Somewhere in my collection there is an old SORROWS PATH album hiding. But that is all water under the bridge now that there is a new album to indulge in. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-We formed the band back in 1993! Some teenagers with a big passion for doom metal who wanted to express themselves freely through their music and lyrics! We wanted to express our feelings and our philosophy about life…
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-Like every young musician we had our idols but we were really inspired and enthused with the idea of a unique band! We really believe in what we say…we are sincere, straight and honest and don’t have vain intentions like money or fame to lead us…this would just be against our philosophy and point of view. If you would like to check a true metal band that is not just copying the sound or attitude of other big bands then the time has come to check Greeks Sorrows Path.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Everything comes up really naturally. This is very easy for us to compose songs. This is just like giving birth to your thoughts and feelings. Then you place some logical part to express your poetic mood or some deep beliefs and experiences. You just have to be mature about life and also respectful to other people and musicians in general and then nothing can really stop you about giving birth to new music…
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-We totally agree on this! This is just why we are a band that we only release full albums and there is a whole concept behind them. We respect every single song that we include on these albums, otherwise there would be no reason to even record our stuff. We take our music very seriously. You can’t underestimate true feelings and deep beliefs…
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-This is already happening. But we are standing against the tide and will always be. This is not something new for us. We were always some romantic and unique fighters. This is the true essence of heavy metal music and we will fight till the end!
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-All of our releases were sold out on these difficult times about music. The reviews were very encouraging and even the few mediocre reviews talked about a very unique band that was born. This is the most essential thing that has gotten the most attention. The band has personality. They also talked about some very well produced stuff.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-There were many nice surprises until now on our long career but the most interesting and of course, sensitive moments were the guest performances of our teenage idols, Snowy Shaw and Edgar Rivera on our last “Doom Philosophy” album. This was just the result of our internet communication with our idols and that they really liked our stuff!
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Of course! This is the heart of everything! This is the true essence of composing and recording stuff! The interaction with other people that sharing the common passion, the common problems and the common dreams. We are all brothers and sisters on this macabre journey called life. But, you have to be very careful and grateful to your audience about this, because otherwise you will become some vain and pitiful existence…
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Live performances are very important about a metal band. They also help to spread your name but after some years on stage, you have to be very selective on your live performances, so that there will be the right sound conditions and also avoid repeating many performances on the same places without a certain reason. After opening for Candlemass in Athens a few months ago we will only rarely perform live on our home city and we will just try for a few but really important live performances in Greece and abroad for the coming year!
What plans do you have for the future?
-Staying healthy is the biggest plan! About musical plans, we hope that we will keep on releasing albums that will totally express ourselves and that they will reach and touch many minds, hearts and souls. We hope to meet them all on the road and change our inner and outside world for better!