Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Gravewards Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1.The idea of the band finally materialised in December 2015 and from that point on , we are giving shape to our ideas and visions via the medium of the death metal music.
The band consists of me (Nikos) on Guitars and vocals , Fotis on bass and Vasilis on drums.
The first release is the ''Subconscious Lobotomy '' ep , recorded in late 2016 and mastered in January 2017 which contains four tracks  and approximately 22 min. of running time.
In mid April a limited to 300 units tape version of it came. More releases will follow...

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2.Death metal blended with aggressive tech.thrash here and there.
The craft of writing our songs will follow the same path , constantly evolving but never crossing the borders of death/thrash sound.
We do not wish to experiment with our sound and attitude at all.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3.Horror,anguish,torture inspired by both the cinematic and literary world.
Actually the source is limitless since our everyday life can easily provide themes if you look at it from a different perspective...Needless to mention our own human psyche.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Gravewards'?
4.The final destination of us all...the point that we face the eternal fear...the fear of the unknown.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5.There has been no live activity as of yet...We prefer timeless rehearsals.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6.For the time being no.

7.The recording was released on 'Necronome Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
7.Just a friend that loves our sound handling a mailorder catalogue..Simple things...
He kept 100 tapes to spread here in Greece and we ended up taking the rest.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?
8.Just great!
We thank them all for their support...Maniacs from all over the planet gathered like zombies to a feast of fresh meat!!!
Very few tapes are left as we speak...It  is very important to see people still  respecting the fact that Metal without physical copies...is just a myth.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9.The next step is our first full length titled ''Eternalize the Horror''.
We will enter the studio soon for the rec.process.
Generally speaking , always working on new material...

10.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?
10.As i type my reply to you i am listening to Disincarnate-''dreams of the carrion kind''
Concerning influences...well from possessed,sadus and slayer to death,bolt thrower,obituary and all in between... i do not go to over technical,slam you name it... or anything like that.I do listen to some grind and crust acts as well.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11.Books full of horror-gory related themes, equally horrific movies, collecting old books. board games (warhammer),documentaries about old and underground painters/artists.. but always addicted to collecting vinyl records.. although the last is music related so skip it if you want to.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12.To you...Thank you for the interview and interest in GRAVEWARDS.
To the devoted death/thrashers...to expect our first album..
And finally to humanity...to embrace it's emptiness.

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