I love discovering bands that are new to me. Like SABOTER. Check out this band starting with this interview. 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?
-It’s sometimes hard for the listener to understand from the beginning but in the same time it gives us the space to offer something aggressive, different and unusual, without a specific target group of listeners or regular metal groups.
I thought I had my ears to the underground but apparently not, since I haven’t heard of you guys before even though this is your second album. Why haven’t I heard of you before? What is it that you want to bring to us metalheads?
-Somehow everything has a starting point and keep in mind that we are a Greek metal band so we have to double time our run and work harder because we havent the same chances as a band in United States or central Europe. So it doesn’t matter why you havent hear of us before but what it matters is not to forget us after listening to us. We bring you a high energy aggressive and sinister metal with the wrath of mediterannean heathens.
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?
-We think the main influences are bands like Iron Maiden, Manowar, Judas Priest, Death ss, Nasty Savage, to more extreme as Slayer, Dissection, Emperor, Death.
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?
-Here in Greece despite the difficulties we got a huge upcoming scene in all metal genres especialy in extreme metal.. now its time for our kind of metal take its place and get stronger. Of course it is important to built on a local scene and we are proud that we are in the same scene with warriors like Rotting Christ, Varathron, Necromantia, Dead Congregation, Kawir, Necrochackal, Embrace of Thorns, Wrathblade, Battleroar, Sacral Rage, Stygian Oath, Doomocracy and many many more.
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?
-We are part in our local and country Metal scene and the greater of all we are part of Heavy Metal music movement.
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?
-A great cover for us is the cover that reflects with any possible way the theme of the album so we think our cover is fits perfect with the music and lyrics of “Architects of Evil”.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Digital is killing music of course. Its a non faced kind of relationship between the listener and the artist. When you pay to buy an album you have something real in your hands. It is something that belongs to you and you are somehow a part of the whole work. You go deeper, you can understand better and help the band and the artists. Your love and support gives strength to the artists, plus you have in your hands a physical format of quality and not megabytes on a computer. But on the other hand, sometimes music industry can’t wash out its greedy hands because of the high prices on some products and many other mistakes that lead many pepole to the digital solution.
What kind of a live scene exists in Greece for bands like yours?
-Here in Greece there are many DIY live acts or festivals and the main metal scene consists of festivals like Up The Hammers, Rockwave Fest, Chania Rock Fest, Over The Wall Fest.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We never see a live show like a party… Its our ritual, our time to bring you the best and only the best. We organize a whole theatrical metal act with swords, blood chains, fire helmets and many more. We dont want just to play with jeans and band shirts. We enter the stage for war and not just to play. We hope some day you’ll find it out.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-We are testing and expanding our skills now to bring the best we can give!! So the future perhaps will bring what we’re building today.
“Architects Of Evil” is out now on No Remorse Records.