely. We are a new band, so there might be changes in the progress the next time – but we feel like we have done our best and are happy with it.
Tell me more about “Dømt Til Bål Og Brann”? Album ideas etc…
The idea for the album wasn’t an “aha” thought. It came along when Kaldr got more and more riffs for new songs. After a while Galge began his work, researching for new stories to be told. So while Kaldr made the music he was writing lyrics or ideas for it. And we slowly began to form our album. We call each other rather often to talk about ideas. We looked for artists who could do cover art, and Kim Holm became our guy. He did real good and we could not be more happy with the cover art!
We wanted the songs to be “all that we could be” kind of thing… That what we made here and now is the best we could do at that time. And the most aggressive song got born on this album, “Nådeløs I Land” and some really angry parts here and there in other songs as well. Especially on the last part of “Dømt Til Bål Og Brann” and “Lyderhorn” Kaldr drags out as one of his proudest guitar moments.
Where do you take all the inspiration from?
Hehe, from the top of our heads… The thing about us is that we are allergic to the thought that someone calling us “copycats”. So our inspiration is in fact from the top of our heads. Kaldr builds the songs with a blank track, recording, deleting, building, thinking etc etc. He also record on his phone for later use. If he got an idea of a song he uses the recorded riffs to build a verse for example asap. And then he begin building the song. When he has around 3 minutes of song, he send it to Galge, who then decides what kind of lyrics who will fit the song. Then he gets 1 million more files, because Kaldr is building it further and further. There was one time at vocal recording Galge had too little text, so he ended up writing another verse while the rest of us drank beer…
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Kaldvard’s sound?
Uhm… Modern but still kind of old maybe? We have good comments on our sound actually. It’s clear and powerful. You don’t lose your ears because of a snare drum is killing your car speakers if you turn up the volume for example.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
We are mostly “on a break” now. There is a lot of work now that we have hired a pr agency to promote this album. We are looking at ideas for a cd, t-shirts etc, answering things and try to promote ourselves as well. So right now we are just looking forward to the release date!
But of course, if Kaldr find an awesome riff he records it for later…
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
We have always listened to metal music. From early age. Kaldr went into black metal as a teenager, but later on he realized that he liked many kinds of music. One day in a public school he sat in a hallway, listening to a fellow student playing the saxophone. So when you listen to a lot of different music but you have your main music genre, we think that subconscious you take that with you. Kaldvard is all about making something here and now and build on that. What lies in the back of your head when you do it no one could say. So thats why we get excited and surprised when people can put us up against other bands. We like to do it as well as we can, and Kaldr gets inspired when he hear local underground bands with a big sound.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Yes there is. The thing V’Gandr from Helheim did on “Tilbake” was JUST what we were looking for. Without even giving him any directions on how to do it, he gave us this. He is one hell of an artist and we would like to work with him one more time. Kaldr is quite a Helheim fan, so yeah, he was pretty happy with this! Other than him we would perhaps be open for other musicians to appear, like with the use of fiddle we do. Maybe someone who can play goat horn properly etc.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Well, first of all, we have a PR-agency working with us this time. We learned that we can’t do it all from the first album. Because you can’t reach the wanted level just sharing and paying facebook all the time. We need people who know what to do, regarding promotion. So we are looking forward to see the effects of that when the album has been out for a while. Also, we are looking to print cd’s, t-shirts, buttons etc. So we have something to sell if someone wants it.
Do you have any other hobbies beside music?
Kaldr has painting and drawing also as hobbies. Sometimes a year can go by between one sketch to another, but it’s nice to have this very calm and silent hobby when the rest of the day is filled with noise and metal music. Galge reads history, watches series, documentaries and does gaming. Ve is also a gamer.
What do your pseudonyms mean?
The name Galge is from his days as vocalist in Gravdal. Galge means gallows. Kaldr actually means the same as Kaldvard: cold. “Ve” is one of the brother of Odin.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
We are actually very much supported by our families and friends. Even though most of them listen to music who is a lot softer and in a different genre, they are interested in what we do and talks about us at work for example.
How’s the metal scene in Bergen right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days? How could you compare nowadays Norwegian metal scene with, let’s say – the one from the early of ‘90s?
Being a band who has yet to play gigs, we don’t know much about how easy it is to get a gig today. There are a lot of bands in Bergen, we see many of them are playing live shows here and there. A great scene was shut down last year, Garage. At Garage there was many gigs, so bands in Bergen were angry about losing that scene. But we still got Verftet, Hulen and Inside. So if we were to have a show one day, Inside would probably be the right place.