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.