Gothenburg based metallers Vampire are gearing up to release their brand new album entitled Rex via Century Media records. A fine example of old meeting new, the album marks the third full length release in their growing repertoire. Prior to the release, our senior editor got the opportunity to chat with guitarist and songwriter Black String about both the new album and the band’s plans going forward post release.
You’re gearing up to release your brand new album entitled Rex. How do you feel the response has been to the songs you’ve so far released?
Pretty good. We released the first one and got an awesome response to that. We then released another single recently which was really well received as well. It’s kind of been as I expected, which has been really good to see.
For this album, I started recording demo tracks and recordings to send to our drummer so that he could put together some drum parts. We kept sending things back and forth quite a bit and then when the others heard it and felt comfortable we then added lyrics and vocals. It meant that we were able to write more efficiently whilst still rehearsing regularly.
What equipment did you use for this album?
We have access to quite a few different instruments, but in the end we used two of three different guitars on the album. We used vintage Gibson’s and an Ibanez destroyer along with a Marshall JCM 800 and a tubescreamer. It’s a classic combination that works really well.
What inspired the creation of this album?
I wanted to follow up what we’d done previously so that was the driving influence behind the music. Overall, it’s been a good mix as there was a few tracks where I was inspired by what I was listening to. For example, there’s a slightly more classic metal track that was inspired by the stuff I was listening to at the time, and other ones that are more blackened death in style.
What’s something you want to see less of in the music scene?
I’m tired of seeing compact recordings where everything is high speed, blast beats and happening at the same time. I’m preferring albums that have a lot more “air” and space to breathe in them. Mixing parts where it’s aggressive and other’s which are softer and mellow are what I prefer as it gives the music chance to breathe.
Do you think that metal music should challenge the listener?
Yeah, I think so. The metal bands of old had a challenge to do that and metal was metal because of the aggression. It can’t stay the same though and there needs to be ways where the genre can challenge both itself and the listener. It can’t be aggressive all the time.
What drew you to start creating music?
I started when I was 11 years old and wanted to sound like Metallica. It then progressed from there into bands and then I ended up with this band which has been doing pretty well. That’s where it all began though, with my childish dreams to sound like Metallica.
If you had to put together an ice cream sundae, what flavours of ice cream and toppings would you use?
Nothing too spectacular. I’d go for liquorice, chocolate, vanilla and no topping. I missed out on liquorice ice cream the other day so that’s what at the top of my mind now.
After things have calmed down, what are the bands plans going forward?
We’re hoping to do some shows at some point. We did one about 4 years ago which was really good. But yeah, it’s kind of out of the picture to tour at the moment due to our guys having kids and the general touring market at the moment. We’ll be doing our own virtual concert thing soon which should be broadcast on the release date. We were invited to do the Isolation Festival by Century Media, but sadly we weren’t able to do it due to the restrictions in our country. If it happens again, we’d love to do it as I think it’s an important thing to drum up interest in smaller bands. I love to watch the smaller stages at festivals as you never know what you’ll discover.
What would you say is your favourite track from the album?
I’d pick “Serafim” as it’s a bit different from some of the others. It’s a slower track and has got a lot of soul and melody to it. I really like the lyrics for it as well as again, it’s a bit different from the others. It’s the one I keep listening to as well when I revise tracks on the album.