ID – How’ve you been? How did India treat you?
Richard: I’ve been just fine thank you and India treated us very well. We had a really great time in Bangalore.
Richard: Nik came in contact with the guys in Albatross and one thing led to another and he ended up mixing their album and also got to do some guest vocals on it.
The Albatross members are great guys and now friends of the wolfs. We hope to see them all soon again.
ID – You guys did a one-off show with Accept recently? How is it touring with them and have you played with them before?
Richard: It’s a pleasure to play with Accept. We did some shows a few years ago with them and now a one night show and they are truly professionals and really good people to be around.
ID – Stalingrad is a brilliant album isn’t it?
Richard: There is a lot of brilliant Accept albums, enough said….
ID – At what age did you start drumming? Who were you major influences at that point?
Richard: I started playing drums between the age of five and seven. Got my first Pearl drumkit when I was about seven years old. My favourite drummer at that time was Mick Tucker of “Sweet”.
I listened to “the man with the golden arm” live album every day.
Later on I found Vinnie Appice and he is still my number one choice of all drummers. Dean Castronovo is another great drummer.
I have never been impressed by the fastest and most technical modern once, thats for circus, clinics or show off.
If we are talking old school and technical, Buddy Rich is still king of kings.
Richard: It’s been just fine thank you. I felt at home in the band from the start. We are all heavy metal maniacs from young age so when we got together everything was in place and felt very good.
Also on a private level we are good friends and I think that’s really good in keeping a band together for many years.
It feels like we are four brothers working for the same goals and we are blessed having alot of fun on the way doing just that.
ID – Wolf has more of a traditional and classic heavy metal sound, how did the band decide to fix on this kind of music?
Richard: We just write music from the heart and what comes to us at the time. We don’t give a shit about the “flavour of the day” or what’s on the billboard or radio.
We want to write and perform the same kind of music that we all been breeding since we were young and luckily it comes out as great Wolf songs.
ID – Metal has changed a lot over the past few years. What are your thoughts on how metal has evolved and how it is today?
Richard: Its really great that metal has spread all over the world and people that were banned, haunted or cast in jail because they supported heavy metal or Rock.
Today the world is changing and in a good way but in some places very slow.
About labelling different kinds of metal or music I couldn’t care less, that’s bullshit. Great music is always going to be great and the rest is just shit.
New things come up every day but it doesn’t mean , it’s good because its new.
ID – Legions of Bastards came out a while back and you guys normally put out a release every couple of years. Has work on the next album begun?
Richard: We have just begun writing on the next Wolf album and we will try to have the next one out sometime during 2013.The writing process is a fun thing, different to touring and playing shows and clubs.
I think every step in getting an album out has its charm…You can bet it’s going to be a killer album.
ID – Now I want to ask you a few questions about Blackworld which is your other band. How did this project come about?
Richard: Blackworld is my own material. I wanted to do my own thing without having to compromise. Blackworld is something between beautiful and dark, heavy but nice melodies with lyrics from an imaginary world and other inputs.
I also brought my best and very talented friend Peter Ledin into the process of making the first album.
I have just started working on the second album. Lyrics mostly made already but not much on tape yet because I have been short of time the last year. But the idea is to get a second Blackworld album ready during 2013.
ID – How different is the writing process here compared to what happens in Wolf?
Richard: When it comes to writing Blackworld material I almost every time have an idea about the character of the song and how I want the song to come out in the end. I do music around the lyrics and then add riffs and grooves. I have a vision before starting recording the songs and a red tread for the album and layout for the cover etc to make it become a great album.
ID – What I enjoy the most on the record is the melodies and the arrangements. Not to mention the blistering guitar solos. I think you’ve done an outstanding job writing these tracks. Tell us a bit about what went into recording this album.
Richard: Alot of time is put into the lyrics to fit the songs and then the solos should fit the songs with a right attitude. The material should be presented with great melodies as you said, played in a dark or sad mood but with intense feeling. I want to express a feeling more than just a riff with each song.
Richard: Drums during solos and vocal parts should not be more than tight, hard-hitting, groovy and not in the way. A great drummer knows that the drums is a compliment and one of many ingredients in a great song.
You have to keep things down sometimes to make it explode in other parts. The first rule is always listen to the song.
ID – Child of Time and Blac kworld are two tracks I really enjoy on the album. Can you shed more light on what these songs are about and the lyrical theme of the whole record?
Richard: Child of time is a song about a judas child, about a feeling of not being honest and caring about others. It’s about not keeping secrets.Blackworld is about another place or world, asking someone to join you there for eternity, but they will find out later if it’s a bright or dark place and the passage is trough a wishing well.
ID – Will we see more of Blackworld in the future?
Richard: Like I said I will try to the second Blackworld album ready during 2013.I am still interested and looking for a label to sign the Blackworld.
ID – It was great having you guys in India. We hope you can make it again sometime soon. This is you space, feel free to say anything to your friends, fan, family, etc.
Richard: To India and all the fans I want to say from the bottom of my heart, Thank you very much for supporting Wolf and Blackworld and hope to see you all soon again on Indian soil.
To my family and friends I want to say I love you for respecting my believes.
Finally thank you Vinnie Appice for being my guiding star throughout the years , you are the greatest of drummers, I salute you.
“Richard Holmgren” Wolf/Blackworld.
It’s great to have you on the website. Indian Drummer wishes you the very best and we can’t wait to hear more from you.