Baldo, Cultartes: Let’s talk a little about your concert with Arcturus in Helsinki on February 7th. The present’s one should expect something special, something new from you?
Tor Helge: We probably won’t play any new material that night, but we do plan to take out and wipe the dust off a couple of songs that we haven’t played in a while. Sometimes a song needs to be left in peace and mature a bit to meet it’s true potential.
Kyrre: We are working on new material now, which is far from ready, but we have discovered a few old songs that need some loving attention, but I think that will be a treat for you.
You have, on February 5th to 7th, a tour through parts of the Baltic Europe region. Isn’t winter too fierce for a visit down there or exactly this reason gives it a unique charm?
TH: Actually, one of the tours I remember the most was during the winter. We drove between Italy, Slovenia and Hungary in a van where one of the doors were broken. The result was a freezing draft that made me lose the sensation in my feet. Then when we finally arrived to the club in Italy it was just as could inside as outside as their heater was broken. I also remember the club in Hungary was named „Blue Hell”. Very suitable, as they also was saving a buck on their heating bill. Kino Siska in Ljubjlana made up for all the freezing though. In retrospect that tour certainly had it’s charm.
K: I think, in fact, we have had most of our tours in winter, so I think we are prepared for the Baltic, I just hope the transportation is a bit better prepared than for the Italy-Hungary-Slovenia tour.
What was the first moment that made you feel proud of what you are doing and especially insinuate that Vulture Industries has become an important part of your life?
TH: For me I guess it was when I heard the finished mastering of our debut. I really felt that I had been a part of something I could be proud of the rest of my life. Also, playing Hellfest in France was a massive experience for me. Vulture has always been an important part of my life, as the guys in the band are some of my closest friends. The music and touring is also an important outlet in my life, a chance to blow off steam.
K: …not to mention what TH said after the Hellfest gig, as we met Arcturus (very briefly): “Hellhammer, you are my hero, can I take my picture?”. Isn’t that grand? We are lucky to have the opportunity to go around and meet new people and see new places, and we have achieved that. That’s something to be proud of.
Which was the band you felt the greatest with in a tournament? In the sense that you were completed as musical idea, but as friends too.
TH: I have to mention one band, I think it must be Dark Fortress. Two quite different bans musically, but we really really hit it off. Hi guys!
K: I would have to say hello to Virus! And a great hug to Krakow.
How collaboration works between you and Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu? Do you come up with ideas that he shapes into another dimension or it’s about something else?
K: I would have to say that Costin really have a mind that is really fantastic, and the collaboration is more or less a symbiosis. Of course he makes artwork for other artists, which is great, but I really feel than our work is very much connected to his.
You’ve made from Vulture Industries music a real trend, your name being on the lips of all who have to do with music. How do you explain the impact that you have on metal fans and others as well? Was it a marketing recipe or all came by itself? Or both…?
TH: I can honestly say that we make music not considering how it will be received by the listeners. If you write music based on how you think other people want it, you end up playing uninspired music. I guess we are lucky enough to stir something up musically with some people. And it is always fun to watch Bjørnar go loco on stage, even for me from behind the drums.
K: I think our force is the surprise-act. Most people haven’t heard or seen us until suddenly, by accident they see us on stage supporting a black metal act or anything else that we normally musically wouldn’t be associated with. And of course our sincere expression.
Is there a place, not just festivals, where you always return with the greatest pleasure?
TH: I guess there are many good places, but I always feel especially welcome in Romania. Yup. Slovenia has to be mentioned as well.
What gives you peace when the stress on tour or in the studio takes over you?
TH: I never experience true peace, but alcohol brings me pretty damn close. No, sincerely, taking a walk around town or in the woods helps keeping the stress on distance. And sleep of course.
K: Touring is generally less stressful than studio in my opinion. It is stressful in another way, more of a physical thing, long rides, freezing clubs with only booze for heating, no showers for days and so on, enjoying kicking it off on stage and if possible having a taste on the local food and drink. Studio is more of a mental thing, having to give a flawless performance on every note, looking forward just to be finished with it. As with any other hard tasks, the struggle is forgotten once finished, just looking forward to next effort.
Are there any artists that influence or inspire, in some measure, your music?
K: Our goal is to be open-minded regarding any influence. The inspiration-department is more a Bjørnar and Øyvind thing, really. The rest of us just press the pedal and steer the wheel, flashing the lights, but we are all moving the same vehicle. The ride is the goal, not the influence.
If there was no music at all, what would you see yourself doing?
TH: I have several kids in my house, so I would have to get a new interest giving me some reason to get out of the house by myself. Join a chess club, maybe.
K: Perhaps doing more of the other things I do with full attention, not as now, everything at half throttle.
What place has the theatrical interpretation in a Vulture Industries concert?
K: I don’t know how that has come about, the initial reputation of being very theatrical, originally at least. Of course Bjørnar has always been the Madman, but as we have progressed as a live band our appearance and movements on stage are not rehearsed or something. It is natural, and I think it reflects the music very well. There has as a result of this “theatricalness” given some connections with other acts and artist, which is exciting and fun, but I see ourselves as a rock band performing our music. Nothing to it, really.
This year you are among the bands that will perform to Rockstadt Extreme Fest, in Romania. What are your expectations from this festival? What do you think this fest can add to your experience as musicians, as well as people?
K: As always we are very much looking forward to go to Romania again, and our friends in Dordeduh have been telling us a lot of nice things about the festival. We have for a long time promised to visit Brasov, and this is our opportunity. I expect a nice, warm summer festival with a very good crowd and as always nice people to meet and good food and wine. As people we are very humble to have the possibility to go to places so far away from home both in distance and culture-wise, so that itself is a big reward. Playing festivals is also something we like to do, as we can reach out to a broader audience and hopefully grow as a band.
Considering that you came from Norway, a country renowned for its vast metal scene, what bands have made you listening to this genre? I’m referring to your first steps in this realm.
TH: Nothing original here. I got into Metallica and Megadeth 11 or 12 years old. One of the first Norwegian metal albums I got was “Nemesis Divina” by Satyricon. Today I listen mostly to guilty pleasures. Roy Orbison is often heard in my home.
K: As the old-timer here my roots dig deeper, and not necessarily so very metallic, with bands like Rush, Tom Waits, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, David Bowie and such, but of course later bands like Faith No More, Tool, Alice in Chains. Guilty Pleasures? Simple Minds..
Among the many places you were travelling in your tournaments, there is Romania too. Are there some memories that will somehow connect you with our country?
TH: As I mentioned before, we have always felt very welcome in Romania. We had a fantastic experience in 2010 playing Labyrintic Metal Evening in Bucharest. Great club, organizers and crowd.
K: Doru for king!
Thank you very much for this interview and good luck! See you to Rockstadt Extreme Fest!
TH: Thanx, I look forward to it!
K: Cant’ wait to get there!
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