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Realized at: 26th, April 2015
(Answers by Kai - guitars/vocals)
 
 
 

"Music is a good; if you want to enjoy it, support it, don't exploit it. You can thank the Metal scene for its loyalty; you can probably see a bigger consequent, real fan base here than in many other genres."

1. Hails guys! Could you tell us what is happening in the VIGORE camp?? I have not seen too much activity from you lately.

Sad but true, it wasn't possible to be that active for some reasons the last months. Our drummer Nick moved and so did our rehearsal room. That was a pretty time-killing process without rehearsals and gigs, but the new room is equally promising. Although there has been some action, rather 'in the background'. I'm working on tracks for recording the drums for our next EP (or whathever it will be called later) that we hopefully can release later this year.

2. The band has been around since 2008. However you have just released one demo in 2013. What have been the band´s musical development on the course of that time?

Jan and me officially founded the band in the end of the year 2008. We had just started learning our instruments, so first it was some kind of learning together how to play. We began arranging some first song ideas. In 2010 Nick joined the band, so we're practically around as a real band since then. In 2011 we recorded most of the stuff for Dawn of a Siege. We could get nice help from some people, nevertheless it could not be released before 2013, it's a long story. In the end I bought some stuff for producing mucic and finished the work on DOAS. By working on this I got into music production and that's what I'm still doing today. DOAS is some kind of a garage demo, I think that it presents our beginning days very well. I'll also produce our next CD, but now we have much more opportunities and experience. We want to make the best out of it and at the same time we'll give our best to let the process last not that long this time.  

3. Take us briefly through your life’s musical journey. Were either of you classically trained as a child? Musically, what were some of your early favorites?

Unfortunately nobody in the band enjoyed a classical education in his childhood. That had been a great benefit for the whole band. I first started learning much about theory in 2013 and it means a lot to me today. Orchestral music became a much bigger influence in my musical work since then, also for Vigore in certain aspects. Before I got in touch with Metal and other music that I like and make today, music didn't play a huge role in my life. Just a little bit Queen, that's all.  

4. Could there be typically German metal influences in your sounds, and if so where would it locate?

Yes, Old School Thrash bands from Germany have been and still are pretty important for us, although I think that American bands have influenced us at least as much as German bands. You might mention the German bands' influences, especially those of Kreator and Sodom I guess, most in our use of long triplet 8th note or straight 16th note bassdrum-lines and riffs. Of course it's not only the German bands that make use of it, but I think that we've been inspired by those in these cases. And maybe in vocals, which have altered in some aspects since DOAS by the way.  

5. What kind of role do the lyrics play in the concept of VIGORE? How important are they?

I think a lot about the lyrics before I use them. On DOAS some lyrics were about the Metal-scene itself, some fun lyrics you know, but in general the lyrical concept of Vigore is mainly about human behavior, most of the time mixed with social criticism. Our next CD follows completely the idea of humankind as its own most dangerous enemy.  

6. What music besides thrash metal inspires you most profoundly?

In my case it is as already mentioned orchestral music, just as much as Metal. For example from Howard Shore or Gustav Holst. Beside these inspirations I prefer many types of Folk, Jazz, and of course (Hard-)Rock and Rock'n'Roll.  

7. I believe that every band has their own way in composing music… so how do you proceed with a song-writing? What elements highly emphasized during the song-writing period?

Generally I begin with just one riff or melody that comes to my mind, then others that fit to the mood of the first follow very soon. When there is still a bridge or something else needed, I listen to older, single ideas that I created longer ago. The mood and elements of the music I write is in most of the cases inspired by my ideas for lyrics, and the topics for these often come from the news. When the song is almost complete, we do the arrangements with the whole band and sometimes we add some additional riffs.  

8. How do you perceive the advances of technology and the internet changing the music industry in the future?

I can imagine some results that could appear, not at least because of new possibilities like homerecording, which make it much easier for bands or musicians in general to do whole productions on their own. And that's not meant in a negative way, it's just a good option for young bands, we also do so. But I guess labels and studios might not be very happy about it, furthermore the quality of productions decreases in many cases, professional producers make a huge difference. You need to know what you're doing, you need knowledge and experience to make good productions. Another thing I can imagine is that it will become even more difficult for bands to finance their work from the money they earn with their music. Live shows are very important to finance the bands' work and if young bands don't get recognized by bigger festivals and things like that, they need to work otherwise, that means less time for music. Many bands can say goodbye to better productions and much band activity. Also the decrease of (physical) record sales and the increase of illegal downloads are no help at all. And if bands even quit, it also means less concerts. Someone said that the people will notice that you cannot download the experience and atmosphere of a live-concert. I don't know who it was, but it's absolutely true. Music is a good; if you want to enjoy it, support it, don't exploit it. You can thank the Metal scene for its loyalty; you can probably see a bigger consequent, real fan base here than in many other genres.  

9. OK, please define thrash metal with your own words, and if death metal was a beer, which one would it be?

That's not easy at all. Most Thrash is pretty fast and in every matter powerful, that's what we like about it. For us it's that kind of Metal that is the best for an adrenalin rush. Pure Adrenalin Metal. But I think that Thrash can be much more than just speed and aggression. In my opinion it doesn't hurt Thrash to include fresh ideas and some other influences, maybe especially nowadays. And the most Death Metal beer? Probably Faxe. Huge, fat beer cans and vikings. Quite convincing concept. Thrash Metal would be Heineken by the way. Bay Area proven!  

10. It's time to conclude, perhaps you could tell us about your future projects or something?

Our most important project in the near future is definitely our next EP. It is planned completely, from all the songs to the artwork and we have just begun recording. That recording is going to be a great step forward and it will show up the music that we play today. Among these tracks there are stronger, more aggressive Thrash songs on the one hand and at the same time more melodic and profound elements on the other hand. We want to create more diversity than before, having no song sounding like another. But don't be afraid, these new elements are no Pop-Metal tendencies. We hope the next production will get as strong as we know the songs are, and we hope that our listeners will like the new stuff, too!

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