Fresh out of Long Island, New York, VileBorn is a hard rock/heavy metal band. With an energetic and outrageous stage show, hard-hitting riffs, heavy grooves, brutal, chaotic solos, and crushing breakdowns.
Through aggressive touring, active social media, and of course, a healthy dose of notoriety, the band has been able to build a devoted fanbase.
Metal Empire: Would you care to introduce yourself for our audience? What is your name and what do you do?
Vileborn: I am Z from the band VileBorn. I play drums.
Metal Empire: What is the band up to at the moment? Is there something you’re working on currently?
Vileborn: Well we just finished our EP so we’re out there promoting it, playing shows, and doing some radio stuff.
Metal Empire: You recently released a new EP called “Vileated“, can you tell us a little bit about it?
Vileborn: We consider “Vileated” our studio début. We had a demo out in 2012, but ignore that. We’re really proud of this one. We did it one song at a time because we really had no budget and it took a few months. I think it came out really nice.
Metal Empire: What made you name the EP “Vileated“?
Vileborn: Everybody likes a good pun.
Metal Empire: Do you have a favourite song from your new EP?
Vileborn: My favorite would have to be “Bastard”. It’s the angriest song on the album. “Terminal” is great too; we chose that as the “single” so we have a music video for that, and that came out really nice as well.
Metal Empire: Can you talk about your production process? How do you go about writing new material?
Vileborn: We’re all pretty conceptual people. We’ll come up with a theme or an idea that we want to express and then Viktor, Jeremy, or Tim will upload some riffs and motifs based on the idea and show us. Then we’ll get together for practice and build a song out of those riffs. Brandyn observes and listens until he comes up with something he can do vocally. He has a big book full of lyrics and he’s always writing more.
Metal Empire: What and who are some of your major influences?
Vileborn: Personally, I’d have to say The Who. They are my favorite. As a band though, we draw from a lot of classic rock and heavy metal from the 80’s. Pantera is also a huge influence, as well as Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, and even a lot of those 90’s Nu-Metal bands that everyone loves to hate; Korn, Drowning Pool, stuff like that. We grew up on it so of course it helped shape the music we grew up to play.
Metal Empire: What do you enjoy about creating music and what inspires you to make it?
Vileborn: I’m compelled to create. It’s a compulsion. Everything inspires me. Same with all of us. Music is what makes sense to us and it’s how we express what’s on our minds. It feels good to make something, especially when people you don’t even know end up liking it.
Metal Empire: Can you tell us about any tours coming up, where and when can fans come out to see you live?
Vileborn: We’re doing an East Coast United States tour this summer to support the EP.
Metal Empire: Are you touring with any other bands that you are looking forward to?
Vileborn: Not that we know of, this is our first real tour so we really don’t have many details yet.
Metal Empire: Is there a show you are most looking forward to on an upcoming tour?
Vileborn: I’m looking forward most to our June 6th Date in Pennsylvania. We have some friends down there and we’re excited to see them. They’ve never seen us live before so they’re in for a treat.
Metal Empire: Is there any band or artist you would give anything to play a show with?
Vileborn: Led Zeppelin would be nice. If they’re not available, we’ll take the Rolling Stones.
Metal Empire: What are you hopes for the future? Where do you see yourself as an artist this time next year or the year after?
Vileborn: We hope to soar as high as we can. By this time next year we’ll have another CD and a few tours under our belt. We hope to grow our fan base exponentially as this year goes on.
Metal Empire: If I was to turn up at a show, what should I expect from you in terms of music and showmanship? Is there any crazy stuff you do to pull the crowd?
Vileborn: Our shows are pretty wild. We keep it loud and trashy and violent. We try to get a pit going whenever we can. Sometimes we’ll throw beach balls into the crowd and they’ll have a good time with that… The balls have blood inside them so if some asshole decides to pop it, he gets covered in blood. We’ve also been known to break bottles on each other, light things on fire, and destroy our instruments (there’s that Who influence). We often get a lecture before we go on. “Don’t smoke joints on stage this time guys”, “Don’t set anything on fire this time guys”. Always something.
Metal Empire: Do you receive much fan mail, and if so what’s the craziest, creepiest or coolest thing you’ve ever gotten from a fan?
Vileborn: We get a lot of fan mail, mainly on Twitter. Let me tell you, there are some weird people on there. We’ve had a lot of fans that turn into friends. Something crazy? Well, one time this kid posted a video on our Facebook of him cutting himself. That was pretty messed up. We were not amused. VileBorn does not advocate self-harm kiddies!
Metal Empire: Just for fun, if you had one day to live? What would you do with your last day?
Vileborn: I should probably repent! Haha just kidding, I’d probably party harder than I’ve ever partied before. I’d blow all my money on everything. Everything.
Metal Empire: Thank you for taking the time to speak to Metal Empire about what you do. Do you have any final words, or anything you would like to add?
Vileborn: Make sure you check out our Vileated EP available now on iTunes, Spotify, Rhapsody, Amazon MP3, Xbox Music, and so many more. Follow us on every social network. And stay Vile. It’s been a pleasure.