Thursday, May 19, 2011

Symphony Of Grief Interview

1. Can you give us a brief history of the band?
The band was founded in 1993 by Andrew Markert Bass/Vocals, John Litchko-Lead Guitar/B.Vocals and Jay Horton- R. Guitar. We released a demo "Infernal Creations" under the name CERBERUS. But soon changed the name of the band to SYMPHONY OF GRIEF as it better suited the sound and the type of music that we play.Latter under the proper name we released a 7" called "Regurgitated Corpses Drowning in Sorrow". Than we did a split 7" with Memorium. That featured "Spectral Voice" and "Immortal Fluids". Than we released the "Our Blessed Conqueror" ep. Not Long after that we disbanded...

2. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?
Bone crushing DOOM from beyond space and time...

3. I have a couple of your old cassetes from the 90's what releases have you put out since that time?
None. The last thing we put out was the "Our Blessed Conqueror" ep in like 93/94 After that the band was no more... Until now.

4. How would you describe your musical progress over the years?
Well having not jammed together in over 16 years I'd say we have not progressed at all. We are exactly the same. Good old Hard Cold Evil DOOM!

5. What are some of the best shows that you have played so far and which crowds would you say are the craziest or best?
North Jersey crowds are pretty fuckin nuts as well as NY and Philly. Mid west crowds are a little more layed back but they love there metal. We had a pretty good slot at the Millwalkee Feast back in 93... It was Killer as we played in front of a huge crowd. and we got a great response.

6. What is the meaning behind the band's name?
It's more like a feeling than a meaning. At the time we were called Cerberus. But we all knew that it was only a temperary name. Than Drew wrote the lyrix for "Ritual Disembowlment" and there's a line that reads "Symphony of Grief". So I said why not call the band that. Jay and Drew agreed and that was that...

7. What are you listening to nowadays and what are some good bands or releases that you would recommend?
I'm currently listening Heaven and Hell "The Devil You Know" This is Dark Depressive and Heavy as Fuck! as Sabbath should be. Also I've been listening to the re-release of Autopsy's Severed Survival. I don't think I have to enlighten anyone on the Greatness of this album. Plus there's two new songs that are Fuckin Killer! Oh Yeah and endless remixes of the new Necrotion. This will also be Killer when it finally comes out.

8. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise?
For me as far as music goes it would have to be Black Sabbath, Venom, Slayer, VoiVod, Celtic Frost, Autopsy, Morbid Angel...I'm also inspired by Art and History and also works of fiction.

9. Does occultism play any role in the music?
Absolutely. Provided it co-insides with the lyrical concept.

10. What are some good books or films that you would recommend?
Any book by Brian Lumley. I really admire film making and I like different films for different reasons I suppose some might be. Excalibur, Star Wars, Alien, The Evil Dead, Heavy Metal I and II, Conan the Barbarian, Life Force, Friday the 13th 1 to 4, The Terminator, Gummo, Ghost Story, Creeping FleshBlah Blah Blah...

11. How does the metal scene in your home state react to your style of doom metal?
Ask me that again in about three months...

12. Any final words?
Thanx for the interview and get the word out Symphony of Grief are on the move...
13. Thanks for the interview?
Thank You! May the 50 Names of Marduk be Praised...
John and Symphony of Grief....

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