Wednesday, November 12, 2014

V.A.R Interview

.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
We have just started to promote new album, it means making some interviews (e.g. in the biggest rock radio in Czechia-Radio Beat) and realizing autumn/winter tour, releasing new merch and such standard stuffsJ

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Album was recorded in one of the popular metal studio in Czechia-Hacienda. Owner is one of the best rock Czech guitarist Milos Dodo Dolezal. We are recording at that studio almost all our albums since 1997. He knows us very well, knows what kind of music we are playing so that final sound was definitely up to him. We have just recorded our material and then he was thinking in which way sound will be defined. I think sound is mix between old school thrash metal 80 and new modern sound which is fit for our band.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
It is just about life….. feelings, experiences from the life.

4.This is the first studio album to be released in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during the time frame?
Meantime we celebrated 20 years of band existing and we released live DVD to this celebration (2009 y.). Besides this we made some cover version to local bands and one song for Metal Christmas compilation. Then we re-released our best sell album “Personal Destruction” (original released in 1992, 30 thousands copies sold in Czechoslovakia at that time) with new remix and some bonuses. Well, we did not take a rest but still were making some another stuff. And prepared new songs of course.

5.The band has been around since 89, what is it that motivates you to keep the band going after 25 years?
Motivation is simple-we everybody love metal. We could not live without this about metal, to be contact with our fans. We cannot imagine life without playing gigs, writing new material….:-)

6.I know that the band name stands for Vratslavice Alcoholic Roar, would you say that the band members are heavy drinkers?
Ha ha…generally not too big drinkers but yes we like beers..and Czech beer is one of the best from all over the world. Anyway, when we started play as band, we had rehearsal place in Vratislavice (which is local part of our city where we are living and where is brewery located!).

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We played many gigs…we remembered first when we started in early 90 years. It finished socials in our country, we had freedom and fans were hungry for metal. It was time where we met 500-800 fans in our gigs!

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album/
Yes, we are starting just from November 2015 and have plan to continue to spend  whole next year in promotion of new album.

9.The new album was released on Parat Magazine, can you tell us a little bit more about this label/
We are relatively small country (just 10 million inhabitants) and there are just 2 printed metal magazines which survive up to this time-Spark (which is about commercial metal) and Parat which is specialized in extreme underground genres of metal. It is released 6 times per year in about 2,5 thousand copies and there is enclosed CD in each magazine from some Czech metal band. It is very nice from them; they are promoting our CDs much better than if we release them by ourselves. Big respect for them!

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of thrash metal?
We are realistic, we sing in Czech language so that our main fan base is Czechia and Slovakia.
Anyway, it is nice if we receive some nice response form such countries like is Brazil, Norway,..

11.Is there going to be more music released in the future?
Yes, we are planning to release next material much sooner than usually. Just to be healthy…we are over 50 years old…but should be live longer with drinking beers.

12.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?
Many influences and styles…We started to listen music in early 70…it means we love Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, BTO, Budgie…over 80 like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest…up to  nowadays thrash metal titans like Exodus, Slayer,…. That’s why could be heard all different styles in our music not just classic thrash…

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
I like my job, family, travelling.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thrash and drink till death!!!!

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