album "Dawn Of The Apocalypse" is without doubt the best Vital
Remains album so far... It's much more brutal that "Forever Underground".
Thorns did a great job with the vocals. Every albums just keeps getting
The tour you were supposed to have done with Immortal was cancelled. Do you
have any other tours scheduled? Will you perhaps this time play in Sweden or
any other northern countries?
Yes it's very unfortunate for us that we didn't get to support the Immortal
tour. we were very disapointed about the entire situation, I think it would
have been a very good tour for Vital Remains. But now we must wait and see
what develops after the release of the album on October 25th on osmose. There
has been talk about some really good tours, but I can't comment on that right
It says in a newsletter from Osmose that you were currently looking for a
session guitarist. Have you found one yet?
We will be touring with a guitarist from Buffalo New York, his name is Greg,
he was in the same band as Steve Tucker of Morbid Angel, before Steve joined
Morbid Angel, he's a very powerful guitarist and he will add a new dimension
to our live performances!
Are you content with the cooperation with Osmose Productions?
Osmose has fullfilled their promises thus far, and I have no real complaints.
I just wish we had larger recording budget and more involment in touring! Herve
has been great with us, he's a very professional business man! He knows how
to operate his company very well! I hope we will work together for years to
It seems like Osmose is just growing and growing and one said to me that they
had even managed to sign Manowar (Don’t know if it’s true). You don’t see a
risc that they’ll give a band like Manowar a much higher priority, ‘cause
Manowar ought to sell much much more than what Vital Remains do?
Yes Osmose is growing into a very mature record label, getting stronger and stronger
everyday. And no Osmose did not sign Manowar! We are not competing with any
band, we simply write the best Death Metal music we can! And we know that our
fans will always support us and buy our CD's and T-shirts, and come see us
when we are on tour. It's our fans that make us want to keep putting out
What about this MCD ”Horrors Of Hell”?
"Horrors Of Hell" will be a collection of cover songs we've
recorded throughout the years. It will propably be available in early 2000. It
will have some really cool songs on it!
Then you will re-release the demo ”Reduced To Ashes” through Cryonics
Records. As I’m not familiar with that label I take it that it’s a small
label. Why not on your present label Osmose instead?
Cryonics is a small label out of Holland that is releasing a vlassic demo
series on CD format of some classic bands. And we wanted to be a part of it. There
are only 500 copies avaiable - it's a collectors item so get it now while you
I see a tendency that more and more Death/Black Metal bands include
electronic/techno elements in their music. But what’s your opinion about
this? Do you think electronic/techno elements would fit in Vital Remains?
No electronics here! Pure fucking Metal! We use keyboards to compliment
certain guitar structures but I really don't care too much for much more than
that! If bands want to use this style it's ok with me!
To continue about this topic. Some people say that extreme Metal has reached
a wall and that bands can’t create anything new nor exciting and must
therefore include new non-Metal elements in their music. Do you agree with
such comments or do you think that Metal must only be Metal, end of
Listen to the new CD by Vital Remains "Dawn Of The Apocalypse", END
It’s been a while since Jeff Gruslin left the band. Judging by my old ‘zines
he seemed to take care about the PR-bit back in those days. Have it been hard
for you to take over the PR-bit, doing the interviews etc?
I do all the interview now! I enjoy it very much, although I must say,
sometimes I get 10 interviews at once and it get very overwhelming. And it
takes some time to complete all of them, especially when the interviews have
more than 10 questions!
Despite having existed since late 80’ies you haven’t exactly released that
many albums (compared to many others). Are you perhaps really picky about
what material you are going to record or is there another reason?
Yes we are very concerned with what we release, we don't want to release
trendy or bad music,(That's the spirit! I only wish that everyone would do
the same! - ed) with each release we try and top the last release! We will
only get better. Go and get your copy of "Dawn Of The Apocalypse"
on osmose released on October 25th 1999 - You won't be disapointed! Hail Victory!