Musicscan: First of all: how big is the interest in Vision Of Disorder being back with a new album? Do you get lots of requests from your fans and press people? What are they asking or telling you these days? Are there unexpected questions / thoughts, or something that is different compared to when you released your 2nd debut – to say so – three years ago?
Vision Of Disorder: Not much has changed in the past 3 years as opposed to the 10 years between our last 2 albums- During that time the whole music industry changed via the Internet & some of us started families.We are more relaxed this time around, there's not as much pressure since we've been back for a while now. Haven't had any unexpected questions yet...
Musicscan: Vision Of Disorder are around for seven years again since you made your comeback – did you imagine the band would be still jamming together in 2015 when you returned? It seems that the band is bigger than ever and still kicking out vicious hardcore-metal. What keeps you interested in what you are doing, and what fuels the fire and your aggression?
Vision Of Disorder: I think we are all surprised we've made it this far. 20 years plus is a long time. At this point in the band there aren't any expectations other than us trying to make good music. Making songs that we are happy with is our goal, if people end up digging it that's just icing on the cake. We use this band as a vent, that's probably my why the music sounds vicious. Life can be stressful but I guess we use that as a source of creativity.
Musicscan: In addition: you are around for so long, and built up your career constantly. But nowadays it seems anyone can find a gross picture on the internet and make “20 minutes of noise” and be an underground sensation. Do you consider it cheating or lazy? What do you think of this recent phenomenon and about possibilities for musicians - even in the underground - in general? Does Vision Of Disorder somehow benefit from the digital age and internet?
Vision Of Disorder: Yes VOD definitely benefits from the Internet. Our daily lives (families, jobs etc.) keep us from touring the amount we would like to. People sharing your songs and YouTube clips on the Internet is a way to keep your name and music alive. Things have changed so drastically since we started as a band so we really can't pass judgment on what younger bands do today. We don't know what it's like to be a teenager starting a band in 2015.
Musicscan: Another more general question: How do you feel about your place within the metal-hardcore scene at all as well as in between tradition and gaining new ground to bring forth what the metal heroes you grew up with did before Vision Of Disorder were around? Times and sounds changed a lot since you once started, but you kept on playing your own sound…
Vision Of Disorder: Looking back it feels like we were one of the many bands that helped carry the torch and keep grinding gears of metal rolling. We were inspired by many bands before us and we were lucky enough to inspire other bands that came after. That's a very important achievement to us.
Musicscan: For some time now the harder music scene as well as the metal-hardcore-scene seem to go even more extreme than ever before. Bands are pushing the boundaries as far as complexity, technical approach and extreme arrangements are concerned. What are your thoughts on this, and where do you see Vision Of Disorder in the grand scheme? I am asking, because Razed To The Ground is a pretty vicious and brutal album…
Vision Of Disorder: We are big supporters of bands pushing boundaries. Trying new things is an attitude that keeps music exciting. Sometimes you miss the mark -but just rehashing the same album over and over is boring. We always try to enter into uncharted territory on each album and challenge ourselves a bit. Hopefully people enjoy what we have done on this new album.
Musicscan: It is somehow impossible to describe your style of playing in a few sentences. You definitely mix up different styles with a lot of harsh emotion. It´s quite interesting to think about the influences of your band. There have to be quite a lot. What influences are we talking about? Do these vary within the band, and how did they change over the time of existence of Vision Of Disorder, when you guys became better individual musicians and songwriters?
Vision Of Disorder: Each member of the band has a diverse set of influences that they bring to the table. The challenge in writing songs together is finding the points where we all intersect and just flow off of each other's ideas. Over time, you get better & more efficient at finding those points. But there's still weeks where we are all on a different page & rehearsals stink & we don't make any progress or write anything. But when we finally have a breakthrough it makes it all worthwhile.
Musicscan: From my point of view your taste in music has become even more focused and direct with Razed To The Ground. True? The new album seems far more straightforward than your last one was. What caused this development?
Vision Of Disorder: We didn't set out with a more focused direct album in mind it just worked out that way. I'd say Zeuss' ideas pushed us more in that direction. He likes the controlled chaos of the band maybe guided us more towards that.
Musicscan: Btw: what exactly does Vision Of Disorder sound like from your point of view? Is it any kind of departure to what people might expect from you if you think of reviews and fan reactions – do you feel understood to say so?
Vision Of Disorder: Vision of Disorder to me is kinetic rhythmic riffage with avant garde poetry. I think some fans might look at it that way.
Musicscan: In my mind your new album is a pretty courageous one. It shows what Vision Of Disorder wants to do, no matter what listeners say or expect. What would you retort to that? And has this been something you were heading for working on the album?
Vision Of Disorder: We approach every album pushing ourselves to do something new and different that feels fresh to us. The music has to excite and challenge us. I think thats what our fans like about the music- the energy connects with them.
Musicscan: Are there specific aspects on Razed To The Ground that stand out in your mind, or aspects that have an inner meaning to you you would like to share with us? Is there an underlying idea behind the album that can stand for the record as a whole?
Vision Of Disorder: The lyrics are all Tim. I think he was inspired by all the recent turmoil in the world, especially in the US this past couple years. He always mixes in some deeply personal stuff then throws a little Morrison shamanism in there for good measure.
Musicscan: Lastly: what type of “success” did you hope to gain with Razed To The Ground?
Vision Of Disorder: We hope that fans of VOD enjoy the album. If some new ears get to hear it, that would be great too. We'd love to spend the next few years playing these songs live around the world.