Thank you very much to our friends over at Metal-Rules for this interview!
Vesperia, let’s go back to the beginning. Tell us very briefly about the formation of the band.
Thank you very much! We are very excited to be taking part in this year’s edition of Wacken Open Air. Vesperia began as a project band when I was still in high school as a musical outlet for my black metal ambitions at the time. Over the years, the line up has changed frequently and the music has evolved and gone through many elemental changes that have led to the lineup and sound we have today.
Skipping ahead to WMB, was this the first year you entered the battle?
This is the second time we have participated in the Wacken Metal Battle. We performed in 2013, where we made it all the way to the finals in Toronto and placed 2nd overall in the competition.
Who did you consider the toughest competition?
For this year, I would say Midnight Malice was definitely the toughest competition. They are also a popular band from Toronto and had massive support during the finals. They are an excellent, excellent band and a very hardworking one at that. In the end, all of the bands were amazing and it was a very close call from what I understand.
Since WMB is more like a showcase gig did you do anything differently to prepare your set? Was it hard with a short set time to pick your best material?
This year we rehearsed harder than we ever have in the history of the band. Our entire set is now one big backing track with click tracks and our orchestrations predetermined and fed straight to our drummer’s line mixer and headphones. In the end, we decided which songs were our strongest that would adhere to the 25 minute set length we were given and we rehearsed the hell out of it.
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