How are you ?
Im fine how are you?
Remains needs no introduction, but a decade inside the metal scene the band
have a long history and, of course, inumerous interesting things to tell, about
tours, rehearsals, fans, etc...Give me a resume about this.
The band formed in 1988 by Tony and Jeff getting into a fight with some other musicians at a local metal gig and it turned out that the guys they were going to fight were Paul Flynn and his friends.. and instead of beating each other to a pulp they decided to create a band together as vital remains.. and the rest is history!!!
do you see Vital Remains in 1989 and today ?
you satisfied with the final result (production and mix) of "Dawn of the Apocalypse"?
And with the recordings at the Danger Multitrack Studio ?
Yes, we are satisfied with the recording..it was very long sessions and a lot of work.
include a new vocalist, Thorns, in this new album. How was your relation with
the new member in studio ???
Yes, Thorn did the vocals in the studio, and he did an amazing job but we did fire him from the band shortly after the recording sessions were completed. There were many personal problems involved with Thorn that kept him from maturing with the band.
7-Tell us more
about the lyrics of the "Dawn of the Apocalypse".
The lyrics are all based upon the idea of apocalyptic happenings..each song represents something we vision to happen dealing with the apocalyptic battle of good and evil.
8-Cryonics Records, from Holland, released Vital Remains' 1989 demo "Reduced to Ashes" on CD. Talk more about this.
Yes Cryonics re-released the 1989 demo on CD format complete with new layout & photos (sorry no lyrics). It was discussed with between us and Cryonics to re-release it. They were doing a re-release thing of all first demos of some cool death metal bands and we decided to do it! It came out realy good and we are very satisfied with the CD.
are going to be different for this release as compared to the older material
This release is the best Vital Remains album! It is more aggressive & brutal than our previous albums. It also has the 3rd different vocalist we used on the our last 3 raleases..
about sales, how was "Forever Underground" done for you ?
12- Who are some of your fave bands on the scene right now ?
Right now I like Krisiun, Rebaelliun, Triumphator, Centurian, and other bands like Immortal, Marduk, Vader, Pandemia…
13. How has your
touring situation been? What are your plans to tour in the future?
We will be touring europe begginning june 6th with Vader, Fleshcrawl, Rebaelliun & Pandemia we will do 30 shows then we tour with Pandemia & the undertakers (Italy) for 14 shows, then we will fly home and go strait to Mexico for 6 shows.
14. How are your
shows ? And your performance on stage ? What were the most memorable shows that
you played ?
Are shows are very intense and full of madness. You have to experience it for your self! We have done many shows all over the world, and we have had many memorable shows, but I believe the best tour we have done so far was our 1997 european tour with Malevolent Creation, Vader & Infernal Majesty. It was a very great tour. It sold out all shows on the tour except for 3..it was truly amazing! We are very excited to be touring europe once again.
15. How do you view the actual
metal scene in USA ?
17. What is your source of inspiration when you
create your music, and lyrics ?
18. Could you describe if Vital Remains has a philosophy ?
Live for today! Be yourself! Bow down to noone! You are your own god! You are in control of your own destiny!
19. How do you see this news bands which mix metal
with folk music, nationalist thought, aliens... ? How do you see the future of
Im not realy sure what you are talking about! But I see the future of metal as being very strong and possative. As long as there are good bands delivering good music and as long as the fans still buy the albums metal will be around forever!!
20. If you could sum up Vital Remains in a word,
what would it be?
21. What kind of equipment does the band use ?
tama 10 piece concert series drum set,mesa boogie heads with marshal & peavy 4x12 cabinets,ampeg svt 200 bass head with 4x10x15 speakers.
22. How do you spend your spare
time? Hobbies, interests?
25. What do you expect to see occur in the next millenia, especially regarding religion and war?
Eventualy things will turn very chaotic. There is too much corruption going on in this fucked up world. Politics & religion will destroy the planet along side of pollution..
26. How are the band relation with your record
label, are you satisfied with Osmose ?
Osmose has done a fantastic job with us so far and have been very supportive of us. We hope we can continue a good relationship with Osmose.
27. Explain more about the plan to release the Vital
Remains covers disc, called "Horrors of Hell".
We plan on releasing the disc sometime after we return home from touring. It will be a cd with all the cover songs we have recorded through out the history of the band with songs of bands like Venom, Celtic Frost, Mercyful Fate, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden & Judas Priest.
28. Recently news revealed that Vital Remains were
forced to terminate the colaboration with Thorns, although the great work in
"Dawn of Apocalypse". Explain us more about this case.
Yes he was terminated due to his dependancy of chemicals & alchohol. He is a fool! He had the opportunity to sing for a working band and fucked it up for himself.
29. Upon the termination, Vital
Remains then proceded to contact original vocalist, Jeff Gruslin. Now, we
want to know if is official that Jeff return to Vital Remains. Who are the
last news ???
Thanks, Joseph, for taking the time to answer my questions, best of luck with
the new album. Your final message...
Thank you very much for your interest & support. We appreciate it greatly. Good luck to you and all your readers..hail to the true underground metal, for you are the future!!