"Fast food makes you sick quick."
AN INTERVIEW WITH NIGHTFALL
by Richard Karsmakers
Quite some time I got the "Deaf Metal Sampler", released by the
Deaf division of Peaceville (may they RIP). I still think it's
one of the best quality death metal (and associated genres)
sampler released, or at least the very best one ever to find its
way into my personal CD collection.
Anyway, to get to the point, on that CD was a beautifully
haunting track by a Greek band called Nightfall that I had
hitherto been needfully unaware of. It was "Enormous / The
Anthem of Death", which reminded me of My Dying Bride but
simultaneously took things in a different and quite fascinating
new direction. On a Metal Market a few months later I scanned
the surroundings for CD vendors and quickly met some people of
the French label Holy Records (the Nightfall label) so I could
buy both their debut album and their then new "Macabre Sunsets".
At home, I was brutally sucked into the epic world of Greek War
Metal. At once unrelenting and strangely melodic, Nightfall's
music touched me, if not profoundly, at least prodigiously.
Not too long ago I got the opportunity to interview vocalist
and bass player Efthimis Karadimas via mail. I took this
opportunity gladly, of course, in order to find out more about
his music and his rather unorthodox view of life as we know it.
Below you may find these writings.
Can you tell me something about the events surrounding the
foundation of Nightfall?
Efthimis: We actually began as a band in autumn of 1991, two
months before the release of our first and only demo tape,
"Vanity". However, I've been into dark poetry and literature
more than those five years of Nightfall's life, so the only
"new" for me was the so-called "official" founding of the band.
Is Nightfall a full-time job?
Efthimis: Of course it's not, and I don't think it's ever going
to be! The reason is that it's impossible to melt together art
and business, art and real life, without distorting the balance
between the two. You know, art is something really personal; it
gives a tremendous deal of spiritual pleasure to the artist -
the mother of it - parallel to the carnal pleasure of our flesh
gets by fucking or masturbating or whatever else. Don't forget
that man is ambitious, too, therefore the more we get the more
we want. So it's up to everybody to decide what's his aim; what
will he gather, the fruits of the earth of the tearbeams of the
moon? By the way, there's nothing more stupid for a band than to
consider itself underground while its members are longing for
tomorrow's "glory" and popularity along with a big label.
Underground is something someone does for his beliefs in art and
because he's too "young" for the moment, so he doesn't become
Can you already reveal to us part of the mystery that will be
your next album, such as a possible difference in musical style,
its title, when it'll be released, some song titles?
Efthimis: The only thing I can tell you for the moment is that
it's going to be released in September '95. It's entitled
"Athenian Echoes"; more will be revealed in a few months.
Will you be touring again in support of the new album and, if
so, when approximately?
Efthimis: Normally right after its release - so that'd be
sometime in autumn '95.
What musicians are you most influenced by personally, and which
musicians are the band as a whole most influenced by?
Efthimis: There's no influence by other musicians. Inspiration
flows rich all over our abyssic nature. All an artist has to do
is to be "able" to get those amazing vibes, by simply "jumping"
on a higher plane than the rest do. We believe in the
individuality of the man, therefore all artists, even if they
express the same emotions sometimes, have something special,
something that is unique.
Where do you get your lyrical inspiration?
Efthimis: I used to read and write poetry; my poetry of death.
I've reflected my most "weird" and desirable passions; these
words are my inner tears. I have nothing to preach through them,
we hate all the kinds of "messiahs" (political, religious,
musical...), furthermore their low, poor followers. Nightfall
has no "fans" but an independent people who get inspiration by
our art! We are not surrounded by weak people who desperately
want to be told by us who to believe in, what they should and
should not do, etc.
What does the Greek text on the back of "Macabre Sunsets" CD
liner mean in English?
Efthimis: It's a poem inspired in Greek. I've never translated
my poems. I just write 'em down straight like my inspiration
gave them to me.
What does Nightfall have that other bands don't have?
Efthimis: The only thing I can say is that we haven't mixed our
art with business. Therefore, no matter if somebody likes what
we're doing or not, he knows that it's like pure hell! True!
What is your favourite band, and who is your favourite bassist?
Efthimis: All the bro bands throughout the scene, moreover all
those tham I am in touch with, are my faves. I see "music" more
like art, you know, as a strictly personal way of expression
with a wide philosophical base. And most of the guys in the
scene are artists - not all, due to the trendy posers' plague of
the last few years.
What is the book that made of an impression on you recently?
Efthimis: The "Devil's Notebook".
And which film?
Efthimis: "Margot Reine".
What song will you want the people to hear, in many years, on
your funeral service? The truly majestic "Enormous - The Anthem
of Death" perhaps (that was the first Nightfall track I ever
heard, by the way, and I was hooked immediately)?
Efthimis: I'd like for them just to be able to listen to my
whispering tunes as the black sun rises and my moon becomes deep
What is to you *the* music released of 1994?
Efthimis: All as well as none.
What do you recall as the worst ever moment of your life?
Efthimis: The very first time I ever spoke to another human
What is your favorite food and drink?
Efthimis: I used to eat huge quantities of meat along with
If you could be Aladdin for a while, which three wishes would
Efthimis: Die, die, die!
If you were sent to a deserted island and you could only take
with you 5 CDs, one book and one luxury item, which would they
Efthimis: A notebook, a pen and an instrument would be more
What invention do you hope mankind will come up with soon?
Efthimis: Oh man, I cannot send people with serious health
problems, morever I can't think of myself being tortured by a
disease or whatever. My way is that either you live on the top,
or simply die. Lying on a bed because of a problem is the worst
thing that might ever happen to me!
Which person alive today would you most like to meet?
What is the thing you most hope to be remembered by?
Efthimis: I don't give a shit whether I'll live eternally in
people's minds or not. In one way or another I am immortal by
Now some words to react to...
Efthimis: Mine, yours, him...maybe some time I'll gain this
kind of power so as to be able to play those kinds of games.
Efthimis: The only source of hope for the weak people. Also a
great business unit with lots of profits. The only thing I like
about religious parties is that they successfully keep the mob
low, there where it deserves to be - servant.
Efthimis: Conquer the lands of your desires with no mercy at
Dynamo Open Air.
Efthimis: Stoned to death.
Efthimis: The ancient one has (almost) nothing in common with
the one now!
Efthimis: So far, so good.
Efthimis: A proof is how business affects art, and the death of
the last is the beginning of the first...the art of business
Thanks to Efthimis Karadimas and Holy Records!
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