(facebook) One weekend in 2003, in Oslo, Norway, a bunch of goons became bored with the selection of party music that was available to them, and, helped along by the consumption of large quantities of alcohol, the soon-to-be members of TrollfesT decided to take matters into their own hands. One website and six songs later, a German label, which at the time was called Solistium, recognised the potential in the madness and got in touch. With the immortal words “what the heck, let’s give it a go” TrollfesT agreed to a deal and started writing new material. By 2005 “Willkommen Folk tell Drekka Fest!!” hit the streets. And life as we know it was never the same again.
Containing a selection of sounds and comments, many of which you would not necessary come across if you only frequented polite parties, “Willkommen…” displayed some unique qualities that caught people’s attention and consequently sold rather a lot of copies, so a deal for a second album was signed and in 2006 the story of Brakebein the Troll was released. “Brakebein” (not a bad choice for a title really given its subject matter), appeared in two versions - one that included a cartoon illustrating Brakebein’s voyage, and the other that included the lyrics.
During the first years, TrollfesT never actually played live, but nevertheless the two albums succeeded in making the band a sought after addition to festivals, and the first foray beyond the planning stage occurred in 2007 as one of the headlining bands at the Ninth Barther Metal Open Air Festival. TrollfesT then went on to headline and play various festivals and concerts around Europe during 2007/08 including the Ragnarök and Riedfest festivals.
January 2009 saw the release of TrollfesT’s third studio album “Villanden”. A much-anticipated underground album according to feedback from the fans, “Villanden” was quickly acknowledged as one of the craziest albums to have been released in a very long time, mixing, as it did, European Balkan music with extreme metal, and spread rapidly through the viral networks like YouTube, MySpace and Facebook.
So how would anyone, in their right mind, or otherwise, dare to define TrollfesT? The closest you would come is probably True Norwegian Balkan Black Metal, but even then you would need to include influences from lots more genres. The best way to put it is that this band is all about alcohol, joy and music, three subjects that draw in fans from all ages and genres, eager to listen to TrollfesT’s records and witness the exuberant and skilled live performances.
(lastfm.de) Trollfest (auch TrollfesT) ist eine norwegische Folk-Metal-Band.
Die Band veröffentlichte ihr erstes Album Willkommen Folk Tell Drekka Fest am 15. März 2005 bei Solistitium Records. Der deutsche Name des Albums lautet „Willkommen Leute zum Trinkfest“. Das zweite Album Brakebein erschien am 24. Mai 2006 bei dem Label Solistitium, das sich mittlerweile allerdings in Omvina umbenannt hatte. Bei Brakebein handelt es sich um ein Konzeptalbum, das sich ganz der Jagd Brakebeins nach Bier widmet. Ihren ersten Live-Auftritt hatte die Band 2007 auf dem „Barther Metal Openair“ in Deutschland.
Inspiriert von der finnischen Band Finntroll, wurde ein eigener Stil entwickelt, der auf viele Genres zurückgreift, wie beispielsweise Humppa, Tango, Reggae, Walzer und Ska.
Trollfest favorisiert im Gegensatz zu Finntroll auch typische Folk-Instrumente wie Akustikgitarre, Akkordeon, Trompete, Fidel, Mandoline und Banjo. Die Liedertexte sind humorvoll und in der fiktiven Sprache der Trolle - Trollspråk - geschrieben, einem Sprachmix aus diversen skandinavischen Sprachen (vor allem Norwegisch) und Deutsch. Sie handeln in erster Linie vom Feiern und von Alkoholkonsum.