Ever since Bram Stoker’s book about Vlad Tepes vampires have been a fascination for many, me included. So with a name like VAMPYROMORPHA I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-When VAMPYROMORPHA was born we had a hard horror movie weekend with trash, cult and blaxploitation horror movies like „Mark Of The Devil“and „Blacula“ behind us. With a lot of red wine and good music like PENTAGRAM, DEATH SS; KILLING JOKE, MELVINS and SISTERS OF MERCY we decided to write a horror doom album. Main thing of this idea was to do it as a duo. Also a main visual inspiration for us was the mighty Goatess Doomwych. She did the cover of our debut album „Fiendish Tales Of Doom“ and was also a big inspiration.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-First of all I wrote all the lyrics for songs like „Peine Forte Et Dure“ and „Deliver Us From The Good“ and send it to my doom partner Nemes Black. Then he wrote the songs or rather the musical concept behind the lyrics. We wrote all 6 songs on the album in two creative weeks and then recorded it. We created heavy doom songs with a modern sound. Not another seventies doom clone.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-If you playing and recording music for many years it is quite easy to write some cool stuff like VAMPYROMORPHA. The creative process runs automatically. Then if you are a good team it works. We also see the advantage in being a duo not a five piece band. No annoying discussions.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
-No. Digitisation and internet changed everthing. The whole music scene is a big community and all listeners want tob e included in the creative process of all musicians. That is a big chance and means independence fort he bands and the fans.
I for one feel that the change of how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for recorded music?
-Being authentic and doing good songs people want to hear is he first step to exist in the masses of bands. Then you have to network which is a lot of hard work. If you offer a high quality product and cool merchandise you have the chance to survive in the Heavy Metal mass grave. The strongest will survive and scene music like Metal has good prospects to be supported (also financially) by loyal fans.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Until now we got a lot of good responses from the Doom Metal scene although we don´t play the typical Doom sound liek VITUS or TROUBLE. The main thing was doing also videoclips for You Tube which ist he best platform these days.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Chatting with Tony Martin from BLACK SABBATH and Alia from BLOOD CEREMONY and talk about some musical ideas.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-No, we are all fans and one commuity of Doom, Death, Black what else lovers.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-No, it is nothing for me. Playing live is a lot aof hard work and travelling. Also a lot of dead time and disappointments.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Recording a new VAMYPROMORPHA album and drinking some more bottles of red wine. That´s fine.
Thanks for your attention and don´t forget to watch some good horror movies like Martyrs
Haute Tension Conjuring Frontier (s) and have a listen to our album „Fiendish Tales Of Doom“. See you in hell.