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Monday, September 9, 2013

Caladmor Interview

 answered by: Babs Brawand (vocals) & Maede Baumann (vocals/drums/synths)

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Babs: These days are quite busy and exciting as well, as some days ago our second full-length album 'Of Stones and Stars' finally came out! We worked hard on it the past two years, so now we're of course quite curious about what the audience will say  - I hope theywill like it! :)

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous releases?
Babs: In typical Caladmor manner we just tried very different styles and genres on our album, so every song is in one way quite different from the other, but still you can hear Caladmor in every of them. That really was our aim: To do what we want to but without losing our typical trade mark. And in my opinion we succeeded. :)
Compared to 'Midwinter', our first full-length album, we worked even more with choirs in order to make the sound more epic. On 'Of Stones and Stars' you can also clearly hear the improvement of every musician of the band, especially of the female vocals.

Maede: The new Album is also harder and faster in some aspects, we have more agressive guitar riffings. But none the less, it's more epic!

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?
Babs: I'd say the main topic of the album is enlightment and wisdom. To follow these subjects we wove a lot of different myths and legends in our songs, such as the greek tale of the odyssey ('Curse of the Gods') as well as the one of Promethee (Helios Sky); old northern european myths such as the story of Alvíss (who has to prove his wisdom to Thor) and about Yggdrasil (Mimirs Born) as well as Ragnarök/Doom's Day (Heralds of Doom). As the name is saying, 'Laudine's Lament' is telling the wailing of Hartmann von Aue's Laudine crying about her dead husband. In 'A Nymph's Lure' you'll find a cursed and lonely mermaid tearing a sailor down to the seabed; 'Taberna Trollis' is the safe place for travellers not being eaten by some hungry spirits of the forest :) While 'The Raid' is telling about a mercenary's dilemma, 'Dawn of the Deceiver' is in some way lirically different from all the others, as it deals with greed, egoists and too big manager salaries.

4. I know that the band started out as Pale, what was the decision behind the name change and also how do you feel the music has evolved since them?
Babs: Indeed the band started 2001 under the name Pale and compared to the sound of Caladmor today we were in the beginning more dedicated to our "Grungey side of life" and thus made some kind of 'Alternative Metal' much influenced by Nirvana, Hole, Pearl Jam and more great bands like that. During the years our sound grew heavier and darker and so more and more moved on to Metal. In 2008 when we decided to make our first album 'Midwinter' we also wanted to leave the past behind and have a new beginning with a first full-length album and a new name, expressing more what our sound is like - Caladmor means "dark light" and this is exactly the paradox that can be found in our music.

Maede: "Caladmor" is Sindarin language from Tolkiens Lord of the Rings by the way.. :)

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Caladmor?
please see above

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
Babs: The best shows have always been those on which the audience and Caladmor has fully melted together to one piece - sounding a bit strange so far, this is really it: To me, it's like the best drug ever to feel that the audience in front of us is totally with us and our music. It's only then when I lose my fear of doing or saying something stupid actually ;) Luckily we quite often have awesome crowds on our concert and thus had already a lot of great shows - just recently our CD release show for example!
Our stage performance could be described as wild, very spontaneous - sometimes even a bit weird though and always not too serious, but always a hell of party! :)

7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Babs: As we were quite busy with the album release the past half year, we couldn't make any definitive plans so far, but the idea is to get around with the album a little bit. We'd love touring our neighbour's countries and visiting all the nice people outside our country :) This of course is a question of money and unfortunately we first have to check our possibilities before being able to take any decisions :) But we're defenitely looking forward to realize our ideas!

8. On the new recording,  you have some quest appearances  from  Chrigel  Glanzmann  of  Eluveite, how did you get in contact with this musician and also where you satisfied with the final results?
Babs: Maede and me met Chrigel and Anna Murphy several times some years ago - I think it was shortly before Eluveitie's third album 'Slania' came out - in a pub in Zurich and had some drinks together. And so throughout the years Maede and Chrigel kept in touch. After Maede had completed the composing of 'Dawn of the Deceiver' we all at once knew that there could only be one who would be able to play the whistles the way Maede wanted them to sound: Chrigel! So Maede asked him and Chrigel immediately agreed to help us with some whistles and bagpipes - it was his idea actually to therefore use the beautiful Uilleann Pipes on 'Dawn of the Deceiver'and 'Heralds of Doom'. And the result is just mind blowing I'd say!

Maede: We have actually seen Eluveitie long time ago at their release shows of the first two Albums! :)

9.For the new album you are unsigned, are you planning on having a label release the album in the future?
Babs: Thanks to wonderful Markus Eck from we get along quite good with the album release so far, even when being unsigned. As you may know, we've made our experience with our former label Twilight Records. The bankruptcy of them made us a bit sensitive on that subject. But we'd love to have a label though that would help us especially with touring/booking and the distribution of our CD outside Switzerland. So yes, we're still looking for a label, but it depends what deal they are offering.

10. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the new album by fans of folk metal?
Babs: The first echos have just been more than overwhelming so far! Our audience seem to like that we put in our album very different types of metal, somehow this seems to be very appreciated - meaning the audience is very open minded and cool! Thank you all for that!

11.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Maede: I have written a few new song ideas already, there is a very nice drinking humpa song and some epic and melodic death metal songs (rough ideas and demos).Babs: As both our releases showed such great diversity regarding style and genre, this is really difficult to say. Surely there will be more stuff like the songs 'Midwinter' and 'Alvíssmál' - heavy, mystical riffs with a dark depth in it, but as usual we'll just see what's growing during the writing sessions; anything can happen! :)

12.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Babs: Well, some influences certainly audible are bands like Moonsorrow, Amon Amarth, Ensiferum, Amorphis and of course Eluveitie. Especially Maede loves to listen to all these bands and as he has written almost the whole new album it is no wonder that these bands can be heard... Besides, our bass player is listening to stuff like Primus who have influenced his bass play a lot - our guitarist Nick is more influenced by classic rock and other old stuff such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, but also by some Black Metal Bands. The other guitarist Mäsi is more into Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum and Devildriver - and last but not least we all adore good Celtic Folk Music! My main influence are bands like The Gathering and Amorphis as well as Loreena McKennitt.

13.How would you describe your views on Paganism?
Babs: It's a very interesting movement with a lot of different facets and characteristics, but I'd see myself outside this movement as I simply don't know enough about it. What I definitely like about some pagan views is the aspect of honour "mother nature" and of taking care about other beings. And of course I love especially old greek and german myths and stories and tales, which is also somehow related to Paganism I guess.

14.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Babs: I still have to finish my studies at the University in german, history and philosophy, so this is taking a lot of time beside Caladmor and all the other musical projects - but if still there is some little time left, I love to invite friends, to sew my own stage dresses, to paint a little bit and to read.

Maede: As u can see from our lyrics, we are interested in philosophy and ethics. :)
And by the way: I'm brewing mead and beer, and I will soon open a webshop!

Babs: ... the best thing about Maede's special interest: Me and the guys from the band are always to first to have a taste of Maede's new beer and mead creations :D

15.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Babs: Well first of all: Thank you very much for this interview! It was really a pleasure to us.
Of course all you readers out there are welcome to drop by on our website or facebook and have a look&ear on our new album Of Stones and Stars! Looking forward to meeting you one day!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Caladmor/Of Stones And Stars/2013 CD Review

  Caladmor  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  gothic/folk  metal  with  black  and  death  metal  influences  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  album  "Of  Stones  And  Stars".

  "Curse  Of  The  Gods"  begins  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  before  kicking  into  some  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  setting  up  the  mood  for  some  male  and  female  vocals  which  mix  in  with  the  screams  and  growls  along  with  the  song  adding  in  some  folk  melodies  with  the  metal  riffing  and  the  song  keeps  around  the  leads  and  towards  the  end  you  can  hear  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitar  playing.

  "The  Raid" begins  with  some  heavy  metal  guitar  riffs  and  drums  setting  up  the  mood  for  some  death  metal  growls  and  melodic  guitar  leads  while  keeping  around  the  rhythms  and  adding  in    female  melodic  vocals  which  mix  in  with  the  growls  and  as  the  song  moves  on  the  guitars  get  cleaner  and  mix  in  some  violins  as  well  as  some  powerful  bass  lines,  which  leads  to  the  music  getting  heavy  again  and  adding  in  spoken  word  parts  briefly  before  adding  in  a  black  metal  scream  which  leads  to  the  return  of  the  growls  and  female  vocals.

  "Of  Stones  And  Stars"  begins  with  some  folk  music  style  acoustic  guitars  which  utilize  both  finger  picking  and  full  chords  before  kicking  into  heavy  riffs,  drums,  melodic leads  and  screams  which  lead  to  the  male  and  female  vocals  coming  out  while  also  keeping  the  screams  around  and  as  the  song  moves  on  you  can  hear  some  more  melodic  solos  at  times,  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  goes  back  to  its  folk  roots  briefly  before  returning  to  the  heavier  elements.

  "Dawn  Of  The  Deciever"  begins  with  some  some  heavy  rhythm  guitars,  melodic  leads  and  drums  which  lead  to  some  folk  instruments  getting  added  in  setting  up  the  mood  for  some  melodic  male  and  female  vocals  along  with  the  death  metal  growls  coming  in  briefly  after  that  and  as  the  song  moves  on  the  growls  start  adding  in  some  more  blackened  elements  as  well  as  the  bass  playing  getting  more  stronger  which  also  leads  to  some  melodic  solos  before  going  into  acoustic  guitars  and  whispers  but  keeping  around  the  melodic  vocals  before  returning  to  its  heavier  roots.

  "Alvissmal"  begins  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  which  in  return  leads  to  some  powerful  bass  playing  and  pagan/black  metal  screams  which  also  mix  in  death  metal  elements  before  going  into  a  jews  harp,  violins,  male  and  female  vocals  and  the  song  stays  in  the  same  direction  for  a  few  minutes  before  going  into  a  more  folk  music  direction  with  the  acoustic  guitars  briefly  before  returning  to  its  heavier  roots  and  mixing  in  viking  chants  and  synths.

  "Laudine's  Lament"  begins  with  some  soft  acoustic  guitars  which  utilize  both  finger  picking  and  full  chords  before  bringing  in  the  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  setting  up  the  mood  for  some  violins  and  female  vocals  along  with  some  powerful  bass  playing  and  as  the  song  moves  on  the  guitars  starting  getting  more  melodic  sounding  along  with  some  leads which  leads  to  some  male  vocals  mixing  with  the  female  singing.

  "Mimirs  Born"  begins  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffs,  melodic  leads,  drums  and  powerful  bass playing  which  leads  to  some  grim  screams  and  as  the  song  moves  on  the  male  and  female  vocals  start  kicking  in  and  as  the  song  moves  on  it  gets  more  diverse  along  with  some  more  melodic  guitar  solos.

  "A  Nymph's  Lure"  begins  with  nature  sounds  before  heading  into  a  melodic  guitar  lead  which  leads  to  some  heavy  guitar  rhythms  and  drums  setting  up  the  mood  for  some  female  vocals  as  well  as  the  riffing  getting  more  melodic  and  as  the  song  moves  on  black/death  metal  vocals  make  their  presence  known  along  with  some  background  synths  while  also  keeping  around  the  melodic  vocals  and  towards  the  end  their  is  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  solos  before  closing  with  nature  sounds.

  "Heralds  Of  Doom"  begins  with  animal  sounds  before  going  into  a  heavy  viking  metal  guitar  riff  along  with  some  drums  before  going  soft  for  a  second  and  adding  in  male  vocals  which  leads  to t he  music  getting  heavy  again  and  bringing  in  the  female  parts  which  also  lead  to  some  death  metal  vocals  making t heir  presence  known  and  as  the  song  moves  in  it  goes  more  into  folk  instruments  and  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  "Taberna  Trollis"  begins  with  nature  and  walking  sounds  before  going   into  some  folk  instruments  which  leads  to  heavy  guitar  riffs,  drums,  aggressive  and  melodic  vocals  which  lead  to  a  brief  use  of  pagan  chants  as  well  as  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  as  the  song  moves  on  you  can  hear  some  powerful  bass  playing.

  "Helios  Sky"  begins  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  drums  which  lead  to  some  female  vocals  while  also  keeping  the  leads  around  and  mixing  in  some  rhythm  guitars  along  with  the  leads  which  also  leads  to  some  male  and  female  vocals  joining  forces  together.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Mythology  and  Fantasy  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all   of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  album.

  In  my  opinion  Caladmor  are  a  very  great  sounding  gothic/folk  metal  band  with  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Curse  Of  The  Gods"  "Dawn  Of  The  Deciever"  "Mimirs  Born"  and  "Heralds  Of  Doom".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.