Hello hope everyone's week is starting out good? Here is a new interview with Canada's Hiverna who has just released their second cd "IIMacabre" the band does a great job of mixing extreme metal and folkish elements. so if you enjoy these styles then definitely give the Hiverna a listen.
Interview with Bardunor vocalist,guitarist for Hiverna done by Patrick
1.Hello Bardunor when did you first become interested in playing music? What was the first instrument you learned to play?
I got into music in high-school when I got my first electric guitar. That’s when I started to create.
2.When did you get the idea to form Hiverna? How did you come up with the name for the project? For the reader's who have never heard Hiverna's music how would you describe it?
Hiver means winter in French. This beautiful freezing season takes a big part of our years, here, in the north. The whole concept of snowy landscapes and frozen trees always stuck to the music that got out of my head. I would describe Hiverna as a blend between extreme northern music and Quebec’s folkloric music of old.
3.Hiverna has just released their second cd "II Macabre" how long did it take you to write the music for the new release? Where do you draw inspiration for the lyrics?
I.Folklore and II.Macabre were both written between 2003 and 2006. At the time, I hadn’t the resources I needed to record and produce my music as I wanted it to be. Therefore, Hiverna became real much later. Hiverna is a project that reflects nature and the old ways, ideologically disagreeing with most of the choices made by modern man. Inspiration comes from the mountains, rivers and deep old forests.
4. "IIMacabre is a self released cd are you looking for a label or do you prefer to keep the band independent?How has the response been from the fans? what about the press?
I’m used to do things myself and without constraints. My work now grows under a name: Oaken Forge. Though it’s not an industrial label, it gives me the opportunity to structure my released items under a single sigil. I must say I never was keen to do mass promo and such so I was amazed by the positive global response to Macabre on the Internet. Thanks to all the webzines and reviewers for the help!
5.Bardunor how do you feel Hiverna's music has changed over the years?
As the music for Hiverna was written in my High-School years, all it got from aging (before it was released) was add-ons of some leads, some flute lines, some experimental sprees. The ideas and the core music stayed the same. As for the albums, I think the major change was the sound, which, in my opinion, got better on II.Macabre.
6. Hiverna comes out of the Canadian metal scene what is your opinion of Canada's metal scene?
Let’s say we are a little family. You have to understand that in Quebec, metal isn’t really carved in the traditions and global interests of the people. Our scene is much more alive out of our homeland.
7.Who are your all time favorite Canadian bands? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out?
I’d say Patrick Watson band. Amazing music. For the metal genre, I’d go for Martyr and old Cryptopsy. As for new projects, I’d tell you to check out Acedia from Quebec.
8. Bardunor you handle the vocals for the band when did you first become interested in singing/growling? Do you do anything special to keep your voice/throat healthy?
It may sound odd but I have to admit growling always came naturally for me. It began near the age of 12, when I realized I could imitate the vocalist of Dying Fetus. (I was more into Death Metal music at the time… teenagers)
9. Bardunor are you or any of the members of Hiverna currently working with other bands or solo projects?
For now, Froidure is travelling across the globe and Doom and me are thinking of maybe building a new live line-up for Hiverna for 2015. As for solo projects, you can go listen to Crépuscule (atmospheric/black metal), Demain Wendigo (Folk/Acoustic soundscape) and Ours (dark experimental music).
10.When not working on band music or promotion what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I am a teacher in Maths and Ethics in a northern school. I also do paintings, professional photography, writing, and I spend a lot of time in the forest.
11.Bardunor thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview.Do you have any final comments for the readers?
Thanks to you and all MNQ fans for the support. Remember you aren’t the center of the world, have yourself a good life and a good death.