Thursday, January 12, 2017

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                                                            Photo by Anders Bergstedt


Sweden's Vampire formed in 2011 and soon after released there first demo tape a cassette limited to 200 copies, one hundred red and one hundred white which quickly sold out but in the wake of the demos release word of mouth spread through the underground about the band and when their debut album dropped two years later it was hotly anticipated and did not disappoint. Now the band are putting the finisihing touches to album number two. We got in touch with Black String to talk about the upcoming album and also about the riffs,


What can you tell us about the new album, how far along are you into the writing process?

- We recorded the last stuff for the album while mixing the album the last few weeks. We’ve been putting what was supposed to be the final touches on the song mixes for a while, but with minor alterations forth and back. The album will be mastered tomorrow, and after that it’s completely finished.

Was the new single which was a rough mix of the track Skull Prayer any indication as to what we can expect?

- About 40 percent of the songs on the album will be fast stuff like ”Skull Prayer”, the other songs lie somewhere in between the slower material on ”Hell Awaits” and ”Blood Fire Death”, to make a little lazy comparison.



Will this track be included on the album?

- Yes; in a version that’s better mixed.

How do you think the bands song writting has developed, your first album Vampire really stuck out for me due to the songwritting which was well thought out and structured like the band were setting out to make concise statements with maximum impact. Good songwritting is something which is often forgot about in the world of extreme metal and sacrificed for shock value or needless technicality.

- I agree with you, there is too little focus in good, or perhaps ”effective” is a better word, song writing among too many musicians/bands. We’ve kept our way of reasoning about that since our debut demo already. Like, cutting out unnecessary instrumental passages that leads to nowhere, and stripping down three verses or choruses to two when needed. But sometimes we use structures that could appear almost ”progressive” compared to the simplistic way of songwriting that I just described (said without any pretentions of being a progressive band). There will be more of that on our coming album, but like on our previous album, we aren’t making the listening experience very complicated.






I wanted to ask you about the artwork with the undead creature on the cover, will it make a reappearance on the cover for the new album, from the first time I saw the artwork for the first demo the first thing that came to mind was that the artwork was very striking and the second thing that struck me was that the creature had something compelling lurking beneath his eyes, it's an iconic image and would make for a great reoccuring theme.

- There will be a living creature on the new album cover this time.








Your logo is also qreat how did that come about and who designed it?

- We got in touch through mutual friends with Martin Gustafsson, who used to sing in the bands Darkified and Allegiance in the early nineties. Martin made a couple of logo drafts that we commented on, and what you see is the one we were really happy with.

Can you give us any track titles for the up coming album? 

- I’ll give you two: He Who Speaks and Metamorfosis.

When can we expect to see a release?

- It’s scheduled for April 2017.

Now on to the riffs







THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

- Something by Metallica, probably from the ”black album”. I remember worshipping ”Wherever I may roam”, so I guess the main riff of that song got me hooked on the guitar myself.

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

- It must have been ”Smoke on the water”.

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

- Hetfield, Iommi and Hanneman/King.

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?

- Tony Iommi probably.






THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?

- The main riff in ”It’s so easy” by GN’R.

THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

- The main riff in ”It’s so easy” by GN’R.

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

- Too many to mention.

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

Morbid Angel "Covenant"
Metallica "Master of puppets"
Slayer "Reign in Blood"
Mercyful Fate "DBTO"
Judas Priest "Defenders of the faith"

A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?

- ”Whiplash” by Metallica.

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

- I’ve had enough of that noise by then.

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?

- They’re easy to remember.






http://vampireofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/vampiretheband
https://vampiretheband.bandcamp.com/

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Vampire/3540351959





                                                     Live in Germany. Photo by Jens Wassmuth.


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