A band sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-Hails! We didn’t have a really hard time choosing the name it just came by itself. We chose it because it portrays the style of music that we play with references to the NWOBHM movement.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-We could talk about this for hours! I think we are mostly influenced by albums like Kill ’em all and Master of disguise, but also many NWOBHM bands and other underrated acts from the 80s
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Not really we have many mid tempo songs but the style we like is always the same!
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-The songs that we play are written so they sound good live. How good they sound is up to the fans to judge!
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-Having a label is a very good advantage as they can advise you and also circulate your music everywhere. Having your music online may not be as profitable but we prefer it so everyone can listen to our songs.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-I disagree with that there are many bands that we literally worship everyday. Easier access to music means that everyone can listen to anything and maybe pick up local bands that they couldn’t otherwise.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-What a great cover is varies from band to band. It should simply express the feelings that your music makes in a visible form.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-Yes we feel very much that way. The climate here in Greece is very hot, if I dare say, but there is little to no support for the bands.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Real Metal never dies. Our only worry is that there is not enough out there. Less and less people in our generation listen to this kind of music.
What lies in the future?
-A full album and many many lives in a city near you.