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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Trobar Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We just released the digital version of our new album "Charivari", the CD version will be released soon, and we will be playing in different cities in eastern canada starting june.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound of the new recording and also how does it differ from the ep you had released in 2011?

Our new album is made of new songs and older songs we couldn't record in 2011 due to time limitations. The result is an album that covers the evolution of our sound from the beginning to today. We could say that Trobar took a more progressive turn last years, but our music is still a recipe with different musical ingredients : black and death metal, folk melodies, psychedelic ambiance, acoustic parts and progressive structures.

3.Your lyrics cover Celtic Mythology, how would you describe your interest in this topic?

We have some celtic elements in our music, but our lyrics are more inspired by Québec's legends and history. For example, we have a lot of legends talking about the devil coming to the surface to take the bad people with him in his trolley. In the last song of our album, "Pactés à mort", the devil comes to a tavern and tells the people that the one that will drink a whole barrel of his beer will have eternal life, and the ones that fail will burn with him in hell. This is a story we created, but we took some elements from our legends.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Trobar'?

Trobar is an old french word describing the art of the minstrels. It has a common etymology with the french word troubadours.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

When we started playing, there were not a lot of folk metal bands in our place, so we really enjoyed when people came to listen to another band of another music style and ended up really enjoying our music. One of those great shows was when we opened for "Mononc Serge et Anonymus" in Rimouski. It was a dream coming true when we opened for Korpiklaani, Moonsorrow, Tyr and Metsatöll in 2012. We also had the chance to play a couple of times with the excellent band Unexpect.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

We will be playing in Québec on june 27, Montréal on june 28, and Rimouski in september. More shows are to be announced.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

For now, we focus on our new album. We want to keep our independence but we stay open for any opportunities that could make our band progress.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of folk metal?

We received a lot of comments and reviews from places in the world we didn't expect. It makes us very proud that people around the world are interested in what we do. The way metal makes connections between people around the world is inspiring.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We already are working on some new songs. In our opinion, these songs are a proof that we are still improving our sound and that the best days are in front of us.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Of course, we have been influenced by folk metal bands like Moonsorrow and Korpiklaani, but we also have influence from Québecois traditional music, more prog bands like Opeth, and 70s English and Québecois prog-rock bands like Jethro Tull, Harmonium, etc. We like to experiment with different kinds of music, for example fusion jazz, funk, various world music, etc.

The six of us listen to a large variety of musical styles, having in common metal music of course.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

People in our band have very diverse interests. We have a physician, a radio operator, some artists (we made our artworks ourself). We are interested in literature, content creation, politics, geography, history, gaming, etc.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thanks for your interest, and don’t forget to listen to our album available on Bandcamp, and to follow us on Facebook!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Trobar/Charivari/2014 CD Review

  Trobar  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  progressive  from  of  folk  metal  with  elements  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  album  "Charivari".

  Nature  sounds  and  synths  start  off  the  album  giving  the  music  a  folk  music  feeling  along  with  acoustic  guitars  that  add  a  progressive  and  medieval  feeling  to  the  recording  and the  band  also  starts  to  add  in  more  folk  instruments.

  After  the  intro  the  music  starts  to  get  heavier  and  goes  into  a  more  folk  metal  direction  along  with  some  growls  and  screams  that  bring  in  the  death  and  black  metal  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  on  some  of  the  alter  tracks  keyboards  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  melodic  pagan  male  and  female  vocals.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  on  the  album  the  music  starts  having  a  more  melodic  and  epic  sounding  feeling  and  the  acoustic  guitars  are  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  tracks  without  taking  away  from  the  heavier  aspects  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  more  tribal  and  prog  elements  later  on  during  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  back  up  pagan  shouts  to  give  the  music  a  more  battle  like  feeling  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  psychedelic  elements  being  added  onto  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  they  also b ring  in  a  couple  of  instrumentals.

  Trobar  bring  a  more  progressive  and  darker  approach  to  their  folk  metal  sound  while  also  mixing  in  the  heaviness  of  black  and  death  metal,  the  production  is  very  professional  sounding  and  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Celtic  Mythology.

  In  my  opinion  Trobar  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive/folk  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Troubadors"  "Le  Sacrifice"  "Tyran"  and  "Pactes  A  Mort".  8  out  of  10.