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. Hard Rock Magazine (France)
. Good Times (US)
. Dark Wave Newsletter (France)
. Christophe Szpajdel (Belgium)
. Quintessence (Holland)
. Maîtres du Metal (France)

. Gathering of Clans (The Netherlands)   updated


. AEA Zine (US) - June 2000
. Pagan Dark Witchcraft (Italy) - Sept 2000
Hard Rock Magazine (France) - Nov 2000   updated











Hard Rock Magazine (France)
Tout débute par un morceau instrumental joué uniquement au biniou. Certes, quelques-uns trouveront ça déconcertant au premier abord, mais dès le deuxième titre, le chant black et les rythmqiues acérées reprennent le dessus... si ce n'est que tout ce bel entrain est ensuite interrompu par du flûtiau et des tambourins. Vous l'aurez compris, Bran Barr allie black metal et thèmes celtiques, pour le plus grand bonheur des amateurs d'instruments traditionnels ! Pour rester sérieux, nous avouerons que la chose est vraiment bien faite, chaque membre du groupe exécutant des parties avec minutie (sauf les choeurs, à retravailler légèrement), évitant ainsi à l'ensemble de se perdre dans une bouillie sonore.
« Les Chroniques de Naerg » sont issues d'une histoire de l'auteur Aed Morban, ce qui ajoute à l'ensenble une touche poétique bien vue. (4 out of 6)


Good Times (US)
Hailing from the French metal underground, Bran Barr personify the inventive imaginativeness that black metal is capable of achieving. Their debut recording
« Les Chroniques de Naerg » is a full exercise in their undeniable talent and diversity. I recently interviewed lead vocalist Yoltar who filled me in on the activity the French scene has enjoyed lately. There can be found a multitude of promising bands just waiting to be discovered. The initial pressing of « Les Chroniques de Naerg » has already sold out within only four months. Rather impressive considering this is a D.I.Y. release courtesy of a band at the very outset of what should be a rewarding career. « Les Chroniques de Naerg » centers on a concept based on ancient Celtic culture penned by founding member Aed Morban. The intricate, well thought out arrangements here are indicative of much hard work. If you're into Enslaved, Satyricon, and Moonspell imagine their finest aspects in one package and that's but a taste of what to expect. The musicianship of "Ultraigh Tri Codacht'Ruin", "The lamentable Tragedy of Deirdra" and "Pride and Malevolence" ingeniously vacillates between inventive passages where the guitars are underscored by keyboards, strings and wind instruments and relentless, full on extremity. Bran Barr  are currently seeking exposure in the States ; interested labels or distributors should contact the band.


Dark Wave Newsletter (France)
Bran Barr was created in 1995 and after few months, the original member, Aed Morban, found others members to do Bran Barr as a full band. After some changes with the line-up, the French band entered in studio and recorded this first album released in April 2000. This first effort is influenced by the black-metal scene but also by the Celtic music and they mix these 2 influences in their music. The result is a good album, very original, far of the traditional black-metal, only the sound must be worked. Good compositions and good influences, a good French band. (8 out of 10)


Christophe Szpajdel (Belgium)
Changement de décor, on est en Ecosse aux temps des joueurs de cornemuse ! After a bagpipe intro comes fast and rather old school black metal, with songs in Celtic, french and English. then comes kind of thrashy/folky riffs with fifre (kind of small flute) and some abbatial choirs, giving this celtic mood in the Bran Barr’s music…After « Les Chroniques de Raymond » come « Les Chroniques de Naerg » cool, hein, singulière coincidence, non ? God verdomme, ze moeten zeker eens naar Gent voor t’volgende Bieste komen spelen ! 4 penis


Quintessence (Holland)
Bran Barr hails from France and this debut album is the first time I ever heard of them. The musical style is hard to describe but it remains somewhere among the old Cruachan material and maybe some old Primordial stuff as well. Fast and evil parts are combined with slower parts with all kinds of folk influences, for instance flutes and accoustic instruments I have heard. The only thing that slightly bothers me about this album is the production. Especially with this kind of music I need a better production. Other then that it is great and recommendable. Expect an interview with Bran Barr soon.

Maîtres du Metal (France)
Il y a des groupes qui font évoluer le métal, et bien Bran Barr en fait partie. Ce groupe de black, dans lesquels évoluent des membres d'Aes Dana ou de Temple Of Baal, a eu l'ingénieuse idée d'inclure dans son metal différents instruments traditionnels et acoustiques, afin de rendre hommage à la richesse de la culture celte. Ce groupe serait t-il prêt à faire de l'ombre a Rhapsody vu la qualité de leur production ? Cela passe de "Alba Bheadarrach'smire ga'd fhaguil dubh" avec de la cornemuse, à des titres comme "Ultraigh Tri Codacht'ruin" ou "The lamentable Tragedy of Deirdra", mélant flûte avec des guitares électriques, tantôt très black, tantôt plus "folkloriques". Il y a ensuite "La complainte de Cairn", avec sa douce mélodie de guitare acoustique et de flûte, et avec des choeurs très mélodieux,et des passage plus soutenus, avec cris black. "Galeach'Tran" reste très celtique, avec un titre genre gavotte (danse bretonne que l'on danse dans les fest noz). "Bàas In The Underworld" est beaucoup plus lourd, mais très entraînant (tout comme le dernier titre), un peu comme la célèbre chanson "et on lui pèlera le jonc comme... du Limousin". Attention, n'oublions quand même pas que le tout s'inscrit dans un contexte black à la fois guerrier et mélodique, avec des riffs travaillés et variés. Mais contrairement à d'autres groupes aux prétentions symphoniques ou folkloriques qui tombent à plat, tout passe à merveille. Un album excellent et très bien pensé. Pour les amateurs de groupes à la Isengard/Storm, ou de culture celtique.


Gathering of Clans (The Netherlands)
'Les Chroniques de Naerg' is French warriors Bran Barr's debut release. They play an interesting and unique form of Celtic Metal. Combining elements of Black, thrash and true metal mixed with celtic folk music. The closest comparison would probably be with Cruachan's first album. The music features raw black metal, great guitar passages, a range of folk instruments and keyboards. All this is finished off with the wide and varying styles of Lead vocalist, Yoltar. The album contains two tracks based on traditional celtic songs and the lyrics are based on a concept story written by Drummer, Aed Morban. All these aspects combined bring across a grand celtic folk atmosphere. Bran Barr possess the talent to go far.'Les Chroniques de Naerg' is recommended to all fans of well played pagan influenced metal.
Favorite Tracks: Pride and malevolence, Ultraigh tri codacht'ruin, Bàas in the underworld (9.5 out of 10)



AEA Zine (US) - June 2000

1. Describe the origins of BRAN BARR. Who started the band and what was the inspiration?
Well, to sum our history, I’d start by telling that the band was idealized by Aed Morban who is our drummer. If my memory is good, we started back in 1994… At the beginning, we were just thinking of creating a band based upon a celtic concept, being personnaly more or less influenced by bands like Enslaved or Absu, both musically and lyrically speaking (especially the mix between old legends and metal music). After around 6 months, we got in touch with a guitarist from our area (Morrigan) and we started rehearsing as a trio. It did not go very well and we decided to find new musicians to complete our line-up. So Fir Doirtche first joined us on the bass and when our first guitarist left the band, he took her place. In 1998 we finally found our best line-up with Brennus on the second guitar, Taliesin on bass and Amorgen on whistle.

2. What is the band's lineup and what do they do? Has this been the lineup since the beginning?
The band’s line-up is the same since 1998 and it may never change. All of us have other musical projects : I run an underground metal label called Haceldama Productions and also play in Despond (funeral doom metal), Aed Morban plays drums in Sword (black thrash metalt), Fir Doirtche plays in Temple of Baal (black metal), Taliesin and Amorgen are members of Aes Dana (pagan metal). The founding members are Aed Morban and myself, Fir Doirtche and Brennus rejoined us in 1997.

3. Describe the musical direction BRANBARR is taking. How does the band go about writing material? In what ways does BRANBARR stand out from the rest of the scene?
Bran Barr’s music is without any doubt a strong compromise between traditionnal / folkloric melodies and fast, blasting and violent black-thrash metal riffs… We are very pleased with this musical direction for we get maximum satisfaction playing those multiple aspects of music. We don’t have any specific way to write our songs… We may compose alltogether or one of us may work a song alone and present the whole stuff finished and then we arrange it. Amorgen brings a lot to the band with her folkloric background but every member is able to bring his own approach to the songs. Bran Barr definitely stands from the rest of the scene – especially in our local area – with our style of music which – though it tends to become more or less fashionable – is not applicated by local bands which are rather in the brutal black-death scene… There are very few pagan and folkloric metal bands here in France, maybe 3 ou 4… Some of them deal with viking culture as others are more into celtic culture.

4. Do you have any demos out? If so do you believe they captured everything the band envisioned?
We have not recorded any demo tape and we directly released our first album, entitled "Les Chroniques de Naerg" in April ‘2000. I think this album is truly what we all initialy envisioned, and maybe more for we managed to add bag-pipes and other traditionnal instruments to our music.

5. How soon can we expect your debut recording to be released? Are you signed or are you releasing it yourselves? Do you have high hopes for it reaching many people in the underground?
The album is out now. We are not signed yet because we simply never contacted labels… We released our first album by ourselves. We hope we can reach a large audience though the CD will be limited to 500 ex. but we will manage a maximum impact within the underground scene…

6. Is there a healthy underground metal scene in France? How about in other styles of underground music such as punk or hardcore? How do the bands get along over there?
French metal scene is not bad. It’s not the best though. We have in our countries some great bands, but most of the emerging acts are fake… Of course, every kind of music is representated (from hard FM to grindcore), sorry but I dunno much about french punk and
hardcore bands for I don’t listen this kind of music. Some worthy bands are Apocryphal (melodic death metal), Antaeus (black metal), many grindcore bands are also good (Inhumate, Depraved). You should also listen to our own private side-projects hahaha… How do they get along ? Well like every underground band I guess… demo tapes, split tapes, 7", underground gigs, tape trading, do-it-yourself releases…

7. What bands are you listening to of late? Do you read many fanzines? If so, which ones?
I personnaly love doom metal (in every kind, from old school to contemporary doom-death metal) but also black, thrash, death, grindcore… A touch of ambient, dark wave and of course traditionnal music. I used to read many zines but lately I slackened… I read more and more web-zines, not many paper zines. Sorry, I don’t have any names in mind…

8. Which aspects of Celtic history influence your lyrical content?
Aed morban, our drummer, has built up a whole lyrical concept for the first album. It’s obviously influenced by the well-known celtic legends and old tales. To sum it up, our lyrical content deals with competition between several clans and tribes, fighting for their Land and their Honour. I personnaly can’t tell you more for Aed would be placed better than me to speak about our lyrical background.

9. Which bands do you most admire that you would like to play with in the future?
In my name, I would say without any doubt Enslaved and Absu. Because those bands influenced us a lot at the beginning. More than their music, we are very interested in their approach and I think those bands rule ! Play with them in Paris – our city – our even elsewhere would be a fucking memorable event. We also love Cruachan and Primordial, both pagan metal bands from Ireland.

10. What does BRANBARR ultimately hope to accomplish?
We don’t have any carreer plans. We just want to have fun with our band, writing songs that we really feel from within, exploring new ways of song-writing, adding more and more folkloric melodies without stopping metal riffs… Yeah, that’s the way it’s gonna be in the future…

11. Anything you wish to close with.
Well, thank you very much Dave for this interview which is our first ever ! Check out our album, you can also visit our homepage, cheers.




Pagan Dark Witchcraft (Italy) - September 2000

1. OK the usual question, tell me something about your band, line-up, discography and biography.
Fir Doirtche : Well the idea, the concept of BRAN BARR was born in Aed Morban’s mind a long time ago... Bran Barr means " the raven from the mountain " in old gaelic. The first member to join wer Yoltar (vocals and keyboards) and Morrigan’n (guitar), in 1995. Brennus (guitar) and I joined in 1996. I was playing the bass and added backing vocals. When Morrigan’n left a few months later, I took the guitar and we started composing quite a lot… In 1998 Taliesin (bass), and Amorgen (flute and whistle) joined the band and we started developping the Celtic aspect more than ever, having the possibility to use real instruments we dropped the keyboards out from our music, which is something we always had wanted to do… Instead we focused on getting more flute in the music and developping the folk aspect. Our first album is out now, it’s called " Les Chroniques De Naerg "…

2. How is born the idea to play folk celtic metal with screaming ? I heard that you like Cruachan and you are influenced by them, what do you think about their last CD ? What do you listen to, usually ?
I’m not sure, but as far as I know Aed Morban had always been into Folk music, especially the one coming from Celtic lands, as much as he was into Metal. To him, it was obvious that the mix between Black/Dark Metal and Celtic Folk music would make something killer… The discovery of CRUACHAN was a shock, as he had thought about it before getting this album ! No joke, this is the fuckin’ truth ! Well we all like this fuckin’ album to us this release is TOTAL KULT. Now about their new CD well I’m kind of disapointed as I thought they were going to keep on their first direction but well… I’d say they have turned out to be a Celtic Heavy Rock band… I’m not that much into their new stuff. I find it a bit boring. It has one or two good moments though, but well… In my opinion, OTYG’s last album is 666 times better though it’s more Scandinavian than Celtic ! Playlist, eh ? All the members of BRAN BARR are into BATHORY up to " Twilight Of The Gods ", which is a fuckin’ masterpiece. Most of us listen to Black and Pagan/Viking Metal. Some bands we like are ENSLAVED, ABSU, DARKTHRONE, ISENGARD… I personnally am very much into Thrash and Speed like KREATOR and SODOM, SKYCLAD of course… Speed wise BLIND GUARDIAN are the kings to me ! Some Doom is also highly enjoyable, like MY DYING BRIDE or ANATHEMA… Old Heavy Metal too… Yoltar and I are MAIDEN freaks… Well not all of us listen to everything I said, but I think I’ve more or less summed up what we like Metal wise… Of course, we also listen to Celtic Folk music or Celtic Rock like ALAN STIVELL, BAGAD KEMPER, TRI YANN…

3. I must say that your CD has really more than brilliant folk parts, can you speack me about the composition of these ones ? I mean surely you have taken by traditional songs of your homeland…
Thanx for your words… Well we have actually taken two traditionnal Celtic songs. The first " Alba Bheaddarrach’Smire Ga’d Faghuil Dubh " is funeral music. When someone died, there was one guy playing the warpipes who went alone to play this kind of music. We have used it for our intro, but usually it’s really long, it can last several hours. The second one, " Galeach’Tran " is a traditionnal dance. The rest of is was composed by ourselves. Of course, you might hear some similarities with some folk music that already exists, but we have done all this by instinct… From our fucking guts !

4. Always about the folk parts, can you tell me what kind of ancient instruments have you used ? I heard that many musicians that try to play medieval music declared that after all it’s all taken by own ideas because after all they can’t be sure about how in reality instruments were made and soprally the way that musicians used to play their instruments and how was the singing arranged and so on… what do you think about what I said you ? Surely you taken some traditional songs for your debut but still how much there is of your own and how much is taken by the original tradition ?
Yeah, well, we didn’t use that much ANCIENT instruments. We used Folk instruments, not middle ages ones. We used flute and tin whistle (which is a kind of Irish flute), bodhran (Celtic percussion instrument), bombard which is a traditionnal wind instruments from Britanny and warpipes. Of course, you might say that they are ancient instruments, because they existed during the middle ages albeit in a different form sometimes. About medieval music, well musicologists are always researching testimonies, documents on how the instruments were made, how they were played and how people percieved music… As you might already know, we don’t have many documents dealing with that… Most of the time, there are some ancient scores, which contain some iconographic documents sometimes. Also when they wrote about the feasts that they made in the castles, we have the name of the instruments that were played there, but that’s about it ! We don’t know how they really HEARD the music, and if you know a little about medieval music, you might have heard about the three-voices motets that were sung in the XIIIth century, each singer sang one different text. The motets have thus three titles at the same time, like " S’on me regarde/Prenés I garde/Hé mi enfant ", and when you listen to such music, it’s very difficult to understand what’s going on with the lyrics ! We can only suppose, we can sometimes draw conclusions about the music, but these conclusions are never definitive. In those times, the musical theory was also totally different from ours, since musicologists have found some manuscripts dealing with it such as the " micrologus " of Hucbald de Saint-Amand (IXth century) Guido d’Arezzo (dead in 1050). So we have some hints about how their music sounded, we know how they thought when composing, but we can’t really know how they thought when listening. Their earing was maybe different then ours. But musicology is progressing so we can today play music in a much more closer way to theirs… Nowadays, some instruments builders have specialised themselves in building medieval instruments thanks to the researches made by musicologists so we think that what they do is correct, but musicology is far from being an exact science, someone may discover something one day that will prove that all our theories are wrong ! In BRAN BARR, our " acoustic " parts are not really " Medieval " music, but more " Folk ", but there is a lot to learn listening to Medieval music. I do listen to some Medieval music like Guillaume De Machaud (ca 1300-1377), Philippe De Vitry, (1291-1361) or Renaissance music like Claudin de Sermisy, Clément Janequin (1485-1558) who are of course closer from us time wise, and their music is just beautiful ! Now as I told you, we have only taken two traditionnal pieces. The rest is composed by us and is of course influenced from the music we listen to !

5. About your CD, I heard it’s taken by a story written by one member of the band, can you tell me something about this novel and soprally speack a bit about each song ?
Of course ! The novel is written by Aed Morban, our drummer. Each song of the album deals with one chapter, except " Galeach’Tran " and " Righ’Beern ". The intro we have used sets you in the mood to enter the desolate world of Naerg. At this time, Albiorix, king of the Keltains, is thinking about ancient prophecies, saying that he is doomed and that a war will ravage his land. On the second song " Ultraigh Tri Codacht’ Ruin ", the Formors invade Ultraigh. Three battles are fought between the Keltains and Formors, during which many heroes die. The third song, " The lamentable tragedy of Deirdra " deals with the impossible love between Cairn, grandson of Balor king of the Formors and Deirdra, daughter of Albiorix. Cairn is tired with massacres and denies his protecting goddess Rylkia the wolf. Doing so, he seals his fate… They meet with Deirdra, and promise themselves to end the war between Keltains and Formors, but when Deirdra comes back to Albiorix’s castle, she understands that Albiorix has made a pact with the Kronians, stupid believers in one unique god, to destroy the Formors. When Albiorix learns that Deirdra is in love with Cairn, he gets mad and throws her in jail. He then sends a message to Cairn, telling him to bring the head of Balor if he wants to see Deirdra again… During an argument with Balor, Cairn decapitates him and rides toward Minastarach. Three times, the head curses him. When he arrives, he is trapped by the Kronian’s magic and mistakes Deirdra with an repulsive woman… Albiorix kills her and the magic ends. Cairn sees then that the dead body lying at his feet is Deirdra. Balor’s head claims the gods have punished him. He becomes mad and runs away, destroyed by his madness. You can then figure out his eternal despair in " La Complainte De Cairn " which is an instrumental. The next song, " Pride And Malevolence ", begins with the triumph of the Kronians. Thanks to their magic, they now have enslaved Albiorix and the Formors have no chief anymore. The Keltains and Formors try to ally to get rid of the tyrants, but when they meet, the Kronians who had heard about it kill the conspirators. The folk song after this one is a break in the story, and then comes the epic " Baas In The Underworld ". Baas, priestess of Badararchand descends into the underworld, after a ritual sacrifice, to inquire about the destiny of the clan. She arrives in a desolate world, and everything is extremely strange. She meets a bard singing a joyous hymn. Upset by his behaviour, she kills him. She then sees people feasting in honor of the goddess mother Mar Macha, but their bowls are full of gravel and they drink dirty water. She can’t stand this sacrilege and exterminates them. Then she enters a dungeon and meets a woman who claims to be Mar Macha. Next to her, a sow is chained. But the woman is totally deprived of might and Baas understands she’s not Mar Macha, so she kills her for her blasphemy, but faints because she feels a horrid pain. When she awakes, a splendid woman stands next to her, crying. She thanks her for having fred her from Kran’s maledicition. She is the real Mar Macha, but by breaking the malediction, Baas have made her incapable to give life. Thus, all the women of Ultraigh will never be able to bear any child. But Mar Macha gives Baas the power to return to the realm of the living and to orchestrate her vengeance against the Kronians.
And thus ends the first album ! The next one will deal with the vengeance of Mar Macha, and the war to get rid of the Kronians… I don’t know exactly what will happen, because Aed Morban has not started writing, but prepare for more bloodshed, treasons and magic ! The last song of the CD, " Righ Beern " is just a song we have composed in honour of beer, which is a totally wonderful beverage ! All of us drink beer and sometimes in tremendous ammounts eheheh ! ! ! It’s a very feasting song, which many warbrothers like when they drink ! This song also works very well during gigs !

6. Surely your CD can be described like pagan folk art, so I should like asking you how you see the fact that just in the modern society much people is fascinated by own ancient roots and folklore, and interests for witchcraft, occultism and so is also risen, how do you explain this ? maybe is so because man after all is feared to lose own individuality and try to re-get lost values ?
Hey you forget one fuckin’ important word ! METAL ! ! ! So, maybe " Pagan Folk Metal Art ", if you want a special label… We label our music as Celtic War Metal… Your question about modern world is interesting ! I think people are interested by ancient times, witchcraft and occultism because when you look at today’s world, everything is so rotten…First thing that comes to my mind is music. Just switch to MTV or any music channel on the TV and the radio, what do they give you ? Rap, boys bands, girls bands, dance, stupid bullshit ! Fuck, there even isn’t anymore place for straight Rock, guitar oriented music ! ! ! Where the fuck are we going ? And that’s just one thing. Life is fuckin’ rotten. Everything is ruled by a down to earth philosophy dictated by one thing : Money. There is no room for " special people ", no room for supernatural, no room for anything but the typical nine to nine shit. Even people have changed. The dominant philosophy is individualism. It’s so blatant, that you always hear stuff like " one woman was attacked by three rappers who stole her her bag at 11.30 in the morning, there were 100 people around there, nobody dared to move their goddamn ass ". Human has lost every inch of pride, fuck ! ! ! This would never have happened in the old days because of course there were wars but people were united in a clan ! Of course, nowadays have also good stuff, I mean there would be no BRAN BARR if there was no electricity for our guitars ! Hahaha ! ! ! Yet, today is mostly shit. And there is still this fuckin’ hypocrite shit called christianity, which is a total nonsense. In France, it’s slowly dying, I mean less and less people go to church, but the thing is getting rid of it will be extremely hard as it has penetrated our culture very deeply ! Why are so many things still so taboo, when you think about it ? Because christian principles said those things were bad and evil and would lead you to hell. There are tons of examples, just think about it ! So it seems to me logical that people who are slowly growing out of this plague turn to times when it didn’t exist. We were talking about Medieval times a few minutes ago but BRAN BARR refers to even more ancient times. We in fact refer to pre-christian times, when this fucking plague had not yet infected our people…

7. Well it’s all. Feel free to add what you like.
Thanks for this interview ! Readers interested in getting our stuff can write to BRAN BARR, 56 rue Emile Zola, 51100 Reims, France. We also have a fuckin’ website, and you can email us at
Live to win ! On behalf of BRAN BARR, Fir Doirtche.



Hard Rock Magazine (France) - Nov 2000

1. Racontes-nous la genèse du groupe, présentes-nous ses membres et pourquoi BRAN BARR comme nom ?
Le groupe fut créé en 1994 sur une idée d'Aed Morban (batterie). Les premiers membres furent Yoltar (chant et claviers) et Morrigan (guitare). Brennus (guitare) et Fir'Doirtche (basse) joignirent le groupe en 1996. Quand Morrigan quitta le groupe, Fir'Doirtche prit la deuxième guitare. Le groupe se mit à composer intensivement. En 1998 Taliesin (Bass) et Amorgen (flûte & bombarde) ont finalisé la formation. L'ajout d'instruments celtiques nous a permis d'abandonner les claviers et de développer l'aspect ''folk'' de Bran Barr, ce qui était l'objectif depuis la création du groupe. Bran Barr est un nom gaulois formé de Bran qui signifie corbeau, et de Barr qui veut dire montagne ou obstacle infranchissable (ce qui a donné barrage en français comme quoi il nous reste quelques racines celtes dans notre langue soit disant 100% latine). Bran Barr est le corbeau psychopompe, celui qui permet le passage des âmes dans l'autre monde, le Tir Na Nog, l'Anwyn ou le Sidh...
2. "Les chroniques de NAERG" est un album concept basé sur une histoire assez compliquée, peux-tu nous la raconter ? Est-ce qu'elle est complètement inventée ou est-ce qu'elle se base sur des faits historiques ? D'où vient votre inspiration ?
Chaque morceau de l'album est basé sur un chapitre de l'histoire et les personnages sont matérialisés par des chants différents. L'histoire raconte la guerre entre les Keltains d'Ultraigh et les Formors venus les envahir de par delà les mers.
''Ultraigh tri Codacht' Ruin'' décrit les trois premières batailles entre les deux peuples. Mais l'histoire se complique car Albiorix, le haut roi d'Ultraigh fait appel aux Kroniens, peuple monothéiste et ''civilisé'' dans le sens péjoratif du terme, pour les aider à combattre les Formors, mais ce faisant il fait peser sur Ultraigh un danger plus grand encore car Kran, le dieu unique des Kroniens, n'a d'autre but que d'asservir tous les peuples de Naerg. 
Cairn, le petit-fils de Balor le roi magicien des Formors, et Deirdra, fille d'Albiorix, tentent de s'opposer à cette guerre fratricide. Leur amour impossible les mène à la trahison de la loi des pères et des Dieux : Cairn tue son aïeul Balor. Il est maudit pour cet acte et cela aura pour conséquence la mort de Deirdra. Cet épisode correspond au morceau ''The Lamentable Tragedy of Deirdra''. ''La Complainte de Cairn'' exprime le désespoir de Cairn. Le chapitre suivant, qui correspond au morceau ''Pride and Malévolence'', explique les intrigues de Kran et les tentatives des rebelles qui tentent de s'opposer à son emprise en suivant les pas de Deirdra et de Cairn.
 Le dernier chapitre, correspondant à ''Bàas in the underworld'' sur le CD, raconte la quête de Bàas qui par son sacrifice se rend dans l'autre monde pour rencontrer Mar Macha, la déesse noire, afin d'éclairer son clan sur sa destinée. Bàas va délivrer la déesse d'un enchantement de Kran, mais ce faisant Mar Macha va perdre son pouvoir de fertilité. Bàas va être ressuscitée et investie des pouvoirs de sa déesse pour accomplir sa vengeance qui aura lieu dans un album ultérieur.
Pour ceux que cela intéresse, l'histoire est disponible dans son intégralité sur le site de Bran Barr.
Cette histoire est complètement inventée, on pourrait appeler cela de la fantasy, mais elle comporte de nombreuses allusions et d'emprunts plus ou moins visibles à la mythologie celtique. Les principales sources d'inspiration viennent des cycles mythologiques irlandais, les batailles de Mag-Tured, la saga de CuChulainn, qui sont avec les récits des bardes gallois, les seules sources à peu près directes dont nous disposons sur la mythologie celtique. Les chroniques font également allusion à quelques aspects historiques : la manière dont les Kroniens soumettent le royaume d'Ultraigh est une allusion à la guerre des Gaules. Les Eduens peuple gaulois ''allié'' à Rome, demandèrent à César son aide pour empêcher la migration des Helvètes à travers leur territoire. César s'empressa d'intervenir mais une fois sa mission effectuée, il maintint ses légions en Gaule ce qui lui permit d'engager très favorablement  sa campagne d'invasion de la Gaule.

3. Finalement, est-ce que "Les Chroniques de Naerg" est le premier chapitre d'une saga, un peu à la manière de RHAPSODY dans un style complètement différent ?
''Les Chroniques de Naerg''
est effectivement le premier épisode d'une saga qui se déroulera sur trois albums.

4. Musicalement, on peut aisément vous qualifier d'un groupe de FOLK METAL, est-ce que tu es d'accord et quel terme utiliserais-tu pour qualifier la musique de BRAN BARR ?
Le terme paraît adéquat, nous qualifions nous-mêmes notre musique de Celtic War Metal, mais Folk Metal, pourquoi pas, étant donné l'ajout d'instruments folkloriques, c'est tout aussi valable.

5. Quelles sont vos influences musicales ?
La musique de BRAN BARR résulte d'un travail de groupe, et donc de la mise en commun d'influences qui peuvent être très différentes selon les membres, avec en commun un goût pour le Black et le Pagan Metal. Evidemment, un groupe comme BATHORY a joué un rôle indéniable, mais aussi les premiers ENSLAVED, nous ne sommes pas non plus indifférents à ABSU ou aux deux premiers SATYRICON. Mais chacun amène un côté personnel à la musique, Yoltar est fan de Doom, Fir’Doirtche est un inconditionnel de Thrash et de Speed allemand... Nous sommes aussi influencés par la musique celtique et médiévale, et plus particulièrement en ce qui concerne la flûte par des groupes bretons comme BARZAZ, AN TOUR TAN ou SKOLVAN.

6. Que penses-tu de la scène FOLK METAL actuelle ?
Je ne suis pas sûr qu’on puisse parler de scène  ''Folk Metal'', il existe un certain nombre de groupes qui jouent une musique qui allie le Metal et des influences Folk de manière réfléchie et mûre. Mais il n’y a pas (encore) d’uniformité de production, ni de dogme attaché à cette musique. C’est en ce sens qu’il n’y a pas de scène folk Metal, comme il y a une scène Black Metal par exemple. C’est probablement plus un point positif que négatif car chaque groupe parvient à garder son originalité. Il y a un certain nombre de groupes qui composent ou ont composé dans l’esprit du folk Metal : Pour la France, on peut évoquer AES DANA, les débuts de STILLE VOLK (du pur Folk en fait mais que j’évoque ici car ils évoluent dans la scène Metal). D’autres groupes français prétendent jouer du Pagan Metal, du viking… mais il s’agit souvent de groupes de black intégrant quelques éléments folk -généralement joués au synthé - à leur musique pour de courts interludes censés peut-être alléger leurs compositions souvent très ennuyeuses ou rappeler à leur public leur fierté d’être les descendants d’une pure race celtique, de courageux guerriers vikings…Concernant ce qui a pu se faire à l’étranger : on peut citer SKYCLAD, CRUACHAN, STORM, OTYG, IN EXTREMO et probablement de nombreux autres moins connus qui évoluent tous dans des styles différents mais composent une musique qu’on peut définir de Folk Metal.

 7. BRAN BARR évolue dans un style particulier, ce n'est pas trop dur pour vous de trouver votre place dans la scène française ?
En effet ce n'est pas forcement évident. La scène française est assez panurgienne, en ce moment la mode est au ''black old-school'', nous on adore ça (Aed et Fir'Doirtche jouent également dans ce type de groupe) mais ce qui est dérangeant c'est les comportements associés. Il y a quelques années, tous les moutons posaient avec des épées de Tolède et des haches achetées au mont st Michel ; maintenant c’est différent, il faut des fusils et des masques à gaz. Ils suivent l’esthétique dominante en tentant de faire croire qu’ils l’ont inventée. Pour cela ils se sentent obligés de cracher sur quelque chose :  le folk métal par exemple qui est lié à cette ambiance qui les fascinait et les faisait s’intéresser superficiellement à des cultures celtiques, médiévales ou viking. Le satanisme a lui aussi changé d’imagerie : maintenant on est plus luciférien, c’est encore trop mystique, on se contente des écrits de la CoS ou de ne rien lire du tout.

8. Avez-vous déjà des idées pour le prochain album aussi bien au niveau musical que des paroles ?
Pour les paroles, on y travaille. L'histoire va se dérouler 300 ans avant l'Eritrain Drun, la guerre narrée dans le premier album, et racontera l'histoire de Fearg. Ce héros, banni et hors clan suite à un parricide, s'abaissera à l'état de bête sauvage puis il se retrouvera dans le Sidh, y sera roi puis champion de Kernunnos. Sa quête rejoindra celle de Baas dans le troisième et dernier chapitre de la trilogie ? Le principe narratif sera très différent de l'album précédent car il suit un seul personnage. L'ambiance sera plus bizarre aussi, le Sidh n'est pas un endroit fait pour les mortels.

9. Comptez-vous accentuer le cote FOLK ou durcir le ton ? Le chant Black côtoie à certain moment un chant un peu plus Heavy allez-vous continuer dans cette voie, par exemple sur le titre "The Lamentable Tragedy Of Deirdra", qui (à mon avis) est le titre sur lequel la symbiose entre les différents éléments composant votre musique est parfaite ? Vu l'histoire, avez-vous pensé à incorporer un côté médiéval dans votre musique ? Pour quand est-il prévu ?
Pour ce qui est des instruments nous sommes ouverts à toutes les possibilités. Nous avons eu la chance pour cet album d'avoir deux excellents musiciens trads qui ont enregistré la cornemuse et la bombarde. Pour le prochain album il n'est pas impossible que nous rajoutions également un instrument traditionnel à cordes. Nous comptons bien sûr conserver notre côté Folk, voire le développer, mais le Metal restera toujours présent. Je pense pour ma part que le deuxième album de BRAN BARR sera encore plus varié que "Les Chroniques", grâce à une direction accentuée vers un travail de groupe. Nous souhaitons à la fois durcir le ton et accentuer les influences celtiques et médiévales. Notre but n'est pas de juxtaposer le métal et la musique traditionnelle et de mettre des passages de flûte sur des breaks pour faire joli. Ces deux aspects sont pour nous profondément liés et participent à la même ambiance musicale. Ce qui est intéressant c'est justement ce mélange entre la saturation, la brutalité des morceaux et les instruments traditionnels, et nous comptons le pousser encore plus loin. En ce qui concerne le côté médiéval il a toujours été présent dans les morceaux et sera bientôt accentué par l'utilisation d'une bombarde médiévale

10. Il y a quelques parties en celtique (?), est-ce que l'un des membres du groupe le parle ? Le texte de "La Complainte" est en français mais le titre est instrumental, c'est curieux, pourquoi ? (j'espère que ce n'est pas mon CD qui a un problème !!!)
Le langage utilisé dans certains passages de Bran Barr est du Keltain, la langue des Kelts d'Ultraigh. Nous avons inventé cette langue à partir de racines de gaulois et de gaélique et cela fait partie du concept des Chroniques de Naerg. Le morceau intitulé ‘‘la complainte de Cairn’’ est effectivement un instrumental. Le texte imprimé dans le livret du CD est tiré de l'histoire et permet d'exprimer l'état d'esprit du personnage. L'auditeur peut se faire sa propre interprétation en lisant le texte.

11. Le dernier titre c'est un bon délire à la SKYCLAD, tu es d'accord ?
Un titre sur la bière ne pouvait être qu'un bon délire (« Righ’Beern » signifie la déesse bière en Keltain). Bien sûr, SKYCLAD est grand, et nous respectons énormément ce groupe. Ce titre est effectivement un bon délire, comme tu dis, en concert il instaure toujours une certaine ambiance, d'autant plus que ce titre est toujours un bon prétexte pour boire de la bonne bière ahahah !!!

12. Avez-vous des projets de tournée ? Il n'est pas trop difficile de récréer l'ambiance de l'album sur scène ? Avec quels groupes aimeriez-vous tourner ?
Nous avons quelques projets de concerts, un peu partout en France... Pour ce qui est des groupes avec qui nous aimerions tourner, mon choix se porterait sur ABSU, ENSLAVED, PRIMORDIAL, CRUACHAN... Qui sont tous des groupes desquels nous nous sentons plus ou moins proches, car nous véhiculons peu ou prou un message similaire.

13. Avez-vous eu des contacts sérieux avec des labels ?
Des labels ont pris notre premier CD en distribution, et j'en profite pour les remercier, mais pour l'instant, nous cherchons toujours une signature pour le deuxième album, avis donc aux amateurs ! Nous avons cependant quelques pistes, vous entendrez parler de nous ! Ultraigh will rise !…