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Interview With Moonsorrow
Interview and pictures By Luxi
Promo pictures by Spinefarm Records

Finland´s own armored crusaders Moonsorrow, have been making themselves known by their three somewhat pompous epic Heathen Metal full-length albums thus far. Their latest battle saga titled KIVENKANTAJA (“Stonebearer”), really displayed more than well these young warriors´ true abilities to be one of the leaders of the genre and some of the best and finest troops in the ´Viking Metal´ department.

I had the pleasure to talk about their latest album with the band´s drummer, Marko, and vocalist/bassist, Ville, a while ago and found out the guys´ thoughts about the album and many other things as well. So, let´s drop all the battle axes and swords for a while now... Marko and Ville came to talk in peace, hah!

 

Since you have a very detailed history section about Moonsorrow on your homepage, I will leave any questions concerning the band´s history out of this interview, and rather concentrate on talking about some of the current activities and matters of Moonsorrow instead, if that´s ok with you guys?

So let´s start off with a couple of questions about your new album titled KIVENKANTAJA. First off, I´d like to know what each of you think of that particular album. Are you still happy with it the same way when the mixing was finished for it at Tico Tico studio?

Moonsorrow_KIVENKANTAJA.jpg (32372 bytes)Marko: Yes, why bother us to tell our history as it´s available straight from our website. KIVENKANTAJA is definitely our best effort to date, that´s for sure! There was like a month during which I didn´t listen to the album at all and then when we started to rehearse for the gigs I had to listen to some of the songs and bring some arrangements to my mind again, heh! I was stunned when I heard some songs really!

 

 

 

So, you could say Marko that you pretty much succeeded in captivating some really epic and chilling moments for this particular album?

Marko: The most chilling, yes. That was the purpose of course.

Ville: I definitely agree. If I didn’t have any Moonsorrow albums, KIVENKANTAJA would be the first to buy. What comes to the productional matters, we were very happy when leaving Tico Tico, and - except for the chorus on “Unohduksen Lapsi” (I didn’t like the mix in the first place). I still can’t find anything to complain about. The album sounds great, hell yeah it does!

 

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Could you be a bit more specific with your somewhat ´praiseful´ yet kind of brave words about KIVENKANTAJA and tell to some of the readers of Metal-Rules.com who still haven´t got a chance to hear the album, what are some of those musical elements on the album that provide a listener an ultimate journey through the soundscapes of one of the most epic and strongest Viking/Heathen Metal albums put out ever by an ambitious group of musically visionary and hungry warriors?

Ville: We actually felt being quite free of expectations when putting the album together, and I guess that's the overall feeling of the album. It's an honest, simple piece of musical work. We took the cold metal a step further and added the increasing influence of folk and progressive music there. The grandeur was in the design, and I'm glad it caught up on the audience just as it did.

 

 

And if we expand this same topic to the most important thing, namely to the songs of KIVENKANTAJA, could each of you still say that you´re completely satisfied with the songs on it, both musically and lyrically as well? Or have some of those little ´fuck-ups´ on it, from your point of view of course, started already occurring... (if there´s any)?

Marko: No, as there isn´t any of those fuck-ups on KIVENKANTAJA. Of course there are some parts we could have focused more on the mixing, but they are such tiny little things here and there.

Ville: No fuck-ups, these few are among the best songs we’ve ever made. I even am satisfied with the lyrics this time.

 

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Could it be said that you really put an extra effort into your lyrics this time around, like pushing yourself constantly to some goal-orientated direction in order to achieve a strong and most rhyming lyrical content for the songs as possible? And were there any lyrics that needed to be worked harder with than some others?

Ville: I always tend to put all my energy to the lyrics when I'm writing them, but yes, this time I managed to push myself a bit further mentally. The actual challenge is not to write a story, it is to fit the story into the music, but this time I somehow succeeded to come up with stories that were lines and verses from the beginning, and I think they are a lot more consistent than on previous albums because of that. None of the lyrics was particularly hard compared to each other, but I used a lot of time working with all the small details in "Raunioilla", "Unohduksen Lapsi" and "Tuulen Tytär".

 

 

What could you tell about the song writing process for KIVENKANTAJA? I believe to get all these songs done for KIVENKANTAJA was actually many ways harder and time-consuming, due to a larger and more variable use of different instruments on it, compared to your previous album VOIMASTA JA KUNNIASTA. Did you face any setbacks while composing and arranging some of those instruments for this album at the very early stage of your song writing?

moonsorrow_voimastasmall.jpg (7665 bytes)Marko: We like to write and stress a little. We´re at our best then. The songs were written between August - November 2002, so it basically has only the new material, well, some parts were written before VOIMASTA... though and used in here. We experimented on some new instruments never before heard in Moonsorrow also - like violin, pedal-harmonium and female vocals.

Ville: These new elements were arranged by Henri and recorded separately. Supposedly there were no major setbacks at any point of the process.

Marko: Ragnarök Mobile ™ recording facilities were great help as the album is recorded in many different places and ultimately completed at Tico Tico studio.

 

 

Was Tico Tico somehow an obvious choice to go and record this new album there? The Tico Tico ´magic´ reigns supreme or what, eh?

Marko: Tico Tico is always the first choice. We always book them for the next albums after each one has completed so we never really have thought any other alternatives. Ahti Kortelainen is so nice and easy to work with so why to change. The next album is going to be recorded there also in 2004.

 

 

When you started thinking of the songs for this album, did you kind of have a thought haunting somewhere back in your minds that KIVENKANTAJA should have both the most colossal and most pompously epic sound and songs, let´s say, compared to your previous album VOIMASTA, which also was a very strong effort from you as far as its epic atmospheres were concerned?

Marko: Yes, there´s always the problem how to top the previous works, but so far we´ve succeeded in it. I think the next album is going to have more dynamic variations. We cannot always do the most bombastic and heaviest wall of sound thing you know. But don´t ya worry, “more is more”-motto to Hell with it! I´m personally going to concentrate on the more guitar-oriented stuff on next album, so it´s going to be a very interesting concept (although its time isn´t yet).

Ville: I don’t know if the purpose ever was to always make bigger and more cinematic music than on previous albums, but so far it has happened quite “easily” (if I could use that word?). I personally have no rush whatsoever to give a single thought on the next album, so we will have to see about that later.

 

 

Still, somehow I believe some tiny, but healthy pressures are always there, raising out of the shadows of your previous successful album and forcing you always to drive for the best things that you may or may be not able to come up with musically. Your previous album always seems to be the one that basically works out as a ground for your next effort. Do you guys agree, well, at least partly?

Marko: Yes, of course. We´re at our best under a little stress. Our every album is very different compared to each other and so shall be the next.

 

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What impressed me a lot on KIVENKANTAJA is that you have very strong and well-arranged - almost breath-taking choir sections on this album; for example the opener song called “Raunioilla” is such a piece of masterpiece for having some of the finest choir sections I have ever heard on a metal album. Obviously all the time and efforts that you have put into your songs, could be said that have truly paid off you splendidly, correct? You just must be most satisfied with them. Am I right?!

Marko: Okay, if you ask from some real choir leader what would he think of these Moonsorrow dudes´ choir parts on KIVENKANTAJA, he would probably laugh his ass off! We of course, did our best with the choirs. We simply don´t have the budget to hire a real choir nor we wanted to. We like to sing. We like to sing very much (especially in the studio hungover!). Of course those choir parts don´t sound the same at the stage as there are only 4-5 guys singing, but it´s the same thing with the instrumentation (is this an English word?). We have a studio MS and a live MS. Same band, slightly different sound, tho.

Ville: We are definitely not professionals, so yes, we are very satisfied with the choir parts. All we need to do now is to learn to do the same thing live.

 

 

I assume that you may probably continue to pay attention more and more to those choir sections on your future efforts as well; especially now when you have sort of found ´a true winner´s recipe´ on KIVENKANTAJA! You see, well-executed choir parts can really give some ´extra vibes and kicks´ to a listener, so I strongly believe, especially in Moonsorrow´s case that those realtively pompous choir sections in your forth-coming songs won´t be ignored at all. I bet they are, however, an integral part of Moonsorrow´s basic sound already. Just correct me if I´m totally wrong concerning this...

Marko: Yes the choirs have worked out pretty well in the audience. They´re catchy and easy to singalong at our shows. That´s nice. One thing is sure, we never stop using harsh vocals. Also I don´t want Moonsorrow sound like Therion with all vocals by choirs/classical singers. We really try to avoid that opera-stuff. Anyway this doesn´t mean I don´t like Therion. Christofer has always done great albums. Really innovating.

 

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When your songs started taking their somewhat lengthy shapes near by the final finishing moments on KIVENKANTAJA, I was just wondering was there any pre-planning for some of these songs in the Moonsorrow camp? I mean, the way you had set some sort of an optimal time-frame for these particular songs as far as their maximum length was concerned, kind of trying avoid adding too many parts into them for the sake of the length and keeping them better sort of in a decent length?

Marko: We never have worried about the length of the songs. In Epic Heathen Metal ™ it´s almost impossible to write a 4-minute song. Should I try one for the next album? Nah! The thing is that we don´t have a typical ´verse-chorus´ Pop song structure very often. On KIVENKANTAJA there are some choruses though. What I mean is that there isn´t any pre-planned song structures or arrangements. When we write, the songs change a lot on that process. We had something like 10 to 12 versions of “Jumalten Kaupunki”. We´ve always pre-produced our albums like 95 % ready before entering the studio, so we spend a lot of time for the compositions.

 

 

As you are talking about several different versions for just one song... I was just wondering whether it´s sometimes kind of hard to pick up the best one out of them all for a song, keeping in mind ´a cold fact´ that some of you may like some other part or version slightly better than some others? In which point does democracy step into the picture when you are about to make your decision what ´version´ or ´single part´ should be used for a certain song? You, however, consider Moonsorrow a democratic group, don´t you?

Marko: So far it´s been mostly Henri and me responsible (and this doesn´t mean Ville or Mitja shouldn´t do it) for composing the songs. We usually send half-ready mp3s and completing each others´ ideas. Then when the song has some quite finished structure we play it to the rest of the band. So it´s a lot of pre-producing work. We never compose at the rehearsals. We rehearse only when the whole song/songs are finished on the computer. This has proved to be best way to us.

Ville: No time frames, the songs just take shape. If we ever have a good song that is 20 minutes in length, we will use it!

 

 

Could you imagine and describe our readers a bit if there was ever going to be a 20-min. long Moonsorrow song, what kind of musical elements would definitely be involved with it? A wide use of imagination is more than welcomed now... ;)

Ville: A 20-minute song would be the most epic piece we'd ever done. I don't know if it would actually differ from the rest of the Moonsorrow material, but I think it would contain a bit more "non-metal" influences than what we're used to. It would be a metal song, for sure, but with more down-to-earth folk music display contrasted with the megalomaniac proportions of 70's progressive rock, and perhaps also something that we've never done so far. The song would consist of many parts and it would have a complex and musically unorthodox structure. A wider use of imagination occurs when we actually do that.

 

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I assume strongly that to get some of your multi-instrumental songs to work out in a live situation is a relatively tough task in itself, as you possess such a large arsenal of them on your albums.

Marko: Yes like I said before our sound is a bit different on stage. One would call it harsher or grimmer. All of the keyboards are re-arranged into live situation as Eurén (our live keyboardist) has only two hands, so he cannot do all the 70 instruments per song, hah! Playing with DAT is also out of question, that´s for Pop stars! It can also kill all the intensity of live set. Ville: When we play live, we are more of a rock band than an orchestra. We re-arrange the songs for 5-6 guys instead of 80 (that would indeed be quite a lot of people on stage), because we have no philharmonics or a Russian male choir in our use. These are no compromises, it’s a whole different situation actually. Playing live is playing live.

 

 

Are there some songs on your albums that you cannot ever perform in a live situation because of such a large amount different instruments (+ choirs) that have been used for creating them for your albums?

Marko: No there aren´t any. We´re gonna play some of the songs we never have played live before in the near future. Some really epic stuff! *hint*

 

 

As you seem to developing toward even more pompous and epic sounds with each new album you put out, I guess your next album may be even harder and more time-consuming task to pull together, if it´s gonna be anything along with the lines of KIVENKANTAJA? How about just only one "soundtrack-ish" song for the whole album - sort of ´An Ultimate Battle Song´ made by the mighty heathen warriors Moonsorrow all the way far from the North, Finland? An album composed and arranged the same way like Edge of Sanity did with their CRIMSON album? I bet it would be something extraordinary in the metal scene as you have proved to be such professionals and masters in that ´epic´  department already.

Marko: We have discussed about doing a theme album with only one song on it. Of course it´s very risky thing to do something like that. It could turn out totally corny or it could blow everybody´s heads off. Also you never know what are we gonna do next. We might do a fast and ugly firestorm as well next. We´ll see…

Ville: When we do that you know that it’s our last album.

 

 

How come?! What do you mean by that? Explain, please...

Ville: Nothing serious really. We have merely discussed that if we should do a swansong album (that is, if we knew it was to be the last album), we should cover the whole thing with one EPIC track. We'll see about that.

 

 

When you composing music for Moonsorrow, do you always think of the whole creative process as some sort of a huge challenge for yourself? And what do you personally consider the most difficult challenge for yourself when you are driven and determined to write ´a 100% perfect Moonsorrow´ -tune if you know what I mean by all this?

Marko: It´s always very challenging to write new songs as we don´t play a 3-chord easy listening Pop-Rock. However, we had found out a perfect meter to measure a song´s feeling: hand hair! They always tend to raise out of your skin when we´ve achieved the most perfect tunes, heh!

 

 

I guess by this ´spine chilling and hair raising´ -description you actually mean such songs as “Raunioilla” and “Jumalten Kaupunki” that are really colossally moving, shamelessly epic songs from start to finish, right?

Marko: Yes but one can get the same kicks from any of our songs.

 

 

While I was reading your lyrics from your two recent albums, it seems that you always pay a lot of attention to them in order to make them stand out equally with the music? I guess to write them in Finnish isn´t that easy task for you at all, as some people may think, even if it´s your home language. To make them rhyme nicely and effortlessly with the music itself is quite hard actually; just correct me if I´m wrong...

Ville: I pay a lot of attention to the lyrics for sure. Of course they have to be good as themselves; it has to be a good story with lively poetic expression, but they also have to flow with the music. This indeed is the hard part because they have to fit the verses and the lines have to be divided by the beat. That’s why I always write the lyrics afterwards. I start listening to a new song and let my imagination free, and the first lines are just something that comes to my mind from the music.

 

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So, there´s no other way for you to write lyrics for the band? Have you ever had lyrics ready for some of your upcoming songs beforehand? I mean, even before one single riff has been composed for some particular song? On the other hand, what kind of things inspire you to write your lyrics for Moonsorrow? How could you say you have developed over the years as a lyric writer anyway?

Ville: I always write the lyrics after the music, and I like it that way. I doubt if it would ever even work out any other way. Of course I might have some lines before any of the music is done, and I might start building the lyrics on those few lines, but it's always the music guiding the lyrics and not the other way round. The inspirational things, they are various. I listen to a lot of music, I read books, I watch movies and I'm interested in all sorts of things. Anything might light the spark in me and sometimes nothing will. I feel that while losing my ability to compose music, I have quite positively developed as a lyric writer. I'm happy to have learned to use a wider scale of ideas, influences and methods of working.

 

 

If you had a possibility to live some historical event all over again, what would that ´special event´ be, and what reasons made you to pick that certain event in the first place?

Marko: To see my own birth. What could be greater than to see something like that as a fly on the ceiling!

Ville: The Iron Age in Finland. I am very fascinated about the surroundings and I would like to see if they were at all like what I’ve read.

 

 

Do you believe you could write a whole album based on that particular, historical event even if you should do it under some other moniker than Moonsorrow?

Marko: My solo album will carry that theme, hah!

Ville: Yes, we will definitely not start to sing about Marko’s birth in Moonsorrow. And the other, well, I don’t think I’ll have to write a solo album about that...

 

 

You recently shot a new promotional video for the song “Jumalten Kaupunki...” off your KIVENKANTAJA album. In that particular clip, you used a bunch of volunteers for the script of that shooting and as far as I´m told, you shot it at a quite extraordinary environment as well, but i'll let you do all the detailed explaining about it from this very moment on...

Marko: This is kind of music video to make once in a history of Heavy Metal! We got this huge TV-studio for one weekend for free because Mitja has studied and worked there previously. So he got some of his fellows to assist on the production (or “production”). We set the staging ourselves and shoot some shit with two expensive cameras. Also we got these guys who are mad about Viking and all the medieval stuff acting some sword fights. Sounds cool huh?!

 

 

So when will it be available for other curious eyes? Are you going to put it available through your own website as well, the same way you have your debut video clip (“Sankaritarina”) available via www.moonsorrow.com? What about any cable TV -channels? Have you pondered any of them to make it ´visible´ through some of them?

Marko: You mean “Sankarihauta” (don´t worry, even I don´t remember which one is which, hah!). If any channel wants to show it then they will. We´re going to put both videos as bonus material for upcoming re-release of our debut album “Suden Uni”.

 

 

You also have some side projects going on. Would each of you enlighten us a bit about them as well, what´s up with them and what are your ´roles´ in general in them?

Marko: Right now I concentrate on Death Metal band called Chaosbreed in which I play the guitar. Also I think we´re doing a new The Wicked album with Necrotron and Mr. Fistoffeles later this year. There are also a bunch of other projects in the closet waiting for their time to unleash...

 

 

As for Chaosbreed, what I have heard, you also start getting a bit busier gig-wise, having sort of a mini-tour in sight here in Finland with ´a relatively known (heh, I suppose...)´ Swedish, definitely old-school Death Metal act later this year. But I´ll let you reveal more about it if you want to...

Marko: No I don´t want to reveal anything concerning on that as nothing is sure yet. But I can tell you that Low Frequency Records is going to release “Unleashed Carnage” mini-CD this summer (well, it´s out already: www.risingrealm.com) . There´s one bonus track also that´s not available through net. The debut albums will be recorded in September in Sunlight studio with Thomas Skogsberg. Details soon at www.chaosbreed.net

Ville: In December we will record the debut album of Amoral. It’s a Death Metal band in which I play the bass in that line-up, and it´s quite technical material for me actually. I am also the drummer of May Withers, a dismal Rock band, but we are still just talking instead of recording our second demo. Then there are numerous, more or less active projects, some of which will be revealed later.

 

 

Do you see Amoral as some sort of an ideal channel for yourself to direct some of your other ambitions and perversions into that are kind of ´out of question´ in Moonsorrow?

Ville: Quite so, yes. I've learned to enjoy technical playing, and Amoral is a channel to improve my abilities. Some of the bass lines in Amoral are quite tricky, you know, and something like that wouldn't quite fit in Moonsorrow. I practically never practice or improve my technique at home, so learning the songs of Amoral keeps me in decent shape.

 

 

When you made the decision to sign to Spikefarm Records, what kind of expectations did you have about that deal in question back in the day? Has Spikefarm Records also been able to fulfill your expectations about all the terms you agreed with them when signing a contract with them? Or were there some things in the contact that kind of haven´t been answered to your expectations concerning your deal with them?

Marko: Back then the expectations were that somebody pays a studio for you and releases an album. Spikefarm has done a good job with us and nowadays as we have also proved our potentiality in the markets they have approached us with a better deal.

 

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How many albums is this new deal for with Spikefarm? And do you think that it´s only better for Moonsorrow to stick with a familiar domestic label rather than going far out fishing? Could you possibly name some advantages and disadvantages to staying with Sami Tenetz´s label as well?

Marko: We´re most likely to sign for two new albums and that re-release. As for us it´s the best to stay with Finnish label because I see it like we´re as Finnish band as one can be so this is by all means the easiest way to work. It´s great to have a company in the same town we´re living in. We can visit their office whenever we want and discuss about things or to just hang around (greetings to Mr. Fistoffeles!). Of course being on a big European label would open doors for touring more easily but we´re not a touring kind of band anyway so it´s not a big deal for us.

 

 

Do you have any idea what the label manager of Spikefarm Records named Sami Tenetz expected from you as a band? Could it be said that he´s also pleased how things have been working out between both parties so far? Any areas between your cooperation where some improvement and progression could be done from your point of view?

Marko: At first he seemed only focusing on the other bands than us and the whole release of VOIMASTA JA KUNNIASTA was very rushed after all, lacking a good promotion and everything. However, for our surprise the album sold pretty well. With KIVENKANTAJA everything was in a good order and schedules were done right. They paid much more attention for promoting the album and maybe they will get us to tours as well.

 

 

Speaking of touring, you just did Nummirock festival which obviously could be considered as some sort of success for the band, correct? Any ´wild & hot´ stories to be shared with the readers of Metal-Rules.com from that particular event?

Marko: The show was pretty intense and we were very drunk (as every Finn on the Midsummer´s Eve). The crowd was amazingly crazy and we had lots of fun. Mitja and our mixing guy had this “joke fight” and it kinda got out of their hands. Result: Mitja broke his neck and his little finger. They rushed to the hospital next morning. Luckily the neck was only strained and he got this very stupid looking neck support! He´s alright now...

 

 

Next up, you´ll be doing both Tuska festival on 11th of July - and only one day after that, you will also travel to Ilosaarirock festival and conquer the stage over there. What kind of expectations does each of you have about those forth-coming events, well, besides lots of hard boozing and self-blasphemy sessions, of course?

Marko: I don´t think we will booze so much before those shows. We never go on stage totally wasted (except Nummirock). I don´t see it very amusing thing to do for the paying audience. Of course it could look funny but after two fucked-up songs it gets boring. So, we´re quite a sober band onstage. Our national TV will be in Tuska doing some document and they´re going to record all the shows, so we´ve to prepare ourselves very well.

 

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If you got your own headlining tour arranged some day, what bands would you personally like to take on tour with you?

Marko: I could tour with whomever, but to answer to your question, it would be with Thyrfing, Rapture and Ajattara.

 

 

Can you say or at least make some constructive speculation how important of a band Moonsorrow is for Sami anyway? Does he treat and care for you equally with some other bands on his label or do you sometimes even feel you are in some sort of a special yet privileged position on his list of ´the most important bands for Spikefarm for some reason or the other?

Marko: Nowadays we seem to be a very important band in Spike´s roster and I think we have earned that position through hard work. I don´t think any label boss gives you any good response if you just wank off at home everyday playing some Play Station only. We´ve worked hard with Moonsorrow on our own and they seem to appreciate that very much.

 

 

So could you actually claim that you are, if not the biggest band, then at least one of the biggest bands on Spikefarm? I guess bands on Spikefarm such as Finntroll and Kalmah seem to be in an equal position with Moonsorrow if overall the popularity of Spike -bands can be measured by record selling indicators and stuff like that?

Marko: I´m sorry Luxi but I don´t see much point talking about this because personally I´m not interested in who´s selling and how many albums. And who´s the most important band to someone. I really don´t care. I could never say no to money but still I´ve never done music for the money. If I was I´d do some disco shit or something.

 

 

You are not the only band from Finland churning out folkish sounding Viking Metal. Bands like Turisas, Ensiferum, Cadacross and of course Finntroll, are also sharing that relatively Folk -inspired playground with you - some musically and some even conceptually. What do you guys honestly think of your warrior mates musically?

Marko: Some of them I like very much. Some of them are very talented. Some of them are unproductive. Still we´re good friends with all of them.

Ville: ‘nuff said.

 

 

What about some other Viking/Folk -sounding acts outside of Finland that you like? I guess you might have a fistful of recommendations under your warrior helmets, so feel free to raise a toast for those warriors next...

Marko: Without categorizing my greetings to Thyrfing, Ultima Thule, Midgårds Söner, Skyclad, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys and the “big B”!

 

 

I know it´s always hard to predict the future, but what will be behind the next corner for the Moonsorrow -camp within a year? I bet you have already been pondering your next ´warplan´ at least a little bit as far as your musical crusade will continue from KIVENKANTAJA on toward the next year? Is there still something you would like to make musically with Moonsorrow - like trying out some totally new instruments and sounds in Moonsorrow?

Marko: As I said before we´re re-releasing SUDEN UNI with some serious bonus material for example two music videos, bonus song, and perhaps some live footage too. And totally new cover artwork as a crown. The new Moonsorrow album sees the day in the beginning of 2005 so I hope everybody into Epic Heathen Metal ™ can wait for that. It´s gonna crush!!!

 

 

Your music obviously isn´t meant for everyone, so I was wondering whether there are some countries there that are kind of tough to conquer by your very pompous ´Heathen Viking Metal´ symphonies?

Marko: Of course we have the most fans in the northern countries and in Europe and pretty much in the States too. Also I´ve received many emails from the South America. I guess there´s much to conquer but we´re not that kind of band. We do our shit and if somebody somewhere likes it, good...! We would love to play abroad Finland, but so far we haven´t been so lucky. Maybe next year...

 

 

Are some of these countries in question the ones you´d like to play live some day, too?

Marko: I´d like to play wherever.

 

 

Can you remember what´s the most hilarious and amusing thing you have been able to read about Moonsorrow during all these years? Something into vein of raping young girls onstage while you are performing or something alike?

Marko: The reviews of Moonsorrow albums in Close Up magazine! Try to find them and you know why, hah!

 

 

Well, I guess that´s all I can think of now. If there´s anything vitally worth-mentioning or anything you´d like to add to this interview about Moonsorrow that I may have left out of my questions, then feel free to answer. I, however, want to thank you guys for your time and wish you all the best with Moonsorrow in the future!! Thank you Marko and Ville; I raise a horn full of warrior´s nectar for you... kippis!!

Marko: Kiitti vitusti Luxi (jälleen kerran)! Lisää simaa...!!! Ville: Kiitti niin perkeleesti, ja sori että tähän vastailemiseen meni niin kauan... Enjoy the summer, it's only once in a year!

 


Band Website: www.moonsorrow.com