VULTURE is a classic German thrash metal band. Perhaps not classic German thrash but still a classic thrash band, if you know what I mean? Anders Ekdahl ©2017

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
Stefan: I guess its gotta sound “right” somehow. To our approach of Heavy Metal catchy one-word-bandnames appeal just right.

I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
Stefan: We’ve all been active musicians for a long time. I can only speak for myself, but when I began doing Metal music 12 years ago I started off with Thrash Metal.
It’s the genre I feel native in. With my departure from a former Black/Thrash band in 2015, I simply had to start another project yet again.

With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
Stefan: We’re not thinking about that too much. We keep calling us “High Speed Metal”, but in the end its just sped up classical Heavy Metal.
We draw our inspiration from Heavy’s early days. So basically our personal aim is to do authentic Heavy Metal.

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
Stefan: The songs themselves are not written in a particular order. Once we collected a suitable amount of songs we started working around them, to see which would for example
fit into an opening or a closing position. While arranging the songs this way, we were also looking for stuff that might be missing on our album.

I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to
Stefan: The youthful charme of the late 70s and early 80s is what makes Heavy Metal so fascinating for us.
We keep on grabbing the genre by its very roots and try to comprehend what motivated and affected those musicians back then.
We’re not especially looking to do something “new”, but we’re also avoiding to sound like a copy-cat band. It’s a thin line, we’re trying not to cross.

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
Stefan: Every aspect of a record or even of the band itself has huge importance to us. The same time we put into songwriting is also being put into layouting for example.
We try to not lose grip on all these aspects and to keep on doing as much as possible on our own. We’re very aware of our own asthetics and our ideas of graphic and cover design.

I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
Stefan: Don’t know. We’re happy with the sales of our music so far. I guess our fans are still supporters of “real” releases, which is absolutely great. But of course, we’re also offering our music
on those digital download plattforms. We’re not trying to be super hardcore retro and do “vinyl only” releases.

Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
Stefan: The underground’s thriving and getting bigger. I don’t see Heavy Metal being taken over by the so feared “digital world” that soon, hehe.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
Stefan: Of course. We got a lot of friends and contacts in Germany and Europe, which are not limited to Speed or Thrash Metal. The heavy metal underground in Germany is quite huge and we feel well preserved in it for years now.

What does the future hold?
Stefan: We’re happy to release our album finally. Hope to play as many great shows as possible and see some cool places around Europe we haven’t been to before. Hopefully, we can spread our music as far as possible.

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