Σάββατο, 17 Οκτωβρίου 2009
Many people in Hellas(Greece) and Europe know Strikelight and they recognize their faith at heavy metal inspired by the Nwobhm scene and from bands of the 80ies.This Interview Was before George(Giwrgos) left the band..Don't know the reason's and I'm not willing to find them.In any case have a nice read
HC:All Hail Heavy Metal!Would you like to give us some
information about Strikelight?
Giwrgos: For starters, thanks for the interview mate!! Strikelight were founded in late 1999 from Thodoris Vogiatzis (bass), who wanted to start a group and play Heavy Metal, affected by the N.W.O.B.H.M. movement and 80’s metal in general. After a lot of line-up changes and gigs, we released a demo CD “Born by Fire”in early 2004 and our self-titled debut CD on Christmas of the same year through Eat Metal Records. The current line-up is : George “Inner Voice” Stavropoulos-vocals, Thodoris Vogiatzis-bass, George Hararis-guitar, Nick Papakostas-guitar and vox, Anestis Apistolas-drums and vox. We have played several gigs around Greece and twice abroad, in Holland & in Germany and we have listened to some good reviews. As long as they’ll be Heavy Metal we’ ll continue to play!!
HC:Heavy Metal is the music that makes you head bang
all the time.Is this the reason that led you straight
to Heavy Metal?
Giwrgos: Of course!! It’s the music that expresses us and it’s not only that, it’s a way of life for us. Heavy Metal is the most expressive music of all because it can combine all kinds of feelings. The best feelings that we like to pass on to the rest is the positive ones. It’s kind of “don’t give up, life can be cruel but if you have your friends you’re not alone!!” Something like that.
HC:You sound Like the firt two albums of Iron Maiden
with a lot of other influences from N.W.O.B.H.M and
cult heavy metal groups like Heavy Load.I admire the
fact that you throw away all the new fashions and you
are dedicated only to true Metal.What do you believe
about the bands that kept the Faith of traditional
Giwrgos: Thank u for your good words brother!! The true heavy metal diamonds are well hidden and anyone who wants to search for them must trully love this music!! I totally agree with the bands that keep the banner of Heavy Metal high even nowadays. We want to do that also!! We have seen some of them live and the fire still burns!! We just want to show to other metalheads that there are other bands as well, besides those who have the promotion by the media, that are as good the mainsteam ones, and in my opinion, some of them are even better!! The only thing they have to do is to dig fo it!! And believe me, some of them are truelly fantastic!!
HC:In your lives you cover cult Heavy Metal groups that
are regarded as diamonds to the true Heavy Metal
Maniacs like the band Picture.Are you gonna keep on
surprising the audience with more Cult covers?
Giwrgos:Yeah, definitely!! We’re playing another cover now from a band called Trident. The song is called “Destiny” and it’s a killer!! We will record it and release it soon!! Many more are yet to come...stay tuned!!
HC:What are your feelings on stage when you are driving
the crowd to headbanging??
Giwrgos: We enjoy it to the end!! The brothers and sisters out there mean the world to us (without sounding too Manowar-ish)!! We want to give them the best that we have inside us and have a good time when they come to our shows. It’s all about Heavy Metal and nothing more! We have a new song that we already play that’s called “Heavy Metal Strike” and is dedicated to all metalheads around the world!! They are not just a crowd, they are our friends!!
HC:Is it important for you to have a "professional"
appereance on stage or do you prefer to go up to stage
without any preparations and just wreak Havoc?
Giwrgos: We are all different personalities in the band and anyone is doing whatever he feels like, when it comes to appearance. I personally like to have a metal appearance on stage, because I feel that after all, it is a show. It’s good to deliver good music and have an appearance on stage, because we want to give the best to the people who come, spend their money on seeing us and want to observe something good. We wear leather and spikes when we go out too, so it isn’t such a big difference. Of course we don’t have a problem if other bands don’t do that. It’s the music that counts basically.
HC:Heavy Metal Or No Metal At All Wimps and Posers
Leave the Hall!!!!Do you agree?
Giwrgos: Everyone has a right to listen whatever they want. If someone doesn’t listen to heavy metal, doesn’t mean that he doesn’t worth as a person. I know and have friends who don’t listen to heavy metal, but they are good people(ΣΩΣΤΟΣ!). Above all, it’s the man that counts. The only thing I’m asking is not to make fun of the music I listen to, because I don’t do that. Respect me like I respect you. The world is not the best place to be, so some bad incidents happen with that, but we must not lose our carriage or faith(ρε καλό παιδί είσαι αλλά ποτέ δεν κατάλαβα την εμμονή σου με την θρησκεία).
HC:You are a group who played in the Keep It True
Festival.What will you never forget from this
event?Especially when everybody knows that this event
took place in Germany the Land of Heavy Metal and
Giwrgos: Unforgettable experience!! I wish we can have another chance to play again. I will never forget seeing live and talking to Anvil and Raven and all the other bands. We even signed autographs, which was funny, because we don’t consider ourselves as rock stars!! We talked to many true heavy metal fans around Europe, the food was excellent, and BEER too!!
HC:You have released a Demo called "Born By Fire" and
your Full-Length Album "Strikelight".Are you gonna
release another Album or EP?
Giwrgos: Anestis will enter the studio to record the drum sections for a new song called “My Living Hell” and the cover of Trident’s “Destiny” as I mentioned above. It will be released as a cd and 7’’ single. The cd version will contain some other goodies, which will be revealed soon! As for a second album we will see...A little patience from all, please!
HC:Thanx for you Time Brothers!!!It is my Honour that
we shared the same stage and drunk along with the
audience listening to True Fucking Heavy Metal
Giwrgos:The pleasure was all ours brothers!! Stay True and “Forever Young”!!!
Interview By L-Drac