Formed out of the ashes of WINDIR, a band whose demise is (or should be) common knowledge by now, VREID is a Norwegian Black Metal band formed in 2004 out of the ashes of the former, and in a way, carries the torch. Hvall answered some questions Laura had for them, regarding carrying out WINDIR's legacy, the general acceptance of Black Metal in modern times and the new album.
By Laura Cosheril
October 25, 2015
Hvall (Vreid) interview
Hi Guys, Thank you for taking the time to talk to Metal Temple today. How are you doing?

Hey there. All good here. Always a good feeling to have a new album out.

Your new album Sólverv is about to be released, are you more excited or nervous to release it?

Definitely excited. Nervous, not at all.   Our work with the album is done. I am extremely proud of it, and it's a great feeling to release something that has given me such satisfaction to work with. How people view it is nothing that we can spend time worrying about.  If people like our music I really appreciate it, if not, so what?

Sólverv is Norwegian for Solstice (Correct me if I am wrong), is this a hint at the overall theme of the album?

It absolutely is. It is a symbol and a metaphor for the lyrics on this album.

When you write your albums, do you take your inspiration from music or life in general?

Both. Life inspires me and it is what I write about.  The lyrics are a part of me, and my view on different stuff. My music and lyrics are always personal, and not a distanced product. Life, death, nature, history, music, movies and all kinds of stuff inspire me.

You have quite a big European tour planned for next month. Can fans expect to hear a lot of your new material on the setlist?

I guess they only want to hear the old stuff, ha ha. Yes we will definitively play new stuff. We have had some rehearsals, and it is such a kick to play new songs. They feel fresh, vital and keeps us on edge.  We will mix it up old material, and always try and represent as many albums as possible.

You've played a significant amount of shows since your formation in 2004. Do you try something new for every tour or do you like to keep it plain and simple?

We always try and make it's a special thing, and each show is special to us.  I don't take it for granted that we will keep touring. I treat every tour as it will be the last one. I would never have thought in my wildest dreams 20 years ago that we would have done more than 500 shows in more than 20 countries. To me that is still quite absurd that we can travel the world to perform our music. That's something that I cherish, and don't take for granted.

You pioneered your own genre with Vreid, "Black n Roll". Was this a happy accident or was there a thought process that went into this?

It was mostly just saying fuck off to the genre hysteria out there.  It does not really mean anything, and I laugh at all the labelling off music.  We just do our stuff, and never put any thought into if it fits this or that label. For me music creating music is all about connecting the primal with the intellectual, to challenge myself and fulfil my passions.

You were formed from the ashes of Windir, was it hard to leave a band with such a legacy and begin a new journey?

It was a brutal life experience. I lost my best friend and my dad within a year, and my world collapsed. Vreid was pretty much a reaction to what happened in my life at that point. Vreid has continued to be exactly that; a little devil that always follows my life, and offers an escape from reality.

Black Metal has kind of become more "accepted" nowadays than it was before, but do you still find a stigma attached to it from fans and listeners?

I guess the term Black Metal still has and always has a stigma connected to it. These days I do believe most people connects it to music, but its history will of course always be there.

What, in your opinion, was the highest point of your career as the band Vreid?

Right now it's the satisfactory feeling of completing a new album that fills me with joy and pride.  To create music is the reason why I do this, and to look back at the journey of creating this album and viewing the final result is what it's all about.

And finally, what are your plans for the future after the release of Sólverv and the tour has finished?

No plans at all. Our new album is soon out, and then we set sails and start doing the scheduled shows. Then we see what the future brings, hopefully more music and more shows.

That's all I have for you today. Thank you, again, for taking the time to answer my questions. Good luck with the album release and tour!

Thank you very much for your interest in Vreid.

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