With Wacken XXX looming up to stomp its big metal footprint on Germany again this summer, we’re taking a look at a bunch of the bands who are hitting its iconic stages for the first time. Rune from heavy hitters Vltimas lets us know a bit more about his band…
Well, we are kinda from all over the place. Drummer Flo Mounier is Canadian and resides close to Montreal, Quebec. David Vincent resides in Texas, not far from the Austin area and myself, I reside in Lisboa, Portugal. So, we are pretty much the definition of a international band.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
The band name is Spanish/Portuguese and means “the last ones” (Ùltimas). With the added V it is more in the vein of ancient Roman and somehow gets more stoic. Personally, I see the band name as a symbiose of “the last ones” and “ultimate”.
Describe your music. Who are your musical influences?
I guess we play blackened death metal. Influences are way too many to mention. We are all born in the 70s and earlier, so goes without saying it’s the classic era of rock etc that shaped us.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
I’d say it’s of existence itself. And also the apocalypse, the impending doom.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our debut show is at the Copenhell festival in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2 months from now.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
We are all veterans in the scene so there has been a lot of diverse and weird moments, but can’t think of anything specific that feels suitable to mention now.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We are in the process of promoting our debut record Something Wicked Marches In out now via Season Of Mist. Besides the usual interviews, we are preparing for our live stint in EU this summer.
Other than Wacken, what are your plans for 2019?
We have a few other festivals to play, as well as a few headliner shows. Other than that, we are looking for more tours and we will also slowly start to work on the second album.
What are you most looking forward to at Wacken this year?
The show itself. It will be a confident and powerful display of extreme metal.