Interview With Vredehammer


After being really impressed by the new Vredehammer album Violator (our review of which can be read here) we caught up with Per Valla for a chat to find out more about it. See what happened below!

You’re currently getting ready to release your new album Violator. How did the writing and recording process go with it?
This time everything went really smooth. No stress, not many obstacles, and plenty of time. Basically the songs wrote themselves, the lyrics came naturally and the recording process was a piece of cake. Good planning makes things easy.

Did you do anything differently this time, compared with your previous release Vinteroffer?
We used another studio technician this time around. Before we had used Jacon Hansen from Denmark, but this time we used Stamos Koliousis who we were referred to by our label Indie Recordings. Besides that everything was basically done like before. Drums recorded in a studio and the rest was done at home.

Were there any songs that were more of a challenge to get right?
Yes, the song Cyclone was a bitch to write hehe. It went through many changes before I was happy with it, but in the end it came out good I think.

One of my favourites on the album is Ursus. What’s the story behind that one?
Thanx, I like that one too! This one was based on the mainriff. I felt that this riff was so strong that it wasn`t necessary to make this song a difficult one, but instead make it a simple song with just a quite standard composition. The lyrics are about a demonchild who is half man half bear hehe.

You chose to release Light The Fucking Sky as a preview for the album – what made you choose that one over the other tracks?
We actually released two more as well; Spawn Tyrant, and Cyclone. We chose these songs simply because we like them, no hocus pokus.

How’s the response been to it so far?
So far it has been overwhelming! It really seems like this album is hitting a nerve with the metal audience out there, and the reviews have been awesome too!

Are there any plans for you to return to the UK for some more shows? (Still gutted you only got to play two songs in Manchester on the Satyricon tour!)
Yeah that one sucked hehe. No sadly we don`t have any tours planned yet, but i`m sure it will come pretty soon!

And finally what’s in store for Vredehammer for the rest of 2016?
I don`t know, hopefully something amazing!

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