The Mighty Bard, a name that resonates with the echoes of ancient tales and musical virtuosity, has been pushing the boundaries of what's possible in the realm of progressive rock. With the intricate compositions of their new album, “Beyond The Gate”, their thoughtful lyrics and mind-bending instrumentals, they are carving a niche for themselves in the monument of today’s progressive music. All answers were given by guitarist Dave Clarke.

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos

Give us a short biography of The Mighty Bard please.

The band first got together when Dave put an ad in a magazine to put together a prog rock covers band, Rick our very first, brief drummer brought Neil along, and Neil and Dave connected perfectly on a musical level. ‘I Know’ from the first album was the first track they worked on together, Dave on acoustic guitar, Neil on grand piano in Neil’s living room. After Rick left to join another band, Neil and Dave worked on material for a year then put the rest of the band together.  After, Rick, came Aleem, then Ian, then Andy (none of whom exploded or drowned) then Tom on drums, Gavin on Vox ceded to Benj and Mark joined on violin. The core writing team has always been Neil and Dave, with Cad our ‘timing junkie’ and more recently Benj adding indispensable aspects to complete the sextet.


You have just released your sophomore album. How do you feel now that your new album is out?

We are very pleased with the new album, and feel we’ve done a great job at capturing the band as it is now. It feels like a big improvement on ‘Blue God and Other Stories’, we are looking forward to the next releases too. Finishing an album is always strange if you don’t immediately start touring it as with haven’t been able to yet.


Where and when was “Beyond The Gate” recorded? Please describe the whole recording process!

Beyond The Gate was mostly a homespun affair, largely recorded in Dave’s home studio - the songs were writing and honed over a long period, with a few of the tracks tried out live before recording. Generally the musical idea’s came from Neil and Dave, but with this album Benj has also contributed with structure and lyrics.


Who was the one who mixed and mastered the new album? Please describe the whole production process!

Mixing was both John Watt, who mixed the first album, and Yaron Fuch, who completed “Secret Garden”, “Compound the Problem”, “Last Orders” and” Guarded Secret”, when Dave stayed with him in New York for a week at the end of 2022.


Where would you trace the differences between the new album and your debut album?

The band has improved as players and composers, working on dynamics and recording technique between albums - the level of ‘quality control’ has been something we have concentrated on, but essentially the songs are written in the same manner, with feel and emotion being in the foreground of everyone’s thoughts.


You play in a progressive rock style. Which prog rock bands in particular have influenced you the most?

The band doesn’t “strive” to be progressive, that is just what comes out, our influences are very far reaching - our obvious influences are Genesis, Yes, Queen, Pink Floyd, All About Eve. As some people probably already know, Neil Cockle was an early member of Silmarillion, the band that became Marillion - so there are going to be some similarities  drawn there because of his lead synth style. Individually the band takes inspiration from all sorts of genre’s; funk, folk, metal, pop, classical - George Michael, Snowy White, Santana, Jaco Pastorius, Brian Eno, Camel,  Daniel Lanois, Rush, Deacon Blue, Al Stewart, The Beatles, Jean Michel Jarre, Faith No More - fairly disparate influences rear their heads within our music - we can hear a section, years after writing and realise where it comes from!  For us, the genre isn’t important, it’s how it makes us and the audience feel - everyone listens to music for difference reason - we love it all!


Most of the contemporary prog rock bands are influenced by the bands of the 70s. How difficult is it for a prog band to sound original and have its own music character?

We stopped worrying about sounding like other bands, I think we have defined our own sound, of course it is similar to our influences. We never consciously copy another song or artists’s music, but we know it all comes out - when we are writing, we turn off the conscious mind and let the fingers or voice channel what is inside - some people think it is a path to something spiritual, or just channelling the subconscious - what ever it is, if it moves us, then it will strike a chord with someone else - that’s what it is all about.  Some musicians talk about being ‘relevant’, or striving for something  completely new and original, we’re old and ugly enough to realise that’s just words - make music, if someone gets off on what you have done, then we’re on the right track!


Prog rock is in a downfall the latest years, especially in comparison with the prog rock scene of the late 90s/early 2000s. Do you agree with me? How do you see the worldwide prog rock scene now?

Not many of us listen to Prog, it does seem that many bands have got stuck in a rut, somehow trying to encapsulate one aspect that was produced by their favourite musician in the past, for example, making the instrumental virtuosity the most important aspect of their music. For us, it has to have more to do with melody and musicality than copying something from the past.  Maybe suggesting that an entire genre is in downfall is just a generalisation, sure some of it is dull, too ‘widdly’ and derivative, but there are so many creators releasing music - there is something for everyone, surely?


If you had the opportunity to collaborate with a famous 70s prog rock musician, who would he/she be and why?

I’m sure everyone in the band might have a different answer, for various different reasons I don’t think I’d like to collaborate with any of my musical heroes. Possibly Mike Oldfield, Freddie Mercury, Sting, Bowie or Peter Gabriel - but I’m sure we would clash and end up walking out of the studio!


Who is responsible for the music and lyrics of The Mighty Bard? How is a song of The Mighty Bard usually composed?

Neil and Dave write most of the music - working together on idea’s after introducing them to each other, shaping a rough song then bring the rest of the band in - there is a great synergy there and it’s great fun. Most of the lyrics up to this latest album have been Dave, although Gavin wrote “Blue God” and “Maybe”.  Benj has contributed a lot to the latest album.  Generally the music comes first - a few of us have reams of lyrics written down, but sometimes when listening to a new instrumental piece, words, a subject or a sometimes the entire song ‘suggest’ themselves..


Which are the trademarks of your sound?

Bombastic, beautiful, dynamic and english with many interwoven melodies!


Where do your lyrics refer to?

All sorts of things.. Generally they try to tell a story, but sometimes they paint a picture - lonely warriors, lovelorn individuals, gods, the average man in the street with a story to tell, observations on the modern human condition, or outright flights of fantasy.


There is a melancholy in your music. Am I right? How do you explain that?

 It’s not intentional - maybe it is easier to emote with a sad song, Dm - the saddest of all chords!  Secret Garden is a positive story, but still manages to sound a little sad, maybe the writers are dissatisfied with their lot in life and the just music saves crying in your pint down the pub :)

An early love of mythology; Greek, Roman and Norse probably adds some of that underlying tragedy!


Give us all the necessary info about the amazing cover of “Beyond The Gate”!

Duncan Storr began emailing Dave after Dunc listened to a CD with TMB songs on UK’s Prog Magazine, we chatted for years over email discovering his tremendous talents. We gave him early versions of the songs and a rough idea that had been bouncing around Dave’s head for years (classic English characters playing a gig in the forest) - we talked around it for ages, even having a Trump-like character as the centrepiece at one point  - we are very pleased with the end result, Dunc has done an amazing job!


Which are your future plans? A tour maybe?

A couple of EP’s coming out, with a studio version of ‘Black Train’ - a 20 minute track, collected as an album, more social media, and in 2024 we will start touring again.


Send a message to the readers!

Thanks for listening to our music, we aren’t huge and know that everyone has a massive choice of music to listen to these days - but we do love recording and playing to an appreciative audience and love talking to you.  We believe that our music is something of a unique throwback in terms of melody, musicality and the layered depths that keep on giving something with each listen - spread the word, drop us a line. Thanks for the support, we love you all!



Disillusive Play are a silent force in the contemporary female fronted metal scene. However, with their excellent, new album, "Songs for the Non-Existent", the Greek melodic hard rock/metal band is taking the whole music community by surprise! Their fantastic melodies are coming to shake us down and reveal a mature music act, whose sophomore album sounds so exciting and captivating! Myth of Rock came in contact with singer Antigoni Kalamara and right below you can read what was discussed!

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos

You have just released your new, sophomore album. Which are your feelings about it? Would you change something now, if you had the opportunity?

Indeed! “Songs for the Non-Existent” was realized in both physical and digital formats on the 1st of August 2023 by WormHoleDeath records. We are very happy and excited about this, since we worked a lot under the difficult pandemic circumstances. No! We wouldn’t change anything! We are always trying to do our best, and that also happened in the “Songs for the Non-Existent” album.


This new album is released by WormHoleDeath Records. How did this deal with the certain label come up?

We are cooperating many years with Angels PR Worldwide Promotion and they helped us in the label searching procedure. We had many interesting options but after meeting the people of WormHoleDeath, we though that this would be the best one for us!


Where would you trace the differences between the new album and the previous, debut album? Is there a progress in your music and lyrics?

Yes, of course. Apart from the binding between us that is clear 5 years after the “Open Arms” release, this time, we made a real group work concerning the ideas in both music and lyrics. We tried again not to put limits or restrictions in our ideas and this led to an interesting variety among the 11 songs of the album, which we really think that are very strong! Moreover, this time we had a very good mixing and mastering procedures that they enhanced a lot our sound and last but not least, this time we have a lot of guests!

I would say that your style is a combination of hard rock and metal, with many other elements (AOR, progressive metal, alternative rock etc). Do you agree with me?

Bingo! That would be the right description!


I believe that your strong characteristic is the melodies. Which are your trademarks, in your opinion?

Bingo again! Melodies are like a goal for us. We want to produce songs clearly different from each other that they will have such music and lyrics that everyone in the audience will be able to remember afterwards! Every song we want to have its own signature.


How much important is feeling and atmosphere in your songs?

Feeling is everything. This is the start and the end in music generally, and therefore in our songs too.


Which are your favorite songs in the new album? Why?


I really can’t choose only one song! Every song is unique in a different way, so I will challenge you to answer this question!


Who is the songwriter in Disillusive Play? Where do you draw inspiration from?

The music of the album is written by Jim Knikos (lead guitar) and me, Antigoni Kalamara (vocals).


Who is responsible for the lyrics? Which are your lyric topics?

Three are the suspects for the lyrics! Jim Knikos (lead guitar), Michalis Mytilinis (bass) and I, Antigoni (vocals).

The main sources of inspiration are the modern society, the everyday life and the feelings that come along with these. More specifically, in the “Songs for the Non-Existent” album, a wide range of thoughts is revealed concerning criticism, racism, inequality, persistence, weakness, unfulfilled dreams, family, past relationships, life choices, suppressed souls, despair and hope.


Where and when was the new album recorded? Who was the producer? Describe the whole recording and production process, please!

The album was recorded by Jimmy Katsaros (The Silent Wedding) at Underground Music Studios, it was mixed by Bob Katsionis (Stray Gods, ex. Firewind, ex. Septic Flesh) at Sound Symmetry Studio and it was mastered by Nasos Nomikos at VU Productions.

More specifically, each one of us recorded in a separate session at Underground Music studios, and so did the most of our guests. Marios Karanastasis (vocals - The Silent Wedding) who participated in the “Song for the Non-Existent”, Iliana Tsakiraki (vocals - Enemy of Reality) who recorded the backing vocals for the whole album and Panagiotis Bourazanis who played the bass in the “Queen of the Night”. The only exception was Bob Katsionis who recorded the keyboards for all the songs of the album and he made the mixing afterwards at his own cave! (Sound Symmetry Studio)


In the new album you have some significant guests – Marios Karanastasis, Panagiotis Bourazanis, Bob Katsionis and Iliana Tsakiraki. How did these guest appearances come up? How was it to cooperate with all these musicians?

We are very glad and honored to have all these great guests in our album! I will start the description with the connection with the Silent Wedding band. All these years we have our rehearsals at Underground studios and we are friends with Jimmy and therefore with all the members of his band. Quick reminder, Jimmy had also produced our first album “Open Arms”, in which Johnny Thermos (The Silent Wedding) had recorded the keyboards for it. Therefore, the collaboration with Marios Karanastasis (The Silent Wedding) in the “Song for the Non-Existent” was something that came naturally and we were sure that the result would be very impressive, as it did! Panagiotis Bourazanis was fairly and highly recommended by Jimmy for the guest that we wanted to have in the “Queen of the Night”, while Jim contacted Iliana and Bob in order to make them actually members of the band (for the recordings, at least!), since we knew them by their work and we believed that their contribution would be very important!


I also liked very much the album cover. Can you give me all the info about it?

The credits for the album cover go to Gogo Melone! The idea behind it, which is the same with the first album’s one, that Jim had since back then, is the following. Every song is represented through a symbol, for example “Why” by a question mark, “Sisyphus” by a man that carries a stone, “Song for the Non-Existent” by a family etc. All these symbols are included/hidden in the cover of the album.


How did Covid-19 pandemic affect you?

Oh, it affected us a lot. We couldn’t have any rehearsal all this period and each one of us was forced to work alone on the material of the second album, which was totally new for us. However, as people say “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”!


 Which are your ambitions for Disillusive Play?

We would like to be able to create songs that people will love now and over the years!


I have always wanted to ask you – how did you come up with this band name?

The name of the band was an idea of Jim (lead guitar) and Panos Zotos (rhythm guitar many years ago). It means that our songs are going to be about problems of everyday life by dealing with thoughts that reveal the deeper feelings and help us escape from the illusions.


Live shows – how much important are they for Disillusive Play? Your tour plans?

We love live shows!! It’s the most important moment for a band. It’s the only moment in which you can share your music and your feelings with the audience and have an immediate feedback! It’s a blessing!

We will take part in the Balkan Metal Meeting 6 which will be held in Club Mixtape 5 in Sofia, Bulgaria on Friday 8th September 2023 and after that, the next step will be to arrange the live show for the official release of the album. Of course, more are about to come, so stay tuned!


Send your message to the fans!

We want to thank our audience for the support, the Angels PR Worldwide Promotion for arranging this nice interview and of course you! We hope you are all doing well!

Stay tuned for the release live show and find us in our social media and our official website (!

Stay heavy!!



A serious person, a strong personality, a skilled musician. Maurizio Dottores, hailing from Liechtenstein, has grabbed our attention with Black Reuss, his one-man gothic/doom metal project. The latest releases of Black Reuss, “Journey” and the “Poems by R. W. Brunhart, Pt. 1” EP, were mind-blowing and persuaded Myth of Rock to contact Maurizio. What was discussed was so interesting!

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos

Black Reuss is a one-man project. First of all, how did you decide to start this project? Give is the whole story of how everything begun!

After a long break, which I took in 2007, I started making music again in 2014 because I started missing it badly. I also started to build my own recording studio and experimented a lot. In 2017 I started writing and producing songs for Black Reuss. Until the first album Metamorphosis 2021 was released.

Why is Black Reuss a one-man project and not a full band? Is there a chance that you will have other members in the future?

No. It will remain a one-man project. But I can imagine playing live with a band and add musicians that help me out on stage.

Why did you name the project “Black Reuss”?

When the project became more concrete, I also had to have a name for it and I wanted to bring in the flow of life and the melancolic vein that I have. So I decided symbolically for the river Reuss, where I live, when all this came into being and for the color black as a symbol for melancholy. The whole thing paired was then Black Reuss.... very simple.

Do you ever feel lonely in Black Reuss, without any other bandmates?

No. Never. I mean, I am working with other people for the Drums, Mixes, Mastering and Vocals. So, I have a few friends I can share thoughts.

Give us a short description of your discography until now, please.

I have developed a concept over four albums. It's about the flow of life. It consists of four chapters. Metamorphosis, journey, arrival and death. Each chapter has episodes that lead to the next chapter. Metamorphosis is about transformation. The change in which you build the power to make real and lasting change. Journey is about the journey you are on to make it all happen. Arrival is about arriving in the state that you have wished for, whereby here also comes the realization that everything will never run smoothly, but you have learned to deal with it. And death symbolizes the end of human existence and not the end of everything...

Your latest releases were “Journey” and the “Poems by R. W. Brunhart, Pt. 1” EP. How do you see these releases now?

The releases are part of the journey. All good for me. They have been necessary and lead to where I am now.

What are you up to now? Have you written any new songs for your next Black Reuss album? Can you give us any info on this new album?

Yes, I am finalizing "Arrival" these days. Will release it most probably in November.

You have signed a deal with Sliptrick Records. How did this happen?

They obviously saw potential and approached me. It didn't work because you are not able to market music properly. At least not mine. In this respect, I have already ended the cooperation.

How would you describe the music of Black Reuss? Is it simply gothic/doom metal?

I would say yes and add some melodic and a small portion of alternative.

How is a Black Reuss song usually composed?

Since I have my own recording studio, which is entirely dedicated to Black Reuss, I can work on the songs and ideas in a great setup at any time. Actually, everything always starts with a guitar riff or a melody. I build on that until I have a song together and thus a kind of pre-production. For the lyrics, I collect ideas for myself and write them down throughout the year. I only do the final lyrics when I have finished the music. Until I have lyrics, I usually only have the melody or a hook for the vocals. Except for the drums and vocals, I record everything in my studio. When I have finished the demos, I record everything again, mostly I also change arrangements or something. Mixing and mastering is then again done externally.

Where do you draw inspiration from? Which are your music preferences? Which are your favorite bands and artists?

Yes. I listen to a lot of different music. From classical to jazz, from pop to metal. But mainly I listen to music with a lot of distorted guitars in it. I love it when it's also a bit thoughtful or melancholic. I have a lot of artists that I like a lot. At the moment I listen a lot to Type O Negative, Katatonia, Depeche Mode, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Tool, Gojira, Alice in Chains, Radiohead, The Cure etc. etc. 

Where do your lyrics refer to?

To my life, and the flow it has…

How much important is atmosphere for you? Which feelings of yours do you try to express through Black Reuss?

I like to work in a quiet environment where I am by myself and…Yes of course. It is 100% authentic and I stand behind every word I wright and sing…

How did the Covid-19 pandemic affect you?

I think we had much more freedom in Switzerland than in the surrounding countries. That was already very good. Suddenly, I had much more time for myself and for my family, which has paid off positively. And I was able to make a lot of music during that time. In this respect, it was a very productive time. I also had a lot of time to think. But I was also privileged because I did not have to worry about my existence. Other colleagues were more affected, and that was pretty hard to experience.

Have you ever performed live as Black Reuss? Is there a chance of Black Reuss live shows in the future?

No, not yet. But I am working on plans to play life. Of course, there also need to be a certain demand for live. If nobody wants to see it, then it doesn’t make sense.

How difficult is it to be a metal musician in Liechtenstein?

It’s easy. There are a lot of metal fans in this area. Of course, there is nearly no music scene, and no clubs to play. The country is too small. So, we need to orient towards bigger regions, where there is a bigger scene.

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Immortalizer is here to stay! You will agree with me, if you listen to Immortalizer’s debut album, “Born For Metal”, a record by a musician who is born for metal, soulfully made for all the people, who are born for metal! Myth of Rock contacted Dave D.R., Immortalizer's mastermind, some days ago, for an interview, which proved to be exciting for both parts. Continue reading, I am sure you will find it super-interesting … !

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos

When and where did you start the Immortalizer project? Why is it only a one man project and not a band?

I started Immortalizer in 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario Canada, where I’m originally from. The project came together after I decided to start my solo career. My best friend and long-time bandmate / drummer Jay decided to return to school, which also took him to another city, so our band went on hiatus. It was difficult trucking on without him, but I couldn’t imagine doing anything else other than music, so I decided to go it alone. There was a lot of other things going on at the same time too, so Immortalizer was my attempt to continue with music despite every obstacle. Thankfully I had a solid foundation with each instrument, so it made it a lot easier to do full productions myself. I've always planned to make Immortalizer into a full touring band, but in the meantime, I could at least write and record material and get things started as more of a recording artist. 


Why did you pick up the name “Immortalizer” for this project?

I spent a great deal of time on the band name. It’s not easy to find something solid that isn’t already taken. When I first started writing material for the band, I was working on what became the song “The Immortalizer” which is about a cursed sword and the demon behind it and I kept getting pulled back to that word. I thought damn that would make a bad ass band name! So that was that! 


You released an EP in 2016 (”Unleashed”). Can you describe this EP, since there are people who haven’t listened to it (including me)?

 The “Unleashed” EP was in essence the first Immortalizer demo. It has the songs Unleashed & Lost. Unleashed is a song about a demon whose hell bent on destroying humanity. Lost is about feeling detached and angry at the world and its seemingly endless corruption. The EP was recorded in my home studio while still in development, so as a result it’s less polished than I would have liked it to be, but it was the first two tracks for the band, so I still enjoy it. It was first pressed on CD and later on 7” vinyl as well, so it was also my first vinyl pressing. I've been thinking of re-recording the EP and adding those songs as bonus tracks on future albums. 


Some months ago you released your debut album (”Born For Metal”). Which are your feelings about this release? Which are your favorite songs from this album?

I’m quite happy with the end results of the “Born For Metal” album. Working directly with Ralf Scheepers throughout the process and having him featured on it as well has been an incredible experience. The album is also the first full length album of mine to be pressed on vinyl. So, that makes it extra special to me as well. “We Were Born For Metal” would be my favourite song because of Ralf’s guest vocals. That really was a dream come true for me. But I must say, having worked each song from scratch, writing and recording each part and carefully selecting them for the album, I feel strongly about each and every one of them. 


When and where did you record the songs of “Born For Metal”? Which was your inspiration for the songs of this debut album?

I recorded (and in some cases re-recorded) everything in 2022 at my home studio, which I’ve nicknamed “Immortalizer Studio”. I've moved the studio since, but the entire “Born For Metal” album was recorded in Toronto, Ontario. Once recorded I'd send the tracks to Ralf in Germany and he'd work his magic engineering, mixing and mastering everything. 

The inspiration came from several sources. The state of the world is an important theme to me, so it's featured a few times across the album. Songs like “We Were Born For Metal” honour metal music itself and metalheads from all over the world. Some inspiration came from personal hardships and my never give up / never surrender attitude. "The Immortalizer" was the introduction of the band's mascot (Deimos). I wanted to create a backstory for him and open the door for horror themed songs. "The Fallen" was written in large part for my very good friend Kirk who died tragically in his early teens. The song honours several people, but I was never the same after his death. The song is for anyone who's ever lost someone they care about, so almost everyone can relate. 


In this debut album you cooperated with a famous musician, Ralf Scheepers. How did it come and you cooperated with him? Which was his contribution to “Born For Metal”?

I consider Ralf to be one of the greatest Metal singers out there, so I first reached out to him for help with my vocals. I’d been singing for over 20 years but wanted to expand my vocal range and capabilities. Being such a huge fan of his and Primal Fear, I felt he'd be the perfect person to see. He helped me a tremendous amount with my vocals. He also helped me by crafting me a new vocal sound and helping me with gear, input and advice. On top of being featured on “We Were Born For Metal”, Ralf also mixed, mastered and engineered the entire album! He took my recordings to another level. It was very impressive. His expertise was invaluable throughout the making of the album! It was such an honour to have one of my heroes work so closely on the project with me.


How would you describe the music of Immortalizer? Which are the main characteristics of your sound?

That’s a very good question. I fuse many different styles together so I'm not exactly sure what category I fall into, haha. I've been called heavy/power metal which I'd say is pretty accurate. Though I try to avoid thinking of music in terms of categories. I just write what I enjoy and let creativity flow naturally. Some songs are more thrash and others more power metal or classic style metal. I like the freedom of being able to stretch out creatively. I have a very guitar driven sound but I try to highlight each instrument at appropriate times in my music. Vocals and vocal melodies are always very important, so I work hard on those elements as well. I try to capture as much intensity as possible in my recordings. 


Where do your lyrics refer to?

I cover a lot of themes with my lyrics. "Out In The Streets" for example is about the turmoil in our societies around the world. Humans seem hell bent on self-destruction. "Cut Loose" switches gears completely and covers trying to have fun despite the world and just enjoying the now. I wanted to do a song that honoured metal itself and metalheads, so I wrote "We Were Born For Metal". I try to cast a wide net when it comes to lyrics. 


One of the highlights of “Born For Metal” is the song “Lemmy”. Can you tell us more about this song?

I've been a huge fan of Lemmy and Motörhead since I was 13 years old. His impact on me and my music throughout my life has been significant. Lemmy is one of my biggest heroes. So, I decided to write "Lemmy" as a tribute to him. The whole time I was writing and recording it, I kept thinking to myself, would Lemmy have liked this? After the song was complete, I sent it to Phil Cambell of Motörhead and he gave it a like which really meant a lot. 


Give us all the necessary info about the cover artwork of “Born For Metal”.

The album artwork was done by the great Jobert Mello of Sledgehammer Graphix! Jobert did such an incredible job on the artwork. I love how it's a mix of old school and new school. The band Mascot which I've nicknamed "Deimos" is the main feature, so I felt it was a great way to introduce him on the first album as well.


How did the Covid-19 pandemic affect you?

Covid-19 has been a challenging time. I decided to dive even deeper into my music and spent most of the time writing and recording. I put together tons of demos and full songs. I love writing and recording music so in a way it's always been my escape as well as my passion. 


Which are your ambitions for Immortalizer?

I'd really love to be able to bring Immortalizer to the stage and tour the world. I hope to continue making albums and collaborating with Ralf and other artists. I plan to continue searching for a major label to help grow the band. Long term I hope to earn my place beside my heroes. I hope my music will stand the test of time and have a meaningful impact on fans. 


Which are your future plans? Some live dates maybe? Have you already started writing songs for your second album?

I'm currently looking to put a band together to be able to play live and tour. It's challenging for Indie artists in particular, but I'm hopeful that I can continue to grow the band and get things to the next level. I'm currently working on the second album as well. A few tracks are already fully recorded!


Send your message to the fans!

I'd like to extend a very special thank you to all the Immortalizer fans from around the world! I'm very grateful to you all for your support, it helps keeps me going! Crank up the tunes and live for metal! 


It is true that the Greek heavy/power metal scene has blossomed, during the last years. The circumstances have improved and the newcomer bands of the heavy/power genre have less obstacles to cope with. One of these new bands that have drawn our attention is Hellpass, a band from Thessaloniki, which released its captivating debut album, "Gates of War", some months ago. Myth of Rock is on a heavy/power mode and talks with Alexander, the drummer of the band. Enjoy our chat right below!

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos

When and where was Hellpass formed? Give us a short biography of the band, until now.

Hello! First of all, we would like to thank you for this interview and for the opportunity you are giving us for a wider audience to get to know us better. In June 2022, having met Aggelos (guitar) we made the decision to form Hellpass, because Aggelos and I share the same love for extreme sound and the desire to dedicate our lives to it. So, it is definitely a dream that came true and not just a jam.

This is how Hellpass came about and shortly after their establishment, Vasilis joined the band. We started as a three-piece and within a few months we had our first album called "Gates of War" and in the late summer of '22 we entered the recording studio. In the meantime, we were looking for a bass player so Vasilis could focus more on vocals. At the beginning of autumn 2022, Nikos joined the band and started learning our songs and coming to our rehearsals. Since then we have released several video clips. The latest is the self-titled track of our first record “Gates of War” which you can find on our YouTube channel (

We have also performed many live performances in many urban centers of the country (Thessaloniki, Athens, Volos, Larisa) and in August we will play, on the 26th of the month, at the Over The Wall Festival organized in Heraklion, Crete. Then, in November we have planned a tour with Arallu and our brothers from Athens, Among Ruins, in three countries in Eastern Europe.

Present us today’s line-up of Hellpass. Which is the relationship between the band members of Hellpass?

Hellpass are Aggelos on guitars, Nick on bass, Vasilis on vocals and me on drums. Apart from fellow musicians, we are all friends in our private lives. We do share moments outside of Hellpass also. For instance, at the moment, me and Aggelos work for the same company, so we share the same work-space every day.

You released your debut album,”Gates of War”, some months ago. Which are your feelings about it? If you had the chance, would you change something to the album now?

We feel excited! Gates of War is our first born child! I don’t think that we would change anything. The album represents who we were at the time of its’ making and changing anything would make it a “fake” release.

When and where was the debut album recorded? Who was the producer? Who did the mixing and the mastering? Describe the recording sessions, the whole album production and the mixing/mastering of “Gates of War”.

The production of the album was carried out by the amazing Ilias Palapela, whom we thank very much for the work he has put into the album. We look forward to working together again on our upcoming releases.

 There’s nothing special about the recording sessions, we recorded our music just like every band does in the contemporary western world.

 How would you define your music style? Do you believe that HellPass has its own musical character? Which are your main music influences?

I would describe our sound as heavy metal music with doom and thrash elements. Apart from this, we are an ever-growing band, every member carries his own influences and the final product is a blend of all the personalities that are involved in the composition process.   

Yes, I believe that there’s a kind of authenticity in our compositions. I can't identify to what we owe this to, but it's there. When someone listens to one of our songs, they can recognize it as Hellpass, even if they don't remember the title of the song or the name of the band.

We love the whole spectrum of metal music. I will only mention three discs as an indication: Savatage – “The Hall of the Mountain King”,  Mötley Crüe – “Dr. Feelgood” and Candlemass – “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus”.

Who is the main composer in HellPass? Who writes the lyrics? Which are your favorite lyrical themes? Is “Gates of War” a concept album?

Although all of us play our part in the musical composition, I’d say that the main composer of the band is Aggelos. The lyrics were written entirely by our singer, Vasilis. My favourite lyrical themes are war, metal and mysticism. I wouldn’t call “Gates of War” a concept album, but its’ themes revolve around the war in Ukraine and social decay.

Which would be your dream music collaboration?

I would say that there is a long list of bands that we would like to play, but one that stands out is definitely Slipknot. Αpart from their music they have a very good performance that remains unforgettable in your memory, having said this, it would be a great honor to be part of such a concert!

If you had three wishes for p

mes in mind. To perform live in Hellfest!

How did the Covid-19 pandemic affect you as musicians and as persons?

Although it was a shocking experience, I , personally, had too much time to compose new music and that’s a part of the pandemic that I enjoyed. The rest of it was shit!

How are things for heavy/power metal in Greece?

The heavy metal music scene in Greece is alive and it has variety and inspiration. You should definitely check it out!  

How do you see things for the worldwide heavy/power metal scene? What do you have to offer to the scene as a newcomer band?

Heavy music has grown a lot the last couple of decades and the scene still expands by the day. I’d say that the first thing Hellpass has to offer is energy!

How much important are live concerts for you? How do you sound live? Are you planning some live dates or even a tour? Other future plans?

Live performances are very important because they bring to life and give a face to a music that would otherwise be just sonic frequencies bouncing out of two speakers. Live music also includes the art of performance which is a whole school of artistic expression by itself. This gives us the opportunity to get in touch with our listeners, not only through sound, but also through direct interaction. That is why live performances are important, because they open up other fields of communication. In live performances, a band builds its relationship with its real listeners.

We have already booked a tour. We have planned 9 shows with the black metallers Arallu in Eastern Europe from November 11th to 19th and we are very excited to be doing it together with our brothers from Athens, Among Ruins. These are all the dates:

11/11/23:FarářovaSluj, MladáBoleslav, CZ

12/11/23:BossBar, Poděbrady, CZ

13/11/23:RockleKlub, ČeskéBudějovice, CZ

14/11/23: Probaterem, Szentes, HU

15/11/23:Manufactura, Timişoara, RO

16/11/23: Death Covenant Festival, Cluj Napoca, RO

17/11/23: MC Clubhouse, Lugoj RO

18/11/23: Rock ‘N’ Roll Center, Zalau, RO

19/11/23: Gekko Pub, Oradea, RO

Send your message to the fans.

It is equally important for musicians and fans to understand that bands, YouTube Channels, podcasts, radio station, venues, promoters, sound engineers, road crews etc. exist only because of, and to the degree of, the support that the fans show to the bands. So, you, metalhead, who are reading this interview I kindly suggest that you subscribe to our YouTube Channel, follow Hellpass on facebook and instagram, listen to our music on spotify, buy our music, if so desire, on bandcamp and also get your Hellshirt.  By doing these simple things one day you will be able to watch us perform your favorite Hellpass song live and have a great time banging your head with us.  Always remember: music is here to unite the human race and everything starts from you.