Tobias Gustafsson - Vomitory

2019 sees Vomitory celebrate it’s 30th anniversary since the band was formed all the way back in 1989, did you ever imagine that Vomitory would become one of the pivotal bands in Swedish death metal?

No, we never really could imagine that. When we started the band, we didn't have any "big" plans or any expectations really. We did it only for our own satisfaction. So getting the acknowledgment after all these years feels great of course.

Since yourself and the rest of the band decided to join forces again during 2018, how have rehearsals been going and what is it like being back together as a band again after being apart for the last six years? 

Rehearsals have been great really. Everything is so much more relaxed this time around, which makes everything so much more fun and makes it all work so much smoother and because of this the band actually sounds better than ever now.


Vomitory have already confirmed over 25 shows for this year to mark your 30th anniversary, can we expect more shows to be announced for later in the year and will the live demolition continue to bulldoze its way into 2020?

We got a lot more show requests than we expected when we were planning the reunion, which is great. We thought "ok let's go for 10-15 shows, that will be fun". But so far (mid May) we've done 14 shows already. Most of the remaining shows are confirmed and announced, but there are still some in the works, so there's a big chance some more dates will be added later in the year. As for 2020, we haven't really talked about it yet. This reunion is meant for 2019 only, and then disband again. But we've learned by now that one should never say never haha. We'll see how we feel about everything by the end of this year, and if there is still interest in booking Vomitory for more shows.

March 15th saw the re-release of “Revelation Nausea” and “Blood Rapture” in many different limited edition vinyls via Metal Blade Records, whose idea was it to re-release these classic albums and will we see the bands entire back catalogue re-released this year as part of the bands anniversary?

These re-releases was planned by Metal Blade Records since last year without knowing that we were going to reunite, but it sure is a nice coincidence. When they learned that we're doing the reunion we agreed that they would also re-release our first two albums, which originally were released by the Dutch label Fadeless Records back in the days. So during this year, Metal Blade is re-releasing the complete Vomitory catalogue.


Vomitory last released an album in 2011 entitled “Opus Mortis VIII” but then the band disbanded just two years later. Six years on and now with the band back together, do you think that being together again and being back on the road, that it might re-ignite the Vomitory creative minds and that you might begin to think about writing and recording a follow up to “Opus Mortis VIII”?

We do feel re-ignited indeed. It's fun now more than ever before to play live. But there are no plans on writing and recording new material. But never say never.

For almost twenty years now, Vomitory have been supported by Metal Blade Records on six of your eight studio albums dating back to “Revelation Nausea” in 2000. It’s not very often that a band stays on one label during the span of most of their career so what makes your relationship so strong with Metal Blade Records?

I don't know the specific reasons why our cooperation has lasted so long. We just work good together. We were always happy with their support and work for us and they were always happy with the albums we delivered to them. I believe the people at Metal Blade in general puts more heart into their work than many other of the bigger metal labels. It's very obvious when you meet them in person. Passion for metal is a very strong driving force for them, just as well as for us in the band.

When Vomitory disbanded in 2013, yourself and Erik Rundqvist formed Cut Up. In the that time you have released two albums with the last offering being 2017’s “Wherever They May Rot”. What is the current status regarding Cut Up now that Vomitory is back together, do you plan on releasing any more albums or is Cut Up on the back burner for now?

Cut Up is slowly starting to write new material for our third album. I don't know yet when we will record it, but we're aiming for a 2020 release. No live shows are planned at the moment, which is good since mine and Eriks' schedules are pretty full with Vomitory this year and that we can spend the free time to finish the new Cut Up material. But yeah, Cut Up is indeed still active.


In 2016 you guested for Amon Amarth on their 10th studio album “Jomsviking”, how did you find that whole experience, do you wish that you could have played some of those songs live and is it an experience that you wish you could have continued on with past guesting?

It was a very nice yet a very bewildering experience. It was great to be part of the whole process of making the album, including the writing and rehearsing. I was indeed part of the band at that time and the guys treated me like a full member. They gave me space, they were open minded to any ideas I had and appreciated my song writing experience and my overall experience from the branch of death metal I normally work in. At the same time I felt it was a bit difficult to fit in. Not musically but rather mentally. Being in AA was on a whole different level from what I was used to. I put an enormous pressure on myself, because I wanted it to work so bad but it backfired on me and affected my drumming so terribly bad that a couple of months after the "Jomsviking" recording, we made the collective (and regrettable) decision that I had to leave. My drumming was never this bad in my life ever before. Luckily I came out a stronger and a better and more confident drummer because of this experience. It sure would have been cool to have played some of those songs live with the band at some point, not only for the fun of it but also as a small comfort for myself and my "failure", but the more time passed, the less I thought of it and now in hindsight I'm pretty happy with how things turned out anyway. Still, I am happy and proud of my contributions to "Jomsviking".


Also during the time that Vomitory spent apart, you took up live duties for old school black metal legends Nifelheim. It must be a totally different experience being on stage with “Broderna Hardrock” (the heavy metal brothers) with their tongue in cheek satanic black metal?

Nifelheim is like no other band I've played in from many perspectives. It's a totally different experience indeed. I am a man who lives by order and structure, but in Nifelheim there's always a constant presence of chaos. Different levels of chaos at different occasions, sure, but it's always there in some way. It's been very challenging for me, but I have learned to like it actually and the guys are great to hang out with. Being on the road with Nifelheim is always an adventure in one way or the other but tongue in cheek? Nah, they are 100% dedicated.

With over 30 years behind you in the industry, how do you feel that it has changed for the better and is there anything that has changed that has taken away some of the fun from the old days of death metal?

It's better that it's become accepted by metal media, bigger labels and bigger festivals etc. That gives the recognition for the many hard working bands out there and quite contradictory, this is also what's taken some of the fun away from the old days. Back then there was this unique feeling, that death metal belonged only to yourself and a small group of people in your community. It felt very exclusive because it was so new and exciting and then when you met other death metal fans from other cities, it felt almost like being in a cult, whatever that may feel like.

Extreme metal bands are nowadays appearing higher up on festival bills and main stages, more tours are happening all over the world and bands are reaching out to more people than ever before with the power of social media etc. Where do you see extreme metal and in particular death metal being as a genre in the future? 

I don't think that death metal ever will be "mainstream". At least I don't hope so. Just because it's too extreme for average people, and I think it should stay that way. Metal has evolved a lot, and it's well proven by now that death metal is here to stay forever. And it's great that festivals are giving the extreme bands better slots etc.

Thank you for taking time out to speak us and I hope that the 30th anniversary year for Vomitory goes well and continues on into the future.

Thank you so much for having us. Cheers.


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