Posted by \m/ The Power of the Riff \m/ | File under : Interviews
VULTURE HIGH SPEED METAL!
Last year's 'Victim of the Blade' Ep took the metal underground by suprise and quickly started generating a buzz. With its hell bent for speed attack. frantic and packed full the energy of a megatron bomb. At the end of the year it started cropping up in many end of year polls. Did you expect to recieve the reaction you got and from perspective from within the band how has the reaction to the ep been so far?
Stefan: Definitely not! We were really surprised by the massive feedback we got. We're of course very happy that so many people like and also bought our EP.
Right now, we feel very pressured to deliver the same amount of Lethal riffs on our deput LP.
You formed in 2015 and the ep features three tracks and one cover which I will get to in a bit.
How long did you spend writing the ep. The songs are so tight almost perfect speed anthems but
yet retain a loose vibe like at any moment one of the players could fall off the train.
Stefan: Thank you! We spent round about half a year writing the songs. I had a lot of riffs mapped out beforehand.
All together, we decided on suitable arrangements and the best ways of presenting our music.
When you formed did you know what the sound of the band would be, I ask because nothing about "Victim of the Blade' seems contrived or premeditated
and is all very natural sounding. It is almost like you just plugged in and let it rip.
Stefan: We definitely sat down a hundred of times and had discussions about our approach to the genre.
Overall, no decision we make as a band is an easy one. We tend to have a lot of different opinions and always take our time, to think about every aspect.
I think that's really what differs us from a lot of other young bands.
The sound of the album and band are very much in the here and now however where do you draw your influences from, do any modern bands inspire you?
Stefan: Not really. Basically its the nwobhm and the first US-Speed Metal days. We drag our influences from the very roots of the genre in order to release authentic outputs.
Now to the cover version of Judas Priest's Rabid Fire. What a great cover I almost didn't recognise the song such is the injection of adrenaline you gave the song.
It really is given new lease life. Why did you choose a Priest cover. Did you play many covers when you started out?
Would you consider more covers in the future, who would you like to cover?
Stefan: We're all huge Priest fans and they play a huge role when it comes to the influences of our songwriting. The cover is not meant to be a tribute but rather an example in which
we tried to show, how thin the line between all the classic Heavy Metal genres really is. We just added a bit of staccato here and there and paced the song up and voila: Thrash Metal.
After all, we're not much into cover songs. Yet we play one on stage and we also recorded one for our LP. We really like to create our own versions of these songs.
Or better yet is their anyone you would love to have quest on a Vulture album?
Stefan: We'll have one guest appearance on our LP, but don't want to spoil anything right now.
Were there any songs you wrote while preparing for the ep which were left off?
What's next on the agenda for the band apart form winning over one metalhead at a time?
Stefan: We're looking forward to great shows mostly in germany this year and hope to release our LP as soon as possible.
What can we expect from the new material, any surprises?
Stefan: Some songs are more melodic, some are faster, some softer, some rougher. I think we found a great mixture that'll surely surprise the one or other.
In this digital age how important is it for you to record natural sounding music?
Stefan: It's of course very important. Though, we're not really into this whole "you gotta record stuff analogue in order to get the real feeling"-thing. We respect and value the possibilites of
digital recordings, yet we also know it's weakspots. Our producer, Marco Brinkmann from HELLFORGE studio is the perfect guy for that job. He's able to deliver an authentic feeling every time.
Now onto the riffs......................
THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?
Probably Smoke On The Water
WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?
Can't remember. Maybe some easy Nirvana stuff.
YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?
Dunno. More into bands than musicians.
THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?
A lot of great Aura Noir riffs on Hades Rise and mostly any riff on Cannibal Corpse's The Bleeding
THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?
too many to mention.
RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?
A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?