Aktarum Chats of Album Debut!

Troll metalheads AKTARUM released their debut EP "Gane of Trolls" sometime ago but now have their debut full-length album "Ragnatroll" coming soon. In fact, the band goes into chats about said release and what their future holds for them!

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Aktarum was created back in 2005 by Trollour (Keyboard/vocals) and Trollaklass (Guitars).
Aktarum was created around 2005 near Brussels in Belgium. Trollour (Keaboard/lead vocals) and Trollaklass (Guitars) came from black metal and Thrash metal bands. They wanted to create something new in the neighborhood. Back in those days in Belgium, there wasn't any folk metal bands and they wanted to change that. I think Finntroll and Moonsorrow were really like revelations to them. So they did everything to put that kinda band in the place. And really fast they opened for Ensiferum and other huge bands. The audience really followed the band across the country and the band grew quickly a European fan base

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

The origin of the band's name is totally explained in the new album. I won't tell the twist of the story. You'll find out by yourself. :)

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We're from a little town near Brussels in Belgium. The local scene in Belgium is really huge. You have gigs every weekend everywhere in the country. A lot of people work their asses off to give metal show almost everyday. I could recommend a lot of bands. Here are a few that I like. Lemuria, Cocyte, Cryptogenic, Ithilien (not that local though), Ethernity, Exuviated, Annwyn,... There are so many bands and almost every band worth's the trip so.

4. How would you describe your style?

We play Troll Metal. The main idea was to play folk metal with a unique touch. Trollour and Trolaklass dug way too much everything related to trolls so they wanted to add the "Troll" idea behind the folk metal they wanted to play. So everything is about Trolls. The music combines heavy loud riffing with epic melodies. Telling tales of battles, parties of the village of Aktarum.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

The band released the first album "Gang of Trolls" in 2010.The line-up changed a lot. So it took time to find the perfect match and work on new songs. In 2014 the band released the "Game of Troll" EP and toured in Belgium, France, Germany,... We found the perfect missing bass player in 2016 and we worked for 2 years on the new album "Ragnatroll" which will be out in the 8th of December.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Yes we're about to unleash our bran new record "Ragnatroll" in early December. We are super excited to release it. We worked for 2 years so we can't wait to play it live.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Yes, we'll be playing some cool shows in Belgium and we're looking right now to book a lot of shows in France, Germany, The Netherlands,...The making of the album took a really long time so now we can settle down and work on the promotion. So everything will be planned soon.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Touring across Europe. Show the rest of the world our last album. Make a music video and spreading the message of the trolls of Aktarum. And then work on the next album.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Go on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/aktarum/?ref=br_rs or visit our website http://www.aktarum.com/. You'll have everything you need. And we are on Deezer and Spotify. Aktarum's music is just one click away from you.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

We want them to enjoy themselves as much as we do. We play music to share with the audience our way of having fun and partying. So we when people hear our music we want them to feel like "Yeah I have to see them live coz I'll bet we're gonna have fun".

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