Jyri Vahvanen (guitar/lyrics) from Battlelore
Interviewed by Theis
"Battlelore is a metal band from Lappeenranta, Finland. All of Battlelore’s lyrics concern J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Battlelore mixes female vocals with harsh male growling in "beauty and the beast" duet, backed by heavy guitar riffing and occasional keyboard interludes. The band’s style takes elements from gothic metal, folk metal, power metal, and melodic death metal. Because of the ambiguity of Battlelore’s music, different reviewers have labeled the band with each of these, as well as idiosyncratic terms such as "epic metal" or "fantasy metal". Battlelore’s songs are all centered around J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Tolkien inspiration also includes a distinctive stage pseudo-medieval dress and make-up. Battlelore newest album, Doombound, came out in January 2011."