I’m sure it’s a feeling everyone gets, but every time I come across a new band that blows my away I can’t help but get giddy at being the first to discover a hidden little treasure that I can use to impress the lads the next time we’re discussing music around an open fire and cans of the cheapest lager we can find. I can only imagine the excitement that tape traders felt back in the day as they had to wait weeks upon weeks for new tapes to come into their local record stores, while we can just sit in front of our computer and find 5 new bands at the click of a button.
That feeling of excitement came over me like the sweats after a spicy kebab when I came across Canadian death metallers, Vengeful. While not bringing anything particularly revolutionary to the table, Vengeful provide some kick ass old meets new school death metal that should satisfy even the hardest to please old school metallers with its crushing grooves, drill like double bass and cookie monster vocals.
Suitably impressed, I contacted the band to find out a little bit more about them:
Just for those that haven’t heard of you guys, could you please introduce yourselves and gives a little bit of the bands back story?
We are a death metal band from Montreal, Canada. I started this band as a side project to Minds, the band I was in previously (that later became Mythosis). At the time, the idea was to come up with a band that had the energy and aggression of bands like Slayer, Slipknot and Pantera but in a darker context, similar to bands like Morbid Angel, Immolation and Nile. We’ve had so many members in this band that it would be too long to list all of them but some of them ended up playing in bands like Despised Icon, Augury, Neuraxis…..
What bands got you interested in metal?
We all have different answers to that one.
Jean-Marie: Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Sepultura.
Marc-André: Metallica, Death, Megadeth, Def Leppard
Who were your favourite metal musicians growing up?
Jean-Marie: James Hetfield, Jason Newsted, Steve Harris, Phil Anselmo, Dimebag.
Marc-André: James Hetfield, Chuck Schuldiner, Dave Mustaine, Slash
Your first release, “Karma”, came out in 2007 on Disconcert Music and was well received. This must have been really exciting. How did you guys get in contact with Disconcert Music? How did it feel to be recording your debut album?
It was an exciting time for us because most of us were recording our 1st album. Marc-André and I had recorded Tragedy Lies Ahead but, this was the real deal, in a professional studio with lots of time to really get the performances we were aiming for. We were working with Dan Pelletier for the 2nd time because he was with us for Tragedy as well. So everything was very comfortable. Good times. Disconcert is label that was founded by an old acquaintance of mine and he really liked our stuff so we got an offer and signed it. As for it being well received, I remember many reviews that told us that people didn’t get/understand what we were doing. I think it was clearer on The Omnipresent Curse.
The Omnipresent Curse is your second full length. How does it differ from Karma? Why didn’t Disconcert music release this release?
It’s more mature and layered. By the time that we started working on the album, we pretty much knew what our sound is about and pretty much emphasized on the strong points. The dark and doomy is darker and slower. The brutal stuff faster and a little more technical. We also corrected a lot of flaws production wise and took a different approach with the vocals now having 3 strong vocalists in the band. We were so immersed and in control of that 2nd album that we just decided to go ahead and release it ourselves.
What lessons did you guys learn while recording Karma that you used when working on The Omnipresent Curse?
We learned that the studio always takes longer than expected. Also that pre-production is important because you actually know what your playing sounds like. The jamming space, the stage and the studio are three very different ways to play this type of music. That it’s okay that some of the guitars are not one-takes.
The epic, 21 minute long album closer Transcending is an incredible piece of work. Did you guys plan on having such a long song or did it just naturally happen? Recording it must have been interesting!
Interesting is one way to look at it. It was by far, the hardest song we’ve recorded in our short-lived existence. Not that it’s so difficult to play but it was recoded over 5 or 6 months. (A)Real pain in the neck. But in those situations, you keep your eyes on the ball and remind yourself that you’re working for the outcome.
You also managed to get Gorguts frontman Luc Lemay on the album. How did that come about?
Shortly after recording the demo for Transcending and thought his voice would fit perfectly with those parts of the song. I met Luc at a local show and approached him about it. I always thought his vocals are the most pain-filled sounding ones in death metal. So the song being pain-filled, it matched very well. It is also a tradition in this band to have guest vocals on every release.
You’ve shared a stage with some huge bands. Who were the most fun to hang out with and tour with?
Well to be quite frank, we’re not a touring band so we play with whoever is on the bill when we’re invited so we haven’t played with a lot of international acts. Kataklysm were very cool guys to us but I’ve been talking here and there with Dagenais for years. Same for the guys in Despised Icon, Neuraxis, Augury. And of course the brazilian bros in Krisiun are always very down to earth guys.
Your working on your new album now. Can you share some details?
Sure thing. We’re entering the studio in November to record the drum tracks for our new double album. The first part of it consists of the fastest yet catchiest songs that we’ve put out but in the short, go-for-the-throat approach. This side has a very fresh feel because most of the songs were co-written by Emmanuel and myself. The second part is comprised of the slower/doomish side of the band and was completed months ago. The songs are longer and contain a lot more layers. Similar to songs like Lapsus and Transcending. I’ll also let you in on something…..we are re-recording Karma in it’s entirety. It won’t be out anytime soon but when it is, it will definitely get the point across the way it was supposed to be.
Thanks for your time guys!
Thanks for the interview and support. We won’t disappoint.
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