INTERVIEW

RONNIE-RIPPER

Just a wee teaser of what would become a massive chat with Ronnie Ripper (Vomitory, Gehennah, Ronnie's Private War, Turbocharged)

666, Drunks & Rock'n'Roll! All hails to you Ronnie. How are you after a big celebration of Christmas / Shitmas? What records are you playing recently?

Hey man! Well, how good can you be after the most plastic and fake holiday of the year? It’s good to have time off from Everything but as a celebration it’s just good food, that’s about it.What records? Hmmm, let me see... I have spun the “Angelic dread”-album by Nunslaughter pretty much lately as well as the Three latest Autopsy albums. I’m not too sure there has been time for anything more than that since we are also trying to get our own upcoming album together, then I spend time strummin guitar or bass instead of playing records in my alone time...

It's never too much of NUNSLAUGHTER or AUTOPSY. I guess these bands are your favourites for many years, especially AUTOPSY. What was your musical journey like? Were you much into Punk or traditional Heavy Metal back in the 80's? How soon have you discovered SLAYER, DESTRUCTION, NIHILIST..? Can you tell us all your favourite bands alphabetically, starting with ABBA and ending with ZZ TOP?

Autopsy was of course part of the first wave of obscure bands (at the time) that I got into and this was just as they released “Mental funeral” so it has been a while, ha ha. My musical journey is probably just like anyone else’s really. I am still a Product of the Days when there was no need for punk and metal to be divided as Music, for me it’s the whole approach that divides the two: if you are ranting about justice, so called “democracy”, left wing ideals and so on it’s probably punk but if you stand neutrally on the sidelines and Watch the World burn with a smile while you draw a Baphomet in your schoolbook, then you are a metalhead. I couldn’t give a rat’s ass about who is right or wrong in politics so why should I invite that into what I love the most? Of course I do listen to some punk but then I’ll have to take the sours with the sweets around the whole political thing, it’s THEIR thing and I am just the guest listening in. I have listened to metal since 1980 or 1981 I Think, that was when I was old enough to understand what Life was all about. I however stopped listening to Music completely for a couple of years and basically just watched old war Movies but then in maybe 1988 I got back into it and never looked back. At the time I really got into the more brutal stuff it was hard to find the underground bands so I started with Venom & Co, moved on to Sodom, Kreator, Destruction, etc and then found Entombed as they released the “But Life goes on” cassette. Someone recorded a mix-tape for me with the more hard-to-find bands like Carcass, Morbid Angel, Paradise Lost (Before they turned into Nickleback), etc etc so I got a brief introduction which changed my whole Life basically. A list of bands that I like in alphabetical order huh? I’ll do this just because it’s indeed a challenge, ha ha"!

Hey man! Well, how good can you be after the most plastic and fake holiday of the year? It’s good to have time off from Everything but as a celebration it’s just good food, that’s about it.What records? Hmmm, let me see... I have spun the “Angelic dread”-album by Nunslaughter pretty much lately as well as the Three latest Autopsy albums. I’m not too sure there has been time for anything more than that since we are also trying to get our own upcoming album together, then I spend time strummin guitar or bass instead of playing records in my alone time...

Axecutor, Bathory, Carnage, Delirium Tremens, Exumer, Flames of hell, Gallhammer, Hell, Impetigo, Judas Priest, Ketzer, Living Death, Macabre, Nuclear Assault, Obsessör, Pungent Stench, Quintessenz, Repulsion, Sodom,Törr, Urn, Vulcano, Xysma, Young and Moody band (The), Zerstörer

Phew, it took some thinking and I broke a few chromosomes along the way but there you go!

Only one band per letter? And you forgot about the letter W. Do you like WEHRMACHT, WITCHES' HAMMER, WARFARE or perhaps even WATAIN? You were one of the founding members of VOMITORY back in 1989. How do you remember those early years of the Swedish Death Metal movement?

Sorry about not namedropping into oblivion then, ha ha! I missed “W” though, it used to be a shady part of our alphabet when I was in school so we didn’t Always Count that one, I see that it still hangs on to me. I’d go with Whiplash or Warfare for that one though. Yes, I was the original bassplayer/vocalist in Vomitory actually and since it’s been about a million years since then I don’t remember the time in details as much as in fond memories of a golden age of confusion really. If you wanted to keep up you basically had to be in personal touch with all the bands you liked from the underground scene to know what was up. That or you were in touch with tapetraders who were updated on a Daily basis. You couldn’t even at the time call people up outside your area code since it cost a whole fucking lot to do even that, this might sound like stone age to the new generation of metalheads but it really was that hard to keep in touch back then when you were a kid and had only the Money your parents gave to you. I look back at it with a smile and it was an exciting era but I must say I prefer here and now after all. Back then no one could afford studio time if you didn’t have rich parents and had to save for a year just to get Three songs stressed onto a tape, no one could afford making videos and even if you did, how would you spread it efficiently? Videotrading was of course a step further in tapetrading but then you had the postage on top of that and those sorry ass bucks you were hoping to put into strings or picks so it was Always a matter of priority. Now you can shoot a video with your phone, edit it in your boys room and have it online for everyone to see Before bedtime the same day really. What’s not to love about that? I know, some old farts like me are very hostile to this evolution and some have been oblivious and see it as a hovering car but I was never gone and I was Always updated on what you can do with computers and all so I see it all as a natural step forward and if you don’t use the channels of today just because it’s not TRVE or KVLT you are just a stupid cunt who shoots yourself out of the water. The ease of today’s technology gives you a whole lot more time to actually be A BAND instead of putting all that time in promotion and all in my opinion. Ha ha, looking back at the original question it seems that you got so much more of an answer than you really asked for, bro!

The rest of the interview in MRM