Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson
MW: Please introduce yourself?
BIB: We’re a 4-piece heavy metal band ‘Burned In Blizzard’ from Latvia, formed in 2011 and known for our melodic, thrashy and heavy sound supported by dual solos and three-mixed vocals. We are:
Karl K. Kalvish – frontman and rhythm guitarist;
Matt F. Claveinius – lead guitarist;
Roland ‘Joe’ Ignatyev – bass guitarist;
Robert ‘Rabbit’ Tsesheiko – drummer.
MW: What makes you want to play Sweden Rock 2013?
BIB: That is an easy question. We have never ever played on a stage of such magnitude, and it would be the first step towards being regular visitors of bigger stages across Scandinavia. We want to see what is happening on the stage somewhere else, where metal is much more evolved as a part of music. Sweden Rock festival has a great history, and we want to be a part of it.
MW: Have you ever played Sweden Rock before?
BIB: No, we’ve never had this kind of opportunity.
MW: Where is the band from?
BIB: From Latvia.
MW: What is the music scene like in Latvia?
BIB: Music scene in Latvia is pretty varied – from pop and alternative rock as dominant in the mainstream music industry to metal and hardcore as dominant in the alternative music environment. We’re a part of the metal scene and we’re proud of such Latvian metal acts as Skyforger, Relicseed and ENHET, that are few of the rare examples of having bigger success in international level, because getting outside the local market is a serious problem for Latvian metal bands.
MW: Do you have a new release coming out?
BIB: We are planning to release our second studio album this year.
MW: Do you plan to tour before or after Sweden Rock?
BIB: After the release of the new album we’re planning a tour across regions of Central and Northern Europe. It’s going to be after Sweden Rock festival, because the album is planned to be released in this year’s Autumn.
MW: What do you hope to come out of Sweden Rock?
BIB: We want to challenge ourselves as musicians and performance artists. We hope Burned In Blizzard will be heard. We have no doubt it’s going to be well organized, and a great festival all in all, so we are eager to show ourselves, and be one of the best new acts discovered at Sweden Rock! And, of course, we’re expecting best time of our lives thus far, new connections and friends among other bands, as well as inspiration and experience for our further development and growth as a unit.
MW: What would you like to say in closing?
BIB: We would not like to wish luck, but rather good support, because without the support of families, friends and fans, the whole notion of being in a band becomes dull and loses its equity. We are eager to have a visible goal that we can pursuit, and this festival is just it! Playing for fun is one thing, but to reach a level where no one has any doubt about why it is us that should perform, and to have that fire in the eyes that is rarely seen – that is a whole other thing.
Stay metal&tuned for our new upcoming releases!