"What happens if we all get killed? I'd never heard the last of
Cat, "Red Dwarf VI"
AN INTERVIEW WITH SEPTIC FLESH
by Richard Karsmakers
It was difficult to determine which should be my favourite 1994
music release. Dream Theater's "Awake" was definitely a most
excellent one, but Holy Records recording artists Septic Flesh
had also done some really excellent work with their totally
brilliant "Mystic Places of Dawn". In the end, I decided to opt
for the lesser known band, so the Greek Metal band Septic Flesh
I also decided I would really like to interview them, but as
they weren't touring Europe soon this would have to be done
through the rather less ideal written medium. I sent off a list
of questions to their record label who forwarded them to Sotiris,
one of the Septic Flesh guitarists. Although not in time to be
included in the previous issue, in which the interview was
originally scheduled, I did receive the replies eventually so the
below interview could be compiled. Step into the world that is
known as Dreamy Emotional Death.
Can you tell us your ages, social status and current
Sotiris: None of us are married. I am 23 years old, Spiros (bass
& vocals, ED.) is 21, Chris (guitar, ED.) and Kostas (drums, ED.)
are 20. I am a student at University, and recently Chris went to
a music University in England. Spiros is studying graphic art and
Kostas is unemployed.
What will your next album be like? Do you already know some
details about it?
Sotiris: Our next album will be out in spring and will be called
??O?TPO ("Esoptro"). That means "inner view", "inner mirror". The
music is more melancholic, full of ancient mystery. We are also
thinking about changing the band name, probably into Moon Dragon.
What do you dislike particularly about the music industry?
Sotiris: That it is an industry.
When will you be touring?
Sotiris: Nothing is sure.
What musicians are you most influenced by?
Sotiris: Mozart, Dany Elfman, Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, ED.),
Basil Poledouris and many more.
Where do you get the inspiration for the music's lyrical
Sotiris: I am inspired by the old mysteries and the search for
knowledge. I believe the answers were closer to the truth in the
past, especially in ancient times. On our next album, the lyrics
will deal with the most powerful key that it is also an enigma,
the hidden self. The message is clear - we use it or lose it.
Greek metal, including that of Nightfall for example, has a
fairly distinct sounds, unique among other heavy metal genres.
What would you see is the magic ingredient?
Some people thought the drums on "Mystic Places of Dawn" sounded
computerized. What is your reaction to this?
Sotiris: No, I don't think they sound computerized.
What is your favourite band as a whole, and who is your
Sotiris: Iron Maiden and Uli John Roth.
Which book have you read recently that made most of an
impression on you?
Sotiris: Collin Wilson's "Mysteries", for its sceptical but also
creative approach to a variety of puzzling matters, and Peter
Valentine Timlett's "The Power of the Serpent", for its vivid
recreation of the Druidic world.
What's the film you've been to recently that you liked most?
Sotiris: "Star Gate".
And the most crap film?
Sotiris: It was so crap that I don't even remember its title!
When, in many years, you'll leave this mortal plane, which song
do you want to have played on your funeral service?
Sotiris: If I leave this body to the ground I want to hear "The
Return" by Bathory...
What to you is the 1994 music release?
Sotiris: "Mystic Places of Dawn", of course.
What do you remember as the worst moment of your life?
Sotiris: When I kissed the corpse of my grandfather at his
funeral. I felt him so frozen, so empty.
Now for a bit of a cliché question: What is your favourite food
and what's your favourite drink?
Sotiris: I enjoy mana and Ambrosia.
Suppose you could step into the sandals of Aladdin for a while.
Which three wishes would you make?
Sotiris: Just one - the power to make my will reality.
Is there a person you'd really like to meet before you go the
way of all flesh?
Sotiris: Many persons, but they are all physically dead.
If you were confined to a desert island and you could only take
one book, five CDs and one luxury item, which would you take?
Sotiris: That's a difficult question. The CDs would probably be
Mercyful Fate's "Don't Break the Oath", Bathory's "Under the
Sign...", Celtic Frost's "Into the Pandemonium", the soundtrack
to "Conan I" and Dead Can Dance's "The Serpent's Egg". Of course,
I would take with me some great stereo equipment to be able to
hear them. Also a DIY book would be very useful.
What invention do you hope mankind will come up with soon?
Sotiris: The reversal of age.
What is your ultimate ambition, the thing you hope to be
Sotiris: I want to be remembered as a great non-human.
Now some words to react to. Some of these are intended to
provoke... First word is "the Netherlands".
Sotiris: I want to visit them some day.
Sotiris: A historical part of Greece, birth place of Alexander
Sotiris: A music channel. No more, no less.
Sotiris: A good-selling product.
Sotiris: A well-known band from Greece.
The Greek Metal scene.
Sotiris: Black or white, he's one really confused person.
Sotiris: The biggest lie.
Sotiris: Another fellow band.
Sotiris: Good taste.
Sotiris: Land of ancient beauty and wisdom.
Sotiris: A fellow band, too.
I would like to thanks Severine and Philippe at Holy Records
and, of course, Sotiris and Septic Flesh!
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