EXELOUME – interview (English)

exeloume_logoInterview with Tom Wahl – EXELOUME.

As the mood in the team? There is probably already impatient before the premiere of „Fairytale Of Perversion”?


We’re all very excited. We’re also playing a release gig at the same day, so a lot of fun stuff coming our way.

What according to you is’ Fairytale of Perversion „for demos that you manage to spend?


The album is a huge step forward compared to the demos, and I think it really shows that we’ve put a lot of effort into this product. The result is close to a 100% of what we’re aiming for.


Plate, as always, will meet for sure with many opinions. How do you respond to criticism? It depress you or maybe a good incentive to show the enemies of the middle finger?


I’m so pleased with this album, and I know that we couldn’t have done things any better. I’m so proud of the album too, and therefore I don’t take any criticism too serious. But so far the reviews have been great, even better than I’ve hoped for. But of course you can’t win’em all. But if it continues this way, I’m very happy. I don’t really know of any enemies that we need to show the middle finger to, hehe

exeloume_foto2When writing reviews I thought the song „Fairytale of Perversion” best determined by the style in which the team follows. As you yourself define your style?


The title-track is one of the more catchy songs on the album, and maybe one of the easiest to like. But we won’t let one song define our style; we want to have freedom to do whatever we want within the style without limiting ourselves. There’s influences from thrash, death, black and heavy metal, any good music really, and the result is Exeloume.


According to you … best track CD is? Please select one.


My favorite is without a doubt ‘Ignorance is Bliss’. I love the way it just keep on going, and to top it all you have Andy LaRoque, who is one of my Top 5 guitarist, playing a lead. But if you’ve asked all five of us, you’ve got five different answers. And that is the way it should be.


Are you satisfied with the outcome, it looks like, sounds album?


I’m 100% satisfied with every aspect of the album. The artwork, production, we couldn’t have done anything to make it better.


Duly already for another generation, because Exeloume is a very young team. You think that as a „new” you are able to bring something fresh to the scene?


Well, I don’t feel I’m new to the scene since I formed my first band in 90/91 (called Torment). I’ve been making the same kind of music for 20 years now, and I’m not really thinking of what’s ‘fresh’ or not. I just want to make songs that I like listening to, while drinking cold beer of course, without any thoughts of what is ‘in’ or ‘out’ at the moment. Some years we’re trendy, some years we’re not.  I think it shows that this comes from the heart and we’re not following a trend.


I would like to ask about the influence of your previous bands. They are visible, or rather forgot about the past and have built the present?


I’ve been playing a lot of different styles during the years, but my love for this kind of music has been the same all this years. The music in Mist Enticer, Maelström, Bethzaida, Killing for Company would all have fitted in Exeloume. We do in fact use old riffs from both Maelstöm and KfC on the album. And then I’ve played in bands that are forgotten too.


A foreign influences bands you?


Death, Sabbat, Exodus, Testament, Morbid Angel, Atheist, Nocturnus, Pestilence, Megadeth, Torture, Infernal Majesty, Cynic, Metallica(old), Forbidden, Slayer, Bolt Thrower, Ripping Corpse, Mercyful Fate, Deicide (old), Sadus, Coroner, Dark Angel, Annihilator, Autopsy, Cannibal Corpse and a million more.


exeloume_foto1I would ask how anyone reading a description of your publications, as you have managed to persuade to cooperate with such names as Dan Swano, Rune Stavensli or Ed Repka?


It wasn’t really that hard to get this people to work with us. Theirs is thing called ‘money’, you know, haha. Well, we did use our network too. Alessandro and Johnny have both toured and recorded with Andy LaRoque, so it was a natural thing to ask him to contribute. Rune we knew, so that was easy. I myself recorded with Dan many years ago, and I knew he got the experience and love for this type of music. I also knew I wanted Ed Repka for the artwork, so I traced down his e-mail address and sent him asking if he was interested and luckily he said ‘yes’. They all got a big part in making this album complete.


I think ViciSolum Productions also does its job well. The record is reviewed, and publicized in many countries. How do you assess their work?


So far we’re very satisfied.


It is planned to tour? This route will be roughly around Scandinavia and intend to go to other countries? I think the Polish audience would love to see something new in your country. So of course, invited to the concerts.

We’ve many plans, but we’re still working on it. Hopefully we’ll get a tour together and start touring abroad. Hopefully it will be both Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. We would be more than happy to come and play in Poland.

Good luck and I hope to see you in concert in Poland.


Thanks for the inte, and hopefully we’ll see ya at one of our shows.




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