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King Of Asgard start recording third studio album

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 3rd January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

King Of Asgard will return to Sonic Train Studio in March this year, having outlived and conquered the three winters of Fi’mbulvintr as well as paying tribute to to their ancestors and their proud past with …To North.

Now, for the third time around, King Of Asgard return to Andy LaRocque‘s Sonic Train Studios to carve the runes of the forthcoming, yet untitled album. In this very moment the last touches are being done on the songs and focus is set to surpass the two former releases which is substantially already met.

The third album is regarded by the band as a new chapter in their career. Frontman Karl Beckman comments:

The epic/melodic song writing of the first two albums is enhanced with monophonic warlike hymns and fierce riffage that hint on the various band members past projects. Somewhat darker in its approach, creating atmospheres not alien to King of Asgard, but still something not heard on the previous two albums. All the King of Asgard-significative elements are represented yet carrying a somewhat new execution.

King Of Asgard online:

http://kingofasgard.com
http://facebook.com/kingofasgard

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Interview: Jonas Albrektsson [King Of Asgard]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , on 24th September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Since forming in 2008. the musical warband that is King of Asgard have seen nothing but success, inking a deal with Metal Blade Records in 2009, followed by the release of their debut album [Fi’mbulvintr] in 2010 and the release of their latest album …To North earlier this year. Nico has a quick chat with the bass wielding warlord Jonas Albrektsson about the new album, the meaning behind the band’s name and Norse mythology.

Nico: Is there a meaning behind the band’s name; King of Asgard?

Jonas: The first and foremost reason for picking this name up was just that we wanted a brand that at its first look tell what we’re dealing with so to say. King of Asgard is one of a thousand names for one of the major Gods in Norse mythology, of whom you all probably already know; Odin, the mightiest of the æsirs. The band name somewhat represents our musical approach and even more targeting our part lyrical concepts as well as it is sure a powerful [image of] what to expect, a first quick impression of what you’re imagining or rather what you’re about to explore. We thought it well represented and worked as a band name and that’s all behind it actually. So there’s no deeper meaning or thought that is to be revealed in its first direct approach. Also we want the abridgement, KoA, to work as our name which kind of comes natural as people want to write as brief as possible.

N: What are the main themes and concepts on the new album “…To North”?

J: On …to North we continue in the tracks we started to stroll with Fi’mbulvintr, no bigger differences really. A continuation and furthermore a broader way of presenting it as well as we have taken another step away from the direct and obvious theme/concept presentation. But for sure our main source of lyrical inspiration is based upon Norse mythology, legends and sagas and thus the majority of our songs still deal with such concepts. There’s no absolute concept in King of Asgard or on …to North specifically that we’re bound to follow nor is the albums content strictly characterized by only one subject. There are main themes that is Norse mythology based, prehistoric tales and/or believes as well as, of course, more to that. It could be retelling of such or simply reflections of destinies and the struggles of the specific era. Still we do not limit ourselves on just these topics so there are other matters to reflect upon and we do. It is probably or certainly the name King of Asgard that has kind of made us pain ourselves into that corner, no doubts on that but we‘re aware of it. There are already lyrics that extend outside the subject on both albums but maybe more on …to North where for example one of mine, Plague-ridden Rebirth is more or less a plain black/death metal lyric. Anyway, we’re open for almost whatever as long as we can stand behind it and present it under the King of Asgard moniker, limitation is futile, and thus our tentacles reaches far!

N: How do you feel that …To North differs from the debut album Fi’mbulvintr?

J: Well it’s not really breaking any boundaries nor is there any greater key changes; it’s rather protecting the ways of old which is something we’re focusing on! The base of King Of Asgard is the same, both musically as lyrically, but the album as a whole is way much better than Fi’mbulvintr when one really gets into it though.

When we started working on the songs for …to North we just let creativity flow and didn’t set any boundaries. We appointed some small goals of what we wanted to accomplish and achieve, such as building atmosphere, power, aggression – alone or combined. We wanted to build sensations and more of a feel to the songs of …to North and hopefully, I our eyes a success, we delivered it in such a way as well. So the base really are just making strong songs that we can all stand behind and from there it goes in different directions, which also was the case on the predecessor, Fi’mbulvintr. What differs ..to North from the debut is basically as I said, that it is a much better album and the songs are much more thought through as well as worked through. We’re proud of our achievements on this one and feel we’re doing something out of satisfaction and worth both for us and our fans.

N: Where do you see the band in five years?

J: I never look very far into the future to be honest but sure some speculations on possibilities could well fit in here. I guess King Of Asgard, if nothing drastically changed,  probably would be around releasing its fourth, astonishing, album. Hopefully followed by a promotional tour this time around, meeting up all the King’s followers. Well, what more… our sound will of course still be close to origin but surely there will be things happening there as well, we’re talking five years which is for sure a long time. Hope our future look bright and interesting, with kept heart and devotion… the one who liveth may see.

N: As King of Asgard‘s lyrics deal with Norse mythology and all things Viking, what would you say is your favourite Nordic myth or folktale?

J: The mythology as a whole I would say if so. I believe all the myths and mythological elements are of importance, as far as my interest goes, based upon the Poetic Edda for example. The mythic past, present and the future, covering more or less everything. From the inception of the universe until its very destruction. Could be that the more destructive and darker moments get more personal attention though if I should be more precise. I’m far from any expert or oracle on these subjects and thus maybe this vivid and wide answer.

N: If could replace the sound track to any film, which one would it be and why?

J: Hrafn Gunnlaugsson’s Icelandic film trilogy Hrafninn flýgur (the Raven flies), Í skugga hrafnsins (the shadow of the Raven) and Hvíti víkingurinn (The White Viking) would for sure be honourable to be featured in and probably very appropriate at certain moments as well. That’s what first comes to mind at least. The TV series, Game of Thrones would probably be Karl’s sound track of choice at the moment I believe, which would provide additional authority to the scenes set in the north illustrating the frostbitten landscapes and such…

N: Are there any plans for a UK tour in the future?

J: We always try to do as many shows as possible it’s just that we have fully booked private lives as well to say it in short, especially lately. We’ll try our very best to come out as much as possible as the music of King Of Asgard is one that really is powerful with a live setting. Easiest for us is one off shows like festivals and such but we sure want it to happen as often as possible! So, hopefully we’ll make it to UK within the near future but for now there’s none on schedule unfortunately. Actually there are a short one on request in UK but still nothing we can confirm. So keep your eyes open.

N: As Norse mythology was written down by Christian scholars, do you find it challenging to separate the actual myth from the Christian influence when writing new lyrics?

J: Ah, no not really, never seen upon this as a problem or something that is bothering when writing lyrics. Christianity has for sure had great impact and twists in a lot of these matters unfortunately and has harmed way more than just the mythological writings. This could bother me more or rather does but it doesn’t affect my lyrical writings. Sure, if it should be to the core one need to think twice maybe but the lyrics for King of Asgard isn’t really the ones going to the depths in that sense, they’re rather retelling, reflecting or exploring, which still of course could be or probably are affected anyhow, whether you like it or not. They get their share in return, lest we forget! As said in the song; Snake tongue, “ See through the lies of the snake tongue.”

N: Is there any you’d like to say to our readers?

J: Well not more than thanks a bunch to you and all the Valkyrian readers and the followers of the King – for supporting King of Asgard! If you haven’t checked us out, our albums and channels, make sure to give it a try! Hope for some shows ahead, to meet our followers and that the album get the attention we believe it deserves. Horns up!

King of Asgard’s new album …To North is out now via Metal Blade Records and can be ordered here.

http://www.kingofasgard.com/
http://www.facebook.com/kingofasgard
http://www.metalblade.com/kingofasgard/