TORMENTOR as a band name has been used by many before. Kreator used to be called Tormentor. There was one in Hungary that featured Mayhem’s present vocalist. This TORMENTOR is a whole different entity. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You have one of these names that have been used already in one spelling or another. What made you pick just this name? Have you had any troubles with your choice of name?
-You know, when I started this band I was really young. So me and one of our former members thought about some cool name for our new band. We didn’t gave it so much of a thought though. TORMENTOR sounded cool, it also sounded strong and a lot of great songs are named after it as well. We never thought that the band will last this long. Of course, as the years went by, we realized that there are many bands with this name but we never had any problems and a lot of people know us, so there is no real plan to change it in the near future.
Even though this is your second album I am sure there are quite a few that are rather new to you guys. So could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-TORMENTOR was founded in 2006. Back then it was me and two other guys. Over the years, Thomas on drums, Kevin on rhythm guitar and Christian on bass guitar have joined the band. We released a demo in 2008, our first record “Violent World” in 2012 and now our latest piece, “Morbid Realization”. We started playing Thrash Metal in the old school style, but with the new record we developed our sound and jumped on the next level, tending to things like melodies and harmonies, also combining different styles of metal.
Why has it taken you guys almost 5 years to release a new album? Does it feel like time has fled you and you have to start all over again with this album?
-Hm no, not really. We started writing new material in 2013 and 2014. Also in this time we played a lot of shows in support of “Violent World”. But what happened is basically life; we all have jobs now, Thomas became father three years ago and I myself moved into a new city a little while ago. So we tried our best to work around all these things, but it took a little bit longer than we thought. We started recording in the end of 2015 and finished in summer 2016.
We all carry baggage that affects us in one way or another, but, what would you say, have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Very hard to say. Of course I could name some bands now, but as you grew, those became more of a sort of inspiration, rather than an influence. And inspiration for me comes from everywhere. So yeah, I still get inspired by Metallica, Kreator or Motörhead, but also from all sorts of other music that make me wanna get creative.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-Oh yeah, we are very glad that our sort-of-hometown Cottbus has a very strong local scene! From punk, over hardcore to all sorts of metal; a lot is happening in the local club “Muggefug”. Every weekend some bands are playing and our shows there are great every time too! I am not sure if we would be where we are now without all the strong support from the local scene in and around Cottbus. Even if a band can exist with the help of the internet, it is very important to play live in front of people, and a strong local scene is a big help for that!
Something I have often wondered about is, if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, like, if you were part of a movement sort of?
-That is a good one. I think being in a band can give you some sort of voice. You can reach to people in some different way than you maybe could do as a single person. You feel connected in a different way, so it definitely bonds together and gives you some strong feelings. And with this you have a feeling, like, you can move something, maybe change something, stand together, because you share the same things.
When you play the sort of music you play, I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Our new one is a great one, hehe 😉 For me a great album cover is something that connects the lyrics and themes of the record. I like to look at a cover and discover all those details or just look at it and try to find out what story may stand behind it. So I am not into these cliché types of cover, with living corpses and swords or drinking zombies, you know? Even though some of them look cool, I prefer those who make me think and look closer.
What is your opinion on digital versus physical? Is digital killing music?
-I am a collector of vinyl and CDs and I love to hold the real shit in my hand. But with all the great music that is coming out, from new and old bands, it is almost impossible to buy all this stuff physically. I have my Spotify and I pay for it, and as music freak I love to listen to as much music as possible. And the records I like the most from newly released stuff I always buy! So I try to combine the best of both worlds. I don’t think digital is killing the music. It is just the way some people handle it. Some do illegal downloading or just stream without ever buying a physical copy – this is the negative side of the story.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Here in Germany there are a lot of options to play live. We got a lot of little local clubs in our area and most of the big cities have a very intense scene with a lot of concerts going on. Also little bands like us get the possibility to play at some bigger shows here and there or get to cities we haven’t been before, so I think it really works over here.
When you play live, is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We aren’t much into rituals and stuff like this and also we don’t party hard on stage and get drunk and do silly stuff all the time. We take it very seriously what we do live. We set a lot of energy free and always receive it back from the audience. We try to give our best every time and play as good as we can and give a good performance too, with getting the fans involved and show them how much we enjoy the shit we do.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-For me personally, I want to go on with TORMENTOR as long as we can. For now, we all look forward to the release of the new album and get out on the road again and play as many shows as possible in support of the new record. And I hope it won’t take another five years to make new music, hehe 😉