Heidra

author PP date 05/03/14

This coming weekend will see the fourth edition of the annual Mighty Fight Night at Pumpehuset. It's a four band battle, decided by the audience and a professional jury consisting of music industry participants, where the winner gets the chance to perform at this year's Copenhell event as well as a chance to record and release an EP or an album via Mighty Music. We've sent out an email questionnaire regarding the event to all participants. Here's what Heidra's Morten Bryld had to say.

Photo by: Vibek Raj Maruya

RF.net: Hello, and thanks for doing this interview – and congratulations for being chosen to participate at Mighty Fight Night. Could you introduce your band, your style of music, your goals as a band, and where you hope to be in five years’ time?
Morten: Thanks. Heidra is a six piece band from Copenhagen. We’ve been called everything from black metal to power metal, but I’d probably describe our music as symphonic-ish metal heavily inspired by folk metal, black metal and power metal. Catchy melodies, heavy riffs, fast riffs, lots of keys, growls, choirs and acoustic parts.

I think our goal as a band at this stage is the same as most other bands’. We want to rule the world and sit on the Golden Throne. Seriously though, right now we just want our music to reach as many people as possible. We recently recorded our debut full-length at Andy La Rocque’s Sonic Train Studios, so our goal now is to get it out, sell some albums and play lots of gigs and that’s what we’re working toward. In 5 years’ time we’ll probably sell out. But it’ll be worth it, ‘cause we’ll be rich, you know? I have no idea where we’ll be in 5 years, but hopefully we will have a couple more albums out and a bunch of tours behind us.

RF.net: How do you feel about the nomination?
Morten: It’s always nice to know that someone thinks you’re doing a good job.

RF.net: How will you prepare for Fight Night?
Morten: We’ve been rehearsing. We have a gig this weekend to “test out” our material before Mighty Fight Night, so we’re going to be as ready as we can get.

RF.net: Four bands will be competing against each other. What makes you the winner?
Morten: We have the strongest material. No, we just want to have fun and play a kick-ass show and if that gets us the prize, awesome. If not, that’s okay too.

RF.net: What do you think about the other bands – your competition? If you had to pick one of them to win instead of you, which one would you go with and why?
Morten: Defecto. I quite enjoyed some of the songs from their EP/demo-thing and they’re awesome musicians, obviously, so I’d say they have a very good chance of winning. They put on a good show. Abscission and Panacea sound pretty solid as well, but I haven’t had the chance to see them live.

RF.net: The winner gets to release an EP/album via Mighty Music and a slot at Copenhell. Which one is more exciting for you and your band personally?
Morten: Well, Copenhell is an awesome showcase for an upcoming band and I think that’s the main reason we entered the competition to begin with. We have other options for the release of our upcoming album, but we can’t make our own Copenhell and play there (unfortunately).

RF.net: Do you have any favourites in the Mighty Music roster?
Morten: I’m not too familiar with the bands they have in their roster. Most of them I only know by name. But that probably (hopefully) says more about me than about them. We’re good friends with Vanir (they’re a cool bunch) and from what I’ve heard Siamese Fighting Fish are doing really well.

RF.net: What do you think about Copenhell as an experience? What do you think about the lineup this year?
Morten: It’s one of the few metal festivals in Denmark where you can get that unique open air concert experience. They have a top-shelf line-up every year, while also booking some smaller bands. This year’s line-up is pretty crazy as far as big bands go and I can’t really think of another festival in Denmark where you’d get that many huge metal bands in the same line-up. They could do something about the beer prices, though.

RF.net: You’ll be playing alongside last year’s winners Blood Label and Fall of Pantheon – what do you think about these bands?
Morten: They seem to be doing a good job and touring a fair bit and they both sound pretty solid, so that’s cool. We’re looking forward to sharing the stage with these guys.

RF.net: Who’s the best beer drinker in the band?
Morten: I don’t like to admit it, but I think that’s probably Danny, our keyboard player. I might be the fastest though, but we haven’t really had a beer-off. Maybe that can be arranged for the 7th?

RF.net: Any last comments / thoughts / anything to add?
Morten: Satan…

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