Markus Vanhala from the self-proclaimed, “Finnish melodic death kings of metal”, Omnium Gatherum, is giving us some jibberjabber. We bloody love Finnish people. Perkele! Yksi olut! Kiitos! Other Finnish words!
What was your highlight of 2008?
There were lots of highlights in our career in 2008 as Omnium Gatherum released our best work to date, the fourth album, The Redshift, which I’m still proud of and after already many months so that’s somethin’ new, haha. The album went Top 30 in Finland which was cool indeed and we also did great tours with Dark Tranquillity in UK and with Nile and Grave in Europe and a lots of good Finnish headlining gigs. Happy days, memorial nights and hangöveric [We don’t know why there’s an umlaut there either – Ed] mornings!
Who in 2008 deserves a good kicking?
Enslaved, Cynic and Gojira did the best job with their albums! [That is really no reason to kick them – Ed]
Who had the best comeback: Metallica, AC/DC, or Guns N’ Roses?
Well, I’ve heard only Metallica from those and that was, err, quite good I guess? At least they did ‘Good Comeback’ on the magazine covers. I’m still fan of the earlier material of all those three bands you mentioned, but…
What are you most looking forward to in 2009?
To get back on the road with Omnium Gatherum and hopefully touring all over the globe! Album-wise, maybe the new album of our fellow Finns, Insomnium. I didn’t even know what other new albums are coming next year. Oh yeah, Heaven & Hell, Alice In Chains and Morbid Angel!
What band should everyone find out about in 2009?
Omnium Gatherum invasion a big time! [Us neither – Ed]
What do you want for Christmas?
Hippie things like peace and love and happiness with my loved ones and lots of unhealthy food!
Who do you want to get under the mistletoe?
Horst Tappert – the actor of Derrick – but Matula or Bergerac are ok also.
Where will you be on New Year’s Eve?
Having a nice an’ big boozing party fiesta with the best friends at my place, hopefully.
Omnium Gatherum are already booked in to play Metalfest at Dudley JB’s on 26 September 2009.