Siles: Agathos is a black metal band formed by members of different extreme metal bands from Valencia (Spain) such as [In Mute] and Noctem, and we pretended to compose giving greater priority to the overall atmosphere than to the instruments by itself, as we come from more technical bands and we wanted to get carried away by the music without being worried about playing every perfect note every time, and we finally found ourselves playing black metal by accident! It was a very natural evolution that we didn’t decide at all, but we are very pleased with the results.
2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Siles: You will find lots of enraged, raw and dark riffs wrapped inside epic melodies and deep atmospheres. Even while playing black metal we are very far from its classical form. We think it’s a very fresh interpretation form of this style.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Siles: I have always been very abstract in terms of lyrics, I write isolated thoughts as I hear them in my head and sometimes it’s very hard to understand what I am saying, ever for me! But what I can assure is that mainly you will find nihilistic and pessimist philosophy in my words.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Agathos'?
Siles: “Agathos” is the greek moral ideal, translated as “the good”, we use this name as a sarcasm, as we don’t believe the human can be “good” and we don’t believe that there is a main “moral” that can be applied to judge every action.
5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
Siles: I personally design it, and honestly it means nothing at all, I wanted to represent just that, the absence of meaning of things, following the nihilistic philosophy of the lyrics, I wanted to show as everyone wants to find an intrincate meaning of every symbol and every image, when at the end, anythings means nothing, we are just a random work of existence.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have only played our presentation gig in our city and it was awesome, we didn’t have any expectation of it because we are a new band and our EP was only 1 week out, but we were overwhelmed by the number of the audience and their welcome towards us and our show. We have a powerful, raw and sober performance on stage and we think we transmit a strong energy to the audience.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are currently trying to book some shows in Spain and of course we would like to go outside our country but it’s a very slow process as Agathos is our secondary project, we are in bigger bands and we have to follow the schedule of our bands to find some free days in our agendas.
8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We decided to self-release this EP to know the perception from the audience before signing with any label, but we have received some interest from labels, we can’t say anything specific yet but we will keep our audience posted about it when the time comes.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We are very happy with the feedback from every people who has taken his time to hear our music, regardless of their musical tastes, but I think that black metal fans have received very well, in fact our full EP is free streaming on Youtube because the channel Atmospheric Black Metal Albums asked us if they could upload it and we are also #7 at the May’s Top 30 Black Metal Releases at Headbangers Latin America.
10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Siles: I’m guitarist from [In Mute], we are currently on our Gea Spanish Tour and planning a possible European Tour at the end of this year, and we will soon start composing our next album.
Gühl: My other band Afasica are currently finishing the writing of new songs for our forthcoming second EP. Unlike Agathos, this is an instrumental prog metal project, nothing to do with black or extreme metal.
11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Hope it can be soon, we are very excited about the composing for our first album and we have already started a new song that probably will be a single that will not be part of the album so we can release at least a song before the album comes out.
12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Siles: I listen lots of musical styles, from classical music to metal going through jazz and a large etc. and to a lesser or greater extent all of them contribute to my compositions. In terms of bands I’m listening nowadays… mmmmhhh… Wiegedood, Aorlhac, Akhlys, Mgla, Batushka, Harakiri from the Sky… these are the more blackish bands, and I’m leaving a lot… besides black metal I’m digging into Ulver, Leprous, Alcest, Trallery, The Faceless, Moonsorrow, and maaaany more!
Gühl: In fact I’m not a typical Black Metal fan. I kind of listen to a very wide range of musical styles including prog, postrock and metal. But I’m very hooked on “new” bands like Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Ultar, Uada or Mgla. Also, I’m enjoying a lot the new Necrophobic album.
Bëor: The bands that have influenced me are mostly Saor, the last album from Khors and the last two albums from Harakiri For The Sky. Y la música que estoy escuchando últimamente son, Rotting Christ, Foscor, Persefone, Uada..
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?