at: 25th, October 2016
"Vilemass for us is the hatred that we felt for all that are mummy and slave of the false flag. Vilemass is an outlet valve to remain with open
So first and foremost, what is going on in the Vilemass camp as of now? I guess you are working on new material for a full length debut, maybe?
Vilemass mainly want to continue to playing live , trying to extend our music format to as many people as possible. It's hard to emerge in the italian metal scene, the underground has hundreds of great bands and the music business don't help none of these. We'll continue on our way, with our forces, embodying the spirit of our music.
Do you prefer the trio format? In other words, is Vilemass a trio by design or would you have preferred a second guitarist?
Vilemass are a trio because nobody of the people that we have tried in the years has our same determination and musical direction, we are also 3 friends and not only members of a band. we think that another guitar would be helpful, but we feel baddest, extreme and compact with the trio formula. bass,guitar,drum and sick voice, metal don't need other :)
Vilemass is delivering a crushing mix of thrash and death metal with a stunning old classic way – how did the band end up playing that exact blend of metal?
It's very simple,we love the 90's decade! we think is the best metal era, some of the best thrash & death metal bands peaked the top in that years, we were children, i know, but years later those influences remains really strong in the metal panorama, we think anyway that our music is a mix of those years but with a fresh and genuine form.
Your music seems to exhibit a very refreshing and solid structural nature. What do these compositional techniques represent or what are they intended to do, and how does these skills work in your songwriting?
We try to don't be banal in structure & arrangements of the songs , we aim to keep the track always alive with unstudied lines...it's our formulate target of music, as well as to be our way to have fun writing music. We often compose songs more difficult for our technical level and we practice a lot for every new song that we birth.
Let´s talk about your debut EP. Where did you record "Drilled By Bullets" and how did you achieve the sound you did?
We recorded "drilled by bullets" at DEATH STAR STUDIO in Bitritto, a small town near BARI , our capital of region. We worked with Mr Marco fischietti , the boss of the studio. He is a very professional guy who was at first death metal productions in his career. With our ideas and his knowledge in sound materia, the EP has taken a really explosive sound (in our opinion) and we are really happy for this.
What were the goals you had in mind when you started to record it, any elements you definitely wanted to have on the EP?
We have recorded this Ep in a great growing moment for the band , it's like a picture after one year of work. (indeed we play togheter for 3 years with another project, looking now it was a great period of testing and growth). "Drilled by bullets" is exactly what we feel inside about the worldwide questions and concerning the musical direction. we feel it like a son, ahahaha...
Could you explain the meaning and significance behind the artwork, and tell us how the conceptualization of the artwork come about?
The artwork is made by NOBU-THE MONKEY , a cool apulian artist. He proposes to us a mask full of craks with a big bullet hole, recalling the name of the Ep... the mask rapresent the falsehood of spiritual human being , the red V that you can see on this mask passes on eyes and mouth and it's a complaint to the silence and blindness' for who everyday choose to live swallowing all the shit he sees and undergoes ,for the glory of the system.( "Drilled by bullets" lyrics have a strong social appeal) . The band logo is a craetion our life friend, ADOLFO DI MOLFETTA, we love it.
You’ve chosen to self-release your material. Have you considered shopping the material around for additional distribution or are you happy doing everything independently for the moment?
In truth, we haven't thought much about it... we were in a hurry to get out with the Ep and we haven 't looked for a label and distribution. Certainly for the next album release, we will make things more thought out and designed. With "Drilled by bullets" we did everything from ourselves, but that's okay for this time.
Generally, your lyrical themes are about hate, religion and war, aren’t they? But what are your interests in general exactly?
Our Approach with lyrics is more "punk" ...we felt such a subconscious hate for the society were we live...we live in Italy , we are wealthy , we have a lot of friends...but Italy is a country with a lot of dark problems and false moralism... the government authorities in cooperation with media, Mafia and Catholics church don't want to solve these problems, because they draw big benefits of Power and Money ,from this situation. So, Vilemass for us is the hatred that we felt for all that are mummy and slave of the false flag. Vilemass is an outlet valve to remain with open Eyes.
Despite being active for just one year, the band has a very large number of shows. ; are live shows a central aspect of Vilemass? -How people are reacting to your performance?
Yes, we love the "live dimension"...we are an undergound band, so the first goal for us is to play everywhere and in honest way expand our name. As we play more and more , we improve our perfomance and the peoples who came to the shows starting to enjoy with us our music...in the earlier time it was strange, we are 3 on stage and we play really speed and complicated riffs, it's hard to take scene and engage people...concert after concert we have find the sure way and the peoples "live" our set. Few word and a lot of noise :D
Italy is on the rise when it comes to brutal and technical death metal, and there are lots of bands gaining the attention of the underground. What is the state of the Italian extreme metal scene now?
For us Italy is one of the best metal forge in the world, there are hundreds of band really original and professional , but as we already say ,the only problem for the Italian metal scene' is the lack of support from labels and media. We think there are a lot of greats band that haven't nothing to envy to the most famous english or american once, that have more opportunity to emerge.
I know you are quite proactive on the Internet promoting the band (that's how I found Vilemass). Besides Internet, is Vilemass using other promotion resources?
We use everthing we need for our promotions , but we could do a lot of more. Probaly we need an agency or something like that to have a good promotions,but although we can be satisfied for what has been done in such a 'short time. For the future the goal is become part of a label, (possibly without pay as we use in our country) or we hope it ! :D
What are your experiences with promoting "Drilled By Bullets" so far in today’s digital environment and the changing nature of the music industry?
The digital word is a positive thing...because today in a few time new bands can have a cool worldwide space or window...otherwise internet has killed the music business, basic we thinks that today to do cds (physical copy) is becoming just a burdensome expense. there are too many Internet portals and sites that offer access for free to all the music in the world. Finally, we think that For a band is really hard to sell own works today, it's becoming a utopia.
Any video clips in the making? If yes, then which track will have its video form?
In these months we'll present our first official music video for the song "Vulgar religion", the video will be 'shot in an abandoned church , it' ll be great! in these days we are composing new material and by the end of next year we will publish a full lenght. trying to continue the good results of our debut ep .
Which 5 albums would you consider as the pinnacle of death metal and why?
CANNIBAL CORSPE - VILE , KILL, TORTURE AND EVISCERATION PLAGUE.
SUFFOCATION - PIERCED FROM WITHIN
MONSTROSITY - IN DARK PURITY
MORBID ANGEL - COVENANT
SEPULTURA - ARISE (it's always a bomb)
because we love them :)
Well, my pal, that´s all for now, thanks a lot for your co-operation. I hope you enjoy this interview.. Some words you like to add?
Thank for your time, it's a pleausure! We invite people who read this shit to search for VILEMASS on facebook/youtube/bandcamp and get a listen to our fucking music, it comes from the heart,pure hate & passion!!! thank you!!!