A Cloud of Ravens is a well-respected force in the contemporary post punk scene. The two-piece band from Brooklyn, New York, has achieved memorable success with its releases, with the latest being "Lost Hymns", and is currently on tour. Myth of Rock came in contact with the duo, and Matt and Beth proved to be great talkers, in an interview that covered a lot of topics!  

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos

Give us a short biography of the band, please.

Matt: I had recorded some songs at the end of 2018 that would end up being the first few ‘Ravens singles, for a friend who runs a small imprint in Brooklyn. He put them up on Bandcamp and they did pretty well, so he suggested I do a full-length. That’s when I recorded the first album In the Wicked Hours. It was just a personal project at that point, but just after it was done I met Beth at a bar in Brooklyn. We started talking and quickly realized how much we had in common personally, but also at it relates to music. After we’d known each other for a while I sent her the album and she liked it. She had told me she played bass in a shoegaze band when she was like 19, so I asked her if she would be interested in partnering for ‘Ravens, and that’s what happened. It wasn’t really a band until that moment, and every move we’ve made since has been on equal standing.

You are about to release your new album, “Lost Hymns”. What are your ambitions for this album?

Beth: We set out to make an album that encompasses all of our influences, and we hope it connects with people. We want to be out there, playing shows, meeting people and creating a sense of community.

Matt: I’ll echo Beth’s sentiment. We’re looking forward to playing new cities and countries to support the album. The experience is a huge part of what drives us creatively.

Where was this album recorded, who was the producer and who did the mixing/the mastering?

Matt: The album was recorded at my home studio. Beth and I produced and mixed it.
I’m pretty good at getting sounds, and putting what I’m hearing in my head onto the tracks, but Beth’s ear is discerning in a way that mine is not, as it relates to frequency dynamics, EQ, etc. I’m not a tech person either. To me, the less gear I need to employ, the better. My personal nature is to be economical in life and it’s the same way I approach music. I think the power of expression translates best through the least possible amount of components.

Beth: Jason Corbett of the band Actors mastered the album at his studio Jacknife Sound in Vancouver. He really expanded the sound with an analog master.

Why did you name the album, “Lost Hymns”?

Matt: We did a lot of subtle, underlying vocal harmonies on this album, and our choruses tend to open up in a way that lends itself to that kind of vocal dynamic. It gave some of the tracks a kind of hymnal sound, most evident when we finished the rough version of Requiem for the Sun, which reminded me of songs I sang in church as a kid. At that point we decided on the album title, which doesn’t really have anything to do with any kind of organized religion, but more posing the thought; what are the values or ideals in our lives that deserve the kind of devotion that some people give to what or who they worship? Let’s find those things within ourselves because they are most definitely becoming lost in this day and age.

How would you define the music style of A Cloud of Ravens?

Matt: I think it’s a minimal but progressive sound rooted in a traditional post-punk foundation.

Beth: I think we are an amalgamation of influences of many genres, all filtered through a post-punk lens.

Who is the main composer in A Cloud of Ravens? How is a typical song of yours composed?

Matt: I’ll come up with the basis of a song, usually starting with a simple chord progression I’ve come up with on guitar or piano, then start to build around it; phrasing, vocal melody, accompaniment, beat. Lyrics are always last. When I’ve got a rough version I’ll play it for Beth. She’s got an amazing sensibility and instinct for sound and songcraft. We’ll flesh out the final version together and record the master.

What are your music influences? What music do you listen to nowadays?

Matt: When we write we really draw from everything we love and/or grew up on; everything from ‘80s hardcore-punk and hip-hop to ‘70s radio rock and classic post-punk/new wave. You may not be able to hear it in every song, but we really pull from all angles in the creative process.

Matt and Beth: We don’t really listen to much contemporary music but when we do it’s usually bands we know, and/or are friends with; Black Rose Burning, Bootblacks, Pilgrims of Yearning, Vosh, Xymox, Then Comes Silence, The Bellwether Syndicate, Creux Lies, Jason Priest, The Mystic Underground.

How much have you progressed musically in the new album? What would you say the differences are between the new album and your previous ones?

Matt: If we’ve progressed it’s in being more economical with songwriting, cutting out the fat, so to speak. The new album feels a bit more streamlined than the past two. We’ve incorporated more dance beats and maybe even some industrial vibes on this one. Also, Beth sings on several songs on the record, which sounds awesome and adds a new dimension.

Beth: My confidence has grown in terms of my involvement. Because it started out with just Matt it’s been a gradual progression figuring out all the ways to be additive to the process.

What do the lyrics of your songs refer to?

Matt: It’d be tough to go song by song, but generally speaking there are common threads throughout. Life, love, faith, loss; there are always those touchstones. Some songs explore our treatment of the environment, the political and cultural tribalism that’s tearing us apart more and more every day as a people-- earthly concerns. Then there’s a more metaphysical element, which if we understand our true nature, can help us deal with the fear, anger and sadness we’re experiencing from the chaos we’re constantly facing around us. We’re all one here, whether we like it or not, and we’ve got the inherent ability to transcend all the bullshit we see dividing us daily. We’re all made of more than the trivial shit we get consumed with so easily in life, and that includes myself. Somewhere in the songs, if you listen, we’re trying to exemplify that to some degree.

Which feelings of yours do you try to express through A Cloud of Ravens?

Beth: At the end of the day, I feel it’s really all emotions that come through. Some are probably more pervasive than others, whether it’s aggression, sadness, joy, fear, hope, or the absence of it. On a ‘Ravens album they're all pretty well represented.

How does A Cloud of Ravens sound live in concert?

Matt: Well, I think we sound pretty good. Haha.. We use tracks for percussion and synths. When people come to see us we don’t just want to run through the songs and have it sound exactly like the albums, so we punch-up the live tracks for shows to have some variance. We also play some things differently. For instance, Beth sings lead on a chorus recently, that I sing on the album. or I’ll tweak a guitar part. It just makes it a little more exciting and changes up the dynamic for a live audience. The more you play certain songs live, the more the way you play them tends to evolve.

Beth: It seems people are surprised by how much the live instruments bring to it, and in some ways don’t expect it to be as much of a “rock” show as it comes off.

How important are live shows for you?

Matt: Incredibly important. Playing live is why I started writing and recording music as a teenager. It’s my emotional release. Without it, I’m pretty lost.

Beth: Playing live feels very new to me, since I haven’t played in any fashion since I was a teenager. It’s like flying for me; I really get excited and a surge of adrenaline.


How did the Covid-19 pandemic affect you?

Beth: For me personally, a lot of my business was put on hold, which ultimately freed up some time and creativity that was channeled into A Cloud A Ravens. And of course we both ended up getting Covid pretty badly. That part was a big drag. Haha.

Matt: It got dark in a way you don’t feel in the moment, because it’s this gradual slide. I’m a bit of an introvert as it is, so the isolation wasn’t exactly horrible for me initially. Eventually we turned it into something positive, writing and recording Another Kind of Midnight, and then live shows had finally returned. I missed those most.

What do you think about the war against Ukraine?

Matt and Beth: It’s an abomination. We covered The Clash’s The Call Up last year, of which all proceeds went to the people of Ukraine. It’s difficult to sit by and watch what’s going on.

Which are your plans for a tour?

Beth: We’re touring in Germany, Austria and Netherlands in early May with Then Comes Silence. And at the end of May and into June we are on the much anticipated Clan Of Xymox/Curse Mackey tour on the West Coast of the US.

If you had the chance to collaborate with a famous musician in a song of yours, who would he/she be and why?

Beth: Martin Gore, Cy Curnin, Alan Moulder, because they’re all creative geniuses.
Matt: Living? probably Siouxsie Sioux or Chuck D.
Deceased; Joe Strummer. They’re iconic talents that I have tremendous respect and admiration for.

Send your message to the fans!

Matt: We are grateful for you and hope to see you soon.

Beth: We want to meet you and thank you personally for embracing us!

Is there something else you would like to add?

Matt and Beth: Thank you for the interview, Dimitris! Be well.



You have so many things to ask, when you interview an artist like Jessie Kilguss! The New York City-based indie-pop/folk songstress, who currently also sings with The Gramercy Arms, Jim Andralis and the Syntonics and Benjamin Cartel, released some months ago her latest full-length album, “What Do Whales Dream About at Night”, and she recently honored Kate Bush with her cover of “Wuthering Heights”. So, Myth of Rock tried and managed to come in contact with Jessie, who gave her really interesting answers to Dimitris Zacharopoulos’ questions.


Jessie, you were an actress who made the switch to songwriting and singing. Why and how did this switch happen?

Yes, I used to be an actor. I went to college and then graduate school (drama school in London) for acting. I was in one movie - The Crucible with Daniel Day Lewis and Winona Ryder. I worked in England in the theater when I got out of drama school including a UK/US tour of As You Like It directed by Sir Peter Hall and The Black Rider which starred Marianne Faithfull and Mary Margaret O’Hara, was written by Tom Waits and William Burroughs and was directed by Robert Wilson. I was only an ensemble member/understudy in this play but it had a big effect on me. At the time, I was a huge fan of all those artists I just listed. It was one of those times when life presents you with a little magic. 

I’d always been a singer and this experience got me dreaming about writing my own music one day. It seemed to me that there was more creative agency in songwriting than in being an actor.

That was all a long time ago. I quit acting about 15 years ago and have been writing and performing my own music since then. I’m really enjoying performing music live again, now that that’s possible again.


Tell us about discography until now in a few words.

I’ve now been writing, recording and performing music for 15 years. I feel like my most recent album,  What Do Whales Dream About at Night is the most “me” of any of them. It captures my personality the most. I also feel that it conveys my voice and vision the best of any of my previous releases. I was one of the producers of this album so that’s one reason for that to be the case.

My previous releases are Exotic Bird (2007), Nocturnal Drifter (2009), The Sky Road (2011), Devastate Me (2014), The Fastness (2018) and then What Do Whales Dream About at Night (2022).


Some months ago you released your latest album, “What Do Whales Dream About at Night?”. How do you feel about this album now? What would you change to this new album now, if you had the opportunity? Are you satisfied with the response of the media and the fans?

I’m actually happy with the album and I wouldn’t change anything! That feels good to say. I worked really hard on it and made a lot of tweaks before I released it.

And yes, I’m really happy with how people responded. As I mentioned, I feel like this album is the most authentically me of any of my releases. It’s been nice to have it well-received.

I allowed myself to be weirder maybe than some of my other albums, to incorporate my sense of humor and a touch of the surreal. It’s nice that people seem to have responded positively to that.


You recently released your cover to Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights”. Why did you decide to cover this song? Which was your attitude towards the original?

I’m a big fan of Kate Bush. It’s been nice to see her have this renewed moment thanks to the tv show Stranger Things(also a fan of this). I’ve been covering Wuthering Heights live for several years. It’s a fantastic song (and book!) – so dramatic and emotional. It’s really fun to sing.

I thought to record it this past summer as people had been really responding to it at live shows.

I love the original version. It’s magnificent. I wanted to create my own version though and think I accomplished that.


How would you describe your musical style?

I’ve been described as a storyteller a lot lately. I like that. I’m trying to do that through song. I think indie folk applies to me. Sometimes surreal or magical realism-infused indie folk, americana, singer/songwriter, alt-country. I think all of these terms could potentially apply.


Do you also write the lyrics of your songs? Which are your favorite topics?

Yes, I write all the lyrics. It’s my favorite part, I suppose. I’m drawn to all topics that ignite my imagination. They can vary. On my most recent album though there definitely seems to be a large sea mammal/animal theme.

I also often use books as inspiration for new songs – as a jumping-off point. I just finished reading the Neapolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante. I’m really inspired by those books right now and hoping to at least write one song inspired by them.


Your music is emotional and atmospheric. How would you describe the atmosphere and the feeling of your songs?

Ideally the atmosphere and emotional tone of each song is unique. I think there’s an underlying element of mystery and intrigue that I like to cultivate. It excites me.


What are your ambitions for the future?

I’m in the process of writing a bunch of new songs now. I’m also playing live on a regular basis and trying out new material. Once I have a new collection of songs I love, I will record again. This could take some time. I’m not in a rush. I want to make sure I’m happy with the songs before I record them.

I’m also producing and performing in a tribute to one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Sinéad O’Connor on May 3rd at Sid Gold’s Request Room in NYC. I was inspired to do this after watching the recent fantastic documentary about her, Nothing Compares, directed by Kathryn Ferguson. I was reminded just how much her music has meant to me for a long time. Her album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got is one of my all-time favorites.

At the show on May 3rd, we’ll be celebrating this album and a couple other gems written by Sinéad. I’ll be singing a couple of the songs and have asked several other singers to help me sing the rest of them including Rembert Block, Lizzie Edwards, Patricia Santos, Sam Brown, Wendy Ip, Joanna Choy, Erica Smith, Verena Wiesendanger and Renée LoBue.

I also really recommend Sinéad O’Connor’s book.


How did the pandemic affect you?

I think I’ve kind of blocked it out at this point and prioritized moving forward. It was a strange but productive time. I recorded my most recent record right as lockdown started to lift.

I really missed performing live and am so happy that’s possible again.

I performed a few virtual shows during the pandemic but they were really unsatisfying. I missed the energetic exchange with a live audience.


What do you think about the war against Ukraine?

I think it’s an atrocity. I think it needs to end. My heart goes out to the people of Ukraine.

The title track of my most recent record was inspired by the poem Headphones by Ukrainian poet Serhiy Zhadan. The poem is basically about a man, a poet, during the previous war in Ukraine, who puts on his headphones and listens to “golden oldies” to block out the horrors he sees all around him. There’s a line in poem, “think about whales in the ocean at night.” That inspired my song What Do Whales Dream About at Night.


If you had a time machine, to which time period would you travel?

Interesting question!

Well, I just visited Rome. It would be pretty cool to see the Roman Forum before it became a ruin. So when was that? 800BC? I’m not sure what living conditions were like back then though, especially for women, so maybe I would like to visit and also have the superpower of invisibility so I could check it out without being fed to lions in the Colosseum.


You are also a member of Gramercy Arms. How does it feel, singing for this band?

This band is made up entirely of my friends so it feels great to sing with them. The band has become a social group. Dave Derby (GA’s founder and songwriter) is an incredible songwriter and also really great at bringing talented and fun people together. During the pandemic, we had a weekly Zoom happy hour on Friday nights for about 2 years.


Please tell us about Musicambia!

Musicambia is very important to me. It’s an incredible nonprofit, founded by my friend, violist/composer Nathan Schram, that brings free music education into prisons and jails throughout the US. The aim is to build music schools inside each facility where we work. I just stepped down as Executive Director and have now joined the board of directors. I’ve been involved with Musicambia for the past 6 years.

Music is healing and vital for everyone. I would venture that there is nowhere where music is more important and transcendent than inside the harsh, abusive environment of prisons. Musicambia does an amazing job of fostering music communities inside prisons and providing incarcerated people with opportunities to build musical skills that translate into life skills such as self-esteem, self-expression and effective communication, in a supportive environment.  You can find out more and make a donation at www.musicambia.org.


Send a message to the fans!

Thank you so much for supporting my music!  Please feel free to reach out. I’d love to hear from you.


W.E.B. is one of the finest representatives of the Greek extreme metal scene. Having a long history since 2002, a contract with the legendary Metal Blade Records and a killer studio album out, titled “Colosseum”, W.E.B. is gazing at the future with optimism and self-confidence. In a few days (April 29th 2023), Sakis Prekas and co. will hit the stage of Temple Athens, together with Gentihaa and Drama Noir, and a sonic earthquake will shake the earth. Myth of Rock, looking forward to this upcoming big event, talked with Sakis Prekas, who answered our questions politely and precisely!

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos

On the 29th of April 2023, you play live in Athens with Gentihaa and Drama Noir. How do you feel now, a few days before this concert?


We haven’t played in our hometown since 2018 (Rockwave Festival with Iron Maiden) and we haven’t given a headline show here since 2015. It is about time, isn’t it? We are very excited and cannot wait for the moment we step on stage for this particular concert.


What should the fans expect from this live show?

Our focus in our live shows is all about the audience. We prepare our concerts so that everyone attending, has a good time with us and at the same time we want to show what W.E.B. is all about. Expect to have a good time and that you will watch a band on stage that gives it all for you!


How important are live shows for W.E.B.? How much different do you sound live on stage compared to the studio albums?

I believe, through our concerts, one may have a way better understanding of the vision behind W.E.B. and the true energy of our music comes out. Now, I am not sure if this means we sound different live but, I am positive we bring a rather different vibe.


You have played a lot of significant live concerts in the past (for example with Cradle of Filth, Moonspell, a tour with Fleshgod Apocalypse, etc.). What memories do you keep from all these concerts? Which was the best and which the worst moment in all these live shows?

Every concert and tour is an experience. We choose to learn every time something new that helps us make better steps in our future, hence we have come across good as well as terrible stuff. Many nice moments throughout our career yet I will have to choose the latest concert in Lisbon, sold out venue, crazy people, the loudest audience I have seen in my life maybe, moshing and singing our lyrics. Truly, they made a good reason for us to tour again, just to play in Portugal again!!! Worse… I would say just one word here: airports!!


Your latest full-length album was “Colosseum”. How do you see that album now? Most people believe that this album is your best to date. Do you agree with that? Why?

“Colosseum” is a different very impulsive album compared to our previous works. All of us composed music and wrote lyrics and the final result came out great. I love it and I am very very happy people believe it is our best so far. Actually we wouldn’t release any material if we wouldn’t believe it is our best so, to answer your question, yes I agree with these people you talk about yet, time will tell in the end.


Would you say that W.E.B.’s current line-up is the best you’ve ever had? Why?

It is. Because with this line-up since 2017 we have achieved more than we had ever achieved the 15 years before that.


“Colloseum” was released by the legendary Metal Blade Records. How did this contract come up? Are you satisfied with Metal Blade’s work until now? Will Metal Blade release also your next album?

The album was scheduled to be released by our previous label, Apathia Records but, they chose to shut down and brought us before the situation of having to search for a new record label again. We started making contacts with everyone, the proposals came and Metal Blade was the best one. Of course, we are satisfied and pleased to work with people who know their job 100% and believe in W.E.B. as much as we do. Our latest meetings were in fact about the future plans of the band and the upcoming releases schedule so yes, next one will be again with Metal Blade Records.


Have you started working on your next album? If yes, can you give us all the info about it (music style of the new songs, album title, song titles, recording studio, producer, mixing/mastering etc.)?

At the moment we are working on an EP with new and bonus material, that is to be released in 2023 and we will concentrate on the new album, in a couple of months, to have it ready before 2023 ends. There are riffs and ideas already recorded but it is too early even for us to have a clear picture of how this album is going to be. All I can say for sure is the same I said before, that we want it to be better than “Colosseum” otherwise, we will not release it.


It is commonly said that you play in a symphonic black metal style. Do you agree with this description?

Well, it gives you a good first description of what you will listen from us yet I am not 100% sure this is the term. This is the reason back when the band was founded, we invented the term “dark metal” that many bands seem to be enhancing more and more to describe their music. We have met many fans talking to us about it that when they first listened to W.E.B. they expected to listen to symphonic black metal yet it was not exactly that. I understand the confusion and all but to be purely honest, I don’t care about these terms. We compose and play from the heart, not from a genre generator.


Which are your favorite artists/bands? What music do you listen to, nowadays?

Lately I listen a lot to gothic and atmospheric metal from the mid 90’s. There was a charm in these bands back then that I cannot find anywhere now. It is very hard to say my favs since they change all the time but I can tell you I love Maiden, Metallica, Priest, Cradle, Moonspell, Behemoth, Borgir, Anathema and 100 others hahaha… It depends on the mood I guess.


Which are your favorite lyric themes? What does inspire you to write lyrics?

Inspiration is everywhere, every day. Anything. In W.E.B. the lyrics are very much about death, vampirism, the occult…


How would you describe the atmosphere and the feeling of your music?

Dark, epic and metal AF.


The Greek extreme metal scene is very productive and successful nowadays. How do you experience this phenomenon? Why do you think this happens?

The Greek extreme metal scene is made out of people very much dedicated to their art. This is the main reason of their productivity as well as success. I wouldn’t say it is phenomenal or that I experience it in some sort of way because lately I happen to be very focused on W.E.B. as well and there is a lot of work behind this band that unfortunately keeps me from tracking what’s happening around me.


How did the Covid-19 pandemic affect you?

More or less the same way as it affected everyone. Staying at home, working from home, lack of guideline, rise of the Karens that know better than science, governments that misinform… a chaotic cocktail if you ask me. We tried to make the best out of what we had to deal with as a band and the record deal with Metal Blade along with the release of “Colosseum” in 2021, to us it was a successful step. We had 3 or 4 tours cancelled though and were always very frustrated about this yet, we did not give up to our target thus here we are.


If you had a time machine, to which time period would you travel?

Maybe back to the 80s-90s. I do miss a purer world even though since humans are around, it is mostly an earth cancer bacterium killing everything including humanity itself. I believe the answer to everything is in Art, and that Art is the meaning of life.


If you could cooperate with another famous musician, who would he/she be? Why?

If I could choose one right now, it would be Yoshiki Hayashi. He is not very well know in Greece for some reason but, he is one of the biggest rock icons worldwide and one of the best composers on the planet right now. Too much respect and admiration to him.


Send your message to the fans, please!

Stay Dark, you Demons!!!

In a matter of days, on the 29th of April, 2023, Drama Noir, the Greek blackend death metallers, are going to hit the stage of Temple Athens, together with W.E.B. and Gentihaa. Myth of Rock, trying to get prepared for this promising live show, came in contact with Drama Noir and had a nice discussion with them about many interesting topics, including their upcoming full-length studio album. 

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos

Where, when, by whom and under which circumstances was Drama Noir founded?

Drama Noir were formed by Paul Papathanasiou (Mephisto) in Korinth, Greece, in 2017.


Your latest full-length album was “A Necromancy Lore”. How do you see that album now? What would you change to it, if you had the opportunity?

This album was very well received by fans and press, it has exactly the feeling and atmosphere we had in mind. It was released by Drakkar Productions, which was out first proper contact and cooperation with a label. Unfortunately, due to the whole Covid-19 pandemic we were not able to present it live as we wanted so if we could, we would change the release date. The mixing and mastering of the album was handled by Savvas Betinis (Acid Death) and the final result was what we wanted for that specific moment in time.


Your latest release was a split EP with Morgenröthe (“Morna / Possenspiel”). Why did you decide to release a split EP? Can you give us all the info about this EP, please?

We were offered the opportunity by Morgenröthe to release a split EP together which we gladly accepted. When a band from abroad wants to do something like that with us, it means a lot, so of course we couldn’t say no!


As far as I know, you have started working on your new, third album. Can you give us all the info about it, please (music style of the new songs, album title, song titles, recording studio, producer, mixing/mastering etc.)?

The album is finished since 2022 to be honest. If we must put a label on our music, that would be symphonic blackened death metal and that is Mephisto’s choice. The album is titled “Nightfall Upon the Asylum”. It was mixed and mastered by Psychon (Septicflesh) and the production was done by Mephisto with Psychon of course. The artwork and layout was made by Jon Toussas (Graphic No Jutsu).


How would you define the musical style of Drama Noir? Describe your music with five adjectives, please.

Our music comes from within, according to what we feel at the time of composing the album. Describing the album is something we will let people do when they listen to it.


Who is the main composer/lyricist in Drama Noir? How is a typical Drama Noir song composed?

The main composer is Mephisto who wrote the music in all the albums. He also wrote the lyrics for the first album “Princess Airam” and for the split EP with Morgenrothe. The lyrics for the second album “A Necromancy Lore” were written by Nyctelios, our singer at the time. Regarding our new album, the music is composed by Mephisto, except the album’s title song which was composed by Vampyrpriest, our lead guitarist. All the orchestrations are also done by Mephisto and we must note that it was his first time doing it. All the lyrics are written by Apostolos Oroklos (Exilium Noctis).


Which are your favorite bands/artists? What does inspire to create music as Drama Noir?

Septicflesh, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle Of Filth... We are inspired by darkness and seeking answers for things we cannot comprehend.


Where do your lyrics refer to?

Fantasy. Nothing to do with politics and/or religion.


How would you describe the atmosphere and the feeling of your music?

Talking about the new album and the band’s new musical direction, it is dark, grim and sinister. We want people to have the feeling of claustrophobia. Being trapped by eternal nightmares and not being able to escape.


As far as I know, you have signed a deal with Floga Records. How did this deal happen?

We were looking for a label, we sent our new music and they just said yes! Floga Records is a big label, respecting their musicians and they always had our respect.


On the 29th of April 2023, you play live in Athens with W.E.B. and Gentihaa. How do you feel now, a few days before this concert?

We are very excited to play alongside of two remarkable bands of the Greek (and not only) metal scene. It also marks our return to live shows after the pandemic, which is very important for us.


What should the fans expect from this live show?

It will be intense and dark, with songs from almost all our releases so far and we a lot of surprises.


How important are live shows for Drama Noir? How do you sound live in concert?

Playing live will be our priority from now on, so just wait and you will see how we are during a live show.


The Greek extreme metal scene is very productive and successful nowadays. How do you experience this phenomenon? Why do you think this happens?

The Greek extreme metal scene has nothing to be jealous from the scene abroad and in some occasions it has the lead regarding the sound with the bands that Greece has to show. That helps all of us to be discovered by listeners from all around the world.


How did the Covid-19 pandemic affect you?

The pandemic has affected us in a negative way, since we released our second album “A Necromancy Lore” during the whole situation in 2020, but in time, it helped us evolve as artists and drew out our more dark elements which will be shown in our soon to be released new album.


Which are your future plans, apart from the new album?

As soon as our new album is released, we will focus on playing live in Greece and abroad and promote the album as much as we can. Many great things are yet to come!


Send your message to the fans, please!

At last the time has come for you to watch us on stage! We’ll see you all on April 29th at Temple Athens!









On the 29th of April, 2023, Gentihaa will enter the stage of Temple Athens, for a stunning live show, together with W.E.B. and Drama Noir. Having released a fantastic debut album, titled “Reverse Entropy”, and having played some important live shows, Gentihaa stands as a really promising band, ready to surprise us again with its work. Myth of Rock, warming up for the aforementioned concert, talked with Manos J. Kouris (guitar) of Gentihaa!

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos

Hello! Where, when, by whom and under which circumstances was Gentihaa founded?

Greetings! I am Manos J. Kouris, the new axeman of the band and I am very happy to answer your questions! The idea was born by Valgran and it took true form around 2019 by establishing the band members and releasing the debut album "Reverse Entropy".


How do you see that album now? Are you satisfied with the response of the critics and the fans?

It was a kind of a shock, when we received the review from Burn (Japan). A debut album it's like a baby's first steps, we're not expected to be notified like this. As for the fans, when we performed our first show supporting Dimmu Borgir, they were singing along every song (despite the fact that the album was released a week ago) and we realized that our main goal has been succeeded!


“Reverse Entropy” was produced by Bob Katsionis and mixed by Fotis Benardo. How was it working with these two renowned Greek musicians/producers?

We can spend hours by listing every achievement of these worldwide known artists

But I'd like to specify the mentoring and their effort to this album. We owe them our success!


 “Reverse Entropy” was released by Symmetric Records. How did this deal come up?

We received many label offers from around Europe and America, but we decided that in these critical first steps of our journey we had to pick someone with exact same goals. Symmetric Records was the right ally for the upcoming fights that our band had to face and we are so happy that we made the right decision!


Have you started working on a new, sophomore album? If yes, can you give us all the info about it (music style of the new songs, album title, song titles, recording studio, producer, mixing/mastering etc.)?

Yes! We are facing the final stages of our recordings and the early results are astonishing! Unfortunately, I can't reveal you any details yet, but as one of the new members I think the band has some new colors in the pallet. Which is very important for creating new material!


How would you describe Gentihaa’ s music style? In my opinion, your extreme metal sound is very versatile, with many traditional metal, progressive metal etc. elements. Do you agree with me?


I think progressive death metal is the right one! I am not a fan of genre titles, every band has a unique style and ID. The key of Gentihaa's success is the Idea of supporting this way of thinking by keeping this identity pure!


What music do you listen to, nowadays?

Personally I am traveling through deathcore bands these days, especially Lorna Shore, “Pain Remains” is a album that conquered my attention too easily and effortlessly. Such a great work!


Who is the main composer/lyricist in Gentihaa?

Identity, personality, difference between the members is the point of giving to every member the space and the will, to come up with ideas and melodies. There is not only one wishing well!


Which are your favorite lyric themes?

Fantasy! Endless possibilities, dimensions and philosophies!


How do you make decisions in Gentihaa?

Everyone has a different part of responsibility in the band but when comes a decision phase we vote... Can't think any other option!


How would you describe the atmosphere and the feeling of your music?

I would like to use a Greek word and say "απρόσμενο", it's the unexpected!

You never know how it's going to go and there is not only one form (I love that!).


On the 29th of April 2023, you play live in Athens with W.E.B. and Drama Noir. How do you feel now, a few days before this concert?

Can't wait to hit the stage with these bands, the show it's going to be Epic! We perform for the fist time like this union and that's why I think it's so big.


What should the fans expect from this live show?

Just a Vulgar Display of Power


How important are live shows for Gentihaa? How do you sound live in concert?

Concerts are the main communication time with our fans, we are headbanging, we are singing and we share our passion of metal united. Nothing can replace that...


The Greek extreme metal scene is very productive and successful nowadays. How do you experience this phenomenon? Why do you think this happens?

For me it's a logical phenomenon, our world is surrounded by violence, injustice and pain. Art is our way of protesting - expressing our messages to everyone, bonding our thoughts and facing together any circumstances!


How did the Covid-19 pandemic affect you?

Like everyone else! It's like we flipped a board of chess and we started again... Best thing we can do is to focus on the future and leave this nightmare behind, we spend lot of energy back then!


What do you think about Russia’s war against Ukraine?

It's devastating to face these phenomena in our century! I thought we left them behind us in history books but some governments proved us wrong once again! It's memorable to say that, how can we vanish warlike people who can sacrifice so many lives, when our own government can do the same by overpassing basic train safety! The national tragedy that took place in Tempi, hits the history books by proving that humanity is capable of anything!


Send your message to the fans, please!

Thank you everyone for your time! Special thanks to Dimitris Zacharopoulos of Myth of Rock Greece. Can't wait to see you out there on the 29th of April 2023 in Temple, Athens with Web and Drama Noir. Stay Strong, Stay Happy and Stay Metal! Cheers!!!