WITH BLOODSHED WALHALLA: DRAKHEN
Bloodshed Walhalla - CD "The
Battle Will Never End"
Italian label Fog Foundation was born to give voice and to
support underground artistic reality. One man band Bloodshed
Walhalla has released through this label a CD, "The Battle
Will Never End", inspired by Bathory, which attracted the
attention of the Metal Press all over the world. Reviews by many
webzines about this album are still running and got uploaded
online. From the moment that Fog Foundation is based in
Caltagirone (Sicily), it was quite natural for our Sicilian and
Italian editor Salvo Russo to investigate. Drakhen, the artist
behind Bloodshed Walhalla, speaks with our Salvo about Fog
Foundation, epic ambient, Edda, Voluspa , Bathory, and much more.
In our Game of the Tower, Drakhen will save then ...
sound that only Bathory proposed.
start talking with Drakhen…Please,
can you present us this one man band…Why ..one man band?
Is there a particular reason in this choice?
of all i say hi to you all and i say thank you previously for the
chat we are about to have .For me it's really important knowing
that for bw is not possible to perform on stage. The only way to
let bw appear is by media and by playing the music for all the
people who is appreciating my music. Bw was born in 2006 by my
mind.At the beginning the idea was being a Bathory's cover
band,then after some troubles,I changed my mind doing all by
myself.I start finding new sounds,passion,and starting by Bathory's
cover band,i begun playing my music that so many people likes.The
reason of the one man band is just because ,you know, i'm almost
40,and i didn't wanted to restart everything with a job and a
family to care for!This way i can spend all of my spare time to
work on my music and we all know that with a real band it's not
In the Bio, I read about all the troubles before the exit of
this release…Could you tell us about this project in details and
the short story of this album?
problems that can arise when you play in a one man band are
obvious. I play all the instruments and I am not using sound
technicians or experts in the audio industry, I own a mini studio,
home-made, where do vent to my creativity and where I spend entire
nights to find the right combinations to give a face more or less
professional to my band. that like its predecessor was created in
a single week. put on cd but in about six months .. not easy to do
everything in complete solitude, but then when you get to the
product and and you feel very but then when you get to the
finished product and you feel very gratified
for me to sell 10 or 10,000 copies a day is not important how much
you and do what you love and you've always wanted to do.
You’re known in the
from South Italy metal scene …we both know, how difficult is the
metal scene here …are there rooms for a better future ?
it seems weird but bw are played the most out of Italy, thanks to
the Fog Foundation that produced and promoted my
works.We have got contacts all over the world. I'm honestly
disappointed with italy...cause all you need in Italy is
money...if you don't have money you cannot grow up as a musician
even if you play the best music ever! Unfortunately noone would
give anything on a penniless band as mine is !
What do you think about the actual metal scene?
question it's a hitch ! If you asked me this question 15 years ago
i would have answered with pleasure.I got great memories of that
days when metal was great..there were lots of cool bands. Nowadays
if you go look on the net you can find lots of genres of metal
(this is a good thing!) lots of bands that need to get their
chanses! Thanks to internet metal,by my modest point of view, is
the most followed genre in the world.The good side of the net is
the fact that lots of this people just plays for passion and not
just for money...so no needs to copy paste the music.
did you get in touch with Giuseppe & Fog Foundation?
are ecceptions, like meeting Giuseppe (Fog Foundation) that for BW
it'sa blessing! Between us there is friendship there isn't money
but just passion for the music. For us this means to get chance to
have a say.We did get in touch by the net ...the listened to my
demos and they trust in my project...things are going on very
talk about the album…I see that it sounds epic and heroic…but
there’s a sort of “journey” into the twist and turns of
metal….shadows of classic metal are mixed to Viking…what does
the songs describe?
Is there a concept or a particular idea behind the meaning of this
battle will never end it's a kinda concept album about the end of
world as tale in the Book of Voluspa. If you have read something
about the poetic Edda you surely know that the epic and eroic ambient
is a background so music goes on this way. Anyway in my musi words
follows the music.In my songs instruments goes first and after the
words..metal music flows into my blood and i can't help it that's
why i had to mix some metal into viking. It's our sound, not for
self-conceit but i've never listened to a band with our sound till
now!Almost all compares us to Bathory (and they're right !!)it was
my choose and i'm proud of it.But,as you will see in my next works
,things are changing,i can do everything i want as i'm alone
composing,but without changing our eroical-epic sound.
you tell us your main influences?
know,when i was 12 i bought my first metal album -the Ozzy Osbourne
Blizard Ozz-but i already knew all Iron Maiden album
till 1987.I was born with metal, metal it's my life ,but just
after family and job! In the '90 i first listened to Bathory and
since then my musical ideas moved to nordic sounds,that i never
left till now and that i will never leave!
about the future? Are you already planning a new release?
BW are continuously in studio. I'm recording now 7-8 new songs and
if everything goes well you still hear about bw as Bathory
successors. I do not even try to approach the genious of
Quorton,but i needed to let his viking sound that only Bathory
proposed to be still alive! Now there're lots of viking band that
plays viking,but noone (by my opinion) plays pure viking as
bw,some years ago there was ereb altor,but now they changed too.
of the Tower
for you…this is our old “game” you’re on a very high
tower, and three bands are with you…you have to push down two of
them, saving the third one…For you there are….
This is an amazing game ...first of all i'd pull Amon Amarth, only
'cause it would be a sacrilege to pull down Iron or Bathory..can't
and wont do it at all! Anyway i rescue Quorthon!
to you for this wonderful chat ,and i hope to hear from you soon
so we can talk about new album ..