Cyprus’ death metallers Vomitile got their start back in 2007 and after several lineup changes their third full length Pure Eternal Hate marks their strongest outing yet. It has the bite and groove of Krisiun, the adventurous nature of Morbid Angel and the stunning brutality of early Vader. Indeed, it is that good. The band has come a long way since their 2013 debut Igniting Chaos but the biggest take away, at least for me, is how good they marry the lineage of death metal into something uniquely their own. Sure you can hear traces of this and shades of that but Vomitile make it their own with several unique twists and wicked groove lines. Hot on the heels of Pure Eternal Hate we had the chance to sit down with bassist and vocalist Khatch Yildizian to ask him our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what he had to say and be sure to support in any way you can.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
Within the first year of getting into metal music, which was when I was 11-12 years old, I decided that I would learn an instrument and have a band, that’s kind of how the idea of playing music came to life. I think with every album that we release we achieve our goals and honestly the success that comes with it satisfies the band completely. Obviously we would like more exposure of our music and have the ease of playing at least 30 dates a year touring as many countries as possible and slowly but gradually, were getting there.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
To be honest we never did anything degrading for anything simply because we respect our band, our music and above all ourselves. Maybe somewhat fighting with local promoters to have a spot on a support bill could be degrading to some people within the scene…
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
Well, the great thing is that more bands have the ease to record and write music and get some kind of exposure. Music wise I think nowadays metal is not at its best but I think that will change very soon. The worst thing for me is that the metal music world has turned into a completely different thing. Every step you take you have to pay, whether that’s entering the studio, playing gigs, releasing an album with a label, touring etc etc. It’s ridiculous the amount of money a band spends just to keep their passion going. Another unfortunate fact is the ease of music available with digital and free formats. Nowadays no one sits down and listens carefully to an album, all they do is skip songs and albums, rewind or forward a song to listen to their favorite part. That’s something very negative for the whole music world.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
With Vomitile once you read the lyrics you’ll somewhat understand what we’re about. You could say it has some social aspect to it but that’s only the anger and freedom part, mostly our so called message is what has happened in the past, what’s happening in the present and what could follow in the future. Besides that our passion is music… Heavy, fast and brutal music!!
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
That’s a funny story actually because I got myself into metal music on my own by going with my older sister back in 2001 to an old electronic store where they had cassettes and I asked her to buy me 6 cassettes I found, I even remember the albums… After I started listening to those albums my sister didn’t really understand what albums she bought me and took it negatively.
My twin brother liked the music as well and together we really got into it, but at first my family wasn’t understanding about the music but thankfully and eventually they did, especially when they saw us live!
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Very honestly I would simply ask for better attention to each individual band that wants to also serve the genre. Magazines should stop asking bands to pay to get in their compilations and magazines, labels need to stop asking bands to split the cost or pay to release their album, tours need not be buy on slots and very simply to not make the extreme metal music scene a greedy business.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
No domination, no invasion. I hope we could save a continent but I think that’s not so possible…
We are in it for the music and that’s all we want to do and our goal is to keep doing what we’re doing now with more international gigs annually. We know we can’t get rich by doing what we’re doing simply because that’s not why we got into it and that’s why we have our daily jobs.
Hobbies vary within the band as well as jobs. I co-manage a craft beer bar in Nicosia, Cyprus. My brother works at a music shop. Panos is a guitar teacher and Hugo is also a drum teacher.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
I really like listening to CCR lately. Besides that I also really liked Power Trip’s latest album.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
Definitely international touring along with as many local gigs as possible. Promoting the album as much as possible as it fully deserves it.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.
Damn that’s hard…. I would summarize it to BRUTAL
Many thanks to Khatch and Vomitile for their time!