Greetings. I hope you're doing fine today.
W. Horepreacher > Thank you for the interview. I'm doing mighty fine!
First off, how'd you describe your band to someone who hasn't heard your music before? Are there some similar bands you'd be happy to compare your sound and style with?
W. Horepreacher > Wömit Angel is the bastard son of Impaled Nazarene and Carpathian Forest. Born in sodomy, of course!
How and when did you form the line-up of Wömit Angel, and what was it that originally made you form and create the music and concept of Wömit Angel? Was it more about playing crusty metal or spreading blasphemy?
W. Horepreacher > We formed Wömit Angel in 2010 when my brother (J-Violatör) moved to Tampere to become the singer in our thrash metal band Diesel Skull. Him, me and Diesel Skull's drummer Vile Anarchy felt like forming an Impaled Nazarene tribute band and so Wömit Angel was spawned. Wömit angel is the echo of 90s' golden bands that raped our minds!
Does your band have a leading figure, or are your songs and lyrics a group effort?
W. Horepreacher > I mainly write the lyrics but we are an unit. No bullshit or Axl Rose!
What does the name "Wömit Angel" stand for or symbolize? I guess the "ö" is there as a tribute to Motörhead, but I mean the actual name as a term: a vomit angel.
W. Horepreacher > Originally the band's name was supposed to be Lerva Enkeli which is Finnish for vomit angel. The original name came up by J-Violatör and we translated it to english and added the ö-dots because of Motörhead and the W just for the kicks. No greater symbolism behind it but the name suites our music, hah!
I haven't heard the two demos you've released before your full-length CD "Sodomatik Rites of I.N.R.I". How are they different from the new album, and are the demos still available?
W. Horepreacher > We have re-recorded most songs from the two demos for this album, so those of you who don't have 'em, you're in luck. The demos are sold out.
I've understood that your music used to be more crust punk-influenced. Do you come from crust punk- or from black metal- circles, and in which "box" do you count yourselves belonging to now - if you want to categorize yourselves like that?
W. Horepreacher > Category: Read answer number one.
We are pretty much 50/50 oriented when it comes to crust and black metal. My brother writes all the catchy punk riffs and I usually come up with the crappy black metal riffs, hah.
Your debut album was released by Inverse Records. How did you end up on their roster, and have you been satisfied with their input so far? How has the album been received, and are you still happy with it yourselves? Has there been a difference in its reception within Finland and foreign countries?
W. Horepreacher > We chose to go along with Inverse Records because they had an offer that fitted our plans. We are very pleased with their effort.
The album has been received very good everywhere, and we are always happy with ourselves.
How was the album's creation and recording process for you? I've understood that some of the songs have already been featured on your older demos so it seems that most of the material was fully ready when it came time for the recordings. Further, is there any room for improvisation within your creations?
W. Horepreacher > Our full-lenght recording virginity was lost with this one. Some membranes were torn but I think we pulled it out good. There is always room for improvisation if it sounds good!
The album's cover artwork is very provocative, to say the least! What kind of pointers did you give to the visual artist for this image, and did it turn out the way you wanted it to? It brings both Chris Moyen's artwork and Impaled Nazarene's "Nihil" to my mind, intentionally or not.
W. Horepreacher > The designer (Ritual at nucleart.org was "instructed" by me, and what he came up with was beyond all that! The cover art is awesome and suits our music and propaganda more than fine. Ritual also designs stuff for Impaled Nazarene so yeah, there might be some I.N influences.
Speaking of the visual side, who made your logo?
W. Horepreacher > J-Violatör.
When performing live, do you use a lot of visual aids or do you rely on the music's power and effect to make an impact on the audience? How've your gigs been received over the years?
W. Horepreacher > I like to use all sorts of visual elements (within our low budget). We always use corpse paints and usually blood, too. This is important for me and I hate to see boring live shows where a bunch of faggots are standing still with their hair tied in ponytails and just wank off their instruments (and you can always hear them say: we'll give 110% when live). We've had good live performance response and we're only getting better!
Out of curiosity, is alcohol an important factor in your band's existence or its live performances?
W. Horepreacher > Not so much as you might think. We drink as any Finn drinks... gallons, hah!
What does Satan represent to you, and do you consider yourselves to be satanists? Are you interested in the occult, and do you have any such interests, or even beliefs and philosophical standpoints?
W. Horepreacher > On behalf myself: I personally found Christianity (and other religions) as submitting your self to a Higher entity and thus unevolving yourself as a human being. I believe in the Setian way when it comes to developing yourself, your physique, your mind and your "idea". Yes, I have an interest in the Occult but also e.g in astronomy. Keep your meatsuit in healt as well as your mind!
Some of your songs are clearly anti-christian, but what do you think of other religions? What is it that makes you oppose them? Did you have a christian upbringing?
W. Horepreacher > Religion = Bullshit. It is a tool to control masses and to enslave those who let themselves to be enslaved. I had a pagan upbringing but I've read more about religions than most of Finnish evangelical-lutheran population, hah.
What are your other lyrical themes or thematic focal points, and what influences (or forces) you to write them? Is it just the world around you that makes you write and speak of humanity's darker sides and perversions?
W. Horepreacher > What more do you need? Man is a sick motherfucker and we will eventually drown in our own shit! I like to quote George Carlin (RIP). "When it comes to comparison of rat and man: a rat can do pretty disgusting things, but it will NEVER fuck another dead rat." Got my point?
Also, why weren't the lyrics included in the album's booklet? Was it a fully intentional choice?
W. Horepreacher > The booklet layout's designer informed us that all the lyrics would not fit into the booklet so we desided to leave 'em all out.
What are your plans for Wömit Angel's future? Do you already have new songs in the works - and if yes, how do they differ from the songs on your debut album?
W. Horepreacher > We have few songs under process, following our sound and style.
You've mentioned that Impaled Nazarene was (and is) essential to the existence of Wömit Angel. What is it that appeals to you in their music, and what are your favourite album(s) of theirs? Have you listened to their newer works, such as "Road to the Octagon" or "Manifest"? Heheh, and have you had any Goat Brew yet?
W. Horepreacher > The pure madness of early I.N hit me like ton of lead when I was younger. I guess it is I.N's unique style that compels us. My favourite albums are (if I had to pick three) Latex Cult, Ugra-Karma and um... let's say Nihil. Yes we listen to their newer works, and yes we've had Goat Brew. It's really good.
What other bands inspire your works these days? Do you get any inspiration from other sources, such as movies or books?
W. Horepreacher > Again, I can only speak for myself. I get inspirations from all over the place. Vincent Price's movies and Edward Bunker's books have influenced me a lot lately.
Have you been in other bands before Wömit Angel, and is it currently your only one? If not, can you tell us something about your other bands/projects?
W. Horepreacher > We all played in Diesel Skull (split-up). I currently try to keep my calendar as empty as possible so that I can focus on my other interests. I produce, record and mix, and do tons of other activities. J-Violatör plays in Riivaus (solo project, full lenght coming up), Sacrificium Carmen (black metal) and tons of other projects. Vile Anarchy plays in Drawn Awake (melodic death metal) and in some projects.
Again, just out of curiosity, have you ran into any bands lately that would've blown your mind? Be it either domestic or foreign ones.
W. Horepreacher > Again on my behalf: Tyranex and Enforcer from Sweden are great and worthy to check out. Also a Swedish group called Vampire released an awesome demo tape in 2012. Ukraine "super group" Rattenfänger made an excellent debut album also. Finland is so full of bands and great releases that I wont specify any.
The interview is drawing to a close... Anything on your mind you'd like to add or discuss further?
W. Horepreacher > Drink Goat Brew and worship Satan you cunt!
I thank you for the interview, and wish you well on your path!
W. Horepreacher > Thank you.