Valfreya Interview 20/02/20
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
Grazzt: Valfreya is a 6 member band from Montreal, Canada. We're playing some symphonic metal with some Norse mythology-inspired lyrics. The band's influences are more related to Moonsorrow, Wintersun and Equilibrium. On a more personal level, i've been more influenced by bands like Dimmu Borgir, Death and Metallica.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
Grazzt: Well, the lyrics are inspired from Norse Mythology, as stated in the previous question. As for the music, it mostly comes from the brains of Crook, Donar and I. Most of the lyrics were written by Crook, except for 2-3 of them written by our old bass player and me.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?
Grazzt: I'd say between Alefest and Odin's Fury (as far as the fans's perspective). As far as Valfreya's favourite Valfreya song, we don't have one specific favourite but amongst our favourites is Warlords from the “Promised Land” album.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020
Grazzt: Well, 2020 started pretty well with some really nice and successful shows we did in our home province of Quebec (Festevil in both Montreal and Quebec city). But after that, when the pandemic hit, everything has pretty much been shut down and we haven't played a show since. And, unfortunately, I don't expect we'll be able to play any shows in 2021 either.
MM: What can we expect from Valfreya live:
Grazzt: Well, you can always expect an awesome performance from Crook, which just slays it live, just like on the albums. You can expect high energy and tight playing from the the whole band, as well as fun times and lots of blast beats!
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring
Grazzt: Well, spending hours and hours in a van driving around. You can't really move and it gets really tiring after a while So, that's the “worst” part. As for the best, playing the shows and getting the energy from the crowd and interacting with them, as well as meeting fans from all over is actually pretty gratifying.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
Grazzt: Sceptic Flesh, Brymir and Wilderun.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
Grazzt: that has to be the Metallica, Guns N' Roses and Soundgarden show at the Olympic stadium in my home town of Montreal, back in 1992. James Hetfield got burned by pyrotechnics and Metallica's show was stopped really short as he had to go to the hospital. Then, Guns N'Roses came out and played like not even 30 minutes and just left as Axl Rose was pissed off at something. People started rioting when exiting the venue. That's a tough one to forget!
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with Valfreya?
Grazzt: I feel it is getting to record two professional albums and releasing them. At least, it is for me. The other band members might answer this one differently.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
Grazzt: Wow, that is a tough question. Hmm, I will have to say “The great Mass” by Sceptic Flesh and “Enthrone Darkness Triumphant” by Dimmu Borgir. But, there are so many more great albums that I've listened to countless times.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
Grazzt: It was terrorizing!! I remember shaking so bad I had a hard time playing my guitar properly. Let's say I've come a long way since those times!
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
Grazzt: Definitely Metallica and Iron Maiden. Iron Maiden's artwork is so amazing and so is the band!
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
Grazzt: Eddie Van Halen, for sure. And on so many levels: his playing and his tone. But also his many inventions for guitars and his signature amps all had a huge impact and still do to this day. Other than that, Chuck Schuldiner also has a special place in my heart. Being considered the godfather of death metal, I feel he influenced a lot of bands and opened the door to very aggressive vocals as well as melodic yet very aggressive music.
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
Grazzt: Staying healthy! But, other than that, now that our new video clip is out, finish the writing of our upcoming third album.
MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
Grazzt: We're not much into covers. It's always very hard to find something we all like, since we have pretty diverse influences in the band. We did do a one time show were we played three songs from Dimmu Borgir as well as some of our songs but that is not bound to happen again.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
Grazzt: If you like super heavy and fast symphonic metal, we provide that. And, although some other bands do this (looking at you Fleshgod Apocalypse), I find we have our own sound and take on the genre. We get some ambiances that are specific to us.
MM: Four words to describe Valfreya
Grazzt: Epic, Powerful, Aggressive and Melodic!
Final Words for your fans and our readers
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