Swedish death metallers Vomitory have in nearly 15 years been terrorizing the underground with their uncompromising old school death metal. Vomitory is now ready with their fifth album Primal Massacre which is a roaring outburst of old school death metal delicately blended with elements of thrash and black metal. Primal Massacre is an album that definitely is not for those weak at heart. I recently got the opportunity to ask vocalist and bassist Erik Rundqvist a few questions about the past, present and future of this brutal band.

Erik Rundqvist interviewed by PSL

How are things going? Doing anything special besides interviews?
Hello Per, things are going really well at the moment, a lot of work regarding the release of Primal Massacre of course with interviews like this one and by phone and some magazines will also visit us when we rehearse to make a live interview. But so far the response has been really great and we hope that will continue with both media and the people who listen to the record.

Primal Massacre is you fifth full-length album. Is it easy to come up with new ideas or does it become harder with each album?
We are really lazy persons in Vomitory so when it comes to the making of new songs it usually take us a couple of months to finish almost everything then we usually complete the work in the studio, and for the recording of Primal Massacre we were supposed to enter the studio in February but when we heard we were doing the No Mercy 2004 we wanted to have the record out by then so we had to enter the studio in December instead, without all the songs so we made a couple of songs in the studio and I think it was 5 lyrics also, but I don't think it is harder to come up with new songs, the only difference now compared with earlier is maybe that we are mush more self critical today.

How would you compare Primal Massacre to you previous material?
I think it continued where Blood Rapture ended, a little better production and a little better sound, like it's supposed to be, that's the way Vomitory has sounded and will continue to sound.

Have you approached things any different this time?

What inspires you when writing songs? I seem to spot a few references to black metal on the new album!
When we write songs we write them the way we think brutal death should sound like, but of course one or another more black metal or thrashier sounding riffs always will show up, but that is mostly to the listener to judge, from our last record Blood Rapture we heard some thought it sounded more black metal than earlier and some thought it sound more thrashier than earlier so I don't know, so anyway we call it death metal.

What does Vomitory actually mean? Is it a real word?
It is like a warning printed on the label on pills in the pharmacy, eat to much and you will vomit, a really suit full death metal band name don't you agree?

Yeah, it's a really cool name. Do any of you have side projects going? It seems awfully popular these days!
Tobias is drumming in a project called God Among Insects together with Kenta Philipsson from Project Hate on guitar and Caligula from Dark Funeral on vocals, I don't know the bass player, they have recorded 1 album in studio Abyss that will be released soon and make 1 live show on a festival in Sweden than the band will end. That's the only side project I know about.

What influences you lyrically? Judging from the song titles I would guess that horror-movies are a major influence!
Movies, books and TV is the biggest influences I guess, as long as it's brutal, I am a big fan of war movies so most of my lyrics is about war with some gore of course.

You've been around for about 15 years. Do you see yourselves playing this style of music another 15 years?
Maybe who knows? I heard that Peter in Vader thought it was ok to play death metal when you are 70 years old, so if your hearing and your neck and your creativity stays I see no problem to play another 15 years. We will continue to play as long as it's fun anyway.

Reflecting on those fifteen years what has been the best and worst experiences?
The worst thing is not that easy to remember cause after a couple of years you can only remember the funny things that happens but the best thing is to be on the road playing live for people that are totally into death metal and when we have done a new song that everyone in the band really likes.

I'm a little curious to know what you're spinning in you CD-player nowadays.
The same as always I guess, metal and death metal, the most recent CD I listen to is the new Deicide and the new Exhumed, and in my car I always have some Danzig record in the CD changer and a couple of old Swedish death metal CDs, otherwise I listen mostly to older stuff and to the same band that I always listened to, I'm probably to lazy to check out all the new bands that are out there.

You've used Berno Studios a lot. Do you feel you have found the perfect sound and environment in Berno Studios?

Yes I think we found the Vomitory sound there but for our last CD we used a another studio for the recording cause Berno studio is about 7-8 hours drive from where we live and Studio Kuling where we recorded this time is 1,5 hours away and also a bigger and better studio, we still went to Berno for the mix of the record but then we didn't have to bring any instrument or other gear so the trip was faster and easier and it's a good experience to try another studio from time to time as long as you get the sound you are looking for and that is no problem when we use the same producer Henrik Larsson, he know what we want and he can deliver it to us.

You're going on a European tour with Gorerotted this summer. Could you tell a little about this?
It's not a tour exactly, we are going to play together on some festivals and when we are both signed to Metal Blade they thought we should do some gigs between the festivals so we will be on the road for a week and play on the Braindead Festival in France and on Party-san and Summer Breeze in Germany and the between shows I guess in Germany as well I don't know yet.

What's your view on the Swedish death metal scene? Do you keep an eye on what's going on or don't care that much about what's happening?
The Swedish death metal scene has been a little low for a couple of years I guess but nowadays I think there is a lot of really good bands out there that starting to make a name for themselves and hopefully there will be an uprising in the Swedish scene cause I think there has been to much shitty power metal music for a to long time and it's time for the more extreme metal to grow stronger again.

Anything you'd like to add to conclude this interview?
Thanks for the interview and good questions, and for all the readers and listeners of death metal and Vomitory, we salute you, hope to se you on the road this summer.

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