Latest news and updates.
Aug 15, 2016
Announcement: New album title revealed and new website!
We're exited to reveal that the new Keldian album will be titled Darkness And Light and will be released in 2017.
We are currently deep into recording the new tracks and we expect to share this continuation of our journey with you sometime in the first half of next year. Stay tuned for further news and release info as we move ahead.
To mark the occasion, we have revamped the official keldian.com with new look and new content.
In the album section you will find credits, lyrics, photos and artwork, including hi-res versions of Niall Parkinson's concept art for the 2015 CD reissues. There are also short insights into the making of each record.
Check it out and get yourself ready for next year's Darkness And Light.
Aug 7, 2016
Woha, one year since our last update! Rest assured, we havent forgotten about Keldian ;-) 90% of the songs for the 4th Keldian album is finished (writing-wise). And we've even had a couple of recording sessions this spring and summer, working on synth, guitar, bass and vocals. In fact, we're recording right now! Drums will probably be recorded during the fall, and the rest of the album will be finished during the winter of 2016/2017. That's the plan anyways, and I guess we'll see how things pan out, but work has been progressing pretty smoothly so far. We're both confident 2017 will be another great year for Keldian fans!
Aug 7, 2015
New Keldian CDs are now available directly from the Perris Records webshop, shipping worldwide! The albums include new concept art by Niall Parkinson, and liner notes by the band. This is the first general CD release of our latest album Outbound, and the long-awaited reissues of Heaven's Gate and Journey Of Souls.
May 29, 2015
Keldian CD reissues coming this summer!
Perris Records was the original home of Keldian when we started out, and we are excited to announce that we will work with Perris again on CD reissues of all three Keldian albums: Heaven's Gate (2007), Journey Of Souls (2008) and Outbound (2013), all set for worldwide release this summer. This will be the first general CD release of our latest album. The reissues of Heaven's Gate and Journey of Souls will be the CD debut of the remastered audio for those records, which was previously only available as digital downloads. The albums will feature redesigned booklets with new liner notes by the band, and there will be new concept art included.
Stay tuned for release dates and detailed information!
We would like to thank Tom Mathers at Perris Records for giving us this opportunity, and all you loyal fans who have been waiting patiently for more Keldian on CD.
May 27, 2015
Journey of Souls, 7 years after release.
In celebration of Journey of Souls, Zack Miller of the Auditory Spectrum does a track-by-track review of the album, including a commentary from Chris. Check it out!
Commentary & Review: ...an exclusive look back at Journey of Souls...
Apr 13, 2015
We regret to announce that we are pulling out of the planned reissues of Keldian albums on CD.
In April 2014 IceWarrior Records (a part of Rock It Up) agreed to release all three Keldian albums for the CD format during 2015, starting with Outbound early in the year and moving on to the previous records.
However, since IceWarrior announced the deal on September 24 last year, they have failed to respond to any of our numerous inquiries about project progress, and they have failed to set a release date for Outbound. We have simply heard nothing from the label for over six months. No answers, no contact, not a word.
This is unacceptably unprofessional behavior by IceWarrior, which also makes us look like fools in the eyes of our fans. We have therefore informed the label that the deal is off, for good. In other words, sorry - no CDs. We wanted to make this happen for you, the fans, even with a deal that would not have benefited us financially.
We're now focused on writing material for the next Keldian record, which is going to blow your minds.
May 15, 2014
We are currently in the process of changing digital distributor. The first albums being transferred to our new service is Heaven's Gate and Journey of Souls. Unfortunately some downtime during the transition process is to be expected.
Affected stores & streaming services are: iTunes, Amazon MP3, Nokia OVI, Deezer, eMusic, Wimp, Rdio, 7Digital, 24/7 (9 stores), Rhapsody, Simfy, Spotify and Vidzone Digital.
We hope all is back to normal within a couple of weeks.
Thank you for your patience.
Apr 29, 2014
History section update!
The history of Outbound has just been updated with a little treat for you...
Feb 3, 2014
AMA session with Keldian tuesday! (04.feb.2014)
Tuesday (04.feb.2014) both Arild and Chris will be live on Reddit for an ASK ME ANYTHING session.
Los Angeles 10:45 am, New York 1:45 pm, Oslo 19:45. You can probably work out the rest.
Register (is easier than you think) to participate and bring on those probing questions.
Jan 28, 2014
Keldian in the polls, 2013
The 2013 Power Metal Awards at Reddit's /r/PowerMetal have named Keldian's Never Existed as Best Track and Outbound as Best Album of 2013!
Reddit: PowerMetal Awards 2013 Results
OUTBOUND is number 3 in Black Wind Metal's "Top Power Metal of 2013" poll!
Black Wind Metal: Top power metal of 2013
OUTBOUND rocks at number 2 in the "Best 30 Albums of 2013" at webradio EAT THIS!
Eat This!: Best 30 albums of 2013
Jan 12, 2014
Read Zack Miller's track-by-track review and exclusive commentary with Chris, delving deeper into the story behind the tracks of Outbound.
Don't forget to check out some of our previous reviews as well! Our original review post is being constantly updated.
Dec 22, 2013
It's Christmas! You wanna hear some more new Keldian?
We got a present for you! Go to our History section and click on Outbound.
Two tracks that didn't make the final cut for Outbound are there.
Dec 19, 2013
Album of the month! (Rock Hard Magazine, France)
Published in Rock Hard Magazine, France (#138, december 2013)
Review by Francois Blanc / English translation by Romain Carrié
Finally, Keldian is back! Without news for 5 years and the release of the beautiful "Lords of Polaris" we feared that the duo might be lost for ever into space and time... But it would have been misjudging the valour and the determination of these explorers, who apparently had not said their last word!
Outbound is the third album of the band that, like many others nowadays, decided to get rid of label and autoproduce their music. It seems that no external pressure came to limit the creativity of the band whose musical universe has never been so abundant.
Describing precisely Keldian's purpose is not an easy thing, however it's our duty to try: imagine a powerful and very melodic power metal, enhanced with atmospheric keyboards, a discrete progressive reference and melodies reminiscent of the best of 80s rock. In addition, a male singing in a medium register, classic but very expressive and well used, a great sense of melody and refrains (morning light moutain, burn the sky) and a sci-fi universe well exploited and clearly visual (keyboards produce perfectly the hyperspace ambience dear to the band). Sometimes fast (never existed), sometimes mid-tempo (the silfen paths), all the tracks have this little something more that makes you wanna hear them again. Even if some titles seem to be less inspired (run for your life), Keldian master their music and manage to avoid facility by using rich enough arrangements so lassitude doesn't appear.
Very melodic and terribly catchy, Outbound is without doubt amongst the must-hear power metal albums of the year, listen to it without further delay!
Score: 8 / 10
Dec 10, 2013
Your Outbound Contributor's Edition CD is in the mail!
Merry Christmas to all contributors (and to Keldian fans all over the world)! The Contributor's Edition CDs are all in the mail, and can be expected to arrive within 2-8 days. Please have patience if your CD is delayed, postal services worldwide are swamped with holiday mail.
Nov 1, 2013
Outbound Reviews (& Interviews)
Black Wind Metal - Review by Daniel Millard - 4.5/5
FFM Rock - Review (German) by Martin Bothmann - 10/10
Rock Meeting - Review (French) by Pilgrimwen - 5/5
La Grosse Radio - Review (French) by Ju de Melon - 8/10
Metalirium - Review (Slovakian) by Jozef Radena - 8.5/10
Metal Fields - Review by Scott Bivins - 8/10
Grande Rock - Review by Thanos Aggelakis - 8/10
Allaround Metal - Review (Italian) by Federico Orano - 4/5
RockYou.fm - Review (German) by Hausdrache - 5/6
Hard Rock Haven - Review by Derric Miller - 8.6/10
Metal CD Ratings - Review by Clint Olsen - 4.5/5
Black Wind Metal - Review by Arno Callens - 4.5/5
Ragherrie - Review (Dutch) by Mitchell Scheerder - 91/100
Hard Rock Magazine (France) - Review by Francois Blanc - 8/10
Spirit of Metal - Review (French) by LeLoupArctique - 18/20
Auditory Spectrum - Review by Zack Miller - 5/5
The Metal Observer - Review by Alex Melzer - 9/10
Metal Temple - Review by Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia - 9/10
Some interviews done in connection with the Outbound release:
Grande Rock - Interview by Thanos Aggelakis
La Grosse Radio - Interview (French/English) by Ju de Melon
Auditory Spectrum - Interview by Zack Miller
Oct 31, 2013
Yes ladies and gentlemen, you heard right, Outbound is finally out! Contributors check your email.
Digital distribution is being rolled out, and Outbound should also be available in these stores within a week or two: Nokia OVI, Rdio, 7Digital, Simfy, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, Rhapsody, eMusic, Wimp, Deezer, Google Play, Vidzone Digital, 24/7.
Oct 26, 2013
Keldian feature interview at Auditory Spectrum.
We talk to Zack Miller from Auditory Spectrum about our upcoming album, song-writing, inspirations, artistic mystery and the future of Keldian!
FEATURE INTERVIEW: Keldian Talk Next Sci-fi Metal Adventure, Outbound
Oct 22, 2013
The new Keldian album will be yours on Halloween, October 31! It will be available exclusively in our Bandcamp Store for the first couple of weeks. After that it will roll out in all other outlets like iTunes, Amazon, etc.
The album will have the same price in all outlets, to the best of our ability. We choose to make it available to you as soon as it's finished, which is why our Album Store will be the exclusive outlet for the first couple of weeks. The other outlets take some more time to roll the album out after having it delivered to them.
The contributor's edition CDs will then be pressed and signed and mailed to you. This will take more time, and delivery will obviously depend upon international mail. But everyone who claimed the limited edition CD in the Indiegogo campaign will receive a free lossless quality download by e-mail on Halloween. Same procedure as the exclusive previews.
There will be no preorders taken. The album will be made available to you the very day it's finally done. You will all get the message right here WHEN WE PUSH THE BUTTON!
Oct 21, 2013
Keldian Q&A: Answers (part 2)
Q: 1) What about the new album ? Will be guests (vocal/instrumental) involved in the release ? What will be the main theme ? What version could we hope: physical, digital or the both, please ?
2) Have you already thinked about a CD reissue of "Journey Of Souls" ? –Axldobby
CHRIS: Axldobby, it will all be revealed very soon! The title is the first clue, OUTBOUND. And it will be very much Keldian’s type of lyrics, with a twist. The pros and cons of humankind’s quest for space. Will we explore or destroy?
There will be some guest appearances on the record. And it will be available in all digital formats everywhere, with limited edition CDs only for those who funded the album through Indiegogo.com earlier this year.
ARILD: No reissues are planned yet. Someone would have to be willing to do sales/distro/shipping for that to happen I think. Keldian is a hobby for us, and we simply don’t have time to do this ourselves. Keeping the inventory, taking orders, packing, shipping etc. is a lot of work. Besides, the demand for physical CDs is rapidly diminishing. We’re open for suggestions though, don’t hesitate to send us an email.
Q: If you were a soup, what flavor of soup would you be? -Anonymous
CHRIS: I’d be a secret recipe. An acquired taste. Frequently sent back to the counter where the complainer is met with a stern ”no more soup for you!”
ARILD: Chris can have his «medium crab bisque» (and the antique armoire), haha. How about an Irish single malt whiskey? Matured in cherry casks. Yes, that sounds about right. Is it 5 o’clock yet Chris?
CHRIS: It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.
Q: Anyone here actually have the pre-production cd with 5 songs released as the very first Keldian release? –Anonymous
CHRIS: There is some confusion about this, so let’s clear it up! Keldian is listed some places, like the metal-archives.com, with a ”Demo” released in 2005. They’re talking about the Salvation For The Guilty recording, under the name Keld, which you can find in our website’s Hidden History section. Keldian never released anything before the first album. Then we started writing the first Keldian album in 2005, and the first 5 songs we wrote and recorded were Crusader, Heaven’s Gate, Requiem For The Light, Beyond The Stars, and Plains Of Forever.
This was never released, it’s simply the early versions of those songs, almost identical to the album versions. The only difference is really the drums – the early versions had programmed drums, which doesn’t sound anywhere near as cool as the real drums. We only played this for Jørn and a few other friends prior to starting the album proper, to get a little feedback and let Jørn know what was going on. Then it became the album. We don’t even have a copy of this ourselves anymore, so it simply doesn’t exist.
Q: I have a question that I've been wondering about every since I heard the song Vinland: what are the complete lyrics? There is this part in... Norwegian? And I wonder what is said. –Rob van den Berg
CHRIS: It’s Norwegian, Rob, that’s right. It’s taken from the Norse sagas that tell of the Viking discovery of America around 1000 A.D., about 500 years before Columbus. The central character is Leif Erikson (there’s an annual Erikson Day in the US, actually), and the words are something like this: ”Then Leif set sail for the sea, and he saw a land he had never known, where the wheat grew and vines were found. Leif named the land for its riches, and called it Vinland.”
ARILD: I remember we did multiple versions of this passage, with different readers. The tone of voice and dialect spoken changed the feel of it quite dramatically. Eventually we ended up going with Gjermund Elgenes’ version. Gjermund really does sound like an old Viking on that take. For those of you into Norwegian music, Gjermund is the younger brother of singer Øivind «Elg» Elgenes from the band «Dance with a Stranger». They share a very distinct and powerful voice.
Q: Which songs of Keldian do you like the most/consider the best (on terms of how they managed to convery what you wanted them to), and why? –Rob van den Berg
ARILD: The Last Frontier was inspired by the remake of Battlestar Galactica, and I think the song conveys the determination, desperation, and the constant on-the-run feel of the series. (Especially the two first seasons of it.) So in that sense I think it turned out great. But this is just a random example since I like them all, and they all rock equally hard.
CHRIS: I think our best album is just around the corner, Outbound! But I also really like Journey Of Souls. I think every song on that record got a sound that suited the lyrical subject matter. But if I had to pick one song, I’d probably go for Plains Of Forever on the first album. I’m still very happy with how that turned out, and I can’t remember how it was written, which is often the case with my favorite songs.
Q: 1) Assuming you were to go an a tour, and could play in any town/city or at any festival you like: What places would you choose, any why?
2) Just as you have your sources of inspiration for your work, you have been an inspiration for a lot of your fans. What does it feel like to know that somewhere out there, people feel about your work just the same as you about all the things that have fueled your own imagination and ambitions? To know that somehow, the music you make influenced aspects of another person's life?
3) Uh-oh, non-music question. Your favourite characters from the Hyperion Cantos? Why? –Ama
CHRIS: 1) Ama, it would be cool to tour mainland Europe, because there are so many countries and cities I would like to see. And obviously the US would be great, I’ve only visited once and I loved it. But really, we’d want to go anywhere! If someone could just pay for it… ;-)
2) In one word: Humbling.
3) How can you not love/fear the Shrike? And I also love the Aenea character. The ending of the Cantos is why.
ARILD: 1) Why nickle-and-dime when we’re daydreaming… Europe first (including Sweden Rock), then the States, from coast to coast, with the final concert at the launch-ramp at Cape Canaveral.
2) I think it’s great. It’s a good feeling. And inspiration can come from the most unexpected directions and places. Expression in art is the song of the soul as they say. Always keep an open mind.
3) I’ll have to go with the Consul. Come on, he dresses like a pirate, has his own starship, opens the time tombs and releases the shrike. The Consul is one crabby, pissed off old guy, on his own personal mission to stir up the universe.
Q: I just recently heard the albums Salvation for the Guilty and Burden of Dreams for the first time. Do you have any intention of posting the lyrics for the included songs on your website? What about the translated lyrics for Hope (the Japanese bonus track)? –McSkivv
CHRIS: No plans to post those lyrics, sorry. And when it comes to Hope, I’m as curious as you are, McSkivv. Is that latin, Arild?
ARILD: Yes it’s latin… «You don't speak Latin? Well that's something we shall have to remedy, isn't it?» ;-)
Q: You've said that some of your influences are 80s pop rock and electronic music. Has the 8-bit music of 80s video games such as Mega Man, Castlevania, or space shooters ever been an inspiration? –Mike
I became a fan when my friend played me Sundancer while playing Freelancer and fell in love straight away. What other games gave you inspiration for your music? –FyBe
ARILD: I grew up with the games on the Commodore 64 and the Amiga 500, and I still think a lot of the computer music from that era was great. Not very impressive hardware in the digital domain those days , but lots of good melodic content. Remember the names Ben Daglish and Martin Galway? Haha, those were the days. But we’ve got lots of good music in games these days as well. The Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect, Metal Gear Solid, BioShock, Journey to name just a few. Hey, maybe Keldian could do a game soundtrack one day? Wouldn’t that be cool!
Q: I'd like to know about the background sounds in the song Requiem from Salvation for the Guilty, are they related to the lyrics in Requiem for the Light? –Keldianer
ARILD: No they’re not related. The sound-fx are related to the lyrical theme of Salvation for the Guilty. Musically it’s the same passage, but played in a different key on Requiem for the Light I think. I just love the sound of pipe organs, and this piece is part of an organ-song I never finished. Back in high school I had a really cool piano teacher (who was also the municipal organist), and often we would head over to the church to play the organ instead. Sitting in front of an instrument that has tons and tons of pipes and just blasting away is a priceless feeling. Heavy metal indeed.
Q: Do you identify yourselves more as existentialists or naturalists? -Anonymous
CHRIS: Personally, I don’t identify myself as either. Check out literature on quantum entanglement!
Q: Your colleagues of Mantikora from Denmark also wrote an album on the Hyperion Cantos. Whether you communicated with Dan Simmons? -Yuri
CHRIS: Manticora released an album called Hyperion way back in 2002, that’s right. We have never communicated with Dan Simmons, but we hope he wouldn’t mind us basing lyrics on his work… The only Keldian song that directly references the Hyperion series so far is the track Hyperion on Journey Of Souls, but you can expect another one on the new album, a sinister and catchy mid-tempo rocker that deals with a certain manhunt (or should that be girlhunt?) in Endymion and The Rise Of Endymion. The song is called A Place Above The Air and sort of picks up where Hyperion left off.
Sep 14, 2013
Contributors Outbound preview ONLINE!
The exclusive contributors preview of Outbound is now online. Contributors, check your inboxes. For the first time since may 6th 2008, new Keldian songs are heard by fans all over the world. Completing all mixes and shipping the files over to Finnvox for mastering is the next milestone on the road to Outbound. Stay tuned for more updates!
Sep 12, 2013
Exclusive contributor's preview - 2 tracks from OUTBOUND!
On Saturday, September 14, Indiegogo contributors to the OUTBOUND production will receive an exclusive preview of the forthcoming Keldian album. Contributors will get a stream of the tracks "Burn The Sky" and "Morning Light Mountain". The link will be mailed to the e-mail address you registered with Indiegogo upon your contribution. The stream goes live at 3 pm Norwegian time (GMT +2) this Saturday.
Figure out your time-zone!
OUTBOUND is currently on course for an October release. Stay tuned!
Aug 27, 2013
Outbound track listing revealed! The track listing of Outbound will be as follows:
1. BURN THE SKY
3. NEVER EXISTED
4. MORNING LIGHT MOUNTAIN
5. KEPLER AND 100 000 STARS
6. THE SILFEN PATHS
7. RUN FOR YOUR LIFE
8. A PLACE ABOVE THE AIR
Contributor's Edition Bonus Track:
10. SCOUNDREL DAYS (a-ha cover)
On another note; drum sessions with Jorn are now almost complete, and most of the tracks are "in-the-box". We are very pleased with the results. Jorn is an amazing drummer, and he really lifts the material to the next level. Also, a couple of songs have already come pretty far in the mixing process. Stuff will rock, and things will roll ;-)
Jul 27, 2013
Outbound mission update.
August is drawing nigh, and drum-sessions are up. We will of course keep you updated on the progress, but Jorn will surely deliver kick-ass drumtracks as usual. All in all; we're in the pipe, five-by-five. Outbound.... will be worth the wait dear fans.
May 11, 2013
The Outbound campaign at Indiegogo ended about two weeks ago, and we came in at $6808, which is about 160 percent of the funding we asked for. What can we say? Thank you!! The funds are immediately being channeled into the completion of Outbound, and there will be more Keldian beyond that, thanks to your contributions. We're targeting a September release for the new album, and you'll hear from us about your claims when the time nears.
Production of the album is proceeding as planned. All the songs are finished, guitars and bass are tracked, and most of the vocals and synths are tracked. We've probably got about 80% of Outbound on "tape" by now. At this point, thats pretty good. We expect only a short session later this summer is needed to finish up the synths and vocals. Our drummer Jørn (aka. General Grid) is touring with his own band Vreid this summer. Drum-sessions have therefore been postponed from june to late july / august. This will be the final stage of the recording process, and we will keep you updated on our progress.
Our bandcamp launch and the streaming music services we've been trying out have been a success so far. Therefore we are expanding the availability of Keldian music. In a few weeks we'll be available on: iTunes, Amazon MP3, Nokia OVI, Deezer, eMusic, Wimp, Rdio, 7Digital, 24/7 (9 stores), Rhapsody, Simfy, Spotify and Vidzone Digital.
In our store at bandcamp a wide selection of formats are available. MP3 (V0), MP3 (320), Ogg Vorbis, FLAC (lossless/CD quality), AAC (iTunes), and ALAC (iTunes, lossless/CD quality). Outbound will of course be available there at soon as it is released.
Feb 27, 2013
The Outbound Campaign.
Dear fans, we need your help to finish the new Keldian record! Contribute to the making of OUTBOUND and get exclusive previews and a limited edition signed CD of the new album.
Check out our campaign and show your support for Keldian music:
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Feb 22, 2013
Keldian Q&A: Answers (part 1)
Q: When a new album? you're best! best best! -Italian fan
CHRIS: Thanks, Italian friend! The exact date is not confirmed, and we have more work to do, but we hope to have a release date for you very soon. THE ALBUM IS COMING OUT IN 2013! Keep an eye on keldian.com and our Facebook page for STUDIO REPORTS and more album news, coming up.
Q: Where does your logo come from and does it mean anything? -Sobik
ARILD: It’s a symbol we’ve borrowed from Mayan culture. The Galactic Butterfly. It’s said to represent all the consciousness that exists and has ever existed in this galaxy.
I like to say it represents the eternal unified soul of the universe.
Q: have you ever played live until now?is there a chance seeing keldian live in greece someday...? wishing you the best!!! zabuza-greece
ARILD: Keldian has never played any live gigs, and I don’t think we ever will. Keldian has always just been about me and Chris writing music together. That was the whole premise to begin with. Keldian is not a «band» in the traditional sense to me. It’s more like we have this fantasy-world in music together, where we are the prime-creators, without boundries or limitations of any kind. Just creating according to vision as we go along. I don’t think any of us have had any need or desire to add more elements to the equation. Creating Keldian «the band» would be a difficult undertaking requiring some serious effort and sacrifice. It would be much easier to just start a new band, and make new music from scratch. But that would not sound like Keldian. Naturally.
Q: Are there any films or books that inspire you when writing songs? If yes, which? -Chris
CHRIS: Chris, cool name! B-) We are sci-fi buffs. On the first two records a lot of stuff was inspired by Dan Simmons and Peter F. Hamilton, and other writers Arild can tell you about. I personally think Simmons’ Hyperion series is mindblowing – read ’em all! Hyperion and The Fall Of Hyperion are great, and then the tale concludes in such a heart-wrenching way with Endymion and The Rise Of Endymion. I have never been as touched by written fiction as I was when I came to the end of that story… I cried like a child for about an hour.
ARILD: Yes! Anything sci-fi will do! Chris mentioned most of the writers. Forgot Stephen Baxter though! One of his books inspired at least three (I think) songs on Heaven’s Gate (favs: Ring, Titan, Manifold). Peter F. Hamilton rocks of course (favs: Night’s Dawn, Fallen Dragon, Void). The absolute spiffing remake of Battlestar Galactica was a great inspiration for one of the tracks on Journey of Souls. Arthur C. Clarke’s, 3001 «The Final Odyssey». Games like the Mass Effect series and Freelancer deserves mentioning as well ;-)
Q: How much did your previous band Alien Love Gardeners do? Did they ever release a full length? - Justin
CHRIS: Hey Justin! Alien Love Gardeners was active about 2000-2002 and only released one EP. The redone version of that EP is the recording which is available as Keld: Salvation For The Guilty in our website’s Hidden History section. We do have some cool live recordings of ALG, made a few years before Keldian came into being, and maybe we’ll let you hear that one day, could be a nice addition to the Hidden History.
Q’s: 1) What do you think of Michael Jackson? (Honestly)
2) Will there be any music videos? I read some of you are interested in cinematography or am I wrong?
3) There are photos you are drinking in the pub. How often do you drink and how much can you handle? :) -mjjLT
CHRIS: 1) Michael Jackson was, and will always be, the KING OF POP. Smooth Criminal is one of my all time favorite songs. 2) I’m an assistant professor of film studies, but that’s academic work. Videos would be cool, good idea! 3) Oh God, we knew those pics would come back to haunt us… Let’s just say we can no longer party like it’s 1999, but we sure enjoy some good ale and a shot or two of Bushmills 16 y.o. whisky. ;-)
ARILD: We’ve talked about doing a music video on several occasions. I think it’s very likely you’ll see one or more music videos sometime in the future. It’s become very «doable» these days. And yes, I’ll second the Bushmills 16 y.o.
Q’s: Can you tell us the name of the new album?
How many songs will it have? -Eucalipto
CHRIS: You got it Eucalipto, official announcement coming right here: The new Keldian album is titled OUTBOUND. It will feature about 10 songs, give or take. We’re fans of keeping the records about 50 minutes long. We just want to give you the best possible songs we can, no fillers to waste your time.
ARILD: I’d like to add a funny story when Chris is talking fillers. At some point in time, before Journey of Souls was released with Perris Records, I played the album for an A&R guy at a record label here in Norway. He didn’t like the album. It had too many good songs. Suggested we should make 10 «fillers» (read: crappy songs), split the album in half, put fillers in-between and then we would have TWO albums to sell! First thing through my head: «Is this guy fucking serious? He’s not laughing or anything so I guess he must be.» The road to hell is paved with good intentions indeed. After that I figured we’d better just stick to ourselves and continue doing what we like best: making good songs and records.
Q: I just have one question, how long are you guys gonna keep this band up? I'd love to see a tour sometime ;p –Griffen Whitehead
ARILD: We’ll keep doing this until it’s no fun anymore. So hopefully for decades.
A tour on the other hand… well, never say never. But certainly don’t hold your breath. You’ll pass out ;-)
Q: What are some bands that have inspired you to make this awesome music? –Drumman Martínez
ARILD: For me it’s more movies and books that have inspired Keldian music. Most of the time I listen to music from totally different genres than Keldian. I like the 80s, Vangelis, John Wetton, Brandon Flowers, Pink Floyd, Dan Huff stuff ;-), Steve Earle, John Murphy (soundtracks), Stockholm, Daft Punk, Bruce Springsteen, 69 Eyes… I could go on forever, it’s unfair to mention anybody really.
CHRIS: I have to admit that I’m old-fashioned, Drumman. I still listen to Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper and Kiss more than anything else. I also have to admit that Bruce Dickinson’s solo albums is a big inspiration when I write Keldian music. Check out Accident Of Birth, The Chemical Wedding, and Tyranny Of Souls, and you might pick up on some of the more obvious Keldian influences right there… ;-)
Q’s: What instruments do you guys use when recording? Also, on either Heaven's Gate or Journey of Souls, is there anything inspired from the Ender's Game series? Will be there anything inspired by that on the new album? -Anthony
CHRIS: Hi Anthony! I play a Les Paul for rhythm guitars, and sometimes an Ibanez RT650 (from back in the early 90s) for leads and other stuff. For the new album we’re using a really cool Hagström bass, love it! We’ve made a decision not to detune but keep things in a classic E tuning, and those guitars sound pretty damn good for that business. I think Ender’s Game is Arild’s field of expertise, I’m only familiar with the Futurama classic Bender’s Game. ;-)
ARILD: I used to be a real gear-whore with synthesizers, but these days I only use softsynths. They sound just as good, they don’t take up any space, and are much easier to work with. The ones I use the most are probably Korg Legacy collection, Avid Xpand! and Avid Hybrid.
Ender’s Game is not Arild’s field of expertise since Arild hasn’t read it ;-) But I’ve heard good things about the series! Maybe we should check it out!
Q: What are the chances of a tour with your masterpieces (so technically, the whole Protos Nemesis, Keld, and Keldian discography)? –Samchi
CHRIS: Hey Samchi! I’m afraid the chances are very small indeed. We feel that the Keldian albums is Keldian, the other stuff came before that. So if we step onstage, we’ll shoot Keldian songs for 1,5 hours. Hope that’s still OK!
Q: Can you say something about the new album in general yet? -mnicklish
CHRIS: First of all, it’s taken some time because of a few things. You are great fans, and deserve an explanation. Here’s the thing: We don’t really make money doing this, it actually costs a lot of money for us to produce Keldian albums. We realized that and split with our record label.
We have set up everything now so that we are in complete control of Keldian. Whenever you buy Keldian music, in whatever format, you will be buying it directly from us, no middle men at all. And every cent we make will go right back into making MORE KELDIAN ALBUMS. Cool, or what?
Arild also left his job at the recording studio, where we used to work, and has now built his own studio in his home. This took time and cost money. Now we’re up and running, and the first order of business is obviously finishing the NEW KELDIAN ALBUM.
We have worked on it for a long time, and we have written, recorded, re-written and re-recorded, knowing full well what you people expect from a Keldian record.
It’s HOT, it’s HEAVY, it KICKS ASS! Compared to the previous two records, this one is a little more aggressive and a little heavier. There is a theme to the lyrics, summed up by the album title OUTBOUND, and the music reflects this lyrical attitude. You people will recognize the Keldian sound, no doubt, but there are some new twists and turns this time. We’ll let you know more as soon as we can!
Feb 7, 2013
Support Keldian music!
Dear fans, our music can now be purchased and downloaded from keldian.bandcamp.com.
Keep spreading the word, we're counting on you to help us recruit more Keldian fans!
Almost any format is available for download, mp3, aac, flac, ogg vorbis, apple lossless etc. You decide! Every penny you spend in our store will be used on our continuing mission to make more Keldian albums. How's that for a great investment! Lossless formats are available, so you're getting CD-quality.
2013 is going to be a great year for Keldian fans. That's a promise!
Jan 31, 2013
2013! We launch the exciting new year with a Keldian Q&A. Post your questions on facebook, and we'll pick a handful of questions to answer. If your question is original and probing, and you sign with your real name, there's a better chance of getting an answer!
Dec 12, 2012
December 2012. Many believe it's the end of the world. The Mayan calendar ends, and that ancient people were very sophisticated in their knowledge of the stars. There's just one problem: They never said the world would end, only that it would change. The Church deliberately misinterpreted the root of the word apocalypse. It does not mean ending and ruin, it means awakening.
Time to visit our History section again. We've posted a little treat for you!
Nov 29, 2012
The official Keldian Facebook profile has launched. Like us! ...and tell your friends ;-)
Oct 31, 2012
Trick or treat? Happy Halloween to everyone!
If your trick-or-treating goes poorly, here's a treat that will even the score...
A new door is open in our History section. Enjoy!
Sep 29, 2012
We know you are all waiting for the next Keldian album. While we work on it, and you wait for it, we want to share with you the history of Keldian. Go to the home page and click on the section named History!
Jul 13, 2012
First of all, a big thanks to everyone for all the positive feedback on our new website.
Our servers are getting lots of traffic these days, from all over the world.
Keep spreading the good word :-)
Good news for users of streaming music services!
Journey of Souls and Heaven's Gate are now available on SPOTIFY and WIMP.
You never know when you need to whip out a good Keldian track on your smartphone ;-)
Jun 29, 2012
Welcome back old friends!
It's been a while, and we're stoked to welcome you all to the new Keldian.com.
This is where we'll be posting news and updates so be sure to tune in from time to time.
Enjoy the new site, and be sure to tell your friends :-)