Dr. Abner Mality of Wormwood Chronicles webzine recently conducted an interview with Peter of Polish death metal stalwarts VADER. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
Wormwood Chronicles: The next question is kind of intense. When you're up on stage this year, do you ever look back at the drumkit and still see Doc there? (Former VADER drummer Doc died in 2005 after a long battle with addiction.)
Peter: Actually, I don't think that way. I knew Doc a long time. I tried to help him so many times. I lost a passion for it after many years of trials of trying to explain to him what was so clear for everybody else. So he was my friend. I'm so sorry that something like this happened, that I could do nothing after so many attempts. So this should be a lesson for others...how stories end when you can't control yourself. That's about all I can say about that. What we're trying to do now is to help Doc's family."
Wormwood Chronicles: You recently changed your record label from Metal Blade to Regain Records. What was the reason for the switch?
Peter: The same reason we have changed labels in the past. Not enough attention for us. We don't expect anything special from a label but we do expect a kind of trust for our band and our music. We could not do anything more on our own than we did without support from a record label. We expect this sort of support from Regain and right now we are full of hope. Metal Blade in America is quite different from Metal Blade in Europe. Metal Blade in Europe did a lot for us...they wanted to help us. Metal Blade in America...I had the chance to talk to the bosses there and what I heard was "You're great, man!" and that was it. (chuckles) Nothing more!
Wormwood Chronicles: They didn't have a plan, in other words.
Peter: Right, right. If a record company puts all their attention on three other bands, they're not the record company for us, because we need to be one of those bands! We need to have a chance. We spent a long time waiting for more from Metal Blade America and we expected more.
Read the entire interview at www.wormwoodchronicles.com.