Ross Allen recently put some questions to Will Hall, lead guitarist of Fornost Arnor. They talked about the new album “The Death Of A Rose”, Ben Weinman, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Sikth, Glastonbury and Rihanna!
Congratulations on “The Death Of A Rose”, it’s a stunning album. It’s quite different in style to “Escaping The Abyss”, was this a conscious effort or was it a natural progression in the songwriting?
Certainly in regards to my input it was a conscious progression. I wanted to decorate the music with a slightly different feel to the first album, having developed as a player it’s only natural for that to creep into the writing process. As for the music as a whole I think it can only be natural for a band to progress over time, as new music comes out you listen to it and will naturally be influenced by it… I think this is even more important and apparent when a band is progressive, such as ourselves.
Was “The Death Of A Rose” the notorious difficult second album to write/record?
I don’t know how Greg felt about writing, but it’s important to always be pushing yourself to move forward. However, we play music because we love it, and if you concern yourself too much with whether people will like it as much as other stuff that’s out there you’ll drive yourself crazy- what’s important is that we’re passionate about it and I’m sure Greg is pleased with the results.
You once again used the vocal talents of Elle Torry for “The Death Of A Rose”. Who else would you most like to work with and why?
Ben Weinman, because he’s a bloody genius. I love the voice of the guy from Exit Ten as well, he’d sound killer on a Fornost track.
Fornost Arnor played a couple of live shows last year, do you have any plans for more live shows any time in the near future?
I sure as hell hope so, with us all being active musicians and what with other commitments it’s hard to get us all together, but it would be great to play more shows and promote the music.
Which bands and artists have inspired you in the past and which bands are inspiring you today?
In the past; SIKTH!! Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Vai, crap Nu Metal, Malmsteen and 101 more bands I struggle to listen to now.
Today; Dillinger Escape Plan, Rolo Tomassi, Psyopus, Periphery, The Faceless, Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, Genghis Tron, Every Time I Die.
There’s a discipline and focus around all the tracks on the record- How easy are you to work with when writing and recording?
You’ll have to ask the others and the producer, I think I’m a treat but I imagine there’s one or two home truths that are yet to find there way to me.
The music business has never felt so crowded or as competitive as it does at the moment- what’s driving you guys on?
The music, pure and simple. I don’t see it as a competition necessarily although I do see your point, but with the internet and social networking sites all these bands that I would previously never have heard of are finding their way into my car CD player; and it excites the hell out of me.
If you weren’t playing in Fornost Arnor, what band would you like to be a member of, past or present, and why?
Dillinger Escape Plan, they absolutely do everything I love about music and they have absolutely no boundaries. They also release an album that people consider selling out, and they could. not. give. a. shit.
TINAS is buying a round: what’s your poison?
What are your hopes and aspirations for Fornost Arnor in 2011 and beyond?
Headline Glastonbury and have Rihanna as a back up singer. But mainly to get our music to as many people as possible and hopefully excite them in the way bands excite us.
If you could choose one album, and one album only, to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Dillinger; Ire Works. Because it’s absolute perfection from start to finish.
Twitter question: How would you describe what you do in 140 characters or less?
We play music that we love and we do it well, and we’re total babes. Buy the cd come July 11th