STORMHOLD are new to me but that only made me want to interview them to find out more. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The purpose has always been to create something that we really like, the perfect mix from all our influences like Iron Maiden, Helloween, Hammerfall etc.
And if we can involve our audience it’s even better, make them feel that they are a part of our music.

How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-Of course it’s hard to make your sound unique because there is SO much music out there today, but we feel that we have something that’s our own sound. We use a lot of twinguitars like Maiden, a portion of powermetal like Helloween and then we add some epic choruses and harmonies from the folkmetal-scene! Mix that together and you have a bit of Stormhold!

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It depends from song to song. Sometimes you just sit together and it all comes to you and sometimes it can take long time to find “the perfect riff” for that section you are writing on.
On this album it has been much “work from home”, Jan has written most of the music and Filip most of the lyrics, but we often work on the final touches together.
The release of songs and albums are the hard part because it’s not in your own hands if you don’t choose to release it by yourself! But we want to reach a larger crowd and that’s easier with a company that got your back and helps you with the release.
Pure steel showed their interest quickly so on this album the release progress started as soon as the final mixes were sent to us.

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-It gets easier and easier to release your music on your own and in some genres you need to do that to stay on top. But in our genre the albums will never die. Fans of metal will always stay true and they understand the progress that bands go through. Writing and recording an album can take some time and between that you have to tour and play gigs. I think people who listen to metal likes it that way, likes the feeling of having a complete album in your hands instead of just a new single every now and then.

I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-Hard question, but like we said in our earlier answer it’s from genre to genre. While people who likes pop and radio-music downloads their music for free, the vinyl is coming back to people who are more into rock/hard rock/metal for example.
Music is to important humanity so it can never die! It’s too much feelings and power in it. If you really like an artist or a band you better buy albums and support them!

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
Very good response! You can never satisfy everyone and if that is your mission then good luck! Our first album got some really good reviews and we do get some mails from people who enjoys it and wants new music. The new album will be released in December so when we are writing this interview we are waiting for reviews and responses from fans. We are very pleased with what we have done with this one, so hopefully we will get some positive feedback on this album to!

We don’t know what has gotten the most attention, on studiotracks is mostly the melodies and the
-mix of heavy- power- and folkmetal.
If you compare that to what people say after they’ve seen us live its most about our energy and tightness on stage. We’ve also heard that we always look so happy while we are doing our business on stage! That’s really nice to hear!

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Easy one, Rob Halford himself commented on our band Instagram! That was really cool!

Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Yes of course! The whole metal community is just amazing! So many people that feel the love for music and support it as much as they can. It’s a really special bond that you miss out if you’re not into it. You can just talk to complete strangers about the bands you like and often it results in good friendships.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-For us there is nothing more important and fun than playing live. It’s important to show people that you appreciate their support and give them live shows where they can meet the band and sing along together with other fans. Most of the time you get more followers each gigs so it helps very much.

What plans do you have for the future?
-First of all we are going to release our new album, Salvation, 8th of December and after that we are going out and play live as much as we can while we write our third one.
Hopefully we can get some festival gigs and some tours to show more people what Stormhold is about!

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