Category: Interviews Published Date Written by Christine Hits: 251
Genre: Heavy thrash metal
1. First of all I want you to tell us what’s been going on in the band from the release of “Hybris” up to now.
We’ve been playing some gigs and we wrote about 16 new songs from which we selected 13 for the new album. In fact the album is out since last month!!!
2. What made you form a band of your own? What was your driving force and which were your influences?
We all loved this music so much!! There were and there still are periods of time when we don’t give a fuck about anything else than metal music!! This is our driving force. We have so many influences. I (Paminos) and Bill listen from Alice Cooper to death and black metal. Theodore also likes many metal - rock gernes and he’s severely influenced by classical music. Constantine is more of a classic rock-heavy metal type although he always discovers rare bands from the 70ties. George is also keen on every kind of sound with more of a progressive ear. Probably our most favorite artist is BLACK SABBATH, but despite our influences we think of no one else than us, when we write songs.
3. If you had to write a review for “The Devil Got His Soul” what would you say trying to be as objective as possible? Give our readers reasons to check your work out. What do you have to offer to the metal scene?
Well I’m afraid I cannot write a review since I have spent so much time composing, rehearsing and recording the songs with the guys and then hearing it over and over again during mixing and mastering sessions. All I can say is that I like it and it sounds like nothing else.
4. In which ways does “The Devil Got His Soul” differ from your previous works? How and in which ways has the band’s sound evolved and progressed all these years?
Production-wise it is a step beyond “Hybris”. Everything is done more professionally. Music-wise it’s also different from our previous works. We still have the element of surprise when you do not know what to expect from a song, but the new album is more focused on being heavy I think.
5. Which are the elements you are most proud of in your music and which are the things you think you need to work more on?
We are proud of all our albums. Almost any metal fan can find songs they like in them, although we would like to have any technical resource we need, available for the next recording.
6. Which song or songs do you think are the most ideal to represent the whole album’s essence?
I think it’s the self titled song. It has it all. Some great guitar riffs, an amazing solo, diverse vocals, heavy drums and some classical music in the middle. Although I love ‘em all this is definitely my favorite.
7. Which are your sources of inspiration when it comes to the lyrics? Which are the main topics you deal with?
Well I think that inspiration for lyrics can be anything out of the ordinary! Anything from horror stories to the occult, themes about life and death and some thoughts about society.
8. Why did you name the album “The Devil Got His Soul”? What do you mean? Does it have to do with the classic phrase “I sold my soul for rock ‘n’ roll”?
Yes it’s kind of like that!! It’s for all the people that loved this music from when they were very young and still do when they grow older. The whole album is dedicated to them!!!
9. Who created the cover artwork? I loved it! It’s beautiful and old school! How is it connected to the album title and lyrics?
Yeah the cover is great!!! It is created by Stratis Stamatakos and it is our vision of the song’s lyrics and theme. Do you remember the first time you listened to IRON MAIDEN or METALLICA or whatever your first band was when you were a kid? It was like the floor cracked, the devil came out and handed you a guitar, condemning you to a heavy metal – rock ‘n’ roll (call it what you want) eternity!!!! Hopefully some kid in the future will have the same experience from listening to our album.
10. Have you got any plans for live shows or even a tour? How easy is it for you to play your songs live? Do you have to be in a certain state of mind in order to create the right atmosphere and feeling?
We always play our songs better live!!! No, we don’t have to be in a certain state of mind to perform because something can always happen to mess with your head. So you have to be able to play in almost any condition. For example some equipment might not be working during the show, although it did in sound check. Or maybe something personal happened the day you had a gig. You can’t let stuff like that get to you. You have to give your best either 1000 people are at the show or 10. We don’t have plans for a tour yet, but we may play a show late December. All the live dates will be put on our Internet pages, so stay tuned.
11. Have you made any video clips? With YouTube I think videos have started becoming a necessity for bands again. How helpful is the Internet?
We have an old video for “Overspeed” and a newer one for “Unborn Soul”. We may film one for the new album too. The Internet is some help because you can post your own videos. The difficult part is to get noticed out from millions of videos.
12. What kind of feedback have you received thus far? Can you mention a comment, be it positive or negative, serious or funny, that impressed you?
The feedback we get from fans so far is very positive. We get some comments like “kick-ass”, “cement heavy” and it makes us feel great! Some negative points about the production too from some reviewers, but it’s all right! You know beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
13. What do you want people to think when they listen to AFTER DUSK?
I don’t want them to think what I want them to think. I want them to think what they want!! It’s always nice to hear someone talking about the feel they get from the songs or just describe the sound in their own words.
14. How are things in Greek metal scene? How difficult is it for a band from over here to stand out and become famous abroad?
I think things are getting better. We have a lot of bands playing some great metal music in all genres and they don’t rip each other up so much, like they did in the past. The worldwide music industry though is on the downhill, so we’ll see.
15. Thank you! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you too. Hope to see you guys at some show soon...