WVRM’s latest EP Can You Hear the Wind Howl may only last a very brief nine minutes, but it’s 9 minutes of savage darkness and cutting, lethal ferocity. Hyper-aggressive and full of the kind of pitch-black extremity we can’t get enough of here at Wonderbox Metal, WVRM have seriously impressed with this very enjoyable collection of malignant, brutally nasty tunes.
Yes, this was very definitely a band to find out more about…
Introduce us to WVRM
WVRM is Ian Nix on vocals, Brett Terrapin on drums, Derick Caperton on guitar, Dylan Walker on bass.
What are your influences?
Anything fast and pissed off. Also anything slow and pissed off. But I think we all can agree on Rotten Sound, Magrudergrind, Nasum, and Primitive Man.
Name five things you’ve listened to recently that you’d recommend
Tell us about Can You Hear the Wind Howl
Ian entered our name into a contest through Metalsucks.net in 2016 to record with Kurt Ballou and we won. It was only supposed to be one song, but we figured we’d have enough time grind out at least 6, so we wrote 6 songs over the next month and drove up to record them in one afternoon.
How does it feel to have this EP released to the world?
It feels like a dream. We’ve received so much support and kind words from people we admire. Recording with Kurt was such a surreal experience and he was able to translate the way we play live onto a record. Incredibly thankful to him, Ben, and Axl at Metalsucks.
What’s the response been like so far?
Better than any of us could’ve hoped. We’ve gotten nothing but kindness and support for our depressing music.
How do you go about writing and arranging your music?
We’ve been messing around with different ways of writing new songs to keep it fresh, but normally our drummer Brett maps out his drum parts and writes a “skeleton”. Derick and I will suggest riffs to the band over what Brett has played or occasionally we’ll change up the drums to fit something. Then Ian lays his vocals down and that’s a WVRM song.
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
“Mountain of Dead Pigs” – Brett and I wrote this song in about 5 minutes and it’s incredibly fun to play. Ian’s few words about our corrupt law enforcement are some of my favourite from the record.
How did you decide on the order of the tracks?
We basically wrote the songs in that order except for Suffer Ritual. After Derick laid down his riffs for the verses and chorus, we thought that would work best smack dab in the middle of the other two songs. Originally “Distinguished” was the last track but we moved it to third so we could fit the EP on a 7” properly.
How would you say this latest release of yours compares to your previous work?
This is the first release we’ve done with this current lineup, which has been consistent since April 2016. I think it gives listeners an idea of where we’ll end up going next.
What are your ambitions for WVRM?
We just want to keep making records that portray the way play our music live. Also we would love to tour Europe, Asia, and/or Australia.
Tell us about the album cover art
The design is based off of the South Carolina state flag, a central palmetto tree and a crescent moon. Robert Johnson and the devil leaning on the tree represents all the darkness in the form of music that has come from the south.
What are your views on the US grindcore scene in 2017?
I think it’s thriving. Bands like Pig Destroyer, Triac, Full of Hell, and Torch Runner have made a name for themselves in heavy music in a big way. They continue to push the genre in different directions. That gives other bands some spotlight as well from fans new to grindcore. Plus there are plenty of hardworking up and coming bands; Vermin Womb, False Light, The Drip, Pissed On, Falter, Ladybird.
How do you think you fit into the wider extreme music?
Between the four of us, our influences fall across a broad spectrum of extreme music, from hardcore and grind to death metal and doom. I think that makes us more accessible than the average grind band.
Playing live – essential or pointless?
What are the next steps for WVRM?
We’re always going to continue writing music and touring to anyone who wants to hear or see us. We plan on hitting more new places next year thanks to Dan DeFonce from Continental Concerts and David Brenner from Earsplit Compound.
Any final words?
Support Funeral Chic V.I.T.O.A.