VOICE OF RUIN Lead Vocalist Randy Schaller Interrogated
Between tragic reality and fiction, Voice Of Ruin draws its lyrical inspiration from both the darkest episodes of history and an imaginary future, ravaged by disease and human madness. On the musical side, the influences of the band, both modern and classic, have evolved over the years, but the style remains difficult to categorize. Some argue that Voice Of Ruin distills a melodic death metal, while others will find notes of groove, thrash and even black metal.
Since its creation in 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland, Voice Of Ruin never stopped touring around the world. The band has now more than 200 shows under its belt alongside bands such as Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Children Of Bodom, Hatebreed, Obituary, Samael and The Black Dahlia Murder.
How did you first get into music, who or what turned you on to heavy metal and did you ever enjoy, r&b, hip hop or country?
I’m listening to metal music since I’m 12 years old. I was at school and a friend of mine was listening to Korn and told me “this is new and this is heavy”, I directly dug it. If I remember well that song was “Freak On A Leash”.
Who was your first rock concert, do you have vivid recollection of it and have your parents always approved?
It was a metal show with local bands in my hometown. I was something like 13-14 years old and my parents were totally OK with that. They’ve always supported my passion for this music.
What was the first music bought with your own money and how did you acquire your first instrument? What is your most prized music collectible?
The two first albums I bought were “Follow The Leader” (Korn) and “Three Dollar Bill, Yall$” (Limp Bizkit). It was the golden years of the Nu Metal. Then I bought my first microphone when I was 14 years old and it was in a local music store with the money I received for my birthday! I have a collection of more than 500 cds, but I’m pretty sure that none of them is collector haha!
How did you become singers, bassists, guitarist’s and drummers and who are your main influences?
I started (or tried haha) to scream the day after the first metal show I went to! I wanted to start a band as fast as possible to play shows. I was impressed by the positive energy and the happy faces in the pit and that first show has been one of my main motivations for years.
What kind of feedback have you got from people on the new record that is surprising?
The feedbacks are very good. Lot of people were saying that our previous album, “Purge and Purify”, was really good but too intense. It was 40 minutes of heaviness without any space to take a breath. On “Acheron” we worked a lot on the dynamics in the songs and within the songs. It’s very pleasant to read that “Acheron” is a very diversified album, most of the reviews are pointing this so far.
How do you like recording, how much time was spent on dialing in the tones in the studio, how hard is to settle/determine what is the perfect sound?
Erwin (bass) and Nicolas (guitar) worked during a whole year to write those 11 songs. On my side it took around 3-4 months to write the lyrics and record all the demos at home. When almost everything was recorded (demo quality) we contacted Henrik Udd to record the album with him in Sweden. This is how we landed at Fredman Studio in Gothenburg with producers Henrik Udd and Fredrik Nordström. It was a very long process as we spent around 20 days to produce and record everything. We are very happy of how this album sounds, especially the guitars. They did a very very good job!
Is there a theme that runs throughout the new record or is it more of a collection of songs?
I like to say that this album, lyrically, is a connection between life and death and a link between the present and the past. All the lyrics are about dark episodes of history and an imaginary future, ravaged by disease and human madness. It’s a mix of fiction and reality, as the name of the album (Acheron is the name of an existing river, which was also used in the mythology) which sticks perfectly with the cover art. We could say that “Acheron” is a kind of a concept album.
What is your favorite Voice Of Ruin song and why?
It’s “Rotting Crows” from our latest album. Because I think this is the best song we wrote to this day, musically and lyrically. I’m really proud of that chorus and I put a lot of emotions in the lyrics and during the recording of that song.
Which of your social media do you like/dislike the most and why?
Mmmh not easy to say haha I think I hate them all because they all want you to spend your money in advertising haha. But I will say Spotify is my favorite one because it helps bands like us to be discovered. And the one I hate the most is Facebook because sometimes only hundreds of people see your news in their feed even if you have thousands of followers.
Who living or dead is in your dream 5 piece super group with you?
Hard to say when you don’t know personally the musicians. I think that the feeling is the most important thing in music. You can ask the best musicians to record an album together and I’m sure the result is going to be good. But a band is also about feeling and common energy/motivation.
Top 5 albums or songs released in the last 12 months and all time?
Wow so hard to say…but during the last 12 months I’ve been listening a lot to the new albums of Thy Art Is Murder, Motionless In White, Korn, Whitechapel and Insomnium.