Musicscan: What is it for you guys to be called metalcore pretty often nowadays - is it somehow annoying or fine with you? At least you are “known” to be such kind of a band here in Europe if you do research in the internet…
Vision Of Disorder: To be known as anything is good nowadays. Alot of bands came after us and blew up the genre but i dont mind being called metalcore. I do think we are more than that though. There are other sides to this band than just hardcore and metal.
Musicscan: There are lots of heavier, metal influenced hardcore-bands around. What sets Vision Of Disorder apart from others? You gained a lot of attention so there has to be something. What is your explanation?
Vision Of Disorder: What makes us different is originality. We are doing what we know, not what some formula says to do. Thats what makes us different. We arent trying, we just are who we are. To many bands are cookie cutter computer bands. Noone writes in a room with each other anymore. Our sound is one that requires all five of us. Get rid of one piece of the puzzle and its broken.
Musicscan: Speaking about the feeling of community: Do you feel that the sense of unity in hardcore/metal-hardcore is still as strong as it was – let’s say – a decade ago? A lot of bands claim to not be interested in the scene as such anymore. Do you still stick to that scene?
Vision Of Disorder: Unfortunately it is different nowadays. The computer age has done away with the whole scene family aspect. Back in the day you would always want to go to shows, not only for the bands but also for the scene itself. Other bands would give you a flyer to a soon to be show, bands would support each other for the common good. Now i see none of it. Its more every band for himself. I dont stick to the scene anymore because i have a ton of responsibilities that take precedence but i'd be lying if i said i didnt miss the good ole days.
Musicscan: What lessons have you learned from being involved with the hardcore underground for so many years now?
Vision Of Disorder: I've learned that no matter what you do there will always be people who love you and people who hate you. Its a balance. How you ride the balance is key. The hardcore scene is very fly by night. There's always a up and coming band looking to gain what the last guy had. If you dont keep levelheaded its over. At times our band has had a hard time with this because we have never thought of ourselves as being just hardcore. We just come from that scene.
Musicscan: Hardcore/punk has always been an underground genre, but there has been a surge of more mainstream orientated bands and big success for some of them over the past years. How would you classify the state of hardcore right now compared to its early days? Where do you think is it going? Do you feel hardcore/punk is losing its edge by having more and more bands with no real political or social stance these days?
Vision Of Disorder: I do not know to be honest. I am not in touch with the current state. I know its been commercialized which is a little weird to me because i always looked at it as being the anti-establishment. Nowadays it seems alot of bands care just as much about how they look as how they sound. It seems more cookie cutter and contrived. My favorite thing about the early days was that it felt like it was ours. Seeing Madball play at Wetlands or Merauder at L'amours, all the way up to L.O.A. Blowing up on river, it all felt like it was a family and your friends were all in it. I dont see that anymore.
Musicscan: Hardcore is often told to be somehow youth orientated. Would you agree to this, and how do you make sure to stay young with what you are doing?
Vision Of Disorder: I am too old to know! Ha! We just are who we are, if young kids like it thats awesome. I'm more impressed by the people who are still supporting after 20 years. Our fanbase is loyal as fuck. It is one of the luckiest attributes to our band and we are forever grateful.
Musicscan: Vision Of Disorder have always seemed to me to be an underdog band, always maintaining a high level of respect from their peers, though never quite attaining the “commercial success” that the band was due. Would you agree? Where do you see the reasons for it? Will/can it change for the better now?
Vision Of Disorder: I def agree. I think all artists who are looked at as being originators or whatever you want to call it never reap the benefit. I would rather be the creator than the imitator who gains bigger recognition. If it changes cool, if not, oh well. No difference to me. Again, i feel that life is too short.
Musicscan: After so many years of playing with the band, after all these trends in hardcore, all these bands coming and going – are there still things left to say and worth singing of? What influenced the creation of your new album? What fueled your anger?
Vision Of Disorder: There's always going to be something to say. Its just how its said that makes the difference. The best thing about the cursed remain cursed is its authenticity. Every band has there whole life to write their first record. We got two of those lives. What fuels us is not anger. The fuel is getting back up to the plate when you still have something to say. When you run out of the want/need to voice up, you call it a day. We have alot more to say.
Musicscan: The style Vision Of Disorder plays finds separation through aggression, passion and honesty. What is your attitude towards what you are doing musically and lyrically and how do you “make sure” to stay true to this?
Vision Of Disorder: If you simply ignore what people are going to think about what you are doing and do it for you it will always be true and real. This isnt always a good thing. We arent afraid to take chances because ultimately we are doing it for us, not some standard. If people like it thats awesome, but whats more important is how we feel about it. Our band is very picky when it comes to accepting what is a vod song. Its a hard process but it has never steered us wrong.
Musicscan: Do you feel that Vision Of Disorder has found its “own” sound already, after being back from the break or is it still evolving?
Vision Of Disorder: The best part of doing this new record was realizing that we were breaking new ground for a vod record. Its a perfect 75% classic vod with 25% new vod. we will always evolve, if we didnt we would not have a new record.
Musicscan: As for your band: how important are compromises? Should they play a major role at all? To me it seems that you're not willing to take compromises into consideration at all…?
Vision Of Disorder: No more compromise!! Ha! Why? We do this because ultimately we love it, not for anyone else.
Musicscan: If you compare the visions you had of The Cursed Remain Cursed and compare it to your impressions listening to the new album now – what´s the difference, is there any?
Vision Of Disorder: The difference is that we had no idea what level of record we had until it came out of the speakers. Its much, much stronger of a record than what we had preciously thought we had. Its a great surpise!
Musicscan: What have people to be prepared for? What things would you mention if you were asked which aspects you like most about The Cursed Remain Cursed? Why especially these?
Vision Of Disorder: I would say be prepared to hear a whole solid record. That is a rarity nowadays. These are 11 songs that the band bled for over four years. If there was ever a record i would say was our "all in" record it would be this one.
Musicscan: With the direction of Vision Of Disorder heading a certain way and listeners / fans have grown with you over years and releases, do you feel the fans can now relate to what you are feeling or at least understand what you are trying to tell them with your music and message?
Vision Of Disorder: I feel that this record was made for our fans in a sense that we knew we had unfinished business. If there was a poll of the fans that asked what they would want from a new vod record the answer would be the cursed remain cursed.
Musicscan: Can you perhaps tell us something about the intention and the spirit of Vision Of Disorder when the band came to be. I can imagine that the intention / the spirit changed until today? What kind of philosophy is the basis for what you are doing now after being back?
Vision Of Disorder: Whats funny is that our "goal" has not changed. We started playing music to just See what came of it. After such a long hiatus it feels similar. We dont know what will happen and it feels great to just have blind faith in the music we've created. I dont think much has changed, if it did we wouldnt be doing this interview. Our philosophy is make music for US, the band, if others are into it cool, but we gotta dig it first.
Musicscan: What moments in the bands history for you sum up the whole experience of Vision Of Disorder so far? What fueled and fuels your fire to continue?
Vision Of Disorder: I'd say first getting signed fueled us immensely. To be able to say that we were labelmates with such important bands like fear factory, machine head, life of agony, sepultura. It is a real honor to still be able to do what we love and still be labelmates with great bands. C.o.c., FF, Orange Goblin, its all still a great feeling.
Musicscan: Last words?
Vision Of Disorder: We really appreciate your helping spread the word bro. After 20 years its always great to see that someone wants to cover our band. Much respect to you.