WOLFHORDE

The wolf is a mythologically loaded animal. So it is no wonder that metal is full of bands like WOLFHORDE. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-Coming up with a band name is not easy and getting it right can be difficult. The name Wolfhorde was originally name of a really old song, which we never released. Since then, the style of the music evolved to deeper dimensions and the name stayed the same. Now the music actually represents the name better then in the past. So the music evolved around the name and the concept.

Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
-The basic sound of Wolfhorde is more natural than most metal music nowadays: Less processed and more authentic. On top of that we use a lot of acoustic instruments, most notably the Finnish national instrument Kantele, and programmed orchestras and pretty much anything imaginable. I am quite sure that every listener can spot different things in the soundscape on every listen.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster snd vice versa?
-Slow and mid-tempo often means more groove and faster means more punch. Slower songs definitely have the best melodies and moods, but sometimes aggressiveness of faster songs is just what is needed. We try not to make fast and slow songs, rather varying tempos in each song.

How does your music work in a live environment?
-Actually we have never played live, but we do rehearse the songs just like any other band. Maybe some day…

You have some releases to your name. Which one are you the most proud of?
-The debut album is by far the most ambitious project we have made and it took years to make in a way that allows us to stand behind it proudly.

Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-I remember a time when reaching audience with this music was quite a lot easier. People used to be more actively interested in music by unknown bands. Every day there is more music and entertainment in the world and no more listeners than there used to be. It is definitely getting harder to reach people all the time. Our music used to reach audience mostly through LastFM, MySpace, YouTube, Facebook and torrent sites. Free downloads used to be the king of the game. Now it is mostly about streaming and being shared across social media.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Cover art is at best when it captures the mood of the music and puts it into a visual perspective.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-Finland is undeniably the most reliable source of quality metal music in the industry. We have been in the underground for a long time. Maybe it is finally time to raise the fist from the dirt?

How do one promote one self the best possible way?
-It is propably not the most effective way to promote oneself anymore. You need someone to back you up. Doing good music and the best content is still the king in this area, though.

What does the future hold?
-Hopefully, the future holds opportunity to make more good music in various different forms.

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