Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Älmhult, Sweden based Melodic Power Metal project, Krilloan. Huge thanks to Klas Holmgren for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Klas Holmgren and I´ve played guitar for 20+ years. I´ve mainly played rock in different bands but never been in an actual metal band, haha! However, now is the time. It started that I wanted to set up a studio in my basement in order to continue with music since the last band was laid to rest. The plan was to learn to record/mix/master myself in order to create music the way I want it, fast and melodic. To bring the metal back in my life so to say. Funny enough the fantastic band Battle Born then released a song named ‘Bring The Metal Back’ so it’s now a theme song for me. Horns up! I´ve always loved the old metal bands and have always had a soft spot for power metal so that where it all started in January this year. In order to bring it all home I realized I needed some help, so my buddy Steve lent a helping hand. Then my search led me to Alex who sings like a damn God and that’s how the first single ‘Yggdrasil’ came about. And now it’s time for song number 2.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s actually the name of an old book from a Swedish Role-Playing game we used to play when we were young.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I’m from the south of Sweden, a small town called Älmhult. Also known as the IKEA capital of the world. We have one great metal band from here called “My Dear Addiction” but I guess Älmhult is most known for “The Creeps” back in the 90’s. Otherwise, Sweden is a great country for metal and a lot of great bands are from here!

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Latest release is a single called ‘Yggdrasil’ and was released in April. The new one, ‘Moonblade’ is released now in July It is released together with a lyric video done by the wizard Jani Stefanovic.

Yggdrasil (Official Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a guitar player, Ace Frehley any day of the week! For Krilloan its Blind Guardian, Helloween, Iron Maiden, Dio, Falconer.

What first got you into music?

My big brother showed me a poster of Gene Simmons when I was like 7, then he made me a mixtape and I was hooked. Who doesn’t like ‘I Love It Loud when you’re 7 years old? I bought “Number Of The Beast” when I was 12 and knew I was to be a metalhead for life.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

I´m lucky as hell. I already have the best collaboration! It’s my friend Steve Brockmann from the German band “Vision Of Choice”.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Sweden Rock Festival. It’s been a second home the last 20 years.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Never got one! I guess I´m not that famous, haha!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Continue listening to metal!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Ronne James Dio. He had so much left to give.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

People in the metal community. It must be the best group of people in the whole world.

Hate? Hmm, that would be trying to learn all those damn plug-ins when recording.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

That it should be easier for small bands to rise than it is today. The bands spending hours and hours in the rehearsal rooms are the real heroes in the world of music. If I could choose one more thing it would be that all commercial radio stations would play the first 6 Blind Guardian albums 24/7 all the time, that would be a great gift to the world!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Blind Guardian – “Tales From The Twilight World”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?


What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Probably one gig with our last band “24 Silver Bullets” when we run of songs and had to play almost 50% of the set again because people keep on chanting, good times.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I work at a bank, that’s very metal, haha! I´m a heavy metal-banker 😊 If not that I guess I would be back in the military or something.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ace Frehley, Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske. Hansi Kursch, Michael Richards (Kramer).

What’s next for the band?

The first plan for Krilloan was to release three songs and Moonblade (No.2) is released July 10 so after the summer I will start on number three. However, I don’t think I can stop after three songs…

(Rick here – They definitely cannot stop after 3 songs. They are way too good)

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

I try to show the whole process in baby steps so its Instagram and Facebook. Then I go for Youtube, Bandcamp and Spotify to spread my little contribution of metal to the world.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake! Or is it a beer? I hope it’s a beer!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks to everyone that has been cheering me on and to all that have a listen! Stay calm and stay metal people!

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