Greek black metal can be anything from the most primitive to the oddest of the odd. NATVRE’S is my latest Greek black metal discovery. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
-Hi, we are Natvre’s, a Black Metal trio from Northern Greece. We formed Natvre’s at late 2014 and almost a year later we released Wrath, firstly as a self-release and now as a re-issue from Argento Records. We met each other years before as part of another band but as we gradually followed the underground path, forming Natvre’s was imperative. We are Foeddran – Vocals/Guitars, Aethir – Bass guitar and Saathield – Drums.
How does your latest recording compare to the previous ones?
-You want us to do a spoiler? Hehe OK then. The only thing that we can say confidently is that the new staff will be more aggressive but surely based on the sound that we have chosen so far. I say based because we want to develop things, so the new material will be a step forward and surely more unique, making more distinctive the sound of Natvre’s.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
-Not hard at all. We basically worked on Foeddran’s ideas that developed during our rehearsals and the fact that we listen to almost the same kind of music and have common influences helped us to create something that characterizes all, not only on songwriting but also on the sound production.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-There are some references to nature, that are limited and mainly concentrated on elements that cause a universal conceit and the annihilation of the human race but mainly, through the lyrics we describe mysterious beings that provoke the conclusion of the lyrical themes, but are not manifested in a certain manner. Although, the lyrics should not be compatible thematically only with the music atmosphere but also to help the vocals get the proper form within the music and be placed right where it should. So the concept is not enough by itself, but also the formatting of lyrics giving the lyrical part a big priority.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-It is very important. We wanted to choose something minimal that can bring out every feel that you can get while hearing the album and certainly to express our inner feelings. Besides the cover artwork of Wrath contributed to the album title. Maxim Taccardi, the creator of Wrath cover has a unique style and the methods he use excited us so it was also easy to choose.
Where outside of your country have you had success?
-We don’t really know. We have feedback from every place of the earth especially now that Argento Records has released and promote our album.
Is it harder today to get noticed both nationally and internationally than it was 10 or 20 years ago? Is the competition tougher today?
-Those years before, even though the bands where fewer nationally I think that it was difficult to be noticed internationally because the means where few. Our country also hadn’t the proper infrastructures so the bands that where recognized are those ones that were devoted to this. Nowadays the means to communicate and promote your music are too many so this is the easy part. Although to be noticed through this huge amount of bands and information is the hard part and the key is the persistence and mainly the quality of your music.
What is your local scene like? What status does your band have in the national scene?
-Our local scene is not as big as you may think. Mainstream metal sounds are popular and determine the course of the scene so there are not many opportunities here, although some serious efforts are made. Every Hellenic Black Metal band tries to be noticed internationally. Now concerning our popularity I think that the main bulk of our feedback, if not entirely, comes from abroad. In our country you first have to show credits from outside at first in order to be accepted here. Although there were many underground supporters that noticed us from the beginning.
What is the general population’s opinion on playing music? Is being a musician a respectable choice?
-Yeah I think but it depends on the kind of music you play hehe. Seriously now we are far from the beliefs prevailing the past years for those who play metal music. Also the level of the musicians and the quality of music has raised so much, at the point that can compete bands and musicians of the international scene.
What does the future hold for you?
-Future is not a big concern. Although as realists we have targets and we try to come off with them. At the moment we attempt to promote our album with the help of Argento, as far as we can and to establish our presence and sound in the scene but at the same time we work on our new album. We believe that it will be ready for release in less than a year and we hope in 2017 to have the opportunity to hit the stages for good.