Keepers of the Secret Lore – Interview with The Flight of Sleipnir   Leave a comment

Here is an excellent post of an interview with David Csicsely of The Flight Of Sleipnir done by DR.DOOM of Dr. Doom’s Lair. The Flight of Sleipnir was formed in the winter of 2007 by David Csicsely (Acheronian Dirge, Nexhymn, ex-Throcult) and Clayton Cushman (Acheronian Dirge, ex-Throcult). The project stemmed from a desire to explore ethereal and progressive sounds with lyrics that explore the rich literature of ancient Scandinavia. Keeping elements of their other projects and building a foundation upon doom and vintage metal, they released the demo “Wisdom Calls For Sacrifice” in 2008. After the release, a debut live appearance took place on the winter’s solstice, which has since become an annual occasion. Immediately after the performance, the duo started forging their debut album “Algiz + Berkanan,” a concept record exploring the secrets of the aforementioned runes which has since then been officially released on No Colours Records.(Metal Archives) The latest album titled “Lore” was released in March of 2010 to critical acclaim. Thanks again to Dr.Doom and David Csicsely for putting this together and once again, visit Dr. Doom’s Lair.

Sleip?nir -(slâp’nir) Odin’s eight-legged steed, and the greatest of all horses. The off spring of Loki and the gray stallion Svadilfari, Sleipnir, the swiftest on the earth could bear Odin over sea, through the air, and to and from the land of the dead.

Dr.D.: Hello, David! Thanks for this interview. I‘ve read many reviews about Lore and most of them describe it as a “hidden gem”. Did you expect this kind of success, are you satisfied with the result in Lore?
DC- We were pleasantly surprised with all the positive feed back we received for the album. We couldn’t be happier with how LORE turned out and are grateful so many others feel the same.

Dr.D.: Before we proceed with this interview can you introduce yourselves and give us a few details about TFoS history?
DC- Well, Clay and I started the band in 2008 as a side project. Since we both worked well together musically in our previous bands, we decided to do something different where we could experiment musically and explore our interest in Scandinavian literature. We’ve released a demo, an EP, and two full lengths since then and now have made TFOS our full time band.

Dr.D.: So far all TFoS releases have a very sweet old-fashioned sound. The production in Lore maintains the strong 70’s feeling. Do you use vintage equipment? Where did the recordings take place and who is responsible for the production?
DC- All the recordings were done by Clay in our recording studio at my home. Clay has a good grasp of how a recording should sound, in my opinion, clear but not overproduced and polished. As far as any equipment we use, it’s mostly modern. The overall sound lies within Clay’s production of the albums.

Dr.D.: Lore combines black metal vocals with psyched-out vocals, mixes folk elements with doom/stoner elements, also I’ve read one review where the reviewer recognized some jazz influences on the drums! That’s quite an unusual blend! How diverse is your musical background as a band? What do you listen on your free time?
DC- Between the two of us we have a lot of different musical tastes. Our backgrounds musically I think (like most people) coincide with what our influences are or have been past and present. What I listen to on my free time usually depends on what I’m in the mood for. I’m all for listening to something interesting whether it’s metal or not.

Dr.D.: Sleipnir is the mythical horse of Odin. You don’t see many U.S. bands exploring Scandinavian legends nowadays! How did you get involved in Scandinavian mythology in the first place?
DC- It’s hard to say where my interest for Scandinavian mythology came from since it was brought to my attention from several places. I think I mainly got into it after doing some research on the subject when I was a lot younger which then stemmed a great appreciation for it.

Dr.D.: Most epic heavy metal bands prefer a “Hail war and battles” approach, while TFoS lyrics seem more poetic. Do you put a lot of attention in your lyrics?
DC- We definitely like to put as much time as we can in to our lyrics. Since the “Viking” styled theme has been done to death we wanted to take a different approach and focus on the aspects of the mythology and history most bands don’t bother writing about. The literature is rich so we think a more poetic approach is necessary in order to do it justice.

Dr.D.: Do you agree with the opinion that bands that adopt an “epic” theme on their lyrics run the risk of getting trapped? Did you ever felt limited when you wanted to express ideas that perhaps don’t fit with the “epic” profile?
DC- I agree, it seems there are plenty of bands with our similar theme that don’t try to explore it lyrically and therefore pigeon hole themselves into repeating their themes over and over again. Concerning TFOS, we’ve never felt limited lyrically because we never set out to be an “epic” band.

Dr.D.: Algiz + Berkanan was based on a concept story. Maybe it’s because of my limited knowledge of the Scandinavian literature that I wasn’t quite able to follow it. Can you say a few words about it? Is Lore based on a concept also?
DC- The album is lyrically based off the two runes “Algiz” and “Berkanan”. It is basically split in to two parts, the first being “Algiz” which is the first song on the record, and then the second part “Berkanan”, which consists of the last four songs. There really isn’t a story, so to speak, it’s just our interpretation of the symbolism behind the runes.

Dr.D.: The cover art on Algiz+Berkanan, Winter Solstice II and Lore seems to be from the same artist! And it’s quite impressive I must add. Who is responsible for the artwork?
DC- Actually, I’m the one responsible for all the art work for TFOS. It basically works out to where Clay is in charge of the recording aspect of the band and I am in charge of all the art work and layout. We have every aspect of the band pretty much taken care of between the two of us.

Dr.D.: There is a split scheduled for release within 2011 with Apostole of Solitude. Also, you have almost finished recordings of the new album. Any ideas about the release date? Is there something you can share about the two releases? Shall we expect any surprises?
DC- Yes, we will be on a 3-way split with Apostle of Solitude (USA) and Rituals of the oak (AU). We’ve also finished recording the new album and both releases are slated with a release date in April – May 2011 through Eyes Like Snow. Both will be released on a digi and vinyl format with limited colored vinyl and a poster.

Dr.D.: Do you have any plans to release Lore in vinyl? Will it contain any extra material?
DC- LORE is actually being re-released on vinyl in February 2011. There won’t be any added material; however, it will contain a poster with new artwork exclusively for the release. It will also be out on red colored vinyl (limited to 150 copies) and Black vinyl (Limited to 350 copies).

Dr.D.: As far as I know you don’t give too many shows outside Denver. Any plans for more extensive touring? Can we possibly hope for a European tour any time soon?
DC- As of right now, we are planning a few select shows out of state but nothing a long the lines of a full scale tour. We definitely would like to do some shows in Europe sometime in the future, but as it can be rather expensive, it isn’t a possibility at the moment.

Dr.D.: In your shows you hire extra musicians for the positions of bass and guitar. Why do you prefer to stay as a duo in studio and have multiple duties?
DC- We prefer to stay as a two piece in the studio because it is much easier to maintain a common vision in regards to our music. We find that we are more efficient when it is just the two of us writing, recording, and making decisions. We really wouldn’t have it any other way.

Dr.D.: What do you believe TFoS has offered you and what has taken away from you? Are you happy with the course of TFoS so far?
DC- TFOS has basically given me an outlet for musical expression and, for that, I am very happy with the band’s direction. Everything is going well for the band and I appreciate all the interest we’ve received.

Dr.D.: Before we close let me thank you again for this interview. The epilogue is yours!
Many thanks and may your glass stay full!
-David Csicsely

The Flight of Sleipnir
Interview By Dr.Doom – Dr. Doom’s Lair.


Posted December 28, 2010 by doommantia in The Flight Of Sleipner

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