Vindkast is a project that has existed in various forms for some time now, from studio project to full band and vice versa. However, until roughly two years ago, the circumstances for recording and releasing an album have somehow never been right.
2.In May you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The music on Archaic Collapse could be described as black metal with a strong hint to ambient and drone music. Atmosphere played a key role in the songwriting as well as creating a coherent soundscape that would run throughout the whole album.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrical concept of the album is layered, however there are common metaphors and themes on every level of interpretation such as the process of overcoming, death and rebirth, the primal myth. These concepts can be interpreted on personal and spiritual levels. They can also simply be seen as observations of the coherencies in this world and the consequences that one could draw from them.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vindkast'?
Vindkast means gust of wind in Norwegian and was chosen to reflect the sense that the music should evoke in the listener before any of the lyrical concepts of the album were developed. So there is no significant relation between the lyrics and the name. However, I find the name still to be very fitting to the sound and mood of the music.
5.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
For now, Vindkast remains a studio project, but arrangements have already been made for it to transform into a band and to perform live sooner or later. Time will tell.
6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
The album will be released by the German label Urtod Void on tape later this year. Also, a self-released CD version is currently in production and will be available directly from the band sometime soon.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of ambient and atmospheric black metal?
The feedback to the album has been great so far, a lot of people seem to enjoy the atmosphere of the album and cherish the work that has been put into it. Sure, the following of Vindkast is comparatively small, but you can't blame people when there is so much quality music out there.
8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
I am working on new released with both my apocaplyptic folk band Death Of Abel as well as my industrial noise project Blood Vault, one of them likely to be released later this year. Besides that, there are a couple of other things I am working on with different people at the moment, some of which will be unveiled fairly soon.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
There will definitely be a shift in the sound of Vindkast from ambient to a more full-on black metal vibe. The writing process for a new EP has almost been completed, and it already shows a lot of tendencies towards relentless blasts and beastly cold riffing.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
To name all the bands and artists that have had an influence on the music of Vindkast would probably take up a page or two, but bands such as Paysage D'hiver, Ulver, Krallice, Furia, Altar Of Plagues and Wolves In The Throne Room have, among others, definitely played a significant role in the development of this project. Currently I am listening to the debut albums of Wiegedood, Kjeld and Nahtrunar a lot. As far as I'm concerned, all three are probably among the best black metal releases of the past couple of years, but then again, one easily loses track of all the good releases out there. Nonetheless, highly recommended on my part!
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Besides the occasional hike, I am interested a lot in films, literature and politics. However, most of my thoughts do revolve around music or end up in it.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you a lot for you interest, time and patience!
And to anyone who enjoys the music of Vindkast, feel free to share if you think it is worth it!