from Bodø in the northern part of Norway, ISKALD is about to
release their second full-length album, ‘Revelations of Reckoning Day’,
through Indie Recordings this fall."Iskald represents ice cold and
crystal clear black metal from the land of the midnight sun. and with
this surprisingly mature album they shine like aurora borealis on the
northern black metal hemnisphere. Fueled by the devotion to Norse
mythology and the inspiration of arctic surroundings, founding members
Simon Larsen and Aage Krekling, started up their black metal project,
ISKALD in early 2005. After a demo, the first EP ‘Northern Twilight’
was completed by the end of the year. The EP was self financed and the
pressing was limited to 400 copies and was soon to be a valuable
September 2006 ISKALD entered Ballerina Audio (Vintersorg,
Naglfar) to record their full length debut; ‘Shades of Misery’. In March
2007 the album was released by Indie Recordings. At its peak, ‘Shades of
Misery’ hits you like a snow blizzard, and at it most melodic - the
brilliant riffs send ice cold shivers down your spine. The response from
both press and fans all around the world has been outstanding so far.
releasing ‘Shades of Misery’, a live line-up was completed with session
members Rene Zonneveld and Espen Solstad, resulting in some live gigs
the rest of the year… In March 2008 Iskald played at the Inferno
Festival with bands like Satyricon, Gorgoroth and Behemoth.
It has been
almost two years since ‘Shades of Misery’ was recorded… This fall
ISKALD returns with a new diabolical masterpiece. The album was
recorded in Berlin, July 2008, produced by Stamos Koiousis and Vangelis
Labrakis (Mencea/Stonegard). With ‘Revelations of Reckoning Day’
ISKALD will mark the start of a new era, bringing their listeners
further down into the abyss. A new edge and momentum has found its way
into the band. ISKALD sounds blacker than ever before. September
29th is the Day of Reckoning!
So there is
much to talk about, and here you can read what
to say to the readers of Metal-Experience.com
all, congratulations on your new album ‘Revelations
of Reckoning Day’
which is about to be released. Could you start this interview off with a
short introduction of the band for our readers?
Krekling and Arne Aalstad started Iskald in Sortland, Norway at the
beginning of 2005. We recorded an EP in 2005, and then there were some
lineup changes and me and Aage ended up as a two-man band in 2006,
recording Shades of Misery in Ballerina Audio in Sweden, which Indie
Recordings released in 2007. Since then we have done a number of
concerts, one at Inferno Festival and some other shows around Norway. We
went to Berlin in June 2008 and recorded “Revelations of Reckoning Day”,
which was released September 15th in Norway, also by Indie
2006 album 'Shades of Misery' has been re-released by Indie Recordings.
Was the re-release a step forward in production/sound terms or did you
decide to rerelease it simply because it was out of print?
It’s not a
rerelease, it’s just that we had recorded the album in the autumn of
2006, and since then we have been looking for a record label to release
it. Everything was ready for the release, so it was just waiting until
we could get a good deal with a record label. We took our time, and so
in February I think, we made a deal with Indie Recordings.
happy with the effort that Indie Recordings puts into your band?
really satisfied with the work that they are doing. They are doing an
amazing job regarding the promotion, and it feels very good to work with
you launch into writing the material for ‘Revelations of Reckoning Day’
after your previous album, did ideas come easily so that you just had to
write them down or was it more of a careful composing thing?
right away after returning from Ballerina Audio in 2006. It felt right
to start writing new material at that point actually. Some good ideas
came, but no complete songs. And so the last year has been very hard for
me in terms of making this album. I am writing the songs and doing most
of the arrangements, and nothing felt right until some months before
entering the studio. I wrote several songs that I just had to throw
away, because I didn’t like them, but slowly the songs started to sound
good. So we did a pre-production in May, and at that point we understood
that this material is amazing.
songs contain many changes in riffs and structures, in comparison with
some bands who only use a couple of riffs. Was this a conscious choice
or did this just happen during the writing process?
how I write music. I like to add details, and make unexpected parts
compared to what has happened earlier in the song. It makes an album
last longer, so you can listen to it a thousand times instead of ten,
before you are fed up with it. So it’s kind of a conscious choice which
were the goals that you had in mind when you started to record
of Reckoning Day’, any elements you definitely wanted to have on the
only goal was to make an album which was even more perfect(!) than the
last album we did. We write this music only for ourselves, so the goal
was sort of making another album with the music we like to listen to. We
also wanted this album to be a bit blacker than the last one, so that
was basically the only “element” we wanted to add.
you please describe the implications of the title
of Reckoning Day’, what does it stand for and is there a special meaning
Many of the
lyrics are about Doomsday, so that’s why we wanted a title that
represented the songs on the album. “A Breath of Apocalypse”, “Journey
To Hell” “Ruin of Mankind” and “Dommedag”(Doomsday) are all about the
end of this world, so that’s why we felt like having this monumental
title for this album. The meaning is as simple as “We’re all gonna die”
you decide to record a “Warriors of Northern Twilight pt. II”?
this friend of ours, Sigbjørn Ellingsen, who writes awesome lyrics, and
he came up with “Warriors of Northern Twilight pt.II”, and it
immediately felt right to write a song for these lyrics. It wasn’t easy
to write a song like that, because it had to be a long masterpiece of a
song since he had like 17 verses and also because it’s a pt.II. But I
think the result came out to be exactly what it had to be, and we're
extremely proud to have composed a songs with these lyrics.
do vocals, who is responsible for the lyrical aspect?
writing like half of the lyrics and Sigbjørn is writing the other half.
I just sing the lyrics. Aage only does whispering and some talking
vocals, as I do all the main vocals.
the utmost important ingredient for a song according to you and is there
any typical way that an
song comes into being?
There is no
special ingredient which I can think of, but there is one really
important thing I think. It is that the song makes sense, like not just
playing riffs and finishing the song that way. You have to want
something with your song. For example, one part from early on in the
song may suddenly pop up in the end of the song, just in another
arrangement, if you see what I mean. All Iskald songs have this in them.
Every note has a reason.
back of the promo your influences are mentioned: Norse mythology and the
inspiration you get from arctic surroundings. Could you tell us a bit
more about both?
We like the
Norse mythology because there are so many great stories from that time,
all of them are really interesting. It gives us a lot of inspiration for
lyrics, which sometimes end up as an inspiration for writing a song. And
up here in the north of Norway it’s so cold, that sometimes even in
summer we have to use gloves and a cap outside. I did so in June two
years ago!! So then in the winter, when it’s really cold and dark
outside, the inspiration flows and you get ideas all the time..its just
how it is.
you have any musical influences?
to a lot of music all the time. We also listen to a lot of bands that
are not black metal or extreme metal. So that’s why I think it’s hard to
place us in simply one genre, because it’s a little bit of everything
music generates the actual feeling of walking through snow-covered
landscapes. Is it then logical to compare Iskald to Immortal, as both
bands have that quality?
started Iskald, we wanted to be like Immortal, but we understood that it
was not possible for us, so its funny today when we get compared to
them. I think it makes sense to compare us on behalf of making cold
music, but musically I actually don’t think that we are so alike. But
the atmosphere is in place!
worked with the producing duo Stamos and Vangelis that also produced
some other Indie Recordings artists. Was this the first time you worked
with them, and was it a pleasant cooperation?
It was the
first time we worked with these guys, but it was awesome. They were
extremely experienced, and they understood immediately what we wanted as
a result. It felt really good to work with them, and even if it’s a
cliché, I have to admit that it felt like we had known them for years.
tell us a little about yourself and the kind of things that motivate you
in your writing, your poetry, and your lyrics? What are you personally
Sigbjørn are really into Norse mythology and ancient history, so that’s
their inspiration for a lot of lyrics. Also on the new album, as was
said earlier, there a lot of lyrics about Doomsday, because it’s a great
issue to write about, and it gives you many ideas, both in the lyrical
and musical sense.
you feel about this album – are you satisfied with the outcome or would
you have liked to changed anything in retrospective?
extremely proud to have been a part of this album. At the moment there
is nothing that I would have changed if I had the chance. Maybe in a
couple of months or a year there will be something I would have changed,
but then we’ll just have to be aware of these “mistakes” for the next
had any feedback on the album so far?
been really good feedback actually so far. There have been some really
good reviews, and it seems like there’ more coming.
album be supported by a live tour?
was ready for an Iskald/Gorgoroth Europe tour in October, but things
didn’t work out as they should have, so that tour was cancelled. But we
are working on it at the moment because it’s really important to do a
tour to support an album release.
are your further plans? When can we expect a new album?
rehearse a lot, and do as many live shows as we are able to do. Also we
hope to do some festival playing during the next summer.
hope that there will be a new album. I haven’t started writing music
yet, but I feel the inspiration is coming, and there are some ideas
inside of my head. It’s just a question of starting to record them and
arranging them. So if things go as planned, there will be a new album.
for reading this interview, and I hope you will check out our albums.
See you in
Thanks for your time.
Larsen – Guitar / Bass / Vocals / Keys
Krekling – Drums / Vocals
Solstad – Guitars / Vocals
Zonneveld - Session Bass (Jan. 2007 - March 2008]
Johannessen - Guitar [Jan. 2007 - Jun. 2007]
Lambersøy – Bass / Vocals [Jul. 2005 - Jun. 2006]
Arne Aalstad - Bass [Jan.
2005 - Jun. 2005] R.I.P
Revelations of Reckoning Day (2008)