Monday, September 22, 2014

Enemy of Reality Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band these days?
The band has been rehearsing, non stop, these days, experimenting with some ideas for new songs (jamming), and we 're about to appear in two scheduled shows in Greece,and the MFVF,right after.

2.In June, you has released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound you went for on the album?

Musically,we wanted to be free,and use our imagination to produce a crossover between many different styles,to combine our different influences into something unique,that can be heard by people with different taste in music. You can find influences from classical music, baroque, opera, black metal, straight heavy metal, prog, even Greek folk music! But the most important thing was to identity ourselves,we wanted people that hear all of the songs to understand that it's us. The songs came to us very naturally,and as time went by,the songwriting process became much easier and more natural to us.

3.Your lyrics cover Greek Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Indeed,we have a quadrilogy that deals with the myth of Orpheus and Euridice. Thanos,our bass player has written those lyrics. In general we 've all grown up to this type of literature, ancient Greek history and mythology is enough to inspire lyrics for two lifetimes!

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Enemy Of Reality'?

Let me put it this way. Life doesn't always treat us well. Modern society has created many problems for our generation. Instead of focusing on fixing what 's wrong around us, poverty, wars, poor education systems and so much more, we have established a certain way of life, have neglected the essence of our existence and our spirit, and base our lives around material possessions. We 've been raised believing we 'll become what we 've been fed by popular culture and end up with psychological issues, stress, and disappointment. In the end,by thinking in this way we 've become our own enemy. Reality can sometimes be generous,but on most occasions it 's disappointing. And οn these occasions people have to fight against it, in order to make our short lives better and the world around us as well.

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

Τhe band hasn't played any shows yet! Our members have performed with other bands in the past, but the shows I mentioned earlier are our first live shows as a band. And we really can't wait to hit the stage as a team!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We have many plans for individual shows and touring for the future. However none of these can be revealed at the moment.. We like to reveal our plans only when something becomes official.

7.On the album you had some well known quests on your album, do you feel having these musicians that influenced your sound being on the recording will help your name get out there a lot better to the right people?

First off,it 's a huge compliment and honor to us to work with those people. None would agree to play as a guest if they didn't actually like the material. That 's a win to us. Secondly, being realistic and thinking as a fan, I 'd be more likely to check out a new band with whom an artist I already know and like participates. So,probably yes.

8.The album was released on F.Y.B Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

F.Y.B. Records is an independent label based in Belgium. It started out with only a few bands and is constantly growing. The first band that got bigger with FYB were Skeptical Minds and little by little the company signed other bands as well and the future will reveal more. We have a great relationship with the company,they 're helpful and understanding, and most of all care about their bands.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of symphonic metal?

So far it 's been amazing! I mean even in the beginning,having released only one demo track on youtube,people embraced us,and trusted us on our indiegogo campaign and that proved to be really helpful!
The interest οf the people is more than I personally could expect and wish for! I 'm the kind of guy that thinks both the best and worst scenarios. On the feedback subject, I 'm extremely happy about the way the fans of the symphonic sound are treating Enemy Of Reality.

10.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?

Our bass player,Thanos plays with Cthonian Alchemy,a black metal band. Philip is playing drums in One Of These Days,a grind core band. Iliana participates as a guest in many different projects from time to time,while Marianthie and me have Steelborn,a progressive metal band,we 've now put that on ice for a little while,but we 're constantly writing new material!

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Ι have no idea! We haven 't tried to sound like something else,we have our influences,combine them and produce what comes naturally. So far,it 's what you hear on 'Rejected Gods'. I imagine this will evolve in different levels. Just wait and we 'll see what the future brings..

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?

 Well,I was an 80's kid, mostly. That means I 'm into all the classic metal & rock stuff,especially if it was guitar oriented! I mean I grew up with Metallica,Megadeth, Maiden, Sabbath, Deep Purple, Guns 'n' Roses and all those major 80 's bands. Lots of instrumental music as well,by players such as Becker, Malmsteen, Vai, Satriani and others.
And of course many prog rock/metal bands from Rush and Camel to Dream Theater and Symphony X. As far as styles go,I can go on forever: Anything from Classical, Baroque and Romantic up 'til Pop, Jazz, Flamenco, Greek Folk stuff, Country and many others. I believe that good music can be found anywhere,as long as you keep your ears open. Lately I find myself enjoying some good old AOR bands, some new stoner bands and virtuoso guitar albums,as always.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

My time is limited,due to a heavy schedule of guitar lessons at my home studio or via Skype. I used to read a lot of literature and psychology. Nowadays not as much as I used to. I 'm still a huge movie enthusiast,I always find some time to enjoy either a huge blockbuster or an independent European film. I occasionally enjoy drawing too, sketching to be exact.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

I 'd like to thank you firstly for this interview. And I 'd like to express my gratitude to those people that constantly support us by spreading the word about

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