Thanasis, recently I bought your debut album and once I had listened to it I immediately decided to send you some questions. Your history can be read about on your homepage, so except for some little details we’ll just skip that part which is usually pretty boring anyway. Okay, the band was formed in 1999 by Mariosand you. You released your first demo entitled “Addicted to Cannibalism” in January 2000. Was the style you’re playing now already defined back then?
No, it wasn’t as in 2000, since we were very young (we were about 15) we played slower, we weren’t as tight as we are now and we played more influenced by early CANNIBAL CORPSE.
In 2002 you released your second demo called “Sickening Butchery” and by
that time a third member had been added to the band? How did you win Chris
Pallas for the vocals?
After the recording of the first demo we were looking for a singer since Marios couldn’t play drums and sing at the same time. After a few useless singers that we tried we found Christos who was also our friend and his vocals stuck with the music right away, it was just what we wanted.
How did the underground scene react to your demos? I think I read a very
positive review concerning your second demo in Repulsive Echo Magazine from Greece?! They supported you pretty much anyway and their support helped you a lot, didn’t it?
The underground scene reacted very positive to the demos, but we didn’t promote them as much as was needed. Repulsive Echo Magazine (R.I.P.) helped us a lot. Basically, Repulsive Echo’s editor, Kostas Vaxevanos, was the guy who promoted the band outside of Greece and sent our second demo to Sevared Records as well as some other labels. We also had huge support and help from our friends INVERACITY!
Recently your debut album was released by Sevared Records. How did business get started with this American label?
As I mentioned above all this happened thanks to the editor of Repulsive Echo Zine Kostas Vaxemanos who sent our second demo to Sevared Records. From there on, Barrett from Sevared Records contacted us and we, without looking into other labels, agreed since the terms were satisfying.
I really like your album “Ecstasy in Pain”. It could be a consequent successor
of SUFFOCATION’s “Effigy of the Forgotten”! The production, the vocals,
the song structures … all together this sounds like a parallel album to
SUFFOCATION’s milestone album mentioned above. It’s crazy how similar you sound, are you guys aware of that? This is not meant in a negative way, cause even though you sound so much alike, your riffs and songs
absolutely show their own character.
Thanks for the good comments, such a comparison couldn’t be taken as a negative statement, but we’ve also got influences from CANNIBAL CORPSE and generally the whole death/grind scene.
Why are Greek people so hot on SUFFOCATION? INVERACITY also sound a lot like Mullen and Co., even though I gotta admit that you are even closer to the original, cause Chris’ vocals sound nearly identical to Frank Mullen’s. What do you think of INVERACITY, who are playing the same style you are?
INVERACITY are a great band and also friends of ours. We like what they play as well as playing live with them.
My opinion concerning your music is not really that important, it’s a lot more
interesting how you guys see your own music? Do you agree that there are strong SUFFOCATION influences? Which other bands have influenced you?
As I mentioned before there is a strong SUFFOCATION influence just as there is CANNIBAL CORPSE and generally the death/grind scene. Maybe it sounds so much like SUFFOCATION because of the production.
Which part of Greece are you from? I never heard of Lamia before. Are you as young as the guys from INVERACITY? What else are you up to besides the band thing? Are all of you into some kind of apprenticeships or university studies or whatever? INVERACITY’s Lefteris really gets into old scurrile movies from the Seventies and collects Nazi Zombie films! What kind of strange hobbies have you got?
Lamia is a small, miserable city 212 km outside of Athens which doesn’t have any other bands that play this style of music. That’s why it’s not heard of in the death metal scene. We’re about the same age as the guys in INVERACITY and we are all studying in different cities except our bassist , who is older and works as topographer. As for hobbies, none of us has anything really strange.
I really like your cover, which was done by George Prasinis. He’s also Greek,
isn’t he? Aside from FLESHART who are also Greek he was also responsible for the last SPAWN OF POSSESSION cover. I really like his style and your cover looks great. Will you tell us what you paid for it?
George Prasinis is really very good at what he does, we liked everything that he’d done and the way he thinks goes perfect with what was needed for the cover and lay-out. As for the price, it was pretty low because he liked what we were doing and because of our low budget.
How many live shows have you played so far? Can you tell us? I read on your
homepage that recently you played with INVERACITY (Shit, this name has been stated here pretty often )? Are there any plans to play some shows outside of Greece?
I can’t remember how many live shows we’ve played, somewhere around 20 and a lot of them with INVERACITY, also when we get a chance we want to play outside Greece.
I know it’s too early to ask for your next output, since the last one was
released not too long ago. But what about new songs, are you working on new material?
Yes, there are lots of new ideas and without hurrying we’re working on them to be completed.
Ok Thanasis, thanks for answering my questions! Good luck for the future! Tell the other band idiots I said hi ;-). Last but not least please state your
present top ten albums! Greetings to you, talk to you soon!
There are too many that I am listening to lately to name a top ten.
Thanks for the support, CHEERS!