Greek death metal influenced by the Swedish sound. That to me is an eargasm of massive proportions. Check out this interview with CARNAL GARDEN. Answered by John “Weedow” Dafopoulos. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-I think we’re satisfied with how things have turned out so far. This project actually goes back a few years when I started writing songs that for various reasons never saw the light of day. When I found the right people for the job everything became easy and the pieces just started falling into place.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-There are definitely things that could have been done better, especially regarding the production of the album. But I’m a perfectionist. “Where They Are Silent” would never sound perfect in my ears. The thing is we are proud of our debut album and sure that people will love it.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-We have two releases, each one having its own unique sound. Our debut EP was in the groovier side of things, while “Where They Are Silent” has a more old school approach. I can’t say I have something specific in mind when writing music for Carnal Garden. You will probably find elements from both the Swedish and the US death metal scenes. Death metal is definitely the basic ingredient, but Carnal Garden’s kitchen has a lot of spices we haven’t used yet.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-If the music’s good, it has to be accompanied by equally good lyrics. There are many songs that have social as well as environmental themes mostly written by Kostas, while I’m more into the light hearted part of zombies, demons and horror themes in general.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-Even though the internet lays everything at your feet, a good cover artwork is still the final piece of the puzzle. I am one of those that can fall for a good cover. It surely won’t do the job all by itself, but it’s a shame if you dress great music in a bad outfit.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-I don’t think it’s as hard as people like to present it. It requires a lot of work, a shitload of money and many sacrifices. It definitely isn’t easy, but it is possible. I know band members that didn’t have any kind of social life just to make it. And some of them did! Regarding success, it is something subjective. If by “success” you mean fame, even money, I’m not that interested. It may sound fake, but it’s not. Success for me is loving what you do, doing what you love and doing it without any pressure. If even a handful of people likes it, then you are successful.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-As I mentioned before, we’re not into this for money or fame. So you can easily understand we don’t see this as a “competition”. Bands are supposed to help each other build a strong scene, not compete. If there are bands out there that see it that way, then it really saddens me.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-I’m glad you asked me this question. The Greek scene has taken huge steps in the last years. Especially the extreme metal scene is up there with the best, something that opens doors for other bands to make their way out there. From established bands like Rotting Christ to underground brutal death metal acts, things have started to roll. To anyone reading this interview, do yourself a favor and check out some stuff from Greece. You’ll be surprised how many kickass bands you’ll come across.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-I don’t think there is any problem with metalheads these days, at least in my country. I mean, you could even hear some “lighter” versions like stoner etc in mainstream bars. I definitely prefer drinking my beer under some dirty pentatonic scales rather than most junk radio stations try to sell.
What does the future hold for you?
-This is something no one knows. Time will tell for sure. We hope and try for the best.