Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Shrapnel Storm Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We are a death metal band based in Tampere, Finland. To indicate our genre more specifically, we play old school death metal in the spirit of 90's mid tempo death bands. We started things in around 2007 with a bit
different lineup. We've released 3 demos prior to this new promo release.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

Our songs are based on heavy over driven guitars and groovy rhythm. As it comes to sound, we've taken all the good things from nineties golden era of death metal and mixed those into present-day Shrapnel Storm sound.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

We explore war-themes from varied angles. Some songs are pretty straight forward death and destruction. Others deal with the consequences of war. How it can cripple nations and destroy people. How does it feel, when you return home from a warzone and are treated like the worst possible trash, while you're trying to deal with PTSD.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Shrapnel Storm?

The idea was to invent a name which describes the most unpleasant conditions in war. Name Shrapnel Storm came out from our guitarist Aki. We were playing ball between some not-so-good name variations, when suddenly Aki sent the name late at night by SMS. At that point, we all knew it was THE name.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band ha splayed so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

We have played good gigs all around the southern part of Finland. If we pick something, big festival afterparties have been nice places to play. One good memory is from our hometown Tampere – we played in Sauna Open Air afterparty with Japanese killers, Metalucifer. It certainly was like a metal sauna in there! Possibly most fun we have had outside of our native city of Tampere, was in Riihimäki in 2010. Wild people out there! As far as stage performance goes, we certainly aren't a part of the NO FUN / NO MOSH movement - we just try to enjoy ourselves and encourage our audience to do likewise. Play it loud and play it proud!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We're making a small tour in Finland before entering the studio to record our debut album. Confirmed dates are now Lahti 14.12.2013, Tampere 7.2.2014, Helsinki 21.2.2014 and Hyvinkää 19.4.2014.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We're looking for a deal, but considering them only if we see, that both parties can benefit from the deal. Today, all the glamour from record deals seem to be gone. Usually record companies do not take any risks,
and deals are often worse than releasing records by yourself. We've been contacted by labels, but nothing mind blowing has been offered yet.

8.On a worldwide level, how has the feedback been to you music by fans of death metal?

It is kinda varied. For the genre we play, it is not so obvious to get noticed in the ”big picture”. It is sure that our music is dividing opinions: some people like us really much, and some can't listen to us at all. Overall we've received pretty good feedback. Strangely, it seems that metal heads in Latin America like us very much.

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

We might drop the speed down a bit and take a small step into the murkiness of sludgish metal. Then again, we might pick up the speed and enter more thrashy territory. The road is open at the moment, but one
thing is certain: we will not be having blast beats.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We've been inspired by the bands like Obituary, Sepultura, Bolt Thrower, Asphyx, Winter, Entombed, Cancer, Sadus, Benediction and many others. Ykä (Ville) has taken vocal influence from several great frontmen, mostly David Vincent, Antti Boman and Mille Petrozza. Currently the musical tastes within the band are rather diverse and we can pretty much only agree on the bands listed above.

11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?

Part of us have families, so in that case there isn't problems how to use spare time. Apart from that, we enjoy other band's live gigs and everything related to music. And of course drinking beer.

12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

In case you haven't heard our music, you can find it from facebook: or from our official website See you on the frontlines and trenches. Clutch your gun and hope that the next mortar won't land on your head!

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