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INTERVIEW: Vesania

These questions were answered by Tomasz ‘Orion’ Wróblewski of blackened death metal powerhouse Vesania.

Firstly, how did the band get started?

Three of the band members (me, Daray and Heinrich) have known each other since we were kids, 6 or 7 years old. We were brought up together in the same town, we shared interests and had lots of ideas back then. When we were teenagers and we had a strong interest in metal music, we started playing in various bands and spending most of our free time rehearsing. I ended up joining the band Daray and Heinrich were in, as a guitarist. Quite soon after that my vision and the vision of the bands then leader started to seem quite far apart from each other. Finally he left the band and we changed the name, starting a new chapter in our lives that lasts to this day. And that’s how Vesania came into being, back in 1997.

What’s the story behind your band name?

We needed something that would describe our bands lunatic music, that’s how we wanted it. As I was learning a lot of Latin back then, I chose the Latin word for ‘insanity’. Looking back now, I’m not a big fan of band names ending in ‘nia’, but it is what it is. At least in the meaning it’s exactly what we needed.

And how would you describe your sound?

Once we started we were very close to a genre called symphonic black metal. During the first record we were strongly influenced Emperor’s ‘Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk’ and whilst we were growing older, our music started to evolve. Today we’re still rooted in this genre, but I think we’ve gone pretty far from the sound we had in the beginning. The ‘Deus Ex Machina’ album sounds way more ‘rocky’, it was not meant to be a typical metal production. We didn’t want kick drums straight to the face, drum samples edited to the very edge and super high gained guitars. We wanted to give some life to this music… make it more organic, breathing, more human. I think we finally managed to make it happen with this last record.

Who or what would you say your biggest influences have been?

When we were a young band, we were strongly influenced by the Norwegian black metal scene. All bands from the 90s made a big impression and truly had a strong impact on us. As I said before, Emperor was the most influential on us. A lot of time has past since then and I can’t really name any bands that have topped them. Each of Vesania’s members is somehow involved in the music business and each of us listen to a lot of music daily. Some of it is crap, some is average and some is very impressive. The time we live in means we’re being attacked with everything from everywhere and it’s not easy to find a path through all the impulses. Anyway I think we’re influenced by every single thing that makes us act and think.

What has been your biggest challenge to overcome?

There’s challenges every day. I can’t really distinguish between them and pick out the more important ones. Everything we do is a step on our way and the point we’re at today is a result of them all, of all the decisions and trying. I’m really glad to be where I am now and I’m happy with all I have. I feel that I earned it, it cost me a lifetime and at the same time everything that made it possible for me.

Over the years, what has been your favourite show to play?

I have played way more than a thousand shows in my life. They are all special and important in some way. From the recent ones… I remember the last Vesania show in Warsaw very well. It was very special for me. It’s the city I live in, lots of friends and family came along, everything that makes it extra important. We have a very specific stage set up with Vesania, it’s more like a theatrical scene than a metal show. It’s an open project and when the stage/conditions are good enough, we make other people take part in it. What was special about this show in particular was that everyone involved was super enthusiastic and were coming up with new ideas all the time. It was a real brainstorm a few hours before the show. We ended up having all ten people on stage that evening, all playing their roles. It was an amazing experience to see all of them so involved and so excited about their parts.

Any crazy tour stories you’d be willing to share with us?

What happens backstage stays backstage. I’m sorry, but I’m really not a fan of sharing stupid stories and giving away my private life is just not my thing. We want people to see our performance and don’t really want them to see what happens in our bedroom or bathroom.

Your project Black River had a sound that was quite different to any of your other musical ventures, how was it received by fans?

It wasn’t my project, I was only asked to join it. I have always been a fan of hard rock music and it was fun to be in such a band. The band was greatly received, especially here in Poland and we became quite well recognized. We were playing shows and getting paid for them, which wasn’t very typical for me back then. However we were forced to finish Black River, due to our vocalist health condition. Too bad, it seemed like quite a promising future.


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INTERVIEW: Beardmore

These questions were answered by Beardmore, a blues/stoner rock band based in Aylesbury.

 

So how did the band get started?

After playing in numerous bands in/around London and Bristol, Colin, Ben and Tim started jamming ZZ Top covers. This lasted for about a year, then Ben and Tim left their band and we decided to start trying to write some songs. We started to look for a drummer (with a beard) and luck had it that a friend whose long term established band had just split. After a bit of persuasion we talked Adam into being the drummer for the band.

 

And how did you come up with your band name?

BEARDS.

 

How would you describe your sound?

70s inspired hard rock groove with a hair of blues, punk and metal(ish).

 

Who or what has been your biggest influence(s)?

BEARDS.

 

What has been your biggest challenge to overcome so far?

HIV, broken wrists and broken beard combs.

 

Which has been your favourite show to play?

Underworld in Camden this year, it was our 4th show and we felt that the song were starting to plait together.

 

What was the first record you ever bought?

Ben’s first record was Bricks Are Heavy by L7. Adam’s first record was a Status Quo ‘best of’ compilation. Colin’s first record was No Limits by 2 Unlimited. Tim’s first record was Bat Out Of Hell 2 by Meatloaf.

 

What would you like to be reincarnated as?

Your bearded mum.

 

Who is your favourite band?

Peter Tosh, Carcass, Mastodon and Graveyard.

 

And finally, tits or ass?

Anything hairy. But really ass, ass, ass (and tits).

 


 

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They are currently recording an album and will be released their first single ‘Cut The Bone’ in the next month or so.

The Order Of Israfel

These questions were answered by Tom Sutton, vocalist/guitarist of hard rocking doom quartet The Order Of Israfel.

 

How did the band get started?

I’d had the idea for years, but when I moved to Gothenburg I actually started looking for people to get involved.

 

How did you choose your band name?

The ‘Israfel’ part came from when my friend mentioned him as the angel of music, music obviously being very important to me. The ‘Order’ part followed later, symbolizing the connections and bonds we all feel through music.

 

How would you describe your sound?

I’d say just doom metal, but a lot of people have said to me it’s not as simple as that. Classic metal, progressive metal and folk have all been mentioned as part of our sound.

 

Who or what has been your biggest influence(s)?

Black Sabbath and Cathedral. And the forest. But Black Sabbath and Cathedral are definitely the biggest.

 

What has been your biggest challenge to overcome?

I wasn’t actually going to be the lead singer, I was going to find someone to sing. So learning to sing and play guitar at the same time… or just learning to sing.

 

What has been your favourite show to play?

Our first show was pretty special, it was in front of 400 people. We played with Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats. We also played a show in Seigen, Germany that was pretty awesome too and the crowd were really excited.

 

What would be your dream to see and your dream tour to be involved in?

Does it have to be the band as they are now or can it be them in the past? My dream tour to see would be Sabbath back in ’73, Slayer and Metallica. I’d really like The Order Of Israfel to tour with Cathedral and The Gates Of Slumber.

 

What was the first record you ever bought?

Run DMC – Tougher Than Leather

 

What was your first job?

It was cleaning in a hair salon.

 

Who is your favourite band?

Black Sabbath.

 

Any messages for the fans?

Rock hard, ride free.

 


MESSAGES FROM THE BAND

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The Order Of Israfel are currently enjoying a break from touring and planning their next endeavour. Tom also plays guitar in the bands Horisont and Night Viper. Horisont are currently wrapping up their EU/UK tour with nights in Dusseldorf (Germany), Den Bosch (Belgium) and Kassel (Germany) and have just released a new single (plus a video) called ‘Break The Limit’. Night Viper’s first single will be out in a couple of months.