The world is filled with cool bands. You just got to find them. So why not start with REVOLTED MASSES. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-We are Revolted Masses, a metal band from Athens, Greece. Our music approaches the area of death/thrash metal, with a unique touch of oriental elements. Our lyrics are mainly of a radical political nature.
After the release of two demo efforts (“Revolted Masses” (2009), “Seeds of Revolt” (2010), in 2013 we released our debut full-length album, called “Us Or Them”. The record received really positive reviews from all over the world, and it was followed by several music videos, interviews and live concerts.
“ Age Of Descent” was released on November 13th 2015 and it is our second full-length album, consisted of 11 powerful tracks. It is self-produced, while the artwork is done by Manster Design (Tardive Dyskinesia). Numerous guests have participated in the album, such as Fotis Benardo (ex- Septic Flesh). The album is released under Inverse Records (Finland) and it is available all over Europe.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Due to our general stance as a band it was not difficult to pick a name. We strongly believe that the masses should revolt against those who exploit and devastate their lives.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of prog/rock/metal you play? What inspires you today?
-Bands like Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden and all the great classic bands have inspired us to form the band. Nowadays, we are inspired by any band that has something to offer to the music, regardless of the genre. We have been compared to bands such as Sepultura, Kreator, Lamb of God which is really a compliment for us. Apart from that, we always try to shape our unique, personal sound and identity as a band.
What came first; the band name or the sound? How did you settle on a sound?
-First came the sound. We all liked the power and energy that is expressed through metal music, a power that can be used for changing the reality towards a better world. We were also inspired by oriental music and eastern tunes, so we decided to inject them into our music. After all, we are familiar with that sounds that are plentiful in Greek musical tradition. All the other elements came very naturally as we went on as musicians. Finding the sound that can voice our artistic views is is a never-ending process, which follows our personal and artistic evolution.
Is digital killing the album format? Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
It is true that digital format discourages many listeners to go out and buy an album. But there is nothing like having an actual physical copy of an album you love, being able to read the lyrics and coming closer to the music. Releasing single tracks is not a bad thing, times change, music changes, so you have to catch up with the times.
What part does art work and lay out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Nowadays, in the music industry it is not just music that counts. As the saying goes,”An image is worth a thousand words”. We believe that a powerful and meaningful image helps to make across our messages as much as our lyrics do.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote a cd? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Touring, word of mouth, paper ads etc?
-Of course it has, but there’s much more to promotion than this. You can’t be known just through the social media, because there is a lot of information on the internet. You have to tour, to give live performances and generally “spread the word” physically as well to get your music and your message across.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-On the local scene, we feel connected with all the underground bands that strive daily to get really good music to the ears of the listeners. Apart from that, we also feel as a part of the worldwide scene of bands that have an anti-capitalist political stance. It is great to get in touch with other people from the farthest sides of the globe that share both your musical taste and your political concerns.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band
-We like to tour, and we do it as much as our other responsibilities allow us to. It’s a great way of spreading the word of the band, and it’s also perhaps the dream of almost every metal musician: going on tour and playing our music in front of various audiences.
What will the future bring?
-More live shows for sure, and also more music videos to support our new album. “Age of Descent” was really a test for us, as it was made with an important lineup change and it featured some innovations in the band’s sound. The feedback ’till now is really great, which inspires and motivates us. Our medium-term plans involve composing new music and even releasing a third album in 2016.