S-TOOL has statred in 2015 from Ville Laihiala’s idea. Their first album “Tolerance 0” was released in 2017 by Playground Music and reached immediatly a big success.
Now the band is working on a new album and looking for the opportunity to spread the S-TOOL all around Europe with their energetic shows.
We had the pleasure to meet Ville and talk about the band, its music and much more.
-Hey Ville, how are you doing?
I’m fine, a bit tired but it’s ok.
-S-TOOL has started in 2015, why did you decide to put up this band?
Originally, after I left Poisonblack and it kind felt apart, I just wanted to get back as guitar player, playing the same kind of riffs I used to play when I was 17 a bit more thrashy. I recorded demos at home and my wife told me ‘you’ve got good songs there, you should start a band’ and then it started out as really naturally.
I called Aksu, our drummer, asking ‘Would you like to record the album for me? I will do everything solo’ he asked me if there’s anybody else in the band and I answered no, then I asked ‘Do you want to play the drums?’ and he said yes.
It wasn’t plan, everything just happened and then we got Kimmo in the band and from the first rehearse we felt like we got something.
We don’t care about the success, we want to play to have fun. People are not stupid, they see if you fake it.
-Why did you choose S-TOOL as name?
I just wanted to call my band shit. Stool is like human excrement, then I got to figure it has to be a little more than that, so I decided for S-TOOL, severing tool that is the knife you use to un-skin an animal.
-Your first studio album “Tolerance 0” has been released last year, what can you tell about its genesis and lyrics?
Musically it was my demo, lyrically I’ve got inspiration watching the news seeing how people treat each others, how we treat each others.
Nowadays is like me, me, me and nobody else, and I fucking hate that.
So, lyrics reflect my thoughts to human behavior.
-You are working on new materials, what can we expect from your next album?
More faster songs, kind of “Master of puppets” meets Pantera’s “Vulgar display of power”. A bit more thought out songs because the first album was just my demos, now it’s more to concentrate, not like try to please people but trying to make the guitar riffs like when you hear your hair stands up.
So, it’s gonna be faster and heavier. Lyrically I’ve written 3 songs and they are like not around anything, because I hate people, including myself, so these are just my thoughts of humanity and feelings.
-You have been on tour in Finland and Japan, how has been the reaction from the audience?
We didn’t expect anything. Before the album was out we did 8 shows in Finland and they were all sold-out, the album came out we did sold-out shows, we were like ‘what the fuck is happening?’.
In Japan it was really great and now we’ve got some contacts for doing a European tour but I can’t tell you more because it’s not certain yet, but it seems we will spread the S-TOOL in Europe also. Let’s hope it happens.
-What are the plans for the future?
We gonna play the shows, take a little break and start rehearsing for the new album then start record. We just want to make a good album.
-We have done with this interview, thank you so much for your time! Would you like to say something to our readers?
Like I said, there’s something coming up for the Europe, if we come there, please come and check us out I’m going to guarantee you are going to have fun, it’s gonna be a lot of energy, sweating and headbanging on the stage.
Formers Venom Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan, Jeff “Mantas” Dunn and Anthony “Abaddon” Bray in 2015 came up with Venom Inc. After many succesful shows around the world they published the first album “Avé” via Nuclear Blast.
We had the opportunity to meet Demolition Man and Mantas before their show at Porispere, this show was very important because it was the first time on the stage for Mantas after the heart surgery.
Von Hertzen Brothers have released “War is over” last year. This album is like a reborn for the band, putting on the first line what they really feel without pressure from outside.
We had the opportunity to meet Mikko before the show at Porispere and talk about the importance of nature in their music, the plans for the future and much more.
Finnish heavy metallers Battle Beast are always on the top with their energic music.
Their last album “Bringer of Pain” has been released in 2017, it’s the first one with Joona as official member and it reached a lot of success.
We had the opportunity to meet Eero before their show at Porispere and talk about the summer festivals, the next album and much more.
Death Design is a band from Pori, Finland, formed in 2016.
Their live activity has started last February with a mini European tour which brought interest from several countries to their music.
We had the opportunity to met the guys after their show at Porispere and talk about their firs EP, the tour and the plans for the future.
At the end of 70s a Finnish band hit the rock scene and after many change of line-up they are still rocking.
The last album “Transition State” has been released in 2017 and the consent from the audience has been great.
We had the opportunity to have a chat with the only founding member Pekka and talk about the past, present and future in the OZ world.
-Hey Pekka, how are you doing?
I’m just fine. Life is just wonderful.
-OZ is on the rock scene since late 70s, thought the time the line up undergone many changes, how did you manage to keep the band up until now?
People don’t know the fact that I started OZ 40 years ago with our first bass player Tani, R.I.P. He had his funeral on the same day as Lemmy, and now I’m the only founding member left.
I have always been the driving force in OZ, making the band move on. I also made my mind in early years that I will never play in any other band than OZ, so this was the reason I had to continue with OZ or stop playing drums for good.
I think it’s good that this background is coming public, so that people will know why I and the new line-up are doing this the way we are. And this was also the reason for the name of the new album “Transition State”; we are heading to the future with new songs and a new line-up.
Because of me and because my idea of OZ as a band was also accepted by the new line-up, we were able to find a new path for OZ and continue to do new music, which is the best thing that has happened for this band.
Well, when I was younger (even I have been that) Heavy Metal was more attitude for life and especially when I moved from Finland to Stockholm, Sweden in ‘83. I fell in love with Heavy Rock music style and nowadays it’s more about the music that is important for me. I’m still in love with Heavy Rock music and that’s the reason why I still carry on with OZ.
-Why did you choose OZ as name for the band?
Well, when I started this band, it took a long time to find all members, and when I started to think a name for the band I taught it should be something cool and heavy, because we would be playing heavy rock.
One day my good friend said that he read somewhere that OZ is some old Greek god, probably also god of war or something like that. Back then there was no google or anything else to help you to find the real information about that, so as a young boy, I trusted my friend and started to call my band The OZ and after the first album we started to use just OZ.
So this is the story behind the band name, two young boys in Finland, in the middle of nowhere, no internet, no books, just this tiny information from nowhere and the name was set.
-Your last album “Transition State” has been released last year, what can you tell about its genesis and lyrics?
“Transition State” is the album where the lyrics are more stories from the dark side of life than before. And there are probably more lyrics that have more science fiction than reality on them.
“Transition State” is a Classical Heavy Rock album with up to date sound, but still has some spirit of old OZ on it.
When we were recording “Burning Leather” album (Released 2011) we were trying to get back to OZ sound and feel from 80’s, and somehow also update that 80’s sound to one we have now, and I think that we were quite successful with that. ”Transition State” is the next album after ”Burning Leather”and we have developed OZ sound even more up to date, but still having some spirit of old OZ on it.
I think that this momentum will continue in the next OZ album too.
-Do you think modern music has influenced your last work?
Probably yes, you always get influences when you listen to some kind of music, but when I work with new OZ music and especially when recording OZ music I do not listen to other bands or music during that time.
-You have played at Porispere, how was to play again at this festival?
It was a good evening, a great audience and a good show so it was just fine.
It was really fun to play at our hometown the first time with the new line up and show to the home audience and also other people that OZ is back and Transition State is here to stay.
So playing again in Porispere was just a fun experience and hopefully we can come back one day.
-What’s on plan for the future?
Future plans are the same plans as all rock bands have; create new music, make new videos and play on stage.
I think these are also our future plans, but more specifically, we are now working on new songs for the next OZ album and we are also heading 15th September to France and play at Pyrenean Warriors Open Air IV Festival.
And as I said earlier, there will also be some work on new OZ videos.
-We are at the end of this interview, thank you for your time! Would you like to say something to our readers?
Thank You for the cool Interview! I’d just like to say here what I usually say at the end of interviews: I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal fans out there and also welcome new fans into our fold.
For more info, please check out our website www.ozofficial.com and keep on rocking.
Porispere is a festival located in the center of Pori, Finland.
Throughout the years the festival is become pretty popular attracting people from all over the country and beyond.
This festival has the ability to put together different musical genres creating a great 3 days party.
We had the opportunity to be there for the first 2 days and enjoy the performances of great artists such as Venom Inc, D-A-D, Vince Neil, Michael Monroe, Battle beast, S-TOOL, Von Hertzen Brothers, Stam1na, Mokoma and many more.