Interviews About Albums: Chronicler Of Ardul - Sword Of Virné (2024)

In this new interview, we sat down with the American Metal band Chronicler Of Ardul to ask questions about their album, "Sword Of Virné".

1. What can you say about this new EP/CD?

Sword of Virné is the second prologue to a much larger story I am building up towards. Last year’s release, Myrewood, gave the setting, while Sword of Virné introduces a magical and sinister blade that will be pivotal to the story that’s coming.

While Myrewood was more brutal and horrific, Sword of Virné has some sophistication to reflect the nature of Durmad, the creator of the sword. This EP is also much more melodic and makes use of those as the story unfolds.

2. What is the meaning of the EP/CD name?

The sword of Virné is the name of the sword whose origin is being told. As I was coming up with the name, I was trying to look up fantasy words that may work, and Virné came up, which is elvish for “change.”

3. Who is the composer of the CD/EP?

I (David Williams) am the composer of this release. While I was taking courses in music school, I was interested in learning about composition and orchestration, being inspired by some of my favorite composers like Nobuo Uematsu, Koji Kondo, and Yasunori Nishiki. It was a great experience and has changed how I write my music overall.

4. If you had to pick one song, which one would you pick?

I would have to pick “The Forge” as my one song. It’s a lot of new material I had to write, the majority of this release is based on music I previously wrote for school, but this has some really cool moments and is probably the heaviest song on here.

5. Is there a special message in this EP/CD? If there is, what is it?

This big story is an exploration of the concept of corruption, whether the act was intentional or not. The actions we choose can have severe outcomes and we must deal with the consequences. It’s also showing how forbidden magic can change things so much, and that sometimes it has a life of its own and truly cannot be controlled.

6. Are there some lyrics that you'd love to share?

I have a lyric video posted already for “Durmad, The Ambitious,” but here is a sneak peek of what’s to come in “The Forge.”

From all the kingdoms
Ships sail west to a barren land
In search of treasure
They won’t leave with an empty hand
The first ones start to look
When unknown flags arrive
Word has gone around
And they all want the prize
They will rue this day
For glory they will stay

7. Which inspirations have been important for this album? Like musically or friends, family, someone you'd love to thank especially?

My mom has been along through this entire journey, and she has always supported me. I will always be grateful for her.

Other inspirations are my influences, they are the ones I look to when I’m stuck, give me ideas to push forward, and give me a target to strive for. Those influences are Shadow of Intent, Mental Cruelty, Nobuo Uematsu, and the Lord of the Rings soundtracks by Howard Shore.

I have a wonderful support system and I’m very thankful for my friends and family for believing me along the way.

8. Something to add?

This is only the beginning. I have a big world to create and explore. The next part of this story will be even larger and build off of what I’ve started. I’m very excited to see where this goes and hope to enjoy this journey.

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