Hi Vagelis, I know you're probably preparing for the tour with GODLESS TRUTH, DESPONDENCY and DESPISE, but I hope you will find some time anyway to answer my questions. Is this going to be your first real tour? I think so, right?
Hey Thomas, yeah, actually it will be our first tour and we're excited and also busy as fuck.
To be honest, when I heard that Unmatched Brutality released your new CD, I wasn't very keen on buying it, since I thought your stuff on the split with INSISION (Sweden) was kinda cool, but not that killer stuff I like to listen to. However, when I heard "Circle of Perversion" at a friend's house, my nuts
almost dropped out of my pants. Respect, that is one hell of a great CD. You have made some great progress inbetween the two releases, I guess you agree to that, don't you?
First off, I'm really sad your balls didn't actually fall out of your pants! Well, what I think is that this improvement started to happen after our demo CD when we started rehearsing more often but the sad thing is that the split's production did not give justice to those tracks. As for “Circle of Perversion” it was about time to get our material to sound as it should and generally I can't be more happy with the sound and compositions.
Before the split with INSISION came out you released a demo entitled "Defeated Humans Raped", featuring a different singer than Marios. Are you still satisfied with that demo? Unfortunately I don't know it, I just heard that it sounded somewhat more in the grind direction?
Yes, it was another guy named Dionysis doing the vocals. The truth is that I'm satisfied with this recording and it has a really aggressive sound and yes, the music is more grind oriented, you'll get to hear constant blasting though.
When did you get started with INVERACITY anyway?
It was me and Antonis (guitar) who formed the band in 1998 when we were all by ourselves. Next we found Dionysis and the line up was completed a year after when Lefteris took over the bass. Few months after we recorded the demo CD.
Without wanting to exaggerate I think that SUFFOCATION have influenced about every second, if not even every US Death Metal band. Concerning the song writing and also the vocals "Circle of Perversion" is a pure SUFFOCATION rip-off and I'm not saying that in a negative way at all. Marios' vocals sound a lot like Frank Mullen's which should be a pretty flattering compliment for Marios?
Well...rip-off, yes we have huge SIÙFFOCATION influences but I couldn't name that as a rip-off. A rip-off means that a band has no sign of identity throughout their tracks. But yes, SUFFOCATION is one of our major favourite Death Metal bands. Marios would definitely be flattered by your comment but you know, the truth is that he's no longer a member of INVERACITY because of his inability to follow us to the tour. Luckily we already have a new vocalist and we're working hard to get him tight with the band and tracks as there's not much time left...
In the last couple of weeks I've heard a lot of albums on which all of the bands have copied SUFFOCATION in an enormous way. Well, this might be a natural thing to happen, but even though you guys integrate a lot of SUFFOCATION elements into your music, you still have your own identity. The reason for this might be the CD's sound as a whole. What do you think?
Thanks for that, I think that too many bands actually copy SUFFOCATION and this has no meaning at all. When we recorded the CD we didn't think like "oh let's try get a SUFFOCATION sound on the guitar". Of course we wanted it bassy and of course we wanted it to sound huge. Everybody in the band brings up his own influence so there will be some sort of ''variety". However, my favourite guitar sound exists in MONSTROSITY’s “Millenium”
While I'm probably getting on your nerves talking about SUFFOCATION the whole time, I might as well ask you about your opinion on their new album?
At first it sounded like a big disappointment to my ears but after giving it several listenings I found out that it's good after all.There are great elements, definitely not as many as in the past though. But without Ceritto, SUFFOCATION can't sound as the old good SUFFOCATION. Anyway, a good
I think some people may probably put you into the new school Death Metal area and they might think you listen to nothing but the newer US-influenced Death Metal. But I think they're wrong, cause I once read that when you guys play live you also cover bands like REPULSION, TERRORIZER and AUTOPSY. So I guess you're also very much into bands that had their best times in the beginning of the Nineties? Which bands (aside from SUFFOCATION, haha) have mainly influenced you?
No, we're not that newer Death Metal influenced. Of course we like some awesome bands that have came out in the past years. We love MONSTROSITY, BROKEN HOPE, old CRYPTOPSY, DEEDS OF FLESH, VILE (especially the first CD), old CANNIBAL CORPSE (apparently), old PYREXIA and these are the bands who have mainly influenced us. There are heaps more we like though.
In Greece there are some more bands that can be associated with the …well, let's call it the War Metal sector, for example GOATVOMIT or UNHOLY ARCHANGEL, which I really like a lot. I should also mention the band of your former label boss Anastasis named NUCLEAR WINTER (same name for band and label). Are you into these bands as well?
Well, not so much but those bands have their own fans. NUCLEAR WINTER have changed their name to DEAD CONGREGATION and the music style is old school Death Metal in the vein of MORBID ANGEL, ANGELCORPSE and DIABOLIC having slight Black Metal elements as well. An MCD is soon to be released with me playing the drums.
What's gonna happen next with INVERACITY? Was the deal with Unmatched signed for more than one album?
The deal was for one album. All we have to say about Unmatched Brutality Records is that the guys are pro's all the way, doing exactly as promised and helping us a lot, so I could say it's possible for us to have our second CD out on Unmatched Brutality once again. However, we've already started writing new material and four tracks are ready. Hopefully we'll get to play two of them during the tour.
Alright Vagelis, thanks a lot for the interview, you can get back to your drum rehearsals now. See you in hell!
Thomas thanks for the questions and the chance to be featured in NECROMANIAC. Respect for tzatziki fuckers!