FRAGMENTS OF DESPAIR are a cool band that you ought to check out if you haven’t already. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-The truth is that first we decide the name of the band and the music just came .We wanted a name that you don’t hear everyday and also with meaning for us.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-We are a melodic thrash-death metal band from Paros island , Greece. We have 1 ep and 1 full album both produced by Clive martin.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-The biggest wound from all the scars in our music is Iron maiden.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-The Greek scene becomes bigger and bigger everyday. Of course it’s important for a scene to exist. Metal is not just another genre of music, it’s a way of life.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-For us to be a metal band it feels like adding our stone to the pile of metal. People that listen to metal and support it belong to a big family no matter how far they are from each other.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-The answer is simple. “Somewhere in Time” of Iron maiden!
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-When it comes to sales, for sure it’s killing it because people have free access to tones of music. And with the crisis you can’t afford to spend money to buy an album.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Τhere are all kinds of scenes in Greece underground, small bars, big bars, open air fests and of course places for the “big events”. So depends on how “big band” you are and how many people you can get to come at your gig
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It’s a happening of curse..
What would you like to see the future bring?
-We would like to travel and play our music all around the world ..