STORMHOLD (for Variety Of Death Zine)

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Interview was prepared by OccultBlackMetal (Variety Of Death Zine)

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Hi! Until the output of the album was not much traffic. We are mainly engaged in the preparation for publication, development of the cover and the booklet, the search and negotiations with the label. The only thing that there were constant rehearsals, because was a change in the group drummer. Concert activity started only recently. We played a concert in his hometown of Gomel. It was not the presentation of the album. More live debut for a new drummer. Presentation of the album, we plan to do later.

2. Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
There’s in album we would presented music like ‘melodic death metal’ in the best traditions of ganre. The base peculiarities of this album are speed and full absence of modern ‘core’-elements. You can find very interesting mix of some metal styles. Here’s nice melodies, speed, agresion and specific atmosphere in the album.

3. The band has been around since 2003 but so far has only released a demo, 2 ep's and 2 full lengths, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps between releases?
Since beginning of the band was running a lot of things and events. Ones of them was positive, the other ones – negative. Was the moments when we got progress, and was the moments when it stopped for a while. Sometimes was the moments when we wanted to finish it all. To left the band. ‘the lost world’ started to record in 2008 and had running until 2013. During this period we had some problems with line up. Was changed some musicians. It was very difficult time for us really. Also everyone in a band has own jobs and usual life, which sometimes made some problems for working with album. Another one problem was studying of our guitarist, which got high musician education. Thats all reasons why we’d making this album so long time.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lost world. Every song – its a reflection of todays reality, unstability in the world, human’s behavior, his struggle with his demons and surrounding world, which is going crazy..
Let I’ll tell about every song seperately:
Wind of freedom – the man rejects from old life and trying to build the new one, fighting for its future all the time.
Another day – one day has finish – another one has beginning, and no one knows what will bring to us the new day.
The understanding of truth – the song about good choice of life path for no regret in the future about it
Eyes in the eyes – the man see the false pictures around him. Its so far from reality. He just see what he want to see. He don’t see all the filth around..
Our Blood's On The Cross of War – words „blood on cross” are mean all the religious wars during human civilization. Its always actually.
The History Pages – every historical event begins from empty piece of paper... but has written always by bloody ink..
Inside My Mind – Let I say some words from song’s lyric:
"Everyone can create his own fate.
But, Where we least a think,
There the bear goes away...
Make your own world like a dream.
Never standing still, do the best you feel"

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Stormhold'?
So, here’s in the name nothing super special. Its just a cool name we like so much. I even don’t remember who offered this name for band. Was long time ago.

stormhold band6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
There were many good concerts, now all can not remember. One of the brightest impressions when is we support Rotting Christ and the Ukrainian tour Negative Infinity Tour.

7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Of course we are planning some shows for support new album. Its mostly shows in Belarus.. also we are opened for offers about concerts everywhere its possible!

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death metal?
In 2013, we laid out the online EP "Eyes In The Eyes". The EP was only in digital format. His goal was to draw attention to the future album. EP was more of a familiarization. We are pleased with the point that the EP was Listened many times on different websites. We also received a lot of positive reviews on the EP from around the world. Many people liked it, and they were waiting for the album.

9. What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that some of the band members are involved with?
Our guitarist and drummer take a part in another one interesting project called VEIN OF HATE (extreme death metal). Here’s very interesting thing: Dmitry (guitarist) – founder of STORMHOLD, but Igor (drummer) – is founder of VEIN OF HATE. So, its kinda help to each other.

10. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We would like to become the leader of the Belarusian Melodic Death Metal, record and release many more albums. We would like to take their niche in the global metal scene.

11. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We can not say that we have been influenced by a particular style or group. Every musician have his musical liking. And in our music we are trying all this to combine. Vyacheslav, Dmitry, Alexei (two guitarist and vocalist) grew on old heavy and thrash metal, subsequently absorbed the more extreme genres. Alexander (bass) always gravitated toward a brutal death metal. One of his favorite teams Cryptorsy. Eugene (keyboards) grew up in a musical family and at an early age listening to Queen. Later also switched to heavier music. On our drummer have an influence dozens of bands. From ‘Pink floyd’ to ‘Aborted’ and ‘Meshuggah’ and many more. What we listen to? Yes, a lot of things, from Heavy metal to Brutal-techno death.

12. What are some of your non musical interests?
I would say that music is our main interest. Some of the guys love sports, go to the gym, skate and karting. Drummer, for example, in addition to the sport enjoys photo processing and draws well.

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Listen to good quality metal. Listen STORMHOLD, buy our CD, write reviews on the official pages of the group (VK, Facebook, Reverbnation, Soundcloud). All goodness and peace. Thank you.
Vk official - http://vk.com/stormholdband
Facebook official - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stormhold-Belarus/512148845498953
Reverbnation official - http://www.reverbnation.com/stormhold
Twitter - https://twitter.com/stormholdband
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/stormoldby


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