Sunday, February 20, 2011

Varathron Interview

1. Can you update us with what is going on with the band these days?

HAIL TO EVERY BLACK METAL SOUL BROTHER AROUND THE WORLD! WELL NOW WE’RE WORKING FOR THE NEWEST FULL ALBUM, CALLED “UNTRODDEN CORRIDORS OF HADES”. WE HAVE FIVE NEW TRACKS ALMOST READY, SOME TITLES LIKE “MERCILESS PAIN”, LEPROCIOUS LORD”, “ASTROPHOBOS” AND MORE. WE HAVE A PLAN TO START TO RECORD THIS ALBUM ON THE FIRST DAYS OF JUNE 2011!

ALSO, WE’LL RELEASE A 3-WAY SPLIT WITH TWO ETERNAL BOTHERS, A POLISH BLACK ALTAR AND TEXAN METALHEADS THORNSPAWN! ALSO, A SPLIT-7” WITH NECROMANTIA FOR THE 20 YEARS ANNIVERSARY FROM THE FIRST SPLIT!!!!



2. What is the meaning behind the band's name?

VARATHRON MEANS THE ABSOLUTE CHAOS, EREBUS, DEEPEST ABYSS AND TOTAL DARKNESS! SO, LIKE A SERVANTS OF THE UTTER DARK -STYGIAN FORCES WE MUST SPREADING THIS APOCRYPHAL LUST! WE SPREADING THROUGH OUR OBSCURE PSALMS! TOTAL EVIL PREVAILS!



3. How would you describe the musical style of your most recent music?

WE HAVE OUR OWN DIFFERENT STYLE THROUGH THE YEARS!!! WE PLAYING OCCULT BLACK METAL WITH OUR PERSONAL STYLE AND THAT ARE OUR STATUS AND REASON WHICH CALLED THIS BAND, A LEGENDARY CULT BAND FROM 1988 UNTIL NOW!!!!!



4. What style of lyrics are you using for the new material?

OUR LYRICS TALK FOR NAMELESS RITUALS, APOCRYPHAL BLACK GATHERINGS, ANCIENT RELIGIONS, BATTLES AND WARS, PAIN AND LAMENTS, OLD LEGENDS AND FORGOTTEN MYTHS, ESOTERIC PARANORMAL HUMAN SITUATIONS, ASTRAL TRIPS AND JOURNEYS BEYOND THE GRAVE!!!!



5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

WELL IN OUR BAND HISTORY, WE PLAYED ONLY A FEW SHOWS. THE BASIC REASON FOR THAT WAS THE LINE-UP CHANGED AND THE OBLIGATORY ARMY-SERVICE. SO, I LIKE THE OLD SHOW IN 1991, WHEN WE WAITING THE MAYHEM WITH MY BROTHER DEAD ON VOCALS FOR TWO DAYS GIG HERE IN ATHENS. WE WERE TOTAL UNLUCKY, BECAUSE MAYHEM WILL NEVER COMES, BECAUSE FUCKING COPS STOPPED THEM IN YUGOSLAVIA FRONTIERS.( AFTER SOME MONTHS MY BROTHER DEAD DIED AND I NEVER SAW HIM!). OTHER GREAT SHOW WAS THE GIG WITH PRIMORDIAL AND MOURNING BELOVETH.

ABOUT OUR STAGE PERFORMANCE I THINK IS GOOD, BUT THE BEST HONEST OPINION BELONGS TO OUR FRIENDS-FANS WHO MAKE ALL OUR SHOWS SOLD-OUT!

6. You have a long history that goes back in the Greek black metal scene, what kind of influence do you feel you have on the younger black metal bands?

VARATHRON IS THE FIRST BAND WHO PLAYED BLACK METAL IN GREEK SCENE, IN 1988! SO, WE HAVE INSPIRED A LOT OF BANDS AROUND THE WORLD AND SOME IN GREECE. REALLY I FEEL GREAT; IT’S A BIG HONOUR FOR US TO HEAR A BAND TO TALK FOR VARATHRON LIKE A BIG INSPIRATION FOR THEIR MUSIC, TO PLAY OUR SONGS ON STAGE, TO WRITE OUR BAND NAME ON THEIR CD- BOOKLET.

IT’S A STRANGE FEELING, A MIX OF PROUD AND PLEASURE. ALSO, THAT GIVES US MORE STRONGLY TO CREATE NEW OCCULT PSALMS!!!



7. Do you have any plans to ever do a US tour?

MY FRIEND, IT’S A BIG DESIRE AND I HOPE TO MAKE IT TRUE ONE DAY! I LIKE TO PLAY THERE BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF GREAT FRIENDS, FAITHFUL METAL BROTHERS!!! TOTAL RULES!!!!



8. Out off all the albums that the band has put out so far, which one are you the most satisfied with?

I FEEL THE SAME FOR ALL OUR ALBUMS, BECAUSE WE TRIED SO MUCH FOR EACH RELEASE. I LOVE ALL OUR ALBUMS AND EVERYONE HAVE IT’S OWN STORY. IF I RETURN MY MEMORY TO THE PAST, I LIKE THE FIRST CULT ALBUM “HIS MAJESTY AT THE SWAMP”, WHICH WAS OUR FIRST FULL ALBUM WHO MAKE US SO “FAMOUS” IN UNDERGROUND SCENE. BUT, WHEN I SEE THE PRESENT, I’M TOTAL HEADBANGER- MANIAC WITH OUR LAST OPUS “STYGIAN FORCES OF SCORN”. I CAN’T SEPARATE ANY OF OUR ALBUMS, EACH ONE HAVE SOMETHING DIFFERENT WHO MAKE IT A GREAT PART OF VARATHRON HISTORY!!!!



9. How would you describe your musical progress over the years and what direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?

AS I TOLD YOU, WE PLAYING OUR OWN STYLE, AN OCCULT BLACK METAL MUSIC! TOTAL APOCRYPHAL, OBSCURE AND ABYSMAL SOUND AND WE’LL CONTINUE ON THE SAME STYLE AND BACK! BESIDES OUR NEW ALBUM AND THE UPCOMING ALBUM ARE BACK TO THE ROOTS. WE HAVE TWO GUITARS, BASS AND DRUMS WITHOUT SYNTHESIZER, MORE HEAVILY THAN EVER! TOTAL RULES!!!!!!



10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced the music and what are you listening to nowadays?

WELL, OUR INFLUENCES ARE BANDS LIKE HELLHAMMER, (early) SARCOFAGO, VENOM, BATHORY, BLACK SABBATH AND BLACK WIDOW! ALSO, THE MELODY, THE RHYTHM, THE IDEAS AND THE RIFFS OF OUR MUSIC, ALL INCLUDED ELEMENTS FROM THE SOUND OF THE BANDS OF 70’s. THE SOUND OF PROGRESSIVE ART HARD ROCK BANDS WHO INSPIRED THE MOST OF GREAT METAL BANDS AROUND THE WORLD. THAT IS THE UNIQUE ELEMENT WHO HAS THE MOST METAL GREEK BANDS –ESPECIALLY FROM THE FIRST METAL GENERATION OF THE END OF 80’s- AND THEY CREATED THE GREEK BLACK METAL SOUND! A MIX OF OLD –ANCIENT SOUND AND THE SOUND OF TODAY!

SO, NOW I CONTINUE TO LISTEN HEAVY, DEATH AND BLACK METAL BANDS-NEW AND OLD- AND THE NEW ALBUMS FROM THE GREAT BANDS OF 70’s WHO WILL “BORN AGAIN” AND THEY RELEASE PERFECT WORKS!!! I’M A MUSICAL PRODUCER OF A RADIO METAL SHOW, CALLED “TWILIGHT ZONE” 98.7FM ( WWW.DIMOTIKORADIOFONO.GR)

AND I LISTEN A LOT OF NEW BANDS, A NEW RELEASES BUT I STILL HAVE THE STRONG OPINION ABOUT THAT: THE OLD CLASSIC BANDS RELEASED GREAT ALBUMS MORE THAN THE NEW BANDS!!! YOU CAN CHECK THE RETURN OF TOM WARRIOR-TRYPTIKON KILLS, THE LAST ALBUM OF IMMOLATION, THE RETURN OF BURZUM , THE RETURN OF GODLY ARCHGOAT , MY BROTHERS BLASPHEMY AND MANY MANY RETURNS!!!!!!!!!! TOTAL RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



11. What role does Satanism, Occultism or Paganism play in the music?

WELL, THE MUSIC AND THE BELIEVES ARE DIFFERENT THINGS, IN THE FIRST VIEW! ALSO, IF YOU LISTEN DEEPLY IN THIS POINT, YOU CAN SEE THIS: THROUGH YOUR MUSIC, YOU CAN “PASS” YOU’RE BELIEVES, YOU’RE IDEAS, YOUR DREAMS. SO, ALL OF THAT HAVE SOME ROLE IN THE MUSIC, ESPECIALLY ON THE LYRICS! OF COURSE, SOMETIMES WE HAVE A “NEGATIVE” SITUATION. SOME BANDS USING THOSE DARK RELIGIONS ONLY FOR THE “IMAGE” AND THE RESULTS ARE SO FAKE AND STUPID. WELL, IN VARATHRON MUSIC THAT DARK PHILOSOPHIES

HAVE A “STATUS” ROLE IN OUR MUSIC AND ESPECIALLY ON OUR LYRICS!!!!!



12. What are some of your interests outside of music?

WELL, I HAVE A LOT OF HOBBIES, INTERESTS OUTSIDE THE MUSIC.

I LIKE TO READ BOOKS, TO SEE MOVIES, TO TRAINING ON KICK BOXING, TO TRAVEL IN GREECE AND OUTSIDE OF GREECE AND MORE OTHERS!



13. Any final words or thoughts?

METAL BROTHER, THANX FOR YOUR SUPPORT. EMBRACE OUR OCCULT PSALMS AND BEWARE FOR OUR NEWEST ABYSMAL INVASION!!!!!

“UNTRODDEN CORRIDORS OF HADES” IS COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 comments:

  1. Who answer this interview Bro?

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  2. I cant remember it was done over myspace almost 4 years ago.

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