TROLLWAR has a name that makes them unmissable. They caught my attention. Read what they have to say for themselves. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-Our songs are written with our hearts and souls. So, sharing it to the world is our only way to spread band’s aura. We want to give them a full quality hearing session of what the band has became. This album has great production and it will be a pleasure for the ear of every Melodic/Symphonic and even Folk fans. We want them to immerse into our world and savour the new colors of Trollwar.
I think the upcoming album will be received pretty well by our fans. The production has been raised to whole new level.
With the awesome production works of the Christian Donaldson from The Grid, we reached the sky.
On Oath of the Storm, you will hear four tracks from The Traveler’s Path EP (2016) with re-mastered enhanced drums and refined orchestration. The other eight tracks are brand new epic songs that we are proud to share to the world. We re-recorded Hymn for the Vanquished that appeared on our first album Earthdawn Groves (2012) with our new bassist and upgraded orchestra. The album’s writing process has been very long and brought us to discover a large horizon of perception.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Picking a name was kind hard for us. At the beginning we had a concept Idea where it was a kind of Viking versus troll’s war, we were really into LARP fests and events, and the band was way more folk than it was today. We chose that band name because the two words together sounded good; it was catchy and was easy to remember.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Since the beginning, bands like -Wintersun – Ensiferum – Finntroll – Amon Amarth and Luca Turilli. We are influenced mostly by Black Metal/Melodic Metal/Symphonic Metal/Power Metal and Folk Metal.
Today, bands like Katamenia, Old’s Man Child and one good album from Kovenant and much more music inspire me. From Septic Flesh to Ensiferum, we listen to all good metal.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-The band started with our first singer and our guitar player Steeve. They started at the beginning to do some jams together and then other people joined. We were almost all long-time friends.
At first we were not really thinking about doing a band, we were more a jam session band and improvisation band. Finally, we found a wicked accordion player who had some folk ideas and we tried to incorporate it in our current ideas and compositions. It ended in a pretty cool blend and we have a good chemistry together to write and perform music.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I don’t really think releasing a single track is super good but it is one of the best one to release something on a low budget when you are preparing de EP or LP.
Yes digital is killing album format, but you will not stop the real listener and the real metal lovers. Physical sale, on our side, is often bigger than digital sale.
On the other hand, digital format is cool for the ecological side.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Our great artist Nicolas Francoeur drawn us this famous kraken from the mysterious seas and we loved it. We think artwork play a big role to share the content and feelings of the album. We appreciated the fact that he really fit well with our concept.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Sure, yes. It helps independent bands a lot. When you are indie, most of the time the budget is a problem, but with social media you can promote with the money you want to.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Make us feel nice because of all the great comments and support from people all over the world. I think this is something bigger than just a scene, because we can share internationally and the world appreciates it.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We aren’t a touring band at the moment. We haven’t found a good manager at the moment. Doing gigs is a good way to spread the world but I think you have to choose wisely your tour/gig to play in front of a public that like you and not the other way.

What will the future bring?
-Only future can tell. We are growing slowly but surely. Trollwar will keep on writing new material. We are on this planet for a short time so we play what we want. If fun is in the air, so the band will continue straight ahead.

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