The 666 Interview CAIN'S OFFERING

At least for me CAIN'S OFFERING has revolutionized the way of Power Metal music, because of it's fresh music, lyrics, the band with Jani Liimatainen (ex Sonata Arctica) and Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius) released its second album Stormcrow and we interviewed the beast on the drums, Mr. Jani Hurula. Enjoy

First of all congratulation for this new album! What are the first thoughts, words that comes to your mind when listening to Stormcrow? Why the title “Stormcrow”?

Thank you very much! Majestic and HUMONGOUS! I think that’s the best way to put it. ☺ The title, well, it fits us perfectly doesn’t it? The underdogs are back with a vengeance! ;)

Musically speaking, what's the main difference between Stormcrow and Gather The Faithful?

Basically, the songs are more concentrated and have more meat around them. This way
we were able make them sound really REALLY big. Just the way we like them. The production was also exactly what each of us wanted it to be this time around.

How was the composition process and what's the general idea about the lyric theme of the album? Is there any concept behind “Stormcrow”?

I guess we started to think the first album was a bit all over the place, and performed to the brim… This time around the songs breathe more and have balls as big as a skyscraper! ☺
Jani is a bottomless pit of crazy-good compositions and ideas, so we have plenty to work with all the time. His lyrics though, are very personal and every song has a different story to tell. They really make you listen to the songs, and that’s a good thing compared to the other crap you hear on the radio these days..

What is your favourite song and why?

That’s a hard one to pick since the whole album is so good…Stormcrow (title track) is a fantastic composition all the way through with great changing parts..Too Tired To Run is simply a masterpiece of writing as is Antemortem..Constellation Of Tears is an obvious choice for ME, because I’m doing what I enjoy the most in there. ☺

Do you plan to shoot a video clip?

Yes. Whether it’s a “band playing” video, or something else; We are not sure yet.

Do you surf the social media network to see the people reaction? Is something you usually do or you try to not look at it? I can tell you that there are a lot of Youtube videos out there and the comments are amazing.

Not really, no.. I think I checked out the album trailer when it first came out but that’s it.
Maybe earlier in my career I was a bit more interested what people were saying, but
you really grow immune to any kind of criticism over time. As long as the fans are happy, I’m happy.  Nothing else matters. ☺
It’s a good thing we’ve got so much positive reactions around social media, but in my experience there are also the know-it-all internet writers who know absolutely nothing about any details, yet they have a need to criticize everything because they seem to “know better.” It’s quite funny. ☺ Then again, I hear the comments on the new album are indeed pretty amazing, so I guess we are doing something right. ☺

Would you like to go on tour, is there any plan about it or it remains as a studio project? I know that Timo has full ocupation with Stratovarius but you have gained a lot of fans and they want to see you live (I'm one of them :))

Yes. We are definitely going to tour, but that’s all the information I can reveal
at this time. ;)

Listening to Cain's Offering music (since the first album) I think it brings a new way to do power metal, sounds different and unique, what do you think about it? With a lot of bands sounding the same how do you see the metal scene?

First of all, I think it’s the way Jani writes music. It really is different from all the rest.
Add in the elements that the rest of us bring to the table and we have a winning combination. We are also old enough to know what we like, so it really comes through in Cain’s Offering. ☺ As for the metal scene in general, I’m an old-school kind of guy, so I’m not always tuned in to the latest trends in the genre.. For example, just the other day I heard about this thing called  Babymetal.” for the first time.. I mean, what the hell is that supposed to be?? :D In general I think metal has lost a lot of ground to rap music and other bizarre music trends over the years, which is sad obviously, but there will always be good bands, new and old, that will carry the flag in to the battle.
Metal fans like myself are incredibly fanatic and will always stay true, so there’s no way they can keep us down!! ☺

How did you get involved with Jani and cia to be the Cain's Offering drummer?

Jani and I go a way back actually. We grew up in the same town, went to same
high school, and spent time in the same music scene in Kemi, so it was quite clear we would do something together eventually. In the late 90’s, as we know, Tricky Beans started to take off, while I would take the black metal route. Years later, around the time when Jani left Sonata, we started to actively play together, do some cover shows and eventually join Paul Di’Anno’s touring band. In fact some of the early demos for songs like Stolen Waters and Oceans Of Regret (although quite different) were already written around this time. (2005-2006)
It was only the two of us and we were called Mindrealms back then. Not a serious band yet, but something that would become what is known as Cain’s Offering today. ☺

In which moment of your life you realized you wanted to be a musician? Which is your favourite band and album? Could you share with us three albums that you’ve been spinning lately?

I was around 7-8 years old when I heard Fireball by Deep Purple for the first time. The rest of how my life was going to be was decided instantly. Few years down the line I would get my hands on a copy of Master Of Puppets, and it had a huge impact on me. It was a reason enough to be a serious drummer! I’ve always been into more extreme metal, Cannibal Corpse and Sepultura being one of my childhood love interests that I have carried with me to this day. In my opinion, being a good musician requires you to absorb a lot of different influences, so I have sucked in a lot of music in my time, not just heavy metal. My biggest Influences when it comes to drumming are definitely Cozy Powell, Marky Ramone, and Neil Peart. I grew up listening to these guys, and they have molded me the most, no doubt.

I will always go back to my favourite albums, like all the Sepultura ones that have both Cavalera brothers on them. I have nothing Against (-- no pun intended) the current Sepultura line-up, but for me it’s just not the same. The latest Cavalera Conspiracy album was maybe a bit unimaginative, but the first two are still kicking all kinds of ass! I absolutely love Cavalera Conspiracy! Cannibal Corpse’s new one didn’t disappoint one bit however! Just an amazing album, and also an improvement over Evisceration Plague. Although.. There is no such thing as a bad album by Corpse if you ask me! ☺

Something you would like to say to the fans over the world?

You guys are the best, and the reason we do this! Keep on supporting Cain’s Offering, good things will happen if you do! ☺

I really appreciate your time, thanks very much and keep doing this amazing music! All the best for you.

It was my pleasure! ☺
Mr. M. and Rodrigo.