Hi there. Congratulations to your great new album. Please describe the reactions to the CD so far.
Hi and thanks a lot, so far we have had really good reviews and good feedback on the record both from Metal Blade and magazines and from the people who support us and buy our record.
Do you care for the opinion of your fans, the press and people in general? Or is it just you and your music?
Of course we care, especially from our listeners if they did not support us as they do we could not travel around the world playing our death metal, so we thank each and everyone for there support, so it is not just us and our music anymore, guess all bands start out like that but when you release records and want to tour you need the support.
Some of our readers may never have heard about you. Please give us a short briefing in the band's biography.
hmm… started out back in 1989 so we have our 20th anniversary this year, the band started out as a 3 man band only playing Sodom covers then started to make own songs and become a 5 man band, then after the 2 first records we went to a 4 man band and stayed like that ever since, released our first and second records Raped in their own blood and redemption on a label called Fadeless records, then we signed with Metal Blade records where we have released another 5 records so far Revelation Nausea, Blood Rapture, Primal Massacre, Terrorize Brutalize Sodomize and our latest is just released a couple of weeks ago called Carnage Euphoria. We have toured since 1997 all over Europe, well there is a lot more info on our website www.vomitory.net.
Let's talk about your new CD. What are the differences between "Terrorize Sodomize Brutalize" and "Carnage Euphoria” in your opinion?
The sound, we wanted a wider sound this time, on TBS the sound was a in your face sound, and there is to many records out with that sound so we said we wanted something different this time, and I think our producer Richard Lofgren really did a great job on this record, we got a much wider and cleaner sound this time and still kept the brutality.
What are the reasons for these differences?
As said in the former question, we wanted our record to sound different this time.
Which one is your favourite song from the album and why?
Rage of honour at the moment, I think that song is what Vomitory is all about, intense and have all the elements a death metal song should have, but then again favourites comes and goes so maybe next week it might be another song.
How and why did you choose the album cover? Is there a further meaning behind it?
Nope no meaning, we wanted a brutal cover for the record that’s all, and not a painting or photo as we had on TBS, this time we wanted something that we haven’t had before, So when we decided to go with the title Carnage Euphoria we all had different ideas of how the album cover should look like, so when we asked Björn from killustrations we didn’t say anything, just gave him free hands to come up with something suitable for the record, and I think he did a really great job with the cover.
Are there some lyrics that are special to you? Tell us something about them.
No cant say that they are to be honest, we write lyrics to fit the music but we never for example include politics, cause we don’t think that has anything to do with our music, the lyrics have to be brutal that’s all.
Where do you get your inspirations from?
Every thing around us, since the dawn of time mankind has gone to war for different reasons so there is plenty of stuff to write about, and when they have died they can come back as zombies so we have to kill them again and again….
What about the recording process of your new album? Any stories or curiosities to report?
This time the recording was a real disaster in the beginning, we struggled with the guitar sound a lot and after recording a lot of guitars something happened with the computer so the program never saved the files, they just disappeared so we had to record all guitar files again and that took a lot of extra time, but after that most of the recording went well, we finished like 4 lyrics and 1 song in the studio as well, Tobben our drummer kept a studio diary to our forum on Global Domination where u can read day by day how the recording process developed, but next time, well we say this every time but next time we should be more prepared when we enter the studio.
What are your musical influences in your opinion?
Old school death metal and old school trash metal, that’s what we grow up to and still listen to, bands like Napalm Death, Entombed, Carcass, Grave, Bolt Thrower, Sodom, Slayer and so on, and of course we listen to old metal as well like iron Maiden who I guess is every one’s favourite in Vomitory, Peter is a little bit younger then us and listen more to thrash metal, he also have another band called The Law that has released a record, cool band check it out.
Please name some lately released CDs that you like to listen to at home.
Don’t know if they are recently released but I got Traitors from Misery index, and Corpus from General Surgery 2 really brutal records from 2 really brutal bands, we just played on the Death Fest open air in Germany with them, really cool guys., but at the moment now when I answer this question I listen to Slaughter cult from Exhumed, a really great band.
Do you still watch other bands play? Have there been some shows lately that impressed you?
Yeah when we play festivals I try to see as many bands as possible same on tour but that’s not really the same when it is like 2 or 3 bands, but I was really impressed when Misery index played never seen them live before and they really kicked ass, and of course every time you can see Napalm Death, they still rule. Going to do some festivals this summer so we are going to see a lot of bands and meet a lot of friends.
How important is it for you to play live on stage?
That’s why we play I guess, to play live that is what makes us still do what we do.
Are there still some bands that you would die to play with?
No, can’t think of any at the moment, of course to play with bands like original Black Sabbath and so on would be a dream come true, but that would never happen.
Please tell us something about further live activities.
Ok, we are going to play on Suffering life festival in Germany and on Kaltenbachj open air in Austria and on Brutal assault open air in Check republic and then on Summer Breeze also in Germany, then we will do a full tour cross Europe together with Malevolent Creation from 4 of September till the 34 of October, going to end that tour with some festivals as well in Germany with bands like Cannibal Corpse and so on, then we maybe going to do another tour early next year but we will see what happens there, nothing is ready yet.
We are looking forward seeing you in Germany. Best wishes to you all. Any last Words?
Same to you, we really like to play in Germany, one of the greatest Metal countries in the world, so hope to see you on the road since we gonna do alot of gigs in Germany, thanks fort the interview.