Black String of Vampire

Interview with Black String of Vampire

by Helias

Vampire band Hello, Black String! I am very happy for this interview and greetings from Greece! First of all, how are you doing? And where are you checking in from today?

Thank you Helias, we are glad to get this first opportunity to speak to the Greek audience. It’s Friday afternoon, I’m gazing at the fading winter sun through my window and will meet up with our live guitarist Centaur within a few hours. As Vampire is a new band, please introduce yourself and the band to the metal world.

Vampire was formed by me and our vocalist Hand of Doom, who also used to play the drums, in 2011. Hand of Doom knew a bass player since years back, Command, who entered the picture a bit later. The three of us recorded the ‘Vampire’ demo in early 2012. We made our first live performance in Denmark around Christmas 2012 with a session drummer and an additional guitarist called Nuclear War. Our debut album was recorded in September and October 2013 featuring a permanent drummer called Ratwing. How did you come up with the band name? You like the vampire theme or something else?

I came up with the band name after Hand of Doom suggested we call the band Strigoi, which means “undead” in Romanian. Vampire is a powerful moniker and it suits our 19th century-styled lyrical themes. As I have heard a preview of your debut album ‘Howl From The Coffin’, you are a primal extreme metal band, influenced by the early days of Venom, Morbid Angel, Sodom and NWOBHM, right? Please tell us the influences on the debut album.

You are actually the first one who’s spotted the small NWOBHM influences. Speaking of influences, I wouldn’t say that Venom has been very much of a direct source of influence. I hear more of Morbid Angel, as you mentioned, but also Bathory, Slayer, Celtic Frost and Sodom in that particular song. However our debut album is much more versatile than that single song. Can you tell me a little more about the lyrics, did anything in particular inspire you?

The majority of the lyrics are written by Hand of Doom who’s, among other things, inspired by modern Swedish horror literature and nightly escapades in the lively forests around where he’s raised.

VAMPIRE album Cover Can you tell us some words about the production of the album, who is involved and responsible for the sound and mixing?

The album was recorded during a short period of time in a vintage pop-music studio outside of Gothenburg. The mixing and engineering was handled by a guy called Oskar Lindberg who we get along well with. How did you get into playing music?

I started playing classical guitar at the age of ten, but my aim back then was to play rock n’ roll in the vein of Guns n’ Roses. I got my first electric guitar at the age of eleven or twelve. I started my first ”metal” band in 1994 as I gradually discovered the more extreme sides of music through Metallica and Sepultura. Around 1996 I began to play in various black/death metal bands and I have practically been playing that type of music since then. The other members of Vampire have similar musical backgrounds. What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?

It’s pretty good, some of it. Are there any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage with?

Rotting Christ would be enough. I’ve been rediscovering them last year and was listening a lot to their first three albums, especially when I visited Greece last year. Really? Cool! I hope you have had a nice vacation time down here! Now, let’s go back to you, how important is it to you that people pay attention to your lyrics apart from listening to your music?

Frankly I’ve never been too satisfied with my own lyrics and prefer to speak through tones instead. I wouldn’t recommend anyone to try to separate our lyrics from the music – they form a whole which isn’t supposed to be separated. And now I would like to discuss some deplorable events. We are in the beginning of 2014 and a few metal personas have passed away: Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele, Paul Grey, and Jeff Hanneman. Are the last 4 years the most depressing years of heavy metal?

The news of the passing of David Parland (ex-Necrophobic, et al) in 2013 came as a bit tragic to me since I respect his early works. Apart from that I wouldn’t say that the deaths of Dio or Hanneman came as a surprise. Sad, but there’s nothing to do about it. What do you think of today’s music industry in general?

Parts of it seem to be living on borrowed time. Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?

I use modern technology pretty much like everyone else. However e-books and digital music can’t kill the feeling of holding a thought-out physical product in your hands. Heavy metal changes throughout the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated the 80’s, then there was Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s, and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s. 2010 was the beginning of a new decade. What do you see for the future.

Nothing new, I’m afraid. you see the glass half-empty, me too, but I hope that good music will go on and new great metal bands will be born. If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?

I’d like to record a song with Frantisek Storm of Master’s Hammer. It seems that he still has the spark nearly 30 years after starting his ventures behind the iron curtain. I even left my former band’s demo tape in the mailbox outside his house in Prague ten years ago, but it didn’t come as a surprise that he didn’t write back. Thank you for this interview. I wish to you and the rest guys of Vampire all the best!!!

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