Hello and welcome to Metal Invader, once again! Glad to have you with us; besides it’s obvious our affection as a zine towards Vulture. Well, enough with that! How’s life treating you these days? Is everything ok amidst Vulture’s camp?
Andreas: Hey! Well, thank YOU for having us again. We’re all great so far! Now that the album is out we’re really looking forward to the upcoming shows.
Give us a few details about the formation of the band. How did you form, by who and to which end?
Andreas: Back in 2015 Stefan came to me and the others with nothing more in hand than a few rough song parts and the general idea to start a classic speed metal band. As you might guess we were in pretty much instantly. That was when we started to work out the songs, find a name and develop an overall concept. In January of 2016 we then hit the studio to record our demo, the outcome was what is now ‘Victim to the Blade’.
What message did you want to convey as Vulture, if there is any.
Andreas: We don’t try to get any big philosophical message across if that’s what you mean.
We as individual persons and as a band live and breathe heavy metal and celebrate it through our own music.
“The Guillotine” was released almost a few days back and has already gained some fanatic listeners! Are you satisfied by the album as an outcome? Was the feedback of the crowd what you expected?
Andreas: You can never be quite sure about the reactions. All we knew is that we poured a lot of blood and sweat into this album and that we’re proud as fuck. So it was amazing to get this much positive feedback. I personally love to read every review and every comment I can find weather it’s positive or negative.
“The Guillotine” was the second consecutive release via High Roller Records. Do you believe you found a home?
Andreas: The work with High Roller has always been amazing. Very professional but open for our own ideas.
“Victim Of The Blade”, released last year, became almost instantly a Speed / Thrash sensation among the devotees of the genre, thus the band has already created a legacy for itself. Did you anticipate such success? Were you overwhelmed? Did this create a certain kind of responsibility towards your fans and yourselves?
Andreas: No, yes and yes haha. When we first heard the final mix of ‘Victim …’ we were blown away ourselves. Everything just felt right and I think everyone knew that this was potential dynamite. But what happened when it was released was just nuts. The amount of feedback felt and still feels unreal.
What has changed and what has remained the same, comparing “The Guillotine” to “Victim”?
Andreas: The aim for the album was to take every trope that made ‘Victim …’ work and make it work for the longer runtime of a full-length. So we tried to change as little as possible on the basic formula but refined it here and there. I think the songwriting got a lot better and the pacing of the album turned out pretty damn good.
A question for those who like to know a bit more about the music they’re listening to. Your sound is sharp, especially the guitars feel like razors. How did you manage to deliver such a sound, such an intense feeling? What’s your equipment and who worked his magic production-wise? Would you care giving us an insight?
Andreas: Thank you for the compliment! Well, I can’t tell you any technical details since I simply don’t know them but our producer and comrade Marco Brinkmann from Hellforge Studio sure can haha. We experimented a lot with pedals and sounds for the guitars before we even started, used a monstrous drum kit to capture as much power as possible and most importantly we really played our asses off. Then it took nearly 4 months to find the final mix. Within these months we really took Marco to hell and back but eventually he was able to blow us away once again. Afterwards Patrick Engel polished everything with his perfect mastering in what felt like seconds.
On one hand it’s common ground that the Speed / Thrash revival is a reality the last years. Nonetheless, a lot of the bands emerging lack inspiration and their general aesthetic emits a bad-replica breath, thus us, listeners, get disappointed most of the times. Vulture on the other hand, are overflowing with that badass inspired music and despite the total ’80s aesthetic (with the denim vests and bulletbelts and so on), you’re true to your game. So…
- a) what do you think of those who sound and appear fake? It seems to me that such bands offend our metal community and the genre they’re serving. I’d really like to hear your thought about this topic.
- b) As Vulture, where do you draw inspiration from and what makes you keep going strong?
- c) What’s that factor that separates “real/true” music from “false/fake”? (I detest these words, but you get my point, I think)
Andreas: Well, tough question. To be fair I can’t really blame any of these guys because most of them still put a lot of work and dedication into what they do. In the end it’s up to you whether you like it or not but these days you won’t catch any ones attention with the same old Slayer, Sodom or Destruction riffs.
With Vulture we try to grab the whole genre by its roots and search for the spark that made bands like Metallica go beyond what was declared fast and heavy. So we draw most of our inspiration from early Priest, Deep Purple, countless NWOBHM groups and other proto metal bands which really gives you a different view on certain things.
As we know, each Vulture (member, I mean) is/has been collaborating with other bands and projects. How do you manage to find the time among all those? Has it been hard for you to find the right proportions of time to dedicate to each of your musical adventures?
Andreas: At the moment Vulture takes up nearly all of our attention. How Stefan and Leo still managed to work out a new Luzifer Single is beyond me haha.
After the EP we knew that an album had to follow as fast as possible so in conclusion our other bands had to suffer. We’ll see how well we can manage all these things in the future but right now the focus is pretty stationary.
Have Vulture faced any difficulties thus far, in terms of releasing your material, labels, on tour etc? If so, what’s that circumstance you remember most vividly and how did you overcome it?
Andreas: Thus far it all went really, really smooth. Apart from shitty sound on stage or getting somewhere in time we can’t complain at all.
What are Vulture’s future plans? Maybe a new music video clip, a tour?
Andreas: There are a lot of upcoming shows all over Europe we’re really looking forward to, but that’s about it for now. A tour would be cool but since we’re all stuck in our jobs right now it’s close to impossible to manage, but who knows.
Tell us more about the visit to the Greek lands, on Up The Hammers on 2018. How do you feel on sharing stage with more traditional-classic sounding bands?
Andreas: We feel honored to play at such a prestigious festival! To share the stage with bands like Northwind will be fuckin’ amazing, plus for me it will be my first time ever in Greece what makes it even more special. I guess we’ll also have to have a few dinks together then!
Of course, hehe! Thanks for taking the time to answer to all my questions, you are most kind. Hopefully, we’ll meet in person soon! Is there any message you’d like to send to our readers-your fans? Cheers!
Andreas: Don’t mention it! See you soon, mate! Get hold of ‘The Guillotine’ before it gets hold of … you! KICK ASS!