Nothgard: A Grand Declaration of Metal!

Some of the very best metal bands hail from the remote underground, and such is the case of the mighty Nothgard from Bavaria.  Their debut album album Warhorns Of Midgard on Black Bards Entertainment is a glorious triumph of a recording which fans of early In Flames, Amon Amarth and Skyforger will want to check into.  Incredibly tight and wildly exhilarating, the anthems found within will make you want to grab your brew of choice and bang your head proudly!  Here is a recent interview we conducted with one of the members to find out more about Nothgard and their grand declaration of metal!  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Nothgard, and how long the band has been together.
Hello! I’m Dom. My part in Nothgard are the vocals and the lead guitar duties. Well the band was founded in 2008 but at that time we were called Nordavind. In 2009 we changed our line-up what now consists of me, Vik our bassist, Daniel on the rhythm guitar, Rosh on the Keys and Ziggla on the drums. As you can see the line-up is quite new but now the relations between the members are perfect and that’s a good basic for the forthcoming work.

Where is the band based out of and what is local metal scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are from Bavaria in Germany. That part which is very well known for the beer and all that stuff. Haha. Well our local metal scene is actually very good. But that depends of course. If you just travel 50 km into the north-eastern direction most of the people listen to US-Metal such as The Black Dahlia Murder or others. On other places the metal heads are more into the European stuff. But all in all our local metal scene is quite good if you know the right places. And yes there is one band I could recommend: Our very good friends from Wolfchant. We live almost at the same area close to or in the Bavarian Forest.

Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Warhorns of Midgard?
There’s no concept or story behind the album. The songs are not connected together, except Shadows Arise and Blackened Sky. We have chosen the title because warhorns announce a battle or war. It’s the first sound you think of if you have a old ancient war in mind. For us it symbolize that Nothgard rises up and strikes into the metal scene like a storm or war. That was our intention with our first album: We wanted to release an album which is fast, epic and hard.

Please select two songs from the new album and what inspired the lyrics.
Hhmm. The opening song “Lex Talionis” is the most important song for me. The lyrics for it are based on the fact of global destruction, the destruction of all nature the so called mother earth. Of course the lyrics are written in a metaphorical way like the most of our lyrics. The second one is Victory: When I wrote the lyrics for that song I was really, really pissed off about the catholic church. I mean the Church as an institution. I don’t care what people would like to believe in but for me the church is a pack of dissembling liars trying to adjudge people. I don’t know how the situation is in the States but that’s my or our point of view.

What could one expect from a live Nothgard show?
A Nothgard live show is heavy, intensive and full of beer, haha. I think the people always recognize we are just having fun on stage and so does the crowd. Of course you can expect we are doing our performance tight and we are not a crowd of drunk heads while being on stage. We are a band who want to give the best performance for their fans, they should get what they deserve.

How has the tour with Skyforger go and what have been some of the highlights? Were they cool to hang out with?
The tour was great!! Not to say the best days in our live yet. Skyforger was great , they are friendly and likeable guys and we really enjoyed our time together. Just yesterday I got a message from their manager that we will meet each other in August at a festival in the Czech Republic. Can’t wait 😉

Who did the cover art for the new CD and how much input did you have on it?
The cover art was done by Kris Verwimp, a very good artist. We gave our ideas to our graphic designer who has done the booklet and he created a cover art. We gave that result to Kris and he made something new out of it. His final result is something different to that what we gave him, but it represents exactly our idea of a good cover artwork for our first album.

Germany is best known for their beer! What is your favorite German beer and why?
Yes especially Bavaria!. That depends some of us prefer “Wolferstetter” the others “Augustiner Bräu” or “Löwenbräu” from Munich. But to be honest: I really love Austrian beer as well. We live very close to the border and our session drummer was from Austria so it was for sure got used to the Austrian beer. The question why is easy to answer: I just like it’s taste. Maybe it’s a bit different here in Germany. We are allowed to drink beer from the age of 16 what I regard as great. In the US we wouldn’t be allowed to drink yet 😀

Have you ever played in the States or plan to do so in the future?
No we haven’t ever played in the States but this is definitely one aim we would like to fulfill someday. It would be something really special to have a tour in the US, but up to now it wasn’t possible, hope it will work soon.

What is the Wolfchant connection with Nothgard? Does one of your members also play in Wolfchant?
Yes I’m also one of the guitarists of Wolfchant since summer 2010 and one month ago our bassist joined Wolfchant as well because Wolfchant had to separate with Bahznar. But as I already mentioned we are very good friends on so it’s just great. Sometimes we even play at the same gigs or festivals.

Tell me about your new drummer Ziggla and what other bands has he been in?
He’s a very cool guy. Vik has found him by coincidence. They both study at the same university and so we got into contact. Ziggla plays the drums very precisely and with a nice groove at same time. I don’t know exactly in which bands he has been so far, at the moment he’s also drummer in Contaminant, an underground band from Bavaria.

Do you have any messages for metal heads here in the States?
First of all I thank you for this nice interview. I enjoyed answering your questions a lot!  Also I want to ask all metal heads over there for more support. We need your help to come to the States one day! Please spread our music and our pages (e.g. facebook), it would support us a lot. Thank you and hope to see you soon, but until then: Stay heavy!

(Interview by Kenneth Morton)

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