at: 22nd, April 2015
"Our formula is to play Death Metal, we have always been honest that what we play comes natural."
1. Hello, it's the beginning of the interview, so to catch the interest of our readers i would like to start asking about the 2 lately events on your trajectory, the release of your 2nd full length and your European tour supporting MASTER. Can you share with us the funniest or most unpleasant situation that ever happened on these both events?
I can’t recall any unpleasant situations during those two events, but I remember that both recording the album and the tour had its damn funny and pleasant moments. I would say the funniest moment was when we met a drunk French civilian beneath the Eifel tower and he started singing to us in a rather violent way I would say and later on kissed Chris from Scargod on the chick, which I remember Chris was not really fond of.
2. Tell us about your evolution as a “musician” and getting involved in the scene. What is your opinion on the underground nowadays than it was before?
It all begun when me and my twin brother George were 14 years old and picked up our first instruments with the sole intent of learning well enough so as we could form our own band. Slowly we started getting more serious with our instruments and that led to different bands through those years along with getting involved more deep in the local scene. It’s difficult to say about the underground cos its not like I am 45-50 years old and can compare the past from the present well. However to my knowledge things are both better and worst. The industry has changed a lot, one of them being the fact that you gotta pay to go on tour whereas in the past people paid the band to go on a tour. The internet is also a major factor in the change of industry. It’s a big topic and we could talk about it for hours……
3. Talking about your latest album "Mastering the Art of Killing", In your opinion, what are the primary musical differences regarding the previous debut?
The only musical change I would say are the vocals, other than that they’re both in the same vein. Mastering the Art of Killing obviously has a better production, is less complex and more compact however we believe it is a continuation of Igniting Chaos. The core of both albums remains the same and will remain the same which is straight forward DEATH FUCKING METAL!
4. The band has been around since 2007. How do you think metal, or death metal, has changed over the course of that time?
Although there are bands out there that absolutely destroy the genre with their experimentations and over the top technical approach, apart from such bands I think it’s going very strong. Many fans nowadays prefer this primitive and early mid 90’s style of death metal that existed mostly both in the US and European countries.
5. Have you as a band developed an aesthetic that is uniquely yours? How have you developed a sound that is all yours?
What influences have been the most important to you guys?
Well that’s for others to judge I think or more correctly to detect, we never planned or plan the way we want to sound. Our formula is to play Death Metal, we have always been honest that what we play comes natural. Bands that influenced us and played a major role in the development of our sound are bands such as Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Slayer, and Demolition Hammer.
6. How do you conceive of a song: do you start with a riff, an abstract idea, an emotion, or a structure?
The way we write our songs is Panos, George and I sit down and write separately the songs, then we record them and send them to each other, mainly to Hugo where he works on the core drum beats/parts, and finally during rehearsals we collectively work on the final outcome. Concerning the lyrics I write almost 95% of them however there are a few phrases and lines where Panos and George contribute to. It can be any of those four starting points you mentioned in the question.
7. One of my fave areas is art work. In my opinion you have putted alot of attention on your CD covers, could you tell us who is the person behind them and what is the whole concept you are looking for?
Its good you realized that because indeed for us the artwork is as important as the music itself of an album. I remember that when I was a kid album covers made me what to buy or not buy an album, depending on what I wanted to listen to, so the fact that we still remain fans of the genre we like to approach many things from the fans aspect and one of them being the artwork.. The artwork of Igniting Chaos was done by a local friend of mine Xenios Zittis (Rusted Lock) whereas the second was done by Arturo Vargas from the band Zombification in Mexico who is close friends with our drummer Hugo. The concept behind the cover art we use is basically the lyrical theme we have, which is Death, War, and Gore.
8. If VOMITILE was a cunt, how would you describe it? Would it rather be the fat ugly one, or the very juicy one?
Haha definitely the fat ugly one. Could be juicy as well….
9. We live in a globalized world where there are no borders to be crossed thanks to the internet. How do you best utilize this to gain the outmost for you band?
Obviously we use all the modern means such as webpage, facebook, youtube, soundcloud, reverbnation etc but at the end of the day it all comes down to how often you play and as many different countries and cities as possible. Neither record label nor the fans are interested in how many likes a band has on facebook……
10. Is Cyprus a great place to be an extreme metal band? What kind of response do you get from the Cyprus metal fans?
In general Cyprus is not the best place for Metal music I would say, however it does have a growing scene which we are glad to be a part of along with other promising bands. Many local kids first hear the term Death Metal after they see us play live and experience what death metal is all about. Thankfully the response has been nothing but positive.
11. I have my personal death metal favorites that I keep returning to (Death, Possessed, Morbid Angel, Entombed etc.). What are the ultimate death metal bands in your opinion?
Personally for me is, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Asphyx, Autopsy, Obituary, Bolt Thrower and many more!!
12. How would you describe VOMITILE as a whole? What is that vital ingredient that separates a good band from a great one?
Just like I mentioned above with three words....DEATH FUCKING METAL.
Bands that are hard working and are true to their sound and music, and most importantly to be able to deliver what you “record” on an album, to the fucking stage cos at the end of the day that’s where it all counts .
13. Inevitably, we´ve come to the end, What do you have to say to the readers of THE PAIN FUCKTORY?
Thank you for all the support and hope we visit your country soon.
Keep supporting the underground and most importantly…… DEATH FUCKING METAL!!!!