Barry Anderson of Metal Storm conducted an interview with Ciaran "ArdChieftain" O'Hagan (vocals), Saul McMichael (guitar) and Dave Briggs (folk instruments) of the long-running Irish folk metal act WAYLANDER at last year's Hard Rock Hell festival, which was held December 4-5, 2009 at Pontins in Prestatyn Sands. North Wales, United Kingdom. Watch the chat in two parts below.
Ciaran "ArdChieftain" O'Hagan has issued the following update on WAYLANDER's current activities:
"As some of you are aware, we had to cancel a number of shows in October due to me breaking bones in an accident. Apologies to anyone who were looking forward to the shows in Germany, England and Limerick. Luckily, I had recovered in time for our shows at Hard Rock Hell in Wales and Winterfesr in Cork which went well for us. We had Sleeve (ex-SORROWFALL) filling in on bass for the Cork show and he did a great job as we knew he would.
"We are playing in Dublin and Belfast with our Flemish friends NATAN and BURIAL (U.K.) on Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30. These will be our last live performances for a while as we've decided to spend all our energies writing a new album.
"We'll update you all on the writing process in several weeks where hopefully we'll have some set in stone song titles to share with you all."
Ard Chieftain O'Hagan (vocals)
Michael Proctor (bass)
Dave Briggs (folk instruments)
Saul McMichael (guitar)
Hugh O'Neill (guitar)
Den Ferran (drums)
WAYLANDER's latest album, "Honour Amongst Chaos", was released in 2008 via Listenable Records. According to a press release, the CD is "more powerful and beautiful than ever, using a vast array of Irish folk instruments and armed with their passion for metal in its truest form," according to a press release. "Blending epic atmospheres and relentless brutality, 'Honour Amongst Chaos' reflects the heart and soul of pagan warriors worldwide."