“Poison Thorn”, the debut full-length album of Godsnake, presents to us a new band from Germany, which is here to stay. Godsnake, a company of metal thrashing mads, doesn’t break new ground, however, they are doing perfectly what they know well, with style and conviction. They have great songwriting skills, a perfect musicianship and above all, a lot of inspiration! Thus, Myth of Rock contacted the band for a nice little chat, and Stevo (guitar) and Sidney (drums) answered our questions, on behalf of the band. The snake is already crawling!

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos


Give us a short biography of Godsnake.

Stevo: Some of us have been playing music together since many years. With Godsnake things started shaping up when we recorded our EP ‘Hellbound Ride’. We then went through a few line-up changes and ended up with the current set-up which has been stable since 2017. There was (and is) a great vibe within the band and we then slowly but steadily started working on our debut Album ‘Poison Thorn’. It took a while until it was ready, but we are now very happy with the result.

Which are your feelings now that you release your debut album?

Stevo: It’s a great feeling to have those songs finally released. We have been playing some of those songs already for years, so it’s good to get them out now and share them with the world.

Sidney: It is great to know that people everywhere - like in Greece, Canada or Japan - are able to listen to our songs now. It feels great to get feedback from people in a whole different part of this world letting us know that they like the songs and music.

How would you describe the music style of the band? Which bands have had the biggest influence on you?

Stevo: There are many different elements, but melodic thrash metal probably sums it up best. For me the biggest influence by far has been the Bay Area thrash metal scene starting in the early 80’s. Bands like Metallica, Testament, Slayer or Anthrax, then in the 90’s also Machine Head are my biggest influence.

When and where was the album recorded? Who are the main composers of the band?

Stevo: It was recorded in November 2019 at LSD Studios in Lübeck. I write almost all the music and then Torger does the vocal melodies and lyrics.

Who did the mixing and the mastering of the album?

Stevo: This was done by producer Lasse Lammert in his LSD Studios, Lübeck.

Sidney: Lasse already took care of our EP `Hellbound Ride‘, so we know him for a while already. He is a perfect match for us, able to create the sound we like, especially when it comes to guitar sounds he is a real pro and we know that it will sound great when we let him do the job.

Who is the lyricist of the band? Where do your lyrics refer to?

Stevo: The lyrics are being done by Torger. They mostly deal with social criticism and the worst animal and its activities against its own species………the human creature.

What does inspire you to write music and lyrics?

Stevo: For me it’s the passion for music and the love of creating riffs, melodies. If I manage to write a piece of music that gives myself goosebumps, it gives me a lot of pleasure. If others enjoy my music too, it makes me feel very happy.

Which is the motivation of Godsnake? What keeps you going?

Stevo: We are very passionate about what we do. We care a lot about our music, and we want to be able to present ourselves to a bigger audience. If this band has the potential to get some decent recognition in the metal Scene, we want to do our part in delivering our craft in the best possible way.

How do you make decisions as a band?

Stevo: Usually collectively. For instance, during the pandemic we get together regularly via video calls to discuss and agree on different things. During the song writing process this can be a little tough though. So here we usually have a smaller team that finetunes the music. Nevertheless we rehearse the songs together and only consider a song ‘finished’ once everyone signs off on it.

How difficult is it for a newcomer band to get distinguished from the rest and to have a personal sound?

Stevo: I feel this is THE biggest challenge. When you are a newcomer band, everyone starts labeling you and compares you to other bands that you apparently sound similar like. Sometimes it feels, that if you can’t bring a very unique sound or style, you won’t get much recognition. But you can’t always reinvent the wheel, and in my opinion you also don’t have to. As long as your music is well-made and isn’t a copy of something else, it’s cool. But nowadays there is so much new music out on the market and it’s difficult to get through to those who might really dig your stuff. Our label is doing a good job in promoting us properly, but it’s certainly not easy as a newcomer.  

How much important are live concerts for Godsnake? How would you describe a Godsnake live show?

Stevo: Playing live is a very important aspect for us. We all enjoy playing live and making the connection to the audience. We always try to bring it and perform to the best of our abilities. There’s usually a good vibe with a high energy level in the room. It’s about everyone having a good time, whether up on stage or in the pit!

How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected you, personally and as a band?

Stevo: I personally feel like locked up in a big cage. For the band this is a major stumbling stone. Our album was released during the pandemic, and we are not able to go out and promote it properly.  We would want to go out there and earn the respect and recognition of each and every metalhead, and through playing live slowly increase our presence within the scene. Unfortunately none of that is able to happen at the moment which sucks big time!

You are in Massacre Records. How did you get into this label? Are you satisfied with your label?

Stevo: We submitted our application and they came back offering us a deal. It was really that simple. The offer was good, we instantly felt in good hands. The cooperation has been very easy going and we are very happy to be a part of the Massacre Records family.

Which are your future plans? A wish for the new year 2021?

Stevo: I hope that this fuckin’ pandemic blows over fast. Our intention is to hopefully enter the studio again towards the end of 2021 to record the follow up record to ‘Poison Thorn’. We will use the downtime to be creative and hopefully put together some crushing songs. We have been really happy with the success of “Poison Thorn” so far. We hope this will continue in 2021 and the record gets some more attention. If you like our music, please give us your support and help spread the word. We hope to be able to come your way soon and play live for some hungry metalheads again.

Hot Sunday Blood hails from Italy and they are going full throttle since their formation in 2013, since they are very productive, releasing albums and performing live. Their latest album, "Kein Licht" (2019, Snooky Records), still sounds amazing, as it merges the heavy rock sound with alternative rock influences! It is high time we had a nice chat with the band, and specifically, Paolo Lulita (bass). Please proceed and read what interesting Paolo said to Myth of Rock!

by Michalis Kapetanakis


Before we start, I would like to know how the pandemic has been for you, the past few months …

It has been awful, for us and for all the others. Thanks to a simple lucky strike we are all

well!

I was very pleased and happy that I got familiar with your music, when I listened to the song "The Long Winter's Embrace" from your third album "Kein Licht"! Awesome song and cool video clip! How did it all start? How did you manage to reach this very high level of quality in composing and performing? I would like to know your musical education.

First of all, thank you for the kind words! All that we did can be summed up by saying: “try something, try again and try once more". If you give yourself a goal and stick to it with passion following the golden rule of never giving up, you will get something in return. We are no geniuses, but we all have the dedication and the will to learn something new. We all have different musical tastes, with the common factor of grunge and metal roots. Unfortunately, only Andrea, our guitarist, has some kind of musical education, which greatly helps us, when we try to find the right tone and mood!

Your music is true and full of feelings. How do you get inspiration?

We always try to say something important. Our themes are not very positive, but we want to avoid being trivial and to speak about bad things just because we are metal and we must do so. The common point here is to talk about personal concepts rather than abstract ones. If you are that type of person, you can apply to yourself many of our songs. For example, “Kein Licht” is a concept album mainly based on the loss of emotions. The lack of something, seen through emotional structures, such as resignation, disillusion, grief.  

You have also released two other albums, except the last one. Are you going to release a new album in the near future?

For sure! We are already composing songs. The new album was set to be released by the end of the year, but we all know what happened in the world. Anyway, we will release something for sure, as soon as we can!

What seems to be your biggest difficulty about music?

The fear of saying something insignificant and the inability to send the correct message. This is valid for both lyrics and music.

Do you think that some fans will be prejudiced about your open-minded music style?

That’s for sure, and there is nothing wrong about it. We are not here to please everyone, it’s absolutely normal that someone will not like us. Music is a subjective theme.

A lot of metal bands join the scene every year. What makes Hot Sunday Blood unique and different from the others?

We are unique as all the others. I can say that we are a good mixture of dark and grunge vibes which you may not find in many other bands.

Did the choice of the line-up happened naturally or were you looking for something particular? How did you select your band mates?

It happened naturally, meaning that the right people stayed, in the end. We had no “quality assurance step” when searching. If you are a nice person and share the same love for the project, you are in!

Which bands and singers have influenced you personally?

From grunge, like Alice in Chains or Soundgarden, to more alternative metal acts as Pyogenesis or also dark bands like Type O Negative and Katatonia. We are five people with a common background but different taste in music, spanning from Opeth to Faith no More.

What will be the next plans?

Our next plans? Play more, compose more, get a larger fan base, and try to go out of our Italian borders a bit…more! As many others, we are suffering the global pandemic and we lost some shows and opportunities, but given the situation there is nothing to complain about.

We’re done, thank you very much for your attention and the opportunity.

It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to give an insight of our work. Thank you so much!

Would you like to leave a final message?

You can listen to our music on digital platforms (Spotify, I-tunes, Google Music, Deezer, YouTube, etc.) and follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Listen to our music and drop a comment, if you feel it’s worth!


https://www.facebook.com/hotsundayblood

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxeiqyUE9OfGsiLo9D62yiw

https://www.instagram.com/hotsundayblood/

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Social Scream is a Greek heavy/thrash metal band, formed in Sparta in 2008. With three full-length albums in their discography, Social Scream are ready to make their breakthrough. Myth of Rock listened to the band's latest album, "Organic Mindset", and contacted immediately Alexandros Oikonomou (bass). Alexandros answered our questions kindly and talked about Social Scream, the band's music and a lot of other interesting topics. Please continue reading!

by Michalis Kapetanakis 


Welcome guys! How are things going for Social Scream?

Hi there! Thanks for your interest in our band and the interview! In general we are in a very productive period. We are preparing a live stream show for Bonebreaker online festival and we are adding the last details for our upcoming album. Unfortunately, due to the second lockdown in Greece and the whole corona situation, all our concert plans stay on hold, so we focus on things we can do.

Are you satisfied with the feedback to your latest album, “Organic Mindset”?

Yes, we are. The feedback is positive and we gain new listeners and friends with our latest album.

Are there any plans for another release in the near future or do you find this is not essential for now?

As I told you before, we have almost finished our upcoming release. It will be a double - CD album, entitled “From Ashes To Hope”, including re-recorded versions of some of our old tracks and demos. It is going to be released around March-April 2021.

How would you describe the sound of Social Scream?

We play heavy/thrash metal with both old school and modern elements. Our roots are based on the style of the 80s and the 90s, but we try to have a fresh, clear production that can face the current standards.

Which are your musical idols?

I don’t want to use the word “idol”, but we definitely respect all classic metal bands that established our genre. Also, there are a lot of underground bands and scenes that have an effect on us. Greek metal scene is definitely one of them.

The video clip for your song “Truth Divider” shows a very heavy and dark side of the band.  Tell us a few words and special moments about the video session.

We filmed the parts of the video during the first lockdown in Greece (March, April 2020), so due to the restrictions, each member filmed his part separately. The guys from Think Recording Studios and Dope of Sound Studios helped us with the shootings and our friend Louis Vlachakis did the edit. The song is a fast, in your face thrasher one, so we wanted to make a high action playthrough videoclip.

What is your opinion about the use of internet? Is it helpful for the bands or are the bands just lost in a sea of information?

This is the big question for all contemporary bands. For sure, your work is exposed to many people, but the point is how many of them will stay in touch with the band and become active listeners of your material. As a band, we try not to overdo with meaningless posts and updates, but bring out quality stuff at the right time.

Any live plans for the band?

At the 12th of December a free live stream show is going to broadcast through YouTube. Check the link at Craneometal YouTube channel.

What is your biggest dream for Social Scream?

To continue writing and playing music for many years and have the opportunity to meet and interact with music lovers and musicians.

How did you get started with music? Any special musical studies?

Vlassis and I took a few lessons, when we started as kids, but we mostly learnt music through our influences and playing with other people. Kimonas and Foivos studied in music schools for many years and they are also involved with many bands and projects during the years.

What do you think about the Greek metal scene? Are there any new bands that you like?

The Greek scene is one of the best in the world these two last decades. There are many quality bands in all genres. Some bands that I listened lately are Need, Sunburst, Black Fate and Project Renegade.

Congratulations and good luck with your work, guys! The last words are yours.

Thanks for the questions! Don't forget to check our latest album, “Organic Mindset”! Be positive and stay healthy, hope to grab a beer together and meet in one of our concerts soon!

https://www.facebook.com/SocialScream/

https://social-scream.bandcamp.com/

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https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Social_Scream/3540384773

https://www.instagram.com/socialscreamofficial/

 

 

 

If you think tou know everything about rock, hard rock and heavy metal, you should listen to Barbara Black! The Spanish singer released her exquisite new studio album some months ago and her songs still impress people with their strange beauty and their diversity! Myth of Rock listened to the "Love, Death & Flies" album, enjoyed the new lyric video for the song "Damnified" and had a nice little chat with Barbara. Bow down to the Queen!

by Michalis Kapetanakis


 

Hello Barbara! So how are you with all the craziness around the world that’s going on at the moment?

I'm honestly quite unmotivated. The fact of seeing that the musical world is absolutely blocked makes you feel that your work and effort are not going to have the results and the impact that they should. In addition, seeing loved people who lose their relatives, become ill or lose their jobs makes the low mood.

I suppose you are still busy promoting the new album that was out via the Spanish label Rock Estatal, right?

Yes, we are still working on the “Love, Death & Flies” promotion.

I guess one of the popular things that has been happening at the moment is this whole live streaming thing, what are your thoughts on that?

It is an option, but we need the heat of the audience and enjoying together.

As mentioned before, the new album was some months ago. When did you finish the recordings for that album? Are you happy with the result?

In October 2019 we went to The Cadillac Blood Studios with Andy C and started with the recordings. In March 10th we released the album and the 13th the quarantine lockdown began. We are more than proud with the results, we have worked very hard on each of the songs, we have put our hearts on this album.

You decided to release the album just before the virus … Positive or negative, you think?

Obviously no one knew all the consequences of Covid-19 … we have had to cancel the tour and many interviews.

“Love, Death & Flies” sounds really metal but also very diverse! What is your opinion? And which are your influences?

My opinion is that, when you are creating, you shouldn´t put limits to yourself. The meaning of composing is freedom, from my point of view. Our main musical influences are Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Blues Saraceno, Joe Bonamassa, Halestorm, Shinedown, Sixx A.M., In This Moment, Vixen, Mr Big, Doro Pesch and many more! We listen from metal and rock bands to country and blues artists.

What was it like working on the composition and the  lyrics? Did you work alone or was it a whole band process? 

This is a whole band process, absolutely. We are used to start from a musical sketch and then to develop together the structure, the harmony arrangements etc. Sometimes we rely on technology and send each other ideas to work at home individually. After the music is finished, I write the lyrics.

Why did you decide to go with this album title?

In 2019 the band lived love moments (weddings), death situations and flies -  funny anecdotes! We knew that writer Augusto Monterroso tells that the whole literature is based on these three topics, so we thought that it fit us perfectly as the album title.

Which are your future plans?

We had a Spanish tour planned and considered the possibility of playing abroad again. We would have done the video recording for the song “Queen of Flies” already, but it had to be postponed several times due to the lockdowns. However, we are working on this video clip, we are looking for locations, outfits, actors and scheduling all the details.

Thank you very much, Barbara!

Thank you for this amazing interview. Rock on!!

 

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One of the best bands of the Greek power/thrash metal scene, Desert Near the End is ready to reach a broader audience worldwide. The band’s fourth album, “Of Fire and Stars”, released one year ago, contained top-class power/thrash metal and put the band’s name on the table. Myth of Rock, anxious to learn the news from the camp of Desert Near the End, contacted vocalist Alexandros Papandreou - right below you can thoroughly read all the interesting things that were discussed!

by Michalis Kapetanakis


Hello! "Of Fire and Stars" was a great album that had a strong impact in the global power/thrash scene. How do you feel when you listen to the album now? 

Greetings! Wow! It’s nice to know that! You know, we are currently running the mixing process for the new album and I do that test quite often…I listen to the previous albums and try to see if things are playing out! If there is a clear path forward as a band and our songwriting! I think it serves its purpose as a big step forward in Desert Near the End’s future!

 

Which bands is the worldwide elite of power/thrash at the moment?

Well, the bands that inspired us are still here, but not as raw and powerful   as they used to be. We grew up with the early days of this genre with bands like Iced Earth, Blind Guardian, Morgana Lefay, Nevermore, etc.

So, I could not say for sure which one is a worldwide elite, because each one of the bands I mentioned has carved its own path and I’m not sure at this point that they serve the term “power/thrash”.

 

Please let our readers know some things about the band's biography and introduce us the rest of the current Desert Near the End members.

Well of course! We are currently a three-member band. I on vocals, Akis Prasinikas on the bass, and Panos Kalompratsos plays the guitar. Drummer seat and second guitar are filled by guest musicians, when it is needed. We began playing music at high school, when Akis and I used to be members of a school band. We just kept on going, when others decided to stop. We wrote our own songs in 2000 and tried to record some demos. Just the two of us!

 

Your first three albums were a trilogy. What is the concept of the trilogy and how did the fans accept it?

Well, it’s funny, because we didn’t plan that! We completed the first album and before we recorded it, we sat down and put the lyrics and songs in order, and came up with a story about it. And we kept “telling” this story for two more albums. We were composing the concept at the same time that the music was composed. And the story goes like this; a man, of a not known identity, wakes up at the shores of an ocean with no memory of anything that has ever come to pass. Under a sun that never sets, under absolute, blinding light. And we begin to follow his steps and thoughts, dreams, fears, memories in order to find what he seeks … a sun that will guide him to the truth and will not only blind him. Absolute light can be as deceitful as absolute darkness …

 

I'd like to know some more things about the themes we can find in your lyrics.

The first three albums have to do with the concept story I already mentioned. Stories of absolution, regret, hope, battle…against yourself or against the truth that one has learned to accept! In our current album we wanted to light things up a little by not having a strong concept story, but I guess we are cursed! Hahaha! So, a couple of new songs later we figure out that looking at the night sky your thoughts can be lost in a million directions. These ‘’lights’’…these little “fires” in the night, what tale could they tell? Now, we know…but back then, how did people explain what they were seeing? They fueled imagination, folklore, religion…and that’s what the topic of “Of Fire and Stars” is all about. Stories that could have been told under a starlit sky some moment in time in this world…or another!

 

The Greek scene is globally known for black metal. Are there any other strong scenes in Greece and which are the Greek bands you respect the most?

I’m listening to Rotting Christ right now!! But I think that they have gone beyond their genre the last years…they have established their own signature, so I wouldn’t call them black metal anymore. Well, we have lots of great bands in almost every genre right now! World domination is at hand! Haha!

 

How important is it for Desert Near the End to play live shows and what are the consequences of the current restrictions on the band?

It is very important. Not just for us, but for any band that wants to reach out to the world. This situation has left us all waiting in agony. The worst thing is that there is no “making plans” whatsoever…

 

What is the procedure of writing a song for Desert Near the End like?

Pretty simple and works for us. Akis does all the hard work! Hahaha!

He writes a song, records it and then he pass it to me in order to come up with vocal lines and lyrics. When it takes an early form we record it and listen to it in order to improve it. And we do this until it reaches its final form.

 

What are the Greek studios like at the moment? Is it easy for a band in Greece to find an appropriate rehearsal room and a good sound engineer?

I think the current status of music production in Greece is pretty legit. Since the internet and the evolution of computers, things have gone beyond imagination, it is pretty easy to set up a home studio with a quite low budget, I mean comparing to the late ‘90s or early ‘00s, when we begun to play and finding a place to record a demo was so fucking expensive!

 

Although Desert Near the End exists for, like, ten years, you have been around in metal for more than twenty years. From your experiences, what would be your advice to a new band that starts today?

It’s funny…I get many invitations in the social media from new bands to “like their page” and when I get in their page there are just photos, logos, etc! I believe a band, a new band for sure, should focus on music and music alone. Image and communication are nice, but you have to be able to show something, your vision, and let people know how to measure you. As a musician/band or as a poser?

 

How do you see filesharing and lyric videos compared to tape trading and vinyl hunting? In other words, please make a comparison of the 90's with the 20's.

Things are so easy these days! It’s great. But I can’t shake the feeling that music has somehow lost its magic… You stand in the middle of a fuckin’ storm of information and everything flying around crazy fast…one does not have the chance to appreciate enough. On the other hand, I’m grateful for all of this, because this is how bands like us have the chance to reach a far more bigger audience.

 

Do you guys in Desert Near the End have regular jobs or is music enough to make a living?

The day we can make a living through music is still beyond our reach. Haha! We all have regular jobs.

 

What are your plans for the future of Desert Near the End? Please close this interview with a message.

As the days go by, we get closer to completing our new album. We’re in the mixing process right now. We wait for this pandemic situation to be over and start making plans about live shows. Closing this interview I would like to thank you for this chance to share our news and points of view with your readers! It means a lot, really! To all our friends out there, I would like to share with them that the new Desert Near the End is on the way and it’s gonna be freakin’ awesome…follow the Path across the Desert, my friends.

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