As you are still unknown in Germany and English information about the band is pretty hard to find, please tell us a bit about Almora’s history!
Our English web-page will upload quite soon. Almora were founded by me in 2001 after the Knight Errant. We are 6 persons: I'm Soner (guitarist and songwriter of the band) , Burak (guitarist), Nihan (Violinist and lead vocalist), Bilge(flutist), Ahmet (Lead vocalist) and Vefa (bassist). We made 3 albums and 1 e.p. since 2001: Standing Still & Cyrano (EP – 2002), Gates of Time (CD - Zihni Müzik- 2002)
Kalihora's Song (CD - Zihni Müzik- 2003)
Shehrâzad (CD - Zihni Müzik- 2004)
What does the name "Almora" mean?
Almora is a hero that I've created. He is the bard-king of blue tale country.
What bands are the main influence of Almora?
Iron Maiden, Jethro Tull, Running Wild, Judas Priest, Motörhead.
How would you describe your music?
I couldn't describe our music. But fans describe it as Symphonic and Folk Metal.
When did you decide to play this sort of music you play right now? What is fascinating you with this music?
I listen to Rock since 1987 and I play guitar since 1990. Vigour (Kraft) and exuberance (Ausgelassenheit) of Rock & Metal is fascinating me.
Who is the creative force of Almora?
All songs are written by me. I'm just writing songs and playing guitar. But Almora's music is animated by all my friends.
On “Kalihora’s Song” I like especially the Turkish tracks with this unique oriental flavour. I wonder why most of your lyrics are in English?
Because generally, English language adapts on metal music more than Turkish. But for some of songs, Turkish is flavourable more than English.
Does "Kalihora's Song" tell a story?
Yes. The story is about the children trying to live in wars on the world.
Your new album has just been released. So what can you tell us about it?
I think that sound is better than our previous albums. Shehrazad is hero of 1001 nights-tales. 1001 nights-tales is biggest myth of the culture of the Middle-East.
Are there plans for a world wide distribution? How can a non-turkish fan get your album?
Yes we are planning to make something for world-distribution. Furthermore, we will start to sell our album on internet quite soon.
What do you expect from your new album?
We are expecting to share our music with non-turkish metal fans and make us known outside of Turkey.
Comparing all the three albums, how would you describe the development of the band?
I guess positive. We try to make every album better than its parent one.
Some days ago you supported a Therion gig in Istanbul. I guess this was the band’s career highlight. Please tell us something about your impressions?
Yes last week we supported a Therion gig in Istanbul. Therion's live performance was wonderful! To play with Therion was very important for Almora. Other big bands that we supported are Dio, Opeth, Kreator, Tankard… We are very very happy to play with Therion.
Did you already play some concerts abroad?
We didn’t. But our albums are listened outside of Turkey. I have been played at Wacken with another band.
If you could choose a band to play a concert with. Who would it be?
Iron Maiden , Judas Priest or Running Wild. (If they want us too:))
Your label “Zihni Müzik” is quite popular for Turkish non-pop-bands. Can you tell us a bit about the label?
Yes Zihni Müzik produce non-popular bands or musicians. The label is only interested in the quality of the music. We are happy because of working with them.
Many Turkish musicians explain it is very hard to play Rock and Metalin your country. Your style is a bit different, more folk based. Do you encounter the same hard circumstances?
Yes as other Turkish musicians, we encounter the same hard circumstances. But we never give up this music. Because we like play the metal music.
What Turkish metal band would you recommend us?
Yes, Mezarkabul make very good music.
The final words are for you!... I hope I can listen to your 3rd album
very soon.... Thanks for answering the questions.
Thanks a lot for your words and ideas about our music. I hope You like our
3 rd album. Best wishes...Soner