“Nergard im Interview”

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Gegründet 2010 vom norwegischen Musiker Andreas Nergård, mit der Absicht verschiedene Gastmusiker beim Studioprojekt mitwirken zu lassen veröffentlichte man auch zwei Alben mit namhaften Gästen. Darunter u.a. die fabelhafte Elize Ryd, die teutonische Stimmgewalt Ralf Scheepers oder auch David Reece. Bis 2015 machte A. Nergård bei diversen anderen Projekten mit, bis es dann ruhiger wurde um ihn.

Band: Nergard
Album: Eternal White
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Label: Pride & Joy Music
Release: 21.05.2021

2020 veröffentlichte er wieder Musik und dies kickte ihn so, dass er fortan an neuen Ideen für ein neues Album, dass auch einen neuen Abschnitt für „Nergard“ einläutete. Fortan bildeten Stefani Keogh aus Großbritannien, Andi Kravljaca aus Schweden und Mathias Molund Indergård aus Norwegen zusammen mit Andreas Nergård die Band „Nergard“.

Dieses, nun feste, Gerüst aus multinationalen Musikern startet sogleich mit einem ambitionierten Konzeptalbum namens „Eternal White“. Das Album thematisiert den „Karolinernas Dödsmarsch“ – den Todesmarsch der Karoliner. Dies ist der verlustreiche Rückzug schwedischer Soldaten nach der schief gegangenen Invasion Norwegens durch Karl XII. Diese tragischen Momente des Heeres von Armfelt im Winter von 1719 wurde zu einem kriegskritischen Musical namens „Det brinner en Eld“ – „Es brennt ein Feuer“.

Heute habe ich mein Interview mit der Band für euch und hoffe, dass es euch gefällt! Die Review von “Eternal White” könnt ihr unter dem REVIEWLINK!

Tobi – Metal and Me

Andreas, Mathias, Stefani, Ørjan and Andi – Nergard


Hello Team from „Nergard“.  My name is Tobi.  I run a Facebook page and a web blog.  On this page I post reviews of current albums, interviews, band presentations and reports about concerts that I visit with my wheelchair.  On the one hand, to tell other wheelchair users how the venue is equipped in terms of accessibility and on the other hand, how to best proceed to get tickets, which is usually not possible with conventional ticket portals.

In the future I will also write about hygiene measures, as this is important for me as a high-risk patient and for my readers too. Of course, I also write about the bands‘ performance.  Today I have a few questions for you about your new Album „Eternal White“.



First of all, I want to ask you, how are you and your Bandmates doing right now?

Thank you for having me on your blog, much appreciated. It’s a great thing you do with your blog. reaching out to other wheelchair users with helpful information as well as talking about hygiene. That latter is definitely something we all can learn from and have become more aware of during the pandemic.

Anyway, we’re doing fine. I think everyone is VERY eager to get back to normal as soon as possible. It’s been a better situation for the ones of us that are located in Norway. The pandemic has been under control throughout the entire time. We’ve had restrictions of course but it has been far worse in the UK and Sweden where Stefani and Andi are located. 

If you meet someone who did not know what kind of Band Nergard is and what kind of Music you make – what do you tell him?

I’d tell him that Nergard is, as for now, located in the Symphonic Metal genre and I’m pretty sure we’ll stay there. Nergard has been my musical playground for the past ten years and I’ve explored several genres with my previous two albums. All from heavy metal to AOR. Nowadays I want the sound of Nergard to be more coherent. 

„Eternal White“ is your first Longplayer in this setup. How long did it take to learn to know each other? 

Well, the line-up is pretty new to each other and we haven’t had the chance to actually meet yet because of the pandemic as this lineup was gathered in the fall of 2020. I’ve known Ørjan for the past 14-15 years and we live in the same city so we meet from time to time. The rest are spread all over the place. Even though Mathias live in Norway he’s a 6-7 hour car-drive away from us. I got to spend some time with him in the fall of 2020 when we were tracking vocals for the album and it was such a wonderful time.

I love to actually meet up during the recording session instead of working in this digital sphere all the time. It gets more personal and we have the chance to get to know each other a bit better than what we would have by exchanging emails. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Stefani yet but I think we’ve already started to get to know each other through long email correspondences talking about so much more than just the music we make.

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“Carry Me”

How excited are you when you think of 21.05.2021?

Very excited. It’s been a long journey finishing this album and I must say that I was very tired of it when we were working on the mix. I’ve been writing and recording for the past four years so I think I’ll finally be able to get it out of my system when it is released. I’m really looking forward to promoting it and off course start writing new materiale. 

Stefani, how did you come to „Nergard“ and how is working with, especially, Mathias?

Stefani: Joining the band was very much a “butterfly effect” moment. It all came down to seeing a post on social media, shared by a good friend of mine, which if I hadn’t been online that day and seen it, I would never have joined Nergard!

Andreas was looking for a female singer to join the band and so I put together an application, sent it off and crossed my fingers! It was around a week before I heard anything back, but from then on the emails were free flowing; mostly chatting about the music for the new album Eternal White. This went on for several weeks but I’d not actually been given the job yet! One morning Andreas sent over the backing and vocal demo tracks for ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ and I was so excited I recorded a rough vocal demo that evening and sent it straight back! The rest, as they say, is history as I was officially offered the role and went on to record my first album track.

The rest of the recording process was at first quite daunting, as it was my first time recording at home and with this style of music. Working with Andreas was an absolute dream. Every track I received was another masterpiece, and his patience and support throughout were amazing. Even though I came into the project at such a late stage, it felt like the music couldn’t have been more perfect for my style of singing and performing. Of course by the time I got around to recording my pieces for the tracks, Mathias had already completed his; which meant I had this great base to work from. At times it was really intimidating to hear his raw vocal tracks that were so great, but it meant I had to push hard to bring my best vocals to the songs as well. I personally think the tones and styles of all 3 singers work really well together, as if we’ve been singing together for years! It’s going to be really exciting to be able to perform live with the whole band as I think it will be something very special.

Mathias same question to you. 😊

Mathias: I first worked with Nergard back in 2018 when we did a concert marking 300 years since the carolean death march, which the album is based on. Some of the songs were written with a female singer in mind, so when it came to playing them live Andreas thought of me.

About a year and a half later Andreas contacted me to record a couple of those songs for the album and the Tony Mills tribute Under Fire. I don’t remember when, but at some point during that process he asked if I wanted to be one of the permanent vocalists and sing more on the album than what was originally planned, which I gladly accepted.

On the record I have only really worked with Andreas, since most of what i do is recording at home. It has mostly been a fun process, and Andreas is always  encouraging and positive when I send my recordings to him. It’s either «It’s great» or «It’s great, but». I haven’t really gotten the chance so far to work closely with either Andi or Stefani, but maybe on future releases, and hopefully on stage in a not so distant future.

Andreas Nergard how long did you search to find this four musicians, that fit to „Nergard“ and how was working with Tim Owens?

Andreas Nergard: Well, Andi and Ørjan were easy to find as I had worked with them for several years and both had been a part of Nergard both live and in the studio. After working with Mathias during a concert in 2018 I knew right away that he would be a nice fit for a permanent line-up. The difficult part which somehow turned out to be not so difficult was finding Stefani. I put out a post on Facebook and Instagram saying that I was looking for a female singer. I received two emails and one of them was Stefani. She was such a professional from the very beginning that I knew right away she was the perfect fit for the band. 

What can we expect from your new Album and how you come tot he Idea to sing about f the Carolean Death March?

You can expect some epic over-the-top Symphonic Metal. The album is dark, theatrical and almost operatic at times, very expressive and melodic. The carolean death march is a well known story where I grew up, more specifically Neadalen and Selbu. The story actually took place about an hour from where I grew up and I’ve always been fascinated by it. It’s tragic and macabre. I decided to pend the story around a war weary soldier who is about to die and I think the overall theme of the album is very much relatable to war zones in the world today as well. The ones that pay the highest price are the soldiers, the pawns in a big political game.

The Coverarts from the Singles and the Album are very awesome. Who has had the Ideas fort hem?

Singlecover “From The Cradle To The Grave”
Singlecover “Carry Me”

That was Frode Hovd at Aldaria Studios. He makes some amazing covers.

Andi, if you MUST choose which is your fav Song of the upcoming Album?

To me, ‘Carry Me’ is the standout track of the whole album, everything from the lyrics, to Ørjan’s tight rhythm guitars, Stefani’s vocals, it’s all an awesome experience that sort of takes me back in time. It brings to mind an older sound and style of this bombastic symphonic metal, it’s the sort of song we grew up listening to and it was great to pay homage that way. It flows well, tells a great story and has a smooth and awesome mood in general. 

Is there a Tour planned already?

No, there is not. I did plan a release concert but decided to postpone it until 2022. I would hate to pull of a show with tons of restrictions. I’d rather wait doing concerts until the world is back to normal again. 

How is it to you to stay in contact with your fans via social media in these pandemic times and to find out what the mood is like in the fans‘ camp?

To be honest I haven’t been very active until the past month actually and the number of followers keeps growing so we’re doing something right I guess. The feedback after the release of the two singles have been great so I’m looking forward to interact more with the fans in the time to come. 

How did you deal with the restrictions in the meantime?  How much does it restrict you in your working life? I only get the News from Germany about the Virus, and that is enough for me and my peace of Mind. How about your Country in May, 2021?

Well, Norway has managed quite well compared to other countries but we’ve had some severe restrictions here as well. I’m a full time musician and play more than one hundred gigs every year with an event-band called Melody Market. Me and two buddies of mine have built this band to become very successful through the past three years, laying down a lot of hard work. On the 12th of March last year every show for the coming three months got cancelled and we lost half a million NOK. Throughout 2020 we had an income loss of close to three million NOK and the loss keeps growing in 2021 as well. It’s been an awful time to say the least and I’m very tired of not being able to work. Things are starting to open up again now and we’re doing our first gig in 8 months next weekend. I hope that we see the end of it now.

How have you spent your free time under Covid 19 so far?

I’ve spent all my time in the studio working on the new Nergard album as well as doing music for commercials and independent films as well as session jobs for other bands and artists.

Ørjan, if you could privately go to a concert in this, sorry for the expression, shitty corona pandemic, which one would it be?

Ørjan: Unfortunately that’s not possible right now. So the next concert I’m attending is an evening with Nightwish in a virtual world. Should be safe 🙂

Is Heavy Metal and the Subgenres also a means for you to switch off everything in this hectic world, to Pause and just listen?

Absolutely. I listen to music all the time and Heavy metal is very much present on my playlists. I also listen to other styles of music as well. U2 is one of my favorite bands for example. Filmmusic is also something I really like listening to. Composers like Hans Zimmer, James Horner, James Newton Howard and Nick Glennie-Smith

Get away from the music a little. What about hobbies?

Well, I just realised I don’t have any real hobbies haha. Music is both my hobby and my job. But if I really try to squeeze out something …. like listening to music, watching movies, documentaries, going hiking, and working out. 

Do you do „a normal Job“ beside making fucking awesome Metal?

Well, I make a living out of being a fulltime musician. At least I did before that damn pandemic. 

If yout got one wish…?

Make the world normal again

A few words to your Fans out there in Germany and all the Others in the World?

It’s always a pleasure to talk to German metal fans, you guys rock. I hope I get to play some shows down there sometime, it would be a dream come true. And to both German and fans in other countries – stay safe, take care of eachother and I hope we get the chance to meet at a concert sometime. 

Thanks for the interview, „Nergard“. Many greetings to all of you. Something that is important to me: Stay healthy and good luck for the Release of your new Album!

Thank you Tobias! 


Tracks “Eternal White”:

01. God Forgive My Haunted Mind || 06:59 Minuten
02. Pride Of The North || 04:45 Minuten
03. From The Cradle To The Grave || 04:09 Minuten
04. Carry Me || 04:25 Minuten
05. Beneath Northern Skies || 04:57 Minuten
06. Where No One Would Shed A Tear || 03:09 Minuten
07. Downfall || 05:44 Minuten
08. Now Barely There || 04:09 Minuten
ü9. Eternal White || 04:50 Minuten
10. Erasing The Memories || 07:08 Minuten


Line-Up
Stefani Keogh | Vocals
Mathias Molund Indergård | Vocals
Andi Kravljaca | Guitar, Keyboard
Ørjan Halsan | Rhythm Guitar
Andreas Nergård | Drums, keys & orchestrations

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Danke nochmal an “Nergard” für das Interview und ihre Teilnahme bei “12 things about… Nergard”! Dem Album habe ich 8 / 10 Pommesgabeln gegeben und höre es absolut gerne. Auch die Geschichte dahinter ist interessant und gehört zur skandinavischen (Kriegs)Geschichte. Nergard haben diesen Teil davon richtig gut vertont. Hört rein ins Album, es gibt ja Streamingdienste und somit auch “Eternal White” zum anhören.

Danke euch fürs Lesen des Interviews! Ich freue mich, wenn ich euch die Künstler etwas näherbringen kann. Bleibt gesund und munter, euer Tobi! Heavy Metal never dies!

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