Greek extreme metal!!! Can it get any better? WAR POSSESSION is my latest discovery yet they’ve been around for a while now. Check out this interview I did with Haris. Anders Ekdahl ©2013

From what I understand you guys have been round some time now yet this is the first I hear of you. What have I done wrong to have missed out on you?
-Well the reason is that we went on a hiatus after our promo 2008.We did minimal promotion on this one. In fact it’s better now, we came back with full force.

In Greek mythology there are some great battles. What part does war play in the aesthetic of WAR POSSESSION?
-As far as our music is concerned we definitely strive for our music to have a warlike feeling or atmosphere. We are inspired by global warfare that has taken place throughout different eras, of course ancient battles that have taken place in Greece are influential to us ,but not solely…

This is a question that I tend to ask every Greek extreme metal band. Why do we see so many great extreme metal bands making it out of Greece yet nobody seems to make it any big?
-Well there is a variety of reasons. First of all some bands that have the chops to do it don’t devote themselves a 100% to their bands. Second some persons have a totally hobby-oriented, if I can put it this way approach. These things certainly don’t help. The production values have been improved around here, and bands like us and dead congregation, embrace of thorns, nocturnal vomit, serpent noir e.t.c are the living proof. I think we have a killer scene but in the end of the day nothing and none will sponsor anyone to do metal here in Greece and as you know extreme metal doesn’t pay the bills…

Everything seems divided by different eras. You got your Florida death. Your Swedish death. Your Gothenburg death. Norwegian black metal etc. What era does entice you the most?
-Well these tags are a thing of the past. In my view we do things the way they sound best to us regardless of tags. We don’t think we can get pigeonholed to a certain sound i.m.o Florida death metal.F.e . My influences expand themselves from classic thrash to blackest black metal

What kind of scene is there today in Greece for extreme metal? Do the bands active interact with one another?
-Well there are you know groups of bands being friendlier to each other. There are good bands and worse bands, but the overall scene is definitely a lot better than let’s say 8 years ago.

Is there an aesthetic to follow when you play the kind of metal that you do? Are the images and art work that would not sit so well with your metal?
-Well a frozen lake or a mountains or any kind of religion is not a part of our imageries. We present things from a warlike point of view. We are interested and we are affiliated with war images and battles from all different eras of mankind.

How conscious are you of what you write? How much weeding out do you have to do to get to the core of the songs?
-I try to be totally in solitude and unaffected by any kind of external influence, this is the way it works for WAR POSSESSION.I work the majority of riffs and structures alone and then I present them to the rest of the band.

When you release something how important are the format on which it is released? Are you old school physical format?
-Well,cd id what gets more widespread but vinyl is what I prefer most, basically because of its warm sound and better presentation of the entire artwork.

What does playing live mean to you? What do you get out of playing live?
-We haven’t played live so far with WAR POSSESSION, but we are eager to do so and we will do it soon. As for the rest of the live stuff I have performed I feel a sense of release and I transmit my feelings to the audience. Well it’s better than what I can say actually.

What kind of future would you like to see?
-Well as far as the overall future is concerned ,no matter if it affects my band as well, I believe that it would be ideal for the world to extinct, disappear, whatever, because I believe there would be no decent future under these circumstances. It’s way too fucked up to be salvaged….Until this kind of apocalypse takes place feel free to contact:harisurgey@yahoo.gr (get in touch for merch and further questions)


”Cutting Bridges”
OK, I should probably know of this guitar player but to be honest I haven’t cared too much for guitar players after Yngwie Malmsteen. It just reminds me of what a failure as a guitarist to not happen I am. But Mr Castellano is rather well known in the States and other places. I have no competence to judge the technical skill of Mr Castellano’s guitar playing. All I can do is as a listener judge it on the basis of like or don’t like. If I had to draw any comparisons to any other guitar player I’d say Satriani is the closest. I have no problem listening to this album. I even like it a lot as a n album full of good songs. Anders Ekdahl

COLD STEEL “American Idle”

“American Idle”
(Stormspell Records)
I have no memory of ever having heard anything by COLD STEEL even if they’ve been around for ages. I blame it on a time before the internet. A time when you had to read zines to find out about the latest bands. But I’m not worse than I can open up my mind and let this NYC band into my sphere. I get a Powermad kind of feeling when I listen to this, in that this isn’t really heavy metal but neither thrash metal per se. This is what I’d call borderline heavy/thrash metal. I might have missed out on the band in the past but having heard this album I’m glad that they came my way in 2013. This is metal with an attitude. I like it. Anders Ekdahl

EXPURGATE “Dementia Tremens”

“Dementia Tremens”
I love extreme death metal. The gruffier the better. And while I can appreciate the polished and oh so correct stuff I find enormous pleasure in hearing an album that is borderline chaos. EXPURGATE seem like a band that could give that to me. This is as gruffy as it gets vocally. All you can hear is a gurgling person. The vocals become another instrument. I have no problem with not being able to hear the vocals articulated. Musically this is death metal in the really heavy and blast beat burdened school. This is the kind of death metal that you need to clear your head from all kind of shit to fully enjoy. If you start to think you’ll lose the fun of listening to this. Anders Ekdahl

GRUESOME STUFF RELISH “Sempiternal Death Grind”

“Sempiternal Death Grind”
(FDA Rekotz)
It took me some time to get to terms with the band name but once it found its place in my mouth it seem a very appropriate name for a death/grind band. This one I know nothing about but anything that is being described in terms of Carcass gets me going. This is the kind of horror movie turned deathgrind kind of stuff that you need a special interest to enjoy. Here’s no old school feeling or melodeath line to hang it all on. This is the gruffier side of Carcass circa “Reek Of Putrefaction”. Nothing fancy. Just plain in your face aggression. I can’t help not liking this. There is a charm to this that makes me smile with my whole face. Anders Ekdahl

JUGGERNAUGHT “Bring The Meat Back”

“Bring The Meat Back”
I have no idea how the world works but from having not known of any South African metal bands to just in a few months time having heard of three. I love travelling with metal as my guide. The more I get to know the less distance there is between the continents. I can’t say that this is my favorite kind of hardrock/metal. There is something to “farmer-like” about this that I have a huge problem with. The music has a groove, I’ll give it that but I still feel that this is too simple. Maybe I need to re-boot my head to get it straight for this kind of music. The truth is that the more I listen to it the more I enjoy it. It is hard to resist the pure joy of this album. It makes me want to pick out my Raging Slab and Lynyrd Skynyrd albums. OK, I’m a believer. Anders Ekdahl

LIFELESS “Godconstruct”

(FDA Rekotz)
Lately I’ve been thinking about what old school verses contemporary death metal really is. I have no great answer other than to me it is a feeling. I’m a huge sucker for old school death metal but I just as much like contemporary death metal. German FDA REkotz seem to have specialized in finding all these death metal bands with a penchant for Swedeath a la Entombed/Dismember. LIFELESS are no exception. And I dig it like a grinning fool. I don’t care how unoriginal or how samey same it is. I consume this kind of metal with the big spoon. LIFELESS makes my list of great old school death metal. Anders Ekdahl


I have no idea what it is that labels are looking for when they sign bands. Had I had a record label I would have been put out of business in a month simply because I can’t pick the ones that would make the label bring in the dough. So I’m grateful that there are people out there that do that for me. LOGIC OF DENIAL might have passed me by had I run a label but thanks to other driven people I get to hear this death metal album. I’m a huge Incantation/Immolation fan and while this might not be in that style I still feel that this is the kind of death metal that should be premiered better. This is hard as nail Morbid Angel.11 kind of death metal. The way I want my aggressive death to sound like. Anders Ekdahl


This is a name that I’ve seen around for a while now but haven’t bothered checking out. But now it is time to do so. I kind of expect this to be goth of some sort. I get an impression that this is a band that want to surround themselves with an aura of mystique. I wouldn’t say that this is Sisters Of Mercy or The Mission goth. This is much heavier than that. This might not be full out goth metal but it sure is borderline. Ah, what the fuck. This is goth metal. Who am I kidding? Think a more dramatic Theatre of Tragedy circa “Velvet Darkness they Fear” and you get a pretty good idea what this band is all about. Add some German electro body goth club whatever feel and you fully understand where this band is coming from and where they want to go. Anders Ekdahl

MOLLUST “Schuld”

German symphonic gothic metal might bring up images of a band that has overdosed on Wagner’s mastodon operas. I for one wouldn’t mind something that grand to come out of my speakers when I listen to this album. But that is a wishful thought that might not be realized in any near future. I like the fact that this band sings in German. It adds to the feel of the music. It gives it a more dramatic touch. I also like the fact that the vocalist isn’t your typical soprano type. There is more gruff to her vocal style that gives the music a harder edge. Add to that the violin and you get a really cool sound. This was just as good as I had hoped for it to be, the Wagner grandeur aside. Anders Ekdahl