TARTAREAN DESIRE WEBZINE
This interview with drummer Marko Tarvonen from the Finnish folk metal band Moonsorrow was done through e-mail by Silence in May 2004 with additional questions from Vincent Eldefors.
In the autumn of 1995 the Sorvali cousins Henri and Ville had an idea of forming a sheer pagan metal band. The result was Moonsorrow who have now released three full-length albums. With the present re-release of their debut album "Suden Uni" their drummer Marko Tarvonen took some time to answer a few of our questions.
Hello! How are you doing?
I'm fine thanks. Just looking forward to the summer!
First of all let us know something about you for those of our
that don't know you that well. Where are you from and what kind of
music are you playing?
Moonsorrow is Finnish epic heathen metal band as we call it. Metal
mixed with progressive and folk music influences.
Your debut album "Suden Uni" has been re-released now including some
extra-stuff. What was the actual idea behind re-releasing it?
There was a huge demand for it because it's been originally pressed
only 2000 copies and sold out years ago.
"Suden Uni" was originally released through Plasmatica Records, can
you tell us something about this deal?
It was good on paper but turned out a rip-off. So fuck it!
You have been with Spinefarm Records for several years now, what
kind of importance to you think this label has had for Finnish metal? Has
it created the modern Finnish metal scene or has the Finnish metal
scene created Spinefarm?
I think it's both. But I think it's not always a good thing. More
originality is needed from the bands that get signed. Of course it's very
good to have a major metal label here in Finland.
Do you know how well your albums have sold so far?
Yes I know but that's NOT important for us. Although it's nice to see
that there's many people who likes us in the world. For the fans and
You started writing material for your next album. Do you have
any plans for the new album? If so, which?
We're supposed to go to the studio in September. It's gonna be out in
the beginning of 2005.
What are your main inspirations?
Morricone, sausage & beer.
How would you describe your own style? What are the reasons that
lyrics are in Finnish? Would there be a big difference if your lyrics
were in English?
They won't sound so great. Finnish is so beautiful language and it's
funny to mess with people with Finnish words.
What are your touring plans this year? Will there be any shows
We just played our first shows outside Finland in Croatia and
Hungary. They went really nicely! I don't think we're touring this year
because the recordings of the album but we might do some dates later. In 2005
there will be a tour in Europe for sure!
So if you look back at your past albums, tours and simply the last
years of your band history, is there any event/show you like to
For example I read on your website that your last show in Budapest was
Most pleasant memories are of course the time when our first album
came out and the Budapest show with Kalapács!
Do you have any plans or wishes for the future?
To tour alot!
The band members are and have been involved with other bands and
projects, what is going on outside the band at the moment? Is it possible
to focus on Moonsorrow but still have bands on the side?
Yes, there are no problems with the other bands or projects because
we usually got things in schedule easily. It goes in periods like this
year we can do other bands like Finntroll and Chaosbreed and next year
we'll spend more time with Moonsorrow because the new album is going to
be released and all that.
That's basically all. Do you have any last words for our readers?
Arany Hordo and Kabanossi are our best friends so I want to send them
my greetings! Thanks for the intie!
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