VALFREYA come from Canada. That mighty land up north that has given us metalheads so many hours of great metal once again proves to deliver. Folk/Viking metal of the highest is the order of the day. Anders Ekdahl ©2012
When you live in a country as young as Canada and with no real folklore of its own (The Inuit´s not included) what was it that made you go for the Norse mythology?
-We are from the province of Québec who also has it’s own folklore and history. Although it is a young province, there has been enough time for fantastic tales to be created. However it is true that nordic mythology is a much deeper subject with all it’s gods, worlds and creatures. The album “Path to Eternity” is inspired of the aspect of the 9 worlds and gods.
Where did the idea to form Valfreya come from?
-The frontwoman of the band, Crook, had written several songs that she wanted to perform with a full band. Having a preference for an aggressive, glorious and energetic kind of music, the viking metal style was perfect for what she had in mind.
How hard was it to come up with the band name and what does it represent to you?
-Before the project was born, Crook has made a lot of research regarding Nordic mythology and brainstorming what would be Valfreya. It isn’t so hard to find the name of a band when you know what you’re speaking about and where you’re heading to. You do have to make sure the name is absolutely unique, which happened to be the case at the time and we hope will remain so.
Where do you get your inspiration from when you write music? How do you go about creating the songs?
-As mentionned earlier the music is inspired from nordic mythology, the story displays very well the influences. The story is fruit of our imagination but some characters and locations are part of actual nordic legends.
What kind of rea_ctions do you get from the fans to your choice of theme?
-The fans are ravished with the fact that we push the theatrical act in order to bring them 100% into the ambiance and story.
When you live in the French speaking part of Canada does that make you feel more European related?
-I think Québec has more in common with Europe than with the rest of Canada or America. We’re like the invincible gaulish village surrounded by the romans. Personally I don’t know if I feel related to Europe but I also do not feel related with the rest of Canada or the USA.
What is your explanation to the explosion of folk metal bands we?ve seen in the last 5-10 years? What is folk metal to you?
-Metal music is constantly evolving and folk metal simply had not been fully exploited. The word folk stands for people. Folk metal represents the music of the people, from it’s roots. It may vary from one country to another while keeping this slight rustic feel incorporating ancient traditionnal instruments.
From what I’ve seen you seem to have a planned stage show. How important is it to put on a show as well on stage? Any other significance to the stage show?
-We want our spectators to have a time to remember. We want them to feel like they’re part of the story we are here to tell. To give a great show is just as important as playing great music.
What chances are there for you as a young band to play live in Canada and abroad?
-Playing in Canada is not a problem as we have dozens of shows booked. Playing outside of the country however is a bit harder. “Viking metal” music tends to be more popular in Europe. We have to go across the ocean in order to play there. It’s just about only a question of money. It has to be worth it for the promoters to book outside bands, it’s more risky for them. This work the same way to get European bands into the Canadian scene of course.
What plans do you have for Valfreya in the future?
-Lots of plans, music video, tours and more!