Friday, October 2, 2015

Vhod Interview

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

Hello, man.  Basically, VHOD is a one-man act which is carrying on from a
few past projects (Morbid Darkness, Godcursed, Worms Of The Birth) with
the hopes that I can simultaneously stay true to my roots and branch out
into more progressive areas without watering down the product too much.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the
recordings?

I would say it is rooted deeply in an old-school approach.  Musically, I
try not to limit myself to any one genre of metal, letting feel guide me
through the song writing process...mostly a brutal melodic death
metal/thrash metal sensibility with hints of doom.  Vocally, my approach
is nearly all in a death metal style, with exception to the odd song.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your
music?

I write about what is current in my life or some current interest which is
compelling enough to inspire a lyric.  The album deals with everything
from Stephen King's 'Flagg' character to mental illness to extremist
religious sects.

4.Vhod is a  continuation of some sorts of your last 3 musical projects,
what was the decision behind breaking up those bands and moving on with a
solo project?

All of those projects were solo projects at the time of consolidation.  I
was feeling a bit overwhelmed by running 3 acts and in some ways I was
needing something new.  Rather than just create yet another new project I
decided to merge all the old ones into something new.

5.You have a musical history that goes back to the mid 80's and early
90's, what is it that motivates you to keep going after all of these
years?

It certainly is a labour of love.  1989 was when it really started for me
and I was 12 years old at the time.  I suppose when you take something so
serious at such a young age it really shows that it means something to
you.  Music has been my main drug all these years and the satisfaction of
writing and producing songs, EPs and albums is enough to never want to
stop.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'VHOD'?

Originally it was a working title for an album I was dreaming up in early
2012 which never came to be.  While working out the details of the merger
I really had to use something fitting to the whole concept.  Vhod is a
Slovenian word for 'entrance' or 'doorway', and what this project meant
most to me was that it was going to offer an entrance into something
personal in a much deeper way than before.

7.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, how would
you compare it to working with a full band?

There is much more work involved, obviously, but when you play back a mix
you have much more to be proud of if it all works out.  I've played in
bands that were at times super tight and at other times a complete train
wreck.  There really are pros and cons for both scenarios.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of
extreme metal?

I've received great feedback in general.  Promotion has been minimal in
the past but the fans who are into the music really respond positively.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I intend to continue what I've been doing all these years, letting myself
evolve and experiment as I see fit, but ultimately I aim to keep it heavy
and sincere.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence
on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Back in the early days it was Metallica, Slayer, Possessed, Death,
Bathory, etc.  Every great metal band from every metal genre at the time,
no boundaries.  Whatever moved me made it into my own music in some way or
form.  These days, I'm still listening to all the old stuff, lots of new
stuff as well as other musical styles.  At this very moment: Sorcerer,
Ghost, White Lies, Horrendous, Slayer, Your New Pale Sun, Khemmis,
Barrows...

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I enjoy art and literature...been a bit busy for both lately.  I've been
tattooing for a little over a year and this has become quite a new
passion.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?


Thanks for your interview, man.  Check out vhod.ca for all necessary info
and take advantage of the free downloads available there.  Be sure to join
the mailing list for free stuff and future updates.  Keep your ears to the
ground for 'Dreamcleaver' coming in November and be sure to get your copy!
Keep it heavy!

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