Interview with Tomas Ahlroos, vocalist of the Finnish metal band, Omniversum.
Thank you Tomas for this interview. Please introduce Omniversum and when did the band was born?
My pleasure Carla and thank you for doing this interview with me. Omniversum is a Kuopio, Finland based 5 piece modern metal/rock act. During our 6 years ofexistence we’ve developed a lot. We started of kind of proggy but how now drifted towards a style where the sound and music is more important than the genre.
You came out with a new single this year, entitled ”Waiting For My Time”. Is this a song taken from the future album?
This is a tricky question at this point as we have not really figured out the details of the future releases yet. But I can tell you that at the moment the idea is to release a series of singles (that might end up being and album at some point). For now it’s the path we’ve chosen as it makes no sense releasing an album for us right now. We’re trying to think out of the box and see what we can come up with. We hope to release the follower to ’’Waiting For My Time’’ as soon as possible.
Have you decided to shoot a video for the new single aswell?
Actually we have plans for multiple videos. But we haven’t yet come to any decision on when this will happen. All in good time.. we will inform you when the time is due.
There are 2 other previous EP’s released, 2012 and 2014. Tell me something about them.
Yes you are right. Even though we released our first official EP/DEMO in 2012 we actually (fun fact) released an unofficial 2 song demo (When The Lights Are Gone) before that. I actually can’t remember where we released it.. maybe in Mikseri.net (a Finnish website for posting demo songs). I think that release saw the light of day in late 2011 or something. ”As The End Draws Near’’ was a major turning point for us in many ways. Jani obviously was quite inexperienced with recording/mixing etc. but he still managed to make something that spoke to the people. We also did our first music video back then. Good times. With D. emigods. we knew we needed to take a major leap forward in both sound and songwriting. The new songs demanded for a more modern sound and it was only natural to go that direction. With ”As The End Draws Near’’ the main influences were Lamb Of God and Symphony X. But when we started making D. emigods .we automatically drew more influences from many styles of music. I myself was more confident with what I was doing so I wrote a lot of vocal melodies and harmonies for the songs.
What are the next plans?
The only thing we know at this point is that we need to gain more audience. So that is our major plan for the future. We’ll see what that means when the time comes.
As a band from Finland, how do you see the metal scene from there?
I see it as a huge challenge. It is so incredibly difficult to get your 15min of fame in the metal scene in Finland. It is just so crowded with thousands of bands. We really need to stand out to be able to reach out to our potential followers. I see many bands just giving up because of the struggles. It’s really quite sad to be honest. I don’t want to go in on politics but a few changes would make all the difference.
Tell me about your influences. Can you mention a few favorite metal albums that inspires you?
Yes. I always love to talk about albums or bands that have inspired me. I could go on forever.. but I won’t. I grew up in a very musical family. My dad has played in bands for over 40 years so music has always been a huge part in my life. Growing up with bands like Deep Purple, The Eagles, Kansas and Queen has made a huge impact on me. Queen and Freddie Mercury was the first band I really loved. As I got a bit older I started listening to more and more bands. Everything from Bon Jovi, Metallica and Pantera to Dimmu Borgir, Cradle Of Filth and Covenant (later: The Kovenant). In the late 90’s I was blown away by many Finnish bands such as Stratovarius, Sentences, Nightwish and Sonata Arctica to name a few. But the biggest change happened in 2004 when I heard T. he Human Equation. by Ayreon. Since then Mr. L (Arjen Lucassen) has been my hero. The man can do no wrong. As a result I now listen to a lot of Devin Townsend, Katatonia and Ghost etc. I also love the acapella group Pentatonix.
Are you going to tour over the summer or another time this year?
No plans for a tour. We might play a few shows here and there during the year.
What do you think about the band’s fans? Do they send a good feedback over you?
Our fans are great. I wish more people would come talk to us at our shows. We wont bite.. I promise.
To end this interview, what message do you have for the metalheads?
Support your local bands. The might be the next big thing.
Kiitos Tomas. Hope to see you soon. Cheers!
Kiitos Carla. It was an absolute delight. Kippis!