Lachlan Neate - Vocals/Cello/Mandolin/Bodhrán
Anthony Willis - Guitar/Vocals
Lucas Fisher - Guitar/Vocals
Sophie Christensen - Tin Whistle/Low Whistle/Flute
Matthew Grimley - Bass
Morgan Cox - Drums
GENRE: EPIC FOLK/VIKING METAL
RECORD LABEL: Independent
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HOW DO YOUR FANS DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC?
“Wintersun cross Ensiferum with a twist.”
What is your favourite music video and why?
Amon Amarth “Father of the Wolf” – for obvious reasons. J
WHAT’S YOUR CRAZIEST FAN STORY?
I wouldn’t say we’ve had any REAL crazy fan stories yet – we only started playing shows late 2015! But hearing of people travelling for hours to come and see us play is pretty awesome.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT WITH YOUR FANS?
Honestly when we hear how our music helps people get through their day, or they look forward to seeing our band updates and we see them wearing our merch in cool countries. Small moments like those are our favourites.
WHAT BANDS INFLUENCED YOUR STYLE OF MUSIC?
Wintersun, Eluveitie, and Amon Amarth to name the big three. Some independent fantasy composers like Peter Crowley too. Also topics and imagery like nature (who would’ve thought!), the stars/cosmos, the ocean, and so on.
WHAT BRAND INTERMENTS DO YOU USE?
Anthony and Lucas play Ormsby guitars and use Kemper profilers. Matt uses a BC Rich Warlock. Sophie uses Clarke and Dixon whistles. Morgan uses Aquarian heads and Sleishman drums and pedals.
HAVE YOU CHANGED ANY MEMBER’S SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?
Yes, two. Our first rhythm guitarist Michael and drummer Blake have since left Valhalore.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR BAND NAME AND LOGO?
Anthony came up with the band name through a portmanteau of the words Valhalla and Folklore. The rest is history! The logo was designed by Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Graphics.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR BAND SOUND IN THE FUTURE, ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SIMILAR SOUND OR ARE YOU GOING TO GO IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION?
Bigger is always better! We will always be striving for melodies and arrangements that are ‘epic’. So I imagine we will be heading in the same direction after our new album Voyage Into Eternity is released.
TELL US A RANDOM FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT FANS DON’T KNOW?
The idea of this band was conceived in a sauna! How Scandinavian.
WHO WRITES THE MUSIC IN YOUR BAND OR DO YOU ALL WRITE IT TOGETHER?
Anthony writes the music and Lachlan writes the lyrics. In future though we will be all writing it together.
COULD YOU BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC MAKING PROCESS?
For Anthony it is to take a melody, build on it, and build passages and a structure around that main melody whilst incorporating dynamics and ‘epicness’.
DO YOU EVER CHANGE YOUR LYRICS DURING LIVE SET?
Yes. For example, during our song Upon the Shores, we change the interlude chants to the lyrics from Blind Guardian’s song Valhalla.
WHAT SUBJECTS DO YOU SING ABOUT IN YOUR MUSIC?
We sing mainly about the deeper sense of knowing, being, and belonging and one’s drive to know more about the realm in which they live. We also sing about oceans and stars, and that sort of thing.
IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY BAND, PERFORMING YOUR SONGS, WHICH WOULD IT BE AND WOULD IT BE IN YOUR STYLE OR THEIRS?
I would be really interested to hear how Jari Mäenpää would interpret our songs musically…
As we are promoting your band, is there anything coming up like album launches or tour dates you would like us to promote on our site for you?
Yes! Our new album Voyage Into Eternity arrives worldwide on March 14 2017. If you would like to know more, please visit our website at www.valhalore.com . We go on tour with the great pirate metal band Lagerstein in Australia throughout February. You can find information regarding that tour on our site too. Finally, our own home country tour is in the works, so if you’re from Australia and love folk metal, keep an eye out.