|1. How long have you been a member of Diabolical?
Vidar W.: I formed the band back in 1996, so we've been
around for five years actually.
2. Are you an original
member of the band?
Vidar W.: Yes, I'm the only
original member in Diabolical right now.
3. What type
of amplification do you use?
Vidar W.: Marshall
Valvestate 100W is what both me and H.Carlsson uses right now, at
least when playing live. It's an OK amp for a guitarist with a small
pocket, you know.
4. What is your guitar of choice?
Vidar W.: Ibanez.
5. Are there any American
musical influences inside of Diabolical?
Yes, I think you could say that there is. I listen to U.S. Death
Metal (Morbid Angel is one of my all time favourite bands), and so
does the others in Diabolical. So of course there should be some American
influences, especially on the upcoming album.
is the concept of Diabolical?
Vidar W.: To write
and play diabolical music.
7. What kind of music do you
listen to yourself?
Vidar W.: I mainly listen
to Death Metal, but also to some Thrash, Black and Doom Metal of course.
I sometimes also listen to other kinds of music, like 70's Metal and
so on, but not too much really.
8. I myself am a musician
too; what effects do you use?
Vidar W.: Guitar
effects, you mean? I don't use any of those. On the guitars we only
use distortion and sometimes wah-wah. On our studio albums we sometimes
add some delay and/or reverb on the leads, but not when playing live.
On the vocals we use a little bit of everything; compression, reverb,
echo... And on the drums there is a little bit of everything too.
9. Any hints on what's coming next from Diabolical?
Vidar W.: A Thousand Deaths.
10. What style
of metal would you say Diabolical is?
Vidar W.: Death
11. Many say the scene has changed; I see some
new ideas but what is your view on this matter?
W.: Do you mean peoples attitudes or the actual music? Much have
changed over the years, at least to me it has. And I think that the
Swedish scene is still going strong, while the Norwegians are too
busy trying to be as "modern" as possible, in order to be
seen on Television. Swedish Death Metal Reign Supreme.
What do you think about racist/hate bands that are Black Metal, etc.?
Vidar W.: I see no point in answering that because Diabolical
is not a political band.
13. How long has Diabolical been
Vidar W.: Since late 1996, but then under
another name. We changed name to Diabolical early 1998.
What are the ages of the members of Diabolical?
W.: People's birthdays are not something that I keep in
mind, but I think it's 20, 21 and 22.
15. Any idea when
or if you guys are gonna come to the States?
W.: I have no idea! We have only planned a Scandinavian tour for
November 2001 so far, and possibly an European tour after the release
of our next album. But nothing has been scheduled for the States.
But it is absolutely possible that we will come over in a year or
so, because now we finally have an American record label that are
working for us. "Synergy" will be officially released in
the States any day now, and our next album will be out sometime in
2002, so maybe then we could come over...?
16. Any closing
words on your future goals?
Vidar W.: American people who are into not so very American
sounding Death Metal should check our releases; "Deserts of Desolation"
(released in America by the Civilian Death Network), "Synergy"
(to be released in America soon) and "A Thousand Deaths"
(the be released in Europe in February 2002... I don't know when it's
coming out in the States though). Many thanks for the interview. Hail
the Children of the Mushroom Cloud! [http://come.to/diabolical]
Interviewed By: Lord