Could you give all of us totally unfamiliar with the band a short introduction?
-Hi and thanks for the interview! I’m Klemen Kalin, the vocalist in Eruption, a thrash metal band from Slovenia. The first stages of the band go back to 2004, when our guitarist Tim Taji? asked me to join his band. The first solid line-up started gigging sometime in 2005 and did a demo in 2007. The response from the local metalheads was phenomenal. After some line-up changes we did our debut ‘’Lifeless Paradise’’ in 2009, did quite some gigs, opened for awesome acts such as D.R.I. and Warbringer among others. The band now consists of Andrej Škof – bass, Andrej ?uk – guitars, Tim Taji? – guitars, Ivan Cepanec – drums and me on vocals. We are back with our sophomore release ‘’Tenses Collide’’ release via Xtreem Music.
I get a thrash feeling from the band. How would you like to characterize your sound?
-We’re definitely a thrash band, there’s no denying that. When Tim and I first started the band our main influences were Bay Area bands such as Testament, Exodus and Forbidden. That is probably the sound that influenced us the most. As individuals we all listen to different types of music (mostly metal but other stuff as well), but thrash is basically where we all get together. So each individual has different influences but when we make music it ends up sounding like thrash metal. You’ll hear other influences there for sure, but essentially we are a thrash band. That’s the best way to describe it I guess.
What era is the best in your opinion? Is there such a thing as timeless music?
-That’s a tough question. For thrash in my opinion the late 80s, early 90s were the best, when bands like Forbidden, Forced Entry and Voivod released their most amazing albums. A lot of awesome death metal also started emerging in that period and Alice in Chains, Faith no More… Stuff like that that I really love but isn’t really metal. As far as timeless music goes I don’t know man. There’s bands that I never get tired of, Black Sabbath (Ozzy era) probably being number one on the list and they’ve been around since forever. There are also bands like Voivod who were so ahead of their time that bands are still trying to catch up. I hope that sort of answers the question.
Do you feel alone in playing the style you do or is your local region full of bands like yours? What kind of national scene is there?
-I see our scene as quite strong and getting stronger. We have quite some thrash bands, but we’re all quite different from one another. First there’s Negligence, Thraw and Panikk, we have a lot in common as far as early influences go, but we all developed in very different directions. There’s also Keller, a band in the vein of Teutonic thrash. As far as notable newcomers go there are Teleport and Classified and probably some other bands I’m not yet familiar with. For a small country that’s a thriving thrash scene if you ask me. Apart from thrash, death and black metal are strong here too. Hellsword (oldschool blackened speed metal), Mephistophelean (death metal) and Penitenziagite (death metal) are definitely worth checking out!
When you come from a place not exactly known for its metal is it harder to get things done because there are no people that understand you or is it easier just because there are nobody that understand you?
-As I explained above the metal scene here is quite strong. The main problem is we’re a small country, overlooked by the rest of the world most of the time, so getting out is not easy. Hopefully this will improve now we are under a Spanish record company.
How pleased are you with the album “ Tenses Collide”? Anything you’d wish you had done differently?
-I personally love it. We all do. Of course there are always things you’d like to go back and change, I don’t think there’s a musician out there that’s totally satisfied with any of their albums. Well, maybe Lars Ulrich haha. But yeah, I think we did a really great album, its thrash, it’s aggressive yet very melodic at the same time, really catchy. The recording was a blast, we had a great time and we all grew as musicians through the recording process. A huge thanks goes to Jan and Žiga from Negligence. The album was recorded and produced in their studio. Another person I need to mention at this point is Brad Hull (Forced Entry). His son and him did a guest solo on our song Celestial God.
In short, I feel like we did a really strong thrash album, check it out and I hope you like it too!
How important is the art work? Do you look for the right feeling when choosing or what do you go for?
-Artwork is mostly important because it’s the first thing a potential buyer sees. We chose Andrei Bouzikov cause he’s created a name for himself in the metal underground and his artwork kicks some major ass! I came up with the basic idea for the artwork, it is very connected with our main lyrical themes on this album. Andrei put his own twist to it however and we’re very satisfied with the outcome.
How important is playing live in this day and age when everybody can access almost anything from their desk?
-Playing live is everything! Everyone can sound awesome on their album, but putting on a kick ass show is something else. I think every real metal fan agrees that going to concerts is important. When you go to a show you don’t expect a perfect execution from the band, you expect some raw energy. We as a band expect the same from the audience, luckily we get great feedback most of the time. We just did our first promotional gig a few nights ago and the pits were crazy! Apart from this satisfaction we get from concerts, they are also important financially. In an age where everyone downloads stuff, playing live and selling merch is the only way of getting back some of the money you have to invest into recording and gear.
What would an European tour mean for the band? Would that be a dream come true or what? How much are you prepared to sacrifice to make the band big?
-We’re actually currently working on getting some European dates. Our friends Impales from Denmark invited us to come and play some gigs there, but we have to find some dates on the way, otherwise we just won’t be able to afford the trip there. Sadly, money is a huge factor everywhere these days. I don’t really know how big do we want to get. Big in the underground fuck yes, but we don’t ever want to become mainstream. We work our asses of to write good music and put on great shows, we also try to promote ourselves as best as we can. I think this new album should definitely open some new doors for us!
What does 2013 hold for the band?
-More of the same really. Playing live as much as we can, writing new material, maybe even recording something new. Hopefully no line-up changes as this current line-up is the strongest we’ve ever had. Right now I’m surrounded with great musicians and best friends so I’d like to keep it that way. Thank you again for the interview. A message to the fans: Check out our store at bandcamp (http://eruptionthrash.bandcamp.com/merch), where you can find some cool merch besides our new album! Support your local scene and metal around the globe!