Who are you and what do you do in your band?
I am the guitarist and vocalist of The Fog, carrying the pseudonym V. Lord.
When/where was your band formed?
The Fog was formed in spring 2014 after a friend of mine told me that Avenger would be willing to join another band as a drummer. The idea was already around in 2013, but it did not work out due to reasons of time.
We got C.C. Defiler (bass) in the band shortly after, as he’s a friend who I’ve known to have both the right musical ideas and spirit for The Fog.
Why did you choose to play Death Metal?
In fact, I would refer to our style as Death/Doom Metal. And well, it’s the music we all like, obviously.
How do you compose your music? Does only one guy do everything or does everyone contribute?
No, everybody contributes something. Usually our bass player or I are coming up with some riffs and together we build a song out of it at rehearsal. Avenger also plays a big part in
creating the overall song structures. And last but not least, he contributes the synth parts and some additional screams you’ll find both on our demo as well as on our upcoming album.
Only the lyrics are handled entirely by me.
Tell us about your lyrics, writing, inspiration etc.
My lyrics have difference topics, but are so far mostly about visions of dystopia, madness or inner fears. Most times, there are no specific sources of inspiration because I rather process own ideas and thoughts. However, the lyrics of two songs on our demo have also been influenced by literature.
Is there an ideology behind your band?
No, not really. We are neither going for any occult image nor does the The Fog has anything to do with politics or stuff like this. For me, the only ”ideology” is wanting to create something both dirty and evil.
How do you see the state of Death Metal music these days in your country and in general?
I would personally consider it to be in a quite good state. Even if current trends are bringing up a lot of uninteresting bands, who try to sound exactly like their old (mostly swedish) heroes, there’s also some really good stuff around. That holds for Germany as well as in general.
What are your long term plans as a band? What do you want to achieve?
I’d say the only thing we really want to achieve is to create music we are 100 percent content with. Which, I think, should be the main aim of every band. Getting some cool gigs or selling some records are nice side effects, but should not affect how you do your music.
Name an other Death Metal band from your country that everyone should hear.
There are quite a lot of good german Death Metal bands. Besides well known classics as Morgoth, the 90s brought up some real good, but mostly forgotten stuff like Jumpin’ Jesus, Immortalis or Lemming Project. And not to forget newer stuff like Excoriate, Drowned or Chapel Of Disease (far more would be worth mentioning).
We are currently working on an album, which will be released in early 2016. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/thefogdoom