Who are you and what do you do in your band?
Ville ”Ykä” Yrjölä, I do the main vocals and write most of the lyrics
When/where was your band formed?
Shrapnel Storm was formed in 2007 at Tampere, Finland by Our drummer Mikko and an ex-member Matti. They started by jamming together and after a while that evolved into a band.
Why did you choose to play Death Metal?
I think we didn’t choose Death Metal. Death Metal chose us, haha! We’ve been playing it from the start and we haven’t questioned that should we change our style. DM is the best form of metal, at least that’s what all of us think.
How do you compose your music? Does only one guy do everything or does everyone contribute?
Typically our guitarist Aki composes the structures of our songs with few riffs, and brings a demo to rehearsals. The rest of us join the process of making after that. Normally the structure goes somehow upside down, and some riffs are modified. Sometimes it is a difficult equation because we have quite democratic atmosphere in our band, so the creative process can take a while…
Tell us about your lyrics, writing, inspiration etc.
The lyrics consist of stories and narration about all aspects of war, the glory and the cruelty of it. We don’t admire or idealize war, we just tell stories about it and its consequences.
Is there an ideology behind your band?
Nope. We’re just five guys making this for fun and passion for music. Some time ago somebody asked that does your band abbreviation (SS) and lyrics lead to some kind of ideology? Well what to say? We just laughed.
How do you see the state of Death Metal music these days in your country and in general?
It’s not quite what it used to be back in the 80’s and 90’s. Since then most of the bands that claim themselves as a death metal band are usually something between metalcore and nu-metal. Sure there are still a lot of good death metal bands out there, but the old school style that we prefer, is more and more uncommon, at least the way we do it. Maybe it will do a comeback someday and we will be proud being a part of that.
What are your long term plans as a band? What do you want to achieve?
The number 1 goal about a year ago was to release a debut album and possibly with a label, to get professional promotion, some marketing and financial help etc. That is becoming reality in May 2015, we’re releasing our debut titled ”Mother War” via Witches Brew records. After that we don’t have any long term plans, but of course it would be cool if somebody liked the album and we’d get some recognition in the Death Metal scene.
I believe that I speak for us all, when I say that we want to continue composing, releasing and performing death metal. Also, drink together some Jaloviina beside that!
Name an other Death Metal band from your country that everyone should hear.
We’ve done some amazing shows with amazing UG names like Purtenance and Torture Pulse, just to mention. Besides these I’d like to lift up my other band called ”Kruor”. Check it out if you’re not done it yet!
Stay tuned for our debut album ”Mother War” that hits the shells late May 2015! Also check out Shrapnel Storm on Facebook. See you on frontline trenches!