Wednesday, May 7, 2014

interview with battlelore done by patrick

here is a interview that i was lucky enough to get with tomi of the mighty battlelore.i have been a fan of this band for years now.if you have never checked out this band for whatever reason. do it now!! a great mic of epic,melodic and some brutal death metal. the duo of tomi and kaisa are probably some of the best male/female vocals i have ever heard and both compliment each other nicely.
i hope you enjoy what you read.
patrick and winter torment web-zine

interview with tomi mykkanen vocalist for battlelore.done by patrick

1.hello tomi first off thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to fill this out. please tell the readers a little about yourself.

- Well hello Patrick! No, thank You for the interview, mate. I'm Tomi, vocalist of Battlelore. I'm an old geezer who grew up with Maiden. I'm musically quite active but I don't have enough time to let all the music come out.

2.when did you first start listening to metal?who were some of the first bands that caught your attention? who are some of your "current"favorites?

- As I said I was grown up with Maiden. I was a young dude and I remember liking Joan Jett's I Love Rock'n'Roll and Stray Cats but then I heard The Number of the Beast from my cousin and that was it. I remember that I needed to save the money for the LP a long time and I was so proud when I finally got it. I think I was 7 or 8 years old. After discovering all the good music I used to first listen to all this heavy metal stuff that came out like Dio, WASP, Accept, Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Judas Priest and stuff like that. Then came thrash. And then death and black stuff. After that it all fused up and nowadays I listen to whatever I feel like. I'm not too puritan with my music. Hah! From early delta blues to black metal. Lately I've been listening a lot to early 90s death metal joined battlelore in 2004. how did you come into contact with the other members of battlelore? who were some of the other bands you worked with/sung for before joining battlelore?

- Actually I was in a fishing competition when Jyri called me and asked if I was able to come on their tour to fill in. I asked him if he or Jussi are not going... he told me that they're both going. I was pretty "what the fuck?" as I'm a guitar player myself. So, then I thought that Miika is not going and they need someone to play the bass. Then Jyri told me that I'd need to fill in for Patrik. I was really surprised and asked him why he called me. I'm no singer. I had done some backing vocals in Evemaster-gigs and some vocals in our Slayer coverband but nothing more. Jyri told me that he had seen me live with Evemaster and he'd like me to try with Battlelore. Then I told him that I need to think about this for a moment. After a day or do we talked again and I said that I'm upto trying a few songs with them. After a slow start it all started clicking and on the tour I was. what age did you become interested in singing?who would you say are some of your influences/favorite singers?

- As I told you, I never actually did come interested. I think that lately I've become more interested in it and I'm actually looking for the studio session for the next album in 2 weeks. Hahah! There are a few death metal -related vocalists whom I appreciate a lot like Dan Swanö, Barney Greenway, Jan from Gorefest, Mikael Åkerfeldt (mainly for his cleans), Tomi Joutsen from Amorphis... As you can see I'm not into these deeper growlers and that's why I'm myself more a shouter than growler. I just like that style more. you do anything special to keep your throat healthy?besides singing do you play any other instrumnents?

- No, I don't do anything for my voice. I never even open my voice before gigs or recording. Just start shouting. I know that I should but so far, so good. My main instrument is guitar but I'm able to play some keys, bass, drums. A few licks on harmonica as well. Hahah!

6.battlelore released their 5th album through the mighty napalm long did it take to write/record songs for this release? are the band members happy with how the songs turned out? how was/is the response from the press and fans?

- It didn't take that long to write that album. I think it's about 6 months of work and then we are quite ready for the recording. I think that we all are still very satisfied with that album. Of course it's getting old for us as the recordings for the next album are already underway and we are concentrated on those songs now. The main work and demoing for the new songs started early this year and studio session started early June.

7.i know over the years the bands has done many tours/shows throughout europe. who are some bands you have played with? if you could set-up a "dream" show/tour who would you love to play with? are their any countries that battlelore hasn't played yet that you would like to?

- I'd like to tour USA and then play in Japan. Those are the dreams. Of course we have lots of countries we haven't played in yet and they would probably rock. But I've had these "dream steps" when I started my musical life, you know like, first rehearsal, first gig, first demo, first album, gig abroad, tour, US tour, Japan. Then I think I'd be pretty much done. Hahahah! We've played with so many cool bands that it's hard to mention anyone. I have to say that Leaves' Eyes were extremely cool and nice people. Still keeping in touch. 2 weeks ago we played with Grand Magus and Wolf. Excellent guys even though they come from Sweden. Hahah, just kidding. mentioned in previous question the band has been doing alot of touring but have you all had time to begin work on the next battlelore release?do you know how many songs will be on this release? any idea of a "release" date?

- Yep, sessions started for the new album. I think we have 11 or so songs to be recorded plus some intro/outro-stuff. I think not all of those songs will be on the album. Napalm will probably release some extensive digi-pack again and we'll probably use 2 songs on that one. Not sure yet. The album should be done by the end of July and then Napalm needs about 3 months for promotion so I'd say the album will be released around October 2010. thing i have always enjoyed about battlelore's music is that each album is completly different from the previous this something the band tries to do each time it begins writing a new song/release or does it just come naturally? just curious do you have a "personal"favorite battlelore song and release?

- It comes out naturally as we all grow musically. We don't have any idea how the next album will turn out to be before all the songs are done. I think that these new songs are a bit old school-ish Battlelore. Lots of grinding guitars. Can't really wait to see how the album will turn out to be. Probably a bit heavier and faster than The Last Alliance.
- It's a bit hard for me to say about personal BLore-faves as 2 first albums doesn't feature me so I'm looking those more from "a fans view" than the other ones. But if we think about the live situation then I do have some favourites... for some reason I love Fangorn. It's really easy for me to do vocals for and it drives forth nicely. We Are the Legions is also always very cool in live. We've done Khazad-Dum 1 live a few times and it's extra cool as well. And Journey To Undying Lands even though it's a bit "too played" but still it works very well. That song oozes Battlelore. Hahah!

10.finland to me has always had a strong metal scene.whether it is death,doom,black etc. and their own sound/identity.would you agree with this? what is your opinion of finland's metal scene?

- Well, I think that we do have many cool bands who strive to originality. Of course we have also many bands that are joining whichever bandwagon is moving. Hah!

11.who are some of your all-time finnish metal bands? are their any new up and coming bands you think the readers should watch out for?

- Damn hard question! Xysma were great and pioneering in many ways. Amorphis of course. Impaled Nazarene and Beherit. There are many new bands coming up but not sure if any of those are still able to hit it big. I'm now listening to Moonsorrow and they are cool of course. have been a part of the metal scene for many years now. how do you feel the scene has changed over the years?

- Well, internet changed everything in the late 90s. Before that I was in the tape-trading, snail-mail sending -circuits and they were very fun times. Everything exploded when internet came. Nowadays it's easier to form bands and record your own stuff and release it that this of course generates loads and loads of shit released. So, it's harder to find the good stuff. Or maybe the thing has changed that you are waiting nowadays more from a new band... I don't know.

13.coming back to the band for a moment the bands main lyrical inspiration has been j.r tolkien and the lord of the rings trilogy.what is it about this author and the series that inspires yourself and the band so much?

- It's not about LotR that much actually, most of our stuff come from Silmarillion and the world created by Tolkien. It's just so huge and magical. Of course the Kalevala references are very fertile ground for us as Finns. On the coming album we are concentrating on Turin Turambar and his tragic journey. Turin is somehow based on this character from Kalevala called Kullervo. Very sad and tragic tale.

14.are their any other fantasy writers you enjoy reading? if yes please tell us a little about them.

- I don't personally read that much other fantasy stuff. Jyri, Jussi and Maria are more into that stuff. I like reading some horror stuff like H.P. Lovecraft. I also enjoy biographies. Lately I've read stuff like Keith Richards' bio, Dirt (Mötley Crüe), Lemmy, couple of Jimi Hendrix books, The Lords of Chaos, Pink Floyd, Heroine Diaries by Nikki Sixx... stuff like that

15.when the dark day comes {i personally hope it NEVER comes} that battlelore lays down their swords and the band breaks would you like the fans to remember you and battlelore?

- For the live shows. I know that this day will come but we've had a fun ride so far. I hope that our fans remember us as the fun-loving, beer-drinking guys and gals. And of course for the many good songs we wrote! are also in the side band evemaster. when did you get the idea to create/join this band? how would you say evemaster's music is different from battlelore's?

- Evemaster is not a side band, Battlore is more like that. Haha! I formed Evemaster in 1996 when I did couple of songs that didn't fit to either my bands active then (Mortal God and SoulSet). So, me and Jarno (vocalist of Mortal God) decided to record the songs by ourselves and released the demo early '97. Then we did the first album, second album and our newest album "III" was released a week ago in Scandiavia. Excellent stuff! It's very different from Battlelore. First of all it's a lot harder and of course there are no female vocals on it. It's more guitar oriented stuff compared to BLore.

17.does evemaster have a new release coming out anytime soon? will you work with napalm records or have you found another label to work with for evemaster?

- Yes, like I said earlier our newest album "III" was released a week ago in Scandinavia. Rest of the world will follow later in the autumn. It's not released by Napalm as they didn't want to release it. I think Jarno's tits are not beautiful enough for them! Hahaha! The album is released by Supernova Records from Sweden lead by Johnny Hagel formerly of Tiamat and Sundown.

18.besides evemaster are you or any of the members of battlelore involved with side-projects? if yes please tell us about them.

- Yeah. I have also a few bands/projects I'm working on like Elephant Bell. Maria and Timo have their old Elderthrones. Timo has a few other projects as well. Weird stuff. Jussi is playing in his old punk band Armija Krajova. Jyri has some projects running all the time. Henkka plays also in couple of different projects. So, there are something else happening all the time. Haha!

19.when not working with the bands what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
- Well, I have a house. That takes some time. Of course all of us are working for living so it takes most of the time. We also have families and stuff so there's not that much time to spare really.

20.well tomi we have reached the end of the interview thank you again for doing this interview with me. do you have any final comments for the readers?

- Excellentos! Thanks for this review. Hopefully I was fair-worded enough. Hah! Have fun and check out our new album later this year. If you see us coming close to you don't hesitate coming! Cheers!

to keep up with all the latest battlelore news and upcoming show dates check out the bands sites.
battlelore "official"myspace page
battlelore "official" web-site